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Data Lakes, Data Warehouses And Data Hubs – Do We Need Another Choice?
  • February 17, 2021

Data Lakes, Data Warehouses and Data Hubs – Do we need another choice?

Data Lakes, Data Warehouses, and Data Hubs - Do we need another choice? There’s a long-standing debate, dating back to the early days of Hadoop, about what kind of data repository is best for a given data analytics use case. A Data Lake? A Data Hub? A Data Warehouse? Despite Hadoop’s fall from grace,…

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Approaching Holistic Data Models For Organizational Efficiency
  • January 12, 2021

Approaching Holistic Data Models for Organizational Efficiency

Why model anything? There are many types of models with many types of usages, such as physical, scientific, mathematical, computer, concrete, communication, etc. The overall purpose is to define, support analysis and decisions, and to communicate or validate a system or perspective. Models can also be used to help speed things up or slow…

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Innovation And The Power Of Data
  • December 15, 2020

Innovation and the Power of Data

What is innovation? Innovation is doing something new that does not currently exist or something new that improves efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and/or creates a competitive advantage. A new method, process, product, or service can be considered an innovation. This also includes the integration of different markets with the utilization of a new product that…

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System Thinking To Run, Grow, And Transform The Business
  • December 11, 2020

System Thinking to Run, Grow, and Transform the Business

Systems thinking and the organization There are many ways to describe system thinking. We can say system thinking is a way of viewing or thinking about a system in terms of structure, patterns, cycles, and data exchanges. System thinking can also be thought of as a way of integrating a person into organizational flows…

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Turning Data Measurements, Metrics, And Performance Indicators Into Results
  • December 1, 2020

Turning Data Measurements, Metrics, and Performance Indicators into Results

Data is everywhere. There is data inside our organizations and outside. Some data is in the form of measurements. Measurements can be descriptive, predictive, or for diagnostic reasons. In either case, we measure to make decisions based on the quantity and quality of something. Measurements can give us actionable operational, tactical, and strategic metrics…

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The Six Steps Essential For Data Preparation And Analysis
  • September 24, 2020

The Six Steps Essential for Data Preparation and Analysis

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 sharpening my axe."  Spending 75% of the allotted time on preparation may seem like a lot, but in fact, most industry observers report that preparing data for business analysis or machine learning is indeed…

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What Is Enterprise Data Integration, And Why Does It Matter?
  • August 19, 2020

What is Enterprise Data Integration, and why does it Matter?

Enterprise Data Integration is the merging of data across two or more organizations.  This scenario is most commonly found when companies are going through mergers or acquisitions, and data from the two companies need to be brought together.  Other scenarios for Enterprise Data Integration are joint-partnerships (where two or more companies work together under…

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How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?
  • August 5, 2020

How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?

One of companies’ biggest mistakes is assuming they understand their customers’ needs, preferences and buying behaviors when they are actually just guessing. The better you understand who your customers are, the more successful you will be developing products and services to serve their needs, packaging them in a desirable way and communicating your offers…

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Adobe Flash EOL And What That Means For DataConnect V10 Users
  • July 13, 2020

Adobe Flash EOL and what that means for DataConnect V10 users

Please be advised that Adobe Flash is reaching the end of life on December 31, 2020. In collaboration with this announcement, browser vendors will stop supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in either before or at the end of 2020. Adobe is actively encouraging users to uninstall Flash by the end of the year. (See https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html.)…

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Why Do You Need A Data Hub?
  • July 13, 2020

Why do you need a Data Hub?

Are you still doing point-to-point integrations between your IT applications?  If you are, please stop.  It makes life difficult for your IT support staff, increases your overhead costs, and makes it harder for you to be agile and to evolve your integrations as business needs change.  Instead, consider whether this is the right time…

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What Is The Difference Between ETL And IPaaS?
  • July 9, 2020

What is the Difference Between ETL and IPaaS?

ETL (extract, transfer, and load) and IPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are data integration methods to connect different IT systems and data sources together. While ETL is a set of techniques for moving data, IPaaS is a more holistic set of capabilities for moving and integrating data between IT systems.  IPaaS is often…

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Connected Data In The Cloud Increases AI System Performance
  • June 29, 2020

Connected Data in the Cloud Increases AI System Performance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the core of the next wave of IT systems, and it is time to get ready. The past year has seen tremendous growth in the adoption of artificial intelligence systems to help companies improve operational insights and provide enhanced customer service experiences.  If you aren’t leveraging AI to support your…

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Connected Data To Drive Service Assurance In IT
  • June 22, 2020

Connected Data to Drive Service Assurance in IT

IT Service Management (ITSM) staff have a unique challenge to provide service assurance across a broad and diverse technology ecosystem. Connected data is essential to enable them to do their job effectively.  Your incident and problem management staff don’t know what they don’t know.  They can only see the data that is made available…

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Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate It!
  • June 18, 2020

Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate it!

If you are simply “lifting and shifting” data from one place to another, you are missing out on the power that a data integration platform can bring you.  It is time to look beyond extract, transfer, load (ETL) from individual source systems, and expand your integrations to include multi-source joins that enable you to…

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