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Hesitation to Bringing Blockchain into the Data Environment

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 19:15
Is blockchain – the global distributed ledger – suitable for any data environment? That’s the question taken up by Julian Ereth in one of his latest posts for Eckerson Group. His prognosis: hold that thought for now. “It is still unclear if and when blockchain will make its way into enterprise data architectures,” he says. A blockchain approach runs counter to the centralized tendencies of enterprise data centers. In fact, much of the work in recent years – toward enterprise cloud and enterprise...
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Building Your Cloud Strategy from Your Data Strategy

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:45
Recently, I’ve been using this “Journey to Cloud” blog to look at specific challenges that I or my team have seen in organizations implementing cloud solutions. But for this post, I’d like to step back to the macro view to discuss strategy. Tech journalist John Gallant and I have just finished a guide to data strategy, aimed at the CIO Called The Data Strategy Playbook, it combines what I’ve learned in my career with the knowledge John gained over decades with IDG publications such as, N...
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The Three Dimensions of a 360 Customer View

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:15
My last blog introduced how a 360 customer view fuels long-term customer engagement and loyalty through personalized interactions at scale. The benefits of “360” are significant: better marketing, relevant communications, greater efficiency, stronger customer relationships, and ultimately, competitive advantage. I highlighted that this is why Hyatt customers go out of their way to stay at a Hyatt property. The value of a 360 approach means understanding who your customer is and then applying tha...
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Jumpstart Your Data Warehousing Journey to Azure with the Industry’s Number One iPaaS

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:00
A major driver to greater public cloud adoption is the digital transformation of organizations, of which data is at the heart. The faster you can accelerate the shift of data-intensive operations and workloads to cloud platforms, like Microsoft Azure, the faster you can capitalize on the inherent performance, agility and cost savings it offers. Today at Informatica World, our CEO Anil Chakravarthy and the EVP of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie jointly announced the preview of...
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Data Governance & Compliance Gets Intelligent at Informatica World 2018

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:45
If there are any certainties in the world of data governance and compliance it is that there will be more data, more regulations to comply with, and constant change. In addition, there is a growing awareness that data governance is absolutely essential to delivering analytics insights built on trusted data. It’s never been more important to discover and understand data quickly and to understand which data is sensitive and must be managed and protected. That’s why the data governance story starts...
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Deeper Engagement with Master Data Management at Informatica World 2018

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:45
Successful data-driven digital transformation initiatives run on data. And a critical part of that data management solution is the single view of data provided by Master Data Management (MDM). Organizations are using Informatica MDM to drive game-changing initiatives around customer engagement, supplier engagement and omni-channel marketing that differentiate their services and products in the marketplace and accelerate the delivery of business value. The world of MDM is rapidly changing, and ou...
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Going Beyond iPaaS at Informatica World 2018

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:54
As organizations stand up new cloud systems there is the growing realization that it is not “the cloud,” but multiple clouds. Each new application runs in a cloud, each platform is a different cloud in its own right, and there are strengths and weaknesses to each of them. Many organizations are finding themselves using multiple cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) for different purposes. As if the challenge of enterprise data management wasn’t great enough, we now have it fragmenting out i...
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Big Data Management is Cloud Ready at Informatica World 2018

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:38
Sometimes people lose sight of the “why” of big data. It’s all about delivering actionable insights that will give your organization a leg up on your competition. This can be by creating new sources of revenue, new analytics insights to drive better customer experiences, or even new insights that will save lives. Initiatives like this require delivering data you can trust faster than ever before to make these insights possible. And that brings us to cloud. 2018 has been something of a tipping p...
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Informatica Global Customer Support Garners Top Rating in Comprehensive TSIA Audit

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 23:30
At Informatica, acceleration of the transformation to a subscription business is contingent on delivering best in class services to drive customer success. To Establish Informatica as a leader in services excellence, last October, the Informatica Global Customer Support (GCS) team undertook the rigorous assignment of a Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) audit that would measure Informatica on nearly 300 best practices across six separate components of technology service and support ...
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GDPR Through a New Lens

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 21:10
May 25th is only a few days away. It’s no surprise that some corporate executives are panicked about the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect on this date. Some have procrastinated about the change, trying to figure out what to do at the last minute to avoid potentially millions of dollars in fines and risk to their reputation. It’s time to view GDPR compliance efforts through a different lens. Not as a scary beast but as an opportunity to effectively manag...
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Informatica World 2018: The Journey Continues

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:15
This year, we’re excited to bring Informatica World 2018 back to Las Vegas from May 21-24. As the leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, our mission is to accelerate your data-driven digital transformation, and Informatica World is the perfect opportunity for you to learn from experiences data management practitioners from our customers and partners, as well as our own experts. We hope to see you there, where you will not only connect with industry leaders, experts and professionals who un...
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1+1 = 3 The Power of Informatica’s Ecosystem at Informatica World 2018!

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:30
OK, so my math may be a bit off… But I also cannot forget time and again the customer stories which demonstrate that “better together” really works for them. At Informatica, we are on a singular mission to help accelerate our customers’ data-driven digital transformation. Towards that goal, we work closely with key strategic ecosystem partners to jointly help those customers successfully transform their business. At Informatica World 2018, we are proud to showcase the many ways in which Informat...
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You Have to Change Anyway, So Why Not Change Big?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:15
Ideas for data-driven innovation and change are everywhere like this one Data Is the New Currency of Digital Transformation by Anil Chakravarthy. Or maybe you’re working on new technologies for predictive analytics, big data, cloud, customer master data and mobile apps. The point is you have to change to keep up with new technologies, market pressures and new business models. So why not make a big change; a transformation. The process for a big change or little change is the same. Isn̵...
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Next Generation Analytics Strategies – Intelligently Disrupt or Become Disrupted

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:22
When I was asked to give a presentation at Informatica World 2018 on Next Generation Analytics strategies I first thought to myself about our customers and why they had selected Informatica for their analytics strategy. One of the major reasons companies invested in the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform is to increase the productivity and efficiency of their scarce data professional resources such as data engineers, data analysts, data scientists and data stewards. This shortage of data mana...
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360 Engagement at Informatica World 2018

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 21:30
Informatica World 2018 is just around the corner. For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with our customers to finalize the content for the breakout sessions in the 360 Engagement Journey track. It’s been quite fun to learn more about their stories and hear how they are making a difference within their companies and ‘moving the cheese’ in their industries, as one customer put it. We have customers represented by Hartford Healthcare, M&T Bank, Experian, McAfee, an...
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Using Pattern Identification for AI Solutions

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:15
I thought I was going nowhere. Now I can see there was a pattern (Kate DiCamillo) Candy Crush. If you haven’t struggled with that addiction, someone you love probably has, and you may have found yourself considering an actual intervention.  There are many explanations as to why this game is so addictive, one of them has to do with how our brain works. Our brain loves patterns; organizing the universe around us in groups or in sets helps us remember, navigate, and operate in a complex world. Cand...
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The Kerberos Conundrum — A Proxy’s Plight

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 19:15
This post talks about the complexities that creep in when a Proxy Server is introduced into an environment using Kerberos mode of authentication and also a potential generic solution. Kerberos overview Kerberos is an authentication mechanism between a client and server on a network using symmetric keys and tickets. Kerberos mode ensures that a password is not communicated across the network. A trusted third-party server — Key Distribution Centre (KDC) maintains all the keys of the participating ...
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HED: Itemized Inefficiencies: Turn Your Public Cloud Bill into Action Items

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:15
An interesting benefit—and challenge—of moving to the cloud is the way it exposes longstanding inefficiencies that went unnoticed through years of on-premises IT management. We celebrate the flexibility of the cloud, and the speed and scalability, but one underappreciated advantage of bringing public cloud infrastructure to your organization is the transparency. Once you get over the shock, at least. The transparency value is this: Every bit of cloud resources you use will appear, itemized, on y...
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Data Privacy and Protection Takes Center Stage

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 19:15
Businesses today are seeing a perfect storm of data privacy and protection, driven by unyielding forces centered around a customer’s private information. These forces include the chronic barrage of data breaches, the enactment of powerful privacy regulations and the growing consumer and citizen awareness of their rights to control their personal data. In this perfect storm, organizations must give data privacy and protection full attention.  The failure to do so can be severe and have adverse im...
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Data Exhaust: From Wasted Bits to Hot Commodity

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:15
“Data exhaust” is a cute phrase for all the stuff enterprises have been casting away since the beginning of time – and describes the potential future of enterprise intelligence. Data exhaust could be log data, sensor data, and all the other unstructured stuff streaming inside, through and out of enterprises. The Internet of Things (IoT) is perhaps the most prominent source of data exhaust. Until recently, it was too expensive to get at this data. Now, with open-source tools and platforms such as...
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