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New Webcast! IBM i Encryption Made Easy

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 13:30
Need to encrypt sensitive data on your IBM i, including personally identifiable information, personal credit information or personal health information, but worry about the complexity of implementing encryption? In one of our latest webcasts, “IBM i Encryption Made Easy,” Patrick Townsend, Founder & CEO of Townsend Security, and Jeff Uehling, Product Management Director for Security at Syncsort, put your fears to rest. Learn how the IBM i Field Procedures have greatly simplifi...
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Why The Mainframe Still Matters in 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:30
Mainframes have been the workhorses of the corporate data center for more than half a century. With the advent of new technologies such as the cloud and low-cost x86 commodity servers, many tech pundits expected the mainframe to fade away sooner rather than later. But that’s far from the case. In fact, in 2019 the venerable mainframe will be as relevant as ever for many enterprises around the world. Here’s why. Mainframes Continue to Shine at Traditional Tasks Mainframes are still hard at work d...
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Data Integrity vs. Data Quality: How Are They Different?

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:30
Data is incredibly valuable, but that doesn’t mean it’s always an asset. When companies work with data that is substandard for any reason, it delivers incorrect insights, skewed analysis, and reckless recommendations. Two terms describe the condition of data: Data integrity and data quality. These two terms are often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions. Any company working to maximize the utility and value of data needs to understand the difference: Data Qualit...
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Removing Risk and Downtime from Your POWER9 Migration

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:30
IBM’s POWER9 processor is here, and many companies are excited to take full advantage of the significant leap in performance, scalability, and adaptability offered by a new generation of IBM Power Systems machines that run POWER9. But for system administrators, there usually isn’t much excitement when facing the job of migrating all of the necessary data, applications, and system configurations to the new hardware. That’s because downtime and complications often accompany a migration, especially...
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How to Build an Effective Data Quality Management Program

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:30
You want to make the most of your big data. However, data quality is paramount to achieving that goal. Implementing an effective data quality management program ensures that your data is of the highest caliber, making it not only useful but also profitable. Read on to learn what you need to know about building an effective data quality management program, including assessing your current state of data quality, putting data quality management strategies in place, and maintaining data quality mana...
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New eBook! 7 Steps to Building Tangible ROI for Data Quality

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook titled, “7 Steps to Building Tangible ROI for Data Quality.” Although organizations often lack insight into the quality of data used in everyday decision-making, developing a strategy that measures and reports on data quality metrics can help stakeholders craft a business case and ROI model to drive investment in data quality investments. A robust data quality solution automates many profiling and discovery processes, so the business and IT team c...
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The State of IT Security for 2019: Results from our Survey

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:30
In 2018 alone, multiple security regulations became effective across the globe, most notably the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and additional regulations are on their heels. As a result, businesses already grappling with increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks now must contend with additional regulatory requirements. To check the pulse of IT teams managing security, Syncsort surveyed over 300 IT professionals on the state of security in their organization, ...
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Addressing 5 Real-World Issues Impacting Data Quality

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 13:30
Data is the most important resource your company owns. When your data quality is good, it’s a tremendous asset. But when your data quality is bad, it’s a serious liability. Anytime you’re making crucial business decisions using data-driven insights, you need to trust the underlying facts and figures. If they’re incorrect or incomplete, they could be skewing your perspective and leading you towards a disastrous decision. The worst thing about poor data quality is that you often don’t notice...
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Encryption, Tokenization, and Anonymization on IBM i: How Do These Data-Protection Technologies Differ? Which One Should You Choose?

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 13:30
The rise of high-profile breaches as well as new/expanded compliance regulations are compelling every company to increase its vigilance when it comes to securing sensitive data. As a result, if you are finding yourself under pressure to understand and implement encryption or some alternative to protect sensitive data within IBM i environments, Syncsort has a new e-book that can help. Encryption, Tokenization, and Anonymization for IBM i—A Quick Guide to Protecting Sensitive Data walks you throug...
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6 Real-World Examples of Data Integration

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:30
Integrating data is like turning coins into dollar bills—they’re fundamentally the same thing, but the final form has far more accessibility, practicality, and utility. Integrating data is the first step to unleashing its full potential. When companies have all their information in one place, they’re able to find the most important and accurate insights within it. Those insights are what gives companies an advantage over the competition. It’s hard to overstate how transformative data integ...
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New eBook! Critical Use Cases for IT Operations Analytics

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook titled, “Critical Use Cases for IT Operations Analytics.” Today’s computing environments are a complex arrangement of many hardware components and several software layers – and it is vital for each of these parts to be functioning well. In the case of customer-facing systems, the failure of one element can impact hundreds, thousands, or even millions of users. Trying to ensure the optimal performance and availability of IT components, systems and app...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Kenny Scott on the Final Stages of a Data Management Project

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:30
At the Collibra Data Citizens event in May of this year, Paige Roberts had a chance to speak with Kenny Scott, a data management consultant. In part one of this two part series, Roberts and Scott spoke about some of the challenges that come along with being a data management consultant. Part two focuses on the final stages of a data consultant project and what’s next for Kenny Scott. Roberts: Going back to where you are now, what stage are you at in the implementation now? Where along the journe...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Kenny Scott on the Challenges of Data Management

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 13:30
At the Collibra Data Citizens event in May of this year, Paige Roberts had a chance to speak with Kenny Scott, a Data Management Consultant. In part one of this two part series, Roberts and Scott speak about some of the challenges that come along with being a data management consultant. Roberts: Let’s start off with an introduction of yourself for our readers. Scott: My name is Kenny Scott. I started in banking 29 years ago, in the Trustee department providing a regulatory service to large...
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2018 Best of Expert Interviews – Experts in the World of Data

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 13:30
We finish out the Best of 2018 series with a round up of our best Expert Interviews from this year. Take a look at the top 10 posts! #10 Andi Mann and David Hodgson Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann and Syncsort’s Chief Product Officer, David Hodgson discuss the digital transformation taking place in IT and how machine learning and AI are helping IT leaders create a more business-centric view of their world. Read more #9 Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro of KDnugg...
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2018 Best of Mainframe – Mainframe’s future & tips for today

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 13:30
Before we move on to 2019, we’re reviewing our best blog posts of the year. Our “Best of 2018” series continues with a look at our most popular mainframe blogs of the year. Here are the top 10 posts that won you over in 2018: #10 Building a Mainframe Disaster Recovery Strategy Your mainframe may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re planning for disaster recovery. But it should be because getting your mainframe back up and running quickly is essential for maintaining business continui...
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2018 Best of Data Availability and Security – Recovering and Securing Your Data

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 13:30
Next up, as our Best of 2018 series moves along, we have Data Availability and Data Security. So far we covered the best of Data Quality and Big Data. Read on for the top ten Data Availability and Security posts. #10 6 Reasons Your Data May Become Unavailable Highly available data means data that is accessible virtually without interruption. What stands in the way of high availability and your data? We kick off the countdown with a list of common reasons why data may become unavailable. Read mor...
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2018 Best of Big Data – Expert insights on basics & top trends

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:30
As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back at our best blog content of 2018. We launched our Best of 2018 series yesterday with a look at the Data Quality. Today, we’re reviewing our most popular Big Data blog posts. Let’s count ’em down! #10 Big Data Disaster Recovery Preparation Tips Preparing to recover Big Data workloads after an unexpected disaster requires more than just having data backups on hand. This article explains how to build an effective Big Data disaster recover...
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2018 Best of Data Quality – Measuring data quality & reviewing governance strategy best practices

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

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

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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