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Top Posts of 2011

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Its that time of year again. Here are the top posts from this blog in 2011, as judged by number of views.

  1. IBM DB2 Welcomes Oracle Database/HP Itanium Customers
  2. New IBM DB2 vs. Oracle Database Advertising Campaign
  3. A Closer Examination of Oracle’s “Database Performance” Advertisement
  4. Comparing Price for Oracle Exadata and IBM Smart Analytics System
  5. IBM DB2 Strikes Another Blow to Oracle Database

As you can see, there is a strong DB2/Oracle Database competitive theme running through these popular topics. And here are the top posts of 2011, as judged by reader participation. In other words, as judged by the number of comments (or perhaps the amount of controversy).

  1. New IBM DB2 vs. Oracle Database Advertising Campaign (20 comments)
  2. A Closer Examination of Oracle’s “Database Performance” Advertisement (19 comments)
  3. The Future of the NoSQL, SQL, and RDBMS Markets (12 comments)
  4. Update on the IBM DB2 “SQL Skin” for Migrating from Sybase ASE (8 comments)
  5. Industry Benchmark Result for DB2 pureScale: SAP Transaction Banking (TRBK) Benchmark (7 comments)
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December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

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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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Four Technology Trends that will Change the World

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At this month’s IBM Investor Briefing, John Kelly (Senior VP of IBM Research) gave a very interesting presentation where he outlined four technology trends that will change the world:

  1. Nano systems. IBM is working on systems that are based on light instead of wiring. This will result in incredible performance improvements at lower power. The change from nano devices to nano systems will provide a 1,000 times improvement in computational density.
  2. Exascale systems. The fastest systems in the world today operate at a petaflop. IBM is currently building a 10 petaflop system called Blue Waters, and has roadmaps to build an exaflop system before the end of the decade. Going from a petaflop to an exaflop means another 1,000 times improvement in performance.
  3. Very big and fast data. By 2020, the world will have 50 billion interconnected devices. In this new world, data will be generated at machine speeds. To handle this, we will need systems that can process hundreds of gigabytes per second, and support microsecond decision making. IBM is working on unique technologies to do this.
  4. Cognitive computing. Since much of the world’s data is now digitized, systems can be created to do things that have never been done before. Watson is the first in this new class of machines, more are to come…

This is really cool stuff, and one of the reasons I love working for IBM.

IBM Research - Four Technology Trends

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March 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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Online Access to IBM’s Top Smarter Systems Tour Sessions: Virtualization, Cloud, OLTP, Analytics, and more

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IBM hosted Smarter Systems events in cities all around the world last year. Perhaps you attended one of those events. Well, IBM has now gathered the top-rated speakers from those events and made their sessions available online. There is no charge to access the sessions, and there are several interesting topics covered, including:

  • IT Leader’s Guide to Building a Smarter Planet: Accelerating Business Value with Smarter Systems by Merv Adrian, Tom Rosamilia, and Stan Pachura
  • Effective Systems Management Across the Enterprise by Jennifer Kuvlesky
  • Virtualization with Integrated Service Management for Improved Business Agility by Alex Cabanes
  • Accelerate Value and Business Insight from your Business Process Management and Business Analytics Investment by Andrew Manby
  • Strategies, Expertise and Services for Moving to IBM by Bill Wong
  • Approaches to Reduce Your Application and OLTP Costs by Conor O’Mahony
  • Approaches to Managing Risk, Security and Compliance in the Data Center by Eric Naiburg
  • IBM Strategies to Reduce IT Cost by Scott Bain
  • Automate and Accelerate Service Delivery within an out-of-box Cloud Computer Solutions by John R. Foley Jr.

To access the sessions, visit Smarter Systems Virtual Event 2011.

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February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

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Top Posts of 2010

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Here are the top posts from this blog in 2010, as judged by amount of views. There have obviously been a lot of people wanting to learn more about Exadata in 2010.

1. A Closer Look at Exadata v2 Costs
2. Closer Examination of Oracle Exadata Price Cuts
3. Truth in Advertising – Advanced Data Compression in Oracle 11g
4. Comparing IBM DB2 and Oracle Database for SAP
5. IBM DB2 adds “SQL Skin for Sybase ASE” to Ease Database Migrations

And here are the top posts of 2010, as judged by reader participation. In other words, as judged by the number of comments (or perhaps the amount of controversy). Curiously, there is very little overlap between the two lists.

1. SAP Certification of IBM DB2 and Oracle Database (25 comments)
2. Truth in Advertising – Oracle’s Claims about Performance and Energy Consumption (12 comments)
3. Comparing Price for Oracle Exadata and IBM Smart Analytics System (7 comments)
4. IBM DB2 Strikes Another Blow to Oracle Database (6 comments)
5. Oracle uses 9x CPUs to Achieve only 3x the Performance for TPC-C Benchmark (5 comments)
5. Comparing IBM DB2 and Oracle Database for SAP (5 comments)

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December 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

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Smarter Questions Debate Community

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Today, IBM launched a Smarter Questions for a Smarter Planet debate community at SmarterQuestions.org. The intention of this community is to foster an open debate about interesting topics. The first set of debates involve industry benchmarks, integrated hardware/software systems, and RISC versus x-86 architectures.

Initially this community features only contributions from IBMers, but we would love to change that very soon. If you are interested in becomming a featured expert, please let us know. Everyone is welcome to apply. We are genuinely interested in featuring experts from end users, business partners, other software and hardware vendors, analysts, commentators, and anyone else in the industry. If you have opinions to share on topics like these, please apply via the community. We especially welcome experts from competing hardware and software vendors. We would love to include your positions in these open debates.

But in the meantime, if you have a position on the first set of debate topics, make sure to submit a comment on SmarterQuestions.org. The more opposing viewpoints we can feature, the better.

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December 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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Break Free is Coming to Chicago…

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If you are in the Chicago area, there is a very interesting free event next Wednesday (June 16th). Bill Inmon—the data warehousing visionary—will speak at the event about “DW 2.0 – Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing“. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter a free drawing for Bill’s latest book, and Bill will be available for book signings at lunch time.

The event runs from 8:30am to 1:30pm in The Signature Room at the 95th®. I’ve been to The Signature Room in the past. It is quite an impressive view of downtown Chicago from up there. At 1.30, there will be tours of the venue for those that are interested.

To get more details about the event and to sign up, visit Break Free.

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June 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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