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For Data Analytics to Go Mainstream, Cultures Need to Change

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:00
There is now an array of powerful technology poised to transform every organization on earth into lean, mean, data analytics-driven machines – if they let it. That’s the challenge we have before us – getting the organization on board with the promises of data analytics. A recent survey of 314 senior executives across a range of industries, conducted by Forbes Insights and Dun & Bradstreet, finds analytics initiatives are being starved of skills and organizational impetus. Businesses don’t ye...
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The Road to Successful Data Archiving

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:30
The Road to Successful Data Archiving A global leader in agricultural products and services, an Informatica customer with strategic growth fueled by mergers and acquisitions, purchased Informatica Data Archive in 2014 to establish an enterprise-wide capability for structured data archiving. Data archiving allows legacy and duplicate applications to be decommissioned while remaining compliant with retention and legal policies. As it turns out, implementing and using the technology solution is the...
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Think data security and customer experience are mutually exclusive? Think again…

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:00
Think data security and customer experience are mutually exclusive? Think again… What do Ashley Madison and Medicare have in common? They’ve sacrificed good data security for customer centricity. Today’s reputational risk of data breaches demands both… here’s why. High profile data breaches like Medicare and Ashley Madison are raising the conversation about the risk of security and data breaches to board level. Directors are becoming more hands on with security governance – but they’re bei...
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Importance of Data Security in Master Data Management

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:25
Importance of Data Security in Master Data Management Intelligent data-driven disruption is at the forefront of corporate strategies. Using data to capture new opportunities requires a strategic focus on business-critical data. Many companies across a multitude of industries carrying out a variety of business-led initiatives around customer experience, compliance, efficiency, and growth are turning to Master Data Management(MDM). This is the reason MDM continues to draw lots of attention. So, it...
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The Asset You Can’t Ignore

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:40
Digital Transformation of Data: The Asset You Can’t Ignore I hear this idea a lot lately: Data, we’ve suddenly realized, is a business asset, a source of potential value. This is certainly true, but a lot of the discussion seems to frame that opportunity as a bonus, something extra. That’s ridiculous. “Making the most of your data” is not the limited province of extra-clever CIOs or unicorn startups. I would argue that extracting maximum value from your assets are table stakes for every business...
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Before We March Into AI, Let’s Make Sure Our Data is Good

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:09
There’s been quite a bit of buzz and investment in cognitive computing, and all its associated pieces – machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning. It’s good to see that the AI concept has finally gained traction, as it has been the subject of excitement on and off for three decades now. Each AI wave has ended in some disappointment as enterprises found it difficult to apply the technology to everyday business problems and opportunities. Maybe this time, things will be diff...
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Digital Transformation: Finding Your Data is Half the Battle

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:15
Digital Transformation: Finding Your Data is Half the Battle You’ve undoubtedly heard all the hype about the volume of data doubling every two years. The sad fact is that first, it’s true and second, 50% of data is coming from external (read: less controllable) sources. That means it’s getting harder and harder to find the forest (read: business insight) for the trees. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a data catalog that could show you exactly what data you have across your entire organization? A...
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Carbonite: A Case Study on Cloud-First Approach to Data and Application Integration

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:51
Did you know that the concept of “Cloud-First” began in the U.S. federal government? Cloud-First was a mandate issued to all federal agencies by the chief information officer of the United States in December 2010. By 2012, a subsequent report to Congress showed that more than half of all federal agencies had adopted cloud computing for at least one application. As more and more applications are available in the market built for cloud only, the cloud-first strategy becomes increasingly popular. ...
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Unleash Your Data Goldmine Through Commercial Use

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 23:26
In today’s technological landscape, data is the crown jewel, fueling intelligent disruption everywhere. But, many companies hold back and restrain their use of data. They don’t yet grasp the massive opportunity to monetize data in ways that never existed before. Wired Magazine previously said Data in the 21st Century is like Oil in the 18th Century, and for those who see data’s fundamental value and learn to extract and use it, there will be big rewards. But they were slightly off – data is in f...
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Don’t Talk To Me About Digital Transformation…

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 21:00
If you don’t have a data strategy to disrupt, you’re going nowhere. And fast. Digital transformation – tech world’s latest buzzword is getting used by everyone and executed by few. We’re great at making up terms that sound exciting- but aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I prefer talking about data disruption. We’re not transforming the way we use data, we’re creating new opportunities for business areas for revenue that previously wasn’t seen before. This isn’t transformation, it’s data...
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Fast and Furious- Designing for the Fast Data Lane: Transporting and Processing Streams

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:30
In the earlier post, we discussed the ability for stream processors, such as Informatica VDS, to process events at the edge, in this post we look at how these events are transported to the corporate data center for streaming analytics. As you’re lounging in front of the TV flipping channels you notice a product during an infomercial that caught your eye. While you listen, and watch as the host describes the product, you pick up your tablet or smartphone to do more research and see very specific...
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Reimagined MDM for Business Users: An Introduction to Customer 360 for Life Sciences

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:00
In their 2017 Magic Quadrant for master data management (MDM), Gartner predicted a huge disruption in how customers will invest in MDM solutions. In 2015, less than 15% of MDM revenue was industry, domain or use case specific. Gartner’s analysts believe this will be up to 80% by 2020. A 65% swing in software purchasing behaviour within 5 years is certainly worth noting. It’s a trend we noticed as well, and one of the reasons we began building master data fuelled applications a few years ago. Pro...
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Data-Driven Digital Transformation in Luxury Travel Retail

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:30
Like every business, the Travel Retail industry is experiencing the changes in global consumer behavior, the and sees the need for omni-channel and data-driven solutions. One of our key clients is a leader in Luxury Travel Retail, and presented their approach to data-driven digital transformation at Informatica World 2017 in San Francisco. (The name of the customer is not mentioned in this story, in respect of their corporate policy) If you have ever traveled internationally, you may have shopp...
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The CIO Reading List: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:30
The CIO Reading List “Humans, particularly those who build things, only listen to leading indicators of good things.” –Ben Horowitz, Author, The Hard Thing About Hard Things Most management books are about the author’s successes—great decisions, great hires and great outcomes. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by top VC and former CEO Ben Horowitz, goes the other way. Rather than focusing on advice for when things are going well, Horowitz focuses on those moments when leadership is hardest: when...
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MDM is the Foundation for Intelligent Engagement

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:30
Time and again, experts say that customer experience (CX) is the new battlefield for companies and brands. Considering, “52 percent of consumers have switched providers in the past year due to poor customer service,” [1] it’s undeniable. For businesses undergoing data-driven digital transformation, one of the key drivers for success is incorporating master data management (MDM) into the overall CX strategy. This winning combination creates a 360-degree view of the customer, which is crucial for...
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AmerisouceBergen Shifts the Paradigm in Patient Care

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 19:30
Digital Transformation: AmerisouceBergen Shifts the Paradigm in Patient Care Ranked #11 on the Fortune 500 list, AmerisourceBergen Corporation has a lot of moving parts. With 1.5 million product lines and 20,000 associates in more than 150 offices in over 50 countries, it’s no wonder the company is considered a global leader in pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services, serving both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. As an integral part of a robust healthcare supply c...
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Data Analytics Has Bloomed on the Cloud

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 18:30
Data analytics guru Tom Davenport says he plans, along with co-author Jeanne Harris, to publish an update to their seminal work, Competing on Analytics, to be released in September. In honor of the 10th anniversary of its first release, he took a look back at the progress that’s been made since 2007. His observation: It’s an entirely different world from 2007, though enterprises still use many of the same tools that were in use back then. “Some technologies from a decade ago are still in broad ...
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Cloud Data Management: Transformation starts with putting value on your data

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 18:30
Transformation starts with putting value on your data Executive support is vital to any digital transformation. My last few posts have noted this as we’ve covered the vision, strategy, and roadmapping for a transformative cloud journey. “Executive support” is a vague phrase, so let’s look at it more closely: The business buys into a plan because the plan is good for business—it has value, in hard dollars. So the transformative CIO with an ambitious digital agenda has to be able to say just how m...
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The 7 Qualities of Inspired Data Analytics Cultures

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:30
Many pundits and analysts alike are extolling the virtues of a data analytics-driven culture. An organization illuminated in the glow of data analytics is sure to outpace all competitors, while devising the next wave of cool products and services. But, what, exactly, should a data analytics-driven culture look like? It’s important to be able to understand what it looks like before attempting the journey along an uncertain path. Here are some observations from experts who have been studying orga...
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Fast & Furious: Designing for the Fast Data Lane Collecting Streams

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:30
Switching to the carpool lane can be intimidating especially when you don’t have all the information available to you to safely make the lane change. For example, is the carpool lane open, is my blindspot clear to make the lane change?  How do you efficiently collect bits and pieces of data at the right time to make the best-informed decision when switching data lanes? Messages & events from cloud, IoT and Mobile devices are generated in real-time and at tremendous rates. Each of these even...
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