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Driving Resilience and Digital Agility by Modernizing to Azure with Informatica

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 17:00
Our way of doing business will never be the same again. The pandemic has become a catalyst for many companies to accelerate their digital transformation. Enterprises, in our new world, require the digital agility to quickly respond to and recover from dynamic market changes such as 100% digital engagement and remote workforces. They are looking to leverage the cloud to help them modernize their operational models, reduce costs, and ensure employee safety while quickly innovating to better engage...
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Summer May Be Over, But Don’t Forget About Your Cloud Lakehouse!

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:55
As autumn approaches and the air begins to chill, we might reminisce fondly about the hot days of summer.  Maybe you spent the days relaxing in a hammock, tending to a garden, or grilling outside.  Many people likely spent some portion of the summer cooling off in the water whether at the beach, river, or at a lakehouse.  But even though the water may too cold for swimming now, we must not forget to tend to the needs of the lakehouse. This message is also true as we tend to the ne...
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Does Your iPaaS Lead to Higher ROI?

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 18:00
Moving to the cloud is table stakes now. Business are adopting cloud infrastructure and applications faster to optimize cost and maximize ROI. As a result, iPaaS (integration platform as a service) has never been more important. At the simplest level, iPaaS is a cloud-friendly way to manage, develop, and integrate data and applications. But to truly maximize cloud benefits, make sure you have an iPaaS that goes beyond table stakes. A new report from Nucleus Research shows exactly how much you ca...
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The Essential Role of Data in Healthcare: Managing the COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:00
We hear every day from virtually every one of our hospital customers and prospects that “If it’s not COVID related, we’re not doing it.” This is an understandable response when confronted by a crisis like we have never seen before. Healthcare providers are seeing massive decreases in revenue as they suspend elective procedures and routine office visits to reduce risks of COVID-19 exposure and redeploy resources to respond to the crisis. They are simultaneously experiencing dramatic re...
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Four Critical Success Factors to Deliver Rapid Business Value with Your Master Data Management Implementations

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 22:22
Taking A Modern Approach So Your MDM Implementations Aren’t Lengthy, Difficult, or Costly  Master Data Management (MDM) implementations have successfully delivered value across nearly every industry, sector, and geography.  MDM has been a staple in data architectures for over 20 years and is recognized as a mature technology—but that doesn’t mean it’s stopped evolving.  What is Master Data Management?  Organizations invest in master data management solutions in order to&n...
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3 Trends Impacting B2B Integration with Trading Partners

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 21:17
When it comes to improving efficiency and making sure no partner is left behind, B2B integration offers significant opportunities for enterprises. The reality is, gaining visibility into partner data remains a challenge for most businesses. According to Deloitte, 65% of procurement leaders have limited visibility beyond their tier 1 partners.    Trusted partners play an important role as you reshape your business under everchanging circumstances. They are constantly aligning and reali...
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Chief Data Officer (CDO): One Job, Four Roles

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 21:45
In my last blog, I wrote about how chief data officers are now being recognized as business leaders, as shown in IDC’s survey, “Chief Data Officers: The New Business Leaders,” commissioned by Informatica. In this blog, I will dive deeper into the survey results; specifically, the discovery that a CDO’s job consists of four roles, not just one. IDC identified two axes of CDO responsibilities—one that spans protecting data and advocating data use, and the other that spans business function and ent...
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Cloud Data Integration Elastic – Understanding Auto Scaling

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 03:43
Co-authored with Anand Sridharan Why Auto Scaling? How should you configure your Cloud Data Integration Elastic (CDI-E) cluster? Is the cluster too large or too small? Does it have the right number of nodes to meet SLAs? All these are difficult questions to answer. Workloads may not stay the same and can differ hour by hour or week by week. Do you feel like you are under-utilizing the CDI-E cluster nodes or may be wasting data analysts’ valuable time by having a cluster with a smaller n...
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Actionable Compliance and Productivity Gains through Data Governance at the Department for Education

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 02:37
As I enter the ninth month of hosting the Data Empowerment Experts Series of webinars, it’s hard not to look back and think through all of the insights that have already been shared by our experts. The learning process and sharing of best practices was, of course, the original intent of the series. I wanted to bring together leaders and experts from all over our collective customer community to help one another. In this spirit, I find it fitting that our next episode focuses directly...
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5 Data-Driven Supply Chain Challenges—and What You Can Do About Them

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 01:56
Supply chain leaders were already being tested in recent years by volatile market trends, rapidly changing customer demands, and new and emerging risks to supply chain disruption. The new reality of the global pandemic has introduced even more challenges for supply chain management. Although making use of agility and operational business insights to build supply chain resilience has long been a priority for CPOs, CFOs, and supply chain executives, the pandemic has increased the urgen...
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Change Management: A Critical Component for Sustainable Enterprise Data Strategy

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 18:00
Nobody ever said data strategy is easy. Data strategy itself encompasses data governance, data management, and internal alignment with enterprise business goals. That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been many efforts to summarize ‘the top five steps to a data strategy’ or ‘data strategy made easy’. Even the latest AI-assisted software tools, although they help tremendously in terms of centralizing definitions, visualizing data lineage, and standardizing processes, don’t help with the ‘soft’ piec...
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Do You Have a Cloud Data Management Maturity Model for Your Cloud Data Warehouses and Data Lakes?

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 18:10
Every organization today is investing in cloud and cloud analytics. You may be building a cloud data warehouse or data lake on AWS, Azure, GCP, Snowflake, or Databricks. Whether you are doing it for the first time or have done it many times on on-premises and are now looking to consolidate and modernize in the cloud, this new journey can raise many questions. The most important question that comes to your mind is: How do I build these ETL/ELT data pipelines to manage and process d...
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5 Key Capabilities of a Next-Gen Enterprise Architecture

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 17:00
Senior IT leaders and enterprise architects face pressure to modernize data architectures and data management practices that have a direct, “line-of-sight” impact on the goals of business stakeholders. Given the disruptive times we live in, many organizations are working to accelerate their digital transformation and modernization.  The strategic initiatives associated with digital transformation and modernization include cloud analytics (e.g., cloud data warehouses and data lakes...
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The Value of Cloud Data Management: A Q&A with AWS’s Rahul Pathak

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 18:00
Informatica and Amazon Web Services are longstanding partners with more than a decade of supporting joint customers on their cloud journeys. Jitesh Ghai, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Management at Informatica, sat down virtually with Rahul Pathak, General Manager for Analytics at AWS, to get his perspective on what’s top of mind for customers and emerging data trends. Jitesh Ghai: What is AWS seeing as the prevailing trends in our shared customer base? Rahul Pathak: ...
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Chief Data Officers (CDOs): The New Business Leaders

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 15:00
IDC’s State of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) survey commissioned by Informatica found that CDOs are the new business leaders. (Traditionally, CDOs are senior executives who are responsible for data governance and management.) In the survey, nearly 60 percent of CDOs report to a business leader, and the most common organizational hierarchy structure is reporting into the chief executive officer (CEO). In addition, the primary stakeholders CDOs must collaborate with to ensure their succes...
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AI for Data Management: Informatica Announces the Acquisition of GreenBay Technologies

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 15:01
At Informatica, we firmly believe the world of Data 4.0 is here. In this world, trusted data drives digital transformation. Trusted data creates sustainable competitive advantage. Data also carries significant risks and liabilities if best practices around data privacy and compliance are not enforced. But data can be the most valuable compounding asset when managed correctly. Most of all, though, the key distinguishing factor of Data 4.0 is the recognition that the scale, automati...
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To Ensure Data is a Strategic Asset at Deutsche Leasing, Collaboration is Key

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 16:47
For alignment, collaboration is king. It’s the lynchpin to success with data governance. To scale properly, and to ensure that silos are broken (or better yet, never happen to begin with), business and IT professionals need to come together when operationalizing enterprise data governance programs. When the charter of that program is to ensure that data can and will be a strategic asset, collaboration isn’t just a nice-to-have but is really a critical requirement. That’s why Collaborative wa...
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Navigating the “Seven C’s” of Selecting the Right Data Governance Partner

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 23:54
The focus for the majority of my Informatica blog posts so far this year has been to highlight interviews with our data governance customers, to share their opinions and introduce their story. It’s all part of a new program that we’re calling the Data Empowerment Experts, a series of monthly webinars that let you hear directly from customers and industry experts as they share valuable lessons learned while building and expanding their data governance programs. I would encourage you t...
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Data Governance in a Time of COVID-19

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:20
It’s phenomenal to consider how much change we are all currently experiencing. On so many levels, our country and others across the globe are dealing not only with the coronavirus pandemic, but new financial and technological pressures to rebuild our economies and our communities in foundational ways. Critical to any society are all types of organizations and enterprises that power the economy (banks, government, manufacturers, schools, energy, etc.). All are facing the pressure ...
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Data Quality Is Key for Effective Crisis Response

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 18:00
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on society worldwide. The emotional and economic damage will be felt for a long time. And the crisis is still evolving, with some countries opening up and staff returning to their offices only to close down again or restrict movement. Communicating Effectively As employees adjust the way they work and experience a changing dynamic in their home life, they have turned to their company leaders for guidance as they see them as a trusted ...
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