Spark trends and Spark analytics

Meetups | July 8 at 7:00 p.m. PT, Los Angeles, CA – IBM Glendale

Excitement around IBM’s commitment to Spark continues to grow. This meeting will share all the latest news and developments about the IBM and Spark collaboration.

Optimize IT governance with a sustainable risk and compliance approach

Webcast | July 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET the complexities of IT risk and compliance is a huge challenge for organizations everywhere. The inability to reduce risk exposure, lower risk management program costs, manage compliance across multiple regulatory frameworks and better allocate resources across the enterprise can severely affect an organization’s reputation, productivity and ability to achieve strategic goals.

This panel discussion, hosted by Risk, WatersTechnology and sponsored by IBM, will look at the evolution of IT risk to examine how organizations are beginning to adopt integrated GRC solutions to tackle the aforementioned challenges and optimize performance.

The panel will look at the results of the recent Risk and IBM ITG survey and will discuss how integrated GRC solutions are enabling organizations to do the following:

  • Gain better IT visibility across multiple disparate silos of IT governance to provide decision makers with a single view of risk.
  • Map IT risks to business processes to provide the underlying foundation for IT governance and enable a centralized, top-down (from business process to IT asset) approach to governance that spans the organization.
  • Reduce IT-related risks by providing a holistic view of risks throughout the enterprise that can be used to manage and control risks more effectively.
  • Improve IT efficiency through regulatory framework harmonization by mapping controls to multiple best practice frameworks.

Digital business journey

Twitter Chat | July 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Far too often, people confuse the digital business concept with the hype around big data. So what is a digital business really? And, even more important, what are the steps along the way in the digital business journey?

IBM | Box: Transforming Work

Webcast | July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT

Box and IBM are partnering to bring leading-edge technologies and resources expected to transform enterprise collaboration. From content management and security, to cloud, social and mobile computing, the portfolio of solutions bring together the leading-edge Box cloud content collaboration platform and IBM analytics software and enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, security and the global IBM Cloud footprint. Register for this webinar to get an overview of the IBM-Box partnership

  • Why Box and IBM are working together
  • What products, services and industries Box and IBM plan to focus on 
  • What this partnership means for customers and companies interested in leveraging upcoming integrations or new joint solutions

The webinar includes time for a Q&A at the end of the half-hour session. Rich Howarth, vice president, ECM products and strategy at IBM Analytics Group and Rand Wacker, vice president, enterprise product team at Box will present. For more information, please visit or

Incentive compensation in retail: Five bottom-line benefits

Webcast | July 23 at 2:00 PM ET

Among all the facets of retailing, employee motivation is one of the most important and manageable factors for success and profitability.

The Analytics Experience

Conference | July 26 at 9:00 a.m. to July 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET, Boston, Massachusetts

Get the in-depth education and hands-on practice necessary to transform your company into a truly data-driven organization. Unlike other events, The Analytics Experience—presented by TDWI from July 26 through 31 in Boston—provides comprehensive, end-to-end analytics training on everything you need to build and execute a high-value analytics program. Six action-packed days filled with classes, peer-to-peer sessions, case studies, applied training and networking offer accelerated learning for business and technical leaders as well as implementers.

Content Manager OnDemand Workshop: San Francisco

In-Person Event | July 28 at 9:00 a.m. to July 29 at 5:00 p.m. PT, San Francisco, California

Listen to our top IBM ECM business leaders and subject-matter experts to learn how to satisfy customers through 24/7 self-service access to bills and statements, govern content for compliance and perform advanced analytics on stored content to gain better insights.

Becoming an enterprise digital business: A perspective from featured Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg

Webcast | July 28 at 11:00 a.m. ET

The Internet of Things, smart connected devices and mobile are driving a continuous information proliferation. Though these forces might simultaneously represent opportunity, chaos and potential threat, a digital business will have the ability to spot and exploit opportunities that might last just a matter of seconds. Organizations must have an infrastructure capable of sustaining new breeds of analytics that deliver near real-time insight. But what does this mean for business and IT leaders? How can this be turned into an innovative and cost-effective opportunity, resulting in smarter business outcomes?

Register for this exciting webcast in which Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg provides his viewpoint on the digital business, including its effects on organizations and society as a whole and how it breaks down traditional barriers between industry segments to create completely new value chains and new business opportunities. He will be joined by Mark Simmonds of IBM, who will discuss the analytics platform portfolio for IBM z Systems and describe how it helps support a digital business. Join us and receive a complimentary copy of the report The impact of big data, mobile, customer expectations and cloud on today’s business critical analytics.


Donald Feinberg, Vice President, Gartner

Donald Feinberg is a Vice President and distinguished analyst with Gartner Intelligence in the Information Management group. Mr. Feinberg is responsible for Gartner’s research on database management systems and data warehousing infrastructure and big data.


Mark Simmonds, IT Architect and Senior Marketing Professional, IBM z Systems

Mark Simmonds is an IT architect and senior marketing professional for IBM z Systems who has more than 20 years of service with IBM. He is a thought leader in big data, analytics, mobile and information governance in the Analytics Platform Division.


Accelerate your analytics platform with PureData

In-Person Event | July 30 at 8:30 a.m. ET, Columbus, Ohio - IBM Dublin

Join us to learn how to easily manage complex data while improving query, reporting and predictive analytics performance. Ironside (a premier IBM Business Partner) and the IBM Analytics team will host a half-day "Accelerate your Analytics Platform with PureData" event on Thursday, May 28 at the IBM Dublin location. This is a client-only event. IBM PureData for Analytics (PDA) powered by Netezza transforms the data warehouse landscape with industry-leading performance and appliance simplicity. The combination of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM SPSS and IBM PureData for Analytics (PDA) creates the ultimate solution for customers with growing data volumes and multiple data sources. It allows them to easily manage more complex data while improving query, reporting and predictive analytics performance. RSVP for the meetup and please also register through the IBM system to confirm your reservation at this event.

Accelerate your analytics platform with PureData

Meetups | August 11 at 8:30 a.m. ET, Atlanta, GA - IBM Location

Discover how to easily manage complex data while improving query, reporting and predictive analytics performance. DataClarity, a Premier IBM Business Partner, and the IBM analytics team host this half-day “Accelerate your Analytics Platform with PureData” event at the IBM Atlanta location. 

This 4.5-hour client-only event demonstrates how IBM PureData for Analytics, powered by IBM Netezza technology, can transform the data warehouse landscape with leading-edge performance and appliance efficiency. The combination of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) software, IBM SPSS statistical analysis software and the IBM PureData for Analytics platform composes a high-powered solution for organizations needing to manage and analyze growing volumes of data from multiple data sources. Learn how to easily manage increasingly complex data while helping improve query, reporting and predictive analytics performance. RSVP for the meetup, and be sure to register through the IBM system to confirm your reservation at this event.