Tristan Bishop

Tristan Bishop
Tristan Bishop runs social media for Informatica, the data integration company. He is a passionate customer advocate and is known around the web as KnowledgeBishop.

The Case for Data Centric Security

The Case for Data Centric Security

It’s 10:00 – Do you know where your data is?

If your job is securing data, it’s growing harder to get a good night’s sleep. According to Forbes, the financial cost of last year’s Target data breach “may reach as much as $18 billion, once all is said and done.”

The frequency of data breach incidents continues to increase. The cost per lost record is rising as well. But none of these concerns (total cost, breach frequency, cost per record) is the main worry of IT staff: Instead, IT professions wonder WHERE their sensitive data is.

It’s 10:00 – Do you know where your data is?

According to recent research by the Ponemon Institute, there is a specific concern that robs IT security professionals of a peaceful night’s rest: They don’t know where their organization’s sensitive or confidential data resides.

After surveying more than 1,500 responders, across 16 industries, Ponemon discovered the following:

  • 57% say the unknown location of their sensitive or confidential data keeps them awake.
  • Only 23% say their company data access levels are appropriate.
  • Only 16% know where sensitive structured data is located.
  • Only 7% know where sensitive unstructured data resides.

To explore these fascinating findings, read “Ponemon Report: Hidden Data is Your Biggest Nightmare“.

A lack of visibility into data workflow creates excessive risk. This is why organizations must consider the power of data centric security. Data centric security allows you to assign a policy, when data is created, that follows that data, wherever it proliferates. If you work in data security, what would help you sleep better? Would you rest easy if you knew you could:

  1. Discover all instances of sensitive data?
  2. Visualize the risk?
  3. Map the common source of proliferation?

If you could secure data at its source, throughout its life-cycle, why wouldn’t you? After all, if I had $18 billion dollars in my wallet, I’d sleep better if I knew where I set it down.

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Ray Kurzweil Keynotes Informatica World 2014

Ray Kurzweil Keynotes Informatica World 2014Informatica World was honored to welcome Ray Kurzweil to the stage for a keynote on the mind-boggling portrait of the future of humanity.

Mr. Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

In his keynote, Mr. Kurzweil explained how, by the early 21st century, intelligence will underlie everything of value. He spoke of a future in which accelerating technologies will forever blur the line between human and machine. He laid out a provocative thesis in which nanobots will travel through the blood stream and enter our brains non-invasively, enabling us to put our neocortexes on the cloud. We will thereby become a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking.

Ray Kurzweil Keynotes Informatica World 2014

Intelligence Will Underlie Everything of Value

Mr. Kurzweil shared a number of additional ideas, including the following:

  1. Technology is, and has always been, on an exponential progression. By contrast, our human intuition about the future is linear, not exponential.
  2. With computing, you can expect speeds to continually go up and costs to continually go down. In technology, quality and price move inversely over time. For example, today’s smart phones are twice as good and half the cost of 2012 phones
  3. You CAN accurately predict WHAT will get done, but not WHO will do it. But the one thing you can always count on is the human passion for progress.
  4. In the last 1,000 years, human progress has allowed us to quadruple life-expectancy.
  5. Although, 3D printing is currently in the Hype phase, by 2020 we will print clothing. However, just as email didn’t eliminate shipping, 3D printing won’t eliminate the fashion industry.

Overall, it was a stunning view into a not so distant future. For deeper insight into these perspectives, I encourage you to pick up a copy of his most recent book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

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Tweet Your Way to the Top at Informatica World

The Informatica World 2014 Conference is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, we want the whole WORLD to know. And, if you’re going to be there, we want YOU to tell the world all about it! So, to inspire attendees to share the great news, we’d decided to create three super cool Twitter contests.

Twitter Contest 1: “Top Author”

Tweet your way to the top of Informatica World 2014! To participate in the #INFA14 “Top Author” contest, you must:

Twitter Contest Tweet

  1. Be a registered attendee of the Informatica World 2014 conference
  2. Be employed neither by Informatica nor an event sponsor
  3. Tweet relevant content about the conference from a personal Twitter account between Monday, May 12 at 9:00AM (PDT) and Thursday, May 15 at 11:59pm (PDT)
  4. Include the #INFA14 hashtag in each participating tweet

The contestant who sends the highest number of relevant, unique tweets from a personal (not corporate) account during this time frame will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 5/20/2014 from the @INFAworld Twitter account. Along the way, you can watch the conversation unfold in real-time here.

Twitter Contest 2: “Top Promoter”

Share at Informatica World for a Chance to Win! To participate in the #INFA14 “Top Promoter” contest, you must:

Twitter Contest Retweet

  1. Be a registered attendee of the Informatica World 2014 conference
  2. Be employed neither by Informatica nor an event sponsor
  3. Retweet posts that contain the #INFA14 hashtag from a personal Twitter account between Monday, May 12 at 9:00AM (PDT) and Thursday, May 15 at 11:59pm (PDT)
  4. Include the #INFA14 hashtag in each participating tweet

The contestant who retweets the greatest number of #INFA14 tweets from a personal (not corporate) account during this time frame will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 5/20/2014 from the @INFAworld Twitter account. Along the way, you can watch the conversation unfold in real-time here.

Twitter Contest 3: “Loudest Voice”

Make an impression at Informatica World 2014! To participate in the #INFA14 “Loudest Voice” contest, you must:

Twitter Contest Reach

  1. Be a registered attendee of the Informatica World 2014 conference
  2. Be employed neither by Informatica nor an event sponsor
  3. Tweet relevant content about the conference from a personal Twitter account between Monday, May 12 at 9:00AM (PDT) and Thursday, May 15 at 11:59pm (PDT)
  4. Include the #INFA14 hashtag in each original tweet
  5. Retweet posts that contain the #INFA14 hashtag from a personal Twitter account between Monday, May 12 at 9:00AM (PDT) and Thursday, May 15 at 11:59pm (PDT)

On Friday, 5/16/2014, the Hill and Knowlton Strategies digital team will use the TweetReach service to calculate the contestant who generated the most total impressions from a personal (not corporate) account on the #INFA14 hashtag. This user will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 5/20/2014 from the @INFAworld Twitter account. Along the way, you can watch the conversation unfold in real-time here.

Caveats

A few disclaimers and caveats before you begin:

  • Do not create multiple accounts to enter any of these contests more than once. Twitter could notice this behavior and could elect to suspend your accounts.
  • Do not post the same Tweet repeatedly. Posting duplicate tweets is a violation of Twitter Rules and will result in disqualification from these contests.
  • Do not post irrelevant content on the #INFA14 hashtag. For a tweet to be considered, it must pertain to the conference experience and to the general topics covered at the conference. Informatica reserves the right to discount tweets on the hashtag that do not pertain to the conference from the final tally.

If you have any questions about what is permitted, please consult the Twitter Rules.

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Deloitte at Informatica World 2014

Deloitte at Informatica World 2014Deloitte is one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Deloitte’s globally connected network of member firms contains over 200,000 professionals in more than 140 countries. At Informatica, we collaborate with Deloitte to help clients to understand the entire ecosystem in which they exist. This ecosystem includes all areas where data is providing valuable signals.

Deloitte and Informatica have worked together to deliver consulting services and solutions in support master data management programs, data warehousing and business intelligence projects. This collaboration extends across various industries like healthcare, financial services, government services and consumer manufacturing.

This year, Deloitte will be a Platinum sponsor of Informatica World. By attending their sessions below, you can learn how to look at your data from the inside out:

  • The New Digital Divide – Learn how MDM can close the gap between shopper expectations and retail offerings at this MDM Day session
  • Empowering Customer Facing Teams with Total Customer Relationship – An MDM Day panel featuring Deloitte and others
  • Discuss Multi-domain MDM with Deloitte’s Satish Puskoor
  • Booth 31: Visit Deloitte at Booth #31 and receive a free 1/1 on-site session with a consultant
  • Arch121 – Custom Landing Zone and Informatica Integration: A Case Study on how to Align Insurance policy data across domains
  • IPaW150 – Improve Sales Experience with Proactive Data Controls and Stewardship Deloitte teaches how to establish high quality sales operations

Informatica and Deloitte share a common mission to deliver value to our clients. Deloitte’s depth and breadth of advisory and implementation services can help decision-makers effectively leverage the value of their data. Don’t miss their Informatica World 2014 sessions!

About Deloitte

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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Comparative Costs and Uses for Data Integration Platforms – A Study from Bloor Research

Data Integration PlatformsFor years, companies have wrestled with the promise of data integration platforms. Along the way, businesses have asked many questions, including:

  • Does Data Integration technology truly provide a clear path toward unified data?
  • Can businesses truly harness the potential of their information?
  • Can companies take powerful action as a result?

Recently, Bloor Research set out to evaluate how things were actually playing out on the ground. In particular, they wanted to determine which data integration projects were actually taking place, at what scale, and with what results. The study, “Comparative Costs and Uses for Data Integration Platforms,” was authored by Philip Howard, research director at Bloor. The study examined data integration tool suitability across a range of scenarios, including:

  1. Data migration and consolidation projects
  2. Master data management (MDM) and associated solutions
  3. Application-to-application integration
  4. Data warehousing and business intelligence implementations
  5. Synching data with SaaS applications
  6. B2B data exchange

To draw conclusions, Bloor examined 292 responses from a range of companies. The responders used a variety of data integration approaches, from commercial data integration tools to “hand-coding.”

Informatica is pleased to be able to offer you a copy of this research for your review. The research covers areas like:

  • Suitability
  • Productivity
  • Reusability
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

We welcome you to download a copy of “Comparative Costs and Uses for Data Integration Platforms” today. We hope these findings offer you insights as you implement and evaluate your data integration projects and options.

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Cognizant at Informatica World 2014

Cognizant at Informatica World 2014

Cognizant at Informatica World 2014

Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses.

Informatica and Cognizant have enjoyed a successful partnership for over 10 years. Together, we have delivered joint solutions across multiple domains, collaborating closely in the areas of Data Integration, Master Data Management, Application ILM, and Test Data Management.

Recently, Informatica announced that Cognizant won the 2013 Alliance Partner of the Year award. This award honors the alliance partner who has delivered the most innovative, business problem-solving solutions during the past year leveraging Informatica products and technologies.

This year, Cognizant will once again be a Platinum sponsor of Informatica World. Conference attendees can connect with Cognizant team members at the following locations and events:

  • Booth 19: A Taste of Success – Celebrate with champagne, sparking cider and chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Pre-Conference MDM Day – Have MDM Supplier Relationship questions? Ask a Cognizant expert
  • PaW148: An Agile Universal DI Approach – Learn about Code Halos™ with Cognizant AVP James Jeude
  • ARCH120: Data, Data Everywhere but not a Byte to Consume – Need optimal test data solutions? Join this session

Together, Cognizant and Informatica can help strengthen your competitive advantage, in order to drive better business decisions, provide granular business insights and increase your time-to-market.

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Accenture Analytics at Informatica World 2014

Accenture Analytics at Informatica World

Accenture Analytics at Informatica World

Managing and integrating data is a critical function of the digital enterprise. Since 1999, Accenture and Informatica have collaborated to help organizations (like yours) transform their data-related issues into powerful business outcomes.

In fact, the Accenture and Informatica alliance has delivered more than 1,000 projects globally, across all major industries.

This year, Accenture will again be a Platinum sponsor of Informatica World. Accenture is also excited to be a sponsor of MDM Pre-conference Day. By attending their sessions below, you’ll learn new ways to integrate and harness actionable business insights through analytics.

  1. MDM Day: Driving Value from Business-Critical Information – Learn to drive value from business-critical info with Chuck Nardi, Managing Director, Accenture Digital – Data and Analytics
  2. MDM Day: Ask-the-Experts – Discuss MDM and PIM Integration with Hersh Shah and Sourabh Mukherjee.
  3. PaW153: From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disruptor: Accenture’s Technology Vision 2014 – Chuck Nardi shows how, together, Accenture and Informatica are helping the new digital disruptors to get out in front of the dramatic changes digital technology and analytics are enabling.
  4. ARCH124: Implementation with a Software as a Service (SaaS) Approach – Learn how Accenture and Informatica are helping clients gain competitive advantage from their data using a SaaS approach with Steve Li

Accenture and Informatica can help you harness data and new technologies to move along your Analytics Journey to ROI. Accenture’s Informatica World sessions will show how to gain insights from data to help improve business performance and increase return from data and analytics investments.

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Informatica Celebrates 15 Years on NASDAQ, Provides Career Coaching

On April 29, 2014, Informatica celebrated the 15th anniversary of our initial public offering in New York City. Several of our executives, leaders and employees made the journey to commemorate the occasion.

NASDAQ MarketSite

The team began the festivities by visiting the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. There, we received a warm welcome from NASDAQ Senior Vice President, Bob McCooey, who had this to say about our accomplishments:

Informatica in Times Square

NASDAQ Video Tower in Times Square


“There’s a lot to celebrate … during those past 15 years, Informatica has gone through an amazing transformation. And you’ve experienced some tremendous growth … Your revenue during that period of time has increased over 2,000% and your share price has increased over 280%. Wonderful achievement, congratulations all of you.” – Bob McCooey

Next, our Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi thanked the team for their amazing results:

“In 1999 we had 250 employees, 350 customers and 63 million in annual revenue. 15 years later, we are 15 times bigger. We have 3,340 employees, 5,000 customers and 948 million dollars in annual revenue. It is quite an accomplishment! I want to thank you and our team for your incredible dedication to customer success and innovation.” – Sohaib Abbasi

Mr. Abbasi also explained the role Informatica is playing to improve the world’s future.

“Informatica is helping our customers make the world a better place … Helping cancer centers find the cure by mastering clinical and genomics data … Helping friends and family send money to those in need by helping banks exchange financial data. ” – Sohaib Abbasi

After Mr. Abbasi performed the bell ringing honors, he was joined by our executives and employees for a moment of joyful reflection.

Informatica rings NASDAQ bell

Informatica at NASDAQ – Photo via @NASDAQOMX

Partnering with Per Scholas

After the NASDAQ ceremony was complete, Informatica had the honor of hosting an event with Per Scholas. Per Scholas was founded in 1995 as a neighborhood-based effort to increase access to personal computers. Today, they provide technology, education, training and job placement services for people in under-served communities. In fact, they operate the largest and oldest professional IT workforce development program in New York City. On April 29, 2014, through our partnership with Per Scholas, a number of our employees were privileged to provide career coaching to New York City students.

Informatica Employees Provide Career Coaching

Informatica Employees Provide Career Coaching – Photo via @PerScholas


All in all, it was a terrific day, a worthwhile celebration and a chance to make a difference.

Happy Anniversary, team Informatica!

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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Why Twitter Needs #DataChat

Listeng to #DataChatWithin Government organizations, technologists are up against a wall of sound. In one ear, they hear consumers cry for faster, better service.

In the other, they hear administrative talk of smaller budgets and scarcer resources.

As stringent requirements for both transparency and accountability grow, this paradox of pressure increases.

Sometimes, the best way to cope is to TALK to somebody.

What if you could ask other data technologists candid questions like:

  • Do you think government regulation helps or hurts the sharing of data?
  • Do you think government regulators balance the privacy needs of the public with commercial needs?
  • What are the implications of big data government regulation, especially for users?
  • How can businesses expedite the government adoption of the cloud?
  • How can businesses aid in the government overcoming the security risks associated with the cloud?
  • How should the policy frameworks for handling big data differ between the government and the private sector?

What if you could tell someone who understood? What if they had sweet suggestions, terrific tips, stellar strategies for success? We think you can. We think they will.

That’s why Twitter needs a #DataChat.

Twitter Needs #DataChat

Third Thursdays, 3:00 PM EST

What on earth is a #DataChat?
Good question. It’s a Twitter Chat – A public dialog, at a set time, on a set topic. It’s something like a crowd-sourced discussion. Any Twitter user can participate simply by including the applicable hashtag in each tweet. Our hashtag is #DataChat. We’ll connect on Twitter, on the third Thursday of each month to share struggles, victories and advice about data governance. We’re going to begin this week, Thursday April 17, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. For our first chat, we are going to discuss topics that relate to data technologies in government organizations.

What don’t you join us? Tell us about it. Mark your calendar. Bring a friend.

Because, sometimes, you just need someone to talk to.

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