Integration & Governance

Announcing IBM DataWorks: A cloud-based data refinery

November 20, 2014
Last month at Insight 2014, IBM made an exciting announcement: IBM DataWorks is available now. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive; clients who have or will soon have a data lake were very keen on the notion of data refinement. In fact, a data refinery is a natural fit with a data lake.  Read More

Chief data officer: My mixed and nuanced musings on the need for one

November 13, 2014
When people say that "data is the new oil," they're usually making a general statement on how deeply modern organizations depend on data to drive transactions, analytics and processes in general. It's in that context that many organizations decide to appoint something called a chief data officer (CDO) to oversee this precious resource. Personally, I'm not sure that the responsibilities of a CDO, as described in these sources and elsewhere, are all that different from the older concept of a chief information officer (CIO). Regardless of what we call this business-focused function (CDO, CIO or even chief analytics officer), it's important that there be a C-level executive who is responsible for overseeing governance of the organization's data resources, ensuring that they be applied effectively to achieve important business outcomes and transforming the organization into a more data-savvy culture. Read More

The Internet of Things and Informix

Exclusive session highlights from Insight 2014

November 13, 2014
There was no shortage of information about Informix and the Internet of Things at IBM Insight 2014. Multiple sessions from such speakers as Fred Ho, chief technologist for Informix Warehouse at IBM, and Lalitha Krishnamoorthy, program director for Informix engineering at IBM, covered everything from implementation, to data management, to what the future holds. With additional support from hands-on floor demos and visualizations, the Internet of Things was brought to life. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Leonardo Nantes

November 11, 2014
This week’s Big Data &Analytics Hero, Leonardo Nantes, IT executive of Brazilian credit bureau Boa Vista Servicios, has faced numerous challenges since the merger of two companies took place a few years ago. Boa Vista now serves hundreds of thousands of clients nationwide and handles more than three million transactions per day. Since the business involves credit ratings and personal information, big data security and integrity are paramount. Read More

Bust myths to gain insights and make data work for you

November 10, 2014
Data is the new natural resource, and those who can harness it will be leaders. But, there are many myths about how to make data work for an organization. During the Information Management Keynote at Insight 2014, IBM busts these myths. In her post, Harriet Fryman, vice president of Information Management at IBM, shares highlights and her perspective on how to make data work for you and your company. Read More

Make data work—Know more, faster

November 5, 2014
All the data in the world isn't helpful unless you put it to use. Employees spend countless hours just pulling data together and making sense of it. We set out to close the data divide between those that are able to put data to work, and those that aren’t. Our cloud-born data services provide data professionals and application developers the unique ability to turn data into readily available fuel for their organizations—all anyone else has to do is choose how to apply it.  Read More

How do you find and define your customers in a big data environment?

October 23, 2014
Every day hundreds of articles and blogs are written about the theoretical value of big data, but many don’t offer actionable specifics. At IBM Insight on October 28, we are correcting this historical shortcoming and showcasing how big data (specifically Big Match) is enabling a single view of a customer in a Hadoop environment.   Read More

Discrimination drives the need for ethics in big data

October 13, 2014
Big data and analytics are profoundly affecting the world around us. One of the focal points of my postings has been how big data and analytics affects, specifically, our personal privacy. An old and perhaps far too familiar twist on this has risen to the forefront of discussion and that is the issue of whether big data and analytics will be used to discriminate against the less fortunate (or perhaps even “the one percent”). Read More

Legos for grown-ups: Building with IBM Bluemix

October 8, 2014
In the world of big data and analytics, cloud capabilities offer a great opportunity and shorten the path between ideas and action. IBM’s new Bluemix platform for developers continues to grow, offering users new capabilities every day that they can attach, build and deploy for web and mobile app success. Read More

Governance is not optional in big data analytics

October 3, 2014
Confidence in data is essential regardless of the bigness of the data being analyzed. In order to make business decisions based on the analysis of data, you need to be sure that the information upon which you are making those decisions is trustworthy. Read More

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