The Informix development team has put a lot of efforts over the last year or so to continue to improve the product capabilities.
We strongly believe that this new release will help everyone, customers and partners alike, address the challenges and changing needs of data management.
Will it be faster? Will it be easier to manage? Will it include new functionality? Will it be smarter to accommodate a smarter planet?
What about big data and analytic?
You're in for a treat! Here is the webcast information:
The New IBM Informix: It's Simply Powerful
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Don't miss it.
I dare add to this, to me, the new IBM Informix, it's simply wonderful!
I've been saying for quite a while now that smart meters represent BIG DATA and that Informix TimeSeries is the optimal solution for an operational data store.
We can complement the Informix capabilities with other IBM products. When it comes to real-time processing of huge amount of data. The IBM solution is InfoSphere Streams.
It happens that Streams can interface with Informix as a data source or as a target (sink).
If you want to know more in this area, go take a look at the new information added to the Smart Meter Central wiki on Streams.
Two pages were added. One on a quick overview of Steams (with a youtube video) and another on setting up the environment.
The exact pages URLs are:
More to come as we go deeper into BIG DATA!
I arrived in Vegas Sunday mid-afternoon. Already, the activities have been going on for a day and a half. The expo floor looks good with Informix demos at multiple locations including the blade server with Informix and the theater presentation showing, at least, the clustering capabilities that include SDS, HDR, RSS, and ER.
The evening reception was in two parts: one in the expo and a second one for specific section of the Information management portfolio.
This year I decided to stay at the Luxor, next to the Mandaly Bay. You can walt from one hotel to the other without going outside. To go from my room to the registration desk takes a little over 15 minutes. On my way, I passed 3 Starbucks. I guess a lot of attendees need that to go through the long hours we'll have this week.
The IOD conference is less than a week away. I received an email about a blog entry that lists all the book signings that will happen at IOD. A total of 10. I happen to be one of them.
I wrote a short book titled: "Informix Dynamic Server Application Development - Getting Started". It is a free book that will be available at the conference. My book signing session is as follows:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
Since I'm giving up my lunch for this, please stop by and say hi. For more information on all the book signings at IOD, please see the following blog entry:
(Short URL: http://bit.ly/KB8zy)
I'm currently in Paris in the second week of a business trip. For a two-week trip it is pretty common to have some clothes laundered otherwise this makes for a lot of stuff to lug around.
I took a look at what was offered at my hotel: To launder one shirt (men), they charge 8.50 euros (around 12.37 US dollars). As I was leaving the hotel, I saw a hotel employee with a laundry bag in her hands. Looking at the size of the bag, I could just imagine the small fortune spent by the guest.
As I was walking to the IBM office, I passed a dry cleaner that advertized the cleaning and pressing of men shirts for 2.20 euro per shirt for 5 shirts. The price at the hotel was over 3.8 times that price. With a little knowledge a a 5 minute walk, the hotel guest could save a significant amount of money: for 5 shirts the price goes from 42.50 euros to 11 euros. For a company with a lot of employees that use that type of service, this can add up to significant savings.
Of course, that made me think of Informix. It is well known that IDS provides a high level of performance and scalability and require minimal resources for its administration. In some cases, one database administrator can manage thousands of instances. Of course it is much easier to go with a safe choice, use as much hardware as needed, and hire as many employees and consultants as the situation requires for the management of the environment and business application development. This is simply the cost of doing business...
It seems to me that with a little knowledge and a little effort, that cost of doing business could be greatly optimized.
I recently received a note about the IOD conference, October 25-29, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. If you register by August 31, you can get the early bird hotel rate!
Please go to the Conference Site to learn more about the IOD conference and register. Here are the top reasons provided to attend:
- Turn your information into a strategic driver of innovation, business optimization and competitive differentiation
- Learn how to transform data into a trusted strategic asset using an information agenda
- Improve business performance by applying data analytics and optimization techniques, e.g. save $423 million and realize 95% improvement in on-time delivery
- Accelerate information intensive projects for immediate ROI, e.g., increasing daily deliveries by 100% and spotting new trends in seconds - not weeks
- Optimize your existing information infrastructure to achieve higher availability and improved ROI
- Add value to your organization by building your skills and knowledge
You can find Informix-specific information on the conference at Informix at Information On Demand
. Here are the top 5 reasons on the Informix side:
- The best in IBM technical training
- Hands-on-labs provide in-depth training
- Immediate return on investment
- First-hand experiences shared by customer speakers
- Everything your company needs in one location
The general session started with an example of context computing and an interview with Captain Phillips.
All that was pretty exciting but what stole the show is the announcement of the partnership
between IBM and Twitter for analytics.
Then I went on my way to attend Streams sessions talking about use cases.
The first one i attended is about a partner, Voci, that has a appliance that converts audio to text.
In addition, it adds additional metadata such as the type of voice, accent, sentiment.
This solution can be augmented with InfoSphere Streams and BigInsight to take actions in real-time.
The next session was a panel of expert on geospatial analytics.
In the afternoon, I attended a session on the features of the new Streams beta that was announced last Friday.
You can find more information at http://ibm.co/streamsdev.
I followed with a session on context computing used to counter fraud. I finished my day
with a panel of users.
The conference is winding down with the last day tomorrow.
Another full day.
It started at 7:00 with a breakfast meeting and was followed by a conference call.
I then went to the conference bookstore for a book signing activity and moved on to a customer lunch.
As I mentioned in other blog entries, my new book is now out, at least at the conference:
"The Power of Now: Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams"
My afternoon was taken by a Streams and text analytics lab.
I went back to the conference floor and had interesting conversations with many technical people
from different world regions. The conference sure provides great opportunities.
I'll be able to catch up on some Streams sessions Tomorrow. I can't wait to hear about some customer/partners stories
Also, I heard through the grapevine that there my be a big announcement at the general session.
I'll make sure not to miss that either.
After walking by 3 different Starbucks, I arrived at the conference breakfast hall.
I thought I would have a quiet breakfast by myself when I saw Bruce Brown, a big data partner expert.
Soon after, I was sitting others joined us: They were long time InfoSphere Streams experts. That was a great opportunity to talk shop and exchange information.
Then it was time to attend the general session that started at 8:15.
The session started with Jake Porway and Jeff Jonas talking about context computing.
The session was so packed with information that it is impossible to summarized properly.
Lets just say that Bob Picciano talked about three imperatives:
Data is the new natural resource, basis for business advantage
Systems of engagements
Multiple speakers expanded on these themes.
I particularly likes the line: "Geospatial data will become analytics superfood".
There were many interesting sessions to choose from but because of multiple engagements, I only attended
the Joy Global session where they described the real-time analytics they while monitoring mining equipment.
There was so much, if you are not at the conference, you may want to look for InsightGo to be able to attend some general sessions remotely.
Now it's time to move on to Tuesday!
The event went as planned at the Mandalay Bay convention center with presentation on:
Internet of things
Informix gateways and Informix capabilities for the internet of things
IBM Internet of Things foundation
Real-time analytics with Streams in the context of an internet of things architecture
Many people attended and were engaged in the presentations. Overall a success.
The Insight conference officially started with the opening reception.
We are getting ready for a great week of learning and networking.
We're up and going.
The conference is still being setup but there are events happening this Saturday.
This morning I was participating in the "Big Data and Analytics EdCon". This is part of an education session for faculties
offered under the IBM Academic Initiative. This was a hands on session introducing InfoSphere Streams and it was full!
All sorts of other sessions are taking place in other areas of the Mandalay Bay convention center.
Tomorrow, I'll be part of the "Internet of Things Deep Dive" as I mentioned in my previous blog entry.
The deep dive goes from 11:00am until 5:30. There is still time to register for it:
If you are already in Las Vegas for the Insight conference, this would be a good use of your time.
Finally, Sunday evening, the Insight conference officially starts with the Solution EXPO Grand Opening Reception
starting at 6:00pm.
I'll post comments on the conference daily so, stay tuned!
We are barely more than two weeks away from the Insight conference.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, lots of interesting sessions on Streams. Still there is more.
As you know, Streams is excellent at providing real-time analytics. It can be used with other
products to provide a solution in many domains. One of them is the Internet of Things (IoT).
It happens that I'll be participating in an IoT deep dive on Sunday October 26.
I'll be joining the main speakers:
Michael Curry, Vice President, WebSphere Product Management, IBM.
Jerry Keesee,Director, Real-Time Context Computing, IBM.
Jeff Jonas, IBM fellow and chief scientist, context computing
The technical section is divided in three parts:
Kevin brown talking about sensors and gateways
Peter Crocket telling us about the IBM IoT Foundation
Jacques Roy covering data-in-motion with Streams
You can register for the event at: http://insight-deep-dive.eventbrite.com
Don't forget to come see me at Insight in my sessions and labs as well as a book signing
session on Tuesday October 28 at the Insight Conference book store between 9:30 and 10:30.
The book is: "The Power of Now: Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams"
See you in Vegas!
Ok, this is probably not news to you but there is information you should know.
The Insight conference, formerly known as Information on Demand (IOD), is going on Oct 26-30.
This is only 35 days from now! There is a lot of good content. Fro me, it starts on Sunday with an IoT deep dive call/meeting.
From there, I'll go to the demo ped to spend my evening. Please come visit
For the week, I am particularly interested in the Streams sessions such as:
Just to name a few. I am involved in a few sessions:
LCI-4252A: Hands-on lab "Streams and text analytics" on Tuesday afternoon (2:00pm)
LCI-5454A: Hands-on lab "The Internet of Things and Geospatial Analytics Powered by InfoSphere Streams", on Thursday morning (10:00am)
IIS-7096A : Expert Exchange "How to Harness the Internet of Things"
The other exciting part for me is that I am coming out with a new book:
"The Power of Now: Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams"
I am doing a book signing on Tuesday between 9:30 and 10:30.
The Insight conference provides many excellent learning opportunities on many subjects including Cloud, mobile/Social, security, analytics, and more.
It is also a great opportunity to network with experts from IBM, partners, and other customers.
I'm looking forward to see many of you there at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
For more information on the conference, please go to the following web site:
A while back, I started reading a book called "Thinking, Fast and Slow" from Daniel Kahneman.
Daniel Kahneman is a professor of psychology who won a Nobel prize in economic.
I have to admit, I am not done reading it. I need more "plane" time
What I read so far is fascinating. This is the type of book that can be read multiple times.
Today, I just want to relate some parts of chapter 14 where he put together a test to see how people would classify individuals
based on some personality descriptions. Here is the description:
"Tom W is a high intelligence, although lacking is true creativity.
He has a need for order and clarity, and for neat and tidy systems
in which every detail finds its appropriate place His writing is
rather dull and mechanical, occasionally enlivened by somewhat
corny puns and flashes of imagination of the sci-fi type. He has a
strong drive for competence. He seems to have little feel and little
sympathy for other people and does not enjoy interacting with
others. Self-centered, he nonetheless has a deep moral sense."
After reading the description, the subject was asked to figure out which field of study Tom was most likely in.
The description was actually designed so people should rank computer science among the best fitting
because of 'hints of nerdiness ("corny puns")'.
I laughed out loud when I read that part. I immediately though of one of my co-worker, Robert U., that
reminds me regularly that I make corny jokes during my presentations. And yes, I graduated in computer science.
For those who read this blog, if you make corny jokes/puns and graduated in computer science rejoice.
Embrace your nerdiness. You picked the right major
The book is full of interesting information including the fact that even statisticians can misuse/misinterpret statistics.
One I really like is:
"you dispose of a limited budget of attention that you can allocate to activities. . .
You can do several things at once, but only if they are easy and undemanding."
My conclusion: if someone tells you he/she's multitasking, they do trivial work.
When we talk about processing data in real time, it is easy to just write a program and be done with it.
The problems start piling up when we add analytics and volume.
A program is easy to write when it can process records sequentially. Once you reach the limit of this sequential processing, you start adding complexity that may represent the bulk of your work: You start by using multi-threading and eventually you need to also go to multi-processing to take advantage of multiple machines. It is much easier to use a framework to reduce those issues.
Still, a framework may give you the ability to distribute your processing but how easy is it to do? Now you want proper tools to assemble the many operations that you want to link together. Then, you also need to have the tools to easily identify bottlenecks so you can parallelize you operations. What about all the standard operations you would expect to be able to do?
This is where a platform comes in. It gives you the foundation for distributed processing but also gives you pre-built capabilities to interact with the outside world (files, message queues, databases, and so on) and also analytics so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
For a more complete discussion on the subject, take a look at my two articles on the IBM Datamag site: part 1 and part 2.
InfoSphere Streams is starting to engage the open-source community to provide additional capabilities to its real-time analytics platform.
This is still very early in the process and we can assume we'll see evolve quickly. That may also be a way to consolidate
the offering of the most popular open-source toolkits currently available on the Streams Exchange.
One of the projects is under the name resourceManagers.
The current available resource manager that is available to support Streams is Yarn!
Learn more about what is available for Streams on GitHub by looking at the newest page from the InfoSphere Streams playbook:
Streams on GitHub.
Anyone remembers this cartoon? I think the first time I saw it was in the '80s. Still, it keeps coming back.
This used to apply to IT requests. It can also be applied to all sort of things, including how quickly you want to go from data to actionable information.
In Today's world, it seems that we need to get insights now. This is one reason for the rise of the interest in "data in motion".
Real-time analytics apply in many industries including medical, telecommunication, and security. You can find additional examples in the
following article: Big Data in Motion Where? Everywhere.
There is a special need in processing machine data. The data can be generated at such a rate that we need machines to analyze all that data.
You can find more information on machine data examples in the ebook: The Rise of Machine Data: Are You Prepared.
Data in motion processing is here to stay. It is a great approach to solve many business problems. Of course, this approach does not work in a vacuum.
It is a great complement to new and established systems based on data at rest. Here, I mean systems that use data repositories such as operational
data stores, data warehouses, Hadoop (BigInsights) and other NoSQL repositories.
The IBM solution for data in motion is InfoSphere Streams. You can download a free copy of the software to learn about it.
It is called the InfoSphere Streams Quickstart Edition. Visit the streamsdev site to download a copy of it and access an introductory lab (under Docs).
Do you know about IBM Data Magazine? It is the regular newsletter based on ibmdatamag.com that many people receive in their inbox
every few weeks (or is it weekly?).
This online magazine contains articles related to: Big Data and Warehousing, Databases, Information Strategy, Integration and governance.
There are multiple regular columnists and I am now one of them. I am covering Data in motion in a monthly column.
My first article got published on January 31st and is titled: "Getting the big data ball rolling".
You can find it at: http://ibmdatamag.com/2014/01/getting-the-big-data-ball-rolling/
I have put together a plan for a series of articles. When it gets more in depth, I will complement the articles with
my blog entries. I will also continue to cover other subjects and likely more technical subjects in this blog.
Hopefully this will get me to write a blog entry a bit more regularly than I've done lately.
Until next time...
I have to say, these are busy times!
With TimeSeries PoC and multiple activities around Streams, time flies by quickly.
It's been a while since I updated the InfoSphere Streams Playbook. This was overdue. There are new videos, training material and capabilities that were not reflected in the playbook. Here's what I updated:
In this section, I updated the databases supported and support for MQTT
There is now a link that should provide the complete lists of available videos dynamically. Also, I cleaned up the tutorials and added a brand new series of tutorials.
Video use cases
Some new youtube videos that show interesting use of Streams
With the end of the year so close, we can expect everyone to prepare for the new year. Looks like 2014 will be another fun year!
The other day I ran across an article on Infoworld.com: Cloudera pitches Hadoop for everything. Really?”
Of course, the article starts by mentioning the expression about hammers and nails. This is an old story and it appears that it is getting ready to repeat itself. Like it’s been said: “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”.
Hadoop has been the biggest star of the big data story. I have to say that it is revolutionizing data processing and for good reasons. Many seem to point to the use of cheap clusters based on commodity hardware. I personally prefer to attribute it to the large amount of data that has different requirements from traditional data processing.
The traditional data processing needs are still there and still growing. Getting rid of “silos” of data has proven extremely difficult. It also relies on getting rid of years of investments and re-writing many proven applications.
Instead of trying to fit everything into Hadoop, it is much better to have an overall strategy that takes into accounts the different needs of different data sets and make sure the overall architecture accommodates exchange of information between all of them.
Cloudera want to become the “enterprise data hub” powered by Hadoop. Like the article mentions, “Hadoop i still seen on all sides as a bucket of parts..”. Maybe it is a bit early to talk about an enterprise data hub based on Hadoop.
Of course, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like nail