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GDPR: The Data Subject Perspective

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:00
I always find it good to get a different perspective on a topic that I am immersed in. For over 12 months, large portions of my working hours have been spent discussing the GDPR: Implications for data management; Implementation strategies for compliance; and of course, the long-term value the GDPR can deliver if used to bring improvements in data governance and data management throughout an organization. Being invited to sit on a panel discussion at CPDP 2018 provided me with such an opportunity...
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Avoiding the Dark Clouds in your Multi-Cloud Architecture

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:00
The term ‘multi-cloud strategy’ is now commonly coined as a way of describing an architecture with different cloud environments working together. Gone (long gone!) are the days when the trailblazers were taking tentative steps by acquiring a handful of Salesforce licenses. Today almost any business process can, and is, being processed using a cloud application or via a cloud platform along the way. Most businesses have the likes of AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform sitting alongside ...
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Choose Informatica Cloud Test Data Management for your Salesforce Security Model

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:00
Are you struggling to populate test data and mask sensitive data in Salesforce Sandboxes? Let’s experience Informatica Cloud Test Data Management As we all know, the world is now moving to Cloud. It’s simply because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers a plethora of benefits. You can rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re firing off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you manage your workload....
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Making Cloud Promises that You Can Deliver

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 18:45
Last year, we considered the grand sweep of the “journey to cloud,” from the high-level vision to the detailed roadmap. In between, we discussed the effort to align IT and business goals, and the challenges of winning support and staying the course. I’d like to start 2018 by drilling down into some of the specific challenges that arise as my team and I help Informatica clients with their evolution to cloud technologies. Here’s one I’ve seen again and again: The overpromise. Too often, IT leaders...
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Successful AI is Going to Take a Lot of Work – and Data

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:00
Successful AI is Going to Take a Lot of Work – and Data If you want to see data being put hard at work, look no further than artificial intelligence and machine learning – never before has timely, accurate data been so critical. A recent survey released by Narrative Science finds 61 percent of enterprises have already implemented AI within their businesses. At least 71 percent said AI was part of their enterprises’ innovation strategies. At the same time, 90 percent of respondents in the busines...
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The CIO Reading List: Thank You for Being Late

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:00
(Note: I’ll be finishing my series on CIO-CxO relationships in my next post, looking at the CISO. Check out thoughts on the CEO and CMO, but first, the latest book on my reading list …) The first book to make it onto my reading list for 2018 is a big one—in every sense of the world. Thomas L Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations is a wide-ranging meditation on the constant, accelerating change that is coming to define our times. The titl...
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Doors Open Wide for Data Scientist Opportunities

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
If you work with data in any analysis capacity within your organization, you’re probably aware of the need for data science approaches to better communicate the meaningfulness of information to decision makers. However, data scientists are in short supply, and with the rapidly evolving state of artificial intelligence and machine learning, it’s unclear what skills will be needed and which will be commoditized in the months and years to come. Data scientists are needed to comb through increasingl...
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C-Suite Relationships: Teaming Up With The CMO

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:06
This is the third post in my series on CIO relationships across the business. (Previously: The intro and the CEO.) Informatica hired a new CMO, Sally Jenkins, within six months of my arrival as CIO. Since we were both new, it gave us a chance to build a CIO-CMO relationship from scratch by getting up to speed together and sharing fresh perspectives on the challenges before us. Not long after Sally arrived, Marketing wanted to make a new IT purchase. It was the perfect opportunity for me to expla...
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AI and Automation – A Combo to Manage Cyber Security Threats

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:45
Artificial Intelligence and Automation are being used in multiple industries to make the lives of people better and to make things more efficient for organizations. AI is being used to diagnose medical conditions or offer legal advice. Automation is being used in factories to reduce reliance on manual labor and to improve the quality of products. As AI and Automation are becoming more universally applicable concepts and can be implemented irrespective of the industry. These innovative technologi...
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Informatica Names 2017 Partner of the Year Award Winners at Annual Kickoff Event

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:00
Author: Richard Ganley Each year at this time, we have the pleasure of announcing the Informatica Partner of the Year Award winners. While all our partners are critical to helping our customers embrace our technologies and successfully transform how they run their businesses, the 2017 recipients have all excelled and consistently exceeded criteria set within the Informatica Partner Program. All showcased extraordinary performance and success in working closely with new and existing customers to ...
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We Dare to Reimagine iPaaS

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:16
Author: Ruma Sanyal I have been part of Informatica for less than a month and the energy around the launch of the newly minted Informatica Intelligent Cloud Service (IICS) is palpable. Informatica’s new iPaaS is built on an advanced microservices based architecture, based on open REST APIs. This is exciting because it will drive rapid innovation for Informatica, allowing us to bring new services to our customers at jet speed. It will also enable quick integration with customer and partner apps,...
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Bringing Dark Data Out into the Light

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 19:00
There’s been some chatter lately about the significance of “dark data,” and accompanying “dark analytics.” This usually pertains to the information that either exists in normally unreachable places, such as someone’s spreadsheet, or is formed as a result of analytics and cross-evaluation of existing data sources. For example, video captures of customers’ facial reactions while viewing products in a store could be considered dark data. The question is: can this data be identified, captured and bo...
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Informatica Introduces Industry’s Next Generation iPaaS with Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services Winter 2017 Release

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:25
A very happy new year to all my readers! Wish you all a great year ahead filled with successes and joy. At Informatica, we feel the same way embarking on the new year, incredibly excited and proud, announcing the industry’s next generation iPaaS, with the milestone release of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) Winter 2017 (previously called Informatica Cloud Services) The entire Informatica crew is thrilled to see one of our latest innovations unfold for our customers. Included in thi...
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Cloud Transformation: Avoiding Mistakes of the Past

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:00
As I’ve been writing this series of blog posts, the overarching theme has been the journey to a better IT infrastructure—a cloud-based architecture that is specifically geared to provide greater agility, scalability and reliability. In essence, to provide greater business value. But that was the plan with the old architecture, too—and it didn’t always work out. So now that we’ve got great new technology opportunities, we’re still liable to make the same mistakes, if we or our business stakeholde...
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Welcome to Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:00
Today, we are incredibly excited to announce General Availability of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services – Winter 2017 December Release. At Informatica, our mission is to accelerate data driven digital transformation of businesses. At the heart of the mission is the innovation in enterprise cloud data management space to meet growing needs of enterprises. To realize this goal, we built Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) from ground up leveraging cloud native frameworks. Based...
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Playing I Spy with your Data?

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:00
Try this: upload a recent photo of yourself to Google image search. I did that last week, and the result that came back was that I am a “person”. Which I guess is a compliment? I mean I wasn’t labeled a “lamp” or a “frog”. Image recognition is a hot topic now. It has practices in an array of fields from social networks to security management. There are many machine learning mechanisms for image recognition, one of the commonly used one is clustering based on similarities utilizing Jaccard coeffi...
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How many EU data subjects will leverage their GDPR rights?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:15
GDPR may bestow on many EU citizens a set of rights as a “data subject” covered by the regulation. Organizations not respecting these rights could have serious financial consequences, reputational damage–or both. However, as I noted in my last blog–few people involved in GDPR projects believe that there will be a sharp increase in EU citizens exercising their rights as data subjects. Using current levels of interest individuals have shown in the usage, management and control of their data, many ...
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C-Suite Relationships: The CIO-CEO Partnership

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:29
This is the second post in my four-part series on CIO relationships across the business. You can read the first one here. Even though data and technology are critical to every business today, too many companies keep CIOs on the sidelines during business discussions that drive the organization. Instead of helping to make critical business decisions, we’re merely expected to make sure outages and failures don’t disrupt the execution of those decisions. However, today’s CIO is so...
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Getting Ready for Artificial Intelligence’s Point of No Return

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:45
Last month, it was revealed that some students who thought they were communicating with their professor’s teaching assistant were actually talking with an artificial intelligence (AI) system. “Ahshok Goel, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology has just revealed that he has been employing a robot as one of his teaching assistants. “Jill Watson” has been doing regular TA work for Goel, answering students questions in a forum, reminding students of upcoming important dates over email—and a...
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Three Priceless Product Information Management Values from Informatica

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:17
The new release of our master-data fueled Product Information Management solution is sweet and hot, just like a mulled wine. Last weekend, we’ve had the first snow in Germany. Everywhere, Christmas lights are shining in front gardens, shopping malls and on houses. Impossible to ignore it, the Holiday season has begun. For me, this is the best moment of the year to enjoy a sweet and hot mulled wine with friends on a Christmas Market. And it’s time to think about gifts, and being grateful for memo...
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