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Expert Interview (Part 3): Mike Olson on Diversity in Tech, Cloudera Altus and Director

4 hours 43 min ago
At the Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down with Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera. In the first part of the interview, Mike Olson went into what’s new at Cloudera, how machine learning is evolving, and the adoption of the Cloud in organizations. In part two, they discussed Gartner’s latest hype cycle, and where Mike Olsen sees Hadoop going. In this part, Mike Olson shares his views on women in tech and the difference between Cloudera Altus ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Cloudera’s Mike Olson on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:30
At the Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down with Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera. In the first part of the interview, Mike Olson went into what’s new at Cloudera, how machine learning is evolving, and the adoption of the Cloud in organizations. In this part he talks about Gartner’s latest hype cycle, and where he sees things going. The latest #Gartner #HypeCycle. @RobertsPaige interviews @mikeolson of @ClouderaClick To Tweet Paige:   Did...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Mike Olson on Cloudera, Machine Learning, and the Adoption of the Cloud

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:30
At the Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down with Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera. In this first of a three-part interview, Mike Olson goes into what’s new at Cloudera, how machine learning is evolving, and the adoption of the Cloud in organizations. #MachineLearning and adoption of the #Cloud! @RobertsPaige interviews @mikeolson of @ClouderaClick To Tweet Paige:   So, first off, go ahead and introduce yourself. Mike:    I’m Mike Olson fr...
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Webcast: Key Mainframe Trends for 2018

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 13:30
The results from Syncsort’s annual State of the Mainframe survey are in! Professionals from Financial Services, Health Care, IT, Government and more have weighed in on which key mainframe trends are most important to them. Our latest webcast, “Key Mainframe Trends for 2018” takes an in-depth look at the survey results and speaks about five mainframe trends to watch for in 2018. In addition to those trends, you’ll also learn the importance of: Investmenting in the mainfr...
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Capacity Management: How to Keep Your Mainframe Cruising

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:30
Businesses and IT organizations are changing, but the mainframe continues to be an important hub of business activity. Mainframe capacity management can ensure effective and efficient operation to help you maximize your return on investment and keep customers happy well into the future. Meeting Enterprise Operational Needs A friend of mine bought a 20-foot boat last summer so he could take his family tubing, water skiing, and fishing.  It’s fast, fairly easy to operate, and relatively inexpensiv...
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How to Measure Data Quality – 7 Metrics to Assess the Quality of Your Data

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:30
To measure data quality – and track the effectiveness of data quality improvement efforts – you need, well, data. Keep reading for a look at the types of data and metrics that organizations can use to measure data quality. Data quality refers to the ability of a set of data to serve an intended purpose. Low-quality data cannot be used effectively to do the thing with it that you wish to do. There are lots of good strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your data and build data bes...
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Big Data’s Hidden Sources: Where to Find Big Data

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:30
Big Data is all around you – including places where you may not think to look. Is your organization missing out on hidden data sets that can drive analytics and insight? Read on to review four Big Data sources you might be overlooking. Some Big Data sources are obvious. Software log files, databases that house customer records and the like are designed for the specific purpose of collecting and storing data. As a result, these are the places where organizations first tend to look when they seek ...
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How MIMIX and High Availability Bred True Love

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:30
MIMIX delivers high availability. Can it also deliver true love? For one couple, it did. Here’s how. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Syncsort recently learned about the story of Beth Mullen and Jim Hoffer. It goes like this… Kim Meets Beth In the late 1980s – back when the first generation of IBM iSeries hardware had just hit the market – Kim McCue, a programming consultant, met Beth, who was working at Merchant Express at the time. Kim and Beth launched a professional and pe...
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Webcast: 2018 Big Data Trends: Liberate, Integrate, and Trust Your Data

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:30
If you happened to miss our recent webcast, “2018 Big Data Trends: Liberate, Integrate, and Trust Your Data,” it’s now available to view on demand. Each year we send out a survey to find out what’s most important to people running Hadoop or Spark programs. This year almost 200 professionals from a variety of roles weighed in and let us know what matters to them in the world of big data. Our webcast, led by Paige Roberts, explores those results and dives into the top 5 big data trends to watch f...
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When Humans Fumble, HA/DR Recovers

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 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 HA/DR solutions originally appeared on their blog. Last year, an IT failure threw a major airline carrier into chaos, as flight cancellations affected hundreds of thousands of customers and caused the airline to suffer an embarrassing PR nightmare. Systems and operations have since recovered, but the lessons lea...
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What Do Hackers Really Want to Do With Your Data?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:30
You know hackers want to steal your data. But do you know why? This article explains. Understanding hackers’ motives is important for developing strong data protection strategies. If you don’t know exactly why attackers want to steal your data, it’s difficult to plan effective measures for stopping them. Inside the Minds of Hackers: A List of Motivations Following is a list of the most common motives for data theft today, along with tips on how to prevent various types of attac...
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Data democratization: finally living up to the name

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data democratization written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on InfoWorld. Data democratization is the idea that digital information should be accessible and understandable to the average end user as a basis for decision-making. Data democratization has been promoted as a competitive advantage in the global economy and a desirable, egalitarian end-state where all decisions are data-driven. But has this been the reality? In practice, I’ve f...
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Big Data Use Cases to Watch in 2018

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:30
Big Data is already a big deal. It is poised to become an even bigger deal in 2018, as Big Data is applied on a larger scale of use cases, from driverless cars to IoT. 2018 Big Data Use Cases: Not Exactly New, But Growing Fast Many of the Big Data use cases described below are not totally new. Over the coming year, however, they are in a position to grow and become more important as organizations look for new ways to leverage data. 1. Driverless Cars When you take a human driver out of a car, y...
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New eBook! State of Mainframe Operational Intelligence for 2018

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 13:30
We’ve recently completed our annual mainframe operational intelligence surveys of IT and data analytics professionals to identify trends, challenges and opportunities faced by enterprises investing in mainframe and Big Data technologies going into 2018. Respondents represented a wide range of IT disciplines and spanned vertical industries including financial services, insurance, health care, IT and government agencies. Our latest eBook, State of Mainframe Operational Intelligence for 2018,...
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How to Make Everyone Love the Mainframe

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:30
Many people inside your company may never think about your mainframe. But they should if you want to put your mainframe computers to the best use. Here’s how to help your employees understand and appreciate your mainframe. To most people at your company, your mainframe is an obscure, enigmatic machine. Few employees ever see it or interact with it. Many probably don’t even realize it is there. Those who do might mistakenly assume that it is a “supercomputer” that theyR...
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Big Data Disaster Recovery Preparation Tips

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:30
Preparing to recover Big Data workloads after an unexpected disaster requires more than just having data backups on hand. This article explains how to build an effective Big Data disaster recovery strategy. Disaster recovery is the process of restoring normal operations after an unexpected event destroys part or all of your IT infrastructure. All organizations should have a disaster recovery plan in place. However, the importance of disaster recovery is even greater for companies that rely heavi...
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Expert Interview (Part 4): Katharine Jarmul on Anonymization and Introducing Randomness to Test Data Sets

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. For this final installment, we’ll discuss some of the work Katharine is doing in the areas of anonymization so that data can be r...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Katharine Jarmul on Women in Tech and the Impact of Biased Data in Both Human & Machine Learning Models

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. Part 3 dives into the position of being one of the women in tech, the challenges of creating an inclusive company culture, and ho...
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New White Paper! Beyond Compliance: Better Data Quality and Governance Equals Better Business

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 13:30
Compliance with regulatory initiatives is prompting many organizations to closely examine their data quality and data governance efforts. But as organizations address these requirements, they find that the intersection of data quality and governance offers significant business benefits beyond the compliance focus. Business owners and data analysts are asking key questions about their data such as: Where do I have data stored? Is data stored in multiple places? Which is the right data source to...
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Building a Mainframe Disaster Recovery Strategy

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 13:30
Your mainframe may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re planning for disaster recovery. But it should be because getting your mainframe back up and running quickly is essential for maintaining business continuity following a disaster. When it comes to disaster recovery preparation, mainframes present some unique challenges. For one, it’s not usually practical to set up a secondary mainframe in a remote location to serve as a backup system, as you would do with commodity s...
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