Monthly Archives: September 2021

Cloudera Shines Educational Spotlight on Data and AI with Children’s Book for 8- to 12-year-olds

Cloudera, Inc., the enterprise data cloud company, announced “A Fresh Squeeze on Data,” a downloadable children’s book that explains simple ways to problem solve with data in a manner that kids can understand. The book was created in partnership with education company ReadyAI, with the goal of making data and AI more interesting and accessible to 8- to 12-year-olds.

How to Transfer Fundamental AI Advances into Practical Solutions for Healthcare

In this special guest feature, Dave DeCaprio, CTO and Co-founder,, discusses what it really takes to make AI that physicians trust. There are significant challenges that go beyond the algorithms when applying AI to healthcare. 

Institutional Investors Hold the Key to Startups’ Applied AI Success

In this contributed article, Javier Rojas and Eric Filipek of Savant Growth, discuss the new roll institutional investors need to play in freeing portfolio companies to execute on all of their marketing, sales and business process wish lists.

From Storage to Story: Delivering New Value by Unlocking the Power of Data

Our friends over at Kin+Carta know that optimizing the full value of data and figuring out where to start can be difficult. That is why the company has authored this whitepaper, “From Storage to Story: Delivering New Value by Unlocking the Power of Data,” on ways to make data work in four clear ways, while helping you take yours from Storage to Story, from modernization through to product optimization.

IBM Master Data Management recognized as “Customers’ Choice” by 2021 Gartner® Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’

We’re excited to announce we were recognized as a Customers’ Choice again this year for Master Data Management solutions. We believe this is a testament to how much we strive to deliver a robust and flexible master data management solution that creates trusted master data views to help improve operational business processes and analytics.

The “Voice of the Customer” is a document that synthesizes Gartner Peer Insights’ reviews into insights for IT decision makers. This aggregated peer perspective, along with the individual detailed reviews, is complementary to Gartner expert research and can play a key role in your buying process, as it focuses on direct peer experiences of implementing and operating a solution.1

InfoSphere Master Data Management can help clients realize a more robust and accurate 360-degree view of the most important domains in their business such as people, organizations, accounts, and so on. Its capabilities promote optimized performance and scalability to handle the demands of always-on enterprises.

“MDM is fantastic tool to manage company customer information and we are using to manage the insurance customer and different products of insurance. It provides reports and dashboards for analysis. Also it has self-service access to manage users.”

Industry: Services Industry 

Recent enhancements help organizations to:

  • Accelerate task resolution decisions with machine-learning assisted stewardship
  • Support compliance with consent requirements of privacy regulations
  • Accelerate deployment with Red Hat® Certified Container support for Red Hat OpenShift®

IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management 12 also includes updates to the associated products:

  • IBM Master Data Management Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak® for Data (previously named IBM Master Data Management Extension for IBM Cloud Pak for Data)
  • IBM Master Data Management Modernization

We’re also excited to announce that a new entity resolution service, IBM Match 360 with Watson, is now available as a base service on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data. Match 360 provides a machine learning-based, easy-to-use, quick experience for self-service entity resolution. It is a no-code service providing the ability for non-developers to plug it into their data prep routine to match and link person and organization data to create that complete version of the truth, helping to improve overall data quality. Unlike competitive matching solutions, Match 360 with Watson is deeply integrated with Cloud Pak for Data services such as Watson Knowledge Catalog and can easily leverage InfoSphere® Master Data Management data model and entities.

If you haven’t yet, try IBM Match 360 with Watson for free today: Start the beta

To view the full Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customers’: Master Data Management Solutions, please read the full report here.

1 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Master Data Management Solutions

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How xP&A can save your workforce

The challenges around workforce planning have never been more imminent, with 2021 even being dubbed the “Year of the Great Resignation.” Employers are under significant pressure to improve how they manage and serve their employee base if they want to remain competitive. And it’s about way more than providing increased flexibility. The key to improving workforce planning, and ultimately employee satisfaction, is evolving its boundaries beyond HR to include collaboration among all departments as per the new planning paradigm, extended planning & analysis (xP&A).

Before now, organizations have planned manually in siloes to their detriment. It’s been a result of both cultural norms ascribed to widely adopted management styles, as well as the inescapable reality of what technology did or did not allow for at the time. This is no longer the case. With modern planning analytics tools, we now maintain the ability to make sense of what’s happening inside an organization in real time and react accordingly.

One thing is clear: talent needs and skills are changing rapidly across industries, and will only continue to.

So, how do you adapt?

Increasing employee satisfaction—and retention

Successful planning of any kind lies in an organization’s ability to aggregate disparate data, democratize access to it, and execute on the real time insights it provides. The same is true for workforce planning. Modern xP&A planning solutions, like IBM Planning Analytics with Watson, allow for true collaboration and the discovery of meaningful data-based insights. They ensure workforce plans are integrated across departments, providing a holistic view of talent needs, and align workforce plans to strategic and operational objectives.

Consider the aforementioned “Great Resignation.” To keep high performers from leaving, companies need to get the employee satisfaction equation right. That means analyzing employment survey data to discern who’s a flight risk and, based on their profile, identifying how to retain them. At the forefront of this issue is accurately predicting salary and compensation. Predictive analytics capabilities within modern planning solutions allow you to incorporate external benchmarks and industry trends to accurately forecast increases, to ensure salary and compensation remain competitive amid constant change. In addition, a modern planning solution allows you to model potential changes with scenario planning to see the impact of decisions before making them. For instance, if you apply merit increases for a certain number of employees, how will that impact your overall bottom line?

Managing headcount and skills planning is a crucial part of the employee satisfaction equation as well. Throughout the COVID experience, we’ve witnessed countless hospitals reach capacity, putting medical professionals through unprecedented burnout given the fact that their critical skills simply can’t be substituted. Yet understaffing even a single hospital floor can have life or death consequences. With prescriptive analytics, organizations can now use constraint-based planning to prescribe the best course of action or staffing schedule to better ensure they have the right resources with the right skills at the right time.

Case study: GKN Aerospace

A prime example of an organization using planning technology today to make the best use of their talent is GKN Aerospace. GKN Aerospace utilizes IBM Planning Analytics with Watson to standardize the workforce planning processes across the enterprise with in-depth insights into their team’s skills. Project managers can now find all the information they may need on their engineers within the solution, including detail on their skills, experience, availability, as well as the costs associated with moving their work on-location vs. to an alternate site. As new projects are kicked off, project managers can set a timeline, outline the resources they will need, and assign the right engineers accordingly.

“Working with IBM means that we will be much better able to match up our existing skills and resources with customer orders. In the past, individual sites had limited visibility of the expertise available elsewhere. For example, while one location might have been recruiting an expert welder, another center could have been letting one go. Now, our sites will be able to track the expertise available across the whole business…”

Learn more: With planning platforms that extend across the enterprise, such as IBM Planning Analytics with Watson, you can aggregate fragmented data, analyze the impact of departmental decisions at an organizational level, and identify how to best serve not only your customers, but your employees too. It’s a win-win. Get started with IBM Planning Analytics today to evolve your workforce planning from a reactive-based strategy to a predictive and prescriptive methodology.

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Heard on the Street – 9/27/2021

Welcome to insideBIGDATA’s “Heard on the Street” round-up column! In this regular feature, we highlight thought-leadership commentaries from members of the big data ecosystem. Each edition covers the trends of the day with compelling perspectives that can provide important insights to give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Panzura Elevates Path to Hybrid-Cloud Adoption with New Panzura Guarantee Across Every Stage of the Customer Journey

Panzura has announced the Panzura Guarantee, a new complementary program to ensure peace-of-mind and ease, across every stage of the customer journey starting with buying and rollout, and throughout the lifetime of a Panzura implementation. It is designed to accelerate hybrid-cloud adoption so organizations can quickly and securely accrue the benefits of cloud-based data management using Panzura’s award-winning technology.

Development Philosophy Behind AGI

In this special guest feature, nationally recognized entrepreneur and software developer, Charles Simon, BSEE, MSCs, discusses the development philosophy behind AGI and where the AGI field seems poised to go in the near future.

Your AP Department Collects Valuable Data. Are You Unlocking Its Full Potential?

In this contributed article, Shan Haq, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development with Transcepta, discusses the valuable data that AP departments collect and how businesses can make the most of it.