IBM Netezza Blog

Stuff To Do in an Emergency

May 20, 2010 | by Dai Clegg, VP product marketing, Acunu
I’m drafting this as we fly ‘Compact First’ from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Actually it’s a one class plane, but if you want to get the status-conscious sales executive on a one-class plane you tell him it’s ‘Compact First’. But one class or not Kulula Air are pretty classy. Their emergency...

An Innocent Abroad

May 19, 2010 | by Dai Clegg, VP product marketing, Acunu
Monday I flew into South Africa for the first time, just a month too   early to watch the footy. That was bad planning, but the reason I’m  here was to launch the partnership with BITanium – our new partner in the  region. The launch was this morning at a very grand hotel on the  outskirts of...

Smarter Planet or Smarter Computers?

May 18, 2010 | by Jim Baum, Former CEO
There’s so much happening in the world of analytics, business intelligence, and data management that, as the CEO of one of the more exciting companies in this space, I find it impossible not to comment. You can expect to hear from me on a regular basis as I share my personal views on this rapidly...

This Past Year and the One Ahead of Us

May 18, 2010 | by Jim Baum, Former CEO
Our annual reports were mailed out last week. Writing the letter for  the report gave me a good opportunity to reflect on this past year and  the one ahead of us. Fiscal year 2010 was a defining  moment for Netezza. Against a challenging economic backdrop, we  successfully launched the Netezza® ...

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: nzLabs

May 17, 2010 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
"Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research." – Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), French poet,...

SAS Goes Inside the Netezza Appliance

November 16, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
“The best vision is insight.” -- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), publisher of Forbes magazine, New Jersey state senator and adventure hobbyist. A couple of big announcements from our friends at SAS today. For the industry at large, SAS’ commitment to in-database analytic processing is a confirmation of...

Shooting the Curl in San Diego

August 4, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
"You stay classy, San Diego." -- Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in "Anchorman" (2004) This morning a few others from the Netezza Marketing and Product Management teams and I are ensconced by the Marina in sunny San Diego, CA for the TDWI World Conference and for an news announcement or two. And who...

A "FUD-machine" in Overdrive?

August 4, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
A loyal customer alerted us toan Oracle blog by Jean-Pierre Dijcks earlier today that showed the Oracle FUD machine is fully revved-up and ready to go. I'd like to offer a rebuttal, however in the interest of not intruding on Jean-Pierre's entry with an overly-long comment, I've just put a short...

Change, But No Change

July 31, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
Just trying to clarify. Curt Monash's informative blog on the coming Netezza system and family of products includes the following: Beyond the switcheroo in components, Netezza is making substantial changes to its hardware architecture. In current Netezza products, the FPGA plays the role of a disk...

"Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world"

July 30, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
Surf's up! Summer seems to finally have arrived in the Boston area and a number of vendors in the data warehousing and analytics space are hoping to catch a wave riding on a flurry of industry announcements. A few trends continue to build in the news: Data sizes continue to grow alongside the...