Optimize Operations and Reduce Fraud

Transforming potential into action

Length: 18:18
June 8, 2014

Today's customers demand that you know them and deal with them as individuals rather than as part of a generic market. This requires new ways of truly understanding and engaging with them, and big data technologies play a key role in this.

Tom Deutsch, program director for big data and advanced analytics at IBM, described two major use cases for big data analytics: one that affects how an organization finds and interacts with customers (or constituents or patients), and one that helps improve operational efficiency. In particular, Tom encouraged us to look at what happens when the wall comes down between how something is made and how something is used? He advised us to use big data and analytics to focus on the outcomes and the improvements you want to make, and not to worry about the technology.

This podcast accompanies an infographic  titled “Big data and analytics: Transforming potential into action,” which can be found at ibmbigdatahub.com/infographics.

Follow Tom on Twitter @thomasdeutsch and talk with him on LinkedIn, where he’s a frequent contributor. You can also read his posts on ibmbigdatahub.com and ibmdatamag.com. Also follow podcast host David Pittman @TheSocialPitt.

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.

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.

Fueling the connected car

Length: 21:23
February 10, 2014

What is the "connected car"? How will we, as everyday drivers, benefit from it? How are trucking companies, fleet managers and insurance companies using the data from connected cars to save money and improve efficiency? Kimberly Madia, product marketing manager for IBM big data, explains all of that.

You can also experiment with streaming data applications, such as are used in connected cars, with this new demo dashboard and you can download IBM InfoSphere Streams Quick Start edition to try out the product.

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

BNSF Says that DB2 with BLU is the Future

Length: 9:00
May 15, 2013

On a conference call hosted by IBM Information Management General Manager Bob Picciano, over 1000 participants listened to a Q and A led by IBM Vice President Martin J. Wildberger with Kent Collins, database solutions architect, of BNSF Railway. An early tester of DB2 BLU, Kent calls the BLU Acceleration technology a “game changer” that solves some of his big data challenges and will bring value to their business.

Key Benefits and Uses of Operations Analysis: Top Big Data Use Case

Length: 18:37
May 1, 2013

Operations analysis, one of the top five use cases for big data, is about analyzing a variety of machine data to get improved business results. The key is combining machine and business data, which allows you to put insight right into the hands of the operational decision maker. In this podcast, Christy Maver, IBM big data product marketing manager, describes what operations analysis entails and the primary benefits of employing it. She also relates several examples and gives advice on how to get started with operations analysis.

Top 5 Big Data Use Cases

Length: 19:00
February 12, 2013

Conversations around big data are shifting from "what is big data?" to "what can I do with big data?" Five key use cases have emerged that hold high potential value for many organizations. Eric Sall, vice president of product marketing at IBM, describes those high-value uses for big data. For additional information on these five use cases, visit www.ibm.com/software/data/bigdata/use-cases.html