The holidays are upon us and we’re all feeling a bit overwhelming. Distract yourself from gift shopping or wrapping presents by sitting down with us. Catch up on what our authors are discussing in this week’s digest.

How Can Data Analytics Improve the Measurement of Employees’ Performance?

A report from Deloitte shows that in recent years, the need for people analytics has reached high points of over 70 percent. More companies rank people analytics as a “high priority” in the organization. However, the same report lays down a frightening truth: Less than 10 percent of those organizations actually have usable data. This post is about answering one question: how can data analytics improve the measurement of employees’ performance? Read more from Guillermo Salazar on DataOps’ blog to find the answer.

What Is a Data Security Audit? Definition and Best Practices

For any company or a single user, data is very important. In the wrong hands, it can cause chaos. With the growing cybersecurity threat, you need to keep your data safe, especially when your customers’ data is there as well. But how will you know if your company’s data security is perfect to deal with hackers or prevent any breach? A data security audit is the answer. Learn more from Arnab Roy Chowdhury on DataOps’ blog.

What are the Steps in the Data Management Process? 10 to Know

What’s the most valuable resource in the world? According to The Economist, it’s data. If you haven’t noticed, data is all around you. Major corporations are investing in tools that help them capture and process data and then classify what they’ve harvested. And with the rising importance of data comes a need to understand the steps in the data management process. Learn more from Michiel Mulders on DataOps’ blog.

How to Mask PII Data: A Guide With Examples

Data masking helps you and your organization improve data security. The term means hiding sensitive information but keeping it useful and realistic, so you can continue to develop and test with it while keeping it private. Many companies underestimate the power and importance of data masking. According to IBM Security, the average cost of a data breach has reached almost $4 million. Therefore, it’s essential to shore up your data security, no matter the size of your organization. Data masking personally identifying information (PII) may include many techniques, such as data shuffling or data substitution, that help you make data unidentifiable. It’s an important aspect of data security that every organization should care about. Learn more from Michiel Mulders on DataOps’ blog.

What Is Data Security? A Complete Guide

In today’s digital-driven age, keeping business and customer data secure is more important than ever before. Not only are data breaches extremely costly, but they’re also incredibly disruptive to business. Once a breach occurs, organizations have to move quickly to remedy it. Let’s hope customers won’t be too upset when they find out what’s happened. Learn more from Justin Reynolds on DataOps’ blog.

What Is Cloud Data Migration? A Detailed Guide

Many companies are migrating their data to the cloud. Cisco forecasts that by 2021, 94% of all workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers. But Gartner’s 2018 hype cycle did have cloud migration falling into the “trough of disillusionment.” This could be because migrating data to the cloud isn’t easy. Organizations encounter numerous issues when trying to take advantage of the cloud’s benefits. Organizations need to plan properly before undertaking such an endeavor. Let’s look at what you can do to minimize the issues that can plague a cloud data migration project. Learn more from Jean Tunis on DataOps’ blog.

How to Audit Data Analytics: Everything You Need to Know

Most businesses nowadays use data analytics to improve the performance of their products or to study the market. Data analytics is at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. However, making sure that the graphs and charts made are trustworthy and reliable is not as easy as producing them. This is where this post comes in. Learn more from Louay Hazami on DataOps’ blog.

Why Data Governance Matters: 5 Reasons to Care

Data governance. Utter those two words to someone who has not heard them before, and you’re likely to get back a quizzical look. A look that encompasses intrigue, doubt, skepticism, and maybe even a little cynicism. Is this some buzzword made up by consultants? Is this something my kind of business really needs? If it is important, then who is responsible—finance, marketing, IT? Learn more from Daliso Zuze on DataOps’ blog.

How to Encrypt PII Data: A Guide to Securing Your Users’ Data

Personally identifiable information (PII) data is any sort of data that might reveal a person’s identity. Moreover, PII data includes data such as a person’s name, address, date of birth, credit card details, Social Security number, or even medical records. In the digital age we live in, data has become the most valuable asset for a company. This means a company might hold a lot of PII data, making it a target for hackers to breach their data. Nowadays, PII data is considered to be highly sensitive data that needs to be properly protected. Learn more from Michiel Mulders on DataOps’ blog.

What Is Data Modeling in Software Engineering?

What is data modeling in software engineering? Every company has a lot of data in its databases. But don’t you think managing massive chunks of data can create confusion? We know for a fact that data becomes obsolete after some time if it’s unorganized. After that, it doesn’t matter how relevant it was. To clarify, without organization, data isn’t of much use. Moreover, you can’t use it to its full potential. In fact, messed-up data makes it tough to store, retrieve, and capture it efficiently. Learn more from Arnab Roy Chowdhury on DataOps’ blog.

How to Scope a Data Engineering Project: A Detailed Guide

If you’re like most data scientists, scoping projects probably isn’t your favorite part of your job. Scoping projects can often feel like a mix between tedious busywork meant to placate executives and wildly guessing. Chances are, you’ve had projects in the past totally miss their scoping requirements, only to see no negative side effects. Feeling like your work is meaningless, tedious and baseless is a recipe for frustration, no matter your profession. For data scientists, who are used to measuring things to determine their efficiency, it’s excruciating. Fortunately, it’s possible to get better at scoping your projects. Learn more from Eric Boersma on DataOps’ blog.

What Is Data Lifecycle Management? A Complete Introduction

Do you know the biggest challenge companies face? It’s maintaining a large information base. Too much information compromises data flow. But it’s important to manage the information at hand. A company has to succeed in managing data well. Only then can the employees make the right decisions. That’s where data lifecycle management comes in. What is data lifecycle management, you ask? Learn more from Arnab Roy Chowdhury on DataOps’ blog.

What are Data Security Risks? 5 You Need to Know About

Businesses across all industries are racing to embrace digital transformation. At the same time, serious dangers in the form of data security risks lurk in the shadows. Think a data breach won’t ever happen to your company? Think again. Hackers frequently target even the most sophisticated organizations. Companies like Uber, Experian, Sony, Anthem, and Target have all been attacked in the past few years. Chances are that your company has far fewer resources than any of these five. In that light, your business is probably even more vulnerable than they were. Learn more from Justin Reynolds on DataOps’ blog.

Adopting Agile Methodology: 6 Steps to Improved Delivery

Software development has changed rapidly over the last several decades. Anyone who has a smartphone or uses a computer often understands this perfectly, whether or not they’re aware. It’s the reason why apps receive constant updates and why many SaaS companies pump out new releases every month—or even sooner. In large part, the evolution of software development traces its roots back to the agile manifesto, a document published in 2001, which gave birth to the agile software development movement. Justin Reynolds can tell you all about agile methodology on Plutora’s blog.

JavaScript Refactoring: 5 Plays to Improve Code Quality

No code is perfect, and nobody writes the perfect code. So how do we improve the quality of our code? One approach is to refactor the code. But what exactly is JavaScript refactoring about? Well, it contains a few steps. Additionally, it’s not an exact science. Still, Michel Mulders is here to help you try to improve the quality of your code. Dive into five tips for improving code quality on Testim’s blog.

Jest Testing: A Helpful, Introductory Tutorial

Initially, Jest was created by Facebook specifically for testing React applications. It’s one of the most popular ways of testing React components. Since its introduction, the tool has gained a lot of popularity. This popularity has led to the use of Jest for testing both JavaScript front-end and back-end applications. Want to find out more? Head to Testim’s blog where Michiel Mulders can help you out.

Release Management Explained in Depth

The software development process today is very different from what it used to be 15, 20, or even more years ago. One of the most dramatic of such differences is undoubtedly the number and frequency of releases. Agile practices have revolutionized the modern software field, and one of the most enduring consequences of this revolution is that, nowadays, software is developed and delivered in increasingly shorter cycles. In such a scenario, having a stable release management strategy is imperative. Carlos Schults can break this down for you on Enov8’s blog.

DevOps Best Practices: A Complete Guide

Having high profits and productivity without any disturbance—isn’t that every company’s dream? Whenever there’s talk about better productivity and revenue, DevOps never fails to come into the limelight. It seems like it’s the latest IT buzzword. Everybody is discussing the relatively new concept and how it has come to transform the IT sector. But how well do we really know DevOps? Arnab Chowdhury is here to help you out on Stackify’s blog.

The Link Between Change Management and Release Management

We also updated a post this week. Change Management and Release Management are different but related functions within organizations. At a high level, Change activities relate to the process of requesting changes, assessing changes, authorizing changes and reviewing changes. Release activities include planning, designing, configuration, rollout planning, testing communication and deployment. The Release Management function provides the schedule and execution whilst the Change Approval Board authorizes the change to controlled environments. Head to Plutora’s blog to learn more.