What is Big Data? It's one of those keywords that has become increasingly prevalent as our use and consumption of information has become more demanding and all-encompassing. In an attempt to keep up to date on the ever changing areas of technology, I've been reading up on the topic. Here's a summary of what I've found to be the basics.
"The term Big Data applies to information that can't be processed or analyzed using traditional processes or tools."
IBM defines Big Data by three characteristics: volume, variety,
What does this mean?
- Volume: The sheer amount of information collected on a daily or even hourly basis by organizations is massive, reaching to petabytes. Imagine having to analyze and sift through for nuggets of relevant data.
- Variety: Data is being collected from a whole range of sources, from sensors to smart devices, emails to documents, social media forums, etc. Combined, these data generators bring in both traditional and raw data that may or may not be structured.
- Velocity: How fast is the data flowing? It's not enough to know how quickly it is being produced, stored, analyzed, but we also need to know how quickly the data will become obsolete.
As I continue to read up on the topic, I'll share my insights and discoveries with you. One of my key go-to sources is a fellow IBM-er, Lennart Frantzell, who writes for the Silicon Valley IBM Innovation Center blog
. Also, keep up-to-date on IBM's Big Data products and strategy by watching the videos at IBM Big Data on Youtube
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- systems integrator (SI),
- independent software vendor (ISV),
- managed service provider (MSP),
- value added distributor (VAD), or
IBM Business Partners come from many different backgrounds, and each of you shares a vital relationship with IBM, so we like to do our best to invest in your success.
Registering to become an IBM Business Partner is easy. Simply visit ibm.com/partnerworld/join
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Build and maintain your PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) profile to ensure you are receiving the right benefits and resources. Keep your profile up-to-date so that potential customers, IBM sales teams and other Business Partners can see your relationship with IBM and see what skills and capabilities you offer. Just remember to opt in on your PPS profile to allow others to pull up your company on the Business Partner Locator
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Join us for the IBM InfoSphere Guardium Workshop in Markham, Ontario.
IBM InfoSphere Guardium is a highly scalable, database activity monitoring system that is able to collect audit information on databases at an extremely fine grained level of detail with almost no performance impact for the database. InfoSphere Guardium's architecture also ensure a true separation of duties, and can prevent data leaks both from internal and external threats. InfoSphere Guardium is also able to detect vulnerabilities within databases, helping prevent leaks before they occur. Finally, InfoSphere Guardium integrates with the enterprise and supports a wide variety of database management systems, reducing the complexity of enterprise compliance systems.
This technical workshop is for IBM business partners who are currently working with or are interested in working with IBM InfoSphere Guardium Database Activity Monitoring system. Detailed presentations and hands-on labs on InfoSphere Guardium v8 are included where attendees will gain in-depth knowledge on topics including:
InfoSphere Guardium Product Overview
InfoSphere Guardium installation concepts, planning, and configuration
Auditing data servers with the InfoSphere Guardium System
Monitoring for unusual traffic
S-GATE and S-TAP Terminate Functions
Enhanced Enforcement Actions
And much more
Learn how IBM InfoSphere Guardium can help add value to your solutions and extend your market opportunities. Business partners working in the consulting industry who are currently working with or plan to work with InfoSphere Guardium are also welcome to attend.
Date: October 28-31, 2013
Time: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: 3600 Steeles Avenue East
To Register for this workshop: http://ibm.co/1fMkxCt
November seems to be the month for Big Data here in the Markham office. There are several events targeted towards IBM Business Partners coming up in the next month. If you haven't already heard about them, here they are:
Big Data Fundamentals Bootcamp
November 13 - 16, 2012
This bootcamp covers Big Data fundamentals, with focus on InfoSphere BigInsights. Learn how a Hadoop-based solution complements existing IM products and how BigInsights can be integrated into an existing enterprise environment. This session will also touch on the basics and fundamentals of other IM Big Data portfolio products such as InfoSphere Streams and Vivisimo Velocity.
- What is Big Data to IBM
- How to use Hadoop technology and related tools that are provided by InfoSphere BigInsights
- How to process streaming data to do real-time analysis and decision-making
- How IBM provides extensive enterprise class capabilities, security, performance, development and user tools
NOTE: This bootcamp is for IBM Business Partners only.
To register, visit: www.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/detail.action?meid=8636&ieid=3898
Big Data Developer Day
November 15, 2012
Participate in an exclusive Big Data Developer Day hosted by the IBM Big Data Development team. Experience IBM’s enterprise-class big data platform that allows you to address the full spectrum of big data business challenges. The morning will include interactive discussions and live demonstrations of big data for social media and log analytics, then get hands on with Hadoop scripting and text analytics with guidance from development experts. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills and learn about exciting technologies and techniques that you can immediately take back to your organization.
To register, visit: www.ibmbigdatahub.com/event/big-data-developer-days
Partnering with IBM Big Data to Grow Your Business
November 27, 2012
In today’s world there is an ever increasing amount of data. Estimates point to data growing at 50 percent a year, or more than doubling every two years. It’s not just more streams of data, but entirely new ones. Businesses and government agencies are confronted with three dimensions of this Big Data challenge—volume, variety, and velocity. Of course, Big Data is more than a challenge; it is an opportunity to find insight in new and emerging types of data, to make your business more agile.
According to IDC, the market for Big Data technology and services will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, up from $3.2 billion in 2010. That is a 40 percent-a-year growth rate — about seven times the estimated growth rate for the overall information technology and communications business. Join us at the Toronto IBM Innovation Center to learn about the IBM Big Data solution portfolio and how you can take advantage of the great market opportunity highlighted by this IDC report. Learn how you can grow your business by integrating your solutions with IBM Big Data platforms and by creating practices around IBM Big Data solutions.
In a series of fact-filled presentations and demonstrations at this event, you will:
- Learn IBM’s Big Data strategy and platform
- See Big Data use cases
- Understand how IBM develops Big Data Partner ecosystem and the mutual benefits by partnering with IBM Big Data
- Network with peers and subject matter experts
We recently invited Dr. Niu Bai, a subject matter expert on Big Data and Information Management to speak at the IBM Innovation Center in Toronto and Montreal. Following up on the Partnering for IBM Big Data events, we asked Dr. Bai to give us an end-of-year update on the future of Big Data.
Here's what he had to say:
I recently moderated a Big Data panel discussion at a Connecting Companies with Capital event held at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, MA. This was a very well attended event with more than 150 entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. The panelists were industry veterans, VCs and entrepreneurs and we had a very lively and interactive discussion. Here are some of the highlights:Status of the market
Is Big Data still just hype? The consensus is that though Big Data is still in its early stage in terms of adoption, it is way past just hype. We have seen early adopters in retail, financial services, telecom, healthcare, and energy spend on Big Data to gain more insights into their customers, increase efficiencies, and create new revenue streams. This view is attested by a new IBM-sponsored big data study from EMATM Research & 9Sight Consulting entitled Big Data Comes of Age
. According to this report, adoption rates show that 34% of respondents in large organizations (500-5000 employees) are in operation with big data projects, 44% are in serious planning, and 22% are still investigating. In short, Big Data is ready for prime time!Where are the best opportunities for start-ups?
There are many domains of Big Data technologies, from infrastructure, data acquisition, tooling, integration, to visualization and application. The panelists believe that while you may contribute in any of these areas, the best opportunities lie with the applications developed for specific use cases and solutions to help acquire and aggregate variety of data. There are also 3 S’s – scale, security, and simplicity – to enhance Big Data deployment. While scale is well covered, making Big Data secure and simple to use remains a good area for innovation. Are enterprises ready for Big Data?
For the panelists, this question is almost irrelevant or at least not the right question. Enterprises have no choices. They have to embrace Big Data to gain competitive advantage or they will be left behind. The focus cannot just be on the system of records and needs to be on system of engagement as well as system of transaction. Big Data can help in sharpening such focus. In other words, enterprises can and should benefit from Big Data right now. It may just well be that 2013 will be the year of Big Data!
About Dr. Niu Bai
Worldwide Information Management Channel Development Lead
Dr. Niu Bai is Worldwide Business Development Lead for Big Data at IBM. He joined IBM via Guardium acquisition. At Guardium, he was Director of Global Channel Marketing and Programs, responsible for double-digit channel revenue growth. Before Guardium, he served various marketing, sales, and business development positions at NetScout Systems, Open Market and Shiva/Intel. Dr. Bai got his PhD from Boston University and Master of International Business Studies from Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina.
"Ready for..." are technical validations offered by IBM to its Business Partners. Achieving "Ready for ..." status shows customers that your solution meets or exceeds IBM compatibility criteria with one or more of the IBM products in that category. There are several "Ready for..." validations available that your company can qualify for and recently, IBM announced the addition of Ready for IBM Social Business to the line-up. As social business becomes increasingly vital to organizations, this new offering builds on and combines the previous Ready for IBM Lotus and Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal validations. Read a guest blog about Ready for IBM Social Business from the perspective of one of our IBM Business Partners: www.ibm.com/connections/blogs/socialbusiness/tags/ready_for_social_business?lang=en_us
Other offerings available to Business Partners include:
Ready for IBM DB2 database software
Ready for IBM Informix database software
Ready for IBM Power Systems Software
Ready for IBM PureSystems™
Ready for IBM Rational
Ready for IBM SmartCloud Services
Ready for IBM Technology
Ready for IBM Tivoli software - IBM Integrated Service Management Library
Each validation has its own steps to complete the process to achieve
"Ready for..." status, and once you've successfully completed the
validation and marketing criteria, you can display the "Ready for..."
mark in the packaging and marketing materials of your qualified
offerings. Just remember to follow the guidelines when you download and
use your "Ready for IBM..." mark. For more information on the usage
guidelines, visit http://ibm.biz/BdxrXC
Last week I reminded you of the IBM InterConnect 2012 event at Resort World Sentosa in Singapore which focuses on business-IT hot topics. This week, I'd like to bring to your attention the upcoming IBM Information on Demand 2012 conference.
IBM Information on Demand 2012
October 21 - 25, 2012
Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas
This 5-day conference will cover four key forums, include general and keynote speakers, opportunities to network with IBM executives and Business Partners, and experience products, services, and solutions.
- Participate in technical sessions at the IBM Information Management Forum
- Learn about Business Analytics at 5 key tracks: Business Intelligence, Predictive & Advanced Analytics, Performance Management, Risk Analytics, and Social Media & Customer Analytics
- Explore Enterprise Content Management through hands-on labs, deep dive sessions or directly from IBM subject matter experts
- Executives, managers, and decision makers are invited to cover business issues at the Business Leadership Forum
- General sessions and keynote speakers cover interesting and relevant topics with valuable insights
Business Partners and customers - are you attending IBM InterConnect 2012? Only a few weeks left to register to attend this meeting place for business and IT leaders!
IBM InterConnect 2012
October 9 - 11, 2012 | Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Hot Topic Sessions
A showcase of successful strategies that leverage the breadth and depth of IBM software and systems. Exchange Sessions
These facilitated sessions offer attendees the opportunity to dig deeper into the strategies discussed in the Hot Topic Sessions and learn how to apply lessons learned. Come out of these topics with a plan to share what you've learned with peers from your organization.
Located central to the entire event, this space is set up to foster topic discussions and offer interactive demonstrations for IBM Business Partners, Subject Matter Experts, customers, and IBM executives.
With all that IBM has to offer, how does one find their way from point A to point B?
To help you navigate your route, IBM has created a series of roadmaps that should help you along the way. Whether you're a Business Partner, Academic, IT professional, or entrepreneur, these roadmaps offer a step-by-step guide with an overview, resources to learn more, and actions that will help you succeed.
Roadmaps for Business Partners
- Industry roadmaps
- Cross-industry roadmaps
Roadmaps for IT professionals
Roadmaps for academia
- IBM roadmap for academia - Faculty
- IBM roadmap for academia - Students
Roadmaps for entrepreneurs
Visit the IBM Roadmaps website (http://ibm.biz/BdxrUX
) to learn more about the different routes you can take.
Hi and welcome to the first of many posts from the IBM Innovation
Center (IIC) Canada! While most posts will come from me (Jeanette), I'd
like to start by introducing our team, as you can expect posts from all
IIC Canada Team
at the IBM Canada headquarters, our team is part of a growing network
of Innovation Centers worldwide. Our little trio handles technical
enablements, workshops, and events across Canada.
Lila Adamec, Manager, IBM Innovation CenterBlog Goals
Our fearless leader, Lila, has over 20 years
of experience in the technology industry and is a long-time IBMer.
Lila drives the Canadian Strategy and oversees all aspects of the center
operations and resources. She works with IBM Business Partners and IBM
executives in understanding and leveraging the capabilities of the
Global Network of IIC's worldwide to create a successful partnership.
Grace Barker, Planning & Deliver Manager, IBM Innovation Center
experienced IBMer, Grace has worked at IBM for 17 years. She handles
the business development and execution of IIC activities to support our
Jeanette Lee, Event Coordinator, IBM Innovation Center
member to the IIC team, I plan and execute events held in the center
and work with IBM Business Partners to help them maximize the resources
Our team is dedicated to
working with and connecting Business Partners, Independent Software
Vendors, developers, academics, and entrepreneurs on how to build,
market, sell, and deliver solutions. We've joined the world of blogging
to make sure information and resources are available to you and build
awareness of events that we will be hosting. On a weekly basis, we will
post about relevant topics to keep you informed on what is happening in
the IIC, with IBM, and with IBM Business Partners. Some upcoming
topics...PureSystems, working in the cloud, Business Analytics, Social
Collaboration, upcoming event highlights and recaps and many more.
Follow this blog! Help us stay interesting and relevant by suggesting topics, asking questions, or posting comments.
Together with our local Information Management (IM) team, the Toronto IBM Innovation Center (IIC) hosts several technical IM bootcamps every quarter. These 3-, or 4-day technical workshops offer free training for IBM Business Partners that include detailed lectures and hands-on lab training on a variety of products and subjects, including:
- DB2 software
- Informix software
- InfoSphere software
- Big Data and Warehouse
Who can attend?
You must be a current IBM Business Partner to attend. Additional pre-requisites and product knowledge may be required for some courses.What is included?
- 3- or 4-day training, including lectures and hands-on labs
- free IBM Technical Mastery Test or Certification Exam at the end of the workshop (offers and conditions may vary for each bootcamp)
Upcoming bootcamps at the Toronto IIC:
- February 5 - 8: InfoSphere MDM Advanced Edition Extended Bootcamp
- February 12 - 15: PureData for Analytics Advanced Bootcamp (waitlist only)
- March 19 - 22: PureData for Analytics Advanced Bootcamp
- March 25 - 28: DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Bootcamp
For a complete list of the events being held by at the Toronto IIC or other worldwide IICs, visit: https://ibm.biz/Bdx4sN
For more information about the IM Technical Bootcamps and full list of offerings, visit: https://ibm.biz/BdxS3b
Last week, we held the Partnering with IBM Big Data to Grow Your Business events at the Markham and Montreal IBM offices. Our speakers were IBM experts, Dr. Niu Bai* and Terri Gerber**, who spoke on the topics:
- Why Big Data? Why now?;
- The IBM Big Data Platform: Netezza (PureData), BigInsights, and Streams; and
- Big Data Use Cases
We were happy to have such a fantastic turnout at both events, with a mix of Systems Integrators, Independent
Software Vendors, Value Added
Distributors and customers providing a lively and constructive Q&A
session wrapping up the event with an opportunity to network with our
speakers during the reception.
For those of you who were unable to join us at the IBM Innovation Center for this event, our speakers have suggested some reading material and websites for you to familiarize yourself with Big Data and the IBM Big Data Platform over the holiday season. We look forward to hosting more Big Data events in the new year.
*Dr. Niu Bai is the Worldwide Business Development Lead for Big Data at IBM.
**Terri Gerber is the IBM Netezza Channel Manager, Big Data and Information Management.
Partner with IBM to harness the power of Big Data
Faced with a variety of data you can't analyze? Is the velocity of your data overwhelming and you need decisions in real-time? Do you have an issue with the volume of data that needs to be analyzed? If any of these issues apply then you have a Big Data challenge and are missing opportunities!
With better big data, you can turn your data into trusted information that can be harvested to find new insight and to answer questions that in the past were beyond reach. Due to the popularity of this topic, we've scheduled our speakers to host this event in Montreal on November 29th in addition to our original event scheduled in Toronto for November 27th.
Come hear our industry experts share their real-world experiences to help you learn how to take control of your ever-growing supply of data and turn it into an enterprise source of knowledge.
2:30 - 3:00 PM Registration
3:00 - 4:00 PM Achieving Competitive Advantage through Big Data Analytics
4:00 - 5:00 PM IBM Big Data Platform: Real World Approach to Introducing Big Data Business Alignment
Strategy, Plan and Execution
5:00 - 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
November 27, 2012
IBM Innovation Center - Toronto
3600 Steeles Avenue East, Markham ON L3R 9Z7
November 29, 2012
IBM Innovation Center - Montreal
1360 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, 11th Floor, Montreal ON H3G 2W6
What does "social business" mean to you?
"A social business is engaged - Deeply connecting people to be involved in productive, efficient ways.
A social business is transparent - Providing line of sight across traditional boundaries and better aligning actions to needs.
A social business is nimble - Speeding up business with insight to anticipate and address evolving opportunities."
The IBM Social Business
solution portfolio is broad, and includes: Connections 4, Connections Suite, Intranet Experience Suite; mobile, integration, Social Content, Analytics. IBM is now offering the "Ready for Social Business" mark for qualified Business Partners. This new program enables Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs) to integrate their solutions with IBM's Social Business platform.
PARTNERING WITH IBM SOCIAL BUSINESS
October 24, 2012
Toronto IBM Innovation Center
To learn more about IBM Social Business, hear from IBM executives and Business Partners working with social business solutions and network at the upcoming Partnering with IBM Social Business event being held at the Toronto IIC.
- Learn about the roadmap and preview a demo of upcoming App Dev assets
- Network with key IBMers involved in social App Dev
- Discuss marketing opportunities
Back in April, IBM announced the new family of expert integrated systems called IBM PureSystems. Since then, this revolutionary new product has been top-of-mind for IBMers and our Business Partners.
To quickly catch you up, these systems incorporate hardware, software, and applications with built-in expertise, integration by design, and offers a simplified IT experience. The current offerings include:
- PureFlex System: an infrastructure system that combines computing, storage, networking, virtualization and management and is expert at sensing and anticipating resource needs.
- PureApplication System: a platform system built for cloud and offers a simple and efficient experience putting you in control.
The IBM Innovation Centers (IICs) have been hosting PureSystems Business Partner Day events worldwide to get our Business Partners up-to-date on IBM PureSystems. Here in Canada, we have already hosted events in Toronto and Montreal. Both events were a success with over 180 Business Partners in attendance, and experts on IBM PureSystems speaking about the product and networking with independent software vendors, managed service providers, systems integrators, and resellers. We at the IIC Canada are working hard to get our Western Business Partners out to an event as well, so keep an eye out for a communication from the IIC.
Keep reading as we get our event plans lined up for the fall and start blogging about what you can expect on the agenda here at the IIC Canada. Check out what events are coming up at the IBM Innovation Centers around the globe: http://ibm.biz/Bdx4sN