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New eBook! The Ultimate Guide to IBM i Machine Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 13:30
IBM Power Systems running IBM i are trusted, reliable powerhouses that are tailored for the needs of companies that process a high volume of transactions such as financial, healthcare, retail and logistics organizations. There are several different data sources that are available within the IBM i environment that can be leveraged to provide insight into the operational health of the system and applications as well as providing visibility into security and compliance issues. Our new eBook, The Ul...
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Serverless: A Game Changer for Data Integration

Talend Blog - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 00:46
The concept of cloud computing has been around for years, but cloud services truly became democratized with the advent of virtual machines and the launch of Amazon Elastic Compute in 2006. Following Amazon, Google launched Google App Engine in 2008, and then Microsoft launched Azure in 2010. At first, cloud computing offerings were not all that different from each other. But as with nearly every other market, segmentation quickly followed growth. In recent years, the cloud computing market has g...
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How to Spot a DevOps Faker: 5 Questions, 5 Answers

Talend Blog - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 01:55
With the rapid growth of DevOps teams and jobs, it follows that there are candidates out there who are inflating–or flat-out faking–their relevant skills and experience. We sat down with Nick Piette, Director of Product Marketing API Integration Products here at Talend to get the inside scoop on how to spot the DevOps fakers in the crowd: What clues should you look for on a resume or LinkedIn profile that someone is faking their DevOps qualifications? Nick: For individuals claiming D...
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Why IBM Wants to Marry Your Blockchain and Your Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:30
Blockchain is one of the hottest tech buzzwords. Mainframes, although still very much alive and well, ceased to be a hot topic decades ago. You might not think, then, that blockchain and mainframes have much to do with each other. But you’d be wrong. There are some interesting potential use cases involving blockchain on mainframe computers, and IBM is leading the charge to make them a reality. Let’s take a look at how and why IBM is bringing blockchains to the mainframe. What Is Bloc...
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Creating Real-Time Anomaly Detection Pipelines with AWS and Talend Data Streams

Talend Blog - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 20:35
Introduction Thanks for continuing to read all of our streaming data use cases during my exploration of Talend Data Streams. For the last article of this series, I wanted to walk you through a complete IoT integration scenario using a low consumption device and leveraging only cloud services. In my previous posts, I’ve used a Raspberry Pi and some sensors as my main devices. This single board computer is pretty powerful and you can install a light version of Linux as well. But in real life, ente...
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Dreamforce To-Do List: Find Coffee, Transform Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 19:15
The customer is and has always been the king. Many companies have realized this and have been increasingly focused on improving customer experience. So where to start? Today’s customers have many different pathways by which to interact with a company, including through their sales contacts, customer service, partners, or even through Internet self-service. Having multiple touchpoints means that companies have many chances to get it right… or wrong. To deliver a great customer experience, you hav...
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Data Security 101: Data Security Terms and Concepts

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:30
You know you should keep your data secure, but do you know how? Do you know the meaning of terms like compliance, multi-factor authentication and data tokenization? If not, this post is for you. Keep reading for an overview of core concepts and methods for securing data. Caveat Before we get started, we should note that we can’t tell you everything you need to know about data security in a single blog post. That’s just not realistic. Instead, we’ll focus here on defining key te...
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Key Considerations for Converting Legacy ETL to Modern ETL

Talend Blog - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 21:25
Recently, there has been a surge in our customers who want to move away from legacy data integration platforms to adopting Talend as their one-stop shop for all their integration needs. Some of the organizations have thousands of legacy ETL jobs to convert to Talend before they are fully operational. The big question that lurks in everyone’s mind is how to get past this hurdle. Defining Your Conversion Strategy To begin with, every organization undergoing such a change needs to focus on three ke...
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How Change Data Capture Can Power Your Next-Generation Analytics and Mobile Applications

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:30
Data integration tools excel at getting an enterprise’s disparate data from systems like the mainframe, IBM i, relational databases and data warehouses to modern distributed platforms such as Hadoop. Oftentimes an organization begins its big data journey by addressing the challenge of “filling the data lake”. This involves sourcing many different data assets, standardizing their formats, assessing and improving the quality of the data, and getting them in a suitable store for analytics and other...
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8 Great Conversations with Women in Big Data – See which women in tech we heard from this year

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:30
We interviewed so many talented women in tech this year, that we wanted to take a moment to highlight their extensive contributions here on the Syncsort blog. Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach, sat down with Syncsort’s Paige Roberts at this year’s Collibra Data Citizens event. Their two-part conversation covers the advantages of implementing data governance as an overall strategy and what goes into planning and starting a data governance initiative...
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New White Paper! zIIPing by a Processor Upgrade

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 13:30
As fast as the mobile economy and explosion of data is occurring within IT environments, innovations to accommodate them within the IBM z mainframe technology stack are keeping pace. IBM has provided and enhanced specialty processors including zIIP engines offering the offload of general processor cycles and acceleration of workload execution. This movement of eligible work to zIIP, is leaving the general processors with more headroom for the organization’s core business applications. The ultima...
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Metadata Management 101: What, Why and How

Talend Blog - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:26
Metadata Management has slowly become one of the most important practices for a successful digital initiative strategy. With the rise of distributed architectures such as Big Data and Cloud which can create siloed systems and data, metadata management is now vital for managing the information assets in an organization. The internet has a lot of literature around this concept and readers can easily get confused with the terminology. In this blog, I wanted to give the users a brief overview of met...
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[Step-by-Step] How to Load Salesforce Data Into Snowflake in Minutes

Talend Blog - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:47
As cloud technologies move into the mainstream at an unprecedented rate, organizations are augmenting existing, on-premise data centers with cloud technologies and solutions—or even replacing on-premise data storage and applications altogether. But in almost any modern environment, data will be gathered from multiple sources at a variety of physical locations (public cloud, private cloud, or on-premise). Talend Cloud is Talend’s Integration Platform-as-a-Service (IPaaS), a modern cloud and...
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Why Mainframes are Secure (And How to Make Them Even More Secure)

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:30
Mainframes are arguably the most secure computing platform available today. That does not mean, however, that there are not extra steps that you can take to add even more security to your mainframe. What makes your mainframe inherently secure, and what can you do to make it even more secure? Keep reading for an overview of mainframe security strengths, followed by tips for maximizing mainframe security. Why Mainframes are Inherently Secure When it comes to security, mainframes have inherent adva...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Patrick Townsend on IBM i Security

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:30
Is your IBM i system secure? Are there ways that you can make it even more secure? How are IBM i security features like multi-factor authentication changing? We sat down recently with Patrick Townsend, founder and CEO of Townsend Security, to get answers to these questions. Here’s what he had to say about securing IBM i systems. If you missed part one, you can find it here. Can you elaborate on data enrichment and its importance as part of an IBM i security strategy? Here is an example: Le...
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An Education in Managing Data

Informatica Blog - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 19:15
I’ve been at Informatica for nearly four years. Even in that relatively short time, it amazes me how quickly data has become much more strategic to companies. The entire industry is much more sophisticated. And during my time here, I’ve picked up a lot about the “hows” of strategically managing data. In honor of my soon-to-be anniversary—and the many different ways data is helping companies everywhere—I wanted to share what I’ve learned through my experiences as a member of the Informatica Maste...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Patrick Townsend on IBM i Security

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:30
Is your IBM i system secure? Are there ways that you can make it even more secure? How are IBM i security features like multi-factor authentication changing? We sat down recently with Patrick Townsend, founder and CEO of Townsend Security, to get answers to these questions. Here’s what he had to say about securing IBM i systems. If you had to pick your top three IBM i security best practices, what would they be? I think the first thing I would do is to implement IBM’s guidance on securing ...
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From Source to Analytics: A Farm-to-Table Approach to Data Governance

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data governance written by Syncsort’s Tendü Yoğurtçu was originally published in Information Management. Farm-to-table conjures up images of fresh produce delivered directly from the garden to the kitchen. A foundational part of this concept is knowing where the food is grown, where it’s traveled and if it’s safe to eat. As it turns out, a similar approach can be applied to data governance. Farm-to-table is one way IT experts can frame how they’re governing d...
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New eBook! 4 Ways to Measure Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 13:30
Assessing data quality on an ongoing basis is necessary to know how well the organization is doing at maximizing data quality. Otherwise, you’ll be investing time and money in a data quality strategy that may or may not be paying off. Syncsort’s latest eBook, “4 Ways to Measure Data Quality,” takes a look at the variety of data and metrics that organizations can use. There are lots of good strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your data and build data best pract...
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Capacity Planning and the Mainframe at SHARE St. Louis

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:30
SHARE 2018 in St. Louis was different to me in several ways. This SHARE conference had a mixture of old and new as we began seeing the latest topics and methods in IT as it moves forward in enterprises. The old was in the sessions that we see on what is new in the operating systems, the bits and bytes of various components, and how to perform our jobs better. The new offered a look at technologies that can make our IT lives much better. In the new arena, we began seeing discussions on Machine Le...
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