Database Management

Data warehousing and analytics on the cloud

November 10, 2014

Learn about the new dashDB product, which makes a powerhouse of data warehousing and analytics technology accessible to everyone on the cloud. A fully managed service that can help IT professionals, data scientists and line of business analysts get up and running with insights from their data with speed, dashDB addresses challenges with data warehousing, including time-to-value, so that you can focus on the business and not the business of data warehousing.  
Adam Ronthal, technical marketing manager for dashDB, covers this technology in a fast moving, information packed interview conducted by David Pittman where they discuss:
  • Who should use dashDB and what are its benefits? 
  • How does it work with other IBM cloud offerings to help you achieve more in business?
  • On which cloud platforms can dashDB be used?  
To learn more about dashDB:
  1. Attend the Crowdchat on November 18 at 2 p.m. #dashDBChat
  2. Access the Freemium: available on either the Bluemix or Cloudant Management Interface 
  3. Explore data warehousing and analytics power at your fingertips in the cloud

How SMBs are approaching big data analytics

Length: 17:54
July 7, 2014

Cloud, mobile, security, analytics and big data are all significant issues for IT organizations, and the landscape of each issue is rapidly evolving. While it’s difficult for organizations of all sizes to keep up with the changes, it’s especially challenging for small and midsize companies. Brian Beals and Steve Cavolick join us from Sirius Computer Solutions, an IT solutions integrator that provides infrastructure and software consulting and services. Brian and Steve shared some of their knowledge about how SMBs are approaching and solving these IT challenges.

Learn more about how Brian and Steve can help you at their company website, and connect with them on LinkedIn.

Follow abreast of a wide range of issues affecting midsize companies at the

And for more information about IBM’s big data and analytics solutions, visit

Juggler or high diver: How do you work in real time?

Length: 16:44
June 16, 2014

If you take a quick glance at any technology publication (and many business publications as well) you will likely see some reference to real-time. There’s real-time customer service, real-time marketing, real-time analytics and the list goes on. But what does real time mean? Is there a standard definition? Should there be?

Roger Rea, product manager for IBM InfoSphere Streams, joined host David Pittman to share the surprisingly long history of "real-time computing," and explain how to tell if you are a juggler or a high diver when it comes to real-time analytics.

If you want to learn more about real-time computing, visit, where you’ll find podcasts, videos, blogs and more. Developers who want to learn more about InfoSphere Streams should join the StreamsDev community for developers by developers! and download IBM InfoSphere Streams Quick Start:

Managing big data with SQL-on-Hadoop

Length: 13:23
June 1, 2014

The relational database world has decades of research and experience optimizing SQL access and providing the needed capabilities for mission critical environments. Now, new SQL-on-Hadoop offerings are popping up, which is helping IT departments leverage their existing expertise to move into the big data world.

Jennifer McGinn, product marketing manager for IBM big data, described the benefits of SQL-on-Hadoop and talked about what IBM BigInsights with its integrated Big SQL have to offer.

Learn more about InfoSphere BigInsights and try out the product with a free download at

To learn more about the technical side of Big SQL, download the Technical White Paper – “SQL-on-Hadoop Without Compromise” from

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenMcGinnChi, and follow podcast host David Pittman @TheSocialPitt

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit

"Zone Architecture" model explains how big data fits into IT strategy

Length: 15:06
May 26, 2014

Conceptually, big data can be difficult for people to understand. If they can't fully understand it, then it's difficult for them to see how it fits into their strategic IT plans. To help explain the concepts behind big data and its place in IT infrastructure, IBM has developed a "Zone Architecture" built around five zones that relate to how organizations manage data and run analytics. Rick Clements, director of product marketing for IBM Big Data, described the Zone Architecture, as well as the use cases  and types of products typically used within each zone.

You can explore the big data zone architecture in an interactive infographic the lists use cases, provides product information, and shows videos of how clients are operating in each zone. 

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit

Follow @IBMbigdata on Twitter and also follow podcast host David Pittman @TheSocialPitt.

Obliterate the wait with more agile database technologies

Length: 14:55
May 19, 2014

Databases have been around for decades, but suddenly there’s renewed interest in database technology. Nancy Hensley, director of marketing and strategy for databases and database systems at IBM, joined the show to explain what is happening in the industry to drive this interest. She also described recent developments such as BLU Acceleration in-memory computing and hybrid database architectures that run in the cloud and help "obliterate the wait." Hensley shared some clients that are using these faster, more agile technologies to lower costs and be more productive. 

Follow Nancy on Twitter (@nancykoppdw) and follow podcast host David Pittman (@TheSocialPitt).

For more information about IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration, visit where you can download the product and join the BLU for Cloud beta.

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit

Conquering culture clash: A new methodology for big data success

Length: 13:26
January 27, 2014

It's been said the "culture eats strategy for lunch." Tom Deutsch, program director of big data & advanced analytics at IBM, joined us to describe MVI—the minimum viable insight—which is an approach to conquering issues within internal culture and dynamics.

For more information about the IBM Big Data platform and products, visit

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit

Quick Start programs to get you up and running with big data

Length: 13:49
January 8, 2014

Hadoop for the Enterprise: Quick. Easy. Free. Get your hands on IBM’s enterprise-grade features to start experimenting with Hadoop today. InfoSphere BigInsights combines the power of Hadoop with enterprise-grade features including visualization & exploration, advanced analytics, and security & administration. InfoSphere BigInsights Quick Start Edition, the latest edition to the InfoSphere BigInsights family, is a free, downloadable, non-production version.

Download InfoSphere BigInsights Quick Start at

InfoSphere Streams is an advanced computing platform that can quickly ingest, analyze and correlate information as it arrives from thousands of real-time sources. Because it can handle high throughput rates, InfoSphere Streams can analyze millions of events per second, enabling sub-millisecond response times and instant decision-making. Now you can get your hands on this technology with InfoSphere Streams Quick Start Edition, a free, downloadable, non-production version.

Download InfoSphere Streams Quick Start at

Foretelling 2014 trends in big data, Hadoop, data science & more

Length: 18:05
January 5, 2014

What's in store for big data, analytics and data science in 2014? Big data evangelist James Kobielus walks us through what he sees shaping up in those areas, plus cognitive computing, machine learning, Hadoop, NoSQL and more.

Listen here or read the blog post that spurred this podcast.

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit

For more podcasts, blogs, videos, infographics and other resources, visit

Speed of Thought Analytics

Length: 12:24
August 16, 2013

This episode features two experts with very different perspectives talking about the intersection of big data, analytics and the databases that make it all possible. IBM Champion David Birmingham is a Senior Principal with Brightlight Consulting. He has more than 25 years of experience in very –large-scale solution deployment, focusing on the IBM Netezza appliance. Jessica Rockwood is a senior warehouse development and performance expert in the IBM Lab in Toronto, specializing in DB2, BLU Acceleration and Cognos Business Intelligence.

For more information about the IBM big data platform and products, visit

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