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Strata + Hadoop World 2017 Recap: Machine Learning, Data Lakes and the Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:30
Strata + Hadoop World 2017 in San Jose, CA was packed with fresh content. There have been so many advances in Big Data beyond Hadoop that the organizers have decided to rename the conference to Strata Data Conference. Themes that emerged from this year’s conference include a renaissance of machine learning, Big Data in the cloud and purifying Hadoop data lakes. Notes from #StrataHadoop 2017 highlight Machine Learning, purifying Data Lakes & the CloudClick To Tweet Machine Learning Re...
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Video: CEO Josh Rogers on What’s Next for Syncsort and the Future of Data Integration, Data Quality & Data Management

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:30
Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers recently sat down with theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and George Gilbert, to talk about the company’s new path after acquiring Trillium Software and what that means for its future plans around data integration, data quality and data management. In a nutshell, the secret to Syncsort’s success is applying its long-standing technical expertise of mainframe and legacy systems to solving data management challenges in both traditional and next-generation, Big Data...
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The Next Generation of Metadata Management (Part 2)

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:05
In Part 1 of this series, we began with the roots of Metadata Management. In this post, we look at the need to have an enterprise metadata cataloging solution. Big Data’s close relation to Metadata Management Now is the new era of Big Data. This includes the next-generation capabilities of various areas including machine learning, predictive analytics and statistical analysis. However, these very powerful big data processing and storage capabilities that are continually changing. And the central...
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SplunkLive! Washington, DC 2017: 3 Things You Can’t Miss!

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:30
SplunkLive! Washington, DC on March 23rd is fast approaching and is a “must attend.” This free event effectively replaces the hugely successful Splunk® GovSummit event and is also the SplunkLive! 2017 corporate event for the Washington, DC and surrounding DelMarVa region. SplunkLive! Washington, DC is described as a “Journey to Data Insight” for you to “…gain new business insights, mitigate cybersecurity risk, prevent fraud, improve service performance, and reduce cost.” Syncsort will be there a...
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Trust the Data: Don’t Run Your Business on Alternative Facts

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 05:30
Today, it seems like you can’t glance at the news without wondering if what you see is truth, or a deliberately misleading lie. This isn’t a new problem, we just have new names for it, “fake news” or my personal favorite, “alternative facts.” If you run a business, information is your power, your most valuable asset, the key to winning deals, increasing revenue and cutting costs. But you can’t expect to beat your competitors if you run your business on alternative facts. You have to base your de...
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Tendü Yogurtcu Talks Strata Trends and More during theCUBE #BigDataSV Appearance

Syncsort Blog - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:30
Earlier this week, Syncsort’s Tendü Yogurtcu (@TenduYogurtcu) was interviewed on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE at their Big Data Silicon Valley 2017 (#BigDataSV) venue across from where Strata + Hadoop World 2017 was taking place. Tendu sat down with co-hosts John Furrier, Co-founder and CEO of SiliconANGLE Media, Inc., and George Gilbert, Big Data & Analytics Analyst for Wikibon, to discuss Strata trends from this year’s conference, as well as Syncsort’s cadence of announcements and ho...
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In Data We Trust (Most of the Time)

Informatica Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:00
In Data We Trust There’s only one measure of the success of a data-driven organization, one which can make it break it – and that is trust. Trust is the glue that holds enterprises together. It is the asset that will never age. It is the commodity that will never be commoditized. If decision-makers trust the data they are receiving, you are truly on the way to becoming data driven. Unfortunately, there is still a sizeable trust gap within today’s enterprises, a recent survey finds, especially w...
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Using Your Mainframe to Win the Cybersecurity Wars

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:30
Your mainframes may be among the oldest part of your infrastructure. But they can also help you meet the newest challenges you face in the realm of cybersecurity. Here’s how. If you follow IT security news, you know that the scope and nature of threats has evolved significantly in just the past few years. Long gone are the days when opportunistic worms and malware were your biggest worry, and some anti-virus software sufficed to secure your systems. Cybersecurity Threats Today Today, you have to...
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Self Service BI vs Data Governance: How to be “Data Agile” with a Catalog

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 16:12
Business users always had an insatiable hunger for data. They were already discovering and mashing up data from different sources, aggregating them in excel and presenting PowerPoint analysis in the 1990s, albeit with difficulty. Then technology caught up. Self-service Business Intelligence tools like Tableau, Qlikview and more recently Amazon QuickSight made the aggregating, visualizing and sharing of data easier. The claim was zero to analytics expert in minutes! Overnight business users becam...
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CloverETL 4.5 Released

CloverETL News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:38
CloverETL 4.5 brings users Salesforce Wave Writer, updates to the Event Listeners UI, and more CloverETL 4.5 adds another addition to the Salesforce connector family—the Salesforce Wave Writer. It also introduces enhancements to the Event Listeners UI in the Server Console and adds options for restarting jobs from the Executions History view with parameters. This release does a bit of housekeeping too, removing now obsolete CTL1 support and backquote inline code. Please check the Compatibility...
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5 Ways to Become a Lean, Mean Data Analytics Machine

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:00
5 Ways to Become a Lean, Mean Data Analytics Machine Having a strong, enterprise-focused data analytics effort means a much greater chance of having above-average growth. Nearly two-thirds of companies with well-established advanced analytics strategies report operating margins and revenues of 15% or more, according to a recent survey published by Forbes Insights and EY. So what makes an organization a well-functioning, data-driven machine? Having highly effective data governance, master data ma...
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Themes at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit: Abundant Data, Scarcity of Trust, and the Need for Data Literacy

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:30
The Gartner Data and Analytics Summit this week opened with a number of dichotomies which our decision-makers face, including an abundance of data that we don’t always trust. Improving our data literacy may be the key to reversing this trend. Data Abundance vs. Scarcity of Trust One of the dichotomies that particularly resonated was that of Scarcity vs. Abundance. For instance, even though we are now in a world of abundant data, we continue to see a scarcity of trust. Some recent studies h...
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Classify to Completion: A Data Cataloging Story

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:29
Recently I was speaking to a customer in the financial services industry. He had an interesting requirement. He wanted to classify all data assets in the organization by associating the right semantic label with each data asset. The phrase he used was “classify to completion”. According to him this classification was a key first step in cataloging, governing and extracting value from data assets in their organization. We agreed. Finally someone that understood the importance of data ...
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Data Is the New Currency for Digital Transformation

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:45
These days, business leaders know that data is important to execute their strategy. That’s true, but it’s still underestimating the importance of data. The information your business generates and accesses is not merely a tool for operational execution. It’s so essential to the success of a modern business that it must be handled as carefully and strategically as currency. Like finances, data requires the focused attention of the C-suite and the Board. Data is instrumental to innovation in produ...
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When Engaging Your Customers, Data Quality Is Key

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:30
The internet has made it easier than ever to collect data about your customers. But does that data actually help more than it hurts? Only if it’s accurate, quality data. For effective customer engagement, you need to add data quality to your business toolbox. Customer Engagement Today Gone are the days when knowing your customers’ names and addresses was enough to remain competitive. Today, having a complete, 360-degree picture of your customers is essential. That’s because tec...
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The Role of Data in Digital Transformation in Insurance

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:00
Digital Transformation has become a major agenda item for many Insurance institutions. In a recent blog, I looked at Digital Transformation for Retail Banking (link here). In this blog, I wanted to explore what I see happening in the world of Insurance and the role that data plays in this industry. My view has been that Digital Transformation is similar, but not the same, in Retail Banking and in Insurance. Here I want to share what I see happening in Insurance. Insurers are changing Like the R...
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What Exactly Do We Mean by Digital Disruption?

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 15:00
…And What Are the Data Management Implications? Everybody is talking about “digital disruption,” The problem is that no two people mean the same thing by the term. But that being said, it would be a bad idea to just tune out the discussion because the term is being over-used or over-hyped. It is a fact that businesses in every industry worldwide are being disrupted on a daily basis. Often by competitors that are from outside their industry, and as a result, off their competitive radar screens. W...
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7 Trends from MDM 360 Summit: From Digital Transformation BlaBla to Business Outcomes

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:45
Everyone is asking how to move from Digital Transformation BlaBla to business outcomes. This was one of the reasons for us hosting our MDM 360 Summit with more than 500 attendees in NYC. I thought I summarize my key learning from meeting digital and data management leaders in NYC, for you in a short blog. This first live poll with all attendees, shows that digital transformation is clearly a hot topic and 96% of the business and IT people, attending the summit, are involved in a digital initiati...
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Using Data Quality to Create the “Golden Record” – Part 3: Common Use Cases in an Online World

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:30
In part 1 of this “Golden Record” series, I defined the term and spoke to the importance of verifying a customer email address. In part 2, I wrote about using telephone, mailing and IP address validation to maximize the accuracy of customer information to attract and retain customers. Now, let’s look at some of the most common data quality use cases that require “Golden Records.” Data Quality Use Cases: Covering the Pros & Cons of Online Retail Per an article in Forbes, more and ...
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New eBook Available! Bringing Big Data to Life: What the Experts Say

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 13:30
Wondering what the future of Big Data looks like? Or the benefits and issues surrounding a Data Lake or Streaming Data? Leave it to the experts to fill in the gaps. Syncsort’s latest eBook from our series Bringing Big Data to Life offers insight from industry leaders. For example, Owen O’Malley of Hortonworks and IBM’s Holden Karau share their thoughts on Spark. To start his two-paragraph quote O’Malley states, “Spark is really amazing. It’s a very different paradi...
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