Blogs

IBM Netezza: Success through Customer Collaboration

September 27, 2011 | by Patricia Cotter, Senior VP of Operations
The number one concern of CEOs these days is getting to know their customers better. That finding comes from a survey of 1500 CEOs conducted by IBM and is cited by Paul Greenberg of ZDNet and by a Coveo advisory board meeting I recently attended. According to the survey, more than innovation, more...

Skills-based Routing: A New Approach to Support

September 12, 2011 | by Patricia Cotter, Senior VP of Operations
In a corporate setting, it's invigorating to see company values jump from the drawing board to real-life situations that directly affect people. Walking the walk is what matters most to our customers and ourselves. The customer support team for IBM Netezza data warehouse appliances recently rolled...

What Is an Analytic Workload?

September 6, 2011 | by George Davies, IBM Netezza Strategic Marketing, IBM Netezza
What is an analytic workload? Most interested parties can answer this question, more or less correctly, in a general way: “heavy statistical processing,” “lots of complex queries,” and so on. However, there has been surprisingly little progress toward a more precise definition. IBM Netezza...

Netezza and SAS: Integration Best Practices

August 29, 2011 | by Thomas Dinsmore, Solution Architect, Advanced Analytics, Netezza, an IBM Company
Most Netezza customers use SAS, so it’s natural that customers ask about the best way to integrate SAS and Netezza.  This article outlines key best practices to consider when implementing a solution with SAS and Netezza.

Al-Khorezmiy - Father of the Modern Algorithm

August 24, 2011 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
While first generation data warehouses managed data, the modern data warehouse provides an information service – its massively parallel processing architecture has the compute muscle to run computationally demanding analytic applications. These bring us into a mathematical world of ones and zeros,...

Data Mining and Statistical Modeling: Is there a real difference?

July 26, 2011 | by John Rollins, Data Scientist, IBM Analytics, IBM
A recurring question and point of debate in the realm of analytics is whether there exists any meaningful difference between data mining and statistics.  (Text mining or text analytics is not addressed here, although this area of unstructured or semi-structured data analysis has certain...

Oracle Exec Half Right Regarding Appliances

July 20, 2011 | by Mike Kearney, Sr. Product Marketing Director
Andy Dornan’s recent interview with Tim Shetler in Information Week caught my eye. At IBM Netezza we have long argued that Exadata is not an appliance – see our short video on operational simplicity – and a vice president of product management at Oracle agrees: "We don't call it an appliance...

Netezza’s New High Capacity Appliance Makes its Appearance

July 20, 2011 | by Dai Clegg, VP product marketing, Acunu
One month ago today began Enzee Universe, Netezza’s big annual user conference in Boston. This was the first one since acquisition so I think we had something to prove to ourselves and to our community.

The Rise of the Developer-DBA

Let the database take care of itself—the DBA of the future has more important things to do

July 15, 2011 | by Robert Catterall
Let the database take care of itself—the DBA of the future has more important things to do

Happy 10th Anniversary to IBM and Informix

Ten years later, it’s still the technology that matters

July 15, 2011 | by Stuart Litel
Ten years later, it’s still the technology that matters