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I've been encouraged to update my blog with activities that I'm currently involved with. I'm sorry that I didn't make the time in the past year to keep this blog alive with fresh content. Let's see if I can get my writing "mojo" back with content to please my readers.
Let me whet your appetite with what I have been doing for IBM in the past year. I'm a social strategist for IBM Analytics Financial Solutions. That means that I have been writing, podcasting and creating content about IBM's Industry Solutions that are aimed at Banks, Insurance Companies, and Wealth Managers. I've been involved with the Dave Haase story as well as looking at fraud solutions and more.
For the next while, I'll create blogs that step you though what this means to me and those of you reading this blog.
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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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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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Get ready for another action packed tweetchat! Join us July 17 at 11:00 (eastern) to discuss the topic “Getting Insights Fast Enough?” This chat will explore the benefits of having a database management system that is fast enough to give you the answers you need to make important decisions based on your data. Then we'll discuss the ways you can get such a fast system.
You can expect to hear from these panelists and many more:
Claudia Imhoff (@Claudia_Imhoff), Consultant / Analyst for Business Intelligence (BI), analytics & the technical architectures supporting it.
Nancy Hensley (@nancykoppdw), Director, Strategy and Marketing, Database Software and Systems
Rachel Bland (@RachelKBland), Sr. Product Manager, IBM Business Analytics Growth Initiatives
Tip for people trying to build a twitter following… taking part in a tweetchat is a great way to do it!
Join us to listen or contribute!
You don't need to be on twitter to "listen", but you do to contribute to the conversation. Here's what you do:
Go to twubs.com or tweetdeck.com
Sign in with your twitter handle
Search on #bigdatamgmt
A new window will open that makes it easy for you to follow & contribute.
And you'll see the comments come flying. It is very fast paced.
Review the tips for taking part in our tweetchat via this slideshare.
Topics we want your opinion on:
How are you using analytics today to drive better / faster decisions?
What insights do you wish you had, but do not?
What business benefits would you get from having more insights?
What is preventing you from getting those insights?
What steps would you consider taking to get new analytics projects deployed faster?
How would you benefit by faster analytics response times?
What technologies are you using or considering to achieve your need for faster answers?
What specifically do you need help with to move forward faster?
Read through the suggested resources to help you gain a better understanding of the topic.
In advance of the chat, create answers for as many of the questions as you can. This will enable you to focus on and respond to what others are saying during the chat.
Suggested resource list
A great many papers, videos and other information assets have been created to support this topic. Here’s what you should take a look at:
Claudia Imhoff wrote a series of 7 papers about this topic:
1. Game changing innovations in data management and data warehousing
2. Supporting information producers – the masters of BI
3. Supporting information consumers – the most difficult BI audience to satisfy
4. Creating a sustainable, easy to maintain BI environment
5. Using data compression to speed up analytics
6. Use cases for improved BI deployments
7. The need for speed, simplicity and affordability
BI with BLU Acceleration, a simple recipe for high speed analysis by Rachel Bland
by David Loshin
July 17, DB2 Tech Talk "Use DB2 BLU with SAP"
July 24, Tweetchat on Banking Solutions
If you have any questions about the chat, send me a direct message via @susvis
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If you’ve been watching the twitter feed lately, you may have noticed some pretty awesome claims coming from our Intel friends. Here’s a sample:
Learn the details on how DB2 BLU #analytics in-memory performance increased on #xeonE7 148x!!! intel.ly/1ms6k0U
When I heard about these claims, I wanted to know more. Lucky for me, I was called into a meeting at the Toronto Lab when several Intel experts were on-site, so I was able to ask questions directly.
It turns out that Allen Wei from IBM and Jantz Tran from Intel worked together to come up with these amazing results and they then wrote this paper to explain their findings: Performance Paper Unlock the Value of Your Data with Intel and IBM Innovations.
I asked both Allen and Jantz to write blog entries about their paper and they came up with this:
How Intel and IBM Did Big Data 148x Better (by Tim Allen in conjunction with Jantz Tran).
DB2 with BLU Acceleration and Intel – A great partnership! by Allen Wei.
We also were able to get two more blog entries about the partnership between IBM & Intel:
Tales from the Chipset by Bill Cole
Extracting Big Data Insights in Near Real Time with IBM and Intel by Tim Allen.
We knew that BLU and Intel were a great match already in November, 2013. Watch this video starting Judy Huber from IBM and Pauline Nist from Intel that was recorded at that time: Intel & IBM on Collaboration around DB2 with BLU Acceleration
I hope you enjoy this information and have learned that using DB2 with BLU Acceleration on Intel’s hardware will help you experience great spead.
Next week I’ll be in Berlin promoting books at the IDUG event:
IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Berlin, Germany 2012
Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
4 - 9 November 2012
I wasn’t able to set up a bookstore for this event, but I hope you will like and benefit from what I was able to arrange.
have a single copy of each book that I want to promote being shipped to
me at the conference. I’ll set these up in the EXPO area for you to
take a look at what is available. Browse through the books as well, but
leave them with me so others may take a look as well.
then provide you information as to how you can order a copy of the book
for yourself. I’ve taken into account that buying from a US-based
publisher can be expensive, especially for shipping, and all of my
recommendations are for you to buy the book in either electronic format or from a European source. Several of the publishers have also agreed to sell the books at a discount so IDUG attendees can get the best price possible.
Here are the books I’ll be promoting:
Pearson / IBM Press
These books are featured on the www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop
that offers 35% off and free shipping within the UK. Shipping fees to
the rest of Europe are not free, but very small. Be sure to bookmark
this page and share with others who buy technical books in Europe.
IBM Press books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
The best place to order these books are from Computer Manuals: http://www.computermanuals.co.uk/.
The books ship from the UK, and they will offer free shipping on all orders to Germany during November.
MC Press books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
Use the discount code: DALLBK for a 20% discount, valid till 30th November, 2012.
Packt books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
The best prices for these books can be found on http://www.amazon.co.uk/ where you can currently get 50% off of each title.
McGraw-Hill books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
In addition to these books, we’ll also be handing out a limited number of free printed Flashbooks.
- Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more: DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features By Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi, George Baklarz, Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale McInnis, and Leon Katsnelson
Flashbook: Big Data Analyticsby Dr. Arvind Sathi
About the Book:
Data Analytics is a popular topic. While everyone has heard stories
of new Silicon Valley valuation bubbles and critical shortage of data
scientists, there are equal number of concerns – Will it take away my
current organization or investment? How do I integrate my Data Warehouse
and Business Intelligence with Big Data? How do I get started, so I can
show some results? What are the skills required? What happens to data
governance? Unlike many other Big Data Analytics blogs and books, this
book presents a practitioner’s viewpoint. It identifies the demand for
Big Data Analytics, its engineering components and what happens on the
production floor. In doing so, it respects the large investments in
Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence and shows both evolutionary and
revolutionary ways of moving forward to the new brave world of Big
book discusses three perspectives on Big Data Analytics. First, why is
Big Data Analytics becoming so important and what can we do with it.
It presents major trends behind the rise of Big Data and shows typical
use cases tackled by Big Data Analytics – where leading organizations
are already seeing major benefits in using Big Data Analytics. 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. It shows how these components work together to provide an
integrated engine that can combine Big Data with traditional Data
Warehouse and Business Intelligence to provide an overall solution.
Third, it provides a glimpse at implementation concerns and how they
must be tackled. How do we combine various components, which are running
at different velocities and volumes? How do we get structured
information out of unstructured data and combine with other structured
data? How do we provide governance across this data, when the
originating data may have varying quality or privacy constraints? How
do we embark on an implementation road map in a systematic way to show
results as we go and build skill level and momentum for Big Data
Analytics in our organization?
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference, get a free printed copy of this book and meet the author at the Author Signing and Giveaway that is scheduled:
- Monday October 22, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. IOD Bookstore, Bayside Foyer; Session # 4243A in Smart Site.
the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the
first to know where you can download the book.
Also attend this session by the author of this book:
Session # 3645A - Smarter Operations at Verizon - A Case Study - Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - South Seas J
Session # 1813A - Extreme Targeted Marketing: Micro Segmentation for Utilities and Cross-Industry Applications; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM - South Pacific A
in this event to 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.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Complimentary breakfast
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Overview of Big Data and Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
12:45 p.m - 6:00 p.m Hands-on Lab
There are many dates and locations planned for this event. Two of the events fall into the month of October:
October 10, 2012 - Boston, MA
October 22, 2012 - New York, NY
November and December events are as follows:
November 8, 2012 - Washington, D.C.
November 15, 2012 - Austin, TX
November 15, 2012 - Toronto, Canada
December 6, 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA
Space is very limited so register today!
House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business
by Jeff Ma
Jeff is speaking at the General Session in the Business Partner Summit. Jeff has agreed to be available on
Sunday, October 21 from 11:00 –12:00 at the IOD bookstore immediately following
the General Session. The bookstore will open an hour earlier than normal to
accommodate Jeff’s signing and you can purchase his book there at a 20%
About Jeff & his book:
As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich’s now classic Bringing Down the House, Jeff Ma used math and
statistics to master the game of blackjack and reap handsome rewards at casinos.
Years later, Jeff has inspired not only a bestselling novel and hit movie, but
has also started three different companies—the latest of which, Citizen Sports,
is an innovative marriage of sports, betting, and digital technology—and
launched a successful corporate speaking career.
The House Advantage reveals Jeff’s cutting-edge mathematical insights
into the world of statistics and makes them applicable to a wide business
audience. He argues that numbers are the key to analyzing nearly everything in
the world of business, from how to spot and profit from global market
inefficiencies to having multiple backup plans in anticipation of every
probability. Ma’s stories and business lessons are as intriguing as they are
I’m looking forward to meeting Jeff and reading his book. I hope you are
inspired to as well!
5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success
by Brian Green, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De
Vanter, The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris, IBM, Bill Frank,
Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer, RCG Global
About the Book:
Business Analytics is becoming increasingly strategic to all types of
organizations. It leads to higher business performance and helps organizations
outperform their peers by 2.2 times, according to a recent IBM Institute for
Business Value study. However, many organizations appear to struggle in
creating impact with Business Analytics - and factors related to people and
process are often the most common obstacles to achieving analytic maturity in
5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success is a work based on the combined
experience of 10 organizations that display excellence and expertise in business
analytics. They share best practices, discuss the management aspects and
sociology that drive success in Business Analytics Programs and uncover 5 key
aspects behind the success of some of the top business analytics programs in the
industry. In this book you will learn:
- How to create and manage a changing Business Analytics Strategy, aligning
business priorities to technology innovation;
- How to quantify and demonstrate tangible business value;
- How to create an Analytics Center of Excellence and organize your people for
- How to implement program processes that balance agility, empowerment and
- How to architect a business analytics technology solution with future
innovation in mind.
By reading 5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success, organizations can
learn how the Business Analytics Program can help manage strategy, value,
people, process and technology to translate analytic strategy into actionable
insight and achievement.
Other contributions of 5 best practice case studies: Mark Lack, Mueller, Thom
Marks, Daimler Trucks North America, Jeff Guevin & Eric Place, Martin’s
Point HealthCare, Nihad Aytaman, Elie Tahari, Larry Yarter, IBM And Practical
Tips from Co-author of the “Performance Manager”: Roland Mosimann, AlignAlytics
If you are attending the IBM
Information on Demand Conference, get a free printed copy of this book and
meet the authors at the Author Signing and Giveaway that is scheduled:
- Monday October 22, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EXPO reception
After the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the first to
know where you can download the book.
Also attend this session by the authors of this book:
2431B Five Steps to Implementing a Successful Business Analytics Program -
South Seas C; Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
The IBM Information on Demand Conference is a great place to promote books
that are published through out the year. In fact, quite often publishers time
the release of their books to coincide with this conference. As a result, we
are typically able to set up book signings and giveaways to help promote the
This year is no different. We have quite a few books that have published
already that we’ll promote as well as books launching just for the conference
and we’ll have 4 (possibly 6) new Flashbooks that we’ll be giving away!
“Flashbooks” are small-sized books that have fewer than 150 pages, and have
easy-to-read messages about products, solutions, or technology. Flashbooks are
published to coincide the IBM Information on Demand Conference. The huge
quantity of messages and content delivered at the conference makes it difficult
for attendees to retain all the key messages. Flashbooks are designed to contain
the key messages IBM experts want you to take away with you.
Here is the list of Flashbooks. More details for each will be available in
my blog shortly.
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more: DB2 10 for Linux, Unix
and Window New Features
by Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi, George Baklarz,
Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale McInnis, and Leon
Information about the book: http://ibm.co/db210flashbook
Signing and Giveaway: Monday October 22, 12:30 – 1:30 at bookstore.
5 Steps to Business Analytics Program Success
by Brian Green, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De
Vanter, The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris, IBM, Bill Frank,
Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer, RCG Global
Signing and Giveaway: Monday October 22, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EXPO reception
Business Value of DB2 Optimizer and Analytics Accelerator - DB2 for z/OS
by Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell, John Campbell,
Signing and Giveaway: Mon 12:30 – 1:30 at bookstore.
Harness the Power of Big Data - The IBM Big Data Platform
by Paul Zikopoulos, Dirk deRoos, David Corrigan, Tom
Deutsch, Krishnan Parasuraman, James Giles
Signing and Giveaway:
- Monday October 22, 9:45 – 10:45 at bookstore
- Tuesday October 23, 9:30 – 10:30 at bookstore
An excerpt of this book is available and can be found: The Big Data Hub
Note: After the conference, all of these books will be available in
electronic format. Follow my blog to find out how to get the softcopy!
One of the things that I love most about the IBM Information on Demand
Conference is the buzz on books. Every year we have a giant bookstore that
showcases all the latest books related to DB2, Analytics, Big Data, and more.
My job is to arrange to have the right set of books at the conference and to
invite authors to be available to sign copies of their books for attendees.
All books purchased at the bookstore are discounted by 20% off the retail
Here are the featured books and authors that we have planned for this
There are many other new books available to purchase at the bookstore this
year, but I was only able to arrange signings for the authors who are attending
the conference this year. Stop by and check out all the great knowledge that is
One of the things that I like about going to conferences is the opportunity
to hear the great speakers who are invited to inspire and wow us. This year,
the speaker on Wednesday, October 24th in the General Session is Nate
Silver. Called a "spreadsheet psychic" and "number-crunching prodigy,"
Nate will explain how to distinguish real signals from noisy data as well as how
predictive analytics is used in politics.
Immediately following this session (Wednesday 10:15 -
11:15), attend the book signing we have planned at the IOD bookstore
for Nate's latest book: The
Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't. At the
bookstore, you'll be able to purchase a copy of this book (at a 20% discount, of
course), meet Nate, and have your book personally signed.Â Remember that we have
a limited quantity of his book available so be sure to buy your book as soon as
More about Nate & his book:
Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance,
predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth, and became a national
sensation as a blogger all by the time he was thirty. The New York Times
now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation's
most influential political forecasters.
Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of
prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe
of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because
most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both
experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones.
But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of
uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the
"prediction paradox": The more humility we have about our ability to make
predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.
keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most
successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from
the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains
and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies
behind their success? Are they good or just lucky? What patterns have they
unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated
commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so
much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it
is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very
rudimentary "and dangerous" science.
Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior
command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They
distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand
little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation
of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise.
With everything from the health of the global economy to our ability to fight
terrorism dependent on the quality of our predictions, Nate Silver's insights
are an essential read.
Nate Silver is a statistician, writer, and founder of The New York Times
political blog FiveThirtyEight.com. Silver also developed PECOTA, a
system for forecasting baseball performance that was bought by Baseball
Prospectus. He was named one of the world's 100 Most Influential People by
Time magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
More about the General Session:
Wednesday, October 24
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Technology is rapidly changing the world and affecting the way we live and
conduct business. Think of some of the daily things you do that just five years
ago were not imaginable. In this new era of computing, the possibilities that
lie ahead are endless, but succeeding in the future requires that you think
In Wednesday's session, top technology thought leaders will discuss the
exciting possibilities that lie ahead and how you can stay ahead of your
competition by positioning yourself for success. With their insight, you'll
begin to see opportunities instead of challenges and view the possibilities in a
different way. You'll leave the session ready to return to your organization
with a new vision for the future.
I'm looking forward to hearing from Nate and reading his book.
Do you ever wonder what the big brains in IBM read? You know the people who
I mean! Their names are on books, they have patents and speaking engagements,
and when they talk, you’re wowed at what they know and how they convey what they
Here’s a list of what Netezza / Big Data expert Krishnan Parasuraman
has been reading and recommends for others to read:
1. Analytics: The widening divide.
IBM Institute of Business Value in collaboration with MIT Sloan
2. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Michael Lewis, W. W. Norton & Company
3. Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Euronext: Federated Data Architecture with IBM Netezza
5. T-Mobile: IBM Netezza Client Success Video - Network Engineering success at scale with IBM Netezza
6. Catalina Marketing Stays ahead of the Curve with IBM
7. T-Mobile crunching 17 billion transactions a day - What does it do with all that data?
8. Large Gene Interaction analytics at University at Buffalo, SUNY. IBM Case Study
9. The Netezza Data Appliance Architecture: A
Platform for High Performance Data Warehousing and Analytics. Phil
10. IBM Netezza Analytics - The advanced analytics platform inside every IBM
Netezza appliance. IBM Data Sheet.
You haven’t heard of Krishnan Parasuraman yet? He’s one of the
authors who is working on a new Big Data book that will be handed out at the IBM
Information on Demand Conference.
These are books that I’ve worked on one way or another in the past year. In most cases the links are to the e-version of the book… usually Kindle. I have a Kindle and really like to read my books using this device. With the prices of Kindles this year, I’m sure there will be many more people with a book reader in the coming year. Also, the popularity of iPads only increases with time.
Note that some of these books haven’t published yet, but will soon. I haven’t noted which to encourage you to click the link to find out.
I know that MC Press is having a big sale on all of their stock until the end of December and it wouldn’t surprise me if the other publishers are also offering special prices. I suggest that you look for the best price before buying!
Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology
by Jeffrey Laskowski
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business
IT Virtualization Best Practices: A Lean, Green Virtualized Data Center Approach
by Mickey Iqbal, Dr. Mithkal Smadi, Chris Molloy, Jim Rymarczyk
Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company
Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey O'Brien
IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples
Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide
Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes
From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published
MDM for Customer Data - Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Kelvin K. A. Looi
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS (Exam 737)
Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions
The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights
Database Modeling and Design: Logical Design, Fifth Edition
Sam S. Lightstone, Toby J. Teorey, Tom Nadeau, H.V. Jagadish
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence
IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Administration Cookbook: RAW
Adrian Neagu, Robert Pelletier
Unleashing the Power of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence v10
DB2 Developer's Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS (6th Edition)
IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Application Developer Cookbook: RAW
An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM Information Management System, 2nd Edition
Barbara Klein, Diane Goff, John Butterweck, Kenny Blackman, Margaret Wilson, Moira McFadden Lanyi, Rick Long, Sandy Sherrill, Steve Nathan
The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence
by Michael Biere
Master Data Management and Date Governance, 2/E
by Larry Dubov & Alex Berson
Making it Big in Software
by Sam Lightstone
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson.
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
by Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig
IBM Cognos TM1 The Official Guide
by Karsten Oehler, Jochen Gruenes and Christopher Ilacqua