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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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Informatica Wins 2018 CODiE Award for Best iPaaS

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:28
SIIA recently honored Informatica with a big win announcing that we won the best iPaaS award for 2018. The team has been working hard on major updates, additions, integrations and functionality to our iPaaS and it has paid off! We were up against some big industry competitors, but came out on top because of our capabilities, versatility, elegant user interface and ease of use, among many other things. Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), can help organizations overcome data challenges ...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies: Data Cataloging is the First Step

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:15
In my first blog of this series on Next Gen Analytics Strategies I discussed the importance of investing in a data management platform with an enterprise unified metadata foundation powered by AI and described how the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform uses the CLAIRE engine to provide such a foundation. In this blog post I’ll explain the importance of a data catalog. As I had mentioned in the blog post that summarized Next Gen Analytics Strategies I recommended that before tackling any proje...
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3 Reasons Why Business People Should Take an Active Interest in Data Management

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:15
I work for a software company – one that sells data management solutions. For many business oriented people this is considered far too technical for their liking. My colleagues and I are regularly pointed down the hall towards the IT department, where business folks believe we can have a more meaningful discussion. However, the importance of data is rising in all verticals. To remain competitive, organizations must harness their existing and new data sources in meaningful ways. By removing thems...
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Data Analytics: Getting Past the Easy Part (the Technology)

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:15
Everyone is seeking the holy grail of data analytics and, now, its derivatives – artificial intelligence and machine learning. The tools and platforms to accomplish this are powerful, and more programs across the country are offering training in data science and analytics skills. So what’s the holdup? Essentially, organizations are getting in their own way. In a recent analysis, Niko Mohr and Holger Hürtgen, both with McKinsey, observe that “the technical part is always the easier one to solve.”...
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Don’t Worry, it’s not You. The Data Governance Finish Line Has Moved

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:15
I’ve been a practitioner, analyst and all-around evangelist of data governance for the majority of my career. And during this time, I’ve never lost faith that executive leaders across all industries would eventually understand the need for data governance — and make it one of their company’s strategic priorities. And we’ve witnessed some incredible changes in the world that have helped to raise data governance awareness. These include: The creation and widespread adoption of the Chief Data Offi...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies — The Future of Data Management is All About AI

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:15
With a successful Informatica World 2018 behind us I’d like to share a recap of my session on Next Gen Analytics (NGA) Strategies in a six-part blog series (one on each strategy). I suggest you read the blog I wrote the week before Informatica World that summarized the strategies. Enterprise unified metadata foundation powered by AI Data cataloguing is the first step Optimize the data pipeline for Big Data End-to-end collaborative data governance Build in data privacy and protection Architect f...
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A Practical Guide to your Data Strategy

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:15
My last blog suggested Change Big and drive your data-driven transformation for new types of innovation and creativity like: Accelerate predictive modelling, machine learning, and data mining: Making faster, better decisions that execute business strategy Automate manual processes: Digitize information to streamline end-to-end business processes Improve business agility: Allowing the business to pivot fast in response to change Become a customer-centric company: Using data for creating differen...
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