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Top 10 Principles of an Intelligent Data Platform

6 hours 52 min ago
As someone with many years of experience in product development, I can tell you it makes a difference when you have an overall vision to guide you. A few years ago, we introduced the Intelligent Data Platform (IDP), the industry’s most complete, modular, microservices-based architecture for data management. The idea is that you can evolve at your own pace, tackle your most pressing data challenges according to your own priorities, and be assured that ...
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What Is System Thinking for Data (And Why Is It So Important)?

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 03:27
In my role, I travel all over the globe meeting with people who are trying to turn their data to strategic advantage. They know that we’re facing a generational disruption in the market, and they want to thrive in the age of Data 3.0, where data truly powers digital transformation. But harnessing data effectively is challenging. Fortunately, there’s an answer. We call this System Thinking for data – and it represents an end-to-end, enterprise-wide vision for how data, applications, processes, an...
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The Missing Link to AI-Driven Customer Intelligence: The Human Expert

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:15
“Computers are taking over the world!” This may have been a common phrase heard 20 years ago, or yesterday depending on what you read or who you talk to. And that might just be the case, however there is still a key humanistic component to every automated system and algorithm. Knowledge. Computers don’t get smart on their own. They need to be spoon fed data and be trained so they can make the best decisions and repeat the same action over and over. Where computers differ from humans i...
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A Preview of Main Stage Speakers at Informatica World 2019

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 19:00
We’ll be hosting our 20th Informatica World from Monday, May 20 to Thursday, May 23 at The Venetian in Las Vegas and it promises to be the biggest Informatica World ever. This year’s event is on track to be one of the most inspirational, informative and practical events you attend this year. The key to the ongoing success and popularity of Informatica World has always been our focus on bringing in the best and the brightest across the data management industry to share a variety of vision...
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Getting Started with AI and ML: #1: Getting the Data!

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:15
Every day after waking up I constantly hear about the promises and benefits of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. I hear about the promises of Self-Driving Cars, folks asking KITT to recommend songs for the day, the list goes on and on. So, I think, you know what would be fantastic is If I could somehow predict the outcomes of sporting events using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial intelligence (AI). How cool would it be if every year I could be the person who wins the March ma...
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Intelligent Glossary Associations

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:15
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” said Juliet to Romeo in the epic tale of love between members of two warring families. The quote is the tragedy and the central struggle for both Shakespeare’s famous play and the more mundane but certainly as epic modern-day Data Cataloging!  There is a lot in a name. SQL based databases and applications have many naming constraints like use of spaces, limited special c...
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How the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Gets it Right

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:15
Informatica has a number of notable higher education customers, and many of them are simultaneously moving their systems to the cloud while also focusing on improving student and alumni engagement. As I quickly approach my own undergraduate graduation in a few weeks, I find the University of Michigan Ross School of Business to be a fitting customer story to share. Even though I’m not a student at the University of Michigan, I can point out what they’ve gotten right from both a student and...
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Collaborative Data Discovery with Enterprise Data Catalog

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:15
Harry Potter fans will remember the scene from “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows” where upon entering the Lestrange vault, the treasures start multiplying repeatedly because of the Gemini curse (doubling charm). The objects in the vault proliferate rapidly, the duplicates multiplying themselves, and duplicates resulting from those duplications, ad infinitum, nearly crushing our heroes. If you are in data management, the above scene would have hit close to home. As number of data cons...
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Modernize Your B2B Integration With Informatica Cloud B2B Gateway

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:15
No Enterprise is an Island, Entire to Itself To paraphrase John Donne, Every enterprise is a piece of the supply chain, a part of a community. It has been a well know convention, that companies with tighter supply chain collaboration perform better. In a 2017 study, McKinsey was able to quantify the impact of modernizing your supply chain. They found that companies that aggressively digitize their supply chains can expect to boost annual growth of earnings before interest and taxes by 3.2 percen...
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Next Best Action Needs Next Best Data

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 18:00
The investment in analytics has accelerated. In fact, for most organizations the investment in analytics has outpaced the investment in data management. Organizations have been in an ‘arms race’ to fuel their digital transformation with Next Best Action, Next Best Experience, and Next Best Offer analytic engines. Most have received mixed results. Insights have been described by some users as “slightly better than common sense” as well as “misleading on occasion”. While helpful, most organization...
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The Human MDM

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 16:15
I experience Deja-Vu every single time I visit a CIO, VP IT or Analytics at a manufacturing organization. Then again, it does not really matter what industry the client operates in. The Deja-Vu has to do with the appearance of one or two staffers, often organizationally situated in the Line-of-Business IT function of a core business unit, as part of my workshop with said company. These unsung heroes are typically analyst-level folks who have the dubious pleasure of being the, what I call, Human ...
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When It Snows, It Pours – Accelerate Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 17:15
View our on-demand ‘Meet the Experts’ webinar and learn how to accelerate cloud analytics modernization with Snowflake and Informatica. It’s snowing everywhere! Even though it’s almost spring, big beautiful snowflakes are swirling about everywhere! Are you seeing flurries outside your window? If you’re like other customers, Snowflake may be at the center of your new cloud analytics initiatives. Customers select Snowflake for its modern, built-for-the-cloud SQL data warehouse, zero manageme...
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It’s Spring Time. Are You Harvesting Your Fast and Fresh Streaming Data?

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 14:00
In some parts of the world, like in California, it’s officially Spring time. And if you’re like me, you’re planning your trips out to the nearest national parks, where you’re likely to see snow melting into fresh streams of water. Ahh the sight, the sound, and the motion of streaming water – feeds your soul for sure. Such is the power of streams. As can be the power of streaming data, that feeds real-time insights into your business. More specifically, with streaming data your organization can: ...
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Humans or Machines? You Can Have the Best of Both with an Enterprise Data Catalog

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 17:00
“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” goes the oft-repeated line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The same could be said about the challenge of finding relevant data in a sea of data as enterprises embark on digital transformation of their businesses. Digitization of business is leading to a data deluge and there’s data everywhere across the enterprise – traditional on-premises systems, a variety of multi-cloud environments, and new c...
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Why a Modern iPaaS Should Resemble a Great Sports Team

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 17:00
Great software and great sports teams share many things in common, chief among them: they both seek to build a roadmap for sustained success. But, a majority of technology products and sports teams tend to hover on the borderline of average to mediocre. If we think of sports teams, very few of them achieve sustained success like that achieved by teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Manchester United, or many other great teams of the past. Love them or loathe them, they have figured out the m...
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Time for Spring Cleaning? Double-Down on AI-Powered Data Strategy Across Multi-Cloud Environments

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:00
Spring is just around the corner. Spring is the period between spring equinox and summer solstice. The equinox is the time Sun’s center crosses Earth’s equator – which means you would see sun rising exactly from the east and setting exactly in the west. And this celestial alignment results in equal length of day and night (almost!). And it is the time of super moon and glowing clouds. In northern hemisphere, this day falls in March and in southern hemisphere it falls in September. It’s a traditi...
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Ergotron’s Data Strategy Focuses on Customer Satisfaction

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 18:15
Ergotron is a leader in the digital mounting technology industry, with a clear mission: “To use ergonomic and human-centered design principles to build kinetic work environments that help our customers thrive.” Ergotron’s focus on its customer’s health, comfort and ultimate success has extended beyond its products and led to its journey to improve their customer’s experience when engaging with their customer service and sales teams. With over 200 patents ranging from display mounts and charging ...
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Driving Analytics Modernization with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 GA

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:30
There’s a lot of industry talk and customer movement towards analytics modernization. After all, analytics is the proverbial rubber hitting the road when it comes to data answering business questions and guiding business decisions. The analytic visuals are critical to understanding, the sliders key to finding outliers, and mobility essential to answering business questions when and where it matters. But underlying the analytics is the data layer and unlike yesteryear when it was almost alw...
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What is the opposite of Artificial Intelligence?

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:30
When someone asked me that question “what is the opposite of Artificial Intelligence?”, my immediate response was “human stupidity?” But just a few days ago, one of my colleagues, who shares my enthusiasm (or one can say geekaism) for AI based technology, sent me this GIF that illustrates so well the old ways of thinking about automation and autonomous software, and I thought it is the perfect illustration of the answer to that question. Nested IF/ELSE statements are NOT Artificial Intelligence,...
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Microsoft Continues to Build the Case for Data Estate Modernization on Azure

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:30
With the latest release of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft doubles-down on Azure SQL DW as one of the core data services for digital transformation on Azure. In addition to the fundamental benefits of agility, on-demand scaling and unlimited compute availability, the most recent price-to-performance metrics (read the GigaOM report) are one of several the compelling arguments they have made for customers to adopt Azure SQL DW. Interestingly, Microsoft is also announcing the general availabili...
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