PureData: The next big system by IBM

by Leonardo S
A few weeks ago I blogged about a new product by IBM initially refereed to as Project Sparta.  Earlier this week, IBM introduced that same product which they now call the PureData System.  They also announced that it will have three different versions each having an expertise in a certain area.  The first is meant to govern transactions, the second covers operations, and the third takes care of big-data analytics.  The author of the article spoke with a general manager from IBM and talked about how the new product would help, for example, a sales website.  While one version of the system handles the sales, another could be used to try and figure out the kinds of combinations of products that are bought at different times of the year.

IBM’s new system definitely ties together with our topic of Enhanced E-R Modeling because of its use in finding patterns and matching up data.  IBM promises that this new product can make these connections quicker than anything else currently available.  I can only imagine the kind of data models this $2 billion dollar investment could create.

As I expressed in my blog about Project Sparta, I really like hearing about the steps IBM is taking to simplify data management. Apparently  the PureData System has been selected by the Premier healthcare alliance to analyze a large amount of data taken from all of its 2,700 hospitals.  Analyzing this data would most likely yield many patterns that could very well change the way these hospitals operate.  I’m sure that there are many, many more uses for this product and I look forward to hearing about them.

Arik Hesseldahl. (2012). IBM’s Project Sparta Is Now Named PureData. Available: http://allthingsd.com/20121008/ibms-project-sparta-is-now-named-puredata/. Last accessed October 14, 2012.

2 thoughts on “PureData: The next big system by IBM

  • October 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm
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    I read the earlier article about Project Sparta and was very interested in the project altogether. The PureData System that was introduced was very interesting in that it catered to people of certain areas. With the program, it is useful to people of different expertise whether it be to govern transactions, covers operations, or big-data analytic. I look forward to IBM’s next big project and how it will be used to improve efficiency for its users.

  • October 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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    It’s quite interesting that IBM has set out a $2 billion dollar project that yielded two products. Considering the $43 billion dollars price of the accumulated hospital data, I was quite impressed to see that they were able to sustain that much data through the use of two products from a $2 billion dollar project. Although people see IBM as a “dying beast”, this project should definitely give it a couple of years to sustain its reputation.

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