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What’s New With Informatica, AWS, and re:Invent

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 21:30
Seven years ago, Amazon Web Services held the first re:Invent in Las Vegas. I remember it well – I was there as a speaker, talking about the first big data products Informatica had released dealing with hierarchical data processing at scale. I can’t overstate how significantly things have changed since then – for Informatica, for AWS, and for the industry as a whole. Informatica’s data engineering evolution In 2011, we released two big data products focused on key problems rel...
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Avoiding the Toothless Tiger Syndrome with the Federal Data Strategy

Informatica Blog - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:11
While engaging with multiple US Government agencies at our recent Informatica World Tour in Washington, DC, two things were made abundantly clear; data leaders have come a long way in beginning to leverage data as a strategic asset, but many also have a long way to go and face several strategic barriers which I’ll discuss. Federal Data Strategy Progress As mentioned in my previous blog, leveraging data as a strategic asset is a key tenant of the current Administration’s Presidential Manage...
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Data Lake Governance, the Data Marketplace, and the Never-Ending Quest to Exceed Data and Analytics Goals

Informatica Blog - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:05
Recently, I read an insightful report from McKinsey and Company titled, “Catch them if you can: How leaders in data and analytics have pulled ahead.” From the title alone, I was hooked. Throughout the world at various data quality and governance centric events, I engage with data governance professionals that struggle with this very idea: “How do I ensure that my company’s data can be trusted so that we can fuel innovation?” Often, we’re all seeking the answer to this question from networking ev...
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Top 5 Best Practices for a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy with Google Cloud

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 17:30
Every CIO of a large enterprise is thinking about their cloud strategy. Even if they are not moving to the cloud right now, they are most certainly planning for it at some time. Sometimes, it’s simply not feasible nor realistic for an enterprise to move everything to the cloud immediately and retire their existing infrastructure. That’s why we see the adoption of a hybrid approach where customers gradually move their workloads to the cloud. A hybrid cloud computing solution requ...
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Operationalizing Data Lake Privacy Governance for Value Creation

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:13
How today’s businesses are gaining new customer insights through analytics while meeting the growing challenge of modern privacy mandates A global footwear manufacturer was recently in the news over a shoe design controversy that polarized consumers between patriotism and social justice activism. When jumping into the debate, a common conclusion is often, “Hey, they KNOW their audience, they’ll be fine.” But how do consumer-focused companies REALLY know the impact—or do they even ...
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5 best practices to innovate at speed in the Cloud: Tip #4 Perform faster root cause analysis thanks to data lineage

Talend Blog - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 14:00
Starting September, The Talend Blog Team started to share fruitful tips & to securely kick off your data project in the cloud at speed.  This week, we’ll start with the fourth speed capability: perform faster root cause analysis thanks to data lineage.   Like any supply chain that aspires to be lean and frictionless, data chains need transparency and traceability. There is a need for automated data lineage to understand where data comes from, where does it go, how it is processed and w...
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Birds migrate. But why do data warehouses?

Talend Blog - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:50
Well, let’s be specific here. Birds migrate either north or south. Data warehouses are only going in one direction. Up, to the cloud. It’s a common trend we’re seeing across every vertical and across every region. Companies are moving their existing data warehouses to cloud environments like Amazon Redshift. And more often than not –unlike their feather counterparts– ­once they migrate to the cloud, they never come back. But why? Simply put, it just makes sense. The cloud has fundamentally chang...
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8 Best Practices for Cloud Master Data Management

Informatica Blog - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 08:44
Cloud computing has gained a lot of attention in the last decade since Amazon Web Services (AWS) first launched in 2006. Amazon has been the undisputed leader in the fundamental shift in the delivery of products and services to end customers ever since, but its dominance is now being challenged by an aggressive push by both Microsoft and Google cloud computing platforms.  I speak with leaders in many organizations, and each one has a strategy that is unique to their journey t...
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Machine Learning Needs Data Quality

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:45
Data quality is not a new problem. Then again, for the past few decades, the quality of data was mainly considered in the context of data warehousing and operational systems. However, with the ever-increasing volume and variety of data, data lakes to store structured and unstructured data at scale, and the resurgence of machine learning, data analysts and data engineers are starting to ask, “How do I ensure data is fit for purpose in this alternative paradigm?” When it comes to ma...
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How to do Snowflake query pushdown in Talend

Talend Blog - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:46
In a typical/traditional data warehouse solution, the data is read into ETL memory, processed/transformed in the memory before loading into the target database. With the growing data, the cost of compute is also increasing and hence it becomes vital to look for alternate design. Welcome to pushdown query processing. The basic idea of pushdown is that certain parts of SQL queries or the transformation logic can be “Pushed” to where the data resides in the form of generated SQL statements. So inst...
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5 best practices to innovate at speed in the Cloud: Tip #3 Enable access to and use of self-service applications

Talend Blog - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:01
Starting September, The Talend Blog Team will relay to share fruitful tips & to securely kick off your data project in the cloud at speed. This week, we’ll start with the third capability: enable access to and use of self-service applications.   Data professionals face an efficiency gap; they spend too much time to get access to the data they need and then put it into the appropriate business context. The capacity of delivering trusted data to business experts at the point of need is cr...
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What You Should Know About Serverless

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 13:30
Serverless is a cloud architecture that allows you to be free of managing servers, virtual machines (VMs), or containers. Serverless does not mean there are no servers involved (servers are still used for running applications). It simply means that you do not have to interact with or control the servers involved in the architecture. Serverless allows you to focus on the design and objectives of your application. 4 key characteristics of serverless These four characteristics help classify ...
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Avoiding the Garbage-In, Garbage-Out Problem with Your Descriptive Analytics Workflow

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 23:07
We all understand the importance of deriving the right insights from our data.  In order to stay competitive and thrive in today’s business climate, organizations need to have a holistic, 360-degree understanding of their customers and their operations.  Sometimes, however, we can often get carried away with the whole process of collecting and interpreting our data and forget to ask a more fundamental question, “Is the underlying data correct in the first place?” This is a big chal...
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Quick wins for modern analytics projects with Amazon Redshift and Stitch Data Loader

Talend Blog - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:00
It’s no secret that the cloud data warehouse space is exploding. Driven by the need for on-demand, performant data warehousing solutions, businesses are turning to public cloud providers to modernize their analytics infrastructure and help them make better business decisions. Among the leading data warehouse options from the public cloud providers is Amazon Redshift. Redshift offers a petabyte-scale, fully managed data warehouse service in the cloud. With cloud data warehouses like Redshift, bus...
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Speed and Trust with Azure Synapse Analytics

Talend Blog - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 21:00
As a Microsoft partner, we’re excited by the announcement of the Azure Synapse Analytics platform. Why? Because it furthers the ability of businesses to leverage data-driven insights and decision making at all levels in an organization. (And we love that!) Together, our joint customers are already leveraging data in amazing ways to tackle everything from creating customer 360 views to reducing project times for data analytics from 6 months to 6 weeks. The Azure Synapse platform will help take th...
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Informatica Enables Innovation and Acceleration with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 18:10
Today, Microsoft announced its Azure Synapse Analytics offering that combines two core use cases for modern analytics into a single platform: cloud data warehousing and big data analytics.  Extending the power of Azure SQL Data warehouse with the parallel processing, in-memory performance of Spark, and a unified development environment, Microsoft has raised the bar for accelerating analytics. Azure Synapse provides our joint customers a powerful set of new capabilities: Scale...
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How to Build Composite Solutions on Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB With Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 02:10
Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB provides the enterprise tremendous capability when building globally available applications, especially when low latency, consistency, and redundancy are critical success factors. But as with nearly any globally available enterprise solution, it usually requires a composite set of technologies to work together in harmony. Solutions built with Azure Cosmos DB will most likely have many different sources of data, and downstream analytics applications will have yet anoth...
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How to use your data skills to keep a step ahead

Talend Blog - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 13:00
While the impetus for transforming to a data-driven culture needs to come from the top of the organisation, all levels of the business should participate in learning new data skills.  Assuring data availability and integrity must be a team sport in modern data-centric businesses, rather than being the responsibility of one individual or department. Everyone must buy in and be held accountable throughout the process.    Effectively enabling greater data access among the workforce while maintainin...
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20 Eye-Opening Statistics About Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 22:04
No industry is immune to digital transformation or competitive disruption, and every business is on the hook to deliver brilliant customer experiences (CX) to every customer, at every touchpoint. Businesses are integrating digital and personalization into their culture, processes, technologies, and customer-facing experiences. That’s because consumers (B2C) and business buyers (B2B) alike want to find companies that are easy to do business with. They’re looking for self-service, and cons...
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Talend’s vault-based secrets revealed : Open-sourcing Vault Sidecar Injector

Talend Blog - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 12:05
Handling secrets has always been a challenging and critical task within organizations. As production workloads deployed in remote clouds or following hybrid patterns are ever increasing, this problematic becomes more complex: we still want to manage secrets from a central place, using state-of-the-art security practices (encryption at rest, secrets rotation), with as less adherence on the underlying technology as possible to maximize components reusability across deployment topologies and ease t...
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