Align Your Data Architecture with the Strategic Plan

Here’s how IT professionals can help top management understand the value of data and how to use it to the company’s advantage.

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In theory, the need for data-driven decisions to guide overall business strategy is not a difficult notion to grasp. Yet, many executives struggle with the concept and process due to a lack of time and/or the technical knowledge required to effectively gather, sort and apply data and analytics. When executives don’t allocate the time or invest resources into learning the technical knowledge required, there can be a significant and detrimental impact on business production

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Why IT Departments Need to Consider Deepfakes

It’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t. If one of your executives or your company is the victim of deepfakes, what’s IT going to do about it?

Deepfakes (aka synthetic media) can spread misinformation and disinformation very effectively. The 2020 US election is just one example, but the use of deepfakes isn’t limited to politics. In fact, representatives from a big brand company recently asked Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner Research, what they could do if deepfakes were used to undermine the reputation of the brand or CEO. Unfortunately, her reply was “nothing,” because

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Rise of the Data Disruption Economy in the Wake of COVID-19

Ventana Research posits that in uncertain times architecting systems, even on premises, means adopting cloud principles to be agile and adaptable.

New data strategies required to meet demands imposed by the pandemic may also be signs of seismic shifts in the market, some experts say. On Tuesday, Raj Verma, Co-CEO of MemSQL, a SQL database management system, held an online fireside chat with Dave Menninger, senior vice president and research director of data and analytics research from Ventana Research. They discussed reshaping architecture in response to COVID-19 and touched on how Snowflake going public, in what is touted

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SF Giants Line Up AI to Manage Media Assets

The San Francisco Giants have digitized decades of media assets and are using artificial intelligence to manage and access what they need from the massive library.

When baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, passed away in September 2020 at the age of 81, the media team at the San Francisco Giants was asked by a regional sports network if they had any footage or interviews with the base-stealing champion.

A few years ago, the media team would have disconnected that call for help and turned around to look

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What You Need to Know About Cloud-Native Fintech

Interop will provide IT professionals with a glimpse into how cloud, AI and other tech concepts are reshaping financial technology.

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Financial technology (FinTech) is an area of increasing interest, as evidenced by venture funding, media coverage, and the entrée of large companies and governments into the space. Indeed, finance and technology bind consumers and businesses, and even countries to each other in ways unprecedented in earlier eras. As such they have captured the attention of investors and consumers alike. Financial services and products leverage technology more profoundly and in a more thorough fashion than almost

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