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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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Be Out-Standing at Customer Success

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:30
At Informatica, we listen to our customers’ goals and then guide them towards solutions that help accelerate their digital transformation journey whilst delivering value to their business. We pride ourselves on helping customers out-anything, out-innovate, out-maneuver, and out-perform. We want the same for our partners – we want you to be Out-Standing, so to help you make your mark and showcase your credentials, we have evolved parts of our Partner Program for Consulting & Systems Integrato...
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Partners – “Detect and Protect” Strategies for Data Security

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:30
This year’s Informatica World was truly eye opening. Thanks to the amazing participation and feedback from our partners, our teams walked away with incredible learnings about their growing successes and opportunities. And as underscored by Rodney Foreman in a recent blog post, Data Security stood out as one of the hottest topics. Having received  many requests from partners wanting more education on our data security offerings, I decided to take a deep dive into this ‘top of mind’ and relevant d...
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The CIO Reading List: The Undoing Project

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:38
Whenever I spend time with other CIOs, the subject almost invariably turns to a book one of us has read. And I’m gratified that the types of books that come up in these conversations are rarely what you’d call ‘IT books’ or ‘management books’. The CIOs I meet are well-rounded and well-read Renaissance people. They’re informed and find inspiration in many different places. With that in mind, welcome to the first of a new blog series called The CIO Reading List. Every few months I’ll share a book...
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Designing Your Cloud Roadmap: Reference Architectures and Architectural Planning

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:00
Designing Your Cloud Roadmap: Reference Architectures and Architectural Planning My last post took a closer look at the IT roadmap. For a cloud migration, a transformation around data analytics, or any long-term IT revolution, you create a roadmap to guide you from your present state to the desired future vision. But that begs a question: How do you know what that future vision should look like? Say you’re mapping a move to the cloud from a mostly on-premises legacy. What does the best version o...
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Greater Self-Service and Automation with Data Integration Hub 10.2

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:00
Getting data-driven digital transformation projects into production quickly requires a modern approach to data integration. Data is increasingly spread across a proliferating number of systems including multiple clouds and big data as well as existing applications and databases. Many companies struggle with digital transformation since they don’t have an organized and agile data backbone to connect all of these systems together efficiently and with data consistency. They don’t have an easy way f...
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Fast & amp; Furious – Shifting from The Slow Data Lane

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:00
It’s a sunny afternoon, you’re on the highway with the top down and stuck in traffic. You fumble through your navigation trying to figure out which is the best and fastest route to your destination. You can take the side streets, where you will encounter traffic lights and eventually get to your destination. Alternatively, you can switch to the carpool lane, provided you have met the requirements– if there are two or more passengers and if the carpool lane is operational, typically during ...
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It Takes Data to Delight Your Customers

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:00
It Takes Data to Delight Your Customers Digital transformation is what everybody wants, but there are many views on what constitutes a “digital transformation.” Is it online services? Is it a social enterprise? Is it legacy transformation? Is it an analytics-driven enterprise? The definition of digital enterprise may be all of the above, or maybe one of the above. What really matters in the end, however, is one thing and one thing only: whether the digital effort is delighting the customer and e...
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Informatica wins a coveted Stackies Award

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 17:45
This is kind of big news for us, marketing operations and marketing technology types (and Laura happens to be both) Informatica has won one of this year’s Stackie Awards presented by Scott Brinker at the MarTech San Francisco 2017 Conference.  We love the Stackies. They’re the only award to recognize the hard work that goes into assembling and integrating a marketing tech stack– and the cool challenge of capturing that stack in a single slide. We also love them because they raised $7,800 for Gir...
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The Cloud Roadmap: Where Your Vision Gets Real

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:45
In recent posts, I’ve discussed the process of establishing an organizational vision and strategy for cloud technology. Once you’ve established a solid, supported, long-term strategy it’s time to get tactical and the bridge between strategy and tactical implementation is your roadmap. Everyone gets roadmaps as a metaphor and that a roadmap is a detailed guide to the stages of an organizational evolution. But I find that people often aren’t sure what this kind of IT transformation roadmap should...
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The Deepening Mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:45
The Deepening Mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making More and more parts of our business engagements are being driven by algorithms, and lately, there’s been a surprising revelation about these algorithms. Even the most astute data scientists among us really don’t know how many algorithms are generating the results they are issuing. This deepening mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making was recently explored by Will Knight, senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review, wh...
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A Cloud-First Lens on the Journey to Cloud

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:45
Did you know that the concept of a “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 are built for cloud only, the cloud-first strategy becomes increasingly popu...
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PUMA’s Data-Driven Digital Transformation with Informatica

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:45
PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, with an established history of designing, footwear, apparel and accessories for some of the most talented athletes on the planet. The Original Challenge: Decentralized Business Structure and Siloed Systems (c) RALF ROEDEL / Puma A couple of years ago, PUMA’s growth was largely driven by its decentralized business structure. Regional general managers approached their territories as entrepreneurs, driving business growth locally. As a result, teams...
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Partner Perspective: Informatica World 2017

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:14
Wow, what an outstanding week at Informatica World 2017 this year! With nearly 500 partners in attendance, we mutually discovered new and innovative ways to leverage Informatica technologies. As always, the Solutions Expo was the place to see partner solutions, and we all partied with the partners that held over 10 different events, engaged in breakout sessions, and discussed today’s latest business trends and opportunities. From DevOps efficiency to data quality and governance, the excitement ...
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Partner Opportunities in Data Security

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:49
At Informatica World last week, we talked about our strategy going forward, the roadmap for our innovative products and shared our new brand story with the world! I also met with many of our partners and data security was a consistent topic of discussion. The story lines included not just discussions like- help me help my customers comply with <insert regulation here> or my customers are really concerned about a data breach and losing sensitive data, but more in-depth discussions like: My...
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Reflections on Informatica World

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:17
This post is by Neil Raden. He is an author, consultant, industry analyst and founder of Hired Brains Research, based in Santa Fe, NM. He has a passion for analytics based on decades of experience, and strives to express it through his work in writing, speaking and advising clients. Reflections on Informatica World Martin Baron, the Executive Editor of the Washington Post, giving the Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics recently at Penn State University, mused, “I confess, for a long while, I was...
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Artificial Intelligence, So Mom Can Understand

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:42
Dear Mom, Artificial Intelligence, So Mom Can Understand   Even though my work often mystified you, you and Dad have been my biggest fans throughout my over 25-year data management career. Not surprising, as you were both dental professionals, not data professionals! But as you started hearing about data in the media more and more, your interest piqued to better understand it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing my letters to you over the past few years covering a range of topics including Data...
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Accelerating Data Management with Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:50
At Informatica World 2017, Informatica announced CLAIRE, the metadata-driven artificial intelligence in the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform. In summary: CLAIRE is the engine that will deliver intelligence to all the data management capabilities of the platform. CLAIRE will make data management recommendations, suggestions, and even provide automation of some data management tasks. Data volumes and complexity are exploding while technology change is accelerating. And now The Economist has ...
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How HBX, Harvard Business School’s Digital Education Initiative, became data-centric with Amazon Redshift

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00
Register for our joint webinar with AWS Redshift on 5/25, showcasing HBX/Harvard Business School How can you benefit from the excellent education offered by Harvard Business School without actually getting accepted to their renowned full-time MBA program or moving to Boston? This is the question Harvard Business School was attempting to answer when they formed HBX, the digital education initiative from Harvard Business School. With the unique HBX program, Harvard Business School has reimagined b...
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The Informatica Story Unfolds

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:47
At Informatica World this week, we talked about Informatica’s strategy going forward, as well as our new innovative products and services. We also shared our new brand story with the world. This isn’t only about our new logo, but rather, a signal to the market and ourselves that we’re evolving, changing how we define ourselves; how we talk, how we look, how we act, and ultimately, changing how customers experience us. Let’s change perspectives together. For years, we’ve been a leader in all of t...
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