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

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, […]

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

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, […]

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How many words beginning with V does it take to change a light bulb?

I don’t know—that would be a rather silly joke! But since I have your attention, how about we explore the question I really had in mind: how many words beginning with V does it take to describe the characteristics of data? Recently I wrote a blog post that discussed big data and its role in […]

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Sicoob supports growth with robust, secure and efficient mainframe technology

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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