HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's 2013 and the start of a great new year. What are your new year's resolutions? Here at the IIC Toronto, we resolve to continue providing our Business Partners with the resources, training, and events to best assist you with your business and to build on our existing relationship with you.
We've got a busy year ahead with events and training built around the 2012 Tech Trends Report finding that the key areas of interest are analytics, mobile, cloud, and social. We'd love to hear from you, our Business Partners, on topics that are of particular interest to you, or if you are looking for more in-depth coverage of particular topics. Tell us how we can help you succeed in 2013!
Upcoming Events for IBM Business Partners
January 27 - 31
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.
The annual IBM Tech Trends study results have been published by developerWorks
and the IBM Center for Applied Insights
. Last year, the results showed that analytics, mobile, cloud, and social were the key technologies being developed. The 2012 results represent responses from over 1,200 IT decision-makers and 700 academics (both educators and students).
- Information about the state of analytics, mobile, cloud and social technologies.
- Who is really embracing newer technologies.
- How companies respond to opportunities and risks from new technologies.
- Why hiring for key IT skills is becoming increasingly difficult.
- What are the skill gaps in technology.
About IBM developerWorksibm.com/developerworks
IBM developerWorks is an industry-leading, award-winning technical resource and professional network for the developer community. Four million IT professionals, faculty and students across 195 countries use developerWorks each month to learn about advances in IT and open standards, develop skills, solve problems and work collaboratively with experts and peers.
About the IBM Center for Applied Insightsibm.com/smarter/cai/value
The IBM Center for Applied Insights introduces new ways of thinking, working and leading. Through evidence-based research, the Center arms leaders with pragmatic guidance and the case for change.
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.
Are you an IBM Business Partner focused on Business Analytics? Does your portfolio include Risk Analytics tools to help your customers make risk-driven business decisions?
Sign up for this webinar that examines examples of risk-driven business decisions, why they are necessary, and learn about how IBM solutions, Algorithmics and OpenPages, can be adopted to improve how you meet your clients' needs.
Date: December 6, 2012 @ 10 a.m. ET
- Maura Cieslik, Worldwide Risk Analytics Channel, Business Unit Executive
- Andy Coulter, Worldwide Channels Business Development Executive - Risk Analytics
The Beacon Awards recognize the best solutions and services IBM Business Partners have delivered to clients around the world. With over 30 different awards to recognize achievement, this annual award offers IBM Business Partners the opportunity to get recognized. Submit a nomination
to be considered for the industry's top awards.
Beacon Award winners and finalists enjoy a unique competitive advantage through enhanced visibility and recognition for their winning solution. The winners and finalists receive:
- Complimentary registration to PartnerWorld Leadership Conference (PWLC) 2013
- Promotion of winners and finalists on the PartnerWorld Web site and throughout PWLC
- Use of Beacon Award marks for one year
- Crystal trophy
- Photo taken with IBM executive(s) at PWLC
Winners will also receive:
- Complimentary hotel accommodations at PWLC
- Press support
- Promotional video
Don't miss the deadline on Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m. US EST. Get your nomination in today!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The Global Network of IBM Innovation Centers has been hosting the IBM PureSystems Business Partner Day events worldwide. Here in Canada, we held these informative networking events in Toronto and Montreal and will be bringing the event out to our western Business Partners as well. With a twist. We've made this a morning event and added a more technical workshop component in the afternoon. Check out the agenda for the day. I've included it below with links to register online. Please register separately for the morning and afternoon sessions.
We'd like to invite all of our IBM Business Partners that operate in the western provinces and territories to attend the PureSystems Business Partner Day in Calgary on September 6th.
Keynote & Breakout Sessions (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST)
- Luis H. Rodriguez – Director, IBM Innovation Centers
- Todd Austin – Worldwide Channel Marketing Leader, IBM PureSystems
C-level, Line of Business, Sales & Marketing
At the keynote, you will hear about IBM’s new family of expert integrated systems and how the PureSystems offerings meet the increasing demands of your business and technology challenges.
Breakout sessions will provide value, pricing and incentives, and specific details on next steps.
Register now for the keynote and breakout session: http://ibm.biz/BdxXx2
Workshop (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM MST)
IBM Technology Consultant, IBM PureSystems Expert
The workshop will instruct you on the tools and techniques used to create scripts for cloud deployment on the IBM PureApplication and PureFlex systems. This workshop will cover:
- What are workload patterns
- IBM Workload Deployer (IWD) tooling for Virtual Pattern creation on PureApplication system
- IBM Composition and Construction Tool (ICCT) tooling for Virtual Appliance creation for PureFlex system
Register now for the workshop: http://ibm.biz/Bdx4qT