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Informatica Names 2017 Partner of the Year Award Winners at Annual Kickoff Event

Informatica Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:00
Author: Richard Ganley Each year at this time, we have the pleasure of announcing the Informatica Partner of the Year Award winners. While all our partners are critical to helping our customers embrace our technologies and successfully transform how they run their businesses, the 2017 recipients have all excelled and consistently exceeded criteria set within the Informatica Partner Program. All showcased extraordinary performance and success in working closely with new and existing customers to ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): James Kobielus on Reasons for Data Scientist Insomnia including Neural Network Development Challenges

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:30
In the first half of our two-part conversation with Wikibon lead analyst James Kobielus (@jameskobielus), he discussed the incredible impact of machine learning in helping organizations make better business decisions and be more productive. In today’s Part 2, he addresses what aspects of machine learning should be keeping data scientists up at night. (Hint: neural networks) Several Challenges Involved with Developing Neural Networks Developing these algorithms is not without its challenges...
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We Dare to Reimagine iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:16
Author: Ruma Sanyal I have been part of Informatica for less than a month and the energy around the launch of the newly minted Informatica Intelligent Cloud Service (IICS) is palpable. Informatica’s new iPaaS is built on an advanced microservices based architecture, based on open REST APIs. This is exciting because it will drive rapid innovation for Informatica, allowing us to bring new services to our customers at jet speed. It will also enable quick integration with customer and partner apps,...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Wikibon’s James Kobielus Discusses the Explosive Impact of Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:30
It’s hard to mention the topics of automation, artificial intelligence or machine learning without various parties speculating that technology will soon throw everybody out of their jobs. But James Kobielus (@jameskobielus) sees the whole mass unemployment scenario as overblown. The Future of AI: Kobielus Sees Progress Over Fear Sure, AI is automating a lot of knowledge-based and not-so-knowledge-based functions right now. It is causing dislocations in our work and in our world. But the way Kobi...
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New eBook! Supercharge Your CRM with Built-In Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:30
See how embedded #DataQuality within your #CRM system can help you clear obstacles to success!Click To Tweet Organizations today rely on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems to effectively interact and engage with customers and prospects; however, maintaining the data integrity of the underlying customer records is another story. Syncsort’s latest eBook, Supercharge Your CRM with Built-In Data Quality, gives some insight to the challenges that organizations face when dealing with the...
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Mainframe Cost Reduction Tips to Maximize Your Data Infrastructure ROI

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:30
Getting the most from your mainframe requires not just taking advantage of technologies like containers or integrating your mainframe into DevOps workflows. You also want to optimize around mainframe cost reduction. Keep reading for five tips for lowering your mainframe costs. Yes, you can cut #mainframe costs without sacrificing performance. Learn how here…Click To Tweet If you know anything about mainframes, you know they are a big investment. Prices for a new mainframe start in the te...
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Bringing Dark Data Out into the Light

Informatica Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 19:00
There’s been some chatter lately about the significance of “dark data,” and accompanying “dark analytics.” This usually pertains to the information that either exists in normally unreachable places, such as someone’s spreadsheet, or is formed as a result of analytics and cross-evaluation of existing data sources. For example, video captures of customers’ facial reactions while viewing products in a store could be considered dark data. The question is: can this data be identified, captured and bo...
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Cloud Computing: The Sky’s the Limit

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:30
At this stage in its adoption, Cloud has moved from a being tech buzzword to an established practice. But that doesn’t mean it’s old news. We’ve rounded up a number of our blog posts about cloud computing, including some recent Big Data advances and its impact on the mainframe. Big Data in the Cloud As part of our 2017 Strata + Hadoop World recap, we noted there were a number of sessions that showcased advances in the usage of cloud computing for Big Data. Apache Hadoop was bor...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Piatetsky-Shapiro on Self-Driving Artificial Intelligence and How Business Should Approach It

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:30
In the first half of our two-part conversation with data scientist and KDnggets founder Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, he provided examples of advances in deep learning continuing to push the field of AI full steam ahead. In today’s Part 2, Piatetsky-Shapiro notes some artificial intelligence concerns as it continues to advance and how business should approach incorporating AI. Could #ArtificialIntelligence put humanity at risk? Piatetsky-Shapiro (@KDnuggets) notes concernsClick To Tweet Art...
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Informatica Introduces Industry’s Next Generation iPaaS with Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services Winter 2017 Release

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:25
A very happy new year to all my readers! Wish you all a great year ahead filled with successes and joy. At Informatica, we feel the same way embarking on the new year, incredibly excited and proud, announcing the industry’s next generation iPaaS, with the milestone release of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) Winter 2017 (previously called Informatica Cloud Services) The entire Informatica crew is thrilled to see one of our latest innovations unfold for our customers. Included in thi...
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Cloud Transformation: Avoiding Mistakes of the Past

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:00
As I’ve been writing this series of blog posts, the overarching theme has been the journey to a better IT infrastructure—a cloud-based architecture that is specifically geared to provide greater agility, scalability and reliability. In essence, to provide greater business value. But that was the plan with the old architecture, too—and it didn’t always work out. So now that we’ve got great new technology opportunities, we’re still liable to make the same mistakes, if we or our business stakeholde...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro on Exciting and Worrisome Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:30
In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro of KDnuggets (@KDnuggets) discusses the how today’s advances in deep learning are cause for excitement and concern. Tracking Big Data’s Evolution in Data Science, AI & Machine Learning Machines have always fascinated Piatetsky-Shapiro – ever since he was a kid reading stories about robots by Isaac Asimov and other sci-fi authors. He discovered his love for programming while studying computer science at Technion, wher...
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Capacity Management Goes Straight to the Bottom Line

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 13:30
A key result of implementing a Capacity Management process within an organization is the return on investment (ROI) that results from the effort. Face it – if an organization doesn’t save money (or avoid spending money), then the CIO and other senior management won’t be interested in the effort. At one of our financial services clients, the Capacity Manager has been dutifully tracking the cost savings and “money not spent” for the past few years. The numbers are staggering, and show how importa...
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Welcome to Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services

Informatica Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:00
Today, we are incredibly excited to announce General Availability of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services – Winter 2017 December Release. At Informatica, our mission is to accelerate data driven digital transformation of businesses. At the heart of the mission is the innovation in enterprise cloud data management space to meet growing needs of enterprises. To realize this goal, we built Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) from ground up leveraging cloud native frameworks. Based...
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Playing I Spy with your Data?

Informatica Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:00
Try this: upload a recent photo of yourself to Google image search. I did that last week, and the result that came back was that I am a “person”. Which I guess is a compliment? I mean I wasn’t labeled a “lamp” or a “frog”. Image recognition is a hot topic now. It has practices in an array of fields from social networks to security management. There are many machine learning mechanisms for image recognition, one of the commonly used one is clustering based on similarities utilizing Jaccard coeffi...
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2017 Mainframe Trends that are Here to Stay for 2018: Docker, Blockchain, z14 and Beyond

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:30
Mainframes are still going strong as 2018 begins. Need proof? Keep reading for a look at the biggest innovations and developments to hit the mainframe world in the past year.  These five mainframe trends are expected to continue to impact the mainframe community in 2018. Ask an everyman to tell you about mainframes, and you’ll likely hear that they went out of fashion decades ago. In fact, however, as these mainframe trends show, the ecosystem remains alive and well, and continues to see ...
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3 Tips for Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Backup

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about the value of utilizing existing data infrastructure originally appeared on their blog. It seems everyone is facing discouraging budget cuts at the same time they’re facing unprecedented data growth. It’s a conundrum that’s here to stay – but, you know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough figure out...
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Data Scientist and Beyond: Jobs in the Big Data World

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:30
Big Data is bigger than ever, and so is the job market for people who can help transform, store, analyze or otherwise work with big data. This article outlines the current job market and the types of Big Data jobs. Hard statistics on the number of big data jobs available in 2017 are elusive. However, a quick look at the data that is available strongly suggests that the Big Data job market is strong and growing. There were 1.9 million Big Data jobs in the United States, and 4.4 million worldwide,...
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