What is Big Data? It's one of those keywords that has become increasingly prevalent as our use and consumption of information has become more demanding and all-encompassing. In an attempt to keep up to date on the ever changing areas of technology, I've been reading up on the topic. Here's a summary of what I've found to be the basics.
"The term Big Data applies to information that can't be processed or analyzed using traditional processes or tools."
IBM defines Big Data by three characteristics: volume, variety, and velocity. What does this mean?
Volume: The sheer amount of information collected on a daily or even hourly basis by organizations is massive, reaching to petabytes. Imagine having to analyze and sift through for nuggets of relevant data.
Variety: Data is being collected from a whole range of sources, from sensors to smart devices, emails to documents, social media forums, etc. Combined, these data generators bring in both traditional and raw data that may or may not be structured.
Velocity: How fast is the data flowing? It's not enough to know how quickly it is being produced, stored, analyzed, but we also need to know how quickly the data will become obsolete.
As I continue to read up on the topic, I'll share my insights and discoveries with you. One of my key go-to sources is a fellow IBM-er, Lennart Frantzell, who writes for the Silicon Valley IBM Innovation Center blog. Also, keep up-to-date on IBM's Big Data products and strategy by watching the videos at IBM Big Data on Youtube.
Last week, the IBM Innovation Center - Canada ran the pilot for the PureSystems Certification Preparation Workshop. This 3-day workshop focuses on the PureFlex System and includes sales and technical training on the first two days followed by testing on the final day. Due to the popularity of the pilot event, we had to increase the
workshop size! A word from Steve Powell, Course Developer for IBM and the instructor for the pilot workshop:
"It was great to visit Toronto and meet so many dedicated Partners. We
had a lot of fun getting to grips with the certification test
requirements and I'm pleased to say many of our Partners are now
For those of you who were unable to join us last week,
we are holding 4 additional workshops in the coming weeks in Toronto,
Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. We look forward to having many of you attend the upcoming sessions.
Please do note that as this is a review course, attendees are expected
to be familiar with PureSystems and should study the materials in
advance and come prepared with any questions.
If you missed out on this workshop, visit the IBM Innovation Center website at http://ibm.biz/Bdx4sN to register online and find out about our other events.
November seems to be the month for Big Data here in the Markham office. There are several events targeted towards IBM Business Partners coming up in the next month. If you haven't already heard about them, here they are:
Big Data Fundamentals Bootcamp November 13 - 16, 2012
This bootcamp covers Big Data fundamentals, with focus on InfoSphere BigInsights. Learn how a Hadoop-based solution complements existing IM products and how BigInsights can be integrated into an existing enterprise environment. This session will also touch on the basics and fundamentals of other IM Big Data portfolio products such as InfoSphere Streams and Vivisimo Velocity.
What is Big Data to IBM
How to use Hadoop technology and related tools that are provided by InfoSphere BigInsights
How to process streaming data to do real-time analysis and decision-making
How IBM provides extensive enterprise class capabilities, security, performance, development and user tools
NOTE: This bootcamp is for IBM Business Partners only.
Participate in an exclusive Big Data Developer Day hosted by the IBM Big Data Development team. 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 and techniques that you can immediately take back to your organization.
Partnering with IBM Big Data to Grow Your Business November 27, 2012
In today’s world there is an ever increasing amount of data. Estimates point to data growing at 50 percent a year, or more than doubling every two years. It’s not just more streams of data, but entirely new ones. Businesses and government agencies are confronted with three dimensions of this Big Data challenge—volume, variety, and velocity. Of course, Big Data is more than a challenge; it is an opportunity to find insight in new and emerging types of data, to make your business more agile.
According to IDC, the market for Big Data technology and services will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, up from $3.2 billion in 2010. That is a 40 percent-a-year growth rate — about seven times the estimated growth rate for the overall information technology and communications business. Join us at the Toronto IBM Innovation Center to learn about the IBM Big Data solution portfolio and how you can take advantage of the great market opportunity highlighted by this IDC report. Learn how you can grow your business by integrating your solutions with IBM Big Data platforms and by creating practices around IBM Big Data solutions.
In a series of fact-filled presentations and demonstrations at this event, you will:
Learn IBM’s Big Data strategy and platform
See Big Data use cases
Understand how IBM develops Big Data Partner ecosystem and the mutual benefits by partnering with IBM Big Data
Faced with a variety of data you can't analyze? Is the velocity of your data overwhelming and you need decisions in real-time? Do you have an issue with the volume of data that needs to be analyzed? If any of these issues apply then you have a Big Data challenge and are missing opportunities!
With better big data, you can turn your data into trusted information that can be harvested to find new insight and to answer questions that in the past were beyond reach. Due to the popularity of this topic, we've scheduled our speakers to host this event in Montreal on November 29th in addition to our original event scheduled in Toronto for November 27th.
Come hear our industry experts share their real-world experiences to help you learn how to take control of your ever-growing supply of data and turn it into an enterprise source of knowledge.
2:30 - 3:00 PM Registration 3:00 - 4:00 PM Achieving Competitive Advantage through Big Data Analytics 4:00 - 5:00 PM IBM Big Data Platform: Real World Approach to Introducing Big Data Business Alignment Strategy, Plan and Execution 5:00 - 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
Business Partners and customers - are you attending IBM InterConnect 2012? Only a few weeks left to register to attend this meeting place for business and IT leaders!
IBM InterConnect 2012
October 9 - 11, 2012 | Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Hot Topic Sessions
A showcase of successful strategies that leverage the breadth and depth of IBM software and systems.
These facilitated sessions offer attendees the opportunity to dig deeper into the strategies discussed in the Hot Topic Sessions and learn how to apply lessons learned. Come out of these topics with a plan to share what you've learned with peers from your organization.
Solution Center Located central to the entire event, this space is set up to foster topic discussions and offer interactive demonstrations for IBM Business Partners, Subject Matter Experts, customers, and IBM executives.
Our solution roadmaps provide a step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of your relationship with IBM. Each roadmap provides an overview, resources to learn more, and actions you can take to help you succeed.
Join us on May 15, 2013 in Markham, Ontario for an event to familiarize you with our Roadmaps.
We will explore the Pure Systems Roadmap and how to best utilize it to take your product to the marketplace.
These Roadmap sessions are designed to help Business Partners utilize the roadmaps to navigate through IBM with a step by step process of what is required to take their product to market. They encompass the Learn, Build, Sell Model.
Date: May 15, 2013
3600 Steeles Avenue East
IBM Canada , D107
On October 9th, IBM announced the newest member of the PureSystems family. The PureData system encompasses the three core attributes of all PureSystems - built-in expertise, integration by design, and simplified experience - with a focus on big data. With today's focus on efficient management and speedy analysis of the vast quantities of data collected each minute, this new system offers three workload-optimized models:
Back in April, IBM announced the new family of expert integrated systems called IBM PureSystems. Since then, this revolutionary new product has been top-of-mind for IBMers and our Business Partners.
To quickly catch you up, these systems incorporate hardware, software, and applications with built-in expertise, integration by design, and offers a simplified IT experience. The current offerings include:
PureFlex System: an infrastructure system that combines computing, storage, networking, virtualization and management and is expert at sensing and anticipating resource needs.
PureApplication System: a platform system built for cloud and offers a simple and efficient experience putting you in control.
The IBM Innovation Centers (IICs) have been hosting PureSystems Business Partner Day events worldwide to get our Business Partners up-to-date on IBM PureSystems. Here in Canada, we have already hosted events in Toronto and Montreal. Both events were a success with over 180 Business Partners in attendance, and experts on IBM PureSystems speaking about the product and networking with independent software vendors, managed service providers, systems integrators, and resellers. We at the IIC Canada are working hard to get our Western Business Partners out to an event as well, so keep an eye out for a communication from the IIC.
Keep reading as we get our event plans lined up for the fall and start blogging about what you can expect on the agenda here at the IIC Canada. Check out what events are coming up at the IBM Innovation Centers around the globe: http://ibm.biz/Bdx4sN
With all that IBM has to offer, how does one find their way from point A to point B?
To help you navigate your route, IBM has created a series of roadmaps that should help you along the way. Whether you're a Business Partner, Academic, IT professional, or entrepreneur, these roadmaps offer a step-by-step guide with an overview, resources to learn more, and actions that will help you succeed.
Roadmaps for Business Partners
Roadmaps for academia
IBM roadmap for academia - Faculty
IBM roadmap for academia - Students
Roadmaps for IT professionals Roadmaps for entrepreneurs
Visit the IBM Roadmaps website (http://ibm.biz/BdxrUX) to learn more about the different routes you can take.
The Global Network of IBM Innovation Centers has been hosting the IBM PureSystems Business Partner Day events worldwide. Here in Canada, we held these informative networking events in Toronto and Montreal and will be bringing the event out to our western Business Partners as well. With a twist. We've made this a morning event and added a more technical workshop component in the afternoon. Check out the agenda for the day. I've included it below with links to register online. Please register separately for the morning and afternoon sessions.
We'd like to invite all of our IBM Business Partners that operate in the western provinces and territories to attend the PureSystems Business Partner Day in Calgary on September 6th.
Luis H. Rodriguez – Director, IBM Innovation Centers
Todd Austin – Worldwide Channel Marketing Leader, IBM PureSystems
Audience: C-level, Line of Business, Sales & Marketing At the keynote, you will hear about IBM’s new family of expert integrated systems and how the PureSystems offerings meet the increasing demands of your business and technology challenges. Breakout sessions will provide value, pricing and incentives, and specific details on next steps.
Register now for the keynote and breakout session: http://ibm.biz/BdxXx2
Workshop (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM MST) Presenter: IBM Technology Consultant, IBM PureSystems Expert Audience: IT Professionals The workshop will instruct you on the tools and techniques used to create scripts for cloud deployment on the IBM PureApplication and PureFlex systems. This workshop will cover:
What are workload patterns
IBM Workload Deployer (IWD) tooling for Virtual Pattern creation on PureApplication system
IBM Composition and Construction Tool (ICCT) tooling for Virtual Appliance creation for PureFlex system
Register now for the workshop: http://ibm.biz/Bdx4qT
Edge2013 will offer 4.5 days of world-class technical education for IT professionals and practitioners including:
350+ technical sessions and hands on labs geared for novices to experts, with the ability to test drive the latest technology.
Exciting general sessions focused on Smarter Computing innovations and real-world success stories.
World class certification available on-site to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions.
A comprehensive and expanded Solution Center giving you access to the latest storage, System x and PureSystems solutions from IBM and our sponsors.
There are 3 different tracks at Edge2013. General sessions are open to all conference attendees. ExecutiveEdge participation is by IBM nomination and approval. TechnicalEdge attendees may add ExecutiveEdge sessions to their agenda.
There is something for everyone.
Become a next generation MSP at Edge2013. An exclusive event for MSPs to learn, share and network.
The MSP Summit at IBM Edge2013 is a two-day session focused on specific business and technology topics important to an MSP’s success. This exclusive event is designed to create new business opportunities and accelerate your growth. Hear from IBM executives about new incentives, offerings, marketing programs and more. Share your business challenges and best practices in our many sessions and panel discussions. Network among your peers, clients, and IBMers.
IBM’s fast growing ecosystem of MSP partners includes VARs, ISVs, VADs, CSPs, Telcos, System Integrators, and more.
Get Certified at Edge2013 and Save!
Take advantage of certification testing at Edge2013 and save up to 50% versus the standard pricing offered at Prometric centers. The Professional Certification Program from IBM provides skilled sales and technical professionals an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in business solutions to the world. The program is designed to validate skills and proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Professional certification instills confidence in your employer. Your skills have been tested and demonstrated, enabling you to deliver higher levels of service and technical expertise than non-certified employees and move on a faster career track. Professional certification puts you in control of your career.
The Edge media center contains resources that help remind you of that key technique you learned or introduce you to breakthroughs you may have missed. All organized into the easy-to-browse libraries. To access the Media center ... http://www.ibm.com/systems/edge/mediacenter.html
This Connect to Win Networking Reception is an executive event where you will meet with an ecosystem of IBM Executives, MSPs, and ISVs who can complement your portfolio of offerings and provide the different types of expertise needed to bring your solution to the next level.
This session will teach you to Use mobile to create new revenue streams and a competitive advantage, Build mobile applications to transform the client, partner and employee value chain and Capitalize on every interaction, every device, everywhere -- and learn how to make the next interaction event smarter and "impactful".
This event is designed for Business Partners, ISVs, MSPs looking to maximize their relationship with IBM. Learn best practices, meet local contacts and establish next steps as you partner and grow with IBM. You will learn through IBM Roadmaps how to set priorities and stay on track to align with IBM solutions.
This technical workshop is for IBM Business Partners who want to learn how to develop solutions on IBM BigInsights 2.0. Attendees will learn how to develop solutions on IBM BigInsights using the various analytical capabilities of the platform
This event is designed for Business Partners, ISVs, MSPs looking to maximize their relationship with IBM. Learn best practices, meet local contacts and establish next steps as you partner and grow with IBM. You will learn through IBM Roadmaps how to set priorities and stay on track to align with IBM solutions
"Ready for..." are technical validations offered by IBM to its Business Partners. Achieving "Ready for ..." status shows customers that your solution meets or exceeds IBM compatibility criteria with one or more of the IBM products in that category. There are several "Ready for..." validations available that your company can qualify for and recently, IBM announced the addition of Ready for IBM Social Business to the line-up. As social business becomes increasingly vital to organizations, this new offering builds on and combines the previous Ready for IBM Lotus and Ready for IBM WebSphere Portal validations. Read a guest blog about Ready for IBM Social Business from the perspective of one of our IBM Business Partners: www.ibm.com/connections/blogs/socialbusiness/tags/ready_for_social_business?lang=en_us
Other offerings available to Business Partners include:
Ready for IBM DB2 database software
Ready for IBM Informix database software
Ready for IBM Power Systems Software
Ready for IBM PureSystems™
Ready for IBM Rational
Ready for IBM SmartCloud Services
Ready for IBM Technology
Ready for IBM Tivoli software - IBM Integrated Service Management Library
Each validation has its own steps to complete the process to achieve
"Ready for..." status, and once you've successfully completed the
validation and marketing criteria, you can display the "Ready for..."
mark in the packaging and marketing materials of your qualified
offerings. Just remember to follow the guidelines when you download and
use your "Ready for IBM..." mark. For more information on the usage
guidelines, visit http://ibm.biz/BdxrXC.
IBM is the recipient of the 2013 Chairman's Award for its Smarter Cities Challenge. The award was accepted by Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive officer of IBM on behalf of the company. This video was played at the 2013 CECP Summit - June 4th and 5th. Way to go IBM!!
In 2010, IBM Citizenship created the Smarter Cities Challenge to help 100 cities over a three-year period to address some of the critical challenges facing cities. We do this by contributing the time and expertise of our top experts from different business units and geographies, putting them on the ground for three weeks to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective.
The IBM Innovation Center in Toronto will be hosting events to help you do just that on a regular basis in 2013.
Come and meet with your local IBM Innovation Center Team. Make the most of your relationship with IBM!
Learn best practices, meet local contacts and establish next steps as you
partner and grow with IBM. You will learn through IBM Roadmaps how to set
priorities and stay on track to align with IBM solutions.
We will explore IBMs hardware and software portfolio and how you can build your solution on that at almost no cost.
With over 11 research facilities around the world, you will have access to deep technical expertise no matter where you are or which market you’re targeting.
These Maximize Your Relationship events will help you navigate through IBM's
PartnerWorld and will speak to specific areas of interest in IBM software or
To enroll for an event in Toronto visit our enrollment site or select one of the following dates: