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Mainframe vs. PC: 4 Things a Mainframe Can Do That Your PC Can’t

1 hour 35 min ago
Mainframes originated in the 1950’s—longer ago than many people reading this. If mainframes are so old, why do they remain an important IT resource across so many industries? Why do we still keep mainframes around in age of the PC and the cloud? Part of the answer is that mainframes can do things that other computers just cannot. To understand just how valuable mainframes still are, let’s take a look at the major differences between mainframes and PC. Data Processing IBM says that z1...
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3 Real-World Disaster Recovery Scenarios

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:30
Disaster recovery is one of those things that is easy to explain in the abstract, and harder to understand at the real-world, implementational level. That is why it may be worth your time to study some disaster recovery examples that help illustrate the steps required to prepare for disaster recovery, as well as the process involved in a successful recovery from disaster. That’s what we do below. Keep reading for some examples of real-world disaster recovery scenarios. We’ll focus es...
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Expert Interview (Pt 2): Josh Poduska, Chief Data Scientist at Domino Data Lab on Tracking Model Lineage

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata Data event in NYC, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down and speak with Josh Poduska, the Chief Data Science Officer at Domino Data Lab. In part one, Roberts and Poduska discussed data science maturity levels and how to make data science more achievable and practical. Part two focuses on lineage, both data and model lineage for auditability, and how to tackle both data and model bias. Roberts:  At Syncsort we approach it from the other side, from the data side, ...
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Expert Interview (Pt 1): Josh Poduska, Chief Data Scientist at Domino Data Lab on Making Production Data Science More Achievable

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata Data event in NYC, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down and speak with Josh Poduska, the Chief Data Science Officer at Domino Data Lab. In part one of this two part series, Roberts and Poduska discuss data science maturity levels and how to make data science more achievable and practical. Roberts: Let’s start with introducing yourself. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Poduska: I’m Josh Poduska, Chief Data Science Officer with Domino Data Lab. I...
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IBM i Security – 6 super short webcasts to help protect your iSeries

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:30
Over the last several months, Syncsort has run a series of 15-minute webcasts covering various topics across the broad realm of IBM i security. This short format has proven to be quite popular with our audiences. See what tips our experts have to share in these six 15-minute recorded sessions. 1. Accelerating Regulatory Compliance for IBM i Systems Do you need to accelerate compliance for your IBM i systems? Whether it be for PCI, SOX, GDPR or other regulations, view this 15-minute webcast on-d...
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Splunk .conf 2018 Showcases What’s Next for Splunkers from Mobile to the Cloud

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:30
Splunk’s annual .conf event returned to Orlando last week and this time, like every other time, it was bigger and better. Hosted at the same Disney location used in 2016, attendance had grown to nearly 10,000 (plus 125,000 online viewers!); sponsors had increased in number; and extra venues were needed to accommodate everything that was taking place. Check out our #splunkconf18 recap — including a look at Splunk NextClick To Tweet Ahead of the conference, the big question in my mind was ...
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Data Scrambling vs. Encryption

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 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 data scrambling and data encryption. For most organizations, the motivation to encrypt their data is closely tied to various compliance requirements. Such compliance regulations include PCI DSS , HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and a whole host of regional privacy laws. So, if you’re going through the due diligence of database e...
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New Analyst Research: Ovum’s View of Syncsort’s New Branding

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:30
What drives an organization to invest the money, time and resources to rebrand the company and its products?  There can be a number of reasons, including a major shift in company strategy or the need to improve flagging brand equity.  In the case of Syncsort, however, neither of these were factors in the major branding initiative resulting in new Syncsort messaging, new “gateway brands” and a new look that was launched in May 2018. Ovum analyst Paige Bartley was intrigued by the rebranding and r...
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How the Cloud Complicates Data Quality (and How You Can Fix It)

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 13:30
By now, you’ve heard all about the advantages of cloud computing. But the cloud also has its downsides. Among them are the special challenges for data quality that arise when data and data applications move to the cloud. This does not mean that you shouldn’t use the cloud for storing and processing data. It does mean, however, that you need to take special care to manage data quality in cloud environments. Let’s explore how. The Benefits of Cloud-Based Data Management Lest this...
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New eBook! Understanding SMF Records and Their Value to IT Analytics & Security

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 13:30
Virtually every operational event that occurs on the mainframe – from a simple log-in attempt at a workstation to a potential access breach of secured resources – can be captured and recorded in one or more SMF record types. Syncsort’s latest eBook, “Understanding SMF Records and Their Value to IT Analytics & Security,” shows how Syncsort Ironstream® provides an easy, cost-effective approach for your organization to get a complete view of its entire IT infrastructure. Recor...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): James Kobielus on the Future of Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, and GDPR

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 13:30
Since Syncsort recently joined the Hyperledger community, we have a clear interest in raising awareness of the Blockchain technology. There’s a lot of hype out there, but not a lot of clear, understandable facts about this revolutionary data management technology. Toward that end, Syncsort’s Integrate Product Marketing Manager, Paige Roberts, had a long conversation with Wikibon Lead Analyst Jim Kobielus. In the first part of the conversation, we discussed the basic definition of what the Blockc...
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What Life Would Be Like Without Mainframes

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:30
Unless you’re a professional mainframe programmer, you probably don’t see or think about mainframes very often. But the fact is that no matter who you are, the world around you would likely look quite different if mainframes were not a part of it. How? Let us explore the ways. There would be no ATMs Do you like the convenience of being able to withdraw cash almost anywhere from an ATM? If mainframes disappeared, that convenience would likely disappear along with them. That is because...
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Does Your Data Measure Up? How to Assess Data Quality

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:30
Businesses today are increasingly dependent on an ever-growing flood of information. Whether it’s sales records, financial and accounting data, or sensitive customer information, the accuracy and adequacy of a company’s data is critical. If portions of that information are inaccurate or incomplete, the effect on the organization can range from embarrassing to catastrophic. That’s why you, as an IT professional, should be committed to ensuring that the information your company relies on meets the...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): James Kobielus on Blockchain’s Sweet Spot in Practical Business Use Cases

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 13:30
Since Syncsort recently joined the Hyperledger community, we have a clear interest in raising awareness of the Blockchain technology. There’s a lot of hype out there, but not a lot of clear, understandable facts about this revolutionary data management technology. Toward that end, Syncsort’s Integrate Product Marketing Manager, Paige Roberts, had a long conversation with Wikibon Lead Analyst Jim Kobielus. In the first part of the conversation, we discussed the basic definition of what the Blockc...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): James Kobielus on Separating Blockchain Hype from Reality

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:30
Since Syncsort recently joined the Hyperledger community, we have a clear interest in raising awareness of the Blockchain technology. There’s a lot of hype out there, but not a lot of clear, understandable facts about this revolutionary data management technology. Toward that end, Syncsort’s Integrate Product Marketing Manager, Paige Roberts, had a long conversation with Wikibon Lead Analyst Jim Kobielus. In this first part of that conversation, we discussed the basic definition of what the Bloc...
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New eBook! IBM i Encryption with FieldProc and Alliance AES/400

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 13:30
Organizations of all sizes are deploying encryption to meet data security compliance requirements, protect intellectual property, and secure their customer’s personally identifiable information. Syncsort’s latest eBook, “IBM i Encryption with FieldProc and Alliance AES/400,” explores the architecture, implementation, critical features and limitations of Field Procedures on the IBM i and points to some solutions to the primary challenges. IBM introduced a Db2 database column lev...
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Your Mainframe Is the Original Cloud

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:30
Cloud computing did not become a tech buzzword until about a decade ago. But in effect, lots of organizations were deploying infrastructure that provided the same benefits as the cloud long before that. How you ask? By using mainframes. In many respects, mainframes were doing the things that the cloud does long before anyone was talking about the cloud. To prove the point, let’s take a look at some of the specific ways in which mainframes have been providing the same benefits as cloud comp...
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Learn Best Practices in IBM i Security from Syncsort’s Jeff Uehling

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:30
Managing your security and compliance on IBM i systems has become a moving target these days with threats that are constantly changing and new and expanding compliance regulations being introduced. Marry that with changing user needs, new workloads, added internal and external interfaces and more, and it’s no surprise that your organization’s requirements for IBM i security are in a constant state of flux. Security best practices and regulatory compliance must be addressed regularly to keep pace...
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PCI Compliance Standards (PCI DSS): What You Should Know and Why They Matter

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 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 on PCI compliance standards. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requires organizations to encrypt credit card account numbers stored in their databases and ensure that data remains secure when transferred outside the company. In order to understand these PCI compliance requirements, we first should know the source of indust...
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5 Big Trends in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering from Strata NYC 2018 – Part 3

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:30
Here are the five big trends I noticed, and some of the things that Paco Nathan and some of the other folks at Strata had to say about them. In part 1, we covered trends 1 and 2 which focused on machine learning and the constant stream of data. The second part covered trends 3 and 4 and focused on artificial intelligence and Data Engineering. 5. Big Data Quality and Data Governance Data is the new source code. You have to get the data right, both big and small. No matter how awesome your hardwar...
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