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Give the Power of Data to the People: Focus on Integration Strategy and Enablement

Informatica Blog - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 23:00
Why It’s Time to Move Beyond the Integration Factory to an Integration Strategy and Enablement Team (ISET) What’s the right way to manage integration? It used to be that the answer was to build an “integration factory”— an in-house competency center with repeatable workflows and processes for data integration projects. But the factory model is changing, mainly due to a significant increase in demand. I was recently on the road having dinner with a customer. Her story offers some interesti...
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Data Discovery and Lineage Simplified for Cloud Analytics with Informatica and Databricks

Informatica Blog - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:45
We all know the old maxim “garbage in garbage out.” That is as true for the most sophisticated AI and machine-learning models as it is for basic reporting. And that points to a deeper truth that gets lost in all the hype around AI-powered analytics and applications – the hardest part of AI isn’t AI, it’s data management at scale and the surrounding infrastructure required to enable this. It’s about the infrastructure required to ingest high volumes of hybrid data at high speed, create high volum...
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New Salesforce Guides – Coming Full Circle to Informatica at Dreamforce

Informatica Blog - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:32
While at Dreamforce this year, it’s easy to say that interest in Salesforce was pretty high.  This year, the message was all about “Customer 360” – the holy grail of achieving a complete 360-degree view of the customer.  After all, as one of the leading CRM platforms, Salesforce has long championed the customer.  Achieving that 360-degree view of the customer, however, requires data, including data from multiple on-premises and cloud data sources, applications, and processes. ...
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Customer 360 In the House!

Informatica Blog - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:23
Customer 360 made it to the big show in a very big way: the opening keynote at Dreamforce. During the conference, Salesforce also announced Customer 360 Truth, an evolution from last year’s Customer 360 data management announcement. According to one of the analysts at Dreamforce this year, “one main function [of C360 Truth] will be to act as a single source of customer data for any Salesforce function or process.” A Customer 360 fuels the end-to-end customer journey with trusted data...
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10 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Talend

Talend Blog - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:06
…and how to fix them! We’ve asked our team of Talend experts to compile this top ten list of their biggest bugbears when it comes to jobs they see in the wild – and here it is! 10. Size does matter Kicking off our list is a common problem – the size of individual Talend jobs. Whilst it is often convenient to contain all similar logic and data in a single job, you can soon run into problems when building or deploying a huge job, not to mention trying to debug a niggling nasty in the midst of all ...
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Moving House = Moving Data: Lessons Learned from Cloud Data Quality Methodology

Informatica Blog - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 18:31
In the past 30 years,  my family and I have moved to a new home four times. And between each move—like most families—we accumulated lots of bits and pieces. While many of these items were used every day, we found that we had ended up keeping many items because we thought they might be useful someday: Some of these “valuable” items have included a VHS video player, an Apple Macintosh 128K, assorted children’s toys, and clothes that were in fashion 20 years ago! And with each move, the amount...
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Data Governance and Ethics in Today’s AI-Driven Financial Industry

Informatica Blog - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 00:13
Society is creating and consuming more data than ever, and this tsunami of data promises market, customer and operational insights which financial institutions of all shapes and sizes across the globe must be able to leverage to remain competitive. After all, their customers expect personalized experiences, their employees require self-service access to trusted and timely data and insights to perform their roles more effectively, and their shareholders expect them to remain one step ahead of...
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What’s New in Informatica’s Connectivity for Amazon Redshift

Informatica Blog - Sun, 12/01/2019 - 21:02
Over the last several months we have made significant enhancements to address emerging customer use cases with Amazon Redshift. These include the development of new cloud services that are designed to target specific use cases, and also general enhancements within our existing Redshift connectivity. These along with our powerful data integration features and industry’s broadest connectivity enable you to configure data flows into your Redshift data warehouse using Informatica’s easy-to-use cloud...
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Clarify Yourself, AI

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 19:24
Algorithmic decision making has become prevalent in systems such as online search, social media, productivity software, and autonomous vehicles. While these intelligent systems powered by AI offer tremendous benefits, the algorithmic decision making behind them often feels like a mystery. Without giving much thought to it, I used to blindly follow my friends’ activities on Facebook. I expected all my Facebook friends’ posts to appear in my news feed because I’m connected to them. When...
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How Databricks with AWS and Stitch Data Loader can help deliver sales and marketing analytics

Talend Blog - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:00
Sales and marketing analytics is one of the most high-profile focus areas for organizations today, and for good reason – it’s the place to look to boost revenues. Savvy executives are already on board with the impact – in a survey of senior sales and marketing executives, McKinsey finds that “extensive users of customer analytics are significantly more likely to outperform the market.” For organizations thinking seriously about revenue growth, teams of data scientists and analysts are tasked wit...
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12 Steps To Digital Transformation

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 18:58
Guest blogger Blake Morgan, consumer futurist and author of the recently published “The Customer of the Future,” outlines twelve things that companies must do to create great customer experiences. Digital transformation is all about using technology to solve traditional problems. When done correctly, it allows companies to provide unprecedented value to customers and continually evaluate their strategies and tactics. In a digital transformation, digital technology is integrated into every are...
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Why I stopped practicing law? Because data is king.

Talend Blog - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 14:00
  When I was in my mid-twenties, I thought I had it all. I had just recently graduated from a top law school, passed the California Bar Exam, and was working as a junior associate at a prestigious San Francisco law firm. Three short years later, I had turned my back on law and embarked on a career in the technology field, which after many twists and turns, including stints as an analyst at Gartner, positions at a number of start-ups (some of which were actually somewhat successful) and som...
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Why Data Governance Needs to Be a Business Discipline

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 18:05
Building the case for a business data governance toll gate If data is a strategic asset, then data governance needs to be a business discipline. Regardless of the industry, it’s probably only a matter of time before every business will be measured based on their ability—or inability—to govern data appropriately. In this digital-first age, we’re moving at jet speed to a state where data will become a business’s great differentiator, and it will make the topic of governance all the more imp...
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Customer Data Platforms (CDP) in 2020 and Beyond

Informatica Blog - Sun, 11/24/2019 - 22:05
Marketers have always known that customer data is the key to delivering great customer experience (CX) and is full of insights just waiting to be gleaned. It’s the foundation of winning the loyalty of today’s demanding customers. Savvy marketers have also learned the challenges of working with customer data: it’s scattered everywhere, it comes in many different types, and it has varying degrees of completeness. Marketers and marketing technologists recognize and confront these ch...
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4 Innovative PxM Best Practices from Smart Brands and Retailers

Informatica Blog - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 18:04
In a recent Product Experience Management (PxM) blog, I discussed how PxM relates to Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM), and how it can drive success in digital marketing and ecommerce. In this blog, I will share some innovative best practices from smart brands that use PxM for increased customer engagement, loyalty, and sales. 1. PUMA: Combining Interactive Digital and Instore Product Experiences Perhaps more than any other segment, fashion and luxury g...
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The Rise of Big Data Engineering in 2020: Cloud, AI & Analytics Success

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 18:14
What is data engineering? Data engineering enables data users across the enterprise with clean, quality data they can trust, so they can drive better business insights and actions. Data engineering is the result of technology disruption in what we used to call big data. Overall, the industry is moving toward data management environments that deliver insights from AI and machine learning while leveraging the cloud for agility. And while the amount data in these environments is still “big”...
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5 best practices to innovate at speed in the Cloud: Tip #5 Accelerate data delivery to third party applications and teams through APIs

Talend Blog - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 14:00
Starting last September, The Talend Blog Team started sharing fruitful tips to securely kick off your data project in the cloud at speed.  This week, we’re concluding the series with the fifth and last capability: Accelerate data delivery to third party applications and teams through APIs.   Billions of times each day, application programming interfaces (APIs) facilitate the transfer of data between people and systems, serving as the fabric that connects businesses with customers, suppliers, an...
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Humanizing the AI Experience

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:34
“I wonder, he wondered, if any human has ever felt this way before about an android.” – Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? If we are living through the era of the next industrial revolution—as many claim—Artificial Intelligence (AI) is surely its main driving engine. It is difficult to think of an industry that AI is not currently transforming. AI is on a clear path to make a huge difference in healthcare, education, transportation, retail, communications and more....
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Introducing the Intelligent Data Migration Assessment for Modernizing Your EDWs to Amazon Redshift

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 19:08
There’s a great deal of momentum in the industry to modernize traditional on-premises enterprise data warehouse (EDWs) and move into the cloud. Yet, these traditional EDWs have been the lifeblood of enterprise analytics for several decades, and during this time, they have grown, transformed, and taken on use cases they were never originally designed for. Consequently, the very clean and well-defined data structures they began with have morphed into complex data stores with many “nooks and cranni...
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Want to Build a Responsive and Intelligent Data Pipeline? Focus on Lifecycle

Talend Blog - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 14:00
Today, enterprises need to collect and analyze more and more data to drive greater business insight and improve customer experiences. To process this data, technology stacks have evolved to include cloud data warehouses and data lakes, big data processing, serverless computing, containers, machine learning, and more. Increasingly, layered across this network of systems, is a new architectural model – “data pipelines” that collect, transform, and deliver data to the people and machines that need...
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