Understanding the differences between IBM Netezza data warehouse appliances and the IBM Smart Analytic System

October 31, 2011
It’s a question that came up in Ray Tacoma and Phil Francisco’s Q&A session at IOD and it’s a question I’ve answered at the IBM Netezza booth in the exhibition.  Smart Consolidation demands an answer, just as every Read More

Architecting Big Data Solutions: Part I Hadoop and IBM Netezza

October 31, 2011
Big Data is increasingly becoming a part of the enterprise IT vernacular and we are seeing it rapidly move through the hype cycle as a viable value creation opportunity for enterprises. In a recent report, McKinsey estimated this value to be in the order of billions of dollars and deemed it the "next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity". Read More

IBM Netezza Analytics - The 30 Second Explanation

October 26, 2011
For many, IBM Netezza Analytics is a bit of a mystery.  Is it a product?  Is it a component? How do I get it?  What can it do for me?  What does it cost? Read More

Answering the important questions, faster: Cognos Business Intelligence and IBM Netezza

October 26, 2011
IBM Cognos Business intelligence helps organizations answer three questions: 1.    How are we doing against plan? 2.    Why are we on/off target? 3.    What should we be doing next? Read More

InfoSphere Streams and the IBM Netezza Data Warehouse Appliance

October 25, 2011
I’ve spent a fair bit of time recently learning about InfoSphere Streams and BigInsights, as I’ve been working on the Smart Consolidation story. Read More

The “Data Bridge” for a Logical Data Warehouse

October 25, 2011
The pressure of more data and analytics is spurring organizations to rethink their EDW strategy.  Many have already embarked on creating a logical data warehouse, where data and analytic computation is distributed on fit-for-purpose systems.  This architecture reduces costs, offers optimal price-performance for different workloads and creates the agility business users crave. Read More

The Mainframe Ate IBM Netezza

October 24, 2011
Smart Consolidation recommends running workloads on the platform best suited to the purpose, and for many of the world’s largest organizations IBM’s System z – the mainframe – is the system powering their transactional heartbeats. The newly-announced IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) for z/OS brings the analytics performance of IBM Netezza into System z. To discover more, I spoke with two of my colleagues at IBM: Gary Crupi, Executive IT Specialist and Ola Mayer, Product Management Director. Read More

Turning Insight Into Action, IOD 2011 Monday Press Conference

October 24, 2011
Standing room only (and there wasn’t much of that either) at the “Turn Action into Insight” Press Conference at this year’s #IOD11. Read More

The Logical Data Warehouse: Smart Consolidation for Smarter Warehousing

October 24, 2011
I’ve previously written how in the early part of 2011 we worked with technology and marketing leaders across IBM’s portfolio to define and launch a new strategy for data warehousing and analytics. Our objective is to meet today’s enterprise needs with agility to deal with whatever the future brings – flexibly, simply and without requiring that our customers overhaul their data center infrastructures. Read More

Heading to IOD in Vegas, Baby!

October 23, 2011
With all the preparations complete and the presentations, meetings and events all scheduled there’s finally a chance to reflect. So I thought I would provide some thoughts from 35,000 feet, while winging my way to the IBM Information On Demand 2011 show in Vegas. Read More