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IBM Champions Delivering Sessions at the IOD Conference

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IBM has great leaders among its user base. They may be technical leaders, whose technical expertise puts them in an elite group of people. They may be community leaders, who bring users together to help one another. They may be academic leaders, who are molding the next generation of innovators. IBM strives to recognize these leaders in its IBM Champion program.

At the Information On Demand (IOD) Conference later this month, 59 IBM Champions will be delivering an impressive lineup of more than 80 sessions across the Business Leadership, Information Management, Enterprise Content Management, and Business Analytics tracks. To see a list of all the IBM Champion-delivered sessions at the IOD Conference, check out the online Roadmap for IBM Champion Sessions.


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October 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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New IBM Smart Analytics Systems

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Oracle garnered a lot of headlines a couple of weeks ago with their Oracle Database Appliance. It didn’t take long for SmarterQuestions to indicate why the IBM Smart Analytics Systems are A Smarter Database System for SMB Clients.

Recently, IBM added the following systems:

  • IBM Smart Analytics System 5710, which is an x86-based Linux system
  • IBM Smart Analytics System 7710, which is a Power Systems-based UNIX system
  • IBM Smart Analytics System 9710, which are mainframe-based systems

These systems include everything you need to quickly set up a data warehouse environment, and to quickly have your business analysts working with the data.

On top of the servers and storage, it includes database and data warehouse software, Cognos software, cubing services, data mining capabilities, and text analytic capabilities. And it is available on your platform of choice (Linux, UNIX, or mainframe). It is also competitively priced, when you consider that the starting price for the 5710 is under $50k, just like the Oracle appliance. However, the IBM system includes all of the necessary software, whereas with the Oracle appliance you have to purchase the very expensive Oracle Database software separately. And the Oracle Database software is not exactly inexpensive.

If you want to learn more, please visit the IBM Smart Analytics Systems Web page.

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October 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

Top 10 Reasons to Attend IDUG EMEA in Prague this November

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Here are my personal top 10 reasons to attend the upcoming International DB2 User Group (IDUG) conference in Prague, Czech Republic this November.

  1. 100+ of the best technical sessions about DB2, featuring IBM developers, industry experts, and users like you
  2. IBM keynote on the future of relational database software
  3. Official IBM certification tests at no additional cost
  4. Pre-conference seminars on preparing for DB2 certification tests at no additional cost
  5. Pre-conference workshop on preparing for DB2 10 for z/OS upgrades at no additional cost
  6. Conference exhibit hall with the world’s top DB2 tool vendors, consulting firms and solution providers
  7. Post-conference day-long educational seminars
  8. It’s a great way to meet and get to know fellow DB2 users
  9. It’s a great way to speak directly with the DB2 developers
  10. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world

Registration is now open at If you register before 17 October 2011, you can take advantage of the early bird discount and save 275 Euro + VAT.

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October 7, 2011 at 9:16 am

Most Popular Presentation from IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2011 in Anaheim

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The International DB2 User Group (IDUG) is presenting a free webcast featuring the most popular presentation from the most recent IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, as voted by attendees at the conference. Suresh Sane will present his A DB2 10 Customer’s Experience presentation, which will describe his experiences with DB2 10 for z/OS, including:

  • How new SQL features help
  • How hash access speeds up queries against large tables
  • How access path determination is now smarter
  • How concurrency is improved without sacrificing integrity
  • How temporal tables simplify code

This webcast is a must-see for Database Administrators and Application Developers. It is filled with rich content, helpful hints and tips. As a special bonus, everyone who registers for the Webcast will receive a complimentary copy of the Business Value of DB2 10 – Smarter Database for a Smarter Planet report by Julian Stuhler, Triton Consulting. The Webcast will take place at 11am ET on Wednesday, 02 November 2011. To register for the Webcast, please go to DB2 10 Application Topics—A DB2 10 Customer’s Experience.

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October 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Ray Wang Compares IBM DB2 and Oracle Database for SAP Environments

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Last week, the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) hosted a Webcast titled Optimize your SAP Environment While Reducing Costs Webcast Materials. The Webcast was delivered by the inimitable Ray Wang, Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research, together with Jack Mason from SAP and Larry Spoerl from IBM. The Webcast discusses how to deliver world-class performance for SAP applications, whilst reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the underpinning infrastructure. It is full of great practical advice, including direct comparisons of IBM DB2 and Oracle Database as part of that underpinning infrastructure. For more information, and for the commentary that goes with the following chart from this Webcast, make sure to check it out at Optimize your SAP Environment While Reducing Costs Webcast Materials:

Compare Oracle Database and IBM DB2 for SAP - ASUG Webcast

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October 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

Demo: Analyzing Twitter Data with IBM Big Data

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Last week, I included a demonstration of Using Hadoop to Extract and Analyze Unstructured Information. Now I’d like to share another demo. This demo also shows InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere BigSheets. BigInsights is essentially Apache Hadoop together with extensions for installation, management, security, and integration, while BigSheets is basically an easy-to-use interface for creating and running Map and Reduce jobs.

This demo shows you how to run sentiment analysis on Tweets. Some of the details of creating the specific text analytics are not included. But it is interesting and useful nontheless. It also shows how you can easily run some cool visualizations on that data. Make sure to keep watching until the end where David Barnes show a great visualization on the UK Parliment data.

Don’t forget there is no charge for BigInsights Basic Edition. You can freely download it from InfoSphere BigInsights.

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October 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

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