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Column Similarity: Metadata Intelligence for Curation and Consumption

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:15
Ability to accurately label columns, attributes and fields is a critical requirement for both data discovery and data governance. However, organizations can have millions of datasets and hundreds of millions of columns/fields in various structured and semi-structured data sources, making it impossible to manually curate them one by one. Also, not all columns represent unique business concepts/data elements. A single data element, like a CUSTOMER ID or PRODUCT ID, can be a part of multiple datas...
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The 360 Customer View – and Why it’s Key to Long-Term Engagement and Loyalty

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:15
If you follow marketing surveys or business trends, you know that businesses are trying to win over customers with great experiences. As customers have become more connected and digital, their expectations have also increased. And many companies are proving that a personal and individualized experience has become the only way to ensure long-term engagement and loyalty. That’s why there’s been so much continued focus on holistic or 360-degree views of your customers. Here’s an example. A homeowne...
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Driving Metadata Intelligence with Informatica’s Enterprise Data Catalog

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:15
There hasn’t been a more exciting time for metadata, at least not since President Obama referred to metadata in the context of phone calls – and bestowed it with a whiff of notoriety. Now metadata, best exemplified by the data catalog, is getting a red-carpet treatment (swathed  in black of course – see Gartner’s Data Catalogs are the new black). The need for a data catalog to inventory, classify and document an organization’s data has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, the world was simpl...
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The Challenge: Bringing Data Analytics Out of its Silo

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:15
We now have amazing technology that can bring data together, in real-time or right-time, to understand what customers want, and predict what they will likely want in the near future. However, the challenge is that these capabilities are still being stuck into new kinds of silos. “A robust, successful data and analytics function encompasses more than a stack of technologies, or a few people isolated on one floor of the building,” Carl Carande, Paul Lipinski and Traci Gusher, all with KPMG, observ...
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Single View of the Customer Means Your LOBs are Happy Campers

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:15
One of my bucket list items is to go across the country in an RV. Did you know that it costs about $55 per day for vacationing in your own RV versus an average of $180 per day in a hotel? That’s sweet, plus the fact that RVs these days come with gourmet kitchens and accommodate friends and family, makes it almost a no-brainer. Although planning such a vacation seems fun and all, I recently realized while hosting a webinar, that running an RV business with over 10 million customers is no picnic. ...
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A Veteran Informatica Partner Turns Its Focus to Customer Experience

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:45
*Guest post by Gil Rosen. Gil is NGDATA’s Head of Strategy and a veteran solution architect and data specialist. As former President and Founder of Eccella, Gil built a global data and analytics consultancy of 100 strong; advising on and implementing outcome-focused data initiatives for enterprises across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Media, and Utilities. Gil also founded and oversaw Eccella’s Data Strategy practice, building out Eccella’s framework and methodolog...
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Enter The Digital Product Factory

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:00
In my last post about Data Monetization I touched upon the concept of a Digital Product Factory. Today, I would like to outline why a factory-style R&D process is a must-have when monetizing your data, no matter in what consumption pattern; data feed, analytics or application. Furthermore, I will highlight how data governance will play into this paradigm, a handful of key use case categories most organizations are trying to monetize in addition to a few real-life examples. If you recall from...
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HIMSS18 Themes to Know: Data Governance, Data Catalogs, Big Vision Strategy and Digital Transformation

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 19:15
Discussions were all about big-vision strategy and data-driven digital transformation. I’ve just returned from HIMSS18, and as always, it was a fantastic event. It usually takes me a a few weeks to recover and to fully digest all that occurred. For Informatica, I believe it was our eleventh HIMSS as exhibitor. In our years of experience, we have never seen a HIMSS where data and getting value and insights from data was more front-and-center than it was this year. As the leader in Enterprise Clou...
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PowerCenter Users Can Now See The Light (Through Operational Insights)

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:15
Empower Your PowerCenter Operations With “Operational Insights” Informatica PowerCenter “power users” have asked for improved ability to gain the operational insights necessary for managing multiple PowerCenter Data Centers – asset discovery, determining shared system usage (for ROI calculations), and advanced analytical insight for capacity planning and scheduling of distributed workflow runs (to optimize performance). Most users traditionally addressed these needs through a combina...
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Not Quite, Murder on the Orient Express

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:00
It does not take murder and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers to excite us here at Informatica. Providing safe passage, a smooth and profitable ride on rails still does though. If you work for a railway or your organization has USD276 million a year to maintain all your physical assets, would you like to know how to boost on-time performance, safety and save a third of your annual maintenance budget using cutting edge data management techniques? If so, buy a ticket to this matinee right now. Well, ...
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The CIO Reading List: Start with Why

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:15
“We don’t want to come to work to build a wall, we want to come to work to build a cathedral.” —Simon Sinek, Start with Why CIOs can’t succeed unless they can communicate. Whether we’re convincing our C-level colleagues to support complex, cross-functional programs, persuading our staff that our strategy will enable their success, or proving to customers that we can relate to and help solve their biggest challenges, it’s the CIO’s job to convince people to take huge leaps...
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DevOps for Data

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:15
InformationWeek’s Lisa Morgan just made the call – data specialists need to get some DevOps religion. DevOps, which is attaining almost religious status within many technology-driven organizations, is about one simple yet effective idea: it’s better to have consistent cadence of deliverables moving through the pipeline, versus unpredictable spurts of development. Developers, known to work crazy hours on crazy schedules, are encouraged to work closely with operations teams, known for their discip...
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Finding the ‘Initial Need’ to Deploy an iPaaS

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:15
Application landscapes are changing rapidly. Whilst almost every business I talk to has a stable on-premises integration solution to connect core platforms together, many have yet to deploy a solution for the burgeoning number of cloud applications that have sprouted across their business. For those without an iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service), determining how to connect cloud applications (to cloud applications, cloud analytics, cloud data warehouses) – and cloud back to core infrastruc...
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C-Suite Relationships: The CIO-CISO Partnership

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:15
This is the final post in my short series on CIO relationships across the business. Read the overview and the posts on the CEO and CMO dynamics. Believe it or not, IT’s role in the enterprise is not to make other functions happy — even though IT provides technology to help business teams meet their goals. Similarly, Marketing, Sales, or Finance are not here to help IT meet its goals, even though all are required to practice disciplined information security. We’re all here to serve a goal greater...
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Machine Learning Talent in Short Supply: Opportunity for Some, Crises for Others

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:15
Machine learning – a piece of the artificial intelligence constellation – holds a lot of promise for enterprises, enabling programs and algorithms to become ever more intelligent.  However, there’s one problem: even the best-educated humans need more learning before they can understand machine learning. Bob Hayes, a professional data scientist and keen observer of all things data, picked up on a survey by Kaggle that finds that even data scientists still have a grasp on machine learning. The sur...
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Not Your Usual Business Rules for Data Quality

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:15
Every business rule is a mission statement in miniature. Every good rule says something meaningful about your organization – where you are today, what direction you’re headed, where you want to be. But how do you define your rules? How do you work out their logic, agree on their conditions for success? Most importantly, how do you apply them to your data, so that you can get meaningful and measurable business outcomes in return? You partner with IT along the way – you, or someone on your team, s...
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Masking Data on the Web (HTTP Masking)

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 19:25
One of the primary problems faced by Enterprises these days is “Data Security”. Below is a hypothetical conversation with a prospective customer who is on the lookout for a Data Masking solution that would work seamlessly as per their needs without amalgamating into their business logic. Customer: Our organization has lots of data and we need ways to protect it from unauthorized access. Informatica: One of the best ways to do so is data masking. Masking will de-identify, de-sensitize and anonymi...
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Data Monetization: Pie in the Sky?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 23:55
Over the course of the last year increasingly more clients have been inquiring with us about the topic of “Data Monetization”. In other words, they wanted to learn more about how Informatica enables their ability to “sell” their existing data from operations instead of just archiving them away or deleting them. As you can imagine, this is especially difficult for industrial B2B firms, which do not consider themselves peers of firms like Amazon. Just like Digital Transformation, Data Monetization...
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Integrate Data and Apps, Code-Free, with Informatica Cloud Application Integration and API Services

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:15
Hello, A happy third month of the year to my readers! Here at Informatica, our team has been working tirelessly to deliver on the vision that we launched at the beginning of the year. As a reminder, at the beginning of the year we delivered our milestone release of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) Winter 2017 – reimagining Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). Continuing with the same enthusiasm and delight, I am happy to announce the General Availability of Informatica A...
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Providence St. Joseph Health – A “Don’t Miss” Presentation at HIMSS18

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:00
I’m delighted that Kim Jackson, Vice President, Products, Strategy and Governance at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) will be presenting at this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas – one of the largest gatherings of Health IT professions, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Her topic is Breaking Down Barriers with Master Data Management and data governance. For those that know Kim or have heard her speak before, I am certain you already have her ...
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