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
Last week, the IBM Innovation Center - Canada ran the pilot for the PureSystems Certification Preparation Workshop. This 3-day workshop focuses on the PureFlex System and includes sales and technical training on the first two days followed by testing on the final day.
Due to the popularity of the pilot event, we had to increase the
workshop size! A word from Steve Powell, Course Developer for IBM and the instructor for the pilot workshop:
"It was great to visit Toronto and meet so many dedicated Partners. We
had a lot of fun getting to grips with the certification test
requirements and I'm pleased to say many of our Partners are now
For those of you who were unable to join us last week,
we are holding 4 additional workshops in the coming weeks in Toronto,
Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. We look forward to having many of you attend the upcoming sessions.
Please do note that as this is a review course, attendees are expected
to be familiar with PureSystems and should study the materials in
advance and come prepared with any questions.
If you missed out on this workshop, visit the IBM Innovation Center website at http://ibm.biz/Bdx4sN
to register online and find out about our other events.
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
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- 10 full conference passes for only $1700 per
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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
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
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
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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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Get up to speed on the latest tech
Gain new skills with trainings, certifications, over 400 technical and interactive sessions, and hands-on labs with the latest technology like IBM Watson™, IBM® JazzHub, and IBM Bluemix.
Accelerate innovation in your organization
Learn how DevOps and continuous engineering can help your organization lower friction, increase speed, and drive results.
Trust your IT infrastructure
Join more than 4,000 business, IT, and engineering professionals to discover how trusted product development and software delivery are critical to better business outcomes.
Register Today: http://bit.ly/1lLQfhV
On October 9th, IBM announced the newest member of the PureSystems family. The PureData system encompasses the three core attributes of all PureSystems - built-in expertise, integration by design, and simplified experience - with a focus on big data. With today's focus on efficient management and speedy analysis of the vast quantities of data collected each minute, this new system offers three workload-optimized models:
- PureData Systems for Transactions
- PureData Systems for Analytics
- PureData Systems for Operational Analytics
Read more about this newest offering by reading the official IBM News Release at https://ibm.biz/Bdx24c.
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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!!
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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
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an international 48-hour code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators gather to build applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions in four categories: Humans, Earth, Outer Space and Robotics.
This year on April 11-12, more than 10,000 developers are expected to participate across 138 cities and online through the virtual challenge.
IBM is offering Bluemix as a cloud development platform for the NASA Virtual Space App Challenge to help developers rapidly build applications for the challenge.
In addition to the prizes from NASA, IBM will award one prize per hackathon location for the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix. Selected winners will receive $12K of Cloud credit including high-level technical support.
For additional information on the challenge, please visit https://ibm.biz/spaceapp2015.
For participating cities (including Cambridge!), please visit the official Space Apps Challenge website ibm.biz/spaceapp15.
Check out what other cities are doing via Twitter: #spaceapps @spaceapps #bluemix
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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
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You are invited to SportsHack, on November 14-16, 2014, the first Wearable Technology Hackathon in Toronto where the main theme is Sports. Get inspired in this 3-day event by working with fellow hackers at the former home of hockey!
From one of the most iconic buildings in Toronto, the former Maple Leaf Gardens; IBM, Ryerson University, and We Are Wearables Toronto (WWTO) have joined forces to bring you SportsHack. This event will allow participants to work with the coolest wearable, Cloud and Analytics technologies applied in the world of sports.
Hack Sports with the Myo ( Thalmic Labs ), the Kiwi ( Kiwi Wearables ), and the Muse ( InteraXon ); three devices from local companies in Ontario driving innovation in the wearable space; or bring your own wearable and hack sports!
You will be able to rapidly develop your apps on the Cloud using IBM Bluemix ( bluemix ) Platform As a Service (PAAS), and integrate your solution with Big Data, Analytics, Mobile, and many more services available with this platform.
Register at http://www.sportshackweekend.org/
To learn more about the Myo, Kiwi, Muse and Bluemix before the day of the Hackaton join us on November 4th at the DMZ.
Register for this session at http://bit.ly/1Dfy11W
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IBM BluemixTM is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Built-in capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem partners and open source — all through an as-a-service model in the cloud. Developers and business leaders will benefit from hearing how BluemixTM and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, cost sensitive environment - using new capabilities and technologies geared towards the cloud.
Take advantage of the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on IBM BluemixTM (built on SoftLayer)!
Bluemix Advantage: Developers and business leaders alike will benefit from hearing how Bluemix and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, cost sensitive environment - using new capabilities and technologies geared towards the cloud. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to differentiate and leap-frog your competition with IBM Bluemix and SoftLayer.
Bluemix Hands-On Workshops: Take the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on Bluemix (built on SoftLayer)!
As part of this workshop you will be able to:
Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (Bluemix DevOps Services)
Work with Bluemix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
Help shape Bluemix with your input and feedback
Data Management Services hands-on lab
Bring your own simple application or use our sample labs and learn how to build and deploy on Bluemix.
Join us in the following locations:
For an overview of all locations and all Bluemix events please visit - http://ibm.co/1pmS2Mv
For more information on IBM Bluemix please visit - http://ibm.co/1kBGhT8
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.