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2018 Best of Data Quality – Measuring data quality & reviewing governance strategy best practices

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 13:30
Our Best of 2018 series kicks off with a look at our top data quality blogs that we published this past year. As a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, we aim to share the value data quality brings to the spectrum of data-based business initiatives. #10 What Defines Data Quality, Anyway? In a general sense, data quality is the ability of a data set to meet an intended goal. But what does that mean, specifically? If you understand the core ideas behind data quality and seek strategies for achieving an ...
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Security 101 – 5 Short Webcasts on Security for Your IBM i

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 13:30
Over the past couple of months, Syncsort has released a series of short webcasts focused on Security for the IBM i. Check what our experts have to say in these five 15-minute videos! 1. IBM i Security Auditing and Reporting IBM i journals and logs are the trusted source of audit information accepted by IBM i security and audit professionals as they contain a trail of access attempts, command line activity, changes to sensitive data, changes to system objects and more. However, IBM i log files c...
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Five Modern Day Mainframe Use Cases

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:30
At a time when cloud computing and commodity x86 servers seem to be generating all the excitement in the IT world, the venerable mainframe refuses to be left behind. As did their predecessors, modern mainframes excel in features such as reliability, availability, serviceability, security, speed, storage, and scalability. Because these characteristics are even higher priorities today than in years past, mainframes are now proving their usefulness in a variety of modern application areas. Let’s ta...
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Database Replication Software 101

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:30
Disasters happen, be they human-made or natural. They’re an inescapable fact of life. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared for disasters. Database replication software is an important part of preparing for disasters that could interrupt the flow of your business. Read on to learn what database replication software does, how it works and why you need it. What Is Database Replication Software? Database replication software is, as the name implies, software that replicates data...
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Talend Cloud: A hybrid-friendly, secure Cloud Integration Platform

Talend Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:21
As enterprises move towards massively scaled interconnected software systems, they are embracing the cloud like never before. Very few would dispute the notion that the cloud has become one of the biggest drivers of change in the enterprise IT landscape and that the cloud has provided IT a powerful way to deploy services in a timely and cost-effective manner. However, the tremendous benefits that you’ve tapped into the cloud has to be balanced against the need to adopt, configure and manage serv...
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Data Theft – Would You Pay The Ransom?

Informatica Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:15
At Deloitte’s Experience Analytics conference this year, there was an interesting and entertaining lab focussing on how to prepare for, and respond to, a data theft. The format was a simulation of a data breach scenario: We were asked to image that we worked for a fictitious European airline who was being blackmailed. The blackmailers are threatening to publish personal information stolen from this fictitious airline if we don’t pay a ransom of £250k. Attendees were divided into groups – and eve...
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Data Matching with Different Regional Data Sets

Talend Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:22
When it comes to Data Matching, there is no ‘one size fits all menu’. Different matching routines, different algorithms and different tuning parameters will all apply to different datasets. You generally can’t take one matching setup used to match data from one distinct data set and apply it to another. This proves especially true when matching datasets from different regions or countries. Let me explain. Data Matching for Attributes that are Unlikely to Change Data Matching is all about identif...
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5 (More) Metrics to Use for Measuring Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:30
Data quality is not the type of thing that you typically track with a dashboard or assess in an annual report. But that does not mean that you cannot measure data quality—or that you should not be measuring data quality on a routine, ongoing basis. On the contrary, unless you measure data quality consistently, it’s impossible to guarantee that a given set of data will be actionable when you need it to be. The first step in measuring data quality is to identify the metrics that you need to ...
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Interested in Next-Generation Analytics? It’s Time to Join the Integration Hub Club

Informatica Blog - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:15
It’s been an interesting and sometimes daunting task these days to read or watch the news and notice all the disruptions around the world. From political, to geological to climate-related it seems that disruption is everywhere. But not all the disruption you hear about is negative. In our business, we’ve found that often, companies that can efficiently use data to fuel their data-driven digital transformations are better able to intelligently disrupt their markets for the better. Much better. Th...
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The Secret to Syncsort’s Success: 50 Years of Advancing Data

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has a unique and compelling story. It is the only software company that can make two claims to success. It enjoyed explosive growth in the early days of the software industry and is experiencing phenomenal growth now, 50 years later. Few companies that can make the first claim still exist, and no others can claim the same levels of growth today. How is this possible? Let’s explore what launched Syncsort as a powerhouse in the software business, and how that success was duplicated five d...
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New Webcast! Technology Trends for 2019: What it Means for Your Business

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released an on-demand webcast, “Technology Trends for 2019: What It Means for Your Business,” which is currently available for download. Ninety percent of the world’s data was generated in the past two years, and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated every day. Organizations across industries have an unprecedented opportunity to harness data to move their business forward – but they will need a solid strategy and the right tools to do so. In this 30-minute webcast,...
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Hit the “Easy” Button with Talend & Databricks to Process Data at Scale in the Cloud

Talend Blog - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:00
The challenge today for big data is that 85% of on-premises based Big Data projects fail to meet expectations and over 2/3 of Big Data potential is not being realized by organizations. Why is that you ask? Well, simply put on-premises “Big Data” programs are not that easy.  Your data engineers will need to be proficient in new programming languages and architectural models while your system admins will need to learn how to set up and manage a data lake. So you’re not really focusing on what you ...
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Salesforce Customer Speeding Cancer Treatment Through Data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:15
Cancer. In 2018, over 1.7MM new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and 609K people will die from it. Chances are you know someone that has been affected by this dreadful disease. In the ongoing search for a cure, patients succumb to test after test and then varying courses of treatment. The treatments themselves are none too pleasant. A lot of it seems like trial-and-error which just increases the anxiety and uneasiness for the cancer patients. All these treatments and tests generate a lot of da...
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6 Industries Disrupting Their Markets by Uniting Master Data Management and Internet of Things

Informatica Blog - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:15
Data is the lifeblood of every organization today. The flood of Internet of Things (IoT) data means organizations are dealing with data streaming at breakneck speed. However, the struggle for organizations is not in collecting IoT data, but how they can make that data meaningful and useful. And more importantly, actionable. When master data management unites with IoT, that powerful combo plays a key role in helping companies make IoT data actionable. IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow f...
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Staying Afloat When the Data Loss Iceberg Hits: Part 2 of 2

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:30
Last time, on part one of our series, we covered storage failure and challenges associated with tape. Here, we take a look at risks to hard-disk storage, the limitations of certain types of Disaster Recovery products, and how to achieve planned downtime. Malware Attacks on the Rise External forces, often applied with malicious intent, can contribute to storage failure. For example, a particularly sinister malware attacked Middle East energy organizations, destroying hard disks on infected system...
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Operational Insights – It’s What’s New, Exciting, and Highly Unusual

Informatica Blog - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:45
I remember when I was growing up, my Dad, upon my arrival home from school or his arrival from his job, use to greet me with the same question over and over again. He would constantly ask me “What’s new and exciting or highly unusual?” And especially as a teenager, I grew quite weary of his “question” and considered it an annoyance along with his other habit of constantly embarrassing me in front of my friends or my dates. But, if he were here to ask me that question these days, I would have a r...
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Carbonite Sees Customers in 360 View

Informatica Blog - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:15
Do you love having a great customer experience? I do. Unfortunately, having a great customer experience seems to be the exception today rather than the rule. Many companies have realized that improvements to customer experience can pay huge dividends in customer satisfaction resulting in higher profitability. They just have had a hard time doing anything about it. Salesforce has always been a proponent for the customer. At Dreamforce, they announced the launch of Customer 360, available some tim...
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Staying Afloat When the Data Loss Iceberg Hits: Part 1 of 2

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:30
In 1912, the world witnessed a tragedy of epic proportion when the much lauded luxury liner, the Titanic, sunk to the depths of the ocean. For businesses today, consequences can still be grim when oversights leading to data loss threaten to sink an organization. Much like crashing into an iceberg in the middle of the ocean, circumstances leading to data loss disaster might seem unlikely, causing those steering the ship of today’s business to think they may easily come out without negative impact...
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5-on-5: Foundational Big Data Management for Compelling Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:00
Basketball season is well underway, with every team putting its best five starters to take on the opponent’s starting five. Some teams started with a splash and have their winning combo of five, some are adjusting and finding their ways to win. It’s a very long season, but their foundational 5-on-5 can carry them through even to the post season. In this post, I’d like to discuss the foundational 5-on-5 big data management capabilities for delivering a compelling customer experience. 5 customer e...
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Using Exit Points to Fortify Your IBM i Security

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:30
In the early days of the AS/400 and iSeries, the job of protecting the system was often as simple as managing user authorities and securing user access through menus. This is certainly no longer the case with today’s IBM i environments. Fully open to communicate with other systems across internal and external networks, and accessible by partners and customers, the job of securing the IBM i can be challenging to say the least—particularly in light of rapidly changing threats and new compliance re...
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