In a recent episode of the “Talking Big Data” podcast, IBM Champion Jean-Marc Blaise questions IBM big data expert Leon Katnelson on when you need a big data solution and what is the most cost-effective way to introduce technology that will allow you to analyze and pull insights from vast amounts of data.
IBM Champion Program News and Views
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Last week IBM made a major announcement in the data management space: a technology dubbed ‘BLU Acceleration’ that provides major performance and compression enhancements to the DB2 and Informix line of products.
Many of our IBM Champions were given privileged access to the launch and have shared their views on the implications of BLU:
As Philip Nelson explains, “we are being given a columnar data store integrated into the core DB2 engine, with potentially huge benefits for Business Intelligence workloads." He makes the point that database professionals need to be well versed in all the available storage options, from RDBMS to pureXML and beyond, and understand when it makes sense to implement each. He suggests the same is true of the new BLU technology: "Its obvious that not everything is right for BLU. But some things are absolutely right for it. Getting it right will be our challenge."
James Taylor live blogged all sessions at the launch event but in one post centered around BLU Acceleration he explains the technical improvements announced: “10TB of data is compressed to 1TB in memory. The use of a column store means that only 10GB is accessed and data skipping focused on 1Gb. This is spread across many cores so each only handles 32MB and the single Instruction Multiple Data processing means that even this is handled more quickly."
Mike Martin from BTRG live-tweeted the event, and pointed to how the announcement dovetails to the current industry trends: “IT Mega trends: growing scale/lower barrier to entry, increased complexity/consumabilty, fast pace, contextual overload”
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As more organizations begin to understand the value in the vast amount of data that surrounds the enterprise, there’s a growing need for experts who can help make sense of this rapidly-evolving space.
This is where the IBM Champions have a role to play.
At the recent IBM Information On Demand (IOD) conference we had the opportunity to hear from many of these experts and ask them how they bring value to the market and what are the trends they are seeing.
Take a look at what they had to say:
Alex Philp is Founder and President of GSC Research. In this interview he explains the important problems location analytics can solve, such as how a company decides where to put a store, or how an insurance organization underwrites risk.
Ember Crooks (Rosetta Marketing) explains how she brings value to her clients with the IBM SmarterCommerce portfolio with DB2 as the backend database.
Cristian Molaro (MConsulting Bvba) explains in this interview that our systems are becoming more complex leading to problems around performance and capacity.
Dan Luksetich helps customers in high-volume transaction environments processing against large quantities of data. As Dan points out in this interview, being an IBM Champion is as much about networking with experts as it is about promotion.
Want to know more? Reach out to one of our big data IBM Champions.