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Archiving Salesforce Data

I’ve been approached by a number of customers who are looking to archive data from their Salesforce application.  There are two primary drivers I have heard cited:

  • The need to manage the retention of Salesforce data and easily find and access it for legal eDiscovory
  • Storage cost reduction for data that’s no longer active

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Making Big Data Manageable

A single day does not go by without a healthy discussion or debate on the meaning or impact of the term ‘big data.’  It is quite comical in one sense, and quite inspiring in another. We are all intrigued by this concept of having access to information so that when we get THE question, we will find THE answer. And hopefully the answer is more than “42!” (for those who may not be familiar with the reference, please take a pause and read the classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams).

These past few weeks were no different. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present at Informatica World and attend EMC World recently. While Informatica is leading the charge for data integration, they are also taking a thought leadership position in how to conceptually view an organization’s return on its data. Combining aspects of value, cost, and the impact of big data, I saw it as an elegant way to say – hey, look – you can keep all the data you want to derive value, but there is a trade-off. There is ultimately a cost. That cost can be measured hundreds of different ways – but there will be consequences. So we have to prioritize and put controls in place to maximize ROI. (more…)

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From Big Insights to Fast Actions with Big Data

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably interested in big data, but don’t really know what you’re looking for with big data or how you’ll find it.  Don’t feel confused. It’s not like traditional analytics, where you know the structure of the data – the relations across sources, the dimensions to build, the calculations to perform – and the reports you need.  Big data can be completely unstructured, with no clear relationships. And you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find patterns.  A complaint might come in about an online shopping cart being wiped out, which is what happened to my wife with a big toy retailer during some online Christmas shopping. I’ll tell you right now they ended up losing a lot of money. If they’re using big data, they might find a pattern of the steps that made her hit that bug.  Then they might search for all customers that had the same problem, get their e-mail addresses or names, and do a recovery campaign.  I hope the retailer is using big data properly. My wife would receive a call, and get that order. They’d be happy, and I’d be happy.

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From Big Insights to Fast Actions with Big Data

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably interested in big data, but don’t really know what you’re looking for with big data or how you’ll find it.  Don’t feel confused. It’s not like traditional analytics, where you know the structure of the data – the relations across sources, the dimensions to build, the calculations to perform – and the reports you need.  Big data can be completely unstructured, with no clear relationships. And you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find patterns.  A complaint might come in about an online shopping cart being wiped out, which is what happened to my wife with a big toy retailer during some online Christmas shopping. I’ll tell you right now they ended up losing a lot of money. If they’re using big data, they might find a pattern of the steps that made her hit that bug.  Then they might search for all customers that had the same problem, get their e-mail addresses or names, and do a recovery campaign.  I hope the retailer is using big data properly. My wife would receive a call, and get that order. They’d be happy, and I’d be happy. (more…)

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A Vision Of Data Integration “Beyond Boundaries”

On Tuesday at Informatica World our Chairman and CEO, Sohaib Abbasi, delivered our conference keynote.  In keeping with the theme of our conference, he outlined a vision for Data Integration that takes us all beyond traditional boundaries – and supported it with three truly profound demonstrations (which I should point out were all run using production software and which I will cover in a separate blog entry).

Take a moment to consider the changing world that we live in today – the internet has changed our lives profoundly.  Today we no longer limit ourselves to using computing to transact business.  We also use computing within our homes, our social lives, for healthcare, to plan vacations and way beyond. Today we talk with one another online and we share experiences online in ways that we have never before witnessed.  (more…)

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Fedegration

Mark Lewis, EMCI spent last week at EMCWorld, and most of my time was spent engaging with customers in a variety of ways. One thing I always find interesting is the amazing consistency of priorities across our global customers.

For example, we held a session for executives, and I simply asked the open-ended question “regardless of whether it involves our products or not, what is your top IT priority this year.” The answer was clear, overwhelming and simple, yet also rather surprising.

But before I tell you the answer, I want to tell you why it was surprising to me. I keep up with the CIO surveys and the trends and buzzwords. This particular trend seems to be invisible in the media hype and yet this group of CIO’s and senior execs were almost in unanimous agreement that it was at the top of their priority list. (more…)

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