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New Webcast! Top Ten Tips for IBM i Security and Compliance

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 13:30
Users and IT administrators have the belief that the IBM i is a secure system on its own, but what is the actual truth here? While the IBM i is known to be a highly securable system, it also presents unique challenges to security auditors and system administrators alike. Syncsort has released an on-demand webinar titled, “Top Ten Tips for IBM i Security and Compliance,” to show the best ways to safely secure your system. Achieving a secure and compliant IBM i environment is often a c...
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Capacity Management: What is your Capacity for Success?

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:30
In today’s world of constant and ever accelerating change we have the tendency to discard the old and look for the new. This is true for all sorts of consumer items, but it is often true for the ideas we have and the processes we use too. New must be better just because it’s new, so anything that sounds antiquated starts off with a low rating. Capacity Management is a bit like that. It sounds like something we did twenty or thirty years ago (it was!) and it sounds like it’s all about physical bi...
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High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Expect the Unexpected

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:30
As summer moves along, we continue with our latest summer school session. Last week we kicked off with Capacity Management. Today, we’ll take some time to recap High Availability. What Is High Availability? High availability refers to the ability of an application, service or other IT resources to remain constantly accessible, even in the face of unexpected disruptions. In most cases, when people talk about high availability, they’re thinking about applications and services. Using au...
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Database Migration: How Long Should it Take?

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:30
Database migration takes time. But how long, exactly, should you expect a database migration to last? Which factors influence the length of time that data migration requires? We explore in this article. What Is Database Migration? A database migration is any type of movement of data from one database to another. Database migrations come in many forms. They could involve simply moving data from one database instance to another database instance of the same type; for example, you might transfer da...
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Data Management Strategies: 3 Battle-Tested Pointers

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:30
What does effective data management look like in practice? Keep reading for a discuss of three best practices that are essential for building an effective data management strategy. Data management refers to the way you collect, store, migrate, transform, analyze and archive data. It involves all types of data, from machine-generated data like logs to manually input user data. Effective data management is crucial for transforming your data into value. Data on its own is not very useful, but data ...
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New White Paper! Causes and Effects of Data Breaches

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:30
Data breaches should alarm every organization. Their costs are increasing, dramatically in some cases, and their negative impacts may extend well beyond the event. Customers are more likely to sever relationships—and prospective customers are less likely to form new relationships—after a serious data breach. Syncsort’s white paper, “Causes and Effects of Data Breaches,” explains exactly what data breaches are, what causes them, the costs your organization might incur as a resul...
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AES vs PGP Encryption: What is the Difference?

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort recently acquired IBM i data security products (encryption, tokenization, authentication, FTP and SIEM integration) from Townsend Security. The article below is an update to their popular blog post explaining the difference between AES and PGP encryption. In the world of data security there are many different types of encryption, but arguably the two most common are AES and PGP. With so many three-letter acronyms in the technical landscape, it’s easy to get lost in data security convers...
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Importance of Data Quality: How to Explain it To Your Boss

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:30
As an IT professional, you know what data quality means and why it’s important. But does your boss? If not, it’s time to explain the importance of data quality to the higher-ups in your company, in order to ensure that you have the tools and support you need to manage data most effectively. For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume that your boss lacks special technical expertise related to data management. We’ll also assume that his or her main goal is to drive busi...
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The State of IBM i: Facts and Trends about IBM i Systems in 2018

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:30
Who’s using IBM i systems today, how are they using it, and what are the current trends in IBM i deployments? Those are questions worth asking as IBM i celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Keep reading for some answers, based on various data points about how IBM i and POWER servers are being used in 2018. Unless you work with IBM i systems, you may not think much about this line of computers. But perhaps you should. Although IBM’s midrange systems, which date back to the release of the...
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How Remastering Data for GDPR Improves Customer Service

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data bias written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. The recent Equifax breach left millions of consumers wondering not only if their personal data was at risk, but also what data Equifax had about them in the first place. In a world where commenting “And now for something completely different” on someone’s Facebook post triggers ads for Monty Python T-shirts, it’s natural that people want to know what your company knows about t...
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New White Paper! Layers of Data Security

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 13:30
In this age of data breaches and cyber-threats, the best way to secure your environment is through layers. Fortunately, this multi-faceted solution doesn’t have to be complicated. Syncsort has released their “Layers of Data Security” white paper to show some potential layers that an organization may choose to protect when thinking about a security plan. To be effective and as close as possible to foolproof, data security must be layered. Some types of threats can be blocked only at c...
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Capacity Management in Review: From Basics to Real-Life Use Cases and Best Practices

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:30
Welcome back to Syncsort Summer School. Take advantage of this traditionally slower business season to catch up on new technologies or trends to help you perform your job better and justify your next raise! We’re picking up this series of blog posts where we left, starting with everything you need to know about Capacity Management. Getting Started If you’re just getting started, we’ve got the perfect primer for you! This article covers the basics of capacity management. You’ll also walk away wit...
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Data Quality Scorecard: How Does Your Company Measure Up?

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:30
You know a data quality strategy is important. But do you know how to assess how good of a job your company is doing at achieving data quality? Keep reading for tips on developing a data quality scorecard for your organization. Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to serve a specific purpose. Achieving data quality is important because, without it, you will struggle to put your data to work for you. In fact, a lack of data quality could mean that your data causes you more he...
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How Long Can You Live Without Your Data?

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 13:30
How long can you live without your data? This article explains how to answer that question, which is essential for designing a data availability strategy capable of meeting your needs. Data Is Like Hot Water In a sense, data is like your home’s hot water heater or electrical service. When either of those things fail, it results in an immediate inconvenience. But at first, you’ll be able to tolerate the failure. A few hours without electricity or a day without hot water are usually ac...
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Challenges with VSAM Data – Change Data Capture (CDC) Solutions and Benefits

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:30
A while back, Syncsort’s VP of Data Integration R&D, Fernanda Tavares, wrote a blog about Overcoming Technical Challenges in Large Mainframe to Hadoop Implementations where she explains how Syncsort leads the way in helping enterprises leverage their mainframe data in Hadoop. This article expands on that topic by presenting a new feature that helps refresh the Hadoop data lake with data from growing mainframe data sets faster and more efficiently. While more and more applications runni...
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New eBook! Data Encryption in the Mainframe World

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 13:30
In today’s world of constant security threats and breaches, enhanced compliance regulations and data protection capabilities have become forefront for all organizations. Driven by compliance regulations such as FIPS, HIPPA and GDPR, organizations are challenging their IT departments to protect their data and digital assets with a vengeance never seen before. Syncsort’s new eBook, Data Encryption in the Mainframe World, explains some of the tools and technologies that continue to emerge on ...
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What IT Pros Need to Know (and Forget) About Managed Services

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:30
If you’ve ever walked into a grocery store, you’ve probably seen employees stock shelves. What you may not know is that, in many cases, the people stocking those shelves aren’t employed by the grocery store, but rather by the vendor whose products they are stocking. And it makes sense: companies would sooner trust their own employees to handle their products properly than a busy and sometimes understaffed supermarket. This is how Terry Plath, Syncsorts’ Senior Vice President of Support and Servi...
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Catching Up with GDPR Compliance

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:30
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline of May 25, 2018 has passed, but many organizations are still grappling with the data governance challenges it has created. Whether your organization conducts most, some or just a small amount of business in Europe, there are many aspects of data management you need to consider to comply with the regulation.  Here’s some great sources of information from industry experts to help bring you up-to-speed. The Deadline compliance ...
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Is Big Data Dangerous? 3 Common-Sense Data Management Guidelines

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:30
Data is a crucial driver of value for most businesses today. But when managed improperly, data can become more of a liability than a benefit. Keep reading for tips on creating a data management strategy that helps, rather than hurts, your company. No matter which industry your business is in, it almost certainly relies on data to a significant extent. These days, you don’t have to be a big bank or an insurance company to live and breathe data. You could also be, for example, a fast-food r...
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New eBook! TDWI Checklist Report: Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:30
In a big data environment, the notion of data quality that is “fit for purpose” is important. For some types of data science and analytics, raw, messy data is exactly what users want. Yet, even in this case, users need to know the data’s flaws and inconsistencies so that the unexpected insights they seek are based on knowledge, not ignorance. Syncsort’s new eBook, Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics, takes a look at applying data quality methods and technologies ...
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