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News Flash: Microsoft Takes a Huge Leap Forward with their Azure SQL DW Gen2 Platform

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 18:00
As the leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, Informatica was plugged into the beginnings of the cloud data warehousing movement, and we have been a key partner in helping many companies shift their data “center of gravity” to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of the infinite scale-out, scale-on-demand, pay-as-you-go and workload isolation that only cloud-based data services can offer. Today, Microsoft, a strategic partner of ours, announced some very exciting innovations for Azure SQL Data...
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Accelerate Your Journey to AWS with Informatica

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:45
In the midst of almost everyone migrating operations to the cloud, few organizations are opening new data centers or planning major new hardware procurements. The added agility, efficiency, flexible scaling and breadth of capabilities of AWS (Amazon Web Services) in particular makes it extremely appealing to IT and business leaders, but to best leverage AWS, you need an hybrid data management solution to integrate data across AWS, other SaaS applications and existing on-premises systems. Whether...
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Spring Launch 2018 — Making AI-driven Data Governance and Compliance a Reality

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:15
Just as better, higher quality data can be a game changer in your organization, so can a solution that ensures your entire team can execute your data governance strategy. Roughly a year ago, we acquired Diaku, a leader in data governance, to enhance our solution to help customers with collaboration and to fully operationalize their data governance program. Since that time, you’ve heard from great customers, such as Merck, McGraw-Hill Education, and the Bank of Ireland, on how important these pro...
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Digital Transformation, Startup-Style, with Self-Service Data

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:15
I bet when you think about digital transformation, it conjures a large established enterprise transforming itself. But guess what, startups also do, and must, constantly transform themselves! The willingness to pivot and reinvent is core to a successful startup’s growth and maturity. You know what else startups have in common with large enterprises? They can amass vast amounts of data, and very quickly. Unleashing this data is key to truly understanding and growing the business in a highly dynam...
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Column Similarity: Metadata Intelligence for Curation and Consumption

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:15
Ability to accurately label columns, attributes and fields is a critical requirement for both data discovery and data governance. However, organizations can have millions of datasets and hundreds of millions of columns/fields in various structured and semi-structured data sources, making it impossible to manually curate them one by one. Also, not all columns represent unique business concepts/data elements. A single data element, like a CUSTOMER ID or PRODUCT ID, can be a part of multiple datas...
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The 360 Customer View – and Why it’s Key to Long-Term Engagement and Loyalty

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:15
If you follow marketing surveys or business trends, you know that businesses are trying to win over customers with great experiences. As customers have become more connected and digital, their expectations have also increased. And many companies are proving that a personal and individualized experience has become the only way to ensure long-term engagement and loyalty. That’s why there’s been so much continued focus on holistic or 360-degree views of your customers. Here’s an example. A homeowne...
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Driving Metadata Intelligence with Informatica’s Enterprise Data Catalog

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:15
There hasn’t been a more exciting time for metadata, at least not since President Obama referred to metadata in the context of phone calls – and bestowed it with a whiff of notoriety. Now metadata, best exemplified by the data catalog, is getting a red-carpet treatment (swathed  in black of course – see Gartner’s Data Catalogs are the new black). The need for a data catalog to inventory, classify and document an organization’s data has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, the world was simpl...
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The Challenge: Bringing Data Analytics Out of its Silo

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:15
We now have amazing technology that can bring data together, in real-time or right-time, to understand what customers want, and predict what they will likely want in the near future. However, the challenge is that these capabilities are still being stuck into new kinds of silos. “A robust, successful data and analytics function encompasses more than a stack of technologies, or a few people isolated on one floor of the building,” Carl Carande, Paul Lipinski and Traci Gusher, all with KPMG, observ...
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Single View of the Customer Means Your LOBs are Happy Campers

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:15
One of my bucket list items is to go across the country in an RV. Did you know that it costs about $55 per day for vacationing in your own RV versus an average of $180 per day in a hotel? That’s sweet, plus the fact that RVs these days come with gourmet kitchens and accommodate friends and family, makes it almost a no-brainer. Although planning such a vacation seems fun and all, I recently realized while hosting a webinar, that running an RV business with over 10 million customers is no picnic. ...
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A Veteran Informatica Partner Turns Its Focus to Customer Experience

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:45
*Guest post by Gil Rosen. Gil is NGDATA’s Head of Strategy and a veteran solution architect and data specialist. As former President and Founder of Eccella, Gil built a global data and analytics consultancy of 100 strong; advising on and implementing outcome-focused data initiatives for enterprises across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Media, and Utilities. Gil also founded and oversaw Eccella’s Data Strategy practice, building out Eccella’s framework and methodolog...
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Enter The Digital Product Factory

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:00
In my last post about Data Monetization I touched upon the concept of a Digital Product Factory. Today, I would like to outline why a factory-style R&D process is a must-have when monetizing your data, no matter in what consumption pattern; data feed, analytics or application. Furthermore, I will highlight how data governance will play into this paradigm, a handful of key use case categories most organizations are trying to monetize in addition to a few real-life examples. If you recall from...
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HIMSS18 Themes to Know: Data Governance, Data Catalogs, Big Vision Strategy and Digital Transformation

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 19:15
Discussions were all about big-vision strategy and data-driven digital transformation. I’ve just returned from HIMSS18, and as always, it was a fantastic event. It usually takes me a a few weeks to recover and to fully digest all that occurred. For Informatica, I believe it was our eleventh HIMSS as exhibitor. In our years of experience, we have never seen a HIMSS where data and getting value and insights from data was more front-and-center than it was this year. As the leader in Enterprise Clou...
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PowerCenter Users Can Now See The Light (Through Operational Insights)

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:15
Empower Your PowerCenter Operations With “Operational Insights” Informatica PowerCenter “power users” have asked for improved ability to gain the operational insights necessary for managing multiple PowerCenter Data Centers – asset discovery, determining shared system usage (for ROI calculations), and advanced analytical insight for capacity planning and scheduling of distributed workflow runs (to optimize performance). Most users traditionally addressed these needs through a combina...
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Not Quite, Murder on the Orient Express

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:00
It does not take murder and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers to excite us here at Informatica. Providing safe passage, a smooth and profitable ride on rails still does though. If you work for a railway or your organization has USD276 million a year to maintain all your physical assets, would you like to know how to boost on-time performance, safety and save a third of your annual maintenance budget using cutting edge data management techniques? If so, buy a ticket to this matinee right now. Well, ...
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The CIO Reading List: Start with Why

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:15
“We don’t want to come to work to build a wall, we want to come to work to build a cathedral.” —Simon Sinek, Start with Why CIOs can’t succeed unless they can communicate. Whether we’re convincing our C-level colleagues to support complex, cross-functional programs, persuading our staff that our strategy will enable their success, or proving to customers that we can relate to and help solve their biggest challenges, it’s the CIO’s job to convince people to take huge leaps...
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DevOps for Data

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:15
InformationWeek’s Lisa Morgan just made the call – data specialists need to get some DevOps religion. DevOps, which is attaining almost religious status within many technology-driven organizations, is about one simple yet effective idea: it’s better to have consistent cadence of deliverables moving through the pipeline, versus unpredictable spurts of development. Developers, known to work crazy hours on crazy schedules, are encouraged to work closely with operations teams, known for their discip...
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