Why infrastructure matters for business-critical analytics—Part 1

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This two-part series is based on a video interview with Paul DiMarzio on the changing nature of business analytics today and why smart infrastructure selection is so critical to business success. Go to any session at any analytics conference today and it’s almost certain that the presenter will start by tossing around statistics like “90 ...read more


My IODiary: Analytics, big data, infrastructure and more

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I recently had the pleasure of attending IBM’s 2013 Information on Demand conference, held the first week of November in Las Vegas. IOD (which will be rebranded as IBM Insights next year) is the place to be for anyone interested in analytics. The theme of this year’s conference was “Think BIG. Deliver BIG. Win BIG.” ...read more


IBM wins CRN award for zEnterprise cloud solutions

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Last night I was thrilled to accept this year’s CRN Tech Innovator Award for the most Innovative Cloud Solution for IBM zEnterprise BC12 with my colleague Jacqueline Woods, Vice President of Growth Solutions, STG . zEnterprise is the ultimate shared platform, highly integrated and built for secure cloud computing. Through continuous investment and innovation…and a ...read more


Exploring new frontiers with IBM zEnterprise

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When I was a young boy the new frontier was space. The race to explore the unknown inspired countries all over the world to compete to successfully launch and safely return the first manned space mission to the moon. The “Space Race,” as it was called, captivated the entire world. I watched—along with the rest ...read more


Fifteen things you need to know about IBM zEnterprise EC12

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I have a special interest in palaeontology, an area of science that focuses on prehistoric life. Since I was a kid I have been studying about dinosaurs, but unfortunately these giant animals became extinct 65 million years ago. I am no longer a kid but animated movies like Ice Age still catch my attention. As ...read more


Are you certified or certifiable? I may be (partially) to blame.

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A certification is the objective, external verification of the ability to perform a collection of tasks/activities critical to a job role. (IBM) Many professions require practitioners to be certified—often by passing a written exam. In information technology there are many, many types of professional certifications offered by industry groups as well as product vendors (IBM ...read more


I’ve seen the future, and it runs in a software-defined environment – Part 2

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In the first part of this series, I interviewed Jeff Frey, an IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer of the System z platform, about the software-defined environment (SDE), what it is and how it can help. In this second part, we dive deeper into the SDE conversation. How does SDE relate to cloud computing? I have some background in cloud ...read more


Oh no, the system’s down! Where’s the emergency runbook?

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In his blog post “What would happen if Godzilla visited your city?” my colleague Paul DiMarzio discussed how city operations can benefit from IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative. Here I would like to look at what would happen if Godzilla visited your data center. The impact of disasters on organizations increases as organizations become more interconnected, ...read more


I’ve seen the future, and it runs in a software-defined environment – Part 1

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During the latter half of my career I’ve spent a lot of time working with disruptive application technologies, so I know firsthand just how dynamic and unpredictable new business workloads can be from the perspective of infrastructure utilization. Yet, IT staffs are mainly trying to support this new breed of applications with data center technologies, ...read more