Last chance to register! The IBM Innovation Center Dallas will hold a hands-on workshop on IBM SPSS Modeler on December 4, 2013. You can register online for this free session. This full-day workshop will introduce IBM SPSS Modeler and show how to build predictive models in a variety of business scenarios.
IBM Innovation Center - Dallas
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Last week, I was privileged to be a member of a round table discussion on Business Analytics at the University of Texas at Dallas, along with executives from att.com and HCSC (Blue Cross Blue Shield in Texas.) We each did a short presentation to over sixty Masters students in business analytics, and then answered their questions. Beforehand, I had a chance to meet with some of the students who are using IBM SPSS Modeler in the classroom. I'd like to thank Dr. Eric Zheng for inviting me to participate.
IBM was unique on the panel in that we not only use analytics in our daily business processes, we also have a portfolio of big data and analytics applications to help others use analytics in their businesses. I briefly spoke about the shortage of analytics knowledge in the market today, and how the need for employees with analytics experience is growing. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that the number of analytics-based jobs will grow by more than 20 percent between now and 2018. These students are well-positioned for some of these new knowledge worker opportunities.
An interesting point for the students to consider - as important as basic statistical and analytics knowledge are, there are also many soft skills required, many of which will be job-specific. All the members of the panel emphasized that there are multiple skills areas required to complete an analytics project - data acquisition and cleansing, data warehousing, building and executing the models, generating reports and finally, presenting the reports. One of the most critical areas that drives all of these is domain knowledge - understanding the actual business processes and requirements that drive a specific customer. While the models may be similar (or even the same), what beer to stock is a much different question than how to save money on postage or when to replace a delivery truck. Also, the domain expert is the person who can actually determine what questions should be asked!
For all university students thinking about careers in big data and analytics, IBM recently announced the IBM Analytics Talent Assessment, a first-of-its-kind online platform that provides data-driven insights to help narrow the Big Data and Analytics skills gap and foster talent for the next-generation workforce.
The IBM Innovation Center Dallas also will hold a hands-on workshop on IBM SPSS Modeler on December 4, 2013. You can register online for this free session. This full-day workshop will introduce IBM SPSS Modeler and show how to build predictive models in a variety of business scenarios.
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Two-thirds of our clients are seeking increased system utilization and reduction in costs. The IBM PureFlex System maximizes utilization and lowers costs by providing “no compromise” designs with fast computing, maximum memory, speed and choice in networking, comprehensive resource pooling and industry-leading systems management.
IBM Innovation Center Dallas recently hosted the IBM PureFlex Systems Expert Integrated Partner Tour – Connect to Win session. Over fifty IBM Business Partners and IBMers met together during this full-day event where they discussed new offerings and tools and resources available for PureFlex sales success.
IBM experts provided the partners with information on how
· IBM PureFlex systems allow business partners to rapidly deliver and deploy solutions with many options to their clients
· IBM PureFlex solutions are tied to large, fast-growing market opportunities that allow partners business to grow
· What tools and resources are available that can make their sales easier
The session included both sales and technical tracks. In addition to the North America Sales Team agenda, the Innovation Center's Cloud Enablement Team provided both groups with a Data Center Tour where they showed participants the PureFlex System used for Cloud engagements. The Innovation Center team also introduced the partners to the main features and functions of the PureFlex system, and how the entire system is managed through the IBM Flex System Manager (FSM). The technical track included a remote access demo of PureFlex FSM and its features. The Innovation Center team then showed the partners how to import and deploy virtual appliances through VMControl, and how to configure a virtual machine at deploy time. Finally, the team introduced the Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT), and demonstrated how they leverage ICCT to create the virtual appliance containing IBM middleware and any custom partner applications.
During this Connect to Win, all the attendees networked with their peers, learned more about IBM PureFlex systems, and also now have a better understanding about resources available to both technical and sales teams to support their businesses growth with IBM Pure Systems.
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Introduction to IBM Smarter Commerce Product Portfolio
Smarter Commerce is designed to help companies better integrate and more effectively manage their value chain, including Buy, Market, Sell, and Service processes to put the customer at the center of decisions and actions leading to greater customer loyalty, revenue, margin growth, and agility.
IBM is investing in its ecosystem of Business Partners to participate in the IBM Smarter Commerce initiative and seize the growing market opportunity across several focus industries for Smarter Commerce, including Retail, Telecom, Banking, Consumer Electronics and Media & Entertainment.
Come to the event to gain an understanding of the IBM Smarter Commerce strategy and software product portfolio, learn about resources available to you, and meet IBM subject matter experts.