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Trust, Time-to-Insight and Data Discovery

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 19:15
Digital transformation and IT modernization initiatives continue to be hot topics in the boardroom across nearly every industry, no matter the size of the organization. The goals are grand and the scope is broad—necessary to drive large visionary changes. As we’ve witnessed from industry leaders who’ve disrupted their markets, the chances for success to drive transformational changes are greatly increased when rooted in the fundamentals: data and analytics. Typically, when the discussion turns t...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Jeff Bean on Apache Flink and How it Handles State in Streaming Processing

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata Data conference in NYC, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down for a conversation with Jeff Bean, the Technical Evangelist at data Artisans. In the first of this three part blog, Roberts and Bean discuss data Artisans, Apache Flink, and how Flink handles state in streaming processing. Roberts: So can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself? Bean: Sure. My name is Jeff Bean. I’m a Technical Evangelist at data Artisans. I’m the only US Technical Evangelist and...
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New eBook! 20/20 Security Visibility for IBM z and i Systems

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort’s has released an eBook, 20/20 Security Visibility for IBM z and i Systems, which is now available for download! Understanding the potential security threats and preventing security breaches has become paramount to just about every IT organization. The image and financial damage caused by a security break can cripple an organization. Compliance initiatives further increase the burden put on most businesses to get a better handle on security. In response to today’s world of complex...
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TC18: Schwab and Pfizer’s Inspiring Data Stories

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 19:15
The TC18 afterglow is still fresh. My personal favorite? The great stories. This year, I was touched and inspired by two amazing data stories shared by executives from Charles Schwab and Pfizer on the TC18 keynote stage. I was so excited and grateful to hear these stories of data-driven digital transformation that I thought I’d share them with you. Charles Schwab’s Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Data Office Rene Kim discussed how data is powering the best customer experience for Ch...
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5 Recipes for Not Becoming the Data Turkey of Your Organization

Talend Blog - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:24
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a perfect moment to take a step back and get some recipes to be data savvy within your organization. Fortunately, Talend experts have a recipe for data success that will help you to stay above the fray. As companies become more data driven, being ahead of the curve will obviously be considered as a sign of curiosity and a way to differentiate. This is also a means for your company to anticipate incoming trends and thrive in a changing world where d...
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6 Threats to the High Availability of Your Data (and How to Solve Them)

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:30
Achieving high availability for data is tough. The best-laid data infrastructures often go awry (sorry, Steinbeck fans) for a variety of reasons, and they bring data availability down with them. What are those things that can go awry and prevent data high availability? And what can you do to stop or mitigate them? Let’s take a look at some of the obvious and not-so-obvious high availability problems you may encounter with your data infrastructure. 1. Infrastructure Failure Let’s begi...
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Data Transformation in Practice: 3 Real-World Data Transformation Examples

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:30
Data transformation is a buzzword you hear frequently in the age of big data (even though data transformation’s significance is not limited just to big data). And while it’s easy to define data transformation at a high level, understanding what data transformation means in practice can be trickier. If you’ve found yourself pondering what data transformation actually entails, keep reading for some real-world situations in which data needs to be transformed, and what the transfor...
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A Serverless Architecture for Big Data

Talend Blog - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:53
This post is co-authored by Jorge Villamariona and Anselmo Barrero at Qubole. A popular term emerging from the software industry over the last few years is serverless computing, more commonly referred to as just “serverless”. So what does it mean? In its simplest form, a serverless architecture is a computing model where a service provider dynamically manages the allocation of computing resources based on a Service Level Agreement (SLA), provisioning and running resources only for the time neede...
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4 Big Data Infrastructure Pain Points and How to Solve Them

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:30
Making the most of big data requires not just having the right big data analytics tools and processes in place, but also optimizing your big data infrastructure. How can you do that? Read on for tips about common problems that arise in data infrastructure, and how to solve them. What Is Big Data Infrastructure Big data infrastructure is what it sounds like: The IT infrastructure that hosts your “big data.” (Keep in mind that what constitutes big data depends on a lot of factors; the ...
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Getting Started with Talend Open Studio: Building Your First Job

Talend Blog - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:02
In the previous blog, we walked through the installation and set-up of Talend Open Studio and briefly demonstrated key features to familiarize you with the Studio interface. In this blog, we will build a simple job to load data from a local file into Snowflake, a cloud data warehouse technology. More specifically, we will build a new job that takes customer data from your local machine and maps it to a target table within Snowflake. To follow along in this tutorial, you will need Talend Open Stu...
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New eBook! TDWI Checklist Report: Five Data Engineering Requirements for Enabling Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook, “Five Data Engineering Requirements for Enabling Machine Learning,” which is now available to download. Machine learning can provide a competitive advantage to those organizations that use it. As data volume and diversity grows, organizations will need to revisit their data management strategy to support machine learning. Making the jump from test and training environments to full production environments requires a smart data pipeline strategy. This...
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Beachbody Gets Data Management in Shape with Talend Solutions

Talend Blog - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 03:20
This post is co-authored by Hari Umapathy, Lead Data Engineer at Beachbody and Aarthi Sridharan, Sr.Director of Data (Enterprise Technology) at Beachbody. Beachbody is a leading provider of fitness, nutrition, and weight-loss programs that deliver results for our more than 23 million customers. Our 350,000 independent “coach” distributors help people reach their health and financial goals. The company was founded in 1998, and has more than 800 employees. Digital business and the mana...
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Introducing Talend API Services: Providing Best in Class Purpose-Built Applications

Talend Blog - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:50
Have you heard?  Talend Fall ’18 is here and continues on Talend’s plan to meet the challenges of today’s data professionals around organizing, processing and sharing data at scale. Earlier Jean-Michel Franco wrote up about the Data Catalog portion of this exciting Fall 2018 launch. In this blog I’d like to focus on our new API features. For many organizations, APIs are no longer just technological creations of engineers to connect components of a distributed system. Today, APIs are directly dri...
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Informatica MDM 10.3 – Experience the data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:15
The latest release of Informatica MDM 10.3 has opened a great opportunity for business users to experience the data with best possible interactions. User Experience (UX) is at its best in this version, with modern UI, enhanced security, improved search capabilities and much more. You can start off with the excellent demo provided by the product team in the recently concluded webinar. The webinar was hosted by Oliver Soans. Webinar also answered some of the key questions from the participants ma...
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Real-Time vs. Batch Data Integration: Which is Better for Which Use Cases?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:30
When it comes to big data, there are two main ways to process information. The first—and more traditional—approach is batch-based data integration. The second is real-time integration. Understanding which data integration strategy is the right fit for which situation is an important step for ensuring that you are processing big data in the fastest and most cost-effective way. Toward that end, let’s take a look at the differences between batch-based and real-time data integration, and expla...
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What Can Businesses Learn from the Sporting Use of Data

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:15
Now that evenings are getting longer and there’s a noticeable chill in the air, if you’re like me, you’re spending more time at home in front of the TV cheering for your favorite sports teams. And of course, being a data analytics fan, I’m fascinated with how the sports industry is using data for strategic advantage. From players wearing connected devices generating data to optimize training regimes in real time, to players using sports equipment with sensors attached to measure swing and range,...
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Engineering Machine Learning – 5 Short Webcasts to Help Create a Data Pipeline

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 13:30
Over the past month, Syncsort has released a series of short webcasts focused on Engineering Machine Learning. Making the hurdle from designing a machine learning model to putting it into production, is the key to getting value back – and the roadblock that stops many promising machine learning projects. After the data scientists have done their part, engineering a robust production data pipeline has its own set of tough problems to solve. See what our experts have to say in these 15-minute webc...
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Data Breaches Due to Unencrypted Information Represent a Huge Business Risk

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:30
Data breaches of unencrypted sensitive information occur often, and many are highly publicized. Businesses are thrust into the spotlight and scrutinized for scandalous lack of oversight and accountability around data security. And even though these breaches happen at the IT level, the burden and the blame for a data breach usually falls on C-level leaders such as the CEO or CIO. Customers question, “Why didn’t you protect my personal information?” and the leaders respond, “We didn’t think it wou...
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Black Friday and the Holiday Season: How to Deal with Changing Customer Shopping Behavior

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:15
The National Retail Federation forecasts that sales will be up 4.1 percent(i) in the 2018 holiday shopping season, but an increasing number of stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018(ii). How does this make sense? The reality is that customers shopping behavior has changed and retailers are adopting. While Black Friday is still the busiest shopping day for stores kicking off the holiday season, the number of people visiting stores is declining. It doesn’t mean that people will buy less. T...
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How to Improve Data Quality: 3 Real-World Examples

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:30
You hear a lot about data quality these days. But much of the discussion focuses on data quality at a high level, without much attention to what data quality looks like in a real-world context. This article aims to cut against that grain. Below, we take a look at three realistic examples of data quality issues that you might face in an everyday business environment. We also explain how to address them. Without further ado, onto those real-world data quality examples. Inaccurate Address Data Addr...
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