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Simplifying Data Warehouse Optimization

Talend Blog - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 19:04
When I hear the phrase “Data Warehouse Optimization”, shivers go down my spine.  It sounds like such a complicated undertaking.  After all, data warehouses are big, cumbersome and complex systems that can store terabytes and even petabytes of data that people depend on to make important decisions on the way their business is run.  The thought of any type of tinkering with such an integral part of a modern business would make even the most seasoned CIO’s break out into cold sweats. However, the v...
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New White Paper! Multi-Factor Authentication for IBM i

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 13:30
The basic IBM i policies that served in years past are no longer sufficient. Security breaches caused by passwords stored in unsecured locations, guessed passwords, or brute-force password attacks have compelled IT shops to implement stronger password management controls. Syncsort’s latest white paper, “Multi-factor Authentication for IBM i,” explores some options for today’s organizations. Because Multi-Factor Authentication requires users to provide at least two authent...
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4 Ways You Should be Using the Talend tMap Component

Talend Blog - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 18:36
At Talend one of my “Shadow IT” jobs is reporting on the component usage. If you have ever used Talend Studio (either the open source Talend Open Studio or the commercial version you most likely know the component tMap.  It is the most used component by a long shot. Why? Simply put, it’s because it is extremely versatile and useful.  When I was first asked to write this article I thought, “Why not, this will be easy.”  But, as I started actually going about picking out use cases I quickly realiz...
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The CIO Reading List: The Alliance

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 19:15
As a CIO, you know the value of finding, developing, and retaining talented workers and the incredible challenge it has become in today’s highly competitive market. The Alliance is a book about understanding the state of loyalty and trust between employers and employees today—and how to rethink how to build relationships for a stronger, more stable workforce. Authors Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, and LinkedIn Cofounder and Chairman Reid Hoffman believe there currently exists a “fundamental disconnect...
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Top Mainframe Training Resources for 2019

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 13:30
The mainframe scene remains vibrant. (For an overview of just how vibrant, check out our latest State of the Mainframe survey report.) Yet learning resources for mainframes can be tough to find. As young mainframe programmers can attest, few university computer science departments teach mainframe administration or programming these days, and you’ll have a harder time finding free mainframe training materials online than you will guides to trendier topics like blockchain programming or Kube...
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It’s Official! Talend to Welcome Stitch to the Family!

Talend Blog - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 22:12
The Acquisition Today, Talend announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stitch, a self-service cloud data integration company that provides an exceptionally quick, easy, and intuitive experience in modern cloud environments. With Stitch, Talend will be able to provide both SMB and enterprise customers with a highly efficient way to move data from cloud sources to cloud data warehouses and buy in a frictionless manner. As companies standardize on using the cloud for analytics, Ta...
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2018 Cloud Survey Results: Review the full report

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:30
Since launching our industry surveys a few years ago, Syncsort typically included one or two questions about cloud.  This year, we wanted to know more, so we fielded a cloud survey specifically to address this hot topic.  The response was overwhelming – over 900 IT professionals, at mostly large- and medium-sized companies, participated. On Premise or in the Cloud – the Fundamentals Still Apply The widespread adoption of cloud computing was not a big surprise in our findings, as we’ve been exper...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Paco Nathan on the Current State of Agile and Deep Learning

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata Data conference in NYC, Paige Roberts of Syncsort has a moment to sit and speak with Paco Nathan of Derwen, Inc. In part one of the interview, Roberts and Nathan discuss the origins, current state, and the future trends of artificial intelligence and neural networks. In the second part, Roberts and Nathan go into the current state of Agile and deep learning. Roberts:  Changing the subject a little, one of the other things you talked about which kind of struck me pretty stron...
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Timing Is Everything (for Data Integration)

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 18:15
One of my favorite quotes (often attributed to Albert Einstein) says “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”. I have come to think about this saying many times in my personal life, but recently I have come to think about it while helping one of our customers define their roadmap toward digital transformation. This customer, similar to many other enterprises, is struggling to integrate data that has different timing patterns – some things that happen no...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Not so Evil Mad Scientist, Paco Nathan on Biology-Informed Artificial Intelligence and the Nature of Feedback Loops

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata Data conference in NYC, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a moment to sit and speak with Paco Nathan of Derwen, Inc. In part one of this two-part interview, Roberts and Nathan discuss the origins, current state, and the future trends of artificial intelligence and neural networks. Roberts:  Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Nathan:  Certainly, my name is Paco Nathan and I have a background in machine learning. I was heading toward machine intelligence back before the “...
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New eBook! The Rise of Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 12:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook, “The Rise of Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations.” From the early days of IT, organizations have grappled with the challenges of understanding how well their infrastructure is performing in support of the business. They have used a plethora of tools to detect, manage, and resolve problems that are causing disruption of services. With all these tools, comes a fundamental problem facing organizations – how to bring together information fro...
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Top Mainframe Programming Languages for Mainframe Admins

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:30
If you think the programming languages used on mainframes are all relics of the past, think again. Contrary to popular belief, mainframes remain alive and well, as do the programmers who write code for them. And they’re not programming in archaic languages you’ve never heard of; they’re using a mix of traditional mainframe languages, like COBOL and REXX, alongside more “modern” ones, such as Java and C++. Here’s a look at the top mainframe languages today. Ide...
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3 Reasons Why Data Lakes Have Not Delivered Business Value and What You Can Do About It

Informatica Blog - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:15
As a new employee at Informatica leading product marketing for our big data management portfolio, I’ve been spending a lot of time evaluating the data management landscape for analytics. One CIO.com article caught my eye. In “6 Data Analytics Trends That Will Dominate 2018,” journalist Thor Olavsrud posited that “Data lakes will need to demonstrate business value or die.” Well, we’re just a few weeks into the end of 2018 and I’m going to say that no, data lakes have not demonstrated business val...
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Best Practices for Increasing Data Availability

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:30
Understanding the importance of data availability is easy enough. Actually achieving high data availability, however, is harder. If you’re wondering how you can improve data availability, keep reading. This post discusses some data availability best practices. Embrace redundancy Perhaps the most basic step you can take to improve data availability is to ensure that your data is redundant—or, in other words, that you have multiple sources of the data available. That way, a failure in one of...
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Continuous Integration Best Practices – Part 2

Talend Blog - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:36
This is the second part of my blog series on CI/CD best practices. For those of you who are new to this blog, please refer to Part 1 of the same series and for those who want to see the first 10 best practices. Also, I want to give a big thank you for all the support and feedback! In my last blog, we saw the first ten best practices when working with Continuous integration. In this blog, I want to touch on some more best practices. So, with that, let’s jump right in! Best Practice 11 – Run Your ...
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Syncsort Partners with IBM on B2B Collaboration Software Innovation

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:30
Building on our history of successful partnership with industry leaders, and a strong relationship between Syncsort and IBM, I am excited to share that Syncsort has entered into a strategic partnership with IBM to expand and accelerate future development of the B2B Collaboration Software product family. Our engineering excellence, experience in supporting the mission critical workloads of global organizations, and data integration expertise make Syncsort a great fit to help advance IBM’s B2B Col...
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Getting Started with Talend Open Studio: Preparing Your Environment

Talend Blog - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 15:56
With millions of downloads, Talend Open Studio is the leading open source data integration solution. Talend makes it easy to design and deploy integration jobs quickly with graphical tools, native code generation, and hundreds of pre-built components and connectors. Sometimes people like to get some more resources they can use to get started with Talend Open Studio, so we have put some of them together in this blog and in a webinar on-demand titled “Introduction to Talend Open Studio for Data In...
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For More Effective Data Integration, Integrate Your Organizational Teams

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:30
An old mantra holds that there are three essential ingredients in building an effective organization: People, tools, and processes. When you get each of these ingredients right, success naturally follows. When it comes to data integration, however, it can be easy to overlook the importance of the first item on that list—people. It is simple enough to implement the right data integration tools and processes through careful research, design and engineering. But setting up your people for data inte...
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New eBook! Encryption, Tokenization, and Anonymization for IBM i

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 13:30
Over the years, high-profile security breaches have spawned new and expanding compliance regulations. These regulations are forcing companies to increase measures to protect their sensitive data from unauthorized parties. Syncsort has released their eBook, “Encryption, Tokenization, and Anonymization for IBM i: A Quick Guide to Protecting Sensitive Data,” as a way to offer some solutions for keeping data out of the view of prying eyes. Encryption, tokenization, and anonymization each...
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Mainframes vs Midrange Servers: What’s the Difference, Anyway?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:30
Mainframe and midrange server are probably among the least understood terms in IT—due in part to the fact that folks don’t necessarily know what differentiates these types of systems from each other. Unless you work with mainframes or midrange servers specifically, you probably just think of both as weird, old-fashioned types of infrastructure. You know they’re different from commodity, x86-based servers and PCs, but you don’t know what really defines a midrange server or a mai...
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