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Best Practices for Using Context Variables with Talend – Part 1

Talend Blog - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:59
A question I was regularly asked when working on different customer sites and answering questions on forums was “What is the best practice when using context variables?” My years of working with Talend have led me to work with context variables in a way that minimizes the effort I need to put into ongoing maintenance and moving them between environments. This blog series is intended to give you an insight into the best practices I use as well as highlight the potential pitfalls that can arise fr...
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Microsoft Continues to Build the Case for Data Estate Modernization on Azure

Informatica Blog - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:30
With the latest release of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft doubles-down on Azure SQL DW as one of the core data services for digital transformation on Azure. In addition to the fundamental benefits of agility, on-demand scaling and unlimited compute availability, the most recent price-to-performance metrics (read the GigaOM report) are one of several the compelling arguments they have made for customers to adopt Azure SQL DW. Interestingly, Microsoft is also announcing the general availabili...
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Data Warehouse Modernization and the Journey to the Cloud

Talend Blog - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:29
To say that organizations today are facing a complex data landscape is really an understatement. Data exists in on-premises systems and in the cloud; data is used across applications and accessed across departments. Information is being exchanged in ever-growing volumes with customers and business partners. Websites and social media platforms are constantly adding data to the mix. And now there’s even more data coming from new sources such as the Internet of Things (IoT) via sensors and smart, c...
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Data Curation with an Intelligent Data Catalog

Informatica Blog - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:30
It’s not often that I run into the word “metadata” when I indulge in my favorite weekend habit of reading the Sunday New York Times (NYT). A few months ago, the paper published a special section focused on how NYT is digitizing and bringing back to life photographs published in the paper over fifty years ago. In this case, the metadata on each photograph came in the form of hand-written notes on when the picture was published and other related information on the back of each photograph. NYT part...
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Spinning up Cloud-scale Analytics is now Even More Compelling with Talend and Microsoft

Talend Blog - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:30
Today, we’re excited to share two announcements that make adopting Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse (ADW) a no-brainer. First, ADW significantly increased the lead over the competition with the new price-performance benchmarks published by GigaOm, showing exponential price-performance improvements over similar solutions. This should be especially interesting to large enterprises with legacy, on-premises data warehouse deployments that can benefit from the best-in-class performance, secur...
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How You Can Solve 5 of the Most Painful Supplier Information Management Challenges

Informatica Blog - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:00
Whether you’re talking to supply chain executives in manufacturing, in distribution, or in retail, the pain points are the same: If they’re sourcing products or services from multiple vendors, they must address some or all of these five challenges to supplier information management.   Recognize any of these? These are the five major challenges to supplier information management   No trusted view: Supply chain executives struggle to get a trusted view of all their suppliers across the ...
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How Euronext is Utilizing Real-Time Data to Become a “Data Trader”

Talend Blog - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 01:36
Following its split from the New York Stock Exchange in 2014, Euronext became the first pan-European exchange in the eurozone, fusing together the stock markets of Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, and Paris. Euronext uses Optiq, an incredible trading platform, which is the active memory of 100 TB transactions, with systems that practically work in nanoseconds. But for analytics, sometimes Euronext had to wait six to twelve hours after market close on days with important events before they co...
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Cleveland Clinic: a “Must-See” at HIMSS19

Informatica Blog - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 15:00
I’m delighted that Christopher J. Donovan, MBA, the Executive Director, Enterprise Analytics, and Andrew W. Proctor, Senior Director, Enterprise Analytics with Cleveland Clinic, will be presenting at this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando—one of the largest gatherings of Health IT professions, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Their topic is “Communicate Value & Build Support for Enterprise Analytics.” As Cleveland Clinic is such a respected ...
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How Bayer Pharmaceuticals Found the Right Prescription for Clinical Data Access

Talend Blog - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 23:05
Like other pharmaceutical companies, Bayer Pharmaceuticals conducts research to discover new drugs, test and validate their effectiveness and safety, and introduce them to the market. That process requires accumulating, analyzing and storing vast amounts of clinical data coming from patients and healthy volunteers, which is recorded on an electronic case report form (eCRF). Data is also collected from laboratories and electronic devices and all data is automatically anonymized at the point of co...
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Businesses must integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) now or fall further behind

Talend Blog - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:50
This article was originally published on Venture Beat Artificial intelligence became one of the hottest tech topics in 2017 and is still attracting attention and investments. Although scientists have been working on the technology and heralding its numerous anticipated benefits for more than four decades, it’s only in the past few years that society’s artificial intelligence dreams have come to fruition. The impact AI applications stand to have on both consumer and business operations is profoun...
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Mastering Data and Self-Development at Lenovo

Talend Blog - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 17:12
In 2012 when I worked at Lenovo, the company set out on a journey to create the Lenovo Unified Customer Intelligence (LUCI) platform. The decisions we made with regard to people and technology involved in that project helped to shape my self-development, relationships with others on the team, and relationship with executives. Data management leaders today are still facing a problem that has been around for years: How do we create systems and processes to move, transform, and deliver trusted dat...
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Embracing Transformation with Intelligent Data at HIMSS19

Informatica Blog - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:00
The signs of disruption in the healthcare industry are everywhere: Massive mergers. Major employers test driving new data-driven employee-based population health and preventive care programs. A major online retailer acquiring a pharmacy benefits administrator. It’s an exciting and transformational time for the healthcare market, and the possibilities are extraordinary. Patients can benefit from better information about health choices. Physicians can be more confident about treatment plans with ...
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Are APIs becoming the keys to customer experience?

Talend Blog - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 18:51
In recent years, APIs have encouraged the emergence of new services by facilitating collaboration between applications and databases of one or more companies. Beyond catalyzing innovation, APIs have also revolutionized the customer-company relationship, allowing it to provide an accurate and detailed picture of the consumer at a time when a quality customer experience now counts as much as the price or capabilities of the product. APIs: A Bridge Between the Digital and Physical World Over the ye...
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Genomic Health’s Data Management Road Trip to Save Lives

Informatica Blog - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:00
Genomic Health has one clear mission in mind: to transform treatment decisions and outcomes in cancer by delivering clinically actionable diagnostics and services. Guided by their mission, Genomic Health embarked on a road trip with a specific destination in mind – to find a data management solution that could assist them in providing personalized treatments and improve outcomes for their patients.  When they began planning their road trip, they set out a map to identify what their most importa...
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New Webcast! IBM i Encryption Made Easy

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 13:30
Need to encrypt sensitive data on your IBM i, including personally identifiable information, personal credit information or personal health information, but worry about the complexity of implementing encryption? In one of our latest webcasts, “IBM i Encryption Made Easy,” Patrick Townsend, Founder & CEO of Townsend Security, and Jeff Uehling, Product Management Director for Security at Syncsort, put your fears to rest. Learn how the IBM i Field Procedures have greatly simplifi...
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How AB InBev is Using Data to Brew up the Best Customer Experience

Talend Blog - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 22:01
AB InBev, headquartered in Belgium, is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the world with a diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoegaarden and Leffe. When companies grow via external acquisitions, integrating the systems and data from acquired companies is always a challenge. For AB InBev, that challenge included a hybrid environment with both on-premises and cloud systems and a host of brewers operatin...
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Data skills – Many hands make light work in a world awash with data

Talend Blog - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:56
While the transformation to a data-driven culture needs to come from the top of the organization, data skills must permeate through all areas of the business. Rather than being the responsibility of one person or department, assuring data availability and integrity must be a team sport in modern data-centric businesses. Everyone must be involved and made accountable throughout the process.   The challenge for enterprises is to effectively enable greater data access among the workforce while main...
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Why The Mainframe Still Matters in 2019

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:30
Mainframes have been the workhorses of the corporate data center for more than half a century. With the advent of new technologies such as the cloud and low-cost x86 commodity servers, many tech pundits expected the mainframe to fade away sooner rather than later. But that’s far from the case. In fact, in 2019 the venerable mainframe will be as relevant as ever for many enterprises around the world. Here’s why. Mainframes Continue to Shine at Traditional Tasks Mainframes are still hard at work d...
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Data Integrity vs. Data Quality: How Are They Different?

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:30
Data is incredibly valuable, but that doesn’t mean it’s always an asset. When companies work with data that is substandard for any reason, it delivers incorrect insights, skewed analysis, and reckless recommendations. Two terms describe the condition of data: Data integrity and data quality. These two terms are often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions. Any company working to maximize the utility and value of data needs to understand the difference: Data Qualit...
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How Uniper is providing sustainable energy for everyone with a modern digital platform

Talend Blog - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 23:53
The energy industry supplies electrical power to consumers from a variety of sources, including gas-based and hydroelectric plants, as well as nuclear and coal-based power plants. As temperature, economic and political events occur along with changes in demography, preferences and technology, shifting demand and supply interact to form prices in competitive energy markets.  Supply and demand need to be managed on a daily second-by-second basis, otherwise blackouts may occur. In this complex worl...
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