IBM Netezza Blog

Week's Worth of Koby Quick-Hits June 11th - 15th, 2012

June 18, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here  are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on the IBM Netezza Facebook page this past week. I went deeper on the themes of information glut, DW appliance POCs, handheld petabytes, and online recommendation engines. I started up a new thread on crowdsourcing in big data modeling, development,...

Week's Worth of Koby Quick-Hits June 4th - 8th, 2012

June 11, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on the IBM Netezza Facebook page this past week. I went deeper on machine learning, continued my meditation on all-in-memory, put out some more Hadoop thoughts in advance of next week's Hadoop Summit (where IBM's Anjul Bhambhri will speak on...

Informing the Demand Side: Opening Data Warehouses to Collaborative Applications

June 8, 2012 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
As our populations grow in a world of limited resources governments and individuals seek ways to lighten our load on the planet.  In the Smart Grid R&D Program, PNNL investigates how modernizing the electric grid can help the US meet its carbon management goals. In The Smart Grid: An Estimation...

Reuse, Recycle, Compost: A New Level of Insight into Garbage

June 5, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Garbage is a precious resource. About 80% of the ton of trash that the average family discards every year could be recycled into useful materials, rather than ending up as pollution that hurts our health and destroys the environment. Global sustainability won't happen unless we optimize our local...

Week's Worth of Koby Quick-hits: May 28 to June 1 2012

June 4, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here  are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on the IBM Netezza Facebook page this past week. After I got back from the Memorial Day break, I had a few additional thoughts on experience (measuring it), Big Data analytics on smartphones (envisioning it), and next best action (modeling it). I...

Week's Worth of Koby Quick-Hits May 21-25, 2012

May 29, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here  are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on the IBM Netezza Facebook page this past week. I started the week in a sentimental mood, then developed my 2020 vision, then tried my best to cram it all in memory, then into the palm of my hand, and then finally crammed far more recommendation...

Next Best Action in Unprecedented Circumstances: When No One Truly Knows the Next Best Action

May 29, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Optimality is the new nirvana. The promise of "next best action" is that, somehow, we can program the optimal automated response into every business scenario. Of course, this dream presupposes that someone in your organization can specify the optimal response for any scenario that your personnel...

Week's Worth of Koby Quick-Hits May 16th to 18th 2012

May 23, 2012 | by James Kobielus, Big Data Evangelist, IBM
Here  are the quick-hit ponderings that I posted on the IBM Netezza Facebook page this past week. Clearly, I was focused on the "big" side of big data, and on the "statistics" DNA of the analytics that power big data, and on the limits of what you can in fact "optimize" with big data and analytics...

Are you ready for big data? R is.

May 9, 2012 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
Further to news of SUNY’s exploration of big data to understand possible causes of multiple sclerosis, I spoke with David Smith, VP of Marketing at Revolution Analytics, for a briefing on some advantages of R for analysis of large data sets.

IBM Netezza Analytics 2.0 and Big Data

May 8, 2012 | by Dennis Duckworth, Director of Product Marketing, IBM Netezza Analytics, IBM Netezza
If this was a start-up, that would be good for at least $100M... Analytics. Big Data. At a recent conference I attended, one of the keynote speakers stated that start-ups with “Analytics” in their business description are getting about two times the average valuation by the venture capital...