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Athene Cloud and Athene 11 General Availability

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:30
The recent release of AtheneTM Cloud and AtheneTM 11 provide exciting new features and capabilities to our clients and open those capabilities to organizations everywhere. Athene Cloud takes the world-class Athene capacity management software and puts all of the processing and storage in the cloud.  This means that organizations can let Syncsort manage their server, the Capacity Management Information System (CMIS, also known as the Athene database), as well as provide key services to organizati...
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3 Ways to Prevent a Data Breach from Becoming an Ordeal

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:30
It’s easy to think of a data breach as a one-time event, putting the affected company at risk for a workday and causing residual headaches for maybe a week. But when IT systems aren’t regularly audited for security and layered stopgaps aren’t put in place to mitigate the damage, even significant multinational agencies like Equifax can remain vulnerable for months. How can you make sure you’re not caught sleeping at the wheel when the time comes to put your data security to action? 1. Audit Earl...
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Data Availability 101: What Data Availability Means and How to Achieve It

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:30
What is data availability, and what does data availability mean for your business? Keep reading for an overview of data availability and best practices for achieving it. What Is Data Availability? Put simply, data availability refers to the ability of data to remain accessible at all times, including following unexpected disruptions. You could think of data availability as the data equivalent of application uptime. Software vendors and service providers like to talk about how they guarantee an e...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Elise Roy on Human Centered Design and Overcoming Challenges with Big Data

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:30
In case you missed Part 1, read here! Recently, while Elise was working with NPR, they discussed the fact that episodes of NPR programs posted online did not provide captions. While these shows generally have an article associated with them or a transcript of the conversation, Elise pointed out that NPR might be filtering out a significant portion of the population who might have hearing loss but are still able to appreciate an audio-centered show. Or, those who were completely deaf who liked th...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Human Centered Design and Elise Roy on Transforming Disability into Innovation

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:30
Elise Roy says that losing her hearing when she was 10 years old has been one of the greatest gifts she’s ever received. Early on, she viewed her loss as something she had to deal with and overcome. That perspective has shifted though. “My disability has become an asset,” Elise says. “Rather than something I have to deal with, it’s a tool.” A tool Elise has leveraged in just about every job she’s taken on – as one of the country’s few deaf lawyers, as an artist and designer, and as a human righ...
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Webcast: Introducing the Latest in High Availability from Syncsort

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released their latest on-demand webcast: Introducing the Latest in High Availability from Syncsort. In a recent survey of 5,632 IT professionals – on the topic of data protection strategies and IT priorities – 67% responded with data availability as the top measure of IT performance. These statistics clearly state how the impact of downtime on customers, partners and employees is increasingly visible and costly in today’s constantly connected world. Syncsort’s market-leading portfo...
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Generation Z and Mainframe Programming

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:30
When you think of mainframe programming, images of scruffy old men stuck in the 1960s might come to mind. Yet as Caroline McNutt, a young mainframe programmer at Ensono explained recently, this image does not reflect reality. Ensono provides managed IT services for a variety of infrastructure, including mainframes. McNutt, who has worked with Ensono’s mainframe teams in the company’s Conway, Arkansas location since 2016, recently spoke to us about the state of the mainframe, the role...
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Data Socialization 101: What Is Data Socialization, and Why Should You Care?

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:30
Data socialization is one of the newest buzzwords in the world of data analytics and management. What does data socialization mean, and what can it do for you? Find out in this post. What Is Data Socialization? In a nutshell, data socialization refers to the sharing of data and data analytics tools with all members of an organization. The key idea behind data socialization is to make data-driven insights available to everyone in a self-service fashion. Another way of defining data socialization...
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Solving Data Quality Problems Is Not (Only) Programmers’ Responsibility

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:30
Most software is of little use without data to feed into it. When the data is bad, the software performs poorly. Whose job is it to make sure that the data that applications use is of high quality? If you think the burden is on programmers alone, think again. It may be tempting to assume that developers bear primary responsibility for ensuring that the software they write works properly no matter which data is fed into it. After all, since they write the code, they alone have the power to contro...
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Two Big Reasons Why the GDPR Matters Outside the European Union

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 13:30
If you think the GDPR — a European Union regulation that impacts data management — matters only for companies based in the E.U., think again. The GDPR is truly international in scope. Here’s why. In case you’ve somehow missed it, the GDPR (that’s short for General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation designed to protect the personal data of consumers in the European Union. The GDPR’s requirements are far too lengthy to detail here. But suffice it to sa...
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New White Paper! Leveraging the Potential and Power of Real-Time Data

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new white paper titled, “Leveraging the Potential and Power of Real-Time Data.” Business leaders recognize that their companies, industries, and markets are being disrupted by nimble digital players that are leveraging real-time information to respond to customers, predict trends, and manage operations. To compete in this new environment, they need to engage with customers, partners, and employees with speed and agility, to understand what is happening in thei...
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5 Reasons Why Effective Data Management Is Essential for User Experience

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:30
Delivering an excellent user experience is essential to attracting and retaining customers. And although data management may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about optimizing user experience, maybe it should be. User experience — or just UX, as really trendy folks put it — has become something of a buzzword at the intersection of IT and business. That has happened with good reason. In a world where a quarter of mobile users abandon an app after just one use, ...
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Weatherproof Your Data with Hurricane Preparedness

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:30
June is the official start of hurricane season in the North Atlantic region of the world. While the protection of your home and family goes without saying, it’s also worthwhile to mind the protection of your data centers and other information management facilities. Whether or not you keep production or target servers in areas heavily affected by hurricanes, proper disaster recovery preparedness must be an annual (or, even better, semi-annual) routine. Data Center Knowledge published an excellent...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Nicola Askham on Getting Started with a Data Governance Plan

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Collibra Data Citizens event in Jersey City, NJ, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had some time to sit and speak with Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach. The first part spoke about the advantage of doing data governance as an overall strategy, rather than tactically addressing each new government regulation requirement. In this part Askham speaks about what goes into planning and starting a data governance initiative as well as what’s next for her in coaching. Roberts: If someone wa...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Nicola Askham on Implementing a Data Governance Strategy

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Collibra Data Citizens event in Jersey City, NJ, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had some time to sit and speak with Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach. In the first of this two-part interview series, Roberts and Askham speak about some of the advantages of implementing data governance as an overall strategy, rather than tactically addressing each new government regulation requirement. Roberts: Can you tell the readers a little about yourself before we begin? Askham: I’m know...
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Webcast: Digital Transformation: How to Run Best-in-Class IT Operations in a World of Machine Learning

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released their latest on-demand webcast: Digital Transformation: How to Run Best-in-Class IT Operations in a World of Machine Learning. Watch as Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann and Syncsort’s Chief Product Officer, David Hodgson discuss the digital transformation taking place in IT and how machine learning and AI are helping IT leaders create a more business-centric view of their world. IT leaders looking to move beyond reactive troubleshooting need to find the inters...
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To Achieve Scalability, Don’t Overlook Your Mainframe

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:30
Scalability is the be-all, end-all of the IT world today. And when it comes to achieving scalability, mainframes can often help you more than commodity servers. Here’s why. Scalability refers to the ability of IT infrastructure or software to support workloads of increasing size. Being able to scale is essential for ensuring that the extent of your IT resources doesn’t stifle your business’s ability to handle more transactions or support more customers. Today, when most people ...
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Common Security Challenges on the Mainframe and IBM i Platforms

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 13:30
Security on the mainframe and IBM i platform (and all of IT) is at the forefront of CIO/CTO minds today. Various compliance laws and regulations, most recently GDPR, has forced these leaders to focus on how safe and secure their data is – as well as the ability to have security team visibility into this data. There are various areas to consider with respect to security. I’ll touch on each of them briefly here: Controlling access to system and data Are the people entrusted with access to data the...
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Plugging into IBM i’s Future at PowerUp18

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:30
Where better to celebrate the 30th birthday of the IBM i than at POWERUp18, the annual meeting of the COMMON user group, held this past week in San Antonio, Texas? The title of Monday’s keynote session, “30 years of innovation and we’re just getting started” aptly summed up the event as hundreds of IT professionals, and the vendors that serve them, gathered to commemorate the history of the IBM i platform and prepare for the future. As Dr. Stefanie Chiras, IBM’s Vice President of Offering Manag...
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How to Make Big Data Work for Business Efficiency: Moscow Summit on Business Sustainability

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 13:30
The Summit on Business Sustainability, which was held on May 16th in Moscow, was the first event in Russia under the new Syncsort brand. The experts of Syncsort discussed Big Data trends and major challenges to Big Data-driven business, such as rapid growth, confidence in the data a company collects, data compliance with regulatory requirements, effective resource management and more. Data has ceased to be just an addition for businesses and has become an essential part of the equation. Entrepre...
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