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Where Will Mainframes be in Ten Years?

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:30
How will the mainframe industry change over the next decade? Will mainframes even still be around? The short answers to those questions are  “a lot” and  “almost certainly.” Keep reading for the longer take. The Future of Mainframes While predicting the future is always risky business, it’s easy enough to look at current trends in the mainframe industry and extrapolate on them to understand how mainframes might change over the next ten years. Key observations in th...
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A New Brand: Reflecting the Present, Preparing for the Future

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:30
Over the last couple years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing first hand the remarkable transformation taking place at Syncsort. In that time, we have tripled our revenue, more than doubled the number of talented employees, and established a definitive leadership position in a segment of the data management software market that we call Big Iron to Big Data. Today, we proudly talk about our more than 7,000 customers, our deep engineering & product relationships with leading next-generation...
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Continuous Data Quality: What It Means and Why You Need It

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:30
Achieving data quality is not enough to maximize the value of big data operations. In order to make the very most of big data, your data quality should be continuous. Here’s what continuous data quality means, and how to achieve it. What Is Data Quality? Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to fulfill an intended purpose. Without data quality, the information that you attempt to use to drive business value will fall short of enabling the insights you seek. Problems like miss...
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Firefighting, Running and Beyond: Big Data Success Stories

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:30
You hear about big data all day long. But do you know how it’s used in the real world? Here’s a look at use cases where big data solved real problems. One of the reasons big data has become so popular is the variety of things you can do with it. As the following use cases illustrate, the list of ways that data can be put to work is virtually unlimited. Netflix Predicts What Users Want Producing a television series is expensive. If you make the wrong bet about which type of content y...
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New White Paper! The Keys to Data Governance Success

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 12:30
It’s important that organizations looking to establish and implement data governance stay lean and agile while taking advantage of a framework of best practices. Our latest White Paper, “Start Small, Gain Support, Collaborate, and Quantify – The Keys to Data Governance Success“, goes into depth on the key challenges that come along with implementation. By taking a different approach to data governance, it’s possible to move from looking at governance as a “data” issue that onl...
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Mainframe Meets Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at SHARE Sacramento

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:30
Winter SHARE 2018 was held in Sacramento, California the week of March 12th. Throughout the years the scope and tone of the SHARE conference has changed based upon the technologies everyone is discussing. In the past, it was focused on the mainframe and how to better manage your environment. This year, SHARE was focused on emerging technologies that can be used to manage and monitor your environment. The most talked about next-generation tech being Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. A...
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Tips for Cost-Effective Data Security

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:30
When it comes to data security, there is no shortage of tools and strategies to invest in. The major challenge for businesses is determining which data security solutions deliver the best bang for the buck. The following strategies can help to achieve data security without breaking the bank. Don’t Store What You Don’t Need Perhaps the most basic rule of data security — and the most cost-effective policy to implement — is to avoid storing data that is not necessary to your...
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Explaining Big Data to Your Boss: What to Prioritize

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30
As an engineer, you know what big data means. And your boss might think that he or she knows what big data means. But how do you get your boss to understand what big data really means? That’s a burning question in an age when big data is one of the most frequently peddled buzzwords of the IT world. Lots of people — including bosses — like to talk about big data. But being able to talk about big data does not necessarily imply true understanding of best practices for working wit...
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Women in Tech: Recognizing Female Leadership in Technology

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:30
Even as the tech industry continues to grow as new technologies and data are applied to traditional industries, women in tech remain underrepresented. But there are signs of hope that the gender diversity gap is closing. Over the past year, women have found their voice to raise awareness around workplace issues such as sexual harassment and pay inequality. Women have been empowered to push for change by banding together and stepping up into leadership roles. Will the tech industry be next to see...
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New eBook! 50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:30
Over the past five decades, the focus for the mainframe has been on bigger, faster and cheaper processing power. This is no surprise, considering the technology advancements that have occurred. In Syncsort’s new eBook, “50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer“, Ed Hallock talks about how amazing the past 50 years has been for the mainframe, with unbelievable advances in technology and business practices. Not only have mainframes evolved, but...
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Maximizing Mainframe Visibility

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:30
Do you have a mainframe visibility problem? If so, you probably also have mainframe security and performance problems. Here’s how to improve visibility for your mainframe. In IT, visibility means an understanding of what is happening in your systems and infrastructure. Visibility is important because it provides the foundation for making informed decisions about security, performance optimization and the expansion of your infrastructure. If you lack visibility, you’re shooting in the...
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How Data Science Can be a Game Changer: Strata San Jose Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of AI and Machine Learning

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:30
The big theme in this year’s Strata Data Conference in San Jose was how Data Science can be a business game changer. In his keynote remarks, Eric Colson from Stitch Fix pointed out that differentiation has always been key to doing business. Data Science now offers a new opportunity for organizations to set themselves apart. New Data Sciences Will Provide New Business Insights If a data scientist can come up with an insight that no one else has thought of yet, it could give considerable advantag...
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Video: Syncsort CTO on Trends in Data Science, Streaming & Cloud, and their Impact on Data Governance

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:30
During Strata Data Conference 2018 in San Jose, California, Syncsort CTO, Dr. Tendü Yoğurtçu sat down with theCUBE co-hosts George Gilbert and Lisa Martin at Big Data SV 2018. In the recorded interview, they discuss three key industry trends in Data Science, streaming and the Cloud, and how all of them create data governance challenges. Watch the video to learn more about what organizations are doing as they work to make data their core strategy, and how Syncsort is working to help them. Data S...
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Don’t Just Back Up Data. Do It With High Availability In Mind

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:30
Do you back up your data with high availability in mind? Or do you just back it up to back it up? A backup strategy that doesn’t lead to high availability falls short of its full potential. By now, most people know that they should back up data. More than half of them have backup routines in place. However, simply backing up your data is not necessarily enough to achieve your goals. There is a reason why 75 percent of people who back up data are not able to restore all of it following a fa...
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Webcast: Methods of Forecasting for Capacity Management

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 13:30
The importance of forecasting when dealing with Capacity Management can not be overstated. Making statements or predictions for future events require careful analysis of all information, and events can be anything from the state of resource consumption, to service levels, and even computing environment changes at future points in time. Syncsort has released their webcast, “Methods of Forecasting for Capacity Management” which dives into the importance of forecasting, along with the ...
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Cashing in on Mainframe’s Hidden Riches: Key 2018 Trends for Connecting Big Iron with Advanced Big Data Analytics

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:30
In the last blog, “Mainframes Continue to Reign in 2018: Key Trends that Support Big Iron’s Sovereign Rule,” I addressed the results of our recently completed annual survey of IT and data analytics professionals to identify trends, challenges and opportunities faced by enterprises investing in the mainframe going into 2018. I discussed two very important and related findings from the survey – that the mainframe remains strategic to businesses and cost control is a priority.  Another key finding ...
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The Next Frontier of Data Integration: Data Lineage and Governance

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:30
For the past few years, Syncsort DMX-h has been helping large enterprises populate their data lakes by making it easy to access legacy data coming from the Mainframe or Enterprise Data Warehouse platforms such as Teradata or Oracle and integrate it with data in Hive, HDFS, Kafka, etc. As a growing number of enterprises successfully deploy their newly populated data lakes, we have started to hear about the next pain point: Data Lineage and Governance. In Syncsort’s recently published Big Data sur...
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Big Data vs Traditional Data: What Defines Big Data?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:30
What is big data, really? Despite what the term big data implies, the definition of big data is not actually about the size of your data. It’s how you use the data. When it comes to data, size is always relative. True, the number of data sources and the amount of information that can be stored and analyzed have increased significantly over the past several years. This increase coincided with the entry of the term big data into the popular lexicon. Yet it’s not as though enough large ...
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Cloud-Based Data Security Tips

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:30
Cloud security is not a new topic, but it remains a very relevant one. Keeping cloud-based data secure is something all businesses should think about to avoid being the victim of the next cloud security breach. In the early days of the cloud — which is to say, eight or ten years ago — organizations often assumed that the cloud was inherently less safe than on-premise computing. If you moved data to the cloud, it was because you decided that convenience and agility outweighed the secu...
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New eBook! 6 Key Questions About Getting More from Your Mainframe with Big Data Technologies

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 13:30
While mainframes still hold the key for day-to-day operational systems of thousands of organizations around the world, they don’t come without their challenges. Syncsort’s new eBook, 6 Key Questions About Getting More from Your Mainframe with Big Data Technologies, explores the common issues that may arise when implementing a Big Data project. Pulling all data in from across the enterprise is key to making the most of your mainframe data while achieving the benefits promised by Big Data t...
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