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Data Readiness and Quality: The Big New Challenges for all Companies

Talend Blog - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:15
We live in a digital age which is increasingly being driven by algorithms and data. All of us, whether at home or work, increasingly relate to one another via data. It’s a systemic restructuring of society, our economy and institutions the like of which we haven’t seen since the industrial revolution. In the business world we commonly refer to it as digital transformation.  In this algorithmic world, data governance is becoming a major challenge. Data is fueling the entire transformative process...
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A Hybrid Data Management Journey Helps Connect Great People to Great Companies

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:37
“Data is our new currency. Whether it’s a video interview, a resume, or an email from an employee, there’s value in these data sources.” Filious Louis, Manager, BI Analytics, Kelly Services I couldn’t agree more. I believe that data is the trusted currency of business – and so do our customers. Leaders from every industry worldwide tell us their data strategies are now a boardroom-level conversation. A move to the cloud is one of the linchpin strategies our customers leverage to optimize ...
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How to Unlock Your SAP Data Potential for Accelerated Analytics – Part 1

Talend Blog - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 14:00
Many SAP customers have been running SAP on premise for decades and have struggled to harness the full potential of their business processes data running inside of SAP along with other enterprise and external data to gain augmented insight and become more agile in this digital era where everything keeps on moving at an exponential pace with no sign of slowing down. Talend has been helping customers tap into the huge potential of their SAP, Salesforce, Marketo, SaaS data and more for many years....
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Building a Framework for Trusted Cloud Services

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:15
As Chief Trust Officer at Informatica, it’s my job to make sure that customers trust our global cloud services platform and software. Simply put, data privacy and security have never been more important to our customers. A study by RSA Security Research reports that roughly 70% of global consumers are prepared to boycott a company they don’t believe takes data protection seriously. And close to half of U.S. consumers surveyed by PCI Pal said they spend less with brands that they believe have ins...
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Becoming Customer-Centric Through the Power of MDM and Customer Intelligence

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 18:15
Master Data Management (MDM) is making a big impact in delivering real business value and allowing companies to unleash the power of their data across the enterprise. Because MDM solutions help business users to trust data across all systems in use, they can be applied to many data domains including customer intelligence (individual or organization), supplier, product, location, asset, and more. Master data typically consists of structured attributes that define an entity. For customer domains, ...
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Finding Patterns in Data with Talend

Talend Blog - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:00
The main purpose of machine learning is to perform learning tasks on unseen data sets, having previously built up experience using training and testing data. Often those tasks can include looking for patterns and relationships between variables within the data. In supervised learning, one of the three main types of machine learning, we will have some idea of the types of input and output that we are looking for, and in order to quickly and efficiently build a supervised model, it helps that we u...
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Home Point Financial Disrupts Its Market with Snowflake and Informatica

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:15
Let me ask you a question. Can you disrupt a market with a legacy architecture? Of course not! To that point, Home Point Financial is disrupting its residential mortgage market, where the company aspires to become a leading provider. Home Point Financial realized that data is its most strategic asset and key to market dominance. Last week, at Snowflake Summit (#LetItSnow19), we shared Home Point Financial’s success story and how it turned to disruptive technologies to disrupt it...
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Seacoast Bank is banking on higher-quality data

Talend Blog - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:00
Chartered in 1926, Seacoast Bank is the operating subsidiary of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, which is one of the largest community banks headquartered in the state.    Seacoast Bank relies heavily on data to be able to provide customers the best solution for their needs, and to develop a deeper understanding of who customers are and how they want to work with their bank. But being heavily regulated, Seacoast Bank also understands the need for trusted data.     Delivering data qualit...
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Making Sense of the Tableau and Looker Acquisitions

Talend Blog - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:00
We all know that data is important and that becoming a data-driven enterprise is critical to future enterprise success. But recent events threw into sharp relief just how critical data is to business. Google announced its intention to buy Looker for $2.6 billion dollars. Several days later, Salesforce announced that it would be purchasing Tableau for $15 billion dollars. What can we make of these acquisitions? The answer is simple: business insight is the top priority and data is what fuels this...
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Three Friends at a Bar Talking Data

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 18:15
It’s 11:00 pm, and we find three friends—Data Geek, Dr. Know, and Cloud Ninja—sitting at a hotel bar, sipping their drinks. Their conversation goes as follows: Dr. Know: Data Geek, why do you look worried? You’re usually so cheerful and jovial.  Data Geek: You know me too well. I am enjoying the beer and the company, but I am going to be working all night to complete the monthly pipeline forecasting and actuals report. Dr. Know: What’s the big deal? You’re an Excel junkie, so...
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AI-Powered Privacy and Management for Petabyte-Packed Cloud Data Lakes

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 17:44
We now have data lakes with petabytes of data, being updated in real time with IoT, social, and mobile information. Then there are tens of thousands of users accessing the data across various lines of your business: finance, sales, marketing, service, procurement, research & development, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. At this scale the only way you will keep up with discovering, preparing, managing, and governing the data is with AI-powered automation. (For more on the AI impera...
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Talend Pipeline Designer – Avro schema considerations when working with Java and Python

Talend Blog - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:00
When working with Talend Pipeline Designer, you may come across situations where you need to write an Avro schema. Go to the Apache AVRO site to read more about this serialization technology. This blog has come about thanks to some experiences I’ve had when working with Avro schemas and getting them to work when serializing using Python and Java. Spoiler alert!….they don’t necessarily work the same way when used with Python and Java. Since Pipeline Designer processes Avro using Python we n...
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Data Governance: From Risk Management to Business Value

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:15
You’ve heard the analogies: Data is the new oil, data is the new jet fuel, data is the new currency, etc. However, research by New Vantage Partners indicates less than one-third of organizations are data driven. To truly capitalize on the opportunity of being a data-driven business you must empower as many people as possible across the organization with data that is fit for their business use. This means data governance needs to shift from a risk management focus to a business value focus, and m...
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Enterprise AI/ML Needs Data Management. And Vice Versa.

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:15
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are powering the digital transformations happening in every industry around the world. AI/ML is critical in discovering new therapies in life sciences, reducing fraud and risk in financial services, and delivering truly personalized customer experiences.  Enterprise AI/ML Needs Data Management The success of AI is dependent on the effectiveness of the models designed by data scientists to train and scale it. And the success of tho...
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Stitch and Talend: Working Together To Make Data Integration Easy

Talend Blog - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:00
Data integration is one of the hardest things developers have to do, but the talented members of the Talend User Group have lots of ideas on how to make it easier. Stitch, now part of Talend, recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Philadelphia Talend User Group in their office. It was a great time characterized by interesting presentations, tons of food, and a chance to meet and talk with peers who use Talend products. Stitch’s offices are on the 15th floor of a hundred-year-old offi...
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Top 10 Things to Consider with Salesforce Data Integration

Informatica Blog - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 20:15
Data is the new business currency, and CRM data is arguably the most important dataset that companies are leveraging. At the head of the CRM pack is Salesforce. Its staggering 20% market share equals the next four vendors combined. Ultimately, CRM data can provide insights that can impact sales, customer satisfaction, and overall revenue. No wonder that companies are investing heavily in maximizing their CRM utilization. Furthermore, companies have realized that integrating the data siloed in mu...
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AI/ML Needs Data Management – Informatica and Databricks Deep Dive

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:15
With all the buzz and talk about AI /ML technologies, it can be hard to separate the hype from projects that actually deliver business value. At Informatica, we believe that the data landscape is growing so complex, you simply won’t be able to derive value from your data without AI and machine learning. But just for the sake of argument, let’s look at the reasons behind some claims that AI isn’t ready to deliver value: Data scientists spend 80% of their time in preparing data – and only 20% o...
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Operationalize Data Privacy

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:15
Today’s organizations need to mobilize governance, security, and data resources to tackle enterprise-wide data privacy initiatives. These ambitious initiatives—which can span thousands of data stores, people, and processes—cannot be achieved with traditional security and production models. Instead, enterprise-grade automation, powered with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), is required to provide the foundational infrastructure to access, protect, manage, and respond to priv...
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Active Metadata – What It Is and Why It Matters

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 18:15
For the past several years we have been subjected to various analogies invoked to convey the growth in data we are experiencing – from avalanche to tsunami, oddly all related to natural disasters. While we are getting jaded by these tropes, the underlying problem, however, is real. The data we have access to as part of our organizations is growing exponentially in volume and complexity, and the effort to harness it to propel digital transformation initiatives is increasing rapidly. But even at ...
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Data Governance: From Jumping the Shark to Growing the Beard

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 18:15
Many have heard the phrase “Jump the shark,” which refers to the moment when a TV series has passed its prime and starts to go downhill in quality – fast. Those of us old enough to remember the TV series Happy Days know this term refers to an episode where Fonzie jumps over a shark on water skis. For any millennials out there, try to imagine if Kit Harington from Game of Thrones – ummm – jumped over a dragon on water skis. Less known is the phrase “Growing the Beard,” which is meant to c...
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