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Getting Your Boss to Love Your Mainframe

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:30
You know why your mainframe is so valuable to the business. But does your boss? If not, you need to sell him or her on the mainframe to ensure that you are able to continue deriving value from it. Here’s how… Boss not showing your mainframe love? We’ve got 5 talking points to help them see mainframe value The Mainframe Image Problem It’s an understatement to say that mainframes suffer from an image problem. For the typical person, the term mainframe conjures images of gi...
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Planned or Unplanned, All Downtime is Bad

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, who recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below is an update to their popular 2012 blog post explaining the impact of technical downtime on business. The Impact of Technical Downtime Estimates for average costs of downtime at an organization came in at around $9,000 per minute [1] last year. That number leaves little doubt that the direct costs of technical downtime can cripple a...
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Data Management and the Democratization of Machine Learning

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:30
Machine learning was once something that only the largest companies could leverage effectively. That is changing. New tools that democratize machine learning are now available. This enables ordinary organizations to leverage their data for designing machine learning applications. The concept of machine learning is not new. Since the early decades of computing, developers have experimented with strategies that allow programs to learn or make informed decisions. Until recently, only very large or...
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NEW eBOOK! Move your Business in the Right Direction with Global Address & Geocoding Tools

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:30
When you’re striving to provide exceptional service to customers around the world, knowing their global locations can be pretty useful. Global address validation tools help ensure highly accurate address and geolocational data. In Syncsort’s latest eBook, Move your Business in the Right Direction with Global Address & Geocoding Tools, we show you how our customers have found success with global address validation tools so you better understand how they may help your organization....
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Mainframes for Dummies: What Non-Technical Folks Should Know about Mainframes

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:30
What do you think when you hear the word mainframe? If you imagine gigantic, outdated machines, then it’s time to educate yourself about what today’s mainframes are like and what they can do. Mainframes in the Popular Imagination The mainframe suffers from an image problem. Presumably, because mainframes were the first type of computer to enter common use, lay people tend to associate mainframes with vacuum tubes and the Cold War. They assume that mainframes are huge, unwieldy, bug-...
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Understanding John Doe: Making the Most of Data to Engage Customers

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:30
The data you need to understand your customers is all around you. You just need to know where to look and how to work with that data. To illustrate, let’s look at an example of an opportunity for understanding a potential customer using data. Introducing John Doe Let’s call our potential customer John Doe, and let’s assume that the only interaction you have with him occurs when John visits your website. A website visit might not seem like much to go on, especially if John Doe ...
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Using Big Data to Fight Fake News

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:30
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you likely know that “fake news” is a problem. Big Data can help solve it. Here’s how. Fake news refers to content that presents itself as a news article but may contain deliberately fictitious or misleading information. Fake articles have always been around, but the rise of social media has made it more difficult for readers to distinguish reliable, objective information from less trustworthy content. In the old days, it was ...
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New eBook! Data Quality & Enrichment: Your Secret Ingredients for CRM-Powered Success

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:30
Data is at the heart of all of your customer interactions, and can be the difference between success and failure. Effective customer engagement requires personalization through a single customer view in your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. Our latest eBook Data Quality & Enrichment: Your Secret Ingredients for CRM-Powered Success will show you how to ensure that your customer data is not only complete, but also trustworthy. To learn the secret ingredients for CRM data quali...
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My “Aha!” Moments as a Splunk .conf “FTR”

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:30
Having supported Syncsort’s Big Data business for the past seven years, the industry conferences I’ve attended have revolved around Hadoop, Spark, and data lakes. But, last week, I departed from my familiar stomping grounds (Strata Data Conference in NYC, which was held the same week) and hit the road for Washington, DC, home to Splunk .conf2017. As a newbie – or FTR (first time run) attendee in Splunk speak – I was in good company, as the number of attendees has exploded to almost 7,200 – up fr...
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Video: Syncsort CEO and CTO on Riding the Big Data Wave

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:30
Two members of Syncsort’s leadership team, CEO Josh Rogers and CTO Tendü Yoğurtçu appeared on SiliconANGLE TV’s theCUBE during Big Data NYC 2017 last week. Each discussed different aspects of Big Data challenges and how Syncsort is helping organizations to ride the Big Data Wave to meet key business objectives and stay competitive. Key to Big Data Success During his interview with Tendü Yoğurtçu, theCUBE host John Furrier quoted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, who said in 2011, “If you are not out in ...
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Truth and Consequences: Strata NYC Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of AI and Machine Learning

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:30
This year’s Strata New York marked the 9th year for the event, focusing on how data-driven businesses can harness the value of Big Data. The keynote speakers lead many interesting discussions on artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, from saving snow leopards in the Himalayas to Carnegie Mellon’s fascinating efforts at making robots able to communicate and interact with humans. Data Doesn’t Lie, But Sometimes It’s Biased There were also some sobering thoughts on t...
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Video: CEO Josh Rogers on Innovations with Ironstream for Splunk and Recent Company Success

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:30
During Splunk .conf 2017 in Washington, D.C. this week, Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers sat down with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vallente and John Walls. In the recorded interview, they discuss two announcements Syncsort made during the event that expand on its success in the Big Iron to Big Data market with its innovative Ironstream product. They also touch on Syncsort’s impressive growth over the last two years, and the company’s plans going forward. Watch the video to learn more about the recent an...
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Don’t Miss our Latest eBook: Strategies for Change Data Capture

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 13:30
Change Data Capture, or CDC, is the process that ensures that changes made in one dataset are automatically transferred to the other dataset. CDC  is most often used with databases that hold important transactional data to make sure that data organizations are working with up-to-date information. It plays an important role in various areas of data management like enterprise data warehouse, business intelligence and data quality. In Syncsort’s lasted eBook, Strategies for Change Data Captur...
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Tracing Transactions from Mobile to Mainframe (Part 2): What you can see on the Dark Side of the Moon

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 13:29
In Part 1, Ian Hartley revealed how to illuminate transactions that have fallen off the radar onto the dark side of the moon. In this post, he looks at what you can see when you shed that light with Syncsort’s new product. Seeing the Dark Side via HTTP(S) With Ironstream® Transaction Tracing (ITT) you can: Leverage a low-impact, simple solution to track individual transactions across your infrastructure components and get information about their response times and health Monitor a specifi...
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Tracing Transactions from Mobile to Mainframe (Part 1): How to See the Dark Side of the Moon

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:30
In this two-part blog series, Syncsort’s Ian Hartley “geeks out” with details about our latest product, which allows for tracing transactions across your infrastructure from mobile to mainframe, shedding light on the blind spots. I’ll admit it. I’m a geek. OK, I’m a really geeky geek. I “geek out” on many things that some would find very strange indeed. Like a beautifully written piece of program code, or the inner workings of a new piece of hardware. I keep telling my teenage ...
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At Splunk .conf 2017: New Ways to Gain Business Insights and Meet Compliance Requirements from Mobile, Web and Mainframe Data

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:07
More and more organizations are looking for ways to access Mainframe data and make it available for business intelligence in next-generation analytics platforms. Splunk’s advanced visualization and analytics platform is a very popular target for diverse sources of enterprise-wide data, including mainframe. Syncsort designed Ironstream to provide total visibility into the z/OS environment by delivering mainframe machine data to Splunk® Enterprise and other Splunk platforms to provide unmatched an...
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Clean Up (But Don’t Drain!) Your Data Swamp

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:30
Organizations want data lakes. But too often, they end up instead with data swamps that are of little use for transforming data into value. If you’re struggling to turn your data swamp into a clear data lake, keep reading for data lake organization and storage best practices. In case it’s not clear, the term data swamp is something of a play on words. It’s not a term that professional data scientists frequently use. Data scientists do, however, talk about data lakes. A data lak...
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New eBook Alert: Know What You Don’t Know About Your Customers

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:30
In the age of eCommerce, there is a great need for companies to verify the identity of a given customer in real time. From credit card fraud to missed opportunities, the issues of incomplete, false or unreliable customer data can have a big effect on the bottom line of your business. Our latest eBook, “Know What You Don’t Know About Your Customers,” looks at how you can reduce your risk while capitalizing on data-driven opportunities in a three-step strategy to real-time custom...
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Open Data is Great – But Only If You Ensure Data Quality

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:30
Open data is all around us these days, which is a great thing. To leverage open data effectively, however, you need to be prepared to address the data quality risks. Here’s why and how. Defining Open Data The open data movement takes its cues from the open source software movement. Open source software refers to programs whose source code is available for the public to download, inspect, modify and, if desired, expand. In a similar fashion, open data means sets of databases that anyone ca...
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How to Clean and Trust Your Big Data

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:30
You’ve probably witnessed it, and maybe are doing it. Many organizations are just dumping as much data into a data lake as they can, trying to get to every data source in an enterprise and putting all the data into the data lake. We see it here at Syncsort, with the vast amount of data from mainframe and other sources heading to the data lake for analytics and other use cases. But what if you can’t trust the data because it has errors in it, duplicated data (like customer records!), and generall...
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