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The Rise of Chief Data Officers in the Federal Government

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:56
With the US Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) recent release of the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Year One Action Plan, there is now unprecedented opportunity in the coming decade to fundamentally change—for the better—the Federal Government’s approach to leveraging data as a strategic asset. The Action Plan, coupled with the 2019 OPEN Government Data Act, provides agency Chief Data Officers (CDOs) with the justification to lead change throughout their organizations that will not only democra...
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Healthcare Transformation: Goodbye Data Frustration, Hello Data Freedom, Part II

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:26
This second in a series focusing on the challenges and changes facing healthcare payers and providers focuses on how data management holds the promise of a cure for what ails the healthcare industry. Every transformational healthcare initiative today has a significant reliance on the availability of accessible, trusted and secure data. In my previous post, I explored the variety of data frustrations that healthcare technology professionals from both provider and payer organizations have conte...
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Exploit Perishable Insights with Informatica’s Intelligent Streaming Solution

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:04
With the number of connected devices expected to reach 50 billion by 2020[1], there is a huge volume of data that is being generated. These devices are changing lives—and the nature of data. This data provides businesses with nearly real-time access into how its products are being used. Organizations need to identify and act on this data in real time or else they will lose out to competitors as the latency in the data will make the insights perishable. What are perishable insights...
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Guide to Ingesting Data Into Your Cloud Data Lake for BI and Real-Time Streaming Analytics

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 22:03
Data is driving the strategic decisions within organizations. Because data is such an important asset, it is essential to capture data from a variety of sources across the enterprise, including partner ecosystem and third-party data. Many organizations have started initiatives to bring data from the various sources and move it onto data lakes or messaging systems such as Kafka so that they can integrate and analyze the data to help drive critical business decisions. Business use cases A ...
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Data Governance Best Practices in Focus: Gaining Clarity and Learning from Data Governance Experts

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 18:10
As someone who’s worn glasses his whole life, I’m all too aware that the phrase “20/20” means that you have perfect vision. For many, the year 2020 also provides a new opportunity for clarity in your professional career. This time of year, there are countless posts online about how to best take advantage of the new decade, ways you can work on yourself, and tips for setting goals for the year ahead. If you’re like me, then learning from other’s experiences—whether in books, in person at events, ...
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Hybrid Integration Platform: 3 Critical Drivers for Your HIP Strategy

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 23:54
If integration and data management are not already part of your technology and IT operations strategy, they soon will be. The push towards digital transformation and the adoption and consumption of lightweight microservices, advanced analytics, etc. are demanding more from today’s platforms. At the heart of today’s modernization initiatives is cloud technology. A lot of existing workloads are on-premises, and many organizations plan to retain some of those on-premises investments long term while...
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Getting Application Modernization Right with Informatica Cloud Application Integration and Data Quality

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:26
Why App/API Integration and Data Quality Matter When You’re Trying to Avoid Code, Load and Explode Co-authored with Ruma Sanyal, Director, Hybrid Integration Platform and iPaaS. Application modernization is the refactoring, re-purposing, or consolidation of legacy software programming to align more closely with current business needs. As Orbis Research’s Global Application Modernization Services Market 2019 Analysis explains, “the goal of an application modernization project is to cre...
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Data Processing Engines Part 2: Pushing the Pedal to the Metal With Pushdown Optimization

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 20:34
In the previous blog, we discussed how data processing engines are central to a data platform.   In this blog, we’ll dive into the characteristics of pushdown optimization.   If you’ve read the data engine blog series, so far, we described working with abstract definition of a data pipeline.  That is, once the data pipeline is validated and optimized, the data pipeline needs to be translated into optimized code to support transactional, database, big data, and analytical workloads. In the...
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Make Your Cloud Data Warehouse Truly Elastic with Amazon Redshift and Informatica

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 19:28
Of all the advantages of having a data warehouse in the cloud, the biggest advantage is that your data warehouse can be elastic. You can add or remove compute and storage as your demand grows and shrinks, as frequently as you need. Resizing with Amazon Redshift Amazon Redshift allows two major ways to resize your Amazon Redshift cluster—Classic resize and Elastic resize. Each offers different levels of flexibility and users get different downtime behavior. With Classic resize you can chang...
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Healthcare Transformation: Goodbye Data Frustration, Hello Data Freedom

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 19:15
In this first of a series focusing on the challenges and changes facing healthcare payers and providers, learn about how data management holds the promise of a cure for what ails the healthcare industry. IT professionals who are supporting healthcare providers today must be aware of many key strategic initiatives that share the promise of improved patient outcomes, reduced enterprise risk, and increased efficiency. Ensure compliance with data privacy and protection regulations through ...
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Become CX Obsessed in 5 Easy Steps

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 21:40
Lessons learned from Informatica’s 2nd Annual CX VIP Summit Do you wake up thinking about your customers? Are you obsessed with Customer Experience (CX)? Every time a customer engages with your brand—be it at a retail store, check-in counter at a hotel, registration desk at a hospital, online via your website or mobile device—they are forming opinions about the experience you are providing. As customers become more demanding, and the competitive landscape shifts to focus on CX, it is crit...
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Informatica Customers Help Spread Holiday Cheer

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 18:42
It’s no secret that during the last few months of the year, holidays are top-of-mind for people around the globe. Likely, if you have a religious affiliation, or reside in a country with national holidays, you celebrate or experience some of the joys that the holidays can bring! Throughout this blog, I will highlight some Informatica customers from around the world who play an integral part during the holiday season in your celebrations. While we have numerous successful customers, he...
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Informatica and Deloitte Deliver Data Management Expertise

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 00:52
This blog was co-authored by Binit Tejani, Data & Analytics Alliances Lead, Deloitte UK. Having partnered on the delivery of cloud solutions for some 14 years now, Deloitte and Informatica joined forces again at the recent Deloitte Experience Analytics conference in London to showcase how we enable our clients to use intelligent data to improve operational efficiency and empower innovation. Looking to spark a revolution in the aviation industry this time, Deloitte staged an inaugural...
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Build a Connector in 30 Seconds? You Must Be Joking…

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:30
According to Internet World Stats, as of June 2019, about 4.5 billion people in the world are connected to each other. I saw this first-hand during my recent trip to India. No matter where you are, you will see some form of connectivity. Even in the most poverty-stricken areas you will see satellite dishes strapped to makeshift shelters. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, connectivity seems to have come down to a very basic need — right above water, food, and shelter. This is the same for...
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Data Processing Engines: V8 Concepts

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 00:28
Have you heard the roar of a Ferrari? Built by design, the sound is unique as a result of decades of engineering feat and refinement, connecting the driver experience to the car. In the same way, data processing engines are the central component to connecting the data user experience to the data. In context of enterprise data management, data processing engines take the data processing pipelines, abstract the business logic, either simple or complex, and process the data on framework...
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Give the Power of Data to the People: Focus on Integration Strategy and Enablement

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 23:00
Why It’s Time to Move Beyond the Integration Factory to an Integration Strategy and Enablement Team (ISET) What’s the right way to manage integration? It used to be that the answer was to build an “integration factory”— an in-house competency center with repeatable workflows and processes for data integration projects. But the factory model is changing, mainly due to a significant increase in demand. I was recently on the road having dinner with a customer. Her story offers some interesti...
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Data Discovery and Lineage Simplified for Cloud Analytics with Informatica and Databricks

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:45
We all know the old maxim “garbage in garbage out.” That is as true for the most sophisticated AI and machine-learning models as it is for basic reporting. And that points to a deeper truth that gets lost in all the hype around AI-powered analytics and applications – the hardest part of AI isn’t AI, it’s data management at scale and the surrounding infrastructure required to enable this. It’s about the infrastructure required to ingest high volumes of hybrid data at high speed, create high volum...
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New Salesforce Guides – Coming Full Circle to Informatica at Dreamforce

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:32
While at Dreamforce this year, it’s easy to say that interest in Salesforce was pretty high.  This year, the message was all about “Customer 360” – the holy grail of achieving a complete 360-degree view of the customer.  After all, as one of the leading CRM platforms, Salesforce has long championed the customer.  Achieving that 360-degree view of the customer, however, requires data, including data from multiple on-premises and cloud data sources, applications, and processes. ...
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Customer 360 In the House!

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:23
Customer 360 made it to the big show in a very big way: the opening keynote at Dreamforce. During the conference, Salesforce also announced Customer 360 Truth, an evolution from last year’s Customer 360 data management announcement. According to one of the analysts at Dreamforce this year, “one main function [of C360 Truth] will be to act as a single source of customer data for any Salesforce function or process.” A Customer 360 fuels the end-to-end customer journey with trusted data...
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Moving House = Moving Data: Lessons Learned from Cloud Data Quality Methodology

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 18:31
In the past 30 years,  my family and I have moved to a new home four times. And between each move—like most families—we accumulated lots of bits and pieces. While many of these items were used every day, we found that we had ended up keeping many items because we thought they might be useful someday: Some of these “valuable” items have included a VHS video player, an Apple Macintosh 128K, assorted children’s toys, and clothes that were in fashion 20 years ago! And with each move, the amount...
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