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The importance of high-quality data requires constant vigilance: Dimensions of Data Quality

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 16:32
The second in a two-part series about monitoring data quality performance using data quality metrics.   Welcome back to part 2 of my series about the importance of high-quality data and how it requires constant vigilance. In this blog, I will look at dimensions of data quality and the validating and monitoring of data quality. If you have not read my first blog on this subject, you can find it here. Organizing data quality rules within defined data quality dimensions not only simpl...
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How to Easily Ingest Application Data into Snowflake Data Cloud

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 17:00
At Snowflake Summit 2021, Informatica announced New Data Loading and Advanced ELT Integrations with Snowflake Data Cloud. What are the challenges in data ingestion? The adoption of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud applications has been increasingly rapid, and they are becoming a crucial part of organizations’ success. Many organizations have already adopted a cloud-first strategy for their next-generation application use cases. While businesses have observed multiple benefits...
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API Integration and iPaaS: The Basics and Benefits

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 23:07
What is API integration? The technical definition is long and pretty much useless. It’s best to draw an analogy. If you think about a digital enterprise as the human body, with each part as a functioning unit – hands as CRM, brain as the ERP – then APIs are the arteries and veins through which flows the data to those systems. They are the “connectivity tissue” that makes everything run. To do pretty much anything in this digital world – from placing an order on an ecommerce site to su...
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3 Ways Informatica Makes ELT and ETL on Azure Easy

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 17:40
Informatica recently announced the availability of the Cloud Data Integration Free Service, which fast tracks ETL/ELT data integration, transformation, and loading of priority workloads to Azure Data Services for cloud data warehousing, data lakes and analytics use cases. Don’t let “free” fool you into thinking it’s under-powered or not up for its intended enterprise use cases. Quite the contrary.  The Informatica Cloud Data Integration Free Service is optimized for your modern cloud&...
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How to Navigate the Complexities of a Multi-Cloud World

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:45
Multi-cloud is the default state of business technology today, either by accident or design. As cloud adoption rapidly proliferates, it is becoming clear for organizations that a simple “one cloud fits all” approach does not meet their business needs. Organizations are using a variety of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS products to deliver cost-effective and flexible applications required for agile and innovative operations. At the same time, they are also likely to be running private cloud or/and o...
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Centers of Excellence (COEs) are your path to beating your competition – Part 2 (the Organization)

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 16:31
In this second installment, I will focus on:  Providing a sample charter Providing examples of Guiding Principles Reviewing examples of Operating Models Recommending what LOBs to select first Roles and responsibilities that an Analytics Center of Expertise and Innovation (COEI) should include Functions and services that an Analytics COEI should provide An example of a mature Analytics COEI organization A more modest starting point for the Analytics COEI Growth areas for the Analytics ...
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10 Ways AI Improves Master Data Management

Mon, 05/31/2021 - 18:00
Last month, we announced the Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud. One of the key attributes of our industry-first offering is AI native at scale. CLAIRE is the AI powerhouse behind our Intelligent Data Management Cloud. Built on an enterprise unified metadata foundation, it provides AI-driven automation of data management activities. In this blog post, I’ll discuss 10 ways AI improves master data management (MDM). Before we dive in, let me quickly define AI and master data m...
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How to Create and Execute a Customer-Centricity Strategy

Fri, 05/28/2021 - 18:00
Customer-centricity is putting the customer first in everything you do. Think of customer-centricity as your internal customer compass. Customer experience is the impression that customers have about your company at every step of their journey with your brand. Think of customer experience as your external face to the world. Expectations for seamless, personalized experiences and service are higher than ever before. And, customers are not afraid to walk away if their expectations are not ...
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3 Easy Steps to Enhance Your Customer Profile Using Data Enrichment

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 21:02
What is data enrichment? Data enrichment is the process of integrating external and internal information with existing data to increase data accuracy and value. Combining trusted and authoritative information with existing data enables better business decisions and customer experiences. For example, by combining geocodes and address data with other business data, insurance companies can better assess if a prospect lives in a high-risk area or a marketing department could analyze where...
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Powering the Future of Healthcare with Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and Intelligent Data Management

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 16:26
Digital transformation is having a broad and meaningful impact on some of the healthcare industry’s most intractable challenges. With better access to personal health information, newly empowered patients are making informed treatment decisions and have higher expectations regarding procedure and price transparency. Healthcare providers must respond faster and dispense high-quality care within a framework of compliance and cost-containment guidelines. In addition, healthcare providers ar...
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Google Cloud Evolved Data Warehouse Modernization

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 22:51
Moving to the cloud and being cloud-native are critically important for organizations today. For many, this starts with data warehouse modernization. As data volumes grow exponentially and data science and data management grapple with the challenges of scalabilty, elasticity, data latency and compatibility, the need modernize one’s data warehouse becomes apparent. Successful data warehouse modernization allows organizations to leverage cloud technologies, support multi-cloud and cloud-hy...
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After 3 Years of GDPR, Lessons Learned and Key Actions to Take in Data Governance

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 18:51
With year 3 of the European Union’s groundbreaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) complete, it’s worth reflecting on this personal data privacy revolution and the best practices learned to help future success as we enter year 4. Has the GDPR become an unnecessary compliance burden—or is it a catalyst to creating new value from data? In 2018, the GDPR opened up a new era for personal privacy regulations—not just for the EU, but also by raising the bar for global awareness an...
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Data Means Business

Fri, 05/21/2021 - 15:38
This blog has been co-authored by Jason Foster Implementing a successful data program is never easy. Even with the best tools and the most intelligent people, challenges always arise. A key ingredient for success—and one that we’ve often found to be missing—is support from crucial stakeholders such as executives, leaders, managers, and other influencers. These may even be people who know the value of, and can champion, a data-guided culture. However, the potential value of doing t...
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The importance of high-quality data requires constant vigilance

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 19:35
First in a two-part blog series about monitoring data quality performance using data quality metrics. Organizational data quality management is often introduced as a reaction to an acute issue or ongoing problems—issues or problems where data failure adversely affected the business. This reactive approach may be typified by a rush to identify, evaluate, and purchase technical solutions that may address the manifestation of problems, instead of isolating the root causes and eli...
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Data means business: A practical guide for business leaders who want to learn how to use data strategically

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 18:00
Having spent the better part of my career in the data space—14 years with Pfizer as Director of Global Data Management, and now 9 years with Informatica as VP of Data Governance—data is clearly an area I’m passionate about. So I was intrigued when I heard that someone who I think very highly of—Barry Green, a seasoned Chief Data Officer—had co-authored a book on the subject. The book, Data Means Business, has been written as a practical guide for business leaders who want to learn ...
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Is a Trial for Cloud-Native Data Management on Your Government Agency Playlist Now?

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 18:43
A music playlist for relaxing, working out, or just plain entertainment is essential gear for millions of people. And building that playlist is easier than ever when using one of the multitudes of applications that can help you create that perfect ensemble. These applications are predominantly cloud based and cloud native—they are software as a service, or SaaS, in IT vocabulary. And just as playlists are essential for motivational, entertainment, or relaxation purposes, so too are gover...
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How Centers of Excellence (COEs) are your path to beating your competition – Part 1 (the foundation)

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 16:45
Access to very specialized, innovative data expertise is crucial these days. Enterprises of all sizes face increasing pressures from very nimble and efficient startups, changing market trends, and global health challenges. To be successful, enterprises will need to do things better and faster than they have ever done before and adapt and innovate better than their competitors. As a result, Centers of Excellence (COEs) are in more demand than ever, and the Analytics COE is leading the ...
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Supercharge Data Migration to AWS with Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 15:32
Leverage Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud – Cloud Data Integration Free Service and Informatica–Amazon Native Redshift Console Integration to Bring Data from Anywhere to AWS and Drive Better Business Decisions Faster  Informatica today announced a new cloud-native Amazon Redshift Console Integration with a no-charge offering for customers to quickly get started using the Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC). With the Informatica Cloud Data Integr...
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Getting to Customer Centricity with the Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 19:32
Customer centricity is the new new thing.  It makes sense.  Today, you walk into a store, and you get very personal offers.  The clerks may know your name, may already know your buying history, and may be able to offer some good recommendations for you.  We see some of the same behavior in our online transactions.  And now, the global pandemic has pushed many more of our transactions digitally and online.  How does a store stay customer-centric when your sto...
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Informatica Leaders Make the CRN “Women of the Channel 2021” List

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 16:51
This past year has tested us in many ways, with women facing historical challenges as they navigate the dual challenges of working remotely and coping with family life. That’s what makes it extra special to be able to recognize three women at Informatica for being named to CRN’s Women of the Channel for 2021—Aisling Mahoney, Katy Garcia and Tamara Striffler. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition and thank you to CRN for naming them to this highly respected list. Each year...
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