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NEW! TDWI Checklist Report: Cloud Data-Quality Tool Considerations

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:30
Should #Cloud play a part in your #DataQuality? Review 7 considerations on this checklistClick To Tweet More and more businesses are deciding whether to use the cloud to introduce new data quality software, increase their data quality tool users, save on infrastructure costs, minimize the time to rollout of the tools, and build trust in their enterprise’s information assets—the ultimate goal of data quality efforts. The latest TDWI Checklist Report lays out seven key considerations for organiz...
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Mainframes Are So Important, Even Docker Is Officially Supporting Them

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:30
Need a reminder that mainframes still matter? Take a look at some of the most recent news from Docker, the pathbreaking container platform that has now added official enterprise support for mainframes. Docker is an open platform for running applications inside containers. Containers are like virtual machines in that they package applications into a portable, isolated environment. But they offer distinct advantages over virtual machines, including better performance and more environment consisten...
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Official and Unofficial Linux Distributions for IBM POWER8 Systems

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:30
One of the advantages of IBM POWER8 systems is that they support a variety of Linux distributions. And choice is good. Yet with choice comes responsibility. You have to decide which Linux distribution is best for your POWER8 environments. If you’re struggling to make the decision, this article is for you. It outlines the pros and cons of the major Linux distributions that support IBM POWER8. Choosing a #Linux distribution for your #POWER8? Review your options here…Click To Tweet Ba...
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Managed Resilience Services Open up Possibilities for a Large Company

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:30
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 2016 blog post summarizing how managed resilience services at a large organization made a big difference in realizing the benefits of disaster recovery readiness. Managed Services for High Availability & Disaster Recovery Managed Services from Vision Solutions help businesses of all sizes meet their...
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Fighting Plagiarism with Machine Learning

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:30
The World Wide Web is a plagiarist’s dream. Huge amounts of digital content are readily available, and they can be easily copied. Fortunately, there’s hope for people fighting plagiarized content. Using data analytics and machine learning, plagiarism can be kept in check. Plagiarism, of course, is the act of reproducing someone else’s work or ideas, in whole or in part, without giving credit to the original creator. Plagiarism can involve verbatim copying of text, images or ot...
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Transaction Visibility from Mobile to Mainframe

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 13:30
Your most visible and strategic business services rely on transactions that originate on a mobile or web-based platform and connect to back-end applications on a mainframe. You’re likely monitoring these services 24/7 for potential problems impacting response times and performance – but do you have the details you need to identify and fix problems when they arise on the mainframe? In our recent webcast End-to-End Transaction Visibility from Mobile Devices to Your Mainframe, our experts Ed Halloc...
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New eBook! DB2 System Tuning and Optimization: Old Meets New

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:30
Even thought there have been huge advancements in software and hardware technology, data infrastructure optimization is still critical to enterprises today. Optimization saves time, resources and money – money that enables organizations to repurpose dollars in flat budgets for desired business initiatives that require additional spend. Our latest eBook DB2 System Tuning and Optimization: Old Meets New reviews changes in system performance management, SQL query challenges and the future of managi...
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Best Practices for Creating Data Quality Rules

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:30
In my prevous blog post, I shared four data quality trends I observed at recent industry events that are essential to data governance. In today’s post, I take a deeper dive into my conference presentation, reviewing best practices for creating data quality rules that help organizations to improve data governance and support business intelligence. The 7 Dimensions of Data Quality Rules When creating data quality rules, consider the data quality dimensions you want to create. There can be up...
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4 Data Quality Trends I Observed During Recent Data Governance Events

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:30
Over the past five weeks, I’ve attended and presented at four different events, including the Strata Data, Data Governance Financial Services, and Information Management MDM & Data Governance conferences in the New York metro area and ASG EVOLVE in Washington, DC. What’s clear to me… data governance is still at various forms of maturity across organizations, but also is important as ever, if not more so. Data Quality in Data Governance Why is data quality such an important part of data gover...
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Meeting the Challenge of Mainframe Data on Hadoop

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This post was originally published earlier this year on Keylink’s blog. Experience and customer feedback tell us that working with mainframe data on Hadoop and Apache Spark isn’t easy, but the amazing array of customer and transactional data sets stored on the mainframe makes it crucial for successful Big Data analytics and machine learning initiatives. That’s why it’s time to liberate your mainframe data and drive better business insights. What are t...
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Get our latest eBook – Mainframe Challenge: Unlocking the Value of Legacy Data

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:30
If your organization is running legacy systems, you’re likely struggling to fully integrate your legacy data into new data analytics platforms and your business intelligence deliverables. That siloed data can also compromise data governance and security. In our latest eBook, Mainframe Challenge: Unlocking the Value of Legacy Data, we review ways to help you tackle these obstacles so you can unlock the value of your mainframe data. Download the eBook to learn more. The post Get our latest eBoo...
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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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