Podcasts

The Visual Organization: Interview with Phil Simon

Length: 12:30
April 16, 2014

Phil Simon (@PhilSimon) is a frequent speaker and recognized technology expert who consults with companies on how to optimize their use of technology. His contributions have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, Wired, The Huffington Post, Fast Company and many other high profile media outlets. His latest book, The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions, showcases several case studies of organizations that are using data in interesting ways. Phil talked with with host David Pittman (@TheSocialPitt) about how data visualization brings big data into the mainstream for more organizations, and how even a small organization can benefit from a visual approach to data.

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

When search meets cognitive

Length: 22:50
April 13, 2014

In this podcast, Mark Myers (@MarkMyers360) explains the differences between typical google-type search and what a cognitive computing system like IBM Watson does. Mark gives several examples from everyday life that help illustrate how the two systems work separately and how they complement one another. To learn about Watson Foundations, visit ibm.co/watson-foundations.

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Hosting the podcast is David Pittman, @TheSocialPitt

Building the business case for real-time analytics at CenterPoint Energy

Length: 34:04
April 7, 2014

Industry analysts project that 30% of companies will “monetize their data” by 2016. But what does this mean? Many organizations are trying to figure out how to turn their data into a gold mine. The reality is each business is unique and data monetization projects should be customized to focus on a particular outcome for that organization. Joining us for this podcast about their real-world data monetization projects are Bill Bell from CenterPoint Energy and Jim Sharpe from Sharpe Engineering. Bill is the Technology Director of Analytics & Data Services at CenterPoint Energy, and Jim has 35 years of industry experience and is a leading expert in complex low-latency analytics on big data for situational awareness and resource management.

You can download a free version of InfoSphere Streams Quick Start Edition to play around with the product and see what it can do for you at ibm.co/streamsqs

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata. For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Achieving trust in a digital age

Length: 16:25
April 6, 2014

In a recent article published on Information Age, Richard Lee said there is much discussion these days about data privacy and security, but precious little about trust. He expressed concern: "Trust is hard to achieve, easy to lose and almost impossible to regain."

Richard joined us to discuss how business leaders and technologists can go about developing trust in their applications and throughout their organizations.

Richard Lee is a management consultant with IMECS, LLC. For more than 30 years, he has helped guide companies in their business strategy. He also speaks at conferences around the world on key business issues related to enterprise information management and data governance. He’s active on Twitter (@InfoMgmtExec), and he’s also an IBM Champion for Information Management.

For more information about the IBM Big Data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Preview of NAB Show

Length: 8:35
March 31, 2014

The giant NAB Show takes place in Las Vegas April 5-10. IBM will be very active at the show, along with Aspera, a recent IBM acquisition. Graeme Noseworthy, messaging director for media & entertainment at IBM, gave us a brief overview of sessions, demos and activities that will take place.

For information about the conference, visit www.nabshow.com.

To stay up-to-date with news and information from IBM before, during and after the show, follow @Smarter_Media and @graemeknows on Twitter.

Going with the flow: The evolution of CEP to stream computing

Length: 17:10
March 26, 2014

Stream computing is a natural evolution of Complex Event Processing, also known as CEP, but it has broader uses on a wealth of emerging streaming data sources, such as weather and transportation data, and videos as well.

Roger Rea, product manager of InfoSphere Streams, explains what stream computing is, how it differs from event processing and CEP and gives examples of how companies are employing stream computing for real-time analyses and applications.

You can download a free version of InfoSphere Streams Quick Start Edition to play around with the product and see what it can do for you at ibm.co/streamsqs

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdataFor more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Watson Foundations: The story behind the big data and analytics platform

Length: 10:34
March 24, 2014

Beth Smith is General Manager of IBM’s Information Management Division, which includes database, data warehouse, information integration, master data management, integrated data management & governance and Big Data offerings. In this podcast, she explained Watson Foundations - IBM's big data platform - and the capabilities of that platform to help organizations discover fresh insights, improve operations, and establish trust in their data so they can act with confidence.

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit ibm.co/watson-foundations.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Analytics across the ecosystem: Prescription for optimizing healthcare outcomes

Length: 27:15
March 16, 2014

Analytics is a key enabler for life sciences and healthcare organizations to create better outcomes for patients, customers and other stakeholders in healthcare. The IBM Institute for Business Value recently released a new study titled “Analytics across the ecosystem - A prescription for optimizing healthcare outcomes.” This study, which you can download at ibm.co/analyticsacrosshealthcarediscovered that almost two-thirds of organizations across the healthcare ecosystem have analytics strategies in place, but how many of those are being effective?

Joining us to answer that question and to share other important findings from the study is Heather Fraser, global life sciences & healthcare lead at the IBM Institute for Business Value.

Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherEFraser; follow IBM Institute for Business Value @IBMIBV, and the "Talking Big Data & Analytics" host, David Pittman, @TheSocialPitt

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Big data in the Middle East and Africa

Length: 19:10
March 12, 2014

Ali Rebaie is an Independent Big Data Consultant, President at Data Aurora of Rebaie Analytics Group and one of the Top 100 Big Data Influencers. He aims at growing a community of data enthusiasts, spreading data skills and educating on the use of big data for public good in MEA region. Ali is a frequent speaker at international conferences and regularly trains on data journalism and visualization. He is also a member of the internationally renowned Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT).

In giving us a look at the big data market and use cases within the Middle East and Africa region, Ali reminds us of the 5000-year history behind big data, which effectively was born in Mesopotamia. In more present day scenarios, he describes “an exploratory curiosity sandbox,” which is a method he encourages data scientists and organizations adopt for approaching their data-related business problems.

Follow Ali on Twitter @AliRebaie, and the host David Pittman @TheSocialPitt

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit www.ibm.com/bigdata.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit www.IBMBigDataHub.com.

Pushing the frontiers: CFO insights from the global C-suite study

Length: 18:25
March 10, 2014

Since 2003, the IBM Institute for Business Value has conducted more than 23,000 interviews around the world with people representing all roles of the C Suite, including chief officers in finance, marketing, IT and of course, chief executive officers. A newly published report titled “Pushing the frontiers: CFO insights from the global C-Suite study,” draws input from nearly 4,200 of these top officers representing more than 20 industries. This study zeroes in on input from the chief financial officers. Spencer Lin, associate partner on the IBM Global Business Services® team, describes the key findings from the study. You can download the written study here

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