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Think back on the things you did last week. For most of us, that list probably includes grocery shopping, watching a little TV and doing some banking. Now think: how many of those things did you do online? The further internet connectivity extends around the globe, the higher our expectations of e-commerce are becoming. This […]

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When does 00100011 change from data to #bigdata?

Unless you’ve chosen to live your life completely off the grid, Ted Kaczynski-style (the fact that you’re reading this blog entry negates that possibility!), someone, somewhere, is using big data technology to try and understand more about you. It may be a retailer looking to give you a better customer experience; a campaign staff using […]

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Why walk when you can ride an electromagnetic rail?

If you’ve been following my blogs, you know that I’m a huge advocate of running business analytics on System z. One of the most exciting technologies that we currently offer in this space is the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator, a Neteeza-based workload-optimized appliance that dramatically improves the ability to derive complex analytical insights from DB2 […]

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My brief gig as a Vegas booth babe

I’ve attended many, many conferences, shows and similar events over the course of my career. But most of them have been focused on information technology and, usually, the more specific theme of mainframe IT. And, although I’ve presented at scores of these gatherings, I have never had to work an exhibition floor.The saying goes that […]

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How IBM uses the mainframe to bring analytics back to the future – Part 2

  In part 1, I recounted my use of a time machine (you really don’t have one?) to research how IT shops architected their business analytics at several specific points in history. I wanted to illustrate how events of the past prompted IBM to initiate Blue Insight—a project that consolidated all IBM internal analytics processing onto […]

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How IBM uses the mainframe to bring analytics back to the future – Part 1

  To conduct the background research for this blog post, I hopped into my DeLorean time machine (what, you don’t have one?), set the time circuits for 1976 and visited the IT shops of a few major enterprises. 1976 Aside from getting the chance to relive the US Bicentennial celebration, I wanted to check out […]

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What would happen if Godzilla visited your city?

City operations can be a very challenging business: threats to the health, safety and well-being of a population center come in many sizes, shapes and forms. I’ll admit that the chances of a green, 167-foot tall, fire-breathing monster being one of them are quite slim; but there are certainly plenty of events, both natural and […]

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The hybrid face of future transaction processing

Transaction processing is considered by many a very dusty topic. Maybe it is, but it runs the business, and many organizations realize that. They recognize that their transaction processing capability provides a distinguishing business value and hence a key competitive advantage. In this blog post I will look at transaction processing systems and examine technology […]

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MythBusters: You Can’t Do Analytics on the Mainframe! Episode II

Let’s face it: decades-old myths die hard. The team at MythBusters gets an hour to make their case; there’s no way I can completely bust this myth in a couple hundred–word blog. But I can introduce you to some new ways of thinking, and if you follow up on these threads I bet you’ll eventually […]

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