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My Top 10 Favorite New Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (iPaaS) Summer Release Features

Informatica Blog - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:30
Informatica and our customers share a common vision of an iPaaS (integration platform as a service) that can support any integration pattern, any user, and any type of data. For example, Grant Thornton, one of the leading organizations providing assurance, tax and advisory services, is building out an iPaaS that is flexible, scalable, and agile enough to support a changing business landscape as they look to introduce new products and services that improve customer experience. Integration is one ...
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Data is Inherently Messy. Is That Really Such a Bad Thing?

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data management written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. In an imperfect world, consider shifting your data quality mindset from “how do I clean all this up?” to “how do I make the most of this state of affairs?” A data quality expert once told me that vendors providing data quality software solutions should always ensure 100 percent quality data, and if they didn’t, they should be liable for any ensuing issues. I disagreed wi...
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The Democratization of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:15
Industry 4.0, Manufacturing 4.0, Digital Transformation. Across industries, we’ve seen a few labels created to try and encapsulate the massive opportunities and challenging associated with the flood of data coming from a variety of sources, and in particular – machines. In the consumer space, the data tsunami is primarily coming from our smart phones and home security and climate control systems. Wearables are also on the cusp of gaining some critical mass. We have also seen the threat beh...
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Leveraging Big Data Analytics for IT ROI

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on Big Data analytics written by Ed Hallock was originally published on Enterprise Systems Media. What is Big Data? Big Data is a term that conjures up different thoughts and meanings for many IT professionals. For some it’s seen as the volume, velocity, and variety of data created within the IT infrastructure. It’s created in enormous volumes, at incredible rates, in many different formats. Many organizations struggle with how to store it, and more import...
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Fifteen Minute Webcasts for Your IT Infrastructure

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a series of short webcasts focused on your IT Infrastructure. They cover a range of topics such as getting a full view of your infrastructure, visibility into its health and performance, and how to eliminate security blindspots. 360-Degree View of IT Infrastructure with IT Operations Analytics IT operations analytics (ITOA) is instrumental in helping companies lower cost and increase efficiency within their IT infrastructure. Yet in today’s multi-platform environments, comp...
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Transforming Master Data Management for Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 19:15
Remember when the iPhone was introduced eleven years ago? It was nothing short of a miracle. A revolutionary device that shipped with an easy to use interface and comprised of carefully crafted apps that appeared as a grid of eye-candy icons. “An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator” as Steve Jobs introduced it to the world. It was revolutionary and made our lives much simpler. Along with many of you, I own an iPhoneX today. It has all the three functions Jobs introduced but the X now mak...
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The Top Regulatory Compliance Frameworks for 2018

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:30
GDPR. DSS. NIST. These are just some of the acronymous names of major regulatory compliance frameworks that organizations need to know today. And with so many arcane acronyms to contend with, it can be hard to keep track of which regulatory frameworks apply to what. If you’re struggling to keep your compliance rules straight, this article is for you. Keep reading for a list of the most important regulatory compliance frameworks to know for 2018. Read on for a list of the most important #r...
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IT Network Security: Mainframe Security Best Practices for Meeting Compliance Regulations and Minimizing Data Vulnerabilities

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 13:30
Considering that mainframes handle 68 percent of the world’s production IT workloads, mainframe security is a huge component of your overall IT network security. Mainframers recognize the importance of keeping the mainframe secure. Of the mainframe professionals surveyed in our 2018 State of the Mainframe Survey Report, 63 percent said that meeting security and compliance requirements is a top priority. Reducing security exposures, fulfilling audit requirements, and addressing compliance mandate...
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How to Build a Cloud Data Lake You Can Trust

Informatica Blog - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 19:15
When I was at Informatica World 2018 in May, I had the chance to talk to a lot of our customers. Whether I was speaking with IT leaders, business leaders, or both, one of the most common challenges that came up was how to build a cloud-based data lake the right way. In short, the problem was, “How do I stop a data lake from turning into a data swamp?” As enterprise IT has geared up to grapple with big data in the last few years, many have embraced the idea of a cloud data lake: a theoretically e...
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AES vs. DES Encryption: Why Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) has replaced DES, 3DES and TDEA

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort recently acquired the IBM i encryption and security products of Townsend Security. The article below is an update to their popular blog post comparing AES and DES encryption. Every so often, we encounter someone still using antiquated DES for encryption.  If your organization hasn’t switched to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), it’s time for an upgrade. To better understand why: let’s compare DES and AES encryption: Data Encryption Standard (DES) What is DES encryption? DES is a s...
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IBM POWER vs. x86: The Key Differences

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:30
What makes System i different from other platforms? A large part of the answer lies in the CPU architectures that System i servers use: System i relies on IBM POWER microprocessors, whereas most other modern computers and servers use the x86 architecture. And just what does System i’s use of POWER chips mean? Let’s take a look at the major factors that distinguish the POWER architecture from x86. History: IBM POWER vs. x86 Although the origins of the POWER architecture and x86 CPUs b...
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New eBook! Passing Your Next Audit: The Challenges of Properly Securing Your IBM i and Maintaining Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 13:30
To achieve a security posture that is a real deterrent to theft or fraud – whether perpetrated by external or internal actors – a determined, consistent effort is required that combines the right mix of technologies, expertise and best practices. Syncsort’s eBook, “Passing Your Next Audit: The Challenges of Properly Securing Your IBM i and Maintaining Compliance,”  is intended to give you some insights in this direction. Achieving optimal security on the IBM i isn’t so much a d...
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New Sources, New Data, New Tools: Large Health Insurance Group Confronts the Future of Financial Data Management in Healthcare

Talend Blog - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 22:42
The world of healthcare never rests and one of the largest health insurance groups in the U.S. is not alone in wanting to provide, “quality care, better patient outcomes, and more engaged consumers.”   They achieve this through careful consideration as to how they manage their financial data.  This is the backbone of providing that quality care while also managing cost.  The future of healthcare data integration involves fully employing cloud technology to manage financial information while reco...
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How DevOps Changes the Meaning of ‘Mainframe Programmers’

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:30
We live in the age of DevOps, and no sector of IT — not even mainframes — remains unchanged. Here’s a look at how DevOps has reshaped the way mainframe programmers work. As you probably know by now if you work in IT, DevOps is an approach to software development and deployment that emphasizes close collaboration between development teams and operations (or “IT Ops”) teams. The driving idea behind DevOps is that by having the programmers who write applications work a...
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Trading Migration Downtime Costs for Uptime Savings

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:30
Last year we conducted a series of surveys that gave us an interesting bird’s eye view of the migration landscape. We found that IT departments were consistently falling short of their RTOs and RPOs and executives lacked confidence in their recovery plans. We also learned out of the thousands of IT managers we talked to, nearly half were delaying migrations that could vastly improve their productivity and business continuity. Why? The high probability and risk of migration-related downtime. Rece...
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The CIO Reading List: The Startup Way

Informatica Blog - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:15
Eric Ries’ first book, The Lean Startup, was a must-read for every tech entrepreneur at a newly launched business. Now he’s shifted focus to the established enterprise. His second book, The Startup Way, is aimed squarely at leaders driving change and institutionalizing innovation in large organizations. It’s a practical resource, packed with field-tested advice on giving a “Lean Startup” boost to bigger businesses. Ries is focused on creating a culture of continuous transformation, which he say...
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ETL Integration: Best Practices in 30 Seconds

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:30
The efficiency of ETL integration can make or break the rest of your data management workflow. Want to get the most from your ETL processes? Keep reading for high-performance ETL integration best practices. Minimize data input The less data that you have going into ETL process, the faster and cleaner your results are likely to be. That’s why you want to strip out any unnecessary data as early in the ETL process as possible. If you have redundant entries in a database, for example, clean th...
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Informatica is Three for Three as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Metadata Management MQ

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 18:15
Gartner recently published their third annual 2018 Metadata Management MQ and for the third year in a row Informatica was again named a Leader. Why should a business leader care about metadata management and what does it mean to be a leader? Metadata management sounds like something only IT should care about and an IT problem. But it is a critical business requirement when it comes to the digital transformation of a company’s business. A digital transformation requires an intelligent metadata ma...
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4 Tips for Optimizing Your Data Infrastructure

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:30
Building a data infrastructure is one thing. Building a data infrastructure that is efficient, reliable and cost-effective is another. What can you do to optimize your data infrastructure and keep it running at peak performance? Keep reading for tips on data infrastructure optimization. What Is Data Infrastructure? For the purposes of this article, we’ll define data infrastructure as all of the infrastructure tools and components that help you store, manage, analyze, integrate and back up ...
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Going Serverless with Talend through CI/CD and Containers

Talend Blog - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:20
Why should we care about CI/CD and Containers? Continuous integration, delivery and deployment, known as CI/CD, has become such a critical piece in every successful software project that we cannot deny the benefits it can bring to your project. At the same time, containers are everywhere right now and are very popular among developers. In practice, CI/CD delivery allows users to gain confidence in the applications they are building by continuously test and validate them. Meanwhile, containerizat...
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