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Chief Trust Officer: Building Relationships on Trust

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:15
Increase trust and transparency in your own organization and expect your vendors to do the same. When Informatica talks about trust, we’re usually framing it around trusted data. It’s a core element of an enterprise data platfor: Can you trust that the data is accurate, timely, etc.? But then there’s security: Can you trust that your data is secure? In the cloud, on premises, regardless of application, at rest and in transit — is your data safe? It’s a question that our customers are asking with...
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How Cloud Changes your Value Prop as an IT Professional

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:15
As an IT professional keep your focus on two overall skill sets: business communication and architectural thinking In my last post, I talked about how enterprises need to truly understand what their data is worth to the business as they journey to cloud. But the shift toward cloud services and the leveraging of data as an asset changes another value proposition: Yours, as an IT professional. Specifically, a cloud transformation redefines the skill sets that makes the CIO and other IT leaders val...
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Unlocking the Unstructured Data Treasure Trove

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 20:15
“Why are enterprises still clueless about unstructured data?” That’s the question asked by Reetika Fleming, writing at the HfS site. By clueless, Fleming points to an HfS study in which close to half of executives, 45%, believe that only a small percentage (0-25%) of their data is unstructured. She defines unstructured data as “digital pictures, videos, social media feeds, web content, handwriting and sketches, and voice memos.” This aligns with a survey I helped conduct several years ago, which...
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EIC Discover for Tableau: In Context Data Catalog for Self Service BI

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:15
Informatica at the ongoing Tableau Conference A data catalog is essential to provide a single place for data discovery for all kinds of data consumers: business users, data analysts and report developers. A large majority of these users have already chosen Tableau as the Business Intelligence and Analytics platform of choice. Informatica’s Enterprise Information Catalog allows data owners and data stewards to curate datasets adding certified data sources, add business context and terminolo...
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Ready for Artificial Intelligence? Part 2

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:30
We, The People I’ll bet you can quote 10 different movies, where people have to fight for the fate of humanity against machines. My all-time favorite is 2001: A Space Odyssey, with HAL’s famous quote (maybe because it reminds me of how my mother would talk to me during my adolescent years) “I am, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.”[i] Reality and fiction are not the same, we are very far from having a super-intelligent computer that can take over humanit...
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‘Backstage’ with the Cubs: How Data Drives Success at Wrigley Field

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:59
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs are transforming the historic ballpark, and the entire customer experience. It’s hard not to like the travel side of my job. I get to meet customers and peers, attend conferences and events, and share experiences around data and digital transformation. But, as a rabid baseball fan, my September trip to Chicago was really special: I took a “backstage” tour of Wrigley Field with Chicago Cubs VP of Technology Andrew McIntyre. I fell in love with baseball after visiting Sa...
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Ready for Artificial Intelligence? (Part 1)

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:15
Part 1 – I, Robot Sometimes, when writing a word document, I would spell a word so wrong, that MS Office spell check would just give up on me. It would say to me, “Lady, I know all the words in the English dictionary, and I have no clue what you want to say.” I would then copy the same misspelled word into Google search engine, and Google kindly and gently say, “Did you mean this?” And I would say, “yes! This is what I meant.” This is the difference between the old world, and the new world of Ar...
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AI for Data Management: Making Sense of Vendor Claims

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:43
It seems there is a new, hyperbolic vendor announcement about applying Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning (AI/ML) to data management daily. How do you separate fact from fiction? First, AI requires data sets to train on. If you think about it, AI and Machine Learning cannot just create intelligence out of thin air. So, the question is, where are these vendors getting their training sets that make their AI useful to solve your data management problems? It’s like students needing text...
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When It’s Time to Give Data Warehouse a Digital Makeover

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:00
How can data warehouses be reconstituted for today’s cloud-based, data-driven enterprises? The data warehouse has a place in this new world, but it takes on a new role and mission. This unfolding scenario was recently explored by analysts with the Eckerson Group, who say data warehouses remain essential in many larger, complex enterprises. Data warehouses address challenges of enterprise reporting and analytics, and can be modernized to augment architectures supporting data lakes and mater data ...
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Hurricanes, Quakes and Forest Fires

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
Hurricanes, Quakes and Forest Fires Hurricane Irma, Maria and the recent quake in Mexico City have shown once again that we are at the mercy of Nature’s wrath. Power companies are scrambling in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida to re-establish service with the help of reciprocal agreements they have put in place with their Northern brethren. Many areas serving millions of customers had service re-established within hours, some days and some will have to wait likely for weeks. Similarly, annual fi...
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Need a Shopping Experience for Data Assets? An Intelligent Data Catalog is your Best Ally

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:30
Need a shopping experience for data assets? I am a big fan of online shopping. Whether it is back to school or holiday shopping, I enjoy the shopping experience, flexibility and quick access to goods in the comfort of my home. I can quickly sift through thousands of items, get product details, read consumer recommendations, review alternate options and ultimately make that buying decision in seconds. And that’s the world we are living in. Recent study shows that 96% of Americans shop online, and...
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Informatica Proud to Take Home Two Datanami 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:00
A big thank you to everyone who voted for the Datanami 2017 Data Management Cataloging and Prep Reader’s choice awards. We are honored to receive first place recognition in both– the “Big Data Product or Technology: Data Management(Cataloging)” and “Data Management(Prep)” categories Many of our customers use Informatica’s AI-Powered Data Catalog for a variety of their enterprise data journeys – Data Lakes, Cloud, Enterprise Data Governance, Self-service Analytics and many more. We are proud to b...
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Reimagining Hybrid Data Management

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:30
Organizations today embrace a hybrid world where cloud applications need to seamlessly work with on-premises. The need for businesses to become more agile and lead their own data-driven intelligent disruptions has never been stronger. With the explosion of cloud applications, IT struggles have multiplied to support the new cloud-based application development models with respect to infrastructure, operations, and governance – and integrate them with their on-premises landscape. It is not a...
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Machine Learning and AI: The Hype is Real When it Comes to Data

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:44
Virtually every business is planning or executing a major digital transformation involving new business models, new technologies, and new processes. There are several essential ingredients for a successful digital transformation. Data is one of them – data is a critical foundation for every successful digital transformation. In the world of data, we are experiencing not just the usual level of change. We are in the midst of a generational market disruption that we call Data 3.0. The sheer amoun...
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Informatica and Snowflake: Build your Next-Gen Rapid Data Warehousing on the Cloud

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:00
The cloud is proving to be immensely popular as it provides self-service, elastic, managed, on-demand infrastructure, platform and solutions to the organization. Organizations can put just about any process, application or system in the cloud, the data warehouse being one of them. Snowflake is one such data warehouse purpose built for the cloud. According to Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services is a leader in iPaaS...
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How Retailers Unleash the Disruptive Power of Data to Drive Customer Engagement

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:00
Unleash the Disruptive Power of Data to Drive Customer Engagement is the place to meet the top influencers and practitioners from the digital retail community. Retailers and brands must transition from simply selling to customers to establishing relationships with them through personalized digital experiences driven by relevant content. Customers expect to be inspired, influenced, engaged and reassured that they have selected the right supplier and product. Customer experience defines a...
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The CIO Reading List: Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:37
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” So goes an ancient Japanese proverb. As a CIO, you know better than most how important it is to balance vision and action: Even the best plan can fail because of poor execution. From digital transformation to cloud migration or organizational optimization, the devil is in the details. The CIO Reading List This month’s CIO Reading List book, Execution: The discipline of getting things done, takes a long, hard look at why...
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Secrets of an Intelligent Master Data Management Strategy

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:00
If you are defining or re-thinking your Master Data Management (MDM) strategy, you have probably wondered how you can make your MDM journey successful for you, your team and your organization. Wouldn’t it be great to learn from people and organizations who have successfully gone through this before? Tom Gottweis, MDM – expert and Head of Data Strategy at Winsupply, a North-American distributor, recently described an intelligent and holistic approach it adopted. He identifies several critic...
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Analytics Results May Reflect the Wrong Definition of Success

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 20:00
Everyone wants their businesses to become data-driven enterprises. The potential rewards are to compelling to ignore – including improved visibility into customers, markets and operations, the ability to predict what’s coming, and new paths to innovation. However, as with all good things, there’s a risky side as well – namely, that business leaders may drink too much of the elixir, betting their businesses on analytics that may or may not be accurate, or biased. Accordingly, one highly regarded...
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Whose Aadhaar is it Anyway? – A Data Security Perspective

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:00
Whose Aadhaar is it Anyway? A few days ago, I was trying to transact on one of the many online appliance rental sites. It required a staggering amount of documentation for even the cheapest appliance. Among the many documents required was a copy of the Aadhaar card, a scanned color copy, nothing less. Verification, I was told, would take at least a week. This got me thinking about all the information that goes into my Aadhaar card and whether it was wise to part with it, recklessly uploading it ...
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