Embrace Open Source Analytics

July 11, 2011
Suppose you could implement an analytics platform with comprehensive out-of-the-box capabilities, a flexible programming environment, good visualization capabilities and a growing body of skilled users.  Suppose this platform leveraged a massively parallel architecture for high performance and scalability.  And suppose you could do this without investing in software fees. Read More

Data Warehouse Appliances – Simplifying the Delivery of Analytics

June 29, 2011
So if you would have told me 5 years ago that myself and several key architects from my data warehouse Best Practices Team would be sitting at the opening day together of the IBM Netezza User conference - welI would have fallen out of my chair laughing. Read More

For data warehousing, “light-concurrency” means wait-times.

June 28, 2011
You might think this analogy is a little crazy when thinking about computers and computer software, but let me explain a little more. In today’s global, dynamic environment, agile and pervasive analytics and business intelligence is critical to success. Whether you are a retailer who wants to cut shrinkage by finding employees that are using discarded receipts to do returns without merchandise, an insurance firm who wants to limit liability by not insuring too many properties within flood regions, a financial firm that wants to detect fraudulent charges quickly, or a line of business executive that wants to find all of the open opportunities in your territory, you want access to the information you need, when you need it. You do not want to have to wait in line behind everyone else in your organization just to run your query/report. Read More

Agile BI App Development - The Data Warehouse Appliance's Hidden Deliverable

June 23, 2011
When I talk about the machine being ‘create table ready’ in less than 24 hour and about having existing applications up and running on production data in 3 days going 100 times faster with no tuning and no configuration,  it’s time for the second wave of skepticism. But once again our customers come to my rescue – I just tell their stories in their own words. Though there’s an interesting wrinkle this time – best expressed by the guy who said, ‘If it takes 24 hours or 24 days to get up and running, who cares, I’m going to be running it for years?’ Now, would I raise that objection unless I had a really good answer? It’s my “I’m glad you asked that question” moment. Read More

Smart Consolidation for Smarter Computing

June 22, 2011
On Monday I wrote of our motivations to develop a new strategy: “Smart Consolidation for Smarter Computing”. Following my keynote session at Enzee Universe ’11 I’m ready to share details. The Smart Consolidation strategy simplifies infrastructure, freeing enterprises to deploy analytics rapidly across new forms of data, with more varied applications to large communities of users. Read More

Analytic Innovators – Recognizing our favorite customers and collaborators

June 20, 2011
I wanted to take a moment to recognize our “Analytic Innovators”.  These companies have leveraged analytics with their IBM Netezza data warehouse appliances in truly innovative and game-changing ways.  These individuals are more than customers.  For us, they are our closest and most valued collaborators.  Thank you Analytic Innovators. Read More

Enzee Universe 2011: From Boston to Mainstream

June 20, 2011
Today I’m blogging from Enzee Universe, Netezza’s seventh annual user conference, and want to share the latest news from the show. Read More

IBM’s “Smart Consolidation” – Rethinking the EDW

June 19, 2011
This week at the IBM Netezza Enzee Universe show in Boston, we’re taking the covers off IBM’s strategy for data warehousing and analytics and we’ll be talking about what that’s going to mean for the joint product portfolio.   Read More

In-Database Capabilities: Improve the runtime of Analytic Software

June 14, 2011
Many analysts have a strong preference for commercial analytic workbenches such as SAS or SPSS.  Both packages are widely used, respected by analysts, and each has strong advocates.  The purpose of this article is to point out that analytic users can benefit from the performance and simplicity of Netezza in-database analytics without abandoning their preferred interface.   Read More

What’s your big idea?

June 8, 2011
With Enzee Universe fast approaching we are in the last days of the I.D.E.A. Challenge, open to all registered members of the Enzee Community. New members can register here. Read More