database expert is in a critical position to become a hero in this big
data era. Why? Because you know data.. you know your database. Now you
need to know how to expand your knowledge to find the secrets lying
dormant in your awesome data.
help you, I'm posting this podcast which is a conversation between
database expert & IBM champion Jean-Marc Blaise and Big Data expert
Leon Katsnelson. Perhaps you have the same question? Listen & find
Beyond this podcast, we have many other resources available to help you with your learning curve.
First I’ll start with some excellent books.
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Kenneth Cukier
thought the book was very well written and covered the history of data,
the advent of big data, and what we need to do differently to profit in
this new era.
things will be different. As the author hinted and IBM CEO Ginny
stated, big data is like oil was in the industrial age. Lots of things
changed then to cope with the precious resource and it is no different
stories about current big data successes are inspirational and the
authors make it clear that the untapped potential of data is massive.
Don't let this potential slip out of your hands. Learn what you can now
to see what you can harness from this incredible asset you have in your
highly recommend the book. It is a quick read. If you only have time
for 1 chapter, read chapter 10. It does a nice job of summarizing all
the concepts and issues introduced in the book.
by Paul Zikopoulos, David Corrigan, Tom Deutsch, Krishnan Parasuraman, James Giles, Dirk Deroos
an overview of the IBM Information Management Big Data platform. It’s
intended for a broad audience, ranging from those who are brand new to
Big Data, to those on the business and management side, to architects,
and to developers who want a glimpse into the technical details that
underpin this platform.
by Dr. Arvind Sathi
book discusses three perspectives on Big Data Analytics. First, why is
Big Data Analytics becoming so important and what can we do with it.
Second, it lists major components of Big Data Analytics - Unstructured
Data Analytics, Massively Parallel Processing, Adaptive Real-time and
Predictive Modeling, Data Privacy Management, Data Visualization, and
Ontologies. Third, it provides a glimpse at implementation concerns and
how they must be tackled.
written a few blog entries in the past few weeks that summarizes blog
entries and articles that come recommended in your journey to learn
about Big Data:
What are you sacrificing for the promise of big data?
Reading list mined from "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era" Tweetchat
Recommendations mined from Tweetchat about Mobile Data
Likely the best place for you to keep up to date with all the great things that are happening from a Big Data perspective is the Big Data Hub.
The breadth of content that you’ll find here will keep you busy for
some time. Let me tell you, you’ll be an expert in Big Data very
Upcoming events to mark on your calendar:
Before March 25 - Tell us your most important big data issues in a fun with with IBM’s Smart Sixteen - Big Data Style! See Big Data Bracketology for a description of the “Smart Sixteen” teams in the big data dance by the four regions.
March 27 at 12:00 noon ET - Join
us for our next tweetchat which takes place on Wednesday, March 27 at
12:00 noon ET. Topic is "In-Memory for Big Data Management" with
panelists: James Kobielus, analysts from Wikibon and SiliconANGLE, and
IBM Champions Alex Philp, Cristian Molaro, Craig Mullins, Cuneyt Goksu
April 30 - Big Data at the Speed of Business - Find out more about managing big data, join IBM for a free event.
During this week’s #bigdatamgmt TweetChat that was focused on Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era",
I noticed that many of the experts recommended articles to emphasize
their points. I’ve gathered all of these recommendations to create this
reading list. I hope you find this valuable.
You must increase control of wasteful data even with Big Data
Management, archive/retire & dispose. Big Data doesn’t change
retention. Keep the data you need, get rid of the rest . You can’t
afford to keep it all. Big
Data is not immune to the laws of information economics. You must
increase control of wasteful data even w Big Datamgmt, archive/retire
& dispose. Infosphere Optim helps you get control of structured
data to feed only the good into Big Datamgmt.
PPB13 How do practitioners overcome emerging skepticism in the marketplace?
Without good data stewardship & Big Datamgmt it will difficult to
unlock the value of big data. To deal with Big Data, speed, and volume:
be proactive by starting Big Data Management across the enterprise
now & maintain. Start now on data quality because if you don’t have it in now Big Data only magnifies data issues.
For more Big Datamgmt resources Data Privacy and Security. Exploring
Big Data still requires trusted data so you must secure and govern even
Big Data refers to datasets whose size, type and speed of creation make
it impractical to process and analyze with traditional tools. That Big
Data definition comes from wikibon; see Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast 2012-2017. So given that, definitionally then, traditional concepts are at the very least “impractical”… no?
BTRG_MikeMartin You can’t make good business decisions on bad data.
Data governance is critical in the Big Data management era as it makes
small problems bigger. You need data quality to enable Biginsights
searchCIO Metadata practices are gaining momentum as companies tackle Big Data.
searchCIO Data Quality is essential to master Big Data Management
dvellante Perspectives from a former CIO on the importance of data quality
furrier Dirty data equals poor user experience. I wrote about it in 2009 re: twitter facebook & social data
craigmullins Consider non-intrusive data governance; see this article by my friend Bob Seiner
great resources! For our next tweetchat, we’d like to build a reading
list that is sent out prior to the chat. Wednesday, March 15: Topic: Mobile Challenges for the Enterprise. Stay tuned for more information about this event.
To find out more about managing big data, join IBM for a free event on April 30: Big Data at the Speed of Business
What are you sacrificing for the promise of big data?
Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
Part 2: Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
What is a Tweetchat and why should you join us?
Big Data & Database Technology
Great articles by amazing contributors. Make sure you read every article in the latest edition of the DM Magazine. I’ve read the article about Roger Sander’s contribution to the DB2 Certification Exam Development team and the announcement of his latest certification guide, which is a supplement. I’ve bookmarked many of the other articles so I can read them over the coming week. I hope you find something interesting and useful in this edition!
Taming Big Data - The realm of huge information flows is governed by new rules. What changes in the multi-petabyte, microsecond response, multimedia world? And how will Big Data change your job?
by Lisa Stapleton
It’s not just huge volumes. It’s not just microsecond response times, it’s not just incredible variety. It’s all three. Dealing with “nice” data, stored in well-defined data warehouse structures and handled sometimes months or years after it is first collected, is an increasingly smaller part of the job of data management. Here’s how folks are learning to handle the rest of it—the unstructured data, and the data that constantly changes as customers take actions and applications process input.
Tuning SQL at the Senate: E Pluribus Unum - When the SQL flow in the United States Senate went from static to dynamic, the database team had to see many queries, but tune them as one.
by Ives Brant
“High-performance government” may sound like an oxymoron, but for the teams that monitor and tune databases for the U.S. Senate, high performance is absolutely necessary to handle the huge number of queries that hit the Senate’s financial management system. InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner software running on IBM DB2 z/OS helps the U.S. Senate DBAs and software specialists reduce query response time from 20 to 30 seconds to less than 2 seconds when they generate new statistics for a workload of SQL queries.
The Man to See About Certification - The guru of DB2 certification tests talks about how he puts them together—and how they can help your career
by Howard Baldwin
Q&A with Roger Sanders who has helped IBM develop 17 DB2 certification exams, more than any other individual. Want to know why certification is important? Roger Sanders is the man to ask. We talked to him about how the tests are put together, how they can help a DBA’s career, and—oh yes—about the certification test he failed.
Get Your Head in the Clouds - Data Pros are adopting cloud computing concepts to offer databases as a service - easing management burdens and sending users to cloud nine.
by Jin Zhang
Tactics and strategies for moving away from traditional provisioning models in which DBAs function solely in reactive mode—responding to user requests in nonstop “database, clone, database, clone” activities—towards a database-as-a-service, or DBaaS (pronounced as “D-Baa-S”), model employing cloud computing practices.
To offer DBaaS on the cloud, enterprise IT departments must undergo a process of constructing and managing a private enterprise “data cloud”—a platform consisting of storage hardware, virtual images, database schemas and more—and making that cloud available to users through a services interface.
Smarter is… Making Watson Smarter…Faster
by Howard Baldwin
A deeper look at the Jeopardy-winning system and the technology that enables it to process information in near real-time.
IBM Information Governance Council - Information Governance Community growing worldwide - IGC draws 1500 members, solicits best practices ideas
by the Magazine Team
The wisdom of crowds isn't an oxymoron. Large groups have an uncanny ability to get the right answer - just see James Surowiecki's book on the subject for proof. So it's not unreasonable to say that the Information Governance Council (IGC) is getting smarter with each passing month.
Data Architect - Securing DB2 Data - Grant privileges to a what, not a who
by Robert Catterall
These days executives are more concerned than ever about unauthorized access to data entrusted to their organization. Their fears are justified: a recent study showed that a third of those polled would quit doing business with a company they perceived to be guilty of a data security breach.
Distributed DBA - Using the DB2 Problem Determination Tool
by Roger E. Sanders
Sooner or later, every DBA encounters problems. Consequently, a skill that every DBA must possess is the ability to perform a logical, systematic search of a database system for the source of any problems that might arise. The DB2 Problem Determination Tool can help.
Programmers Only - New Order by Information: Part 2. The Impact of using the RANDOM index option on ORDER BY sort avoidance
by Bonnie Baker
In the last issue, Bonnie Baker began a series of columns concerning new aspects of ORDER BY. This column - Part 2 - covers the impact of using the CREATE / ALTER INDEX RANDOM order option on sort avoidance.
Performance tuning on Informix - Fastest Informix DBA Contest III - Performance tuning an OLTP system
by Lester Knutsen
Performance tuning is a continuous process for every DBA. Advanced DataTools Corporation conducted three fastest Informix DBA contests to highlight and learn what goes on in this process.
Imagine What You Could Do - Free your mind, and your business will follow
by David Buelke
Big Data, Big Time - Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs
by Stuart Litel
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Another great IBM conference is around the corner. This one is called InterConnect and is focused on cloud and mobile technologies. Since data and analytics play in both areas, you'll find great sessions to increase your skills and knowledge by attending.
The conference takes place in Las Vegas, February 22-26. I think most of us in the north east are already tired of winter, so a conference in a warmer climate is very welcome this time of year!
The Premier Cloud & Mobile Conference
February 22-26, 2015
Las Vegas NV
In today's digital economy, the impact of Cloud, Mobile, DevOps and Security on business is pervasive. Cloud, the great equalizer. Mobile, the activation point. DevOps, the culmination of innovation. All underpinned by Security.
From a data perspective, you'll find many options available:
Speakers: Beth Smith from IBM and Jeff Charette from Menuat
Organizations are looking for new ways to hone their engagement with clients through compelling web and mobile apps, and anticipate their clients‘ next move and optimize their operations with big data and analytics. Come join us for an evening of entertainment with a celebrity host to learn how data, when infused into all interactions and decision making, provides us all with new ways to create value and transform experiences. Sit back and have a drink, meet someone new and learn something unexpected.
KEY-6441: The New z13: Redefining Digital Business Through Integration of Cloud, Mobile, and Analytics
Speakers: Beth Smith and others.
Learn how the next generation of IBM z Systems is architected to meet the needs of your digital business. While operational excellence is still a focus, IT investment is shifting to value creation, service excellence and better client experience required in this digital era. Digital business fuels enterprise growth, and is vital for engaging clients and new prospects in new and better ways – empowering them through data and information, personalization and 24x7 access. New technology, innovations and solutions will be introduced that build on the strengths and core values of the IBM Mainframe platform and provide new opportunities and possibilities for growth and progress.
In the Expo, you'll find the IBM Analytics Zone. Here you will find the following pedestals:
Manage and analyze Data - in the cloud and on premises
Featured products: IBM dashDB, DB2 with BLU Acceleration, Informix, PureData
Integrate and govern data – for increased data confidence
Featured products: IBM InfoSphere Optim, Guardium, MDM, information integration
Refine data in the cloud – for data-aware applications
Featured product: IBM DataWorks data refinery
Analyze big data – at rest and in motion
Featured products: IBM InfoSphere Streams, BigInsights–enterprise-grade Hadoop
Leverage NoSQL database-as-a-service – in the cloud, always on
Featured product: IBM Cloudant
Build data-driven apps – in the cloud and on premises
Featured product: IBM Cloud data services
Attend an Expo Theatre Session to learn the latest from an expert:
There are a few books that have just published that are launching at this conference. Be the first to get a copy of the book and have it signed by the author!
by Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kauffman, and Adrian Bowles.
You can pick up this book at the IBM InterConnect Conference. Also, be sure to attend Judith's talk and have her sign your copy of the book. She'll be speaking at the Expo Cloud Theatre on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-6:30 pm (Vegas time).
Rob will be at the IBM InterConnect bookstore on Wednesday February 25 from 10:30 – 11am (Vegas time). http://
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If you are attending the IBM InterConnect Conference this month, you can pick up this book at a discount and have it signed by the author:
This is a collaborative work by IBM Vice President of Big Data Products, Rob Thomas and Oxford Research Fellow, Patrick McSharry.
They wrote the book in a story format that demonstrates the power and potential of Big Data within the business realm. Research has shown that stories are one of the best ways to connect with readers. I've heard a few of Rob's stories and can tell you that months later I still remember them.
Big Data has been mentioned more often than any other technical term in the past 5 years, but what does it actually mean? By reading this book, you'll be guided through tried-and-true methodologies for getting more out of data, and will learn how to use it to your utmost advantage.
Big Data keeps evolving, and this book also describes the major trends emerging in the area. You'll hear about the pitfalls and triumphs being experienced, and will learn the many considerations surrounding Big Data, and how you can make better decisions by analyzing your own data.
Rob will be at the IBM InterConnect bookstore on Wednesday February 25 from 10:30 – 11am (Vegas time).
Read more about this book directly from Rob via his blog entries:
Congratulations on your book Rob! I'm looking forward to reading it once I get my hands on it!!
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The latest addition to our authors doing a book signing at IBM Insights this year is Phil Simon. He is author of many books, but I’ll focus on his two latest ones for this blog entry.
The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions
In The Visual Organization, Phil Simon looks at how an increasingly number of organizations are embracing new dataviz tools and, more important, a new mind-set based upon data discovery and exploration. Simon adroitly shows how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other tech heavyweights use powerful data visualization tools to garner fascinating insights into their businesses. But make no mistake: these companies are hardly alone. Organizations of all types, industries, sizes are representing their data in new and amazing ways. As a result, they are asking better questions and making better business decisions. Rife with real-world examples and case studies, The Visual Organization is a full-color tour-de-force.
Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data
Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data is geared towards CIOs, CEOs, presidents, and IT professionals. At a high level, the book makes a compelling business case for that which we are calling Big Data. Simon provides commonsense advice for organizations looking to make sense out of the information streaming at us with unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety.
I haven’t read these books yet, but plan to pick them up at the conference. Both books are highly rated on amazon, so they are assured to be good books.
At IBM Insights:
Phil will be signing copies of his books at the Conference Bookstore on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30.
Phil Simon (@philsimon) is a sought-after speaker and the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. A recognized technology expert, he advises organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, and many other sites.
To find out more about Phil and his books, go to www.philsimon.com.
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This book was published earlier this year, so I was given a few free copies and had them at the IDUG conference in Phoenix. I didn’t think people at the conference would be interested in this book, so I had put them aside. But, when people started noticing the book, they wanted to know how they could get a copy. On the spur of the moment, I decided that if people tweet the message “I want a copy of the Hadoop book from Susan”, I’d give it to them. To my huge surprise, I gave out more than 20 copies of this book in this way. Of course a data centric audience is interested in a book that teaches them how to modernize their data environment!
Hadoop for Dummies
by Dirk deRoos and Paul Zikopoulos
At IBM Insights:
The book signing is scheduled for Monday October 27 from 4:30pm - 5:00pm at the Conference Bookstore. I’m pretty sure Dirk will be there… and I made sure it was on Paul’s calendar, but I’m sure Paul will be in huge demand the entire week, so it is possible that Paul will not be able to make it at this time.
About the book:
Big data has become big business, and companies and organizations of all sizes are struggling to find ways to retrieve valuable information from their massive data sets with becoming overwhelmed. Enter Hadoop and this easy-to-understand For Dummies guide. Hadoop For Dummies helps readers understand the value of big data, make a business case for using Hadoop, navigate the Hadoop ecosystem, and build and manage Hadoop applications and clusters.
Explains the origins of Hadoop, its economic benefits, and its functionality and practical applications
Helps you find your way around the Hadoop ecosystem, program MapReduce, utilize design patterns, and get your Hadoop cluster up and running quickly and easily
Details how to use Hadoop applications for data mining, web analytics and personalization, large-scale text processing, data science, and problem-solving
Shows you how to improve the value of your Hadoop cluster, maximize your investment in Hadoop, and avoid common pitfalls when building your Hadoop cluster
From programmers challenged with building and maintaining affordable, scaleable data systems to administrators who must deal with huge volumes of information effectively and efficiently, this how-to has something to help you with Hadoop.
Understand the value of big data and how Hadoop can help manage it
Navigate the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and create clusters
Use applications for data mining, problem-solving, analytics, and more
The easy-to-use, practical guide to using Hadoop for big data
With most of the world’s data created in only the past two years, Hadoop has emerged as the definitive computing paradigm to handle big data. This comprehensive guide from IBM big data experts provides a hands-on resource for those who want to dig into the details of HDFS and MapReduce to take data storage and processing to the next level.
Get started with Hadoop — discover the origins of Hadoop, the realities of worldwide data growth, and practical use cases for this revolutionary platform
Under the Hadoop hood — dig into Hadoop’s distributed framework, including HDFS and MapReduce and the best tools for working with data in Hadoop
Hadoop and structured data — modernize data warehouses with Hadoop and discover data utilities like HBase, Hive, and Sqoop
Hands on with Hadoop — get your hands dirty with details on configuring Hadoop clusters and an overview of day-to-day Hadoop administration
Take your Hadoop knowledge to the next level — use additional Hadoop resources to understand the technology at a deeper level
Open the book and find:
Coverage of the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and Yarn
Real-world use cases to help you get started
Details on Hadoop distributions and cluster setup
How to use Oozie for scheduling workflows
How to add structure with Hive and HBase
Details on running native SQL queries on Hive
On-premise and cloud deployment options for Hadoop
The challenges faced by administrators
About the Authors:
Dirk deRoos is the technical sales lead for IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights. Paul C. Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data in the IBM Information Management division. Roman B. Melnyk, PhD is a senior member of the DB2 Information Development team. Bruce Brown and Rafael Coss work with big data with IBM.
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Another great book to look forward to is:
Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics
By Brenda L. Dietrich, Emily C. Plachy, Maureen F. Norton
I briefly had a copy of the book and read the first chapter. I enjoyed it, but didn’t have a chance to finish it.
About the book:
Analytics is not just a technology: It is a better way to do business. Using analytics, you can systematically inform human judgment with data-driven insight. This doesn’t just improve decision-making: It also enables greater innovation and creativity in support of strategy. Your transformation won’t happen overnight; however, it is absolutely achievable, and the rewards are immense.
This book demystifies your analytics journey by showing you how IBM has successfully leveraged analytics across the enterprise, worldwide. Three of IBM’s pioneering analytics practitioners share invaluable real-world perspectives on what does and doesn’t work and how you can start or accelerate your own transformation. This book provides an essential framework for becoming a smarter enterprise and shows through 31 case studies how IBM has derived value from analytics throughout its business.
Creating a smarter workforce through big data and analytics
More effectively optimizing supply chain processes
Systematically improving financial forecasting
Managing financial risk, increasing operational efficiency, and creating business value
Reaching more B2B or B2C customers and deepening their engagement
Optimizing manufacturing and product management processes
Deploying your sales organization to increase revenue and effectiveness
Achieving new levels of excellence in services delivery and reducing risk
Transforming IT to enable wider use of analytics
“Measuring the immeasurable” and filling gaps in imperfect data
Whatever your industry or role, whether a current or future leader, analytics can make you smarter and more competitive. Analytics Across the Enterprise shows how IBM did it--and how you can, too.
At IBM Insight:
The authors will be signing copies of their book at the Conference Bookstore on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm AND Wednesday, October 29 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. The books will be available at the bookstore for you to purchase at a discount.
The authors have amazing credentials and I’m looking forward to meeting them.
About the Authors:
Dr. Brenda L. Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. She joined IBM in 1984 and has worked in the area now called analytics for her entire career. Her early work involved applying mathematical models to improve the performance of IBM manufacturing lines. During her career, she has worked with almost every IBM business unit and applied analytics to numerous IBM decision processes. For more than a decade, she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM Research division, where she was responsible for both basic research on computational mathematics and for the development of novel applications of mathematics for both IBM and its clients. In addition to her work within IBM, she has been the president of INFORMS, the world’s largest professional society for operations research and management sciences, she is an INFORMS Fellow, and she has received multiple service awards from INFORMS. She has served on the board of trustees of SIAM and on several university advisory boards. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She holds more than a dozen patents, has co-authored numerous publications, and frequently speaks on analytics at conferences. She holds a BS in mathematics from UNC and an MS and PhD in operations research/information engineering from Cornell. Her personal research includes manufacturing scheduling, services resource management, transportation logistics, integer programming, and combinatorial duality. She currently leads the emerging technologies team in the IBM Watson group.
Dr. Emily C. Plachy is a Distinguished Engineer in Business Analytics Transformation, responsible for leading an increased use of analytics across IBM. She has integrated data analysis into her work throughout her career. Since joining IBM in 1982, she has held a number of technical leadership roles including CTO, Process, Methods, and Tools in IBM Global Business Services (GBS), providing architecture and technology leadership and driving the adoption of consistent methods and tools in GBS, and CTO, Enterprise Integration, GBS, providing architecture and technology leadership. She has also held a variety of roles in IBM, including development, ad tech, research, emerging business opportunities, technical sales, and services. Her technology skills include data integration, enterprise integration, solution architecture, software development, and asset reuse. She has experience in multiple industries, including banking, consumer products, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, and petroleum. She has a BS degree in applied mathematics from Washington University, an MSc degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo, and a DSc degree in computer science from Washington University. In 1992, Emily was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology, a body of approximately 1,000 of IBM’s top technical leaders, and she served as its President from 2009 to 2011. She has been a long-term champion of women in technology. She is a member of Women in Technology International, the Society of Women Engineers, and INFORMS. Emily lives in New York with her husband, Tony. She is on Twitter @eplachy and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emily-plachy/3/1bb/777.
Maureen Fitzgerald Norton, MBA, JD, is a Distinguished Market Intelligence Professional and Executive Program Manager in Business Analytics Transformation, responsible for driving the widespread use of analytics across IBM. She pioneered the development of an outcome-focused communications strategy to drive the culture change needed for analytics adoption. Maureen created analytics case studies and innovative learning exercises for teaching analytics. She co-created an innovative analytics workshop and taught MBA students in Europe and the Middle East. In her previous role, Maureen led project teams applying analytics to IBM Smarter Planet initiatives in public safety, global social services, commerce, and merchandising, specializing in cost/benefit analysis and return on investment of analytic projects. Maureen became the first woman in IBM to earn the designation of Distinguished Market Intelligence Professional for developing innovative approaches to solving business issues and knowledge gaps through analysis. She has held a number of analytic and management roles in IBM. She earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of New Haven and a JD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and did her thesis on the legal implications of artificial intelligence. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Dr. William Norton, and three children, Erin, Colleen, and William. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. In addition to Analytics Across the Enterprise, Maureen has published “The Benefits of Social Media Analytics 2013” with the IBM Academy of Technology and “Social Media Analytics: Measuring Value Across Enterprises and Industries” in the Journal of Management Systems. Maureen is on Twitter @mfnorton and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/maureennorton/.
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Congratulations to Jacques Roy for the completion of his latest book:
The Power of Now
Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams
This book will launch at the IBM Insight conference in Las Vegas. You can get a free book and have it signed by Jacques if you are an attendee of the conference. Jacques will be signing the books at the IBM Insight Conference Bookstore on Tuesday October 28 from 9:30 – 10:30 am. There are only a limited number of copies at the conference, so if this is a book you want, you should make sure you put the day and time in your schedule.
What’s the book about? It is about the really great product from IBM called InfoSphere Streams. I attended a few tweetchats in the past year and was happy to see the number of people who mentioned this product and the value it brings to them as they analyze data-in-motion. InfoSphere Streams is the world’s fastest and most flexible platform for streaming data. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it!
I was asked to help write the content for the covers of this book and read several chapters of the book and I find the topic quite interesting. Here is what we put on the cover of the book:
Read this book to:
Understand how the integration of multiple technologies form a big data architecture that can process data, both at rest and in motion
Learn how real-time distributed analytics can provide insights to create a business advantage and currently unseen opportunities
Discover the ways to implement a data-in-motion solution that works for your environment
Explore the characteristics that make a good real-time distributed analytics platform
Learn understand how to apply InfoSphere Streams technology to your business problems to get solutions faster
IBM InfoSphere Streams provides a new approach to processing information by providing an easy-to-program platform for distributed real-time analytics that can answer the need to generate information from the huge amount of data that comes at businesses rapidly.
In “The Power of Now: Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams”, discover how distributed real-time analytics can uncover opportunities in your enterprise providing more efficiency and a business advantage. Technology is changing rapidly, and there is so much of it to learn. This book gives you a shortcut to becoming proficient with InfoSphere Streams so that you can dive into implementing a solution for your enterprise.
About the author:
If you’re not going to be at the conference, you’ll still have a chance to get a copy of the book, but in electronic format. I’ll write a new blog entry when the PDF version is available so you can download your free copy.
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Paul Zikopoulos and his team of co-authors have just finished their 3rd Big Data book and it is being published this October. Just in time for the IBM Insight Conference, attendees will be given a free copy of the book that will bring them up to date on what is going on in this over-hyped area.
Here are the details about the book:
“Big Data Beyond the Hype” - A Guide to Conversations for Today’s Data Center
Author team: Paul Zikopoulos, Dirk deRoos, Chris Bienko, Rick Buglio, Marc Andrews; Edited by Roman Melnyk
One of the great things that I get to do for these books is to help create the text on the cover of the book. To do this, I had to read much of the book as it existed in draft format and try to put something together that tells readers what’s in the book and why they should spend their precious time reading this one versus the thousands of other books that are available.
After reading a chapter or two, I was very excited. I really like the writing style of this author team, and since I do know Paul quite well, I can see his personality in the writing. Paul makes technical things extremely readable and understandable. I pulled what I could from what I read and came up with this:
The term Big Data is a bit of a misnomer. Truth be told, we’re not even big fans of the term—despite the fact that it is so prominently displayed on the cover of this book—because it implies that other data is somehow small (it might be) or that this particular type of data is large in size (it can be, but doesn’t have to be).
This is Big Data in a nutshell: It is the ability to retain, process, and understand data like never before. It can mean more data than what you are using today; but it can also mean different kinds of data, a venture into the unstructured world where most of today’s data resides.
In this book you will also learn how cognitive computing systems, like IBM Watson, fit into the Big Data world. Learn about the concept of data-in-motion and InfoSphere Streams, the world’s fastest and most flexible platform for streaming data. Capturing, storing, refining, transforming, governing, securing, and analyzing data are important topics also covered in this book.
That text makes me want to read the book, and I hope it gives you incentive to read it as well. For those of us in the data industry, big data is by far the most hyped term in existence the past 5 years or so. I see the potential of big data but also see that if something gets this much hype, it must be too good to be true. But, it is true! And those who are willing to take it the next step will surely reap the rewards. IBM has been investing heavily in this area and as you read this latest book, you’ll see the end to end solution that IBM is offering.
Do yourself a favour: get a copy of this book, read it, and draw your own conclusions.
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