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Create the Optimal Healthcare Provider Network Designed for Quality Outcomes

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 05:30
To Build a Better Provider Network, Start with Better Data About Your Providers There are a lot of reasons healthcare payers want to build optimal provider networks. An optimal provider network is smarter: it lets payers synthesize data from many different systems, including recruiting, credentialing, claims, reimbursements, utilization, quality, fraud detection, and more. With an optimal provider network, health plans are more competitive in a marketplace driven by changing consumer choi...
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Why Is Connectivity Foundational for a Data Platform?

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 23:05
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13 If you take any data processing pipeline – be it for data integration, data quality, data matching and mastering, data security, data masking or a B2B data exchange pipeline – data is read from somewhere and written somewhere for further consumption. All data processing pipelines start and end with connectivity. In addition to reading and writing data, there is a need for mid-stream...
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Building Your Federal Data Strategy

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 17:41
So, it’s here! The US Office of Management and Budget published the Federal Data Strategy on June 4, 2019 and simultaneously issued a draft implementation plan for public comment and feedback. That followed the January 14, 2019 OPEN Government Data Act, enacted as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Making law. Arguably, key portions of the law support execution of the strategy and most importantly provide a basis for resource allocation, especially for budgeting purposes...
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6 Awesome Benefits You Gain by Using an Integration Hub

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 18:23
It seems that only a couple of years ago data integration architecture was simple. If you wanted to move data from one place to another, you simply used a manually triggered ETL process, and that was it. These days, however, most enterprises and organizations are going through a digital transformation – which requires a different approach. To reap the benefits of their data assets, organizations need to connect hundreds of data sources and targets – on premises and in the cloud – in different fr...
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Taking Your iPaaS Past First Gear – Supercharging Your Cloud Data Management Capabilities

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 18:15
At this year’s Informatica World, a few notable themes stood out: Cloud continues to drive tremendous change in business processes and operations, complexity reduction is a critical goal for enterprise executives, and the intelligent, AI-driven enterprise is becoming reality. Data is the core component that these themes have in common. However, the truth is that enterprises are still struggling to properly control and harness the enormous amount of data assets they possess. This has given bi...
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Big Data Governance: 4 Steps to Scaling an Enterprise Data Governance Program

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 18:15
Big Data projects demand a big data governance strategy. You need to unite disconnected teams, shatter data silos, and integrate all manner of applications and systems. This is a world away from traditional data governance projects, which can often be highly focused, initiatives. The challenge is bridging this gap. Just how do you turn a small-scale data governance pilot into a long-term, enterprise-wide big data governance program? Enterprise data governance programs that...
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Standing Out in the Insurance Market: National Interstate Insurance

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 19:45
For a recent college grad hearing the word “insurance”, a few thoughts come to mind: “What are the odds I’ll even need to use it??”, “Holy cow this is expensive!” and “Do you think I can risk it and go without it…?” Simply put – there’s a dreaded, but necessary reality of having insurance on practically anything in our lives that has value. On the flip side, insurance companies have a responsibility to convince consumers why their services are more convenient, cost effective, or reliable than th...
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The Need for Strong Federal Data Privacy Legislation

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 19:03
Consumers in the United States have finally begun to pay attention to the privacy of their data. The spring of 2018, which saw the Cambridge Analytica scandal break and Mark Zuckerberg testify before the U.S. Congress, seems to have been a tipping point. Data Privacy advocates and ordinary consumers alike compared laws in the U.S. to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which also went into force spring 2018, and concluded that Americans needed much stronger protections for the pr...
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A Hybrid Data Management Journey Helps Connect Great People to Great Companies

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:37
“Data is our new currency. Whether it’s a video interview, a resume, or an email from an employee, there’s value in these data sources.” Filious Louis, Manager, BI Analytics, Kelly Services I couldn’t agree more. I believe that data is the trusted currency of business – and so do our customers. Leaders from every industry worldwide tell us their data strategies are now a boardroom-level conversation. A move to the cloud is one of the linchpin strategies our customers leverage to optimize ...
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Building a Framework for Trusted Cloud Services

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:15
As Chief Trust Officer at Informatica, it’s my job to make sure that customers trust our global cloud services platform and software. Simply put, data privacy and security have never been more important to our customers. A study by RSA Security Research reports that roughly 70% of global consumers are prepared to boycott a company they don’t believe takes data protection seriously. And close to half of U.S. consumers surveyed by PCI Pal said they spend less with brands that they believe have ins...
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Becoming Customer-Centric Through the Power of MDM and Customer Intelligence

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 18:15
Master Data Management (MDM) is making a big impact in delivering real business value and allowing companies to unleash the power of their data across the enterprise. Because MDM solutions help business users to trust data across all systems in use, they can be applied to many data domains including customer intelligence (individual or organization), supplier, product, location, asset, and more. Master data typically consists of structured attributes that define an entity. For customer domains, ...
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Home Point Financial Disrupts Its Market with Snowflake and Informatica

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:15
Let me ask you a question. Can you disrupt a market with a legacy architecture? Of course not! To that point, Home Point Financial is disrupting its residential mortgage market, where the company aspires to become a leading provider. Home Point Financial realized that data is its most strategic asset and key to market dominance. Last week, at Snowflake Summit (#LetItSnow19), we shared Home Point Financial’s success story and how it turned to disruptive technologies to disrupt it...
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Three Friends at a Bar Talking Data

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 18:15
It’s 11:00 pm, and we find three friends—Data Geek, Dr. Know, and Cloud Ninja—sitting at a hotel bar, sipping their drinks. Their conversation goes as follows: Dr. Know: Data Geek, why do you look worried? You’re usually so cheerful and jovial.  Data Geek: You know me too well. I am enjoying the beer and the company, but I am going to be working all night to complete the monthly pipeline forecasting and actuals report. Dr. Know: What’s the big deal? You’re an Excel junkie, so...
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AI-Powered Privacy and Management for Petabyte-Packed Cloud Data Lakes

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 17:44
We now have data lakes with petabytes of data, being updated in real time with IoT, social, and mobile information. Then there are tens of thousands of users accessing the data across various lines of your business: finance, sales, marketing, service, procurement, research & development, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. At this scale the only way you will keep up with discovering, preparing, managing, and governing the data is with AI-powered automation. (For more on the AI impera...
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Data Governance: From Risk Management to Business Value

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:15
You’ve heard the analogies: Data is the new oil, data is the new jet fuel, data is the new currency, etc. However, research by New Vantage Partners indicates less than one-third of organizations are data driven. To truly capitalize on the opportunity of being a data-driven business you must empower as many people as possible across the organization with data that is fit for their business use. This means data governance needs to shift from a risk management focus to a business value focus, and m...
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Enterprise AI/ML Needs Data Management. And Vice Versa.

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:15
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are powering the digital transformations happening in every industry around the world. AI/ML is critical in discovering new therapies in life sciences, reducing fraud and risk in financial services, and delivering truly personalized customer experiences.  Enterprise AI/ML Needs Data Management The success of AI is dependent on the effectiveness of the models designed by data scientists to train and scale it. And the success of tho...
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Top 10 Things to Consider with Salesforce Data Integration

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 20:15
Data is the new business currency, and CRM data is arguably the most important dataset that companies are leveraging. At the head of the CRM pack is Salesforce. Its staggering 20% market share equals the next four vendors combined. Ultimately, CRM data can provide insights that can impact sales, customer satisfaction, and overall revenue. No wonder that companies are investing heavily in maximizing their CRM utilization. Furthermore, companies have realized that integrating the data siloed in mu...
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AI/ML Needs Data Management – Informatica and Databricks Deep Dive

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:15
With all the buzz and talk about AI /ML technologies, it can be hard to separate the hype from projects that actually deliver business value. At Informatica, we believe that the data landscape is growing so complex, you simply won’t be able to derive value from your data without AI and machine learning. But just for the sake of argument, let’s look at the reasons behind some claims that AI isn’t ready to deliver value: Data scientists spend 80% of their time in preparing data – and only 20% o...
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Operationalize Data Privacy

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:15
Today’s organizations need to mobilize governance, security, and data resources to tackle enterprise-wide data privacy initiatives. These ambitious initiatives—which can span thousands of data stores, people, and processes—cannot be achieved with traditional security and production models. Instead, enterprise-grade automation, powered with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), is required to provide the foundational infrastructure to access, protect, manage, and respond to priv...
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Active Metadata – What It Is and Why It Matters

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 18:15
For the past several years we have been subjected to various analogies invoked to convey the growth in data we are experiencing – from avalanche to tsunami, oddly all related to natural disasters. While we are getting jaded by these tropes, the underlying problem, however, is real. The data we have access to as part of our organizations is growing exponentially in volume and complexity, and the effort to harness it to propel digital transformation initiatives is increasing rapidly. But even at ...
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