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Evolution: The General Store to the Individualized Shopper

The retail industry has seen a major transformation since its evolution. Tracing back to the 18th century where the concept of retail was limited to a “general store” the industry has now grown to the concept of the “individualized shopper.” Initially, the power lay with the merchants, then it was shifted to “brands” and then to “big-box chain stores.” Today the power has shifted squarely to the consumer. This new consumer is empowered – primarily through online and social channels – with nearly limitless options on their path to purchase. The industry is beginning to recognize that the experience they offer, whether in store or online, must be centered on this new consumer reality. (more…)

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Want to Keep Your Job?

“Only those who constantly retool themselves stand a chance of staying employed in the years ahead.” – Thomas J. “Tom” Peters

This is a pretty powerful statement. Powerful because it incites an emotional reaction while at the same time forcing a person to step outside of their comfort zone. The emotional reaction comes from hearing the words ‘staying employed’ – as this is something that is important to most of us. Taking us outside of our comfort zone is the self-scrutiny that this quote naturally generates.  What are we doing to advance our skills, tools and knowledge to keep pace with what is going on all around us? (more…)

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Building Expertise on the Clock

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. – Neils Bohr

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow


 

We know that learning is continual activity. To be recognized as an expert takes a long time and dedication to practice. Most people can reach an acceptable level of knowledge and skill within a few months of working with a new skill. For some activities being acceptable is good enough. Recreational tennis players don’t need to beat Roger Federer next weekend; they want a good serve to beat their friends. Experts are the people who work harder to be better. (more…)

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Have You Seen the Latest onDemand Training Preview from Informatica University?

Informatica Training: Data Quality Developer 1 — onDemand Preview

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Let’s Confirm You Are Integrated

Each and every day, we strive to create the very best product possible – not just for our clients and those who judge our work but, more importantly, for ourselves. We are all perfectionists in our own right; after all, each project we undertake is a testament to our own ability.

One source of creative inspiration that I find myself drawn to time and time again is Top Chef on Bravo. For those that have not watched; the series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the title of “Top Chef.”  Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a Quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required to be the Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to “pack up their knives” and go home. (more…)

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Informatica University – Making Mojo

We launched Informatica University onDemand two weeks ago and it is an entirely new offering for both our company and our customers. As we were building the program, I was reminded of Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway when he rubbed two sticks together to make fire. Launching onDemand has been like creating fire because we had all the raw materials. We just had to ask ourselves how to make the fire. Our sticks are our instructors and content ninjas. (more…)

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Are You Ready for Informatica University onDemand Training?

Sometimes when I watch TV, even with hundreds of channels, I believe I am going to find something interesting to watch and am often mistaken. With onDemand television programming, I can always find what I want, when I want it and watch it on my own time. When I want to pause, I pause. When I want to save, I save. It is what I want, when I want it and it is easy to find what I am looking for because things are organized clearly.

How do we take that same model and provide customers with the same flexibility for their training needs? Because there is nothing like knowing that you can implement and upgrade your Informatica products on time and within budget. (more…)

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Informatica Certification: Why Performance-Based Testing?

Why performance based testing? Performance based testing measures your ability to apply your knowledge and achieve a specific outcome. Customer success demands that a practitioner’s ability to implement, configure and use our products is validated. (more…)

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Informatica Certification: Demonstrate Your Skills and Ability

Informatica customers are faced with many options when selecting vendors and services, and it isn’t simply pricing that drives the decision making process. To be noticed today, data integration professionals need the credentials and reputation that official certification can provide.

Now, more than ever, it comes down to proven qualifications when making a vendor or staffing choice.  Certification provides the assurance that the required skills have been demonstrated and validated for project success. A recent study by Constellation Research confirms that “peace of mind” deployments are the number one thing that companies expect from solution providers. Certification brings peace of mind that the project team has the right skills needed to do the job. Enabling our partners and customers to demonstrate their skills objectively is the driving force behind the transformation of Informatica’s new certification program. (more…)

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Data Integration Career Architecture

Those who understand data integration and the supporting technology are in high demand. Why? The need to create data synergy within enterprises, among both traditional and cloud computing-based data and applications, is inflecting. This is due to a more clearly understood business benefit around the value of data integration.

The ability to have information arrive on-time and when needed has been a fundamental need of IT since I wrote the EAI book over a decade ago. However, in the last few years, systems became more complex, including the complexity of the data that exists within them. In response, data integration grew more complex, the technology more sophisticated, and thus the increase in the demand for data integration talent.  (more…)

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