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IBM’s Data Integration Solution {2}

by Andrew S
The author talks about in the article about how IBM bought Ascential Software for $1.1 billion in order to expand its offering in the market for corporate software.  Ascential makes software that helps companies gather and combine information from different computer sources into one system.  With this purchase, it would make IBM one of the leading companies in the emerging business of data integration.  Data integration is one of the fastest growing trends in the technological world, and acquiring Ascential would fill a hole in IBM’s enterprise software offerings.  It will allow it to offer its corporate customers a unified view of their data, regardless of where that data resides.  The need for data integration is increasing rapidly across every industry and this is just one way IBM is adapting to the situation. read more...

Big Data = Big Spending {3}

by Leonardo S
The article I chose for this week is titled “Big Data Drives Big IT Spending” by Kevin Fogarty. As you may have already guessed, the focus of the article is about the predicted amount of spending needed to keep up with the demands of big data. According to a Gartner study, half of all IT resources well be spent in order to update or create complex infrastructures. The report predicts that worldwide IT spending will total up to $28 billion in 2012 and up to $34 billion in 2013. This spending will cover the adding of more storage, new databases, and new servers. The article also talks about a different study that comes from IBM and the University of Oxford. Their reports are that much of current IT spending is focused on obtaining and analyzing data from a variety of sources. Both studies ultimately come to the same conclusion, that big data requires big spending. read more...

PureData: The next big system by IBM {2}

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. read more...

IBM’s ‘Project Sparta’ {3}

by Leonardo S
I chose the article titled “IBM Readies ‘Project Sparta’  Aimed at Simplifying Big Data” written by Arik Hesseldahl.   In this article, Hesseldahl talks about the next new product expected to be released from IBM. This will be the third product in a product line that was announced earlier this year. Back in April of this year, IBM announced its PureSystems line who’s goal is to consolidate computing tools into one line of products. The first product announced, PureFlex, was designed to easily cater to the computing, data storage, systems management, and networking needs of a data center.  The second product, PureApplications, deals with database and Web transactions.  The highly anticipated next entry to the product line known for now as “Project Sparta” is expected to be announced during IBM’s company event on October 9. read more...

IBM takes action to secure its data {2}

by Ricardo C
New technologies such as cloud services and Apple’s dictator software Siri might help employees to be more productive but IBM is concern about the company’s security. According to the article, employees are not aware of the risk that these services constitute to the company’s data. Many voice-recognition services like Siri actually transmit the words spoken to them to a database so developers can improve the service, however, this seems to be benign to businesses. Before, companies would manage mobile communications within the company deciding what to get in and out of the company, however, nowadays employees use their own devices to work with company’s data. Because companies do not have access to a person’s individual devices, IBM requires to set up personal devices before accessing IBM’s network to be able to remotely erase its memory if it is lost or stolen. As far as cloud computing services, IBM is aware that employees depend on this services to be productive that is why IBM created their own cloud service called MyMobileHub. IBM also established some guidelines with banned services. read more...

IBM Releases New Database System {2}

by Tomas R
The article i read, which is entitled “IBM Releases DB2 Version 10, the First Big Upgrade in Four Years,” is about the company IBM releasing its new upgraded database system.The new system is suppose to handle more data processing systems faster and more efficiently. This is version 10 of the database system, and it is claimed by IBM to operate 10 times faster than the previous database. This version is also special because it can support the Resource Description Framework. The database system can also store data in a “multi-temperature data management,” which means that data that needs to be accessed quickly can be stored on drives that are solid state. Data that does not need to be accessed quickly and that is not as valuable is stored on slower drives. Another important feature is called “Time Travel,” which allows users to examine data at any time period, making it easy to access time sensitive material.The database price ranges from free for 2 gigabytes of memory, to 40,000 dollars per terabyte.
This article is related to the topics we discussed this week because we discussed how a database works, and how effective it can be for storing information. The chapter taught us how to design a database and how to use it to our advantage. The use of data modeling is a “crucial part of a database,” as well as designing programs and systems. read more...

New update to DB2 after 4 years {Comments Off on New update to DB2 after 4 years}

by Robert Q

This article “IBM releases DB2 Version 10, the First Big Upgrade in Four Years” by Joab Jackson, explain that IBM have finally decided to update their database software after 4 years. After director of strategy and marketing for database systems recognize that data management is coming into a new era and better software is require in this new era of data management. The article continues on describing what the new software from IBM can do. Some of the improving features in DB2 includes being able to supoort RDF and how RDF stores data in the database. Some other features that was added was the flexible for administrators to designate specific storage devices for certain type of data. The meaning of this feature is that administrators are able to place data that needs to be accessed quickly in space that have faster drive speed, while data that doesn’t need to be accessed fast will be placed in slower drives. Also the software update allows both DB2 and InfoSphere to increase the compression of data by up to 20%. Another feature that was added in this update was a feature called time travel, where users are able to examine data at any given time. Both DB2 and InfoSphere are shaping into better software from this new and needed update. read more...

Big Data helps drive Math Ph.D.’s to IBM {Comments Off on Big Data helps drive Math Ph.D.’s to IBM}

by Hassib K
IBM is the largest employer of mathematics Ph.D’s in the nation.  They hire alot of mathematicians for help with analysis of big data.  They develop proofs that take anywhere from 2 months to some times 2 years.  The one for an US based oil company took 2 years and then allowed them to open up 24 additional sources of income, so it was well worth the effort.  IBM finds that mathematics and statistics Ph.D. holders tend to have the analytic and quantitative skills they’re looking for these days.  The push towards big data is driving alot of this demand for mathematicians.  Having huge of amounts of data to analyze will require someone who is comfortable with numbers, and this is clearly the mathematicians habitat.  Steve Mills, a senior vice president “We are the largest employer of Ph.D. mathematicians of any company in the world,” (Thibodeau, 2012).  A researcher on the topic recently said that he even sees grocery stores hiring more mathematicians, so it’s definitely a field to consider. read more...

Internet Business Intelligence {Comments Off on Internet Business Intelligence}

by Marco M
This article describes the very large amounts of data available on the Internet and focuses on products or tools related to the extraction of data.  Data mining is the extraction of data from the Internet for commercial purposes and is type of business intelligence (“BI”).  BI is a powerful marketing tool for any organization, large or small, e-commerce or non-profit.  It provides information that would help achieve an organization’s goals; however, there is a lack of resources when searching for information about it. Some of the “major BI players” and their BI tools are as listed in this article.  For example, “IBM Cognos 8 provides Dashboards for visualization and Scorecarding for teamwork; Information Builders’ WebFOCUS, in addition to BI, also integrates performance management and data analytics in their tools; JasperSoft’s open source BI Suite supports data analysis, integration, and visualization as well as Web interface capability; Microsoft’s BI Tools are based on SharePoint and SQL services and reporting, which are highly integrated with Office 2010; Oracles’ Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g has various tools that make CRM analytics and ERP analytics easily accessible by users; and finally SAP’s Business Objects XI aims to provide user-friendly data and analytics visualization”. All of these products are designed for “enterprise information systems”.  This article also mentions the need for business intelligence in the industrial and academic bio-research areas.  It discusses the lack of published resources available, and the article ends by predicting that business intelligence can be utilized to acquire information on competitors, track users and “mining can assist in profiling users “. read more...

Oracle CEO Talks About What’s To Come {2}

by Asbed P
On Sunday October 2nd, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison, talked about the future of the company during Oracle’s OpenWorld 2011 conference.  He started off by mentioning to the crowd that just because they bought Sun doesn’t mean they were going to stop producing hardware.  He even made a joke about it saying “I guess we didn’t get the memo.”  He then began describing Apple’s business model of developing hardware and software together and used them as an example of what he wants Oracle to become.  Instead of having different companies designing and developing different parts of their machines, he wants everything to be done by them so that it can flow together better. Later on he also began unveiling all the new hardware Oracle has been working on including the Exalogic system which is composed of high end hardware and the Exalogic Elastic Cloud software.  Ellison says Oracle has designed this system to beat out IBM’s P series in performance and pricing.  He also revealed a slew of other hardware and software that will be released soon. read more...