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Data Management Strategies: 3 Battle-Tested Pointers

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:30
What does effective data management look like in practice? Keep reading for a discuss of three best practices that are essential for building an effective data management strategy. Data management refers to the way you collect, store, migrate, transform, analyze and archive data. It involves all types of data, from machine-generated data like logs to manually input user data. Effective data management is crucial for transforming your data into value. Data on its own is not very useful, but data ...
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New White Paper! Causes and Effects of Data Breaches

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:30
Data breaches should alarm every organization. Their costs are increasing, dramatically in some cases, and their negative impacts may extend well beyond the event. Customers are more likely to sever relationships—and prospective customers are less likely to form new relationships—after a serious data breach. Syncsort’s white paper, “Causes and Effects of Data Breaches,” explains exactly what data breaches are, what causes them, the costs your organization might incur as a resul...
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AES vs PGP Encryption: What is the Difference?

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort recently acquired IBM i data security products (encryption, tokenization, authentication, FTP and SIEM integration) from Townsend Security. The article below is an update to their popular blog post explaining the difference between AES and PGP encryption. In the world of data security there are many different types of encryption, but arguably the two most common are AES and PGP. With so many three-letter acronyms in the technical landscape, it’s easy to get lost in data security convers...
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Importance of Data Quality: How to Explain it To Your Boss

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:30
As an IT professional, you know what data quality means and why it’s important. But does your boss? If not, it’s time to explain the importance of data quality to the higher-ups in your company, in order to ensure that you have the tools and support you need to manage data most effectively. For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume that your boss lacks special technical expertise related to data management. We’ll also assume that his or her main goal is to drive busi...
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The State of IBM i: Facts and Trends about IBM i Systems in 2018

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:30
Who’s using IBM i systems today, how are they using it, and what are the current trends in IBM i deployments? Those are questions worth asking as IBM i celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Keep reading for some answers, based on various data points about how IBM i and POWER servers are being used in 2018. Unless you work with IBM i systems, you may not think much about this line of computers. But perhaps you should. Although IBM’s midrange systems, which date back to the release of the...
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How Remastering Data for GDPR Improves Customer Service

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data bias written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. The recent Equifax breach left millions of consumers wondering not only if their personal data was at risk, but also what data Equifax had about them in the first place. In a world where commenting “And now for something completely different” on someone’s Facebook post triggers ads for Monty Python T-shirts, it’s natural that people want to know what your company knows about t...
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New White Paper! Layers of Data Security

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 13:30
In this age of data breaches and cyber-threats, the best way to secure your environment is through layers. Fortunately, this multi-faceted solution doesn’t have to be complicated. Syncsort has released their “Layers of Data Security” white paper to show some potential layers that an organization may choose to protect when thinking about a security plan. To be effective and as close as possible to foolproof, data security must be layered. Some types of threats can be blocked only at c...
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Capacity Management in Review: From Basics to Real-Life Use Cases and Best Practices

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:30
Welcome back to Syncsort Summer School. Take advantage of this traditionally slower business season to catch up on new technologies or trends to help you perform your job better and justify your next raise! We’re picking up this series of blog posts where we left, starting with everything you need to know about Capacity Management. Getting Started If you’re just getting started, we’ve got the perfect primer for you! This article covers the basics of capacity management. You’ll also walk away wit...
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Data Quality Scorecard: How Does Your Company Measure Up?

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:30
You know a data quality strategy is important. But do you know how to assess how good of a job your company is doing at achieving data quality? Keep reading for tips on developing a data quality scorecard for your organization. Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to serve a specific purpose. Achieving data quality is important because, without it, you will struggle to put your data to work for you. In fact, a lack of data quality could mean that your data causes you more he...
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How Long Can You Live Without Your Data?

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 13:30
How long can you live without your data? This article explains how to answer that question, which is essential for designing a data availability strategy capable of meeting your needs. Data Is Like Hot Water In a sense, data is like your home’s hot water heater or electrical service. When either of those things fail, it results in an immediate inconvenience. But at first, you’ll be able to tolerate the failure. A few hours without electricity or a day without hot water are usually ac...
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Challenges with VSAM Data – Change Data Capture (CDC) Solutions and Benefits

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:30
A while back, Syncsort’s VP of Data Integration R&D, Fernanda Tavares, wrote a blog about Overcoming Technical Challenges in Large Mainframe to Hadoop Implementations where she explains how Syncsort leads the way in helping enterprises leverage their mainframe data in Hadoop. This article expands on that topic by presenting a new feature that helps refresh the Hadoop data lake with data from growing mainframe data sets faster and more efficiently. While more and more applications runni...
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New eBook! Data Encryption in the Mainframe World

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 13:30
In today’s world of constant security threats and breaches, enhanced compliance regulations and data protection capabilities have become forefront for all organizations. Driven by compliance regulations such as FIPS, HIPPA and GDPR, organizations are challenging their IT departments to protect their data and digital assets with a vengeance never seen before. Syncsort’s new eBook, Data Encryption in the Mainframe World, explains some of the tools and technologies that continue to emerge on ...
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What IT Pros Need to Know (and Forget) About Managed Services

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:30
If you’ve ever walked into a grocery store, you’ve probably seen employees stock shelves. What you may not know is that, in many cases, the people stocking those shelves aren’t employed by the grocery store, but rather by the vendor whose products they are stocking. And it makes sense: companies would sooner trust their own employees to handle their products properly than a busy and sometimes understaffed supermarket. This is how Terry Plath, Syncsorts’ Senior Vice President of Support and Servi...
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Catching Up with GDPR Compliance

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:30
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline of May 25, 2018 has passed, but many organizations are still grappling with the data governance challenges it has created. Whether your organization conducts most, some or just a small amount of business in Europe, there are many aspects of data management you need to consider to comply with the regulation.  Here’s some great sources of information from industry experts to help bring you up-to-speed. The Deadline compliance ...
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Is Big Data Dangerous? 3 Common-Sense Data Management Guidelines

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:30
Data is a crucial driver of value for most businesses today. But when managed improperly, data can become more of a liability than a benefit. Keep reading for tips on creating a data management strategy that helps, rather than hurts, your company. No matter which industry your business is in, it almost certainly relies on data to a significant extent. These days, you don’t have to be a big bank or an insurance company to live and breathe data. You could also be, for example, a fast-food r...
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New eBook! TDWI Checklist Report: Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:30
In a big data environment, the notion of data quality that is “fit for purpose” is important. For some types of data science and analytics, raw, messy data is exactly what users want. Yet, even in this case, users need to know the data’s flaws and inconsistencies so that the unexpected insights they seek are based on knowledge, not ignorance. Syncsort’s new eBook, Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics, takes a look at applying data quality methods and technologies ...
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9 Mainframe Statistics That May Surprise You

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:30
How important are mainframes today? One way of answering that question is to take a look at some statistics relating to how mainframes are currently used. Keep reading for data points about the state of the mainframe today that you may find surprising. 1. 71 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Use Mainframes. More specifically, they use IBM Z systems. (Source.) 2. Mainframes handle 87 percent of all credit card transactions. Did you buy something with your Visa or Mastercard today? More likely than...
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Is Multi-Cloud Architecture Right For Your Data?

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:30
Could a multi-cloud architecture improve your data management strategy? That’s a question more and more companies are likely to ask themselves as multi-cloud computing grows in popularity. What Is Multi-Cloud Computing? Multi-cloud computing refers to cloud computing architectures in which organizations leverage multiple clouds at once. In some cases, multi-cloud architectures involve spreading the same workload across multiple clouds in order to provide resiliency and high availability. F...
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Ideas, Insights, Innovation at DataWorks 2018 – Advances in Leveraging Hadoop and the Cloud

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:30
The 2018 DataWorks in San Jose had 2100 attendees from 32 countries and showed some innovation in its format by showcasing product demos in the newly conceived Expo Theater and Demopalooza sessions. #BigData, #MachineLearning, and #Cloud are just a few of the trends from #DWS18. @DataWorksSummit.Click To Tweet John Kreisa, VP of Marketing at Hortonworks, kicked off the DataWorks conference by getting into the spirit of the WorldCup and reciting some great statistics from the last World Cup: 3....
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Top 5 Expert Interviews on Big Data, Machine Learning, AI, and Cloud

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:30
2018 has been a big year for expert interviews so far. We’ve spoken with professionals in Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, the Cloud, and more! Here are just a few of the most popular experts that we’ve spoken to so far this year. Check out these great expert interviews! #MachineLearning #ArtificialIntelligence #BigDataClick To Tweet 1. Mike Olson As the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera, Mike Olson (@mikeolson) had just given a presentation on ...
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