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Build Your Healthcare Cloud Data Lake With a Data Governance Foundation

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 18:00
We’ve all heard the cautionary tale across healthcare (and beyond) that poorly deployed cloud data lakes run the risk of becoming data swamps, where untrusted volumes of data deliver limited-to-no value or insights to the organization. This is not a myth. While most healthcare organizations, providers, and payers have embraced the need to deliver real-time, self-service clinical, patient experience, and operational insights to their front-line caregivers, they haven’t always been successful. We ...
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Informatica’s Data Governance Framework

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 18:00
Co-authored with Mary Wilson, Principal Consultant in Informatica Advisory Service. “Just enough” data governance is an efficient path to enterprise data governance that starts by building early credibility in a strategically chosen area—and using it as a springboard to further success.  Recently there has been much discussion surrounding Predictive Analytics, Self-Serve Analytics, Data Democratization, and more, discussions brought about by the myriad of data available.&nbs...
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Informatica Named a Magic Quadrant Leader Again—For The 13th Time

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:29
Gartner just published its 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Solutions, recognizing Informatica as a Leader for the thirteenth time. As someone who has worked for Informatica on every Data Quality Magic Quadrant since 2006 (the first year it published), I have seen the data landscape evolve over time. There are now more data users, more data domains, more data sources, and more eco-systems with data distributed across on-premise, cloud, and multi-clouds. And the data is now suppor...
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8 Ways Data Preparation Helps to Meet the Data Needs of Self-Service Business Users

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 23:56
What does data preparation have to do with the history of the telephone? It took 75 years for the telephone to reach 100 million users (Source). Now, guess how much time it took Facebook, Instagram, and Candy Crush to reach 100 million users. The answer is four years, two years, and less than one year, respectively. Since the introduction of the internet, technology has changed significantly, and the rate of change has accelerated. At the same time, data has become central to how organizations d...
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Informatica a Leader in IDC’s Assessment of Data Catalog Solutions

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 19:00
Informatica has been named a leader in IDC’s first-ever Marketscape for Worldwide Data Catalog Software. We are delighted and honored by this assessment from IDC. IDC views data intelligence as the future unified data platform. In the report, IDC states, “The future of intelligence is informed by data intelligence, where data-native workers and machines can synthesize information, improve their capacity to learn, and automate insights at scale.” And IDC defines data cataloging as a co...
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A Lesson on Focus and Foundation: How the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Has Established a Governance Framework for Success

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 17:00
Any time that your organization’s value proposition is centered on safety, then trust must be critical to your success: Trust in results. Trust in data. Trust in your ability to deliver on that promise of ensuring that everyone and everything is protected. That’s certainly the case of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the United Kingdom. Their charter is to ensure that the roads in Britain are safe, and that everything on those roads—including cars and the citizens driving them—a...
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Empowered by AI to Get Close to Customers

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:00
AXA XL is the property and casualty (P&C) and specialty risk division of multinational insurance giant AXA. It is known for resolving even the most complex risks for its customers, which range from mid-sized firms to the world’s largest multinationals. I run the digital transformation initiative at AXA XL. I’m going to tell you about our particular digital transformation journey, its highs and lows, and how we dealt with them. And the first points I want to make is that, first, this journ...
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Modernizing with Google BigQuery: How Migrations to Cloud Data Warehouses Have Evolved

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 19:00
Knowing your customer is the best and easiest way to better serve their needs. And the customer data already available within the enterprise can provide the exact insights needed to maximize that customer experience. The challenge, however, has been to get your arms around that data and make it easier to digest for analysis. Cloud data warehouses like Google BigQuery can help you overcome that challenge by offering improved access to data while leveraging the benefits of cloud and cloud elastici...
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Microsoft Names Informatica 2020 Data Analytics Partner of the Year

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 19:45
I’m excited to share that Informatica has been recognized as the Microsoft Data Analytics Partner of the Year at Microsoft Inspire, this year’s digital partner conference. With over 3,300 nominations from more than 100 countries, the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards are a competitive, worldwide recognition of excellence among Microsoft partners who truly stand out in a distinguished field. Informatica is proud to be recognized for such a prestigious award. Every industry...
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A Perfect Storm: The “New Normal” in Business and CCPA Compliance Enforcement

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 21:12
Today we’re operating in what many are calling the “new normal,” with businesses adjusting to a reality of remote workforces, business continuity concerns, and increased attacks from those wishing to exploit vulnerabilities as we transform operating models to stay safe and healthy while remaining productive during a global pandemic.  But even before today, pressures to maintain data privacy were already top of mind, thanks to a greater volume ...
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COVID-19’s Impact on Data Governance and Risk Management Across Financial Services

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 18:35
Managing and monitoring credit, market, liquidity, and operational risk across financial markets was hard enough with ongoing geopolitical tensions, international trade wars, and of course the occasional hurricanes and earthquakes. The current pandemic is forcing chief risk officers and their teams to recalibrate old assumptions and models used to manage and monitor risk. Innovations in cloud computing, machine learning (ML)-enabled predictive modeling solutions, and artificial intel...
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3 Rewarding Ways Finance Can Use Data to Drive Success

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 23:38
Over the last few years, we have seen a wave of developments that have had an impact on executive decision-making. CFOs have been at the center of this disruption, as their role in the last five to 10 years has changed dramatically as more and more responsibility has been put on their plate. Today’s finance leaders not only need to arrive at recommendations at critical junctures for the organization, they also need to show how they arrived at those recommendations.   COVID19 has t...
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Application Integration and Data Integration—The Yin and Yang of Your Digital Transformation

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 21:52
Co-authored with Sam Tawfik, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Integration. In Deloitte’s recent 2020 retail industry outlook, retailers are advised to focus on the following two critical success factors (among others)—technology/automation and partnerships. Lack of agility in the supply chain has recently plagued many manufacturing and retail businesses, including even big giants like Amazon, who have found themselves short on products like masks, gloves, and sanitizers. There are ...
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Data Democratization Starts with Data Governance & Privacy

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 17:00
We’ve seen a tremendous amount of innovation in data and analytics over the last 20 years. From Data 1.0, where data was limited to bespoke applications. To Data 2.0, where data was unlocked and brought in for enterprise reporting, data warehouses, and data marts. To Data 3.0, where organizations started innovating with broad-based data-driven transformations. But today we have Data 4.0. Data 4.0 data is cloud-native, cloud-first, and driven by enterprise wide, enterprise-scale intelligent an...
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Data Asset Analytics: Breaking Barriers to Maximizing Data Value with Data Cataloging

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 20:02
Earthrise, the dazzling Blue Marble photograph of Earth, has been a great inspiration for me. Apollo 8 astronauts on the first human-crewed mission to the moon took this awe-inspiring photograph. It is a powerful image representing the progress in travel exploration made possible through barrier-breaking inventions of the wheel to go farther on land, ships to sail across oceans, airplanes to fly in the air, and rocket engines to journey through space. We can trace similar progress in...
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The Restructuring of Retail

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 18:34
It seems like every day we hear of a new store closing or a retailer shifting their focus to e-commerce. For all the talk about the “retail apocalypse”, brick-and-mortar isn’t dead. It’s simply being restructured to meet the needs of modern customers and offer safe, convenient, and memorable experiences. A record 9,300 stores closed in the U.S. in 2019. However, for every company that is closing stores, 5.2 brands are opening stores. And while many brands are shifting to e-commerc...
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How to Win with APIs – Part 4

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:42
Managing APIs With an Integration Platform as a Service The move to the cloud has presented companies with an opportunity to improve their processes, workflows, and data exchange within their four walls, as well as with their external business community. With the combination of a well thought–out API management strategy and integration platform as a service (iPaaS) utilization in place, companies can use this opportunity to pave the road for business success and competitive advantage. In prev...
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7 Challenges of Industrial IoT Streaming Analytics – Guide to Success

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:48
This blog is co-authored by Nacho Lafuente, Founder & CEO, Datumize. The world of connected devices is growing at such a fast pace that by the end of 2020, there will be more devices than human beings on Earth (Cisco). Many devices have poor-to-limited connectivity, while many others provide closed or proprietary data formats. The challenge of integrating data with multiple consumers and usages is a classic data integration problem, very well solved within on-premises data centers...
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CDO Leadership Skills That Matter

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:32
In this era of data-driven business initiatives, many chief data officers (CDO) are focused on driving new revenue opportunities, increasing efficiencies, and reducing costs as much as minimizing risk and ensuring compliance. Data governance and data management strategies often center on delivering greater value to the business. But even the best-designed strategy may fail if line-of-business (LOB) heads and other stakeholders don’t buy into it. So how can you accomplish that? Over the past s...
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Accelerate Your Cloud Data Warehouse and Data Lake Modernization with Business Continuity and Automation

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 22:29
Informatica Summer Launch Packs Critical Capabilities for Your Cloud Lakehouse Data Management A crisis such as a global pandemic creates an uncertain and highly volatile environment. In conversations with customers, we’re hearing from chief data officers (CDOs), IT executives, and IT and business users that they are assessing conditions, developing immediate response plans, and prioritizing actions. Many are already modernizing in the cloud for increased agility, flexibility, and cos...
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