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New eBook! Bridging the Gap Between Big Iron & Big Data

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook, Bridging the Gap Between Big Iron & Big Data, to assist in overcoming the four biggest challenges of leveraging mainframe data, and explaining how to offload costly batch workloads from the mainframe onto today’s Big Data technologies. Today’s path of exporting mainframe data and importing it into Hadoop isn’t just complicated, but it’s a huge hassle that has extreme time and cost implications. These have discouraged organizations from using mainfram...
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The Hidden Hand of Data Bias

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data bias written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. Biased data and decisions represent significant risks to your organization both monetarily and ethically and ultimately may impact your ability to achieve revenue goals and maintain brand reputation On March 27, 2018, amid other recent scandals, the National Fair Housing Alliance and three other organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that Facebook’s advertisin...
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Expert Interview: Rachel Warren Gives Some Valuable Tips on Tuning Spark Jobs

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:30
At last year’s Data Day event in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Rachel Warren, Senior Data Scientist at Salesforce. Warren discussed how she got involved in the tech field, as well as providing some valuable advice for debugging and tuning Spark. Roberts: First off, can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Warren: My name is Rachel Warren. I am a software engineer/data scientist, currently employed for Salesforce Einstein, and I’ve been doing some work with ...
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Syncsort’s New Branding: What It Means for You

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:30
We are excited about the roll out of Syncsort’s new branding! Today’s launch is the result of a months-long journey to better share our story and deepen our connection with our customers. Syncsort brand refresh reflects meaningful growth and transformation Over the past two years ago, our company has experienced tremendous growth. Through strategic mergers and acquisitions, we’ve doubled in size, nearly tripled our revenue, and added market-leading data quality, capacity management, data availa...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Paige Bartley on the GDPR and its Adoption in Other Regions

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. The final installment focuses on the difference between the technology and process in the GDPR and how it can potentially inspire other regions to create regulations of their own. Do you think the GDPR will inspire similar frameworks in other jurisdicti...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Paige Bartley on Data Lineage, Data Quality, and Data Availability in GDPR Compliance

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. Part 2 weighs in on the role of data lineage, data quality, and data availability in GDPR compliance as well as the level of enforcement that we should expect after the deadline. What role do data lineage, data quality, and data availability play in GDP...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): The GDPR, Data and You with Ovum’s Paige Bartley

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. For part one, Bartley focuses on how prepared organizations are for GDPR as well as some key challenges they may face. Is the typical organization ready for the big day — May 25 — when the GDPR goes into effect? In general, a significant port...
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The Latest in High Availability Solutions With MIMIX 9

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:30
This has been a turbulent year for IT professionals working in all industries. Resilience has routinely made the headlines as technology-related disasters have impacted scores of organizations. One formidable adversary of IT resilience is Mother Nature. Disruptive natural disasters this year, such as the Kilauea volcano erupting on the big island of Hawaii, hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, and raging California wildfires, all underscored the need for high availability, data protection, solid ...
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Hot Topics at IDUG 2018: Data Analytics, Encryption and GDPR

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:30
From its humble beginnings back in 1988, the International DB2 Users Group has transformed to offer a range of content to its members, including educational events, technical courses, and yearly conferences – one of which took place in Philadelphia this year. The 2018 IDUG Db2 Tech Conference in  kicked off with a keynote speech by IDUG Founder Andrew Filipowski. He gave the audience a brief history of IDUG on this occasion of its 30th anniversary. IDUG 2018 was a particularly vibrant meeting i...
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Andi Mann and David Hodgson on the Digital Transformation in IT

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 13:30
IT leaders looking to move beyond reactive troubleshooting need to find the intersection of maintaining existing systems while still driving innovation. Identifying ways to bring existing infrastructure and legacy systems into the modern world of digital transformation can create the business advantage you need. On May 24th, join us for a conversation with Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann and Syncsort’s Chief Product Officer, David Hodgson as they discuss the digital transformation...
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What Defines Data Quality, Anyway?

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:30
In a general sense, data quality is the ability of a data set to meet an intended goal. But what does that mean, specifically? Which factors go into achieving data quality? Let’s explore. If you want to read more about the basics of data quality and the reasons why it’s important, check out this article, What is Data Quality? Explaining What Data Quality Actually Means. But if you already understand the core ideas behind data quality, and seek strategies for achieving an effective da...
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Collibra Data Citizens – Data Governance Puts the Intelligence In Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:30
I attended my first Collibra Data Citizens event this past week. There was a lot to see and a lot to learn at Collibra’s celebration of their 10th birthday. My on-line Twitter world crossed over a lot into the event and back. Much of the catchiest bits of wisdom were captured in the #DataCitizens18 Twitter stream. Also, one of the highlights of the event for me, personally, was meeting some cool data governance consultants who had been Twitter friends with me for a long time, but who I hadn’t me...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Holden Karau on the Future of Spark and the Open Source Community

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Holden Karau, who was then at IBM, and is now a Developer Advocate at Google. Ms. Karau is also a Spark committer and the author of Learning Spark. In the first part of this interview, she discussed her newest book from O’Reilly, High Performance Spark. In this part, Roberts and Karau go more into what the future holds for the latest versions of Spark, and the open source community. ...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Holden Karau on Her Latest Book and Upcoming Spark Developments

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Holden Karau, who was then at IBM, and is now a Developer Advocate at Google. Ms. Karau is also a Spark committer and the author of Learning Spark. In the first of this two-part blog series, they discuss the release of Karau’s newest book from O’Reilly as well as some upcoming new developments in Spark. Roberts: For our readers, let’s start with your name and what you do. Karau: My n...
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Fifteen Minute Webcasts To Get You Ready For GDPR Compliance

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a series of short webcasts in an effort to inform people of the importance in GDPR compliance. Check out these three great videos from our Flash Friday series in the GDPR Round-Up and be prepared for May 25th! GDPR & Data Quality In the first part of the Flash Friday webcast series, we talk about the importance of Data Quality for GDPR compliance. Learn why Data Quality is critical for the GDPR and how Data Quality simultaneously benefits GDPR compliance and business gr...
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We All Use Mainframes, Every Day

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:30
When was the last time you used a mainframe? It was probably much more recently than you realize. Here’s why. Unless you’re a mainframe programmer or operator, it’s pretty unlikely that you often — or ever — sit down at a mainframe terminal and use a mainframe system directly. However, if you apply a somewhat more liberal definition to the term use, virtually everyone who does anything uses a mainframe every day. Here are examples of routine tasks and events in whic...
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CDC, Lineage, and Governance, Oh My!

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 13:30
Just like Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz who sang of “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”, it seemed as if there were 3 topics that were constant points of discussion during the recent Enterprise Data World show in San Diego. Those topics were, CDC, Data Lineage and Data Governance, Oh My! You know that new technologies or methodologies have become mainstream when they either get the treatment of the 3-letter acronym or consume much of the discussion at trade shows. This w...
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For An Effective Data Quality Strategy, Context Is Everything

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:30
When it comes to data quality, one size does not fit all. To build an effective data quality strategy, you need to take context into account. The reason why is simple enough: If data quality is defined as the ability of a given data set to meet an intended purpose, then the question of whether or not you have quality data hinges on what you intend to do with the data. This isn’t to say that certain overarching features are important parts of data quality in almost all cases. Data quality u...
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