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Data, Data Everywhere: A Special Report on Managing Information
The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and

first data corp  more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. Now, a decade later, its archive contains a whopping 140 terabytes of information. A successor, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, due to come on stream in Chile in 2016, will acquire that quantity of data every five days. Such astronomical amounts of information can be found closer to Earth too. Wal-Mart, a retail giant, handles more than 1m customer transactions every hour, feeding databases estimated at more Read More

Core PLM for Process Industries
The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM...
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SAP Enhances PDM Software (Slightly)
In February SAP AG announced a web-enabled version of their product data management (PDM) software, the application that lets manufacturers collect and manage

first data corp  is one of the first companies that signed on to use the new software. The oil producer plans to turn on the beefed-up PDM applications late next year as part of a wider rollout of SAP's R/3 enterprise resource planning system , said Guy Pengelly, the lead designer on the logistics piece of the Saudi Aramco project. The collaboration tools that SAP is now providing should make it much easier to gather and maintain data about the equipment used in Saudi Aramco's refineries , Pengelly said. That Read More
Six Steps to Manage Data Quality with SQL Server Integration Services
Without data that is reliable, accurate, and updated, organizations can’t confidently distribute that data across the enterprise, leading to bad business

first data corp  1. Profiling As the first line of defense for your data integration solution, profiling data helps you examine whether your existing data sources meet the quality standards of your solution. Properly profiling your data saves execution time because you identify issues that require immediate attention from the start — and avoid the unnecessary processing of unacceptable data sources. Data profiling becomes even more critical when working with raw data sources that do not have referential integrity or Read More
The Advantages of Row- and Rack-oriented Cooling Architectures for Data Centers
The traditional room-oriented approach to data center cooling has limitations in next-generation data centers. Next-generation data centers must adapt to

first data corp  priority challenges are listed first under each category, and were determined by number of mentions combined priority expressed by the respondents. Agility challenges Data center users have identified the agility challenges shown in Table 1 as critical cooling-related issues. The effectiveness of the different architectures in addressing these challenges is summarized as well. Availability challenges Data center users have identified the availability challenges shown in Table 2 as critical Read More
Why CRM Is So Hard and What To Do About It: Data is key to making CRM work
Making a CRM investment work is a two-step process that begins with unifying disparate systems by creating and managing standardized, reusable business

first data corp  much-hyped promise, organizations must first recognize that customer-related data often resides in dozens, sometimes hundreds of separate databases, files and data feeds; they must then understand how to utilize all these information sources in a consistent way. Complicating this integration is the thorny fact that frequently business definitions differ from system to system: what is a customer in one system may be a household in another. Or, worse, what makes up the customer record in one system may Read More
Data Center Projects: Project Management
In data center design projects, flawed management frequently leads to delays, expense, and frustration. Effective project management requires well-defined

first data corp  the end of this first phase is Commit to Project , which typically marks the beginning of whatever tracking and database activities will be used to support the project, and in some cases may be the point at which formal project management starts. Projects of greater scope or with more customized engineering may require that project management activity begin earlier ' during the Prepare phase ' whereas for smaller data center expansion projects, project management may not need to start until later, Read More
Data Warehousing in the Big Data Era: Are You BIReady?
Netherlands-based BIReady automates the process of designing, deploying, and maintaining a data warehousing solution, allowing the optimization of all necessary

first data corp  Warehousing in the Big Data Era: Are You BIReady? Netherlands-based BIReady automates the process of designing, deploying, and maintaining a data warehousing solution, allowing the optimization of all necessary BI and analytics tasks. Read this TEC product note from TEC senior BI and data management analyst Jorge Garcia to learn more about how BIReady is meeting its goal of helping companies become BI ready. Read More
Data Management and Analysis
From a business perspective, the role of data management and analysis is crucial. It is not only a resource for gathering new stores of static information; it

first data corp  Management and Analysis From a business perspective, the role of data management and analysis is crucial. It is not only a resource for gathering new stores of static information; it is also a resource for acquiring knowledge and supporting the decisions companies need to make in all aspects of economic ventures, including mergers and acquisitions (M&As). For organizational growth, all requirements and opportunities must be accurately communicated throughout the value chain. All users—from end users Read More
Enterprise Data Management: Migration without Migraines
Moving an organization’s critical data from a legacy system promises numerous benefits, but only if the migration is handled correctly. In practice, it takes an

first data corp  Data Management: Migration without Migraines Moving an organization’s critical data from a legacy system promises numerous benefits, but only if the migration is handled correctly. In practice, it takes an understanding of the entire ERP data lifecycle combined with industry-specific experience, knowledge, and skills to drive the process through the required steps accurately, efficiently, and in the right order. Read this white paper to learn more. Read More
Meet PCI DSS Compliance Requirements for Test Data with Data Masking
Whether you’re working toward your first or your next payment card industry (PCI) data security standard (DSS) audit, you know compliance is measured on a

first data corp  you’re working toward your first or your next payment card industry (PCI) data security standard (DSS) audit, you know compliance is measured on a sliding scale. But full compliance can’t be achieved with just one policy or technology. Using data masking, a technology that alters sensitive information while preserving realism, production data can be eliminated from testing and development environments. Learn more. Read More
Appliance Power: Crunching Data Warehousing Workloads Faster and Cheaper than Ever
Appliances are taking up permanent residence in the data warehouse (DW). The reason: they are preconfigured, support quick deployment, and accelerate online

first data corp  Power: Crunching Data Warehousing Workloads Faster and Cheaper than Ever Appliances are taking up permanent residence in the data warehouse (DW). The reason: they are preconfigured, support quick deployment, and accelerate online analytical processing (OLAP) queries against large, multidimensional data sets. Discover the core criteria you should use to evaluate DW appliances, including performance, functionality, flexibility, scalability, manageability, integration, and extensibility. Read More
Data Storage in the Cloud-Can you Afford Not To?
Storing data in the cloud using Riverbed Technology’s Whitewater cloud storage gateway overcomes a serious challenge for IT departments: how to manage the vast,

first data corp  Storage in the Cloud-Can you Afford Not To? Storing data in the cloud using Riverbed Technology’s Whitewater cloud storage gateway overcomes a serious challenge for IT departments: how to manage the vast, and ever-growing, amount of data that must be protected. This paper makes the business case for cloud storage, outlining where capital and operational costs can be eliminated or avoided by using the cloud for backup and archive storage. Read More
Business Basics: Unscrubbed Data Is Poisonous Data
Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes. Data quality is one of these root causes. The cost of high data

first data corp  Note : This note first appeared in a column by James F. Dowling in Mid-Range Computing. Look for other previously published Mid-Range Computing columns by Mr. Dowling at this site or visit Midrange Showcase at http://www.midrangecomputing.com/ . Project Risk Analysis Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes, among which poor data quality is high on the list. In this case, not only was data quality seen to be a troublesome issue for implementation of a Read More
Backing up Data in the Private Cloud: Meeting the Challenges of Remote Data Protection - Requirements and Best Practices
This white paper describes some of the common challenges associated with protecting data on laptops and at home and remote offices and portrays proven solutions

first data corp  up Data in the Private Cloud: Meeting the Challenges of Remote Data Protection - Requirements and Best Practices This white paper describes some of the common challenges associated with protecting data on laptops and at home and remote offices and portrays proven solutions to the challenges of protecting distributed business data by establishing a private cloud/enterprise cloud. Learn which best practices can ensure business continuity throughout an organization with a distributed information Read More

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