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
to sign up. At the Member level, we provide resources for five
categories: Marketing, Selling, Technical, Training, and Collaboration.
Each is designed to support your needs. By building your company's
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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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There are a lot of resources available to IBM Business Partners on PartnerWorld, so don't miss out.
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
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Edge2013 will offer 4.5 days of world-class technical education for IT professionals and practitioners including:
350+ technical sessions and hands on labs geared for novices to experts, with the ability to test drive the latest technology.
Exciting general sessions focused on Smarter Computing innovations and real-world success stories.
World class certification available on-site to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions.
A comprehensive and expanded Solution Center giving you access to the latest storage, System x and PureSystems solutions from IBM and our sponsors.
There are 3 different tracks at Edge2013. General sessions are open to all conference attendees. ExecutiveEdge participation is by IBM nomination and approval. TechnicalEdge attendees may add ExecutiveEdge sessions to their agenda.
There is something for everyone.
Become a next generation MSP at Edge2013. An exclusive event for MSPs to learn, share and network.
The MSP Summit at IBM Edge2013 is a two-day session focused on specific business and technology topics important to an MSP’s success. This exclusive event is designed to create new business opportunities and accelerate your growth. Hear from IBM executives about new incentives, offerings, marketing programs and more. Share your business challenges and best practices in our many sessions and panel discussions. Network among your peers, clients, and IBMers.
IBM’s fast growing ecosystem of MSP partners includes VARs, ISVs, VADs, CSPs, Telcos, System Integrators, and more.
Get Certified at Edge2013 and Save!
Take advantage of certification testing at Edge2013 and save up to 50% versus the standard pricing offered at Prometric centers. The Professional Certification Program from IBM provides skilled sales and technical professionals an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in business solutions to the world. The program is designed to validate skills and proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Professional certification instills confidence in your employer. Your skills have been tested and demonstrated, enabling you to deliver higher levels of service and technical expertise than non-certified employees and move on a faster career track. Professional certification puts you in control of your career.
The Edge media center contains resources that help remind you of that key technique you learned or introduce you to breakthroughs you may have missed. All organized into the easy-to-browse libraries. To access the Media center ... http://www.ibm.com/systems/edge/mediacenter.html
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Happy New Year from the IBM Innovation Center!!
Innovate. Transform. Grow.
Make plans now for IBM Global Entrepreneur Week February 3-7th
Entrepreneur Week represents, for IBM Canada, the launch of our participation in the Global Entrepreneur Program. This worldwide program provides benefits to start-ups and entrepreneurs such as mentoring, free software access and other features. Entrepreneur week will allow you to become part of this launch as you participate in the many activities planned.
The jam-packed agenda will feature virtual as well as face-to-face opportunities to network and learn among entrepreneurs, VCs, serial entrepreneurs, academic leaders, IBM executives, and partners. Plus, Entrepreneur Week will showcase many of the IBM Global Entrepreneur success stories and provide an opportunity to meet the winners during the 2013 Smart Camp Global finals to be held on February 5th in San Francisco.
The event kicks off with an online bash on Day 1 featuring a virtual coffee break of entrepreneurs and IBM execs networking in small groups, and continues with breakout sessions, roundtables, and speakers to educate and inspire innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. The online session is organized around 3 tracks: 1) Growing your business in a Social world; 2) Women Entrepreneurs, and 3) Academic Excellence.
Day 2 will be a ground-breaking series of simultaneous in person events in over 40 cities worldwide hosted at IBM Global Innovation Centers and client briefing centers. Experience the breadth and depth of all that IBM has to offer to help startups succeed in their new ventures!
Day 3 focuses on business coaching for entrepreneur partners with virtual mentoring conducted by top leaders from venture firms, entrepreneur and academic communities, as well as industry consultants & experts.
Day 4 features unique learning opportunities around IBM technologies such as mobile, social, cloud and big data and analytics in the morning, followed by a very special afternoon in San Francisco featuring the 8 firms selected for the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals. You won’t want to miss the excitement as this year’s winner is selected!
We wrap up the week on Day 5 with a special webcast keynote presentation from an expert on the topic of entrepreneurship.
What are you waiting for? Make new connections and get inspired by joining other entrepreneurs and innovators at this unique weeklong event.
Join us at one of our locations:
Waterloo - February 3, 2014 http://ibm.co/1aEDAXU
Toronto - February 4, 2014 http://ibm.co/1c7dcdc
Montreal - February 11, 2014 http://ibm.co/1gBXIPg
Global Entrepreneur Web Sites to visit:
Global Entrepreneur Program
Entrepreneur Week - Save the Date
Overview of Entrepreneur Week Daily Events
Smart Camp Finals and Entrepreneur Insights
"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
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Join us for this event in Toronto on May 29, hosted by Judy Smolski, IBM, Vice President Mid-Market, centered around seizing the growing opportunity in the managed services space. Be sure to stay for the "Connect to Win" networking reception to make connections with an ecosystem of partners who can complement your portfolio of offerings and provide the different types of expertise needed to bring your solution to the next level.
Meet with IBM executives who will expound on the latest mid-market and MSP research
Discover more about the IBM PartnerWorld initiative for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) designed to create new business opportunities and accelerate your growth
Network and identify MSP, ISV and SI relationships that can bring together different capabilities and strengths
Learn more about IBM infrastructure offerings and cloud solutions designed to help you compete and profit in today's Smarter Planet
Register here today.
We look forward to seeing you!
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IBM Innovation Center - Toronto
Have you visited the Toronto IIC website recently?
Are you familiar with all the classes that are available to you?
We invite you to join us for the classes below.
This Connect to Win Networking Reception is an executive event where you will meet with an ecosystem of IBM Executives, MSPs, and ISVs who can complement your portfolio of offerings and provide the different types of expertise needed to bring your solution to the next level.
This session will teach you to Use mobile to create new revenue streams and a competitive advantage, Build mobile applications to transform the client, partner and employee value chain and Capitalize on every interaction, every device, everywhere -- and learn how to make the next interaction event smarter and "impactful".
This event is designed for Business Partners, ISVs, MSPs looking to maximize their relationship with IBM. Learn best practices, meet local contacts and establish next steps as you partner and grow with IBM. You will learn through IBM Roadmaps how to set priorities and stay on track to align with IBM solutions.
This technical workshop is for IBM Business Partners who want to learn how to develop solutions on IBM BigInsights 2.0. Attendees will learn how to develop solutions on IBM BigInsights using the various analytical capabilities of the platform
These events will cover an Introduction to IBM Roadmaps and How to use the Roadmaps to move your Product to the Marketplace.
This session facilitates the creation of successful business connections to drive sales through technology integration, joint marketing, and engagements with the IBM sales teams.
This event is designed for Business Partners, ISVs, MSPs looking to maximize their relationship with IBM. Learn best practices, meet local contacts and establish next steps as you partner and grow with IBM. You will learn through IBM Roadmaps how to set priorities and stay on track to align with IBM solutions
These events will cover an Introduction to IBM Roadmaps and How to use the Roadmaps to move your Product to the Marketplace
We look forward to seeing you!!
Throughout the summer there are many sporting events to both watch and participate in. One of my personal favourites is Tennis.
Wimbledon is one of the most well known tennis event. From a technical standpoint it was extremely well done and the IBM tools used to "make it happen" are being implemented in many businesses today. Watch how IBM uses Mobile, Cloud and Big Data Offerings to make the Wimbledon experience much richer for all involved.
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On February 4th, 2014 IBM hosted Day 2 of the inaugural IBM Global Entrepreneur week with 44 in-person events around the world. In Toronto we officially launched the program with over 200 people in attendance.
It was quite a day! There was amazing energy, buzz, mentoring, keynotes, cool startup technologies and so much more!!!
We had a packed room with over 200 people in attendance.
Lila Adamec of IBM hosted an energy packed standing room only session with over 200 individuals in the entrepreneur community.
Theresa Laurico, SociaLIGHT provided a keynote address with some inspirational words for the attendees
Allen Lau, Wattpad kicked off the day with some great lessons for entrepreneurs.
Jeff Klink, Softlayer(an IBM Company) talked about their Catalyst Program
We then had some insights and lessons from Canada's Top Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Heather Payne, Founder, Ladies Learning Code and CEO of HackerYou, Satish Kanwar, Founder of Jet Cooper and Ali Ghafour, Founder of Viafoura were moderated by Sean Stanleigh of Report on Small Business, Globe and Mail. It was extremely informational for all.
We then had a second panel which was also extremely interactive Moderated by Sarah Vermunt of Forbes, Huffington Post, Careergasm. Our panelists were from a wide cross section. We had Eugene Bomba, Partner, Canadian Emerging Company Service Leaders - PwC, Andre Gerber, Director, Dentons Canada Startup Program, Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures, Valerie Copland, BDM Toronto and East GTA, Canadian Youth Business Foundation. It was a very interactive session with many great questions.
Raul Chong, IBM then took the attendees through the IBM BLU offering.
Lila Adamec, Ecosystem Development Manager then went through the Global Entrepreneur Program.
Kim Soper, IBM then wrapped up the session with a great summary of the day.
Twitter was abuzz with comments from attendees at the session and we trended across Canada. Here is a small sampling of the tweets.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event amazing!!
Be sure to check our site for upcoming events http://ibm.co/1eJylYo
Impact 2013 will provide an array of activities designed just for you,
including the IBM Business Partner Summit on Sunday, 28 Apr, 2013, the
Business Partner Cafe,
Be sure to take advantage of special promotions available to you. Save on registrations for your firm and bring clients at reduced rates, too.
Special Limited Time Offer for IBM Business Partners – Purchase by March 15th
Purchase this package for your customers and receive a Full Conference Pass for your company and a VIP Package! Promotion expires March 15th, 2013.
Purchase one of the volume discount pass package and bring your clients and team together at Impact. Be one of the first three Business Partners
to purchase this pass option and receive special incentives. This pass option can be used for multiple companies!
- 10 full conference passes for only $1700 per
pass – that’s $4,950 off the regular price. Allocate them to your
customers. Total cost = $17,000
- 20 full conference passes for only $1650 per pass -- that’s $10,900 off the regular price! Allocate to your customers. Total cost = $33,000
The VIP package you will receive includes one of each:
- Complimentary pass*
- Meal with Software Group Business Partner Executives
- Limo transportation to/from the Las Vegas McCarran Airport
- Meet and Greet with Matchbox 20
What you need to do: Business Partner Customer Passes can be purchased by contacting impactregistration@MaritzTravel.com.
* Complimentary Pass is pending IBM legal approval. Additional passes
can be purchased for $1,650 each after the purchase of a group discount.
Once payment is complete, you will receive a promotion code to enter
during registration. Offer is not valid when paying with co-marketing
dollars.Bring your customers, and you attend for less – Expires March 15th
Help us promote the educational benefits of attending Impact. For
every 5 customers registered with your Business Partner promo code,
company receives $500 off of a Business Partner full conference pass.
And that’s not all! Your customer can receive $100 off their
This promotion expires March 15th!
How to take advantage:
* Discount not applied if registration is part of an already discounted pass
- Register for the contest by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include your company name, contact name and phone number.
- You will receive a promotion code that your clients will need to use to register for Impact. We will include a logo for your website and invitation materials.
- Promote Impact! Ask clients to use the promotion code so they receive $100 off registration and the registration is credited to you!*
- Once your registration code hits 5, you will be sent a promotion code for your discounted pass.
Watch a video invitation from Mark Register, Vice President, IBM Software Business Partners and Midmarket on why you should attend.
Mark Register Invites You to Impact
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In addition to this blog, we are now on Twitter, one of the most recognized micro-blogging sites.
in July 2006, it has attracted a large number of users with registered
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Twitter has become one of the most popular websites on the Internet.
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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.
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Are you familiar with the IBM Roadmaps?
Have you visited our Roadmap site?
Our solution roadmaps provide a step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of your relationship with IBM. Each roadmap provides an overview, resources to learn more, and actions you can take to help you succeed.
Join us on May 15, 2013 in Markham, Ontario for an event to familiarize you with our Roadmaps.
We will explore the Pure Systems Roadmap and how to best utilize it to take your product to the marketplace.
These Roadmap sessions are designed to help Business Partners utilize the roadmaps to navigate through IBM with a step by step process of what is required to take their product to market. They encompass the Learn, Build, Sell Model.
Date: May 15, 2013
3600 Steeles Avenue East
IBM Canada , D107
Register to join us for this most informative event.
For more information on Roadmaps, Visit our Roadmap Webpage