Big Data. Is it all equal?

June 2, 2011 | by Michele Chambers, General Manager & VP Analytic Solutions, Netezza, an IBM Company
There is a huge diversity of data generating sources today, the Internet, sensors, operational systems, field systems, shop floor systems, etc.  All this data enters into a pipeline of data flowing into corporations that can clog up even the most sophisticated of companies. Do we need it all? Is it...

Analytic Personas and Predictive Models

May 31, 2011 | by Thomas Dinsmore, Solution Architect, Advanced Analytics, Netezza, an IBM Company
Who are the users for analytic solutions?  In developing solutions, we tend to think of one group of users, those who work with statistical packages like SAS or SPSS.  In reality, every analytical solution has three distinct user communities whose needs must be addressed.

In-Database Analytics: Preparing your Business

May 19, 2011 | by Bill Zanine, Solutions Executive, Analytics Solutions, Netezza, an IBM Company
All companies, big or small, are looking to improve their sales while reducing their operating costs. Be it reliable customer segmentation and targeting, accurate forecasting, improved inventory control, or higher-quality manufacturing processes, analytics have long been seen as the key to this...

The Model Migration Bottleneck: Is PMML the Answer?

May 12, 2011 | by Thomas Dinsmore, Solution Architect, Advanced Analytics, Netezza, an IBM Company
Enterprises seeking to increase the volume and scale of deployed analytics frequently run into what we call the model migration bottleneck -- that's where analytical models developed offline in a statistical package must be deployed into a scalable IT-managed production environment.  Customers and...

Can In-Database Analytics contribute to Manufacturing QA?

May 10, 2011 | by John Rollins, Data Scientist, IBM Analytics, IBM
All too often, the morning news brings us a headline about another potentially catastrophic failure in a manufacturing part or process, such as the recent mid-flight airliner fuselage crack or tire failures associated with vehicle rollovers.  Certainly, manufacturers have many processes in place to...

Sipping from the Firehose: Advanced Analytics holds the key to insight for CMOs

May 3, 2011 | by Michele Chambers, General Manager & VP Analytic Solutions, Netezza, an IBM Company
CMOs today are inundated with massive quantities of data from external data providers and internal systems. Yet the still strive to find elusive answers to these questions: What new product can we introduce that will address new highly profitable emerging markets we’d like to enter? If we...

EDW: Vision beckons, but the journey is long.

May 2, 2011 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
Thanks to all who responded to last week’s poll when we asked about your organization's approach to enterprise data warehousing. Twenty percent of you currently manage all enterprise data in a centralized EDW. Congratulations to the technical teams involved - this is an impressive achievement, and...

Simplicity as strategy has its rewards

April 29, 2011 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
Previously, I blogged on how being simple - to install, to use and to manage - creates valuable differentiation for IBM Netezza appliances. So convinced are we of simplicity’s value to our customers, we make it central to our business strategy. Omega Management Group Corporation recently informed...

Heads-up! We're polling.

April 25, 2011 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
You may have noticed that Thinking Inside the Box includes a readers’ poll. Thanks to all of you who participated in our first poll. Although I can’t discount all possibility of frivolity in future polls, our exercise has serious intent. As Phil Francisco notes in his recent blog “our clients are...

Netezza Inside IBM

April 21, 2011 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
Greetings! Realizing it’s been a while since I last posted here I thought it was important to confirm that yes, Netezza is alive and doing quite well as a part of IBM, post-acquisition as we launch into our second full fiscal quarter as a part of the team. Without sharing company-confidential...