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New White Paper! Assessing the Financial Impact of Downtime

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a white paper, “Assessing the Financial Impact of Downtime.” With the ever-increasing reliance of businesses upon their IT systems and electronically stored business data comes an equivalent increase in management’s duty to ensure due diligence and fiduciary responsibility with respects to protecting them against all causes of loss or damage. The potential costs of failing to do so can be enormous. Fiduciary responsibility. Due diligence. Such are the key ...
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5 Big Trends in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering from Strata NYC 2018 – Part 2

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 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. Last time, we covered trends 1 and 2 which focused on machine learning and the constant stream of data. This time we’re covering 3 and 4. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. 3. Ethics, Bias and Privacy Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Nicola Askham, the Data Governance Coach, and I recently did a webinar entitled “AI Without Data...
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5 Big Trends in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering from Strata NYC 2018 – Part 1

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:30
On the last day of the Strata Data conference in New York City last week, right after he gave his presentation, I sat down with Paco Nathan, one of the great minds in the field of AI, who has his job title on LinkedIn listed as “Evil Mad Scientist” at Derwen, Inc. Since he’s actually a pretty nice guy, I don’t think I’d agree with the “Evil” part, but the rest pretty much fits. We’ll post the full interview soon, but in many ways, it turned into a discussion of the industry trends we’d seen over...
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Video: CEO Discusses How Syncsort Customers Optimize Infrastructure and Legacy Data Investments

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:30
Last week, during the Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s CEO, Josh Rogers, appeared on SiliconANGLE TV’s theCUBE program. In the recorded interview, Josh and hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante discussed Syncsort’s growth, the reasons driving the rebranding, and ongoing investment strategy. In addition, Josh addressed Syncsort’s focus on data governance, its leadership in Big Iron to Big Data, and acquisition of capacity management and data quality companies to bols...
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Data Encryption 101: The Quick Guide to Data Encryption Best Practices

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:30
You hear all the time about how important it is to encrypt data. But what does encryption actually mean? Which best practices should you follow when encrypting your data? Which tools are available for data encryption? Keep reading for answers to these pressing data encryption questions. What Is Data Encryption? Put simply, data encryption is a process that changes data from its original format into a new format. To translate it back, you typically need a special encryption key or code. A very si...
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New eBook! The Ultimate Guide to IBM i Machine Data

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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Why IBM Wants to Marry Your Blockchain and Your Mainframe

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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Data Security 101: Data Security Terms and Concepts

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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How Change Data Capture Can Power Your Next-Generation Analytics and Mobile Applications

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

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

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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Why Mainframes are Secure (And How to Make Them Even More Secure)

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

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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Expert Interview (Part 1): Patrick Townsend on IBM i Security

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

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

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

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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A Closer Look at DevOps – Breaking down organizational silos for greater efficiency and reduced time to market

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:31
The trend of DevOps has really picked up speed. Today, we’ll answer the question “what is DevOps?” and take a look at how businesses are using DevOps methodology stay ahead of the competition. What is DevOps? DevOps is a combination of the terms development and operations. DevOps is an extension of the agile development philosophy to promote faster and more efficient development and deployment of software. Many businesses are adopting this approach because it helps them stay competit...
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Data is Inherently Messy. Is That Really Such a Bad Thing?

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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Leveraging Big Data Analytics for IT ROI

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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