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The CIO Reading List: The Startup Way

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:15
Eric Ries’ first book, The Lean Startup, was a must-read for every tech entrepreneur at a newly launched business. Now he’s shifted focus to the established enterprise. His second book, The Startup Way, is aimed squarely at leaders driving change and institutionalizing innovation in large organizations. It’s a practical resource, packed with field-tested advice on giving a “Lean Startup” boost to bigger businesses. Ries is focused on creating a culture of continuous transformation, which he say...
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Informatica is Three for Three as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Metadata Management MQ

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 18:15
Gartner recently published their third annual 2018 Metadata Management MQ and for the third year in a row Informatica was again named a Leader. Why should a business leader care about metadata management and what does it mean to be a leader? Metadata management sounds like something only IT should care about and an IT problem. But it is a critical business requirement when it comes to the digital transformation of a company’s business. A digital transformation requires an intelligent metadata ma...
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Strategy Alone Doesn’t Matter

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:15
If you have a Data-driven Strategy, or any kind of strategy, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a way to put it into action! When I was working at Wells Fargo a few years ago in Enterprise Architecture, the CEO, John Stumpf, made the point in this quote “We always say we could leave our strategic plan on an airplane, somebody could pick it up and it wouldn’t matter. It’s all about execution.“ Actually, strategy is crucial especially for your innovative and dramatic data-driven digital transform...
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Everything a Marketer Never Wanted to Know About Data Governance (But Should)

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:15
I’ve had an interesting career journey. I spent the first 20 years as either a data management/data governance practitioner, or industry analyst covering the data management space – and only the last 5-6 years or so as a marketing professional supporting a variety of marketing functions. From the outside it may appear as if this was a major shift in my career direction, but from my perspective it was the next logical evolution. My favorite part of the ‘data’ side of my career (no, not the Dark S...
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Bolstering Google Cloud Data Readiness with Informatica

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 19:15
Google Cloud Next has grown into a large cloud industry event with more than 25,000 people gathered at the conference in San Francisco this July. Google is investing heavily in bringing its data innovations to Google Cloud and growing the Google Cloud partner ecosystem. Since Diane Greene joined Google Cloud 2 years ago, Google has been rounding out the capabilities of its Cloud services and the available partner solutions to make Google Cloud fully enterprise ready. As demonstrated by the atten...
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Tangible Business Value and ROI from Real PIM Practitioners

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 19:15
Pete is a smart guy. He has 15 years of experience in e-business and was hired to help his new company achieve their ambitious sales and e-commerce targets and support the execution of their data-driven digital transformation strategy. After listening to customers, employees and partners, he concludes his company can only grow the e-business with a long-term strategy to master product information efficiently and successfully. While in parallel working on process and governance improvements, Pete...
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Econometrics and Infonomics: A Tariff Story

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:15
A recent call from a sales colleague prompted me to write this post. His client asked us to give them guidance on how our solutions and data management practices in general can help combat the effect on their prices resulting from the “Trump Tariffs”. The current state of uncertainty apparently had them question if they should proceed with their investment in our solutions. My answer: “Wrong question”. This is not the time to question the investment in data but to double down and accelerate it. ...
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Two CIOs, One Perspective on Data Strategy

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:15
Informatica recently published a Data Strategy Playbook to help CIOs create a comprehensive and successful data strategy that connects all the data across their enterprise. I had the chance to sit down with one of the contributors, Monsanto CIO Jim Swanson, to talk about what does and doesn’t work in building an effective data strategy. (We recorded a full webcast for IDG, which you can check out here.) We both agreed on several key points: 1. No one invests in a data strategy. They invest...
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Data Governance in a Social World — A Fresh Perspective

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 20:15
With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, business leaders around the world are paying closer attention to how data is governed, collected and shared. This is a good thing, especially when it comes to protecting customer information and improving internal data governance practices. It also supports a growing trend in which data is no longer considered an afterthought. Instead, it is the fuel for digital transformation across industries. But while data gove...
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Journey to Google Cloud Just Got Easier with Informatica

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:15
Increasingly, new data warehouses are being built in the cloud with Google Cloud picking up great momentum. Cloud infrastructure providers have evolved in the past couple of years and many organizations are coming to view cloud data warehouses as more secure, more reliable and more enterprise friendly than the traditional on-premises options. This doesn’t mean that they are not without challenges. In their April 2016 survey, McKinsey and Company found 86 percent of executives surveyed were “at b...
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Microservices Part 1: The Legos for your Cloud Adoption

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:15
Lead with Speed and agility using Microservices We all love Legos, don’t we? I have always been curious how these tiny blocks when assembled in the right way can build massive architectures and even stunning replicas of cities and monuments. Just like Legos, Microservices are the building blocks that help in decoupling massive enterprise solutions into smaller blocks and assemble them based on demand and scale. Microservices architecture is the foundation to help your business, build and support...
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Integration and Support in Lockstep with Snowflake

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:15
In keeping with a rapidly deepening and strengthening partnership with Snowflake, we are making strides in ensuring that we stay in lockstep with our technical integration as well. We are excited to announce that starting August 2018, Informatica will be offering support for Snowflake on Azure. This support will be available across our Data Integration products, and includes: Informatica’s Intelligent Cloud Services, which will support Snowflake on Azure in Beta as of July 13th and will be cert...
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Informatica iPaaS + Google Cloud’s Apigee: API-Driven Digital Transformation for Your Data and Business Processes

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:15
Massimo Pezzini, VP and Gartner Fellow recently said, and I quote, “The provider that controls the cloud integration layer, can understand its customers’ business processes, better than the customers themselves.”* As the leading iPaaS (integration platform-as-a-service) vendor in the market, Informatica takes its responsibility very seriously. Enabling our customers to focus on their business and ensuring that we provide them with the best of breed infrastructure is a top priority for us. Today ...
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Perfection is in the Eye of the Beholder

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 19:15
If you look at the analytical dashboard of a logistics, procurement or supply chain manager you may find KPIs such as OTIF, fill rate, etc. Most of the time you will see the respective figures to be around 96-99%. This is commonly understood to be an outstanding operational performance when it comes to shipping OR receiving merchandise or raw materials. It is the to-be state in—and outbound supply chain operations strive towards. Upon some further inspection, these figures may require some addit...
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The Stray Sheep or The Power of Understanding Your Outliers

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 19:15
Comodo, who is a leading SSL provider that offers free anti-virus, internet security, firewall endpoint security, and other security tools — a company that specializes in security tools — had a breach. In March 2011 a critical security breach occurred at Comodo, damaging the company reputation and costing them a significant amount to mitigate the exposure. A hacker who used a valid username and password to get into the Comodo certificate issuing systems set up a new user account and issued nine ...
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Integration: Achilles’ heel for Customer Experience

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:15
How often do you use social media to engage with a brand to express your concerns or appreciation? And how often does that company respond with something meaningful to you? Being a regular customer at WholeFoods, I have always enjoyed their customer service. A recent example caught my eye. With almost 5 million followers, the @WholeFoods Twitter handle cannot be ignored. With so many followers, you would think they would be pushing their brand messages more. However, the way they engage with the...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies: Optimize the Data Pipeline for Big Data

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 19:15
Welcome to the Next-Gen Analytics Strategies blog series in which I dive into five principal data management strategies for intelligent analytics. Today, we’ll examine optimizing a data pipeline for big data. When architecting a data management platform for analytics there are key components that are fundamentally necessary in building out a data pipeline. These data pipelines are becoming increasingly complex and have to deal with hundreds of source systems (on-premises and in the cloud) and pe...
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Integration Insight: IDC’s Take on Digital Transformation Done Right

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 19:15
Marc Andreessen penned his famous “Why Software Is Eating the World” essay in The Wall Street Journal seven years ago. The idea that “every company needs to become a software company” is now conventional wisdom. Digital transformation is today’s reality and integrating your systems resident in multiple clouds as well as on-premises is crucial for all businesses, not just the Amazons or Ubers. A new IDC report talks about data-driven real-time engagements and decisions, requiring real-time integr...
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The Silver Lining in Your Cloud Migration: A Chance to Clean House

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:15
Any vendor who helps your company move data to the cloud will promise Quick and Easy. Taking the headaches out of a potentially massive migration is one of the main selling points for every technology provider involved in the process. Who would suggest adding steps, costs, time, or complexity to the process of putting your data in the cloud? Well, I would. The easiest way to get your data into the cloud is to “lift and shift.” Take what you’ve got on premises and put it in the cloud, exactly as ...
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The CIO Reading List: Technology-as-a-Service Playbook

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:15
This time I’m recommending a super-practical manual for profitable transformation. The Technology-as-a-Service Playbook is a snapshot of disruption and provides tactics and strategies for succeeding with the “anything as a service” business model. Thomas Lah and J.B. Wood have perfectly captured the sense of upheaval among technology companies as subscription-based models become our norm and provide insightful ideas on innovative approaches to thriving in this new environment. As a CIO, you’re v...
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