- Streaming data to Excel
- Easy setup for high-availability
- Resilient processing with the consistent region annotation
- Toolkits enhancements
Big data in motion
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This has been in the works for quite a while but now it’s out!
This new version adds multiple interesting new features including:
Streaming data to Microsoft Excel makes it easy create user interfaces to get real-time feedback on what’s happening in addition to providing all the capabilities from Excel to do additional processing on the data received.
A lot has been done on the high-availability front. It is much easier to setup redundant administrative services and have them failover automatically when needed. In addition, there is no need for a DB2 database. Instead, Streams now relies on Zookeeper to preserve all the state information. Also,to continue to improve on high availability, Streams does not require a shared file system anymore.
There is a new feature that guarantees at least once processing a tuples within a region or a set of operators. It is easy to use. We simply have to add annotations that define the region and set a few parameters.
There has been enhancements to existing toolkits and addition of new ones such as support for Kafka in the messaging toolkit and the new HBase toolkit.
There is more to the new release of Streams. You can find the online documentation in the knowledge center at:
To get an idea of what’s new in this release, the a look at:
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:
The wiki URL of the welcome page is: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home?lang=en#/wiki/Informix%20smart%20meter%20central/page/Welcome
Make sure to bookmark it.
More to come as we go deeper into BIG DATA!
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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.
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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.
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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:
More on the conference later.
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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
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.
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.
I followed with a session on context computing used to counter fraud. I finished my day
The conference is winding down with the last day tomorrow.
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Another full day.
It started at 7:00 with a breakfast meeting and was followed by a conference call.
"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
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.
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After walking by 3 different Starbucks, I arrived at the conference breakfast hall.
Then it was time to attend the general session that started at 8:15.
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
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!
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The event went as planned at the Mandalay Bay convention center with presentation on:
Many people attended and were engaged in the presentations. Overall a success.
The Insight conference officially started with the opening reception.
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We're up and going.
The conference is still being setup but there are events happening this Saturday.
All sorts of other sessions are taking place in other areas of the Mandalay Bay convention center.
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
I'll post comments on the conference daily so, stay tuned!
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We are barely more than two weeks away from the Insight conference.
As you know, Streams is excellent at providing real-time analytics. It can be used with other
It happens that I'll be participating in an IoT deep dive on Sunday October 26.
I'll be joining the main speakers:
The technical section is divided in three parts:
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
The book is: "The Power of Now: Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams"
See you in Vegas!
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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.
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:
The other exciting part for me is that I am coming out with a new book:
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.
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
Today, I just want to relate some parts of chapter 14 where he put together a test to see how people would classify individuals
"Tom W is a high intelligence, although lacking is true creativity.
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
I laughed out loud when I read that part. I immediately though of one of my co-worker, Robert U., that
For those who read this blog, if you make corny jokes/puns and graduated in computer science rejoice.
The book is full of interesting information including the fact that even statisticians can misuse/misinterpret statistics.
"you dispose of a limited budget of attention that you can allocate to activities. . .
My conclusion: if someone tells you he/she's multitasking, they do trivial work.
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When we talk about processing data in real time, it is easy to just write a program and be done with it.
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.
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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
One of the projects is under the name resourceManagers.
Learn more about what is available for Streams on GitHub by looking at the newest page from the InfoSphere Streams playbook:
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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.
Real-time analytics apply in many industries including medical, telecommunication, and security. You can find additional examples in the
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.
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.
The IBM solution for data in motion is InfoSphere Streams. You can download a free copy of the software to learn about it.
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Do you know about IBM Data Magazine? It is the regular newsletter based on ibmdatamag.com that many people receive in their inbox
This online magazine contains articles related to: Big Data and Warehousing, Databases, Information Strategy, Integration and governance.
My first article got published on January 31st and is titled: "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
Until next time...
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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:
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!