Three session guides get you started with data warehousing at IBM Insight at World of Watson

Join us October 24 to 27, 2016 in Las Vegas!

by Cindy Russell, IBM Data Warehouse marketing

IBM Insight has been the premiere data management and analytics event for IBM analytics technologies, and 2016 is no exception.  This year, IBM Insight is being hosted along with World of Watson and runs from October 24 to 27, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It includes 1,500 sessions across a range of technologies and features keynotes by IBM President and CEO, Ginni Rometty; Senior Vice President of IBM Analytics, Bob Picciano; and other IBM Analytics and industry leaders.  Every year, we include a little fun as well, and this year the band is Imagine Dragons.

IBM data warehousing sessions will be available across the event as well as in the PureData System for Analytics Enzee Universe (Sunday, October 23).  Below are product-specific quick reference guides that enable you to see at a glance key sessions and activities, then plan your schedule.  Print these guides and take them with you or put the links to them on your phone for reference during the conference.

This year, the Expo floor is called the Cognitive Concourse, and we are located in the Monetizing Data section, Cognitive Cuisine experience area.  We’ll take you on a tour across our data warehousing products and will have some fun as we do it, so please stop by.  There is also a demo room where you can see live demos and engage with our technical experts, as well as a series of hands-on labs that let you experience our products directly.

The IBM Insight at World of Watson main web page is located here.  You can register and then use the agenda builder to create your personalized schedule.

IBM PureData System for Analytics session reference guide

Please find the session quick reference guide for PureData System for Analytics here:

Enzee Universe is a full day of dedicated PureData System for Analytics / Netezza sessions that is held on Sunday, October 23, 2016.  To register for Enzee Universe, select sessions 3459 and 3461 in the agenda builder tool.  This event is open to any full conference pass holder.

During the regular conference, there are also more than 35 PureData, Netezza, IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS (IDAA) technical sessions across all the conference tracks, as well as hands on labs.  There are several session being presented by IBM clients so you can see how they put PureData System for Analytics to use.  Click the link above to see the details.

IBM dashDB Family session reference guide

Please find the session quick reference guide for the dashDB family here:

There are a more than 40 sessions for dashDB, including a “Meet the Family” session that will help you become familiar with new products in this family of modern data management and data warehousing tools.  There is also a “Birds of a Feather” panel discussion on Hybrid Data Warehousing, and one that describes some key use cases for dashDB.  And, you can also see a demo, take in a short theatre session or try out a hands-on lab.

IBM BigInsights, Hadoop and Spark session reference guide

Please find the session quick reference guide for BigInsights, Hadoop and Spark topics here:

There are more than 65 sessions related to IBM BigInsights, Hadoop and Spark, with several hands on labs and theatre sessions. There is everything from an Introduction to Data Science to Using Spark for Customer Intelligence Analytics to hybrid cloud data lakes to client stories of how they use these technologies.

Overall, it is an exciting time to be in the data warehousing and analytics space.  This conference represents a great opportunity to build depth on IBM products you already use, learn new data warehousing products, and look across IBM to learn completely new ways to employ analytics—from Watson to Internet of Things and much more.  I hope to see you there.


Self-Service Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Information Management in the Cloud

By James Kobielus,

As we approach IBM Insight 2014, we call your attention to IBM Watson Analytics. Announced last month, Watson Analytics will go into public beta in mid-November, not long after Insight.

Whether or not you plan to attend this year’s event in Las Vegas, we invite you to participate in the upcoming public beta, which we strongly believe you’ll find transformative. What IBM has done is to reinvent and thereby democratize the business-analytics experience for the cloud era.

With Watson Analytics, which you can try for yourselves at Insight, IBM has put the power of sophisticated visual, predictive and cognitive analytics directly into the hands of the any users, even the least technically inclined. With a “freemium” option that will be a permanent element of the service upon full launch, you will be able to gain no-cost, on-demand, self-service access to sophisticated analytical capabilities. Marketing, sales, operations, finance and HR professionals can gain answers they need from all types of data–without needing to enlist a professional data scientist in the effort.

Watson Analytics’ built-in capabilities for advanced data management ensure that data is accessible rapidly and that large volumes of data are handled with ease, utilizing an embedded cloud data warehouse that incorporates IBM’s sophisticated DB2 with BLU Acceleration in-memory/columnar technology. In addition, embedded data refinery services enable business people, without any reliance on IT, to quickly find relevant, easily consumable raw data and transform that into relevant and actionable information.

As an added incentive for attending Insight, IBM will make further announcements that extend the value of Watson Analytics and of the sophisticated cloud data-warehousing and data-refinement services that power this supremely accessible and useful analytic experience. With this forthcoming announcement on cloud data warehousing, IBM continues to change the experience of using analytics today for our clients. We are making it easier for clients to be data-driven organizations and take advantage of new opportunities faster.

We hope to meet you at Insight!

About James, 

James Kobielus is IBM Senior Program Director, Product Marketing, Big Data Analytics solutions. He is an industry veteran, a popular speaker and social media participant, and a thought leader in big data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management, and next best action technologies. Follow James on Twitter : @jameskobielus

Data Warehousing and Analytics in the Cloud — A Guide for Insight Attendees

By Adam Ronthal, 

IBM Insight, the premier conference for Big Data and Analytics is just around the corner, and sessions will include material on all of our data management solutions including DB2 with BLU Acceleration, and of course the PureData System for Analytics based on Netezza technology (which incidentally, just released a new version, the N3001!).

Warehousing and Analytics in the Cloud, however, is a horse of a different color.  Yes, it’s still data warehousing, and yes, it’s still analytics, but it differs from traditional on-premises solutions in several key ways:

  • Cloud agility means rapid provisioning (think hours, not days)
  • Pay-as-you-go models mean a shift to operational expense rather than capital expense
  • “as a Service” means that end-users don’t worry about infrastructure, but can focus on business applications and problems

In short, cloud lets you focus on the business, rather than the business of IT, which is a very powerful message.

Almost everyone who is considering cloud already has on-premises systems, of course, so it is critical that a cloud-based solution play well not only for born-in-the-cloud applications, but also with the existing ground-based solutions we all know and love.  And that’s the promise of a properly architected and well thought out cloud based service for warehousing and analytics — portability!  The ability to use the same applications, tools, and analytic algorithms on the ground or in the cloud is what enables hybrid flexibility.

We used to look at the logical data warehouse as comprising both traditional structured database technologies and newer NoSQL technologies like Hadoop and streaming computing.   Now we are extending that to include new deployment options as well.  Databases and NoSQL, ground to cloud, all treated as a logical cohesive whole.

Come find out more about our exciting new Data Warehouse and Analytics as a Service offerings at Insight:

Elective Sessions

  • IWM-4857A: Spotlight Session: Modernizing Your Data Warehouse for Big Data & Bigger Results (Monday, 2-3 PM in South Seas F)
  • FTC-4285A: Data Warehousing and Analytics in the Cloud: IBM’s New Data Warehousing Service (Tuesday, 3-4PM in Islander E)
  • IWM-4637A: Advanced Warehouse Analytics in the Cloud (Monday 3:30-4:30 in Jasmine C)
  • IDB-6062A: Data Warehousing in the Cloud – a practical deployment guide (Wed, 10-11AM in South Seas C)
  • IWS-6952A: Enzee Universe Part 2: Business Update and Product Strategy (Sunday 1-6pm in South Seas F)
  • IWS-7043A: Expert Exchange: Data Warehousing & Analytics in the Cloud (Tuesday, 10-11AM in Banyan B)

I’ll be presenting at some of these, but present at all of them (time permitting) at IBM Insight 2014, so come find me in Vegas and we can catch up!

About Adam,

Adam Ronthal has worked in the technology industry for 20 years in technical operations, system administration, and data warehousing and analytics. In 2006, Adam joined Netezza as a Technical Account Manager, working with some of IBM Netezza’s largest data warehousing and analytic customers and helping them architect and implement their Netezza-based solutions. Today, Adam works in technical marketing for the IBM’s big data, cloud, and appliance offerings. Adam is an IBM Certified Specialist for Netezza, and holds a BA from Yale University. Follow Adam on twitter @ARonthal

DB2 BLU in Action at Northwestern Mutual

By Larry Heathcote,

Achieving financial security is a numbers game. Correction, it’s an analytics game. Investment returns go up, and they go down. Risk goes up, and it goes down. Achieving the right balance of returns vs. risk is a never-ending game of analyzing data from countless data sources, and matching data analytics and investment choices to the specific goals and risk profiles of an individual, a family or a business. But it’s a very serious game that directly affects people and businesses today, and what they can do tomorrow.

Northwestern Mutual helps individuals, families and businesses achieve financial security. Through sound analysis of markets, trends, risks and investment options, Northwestern Mutual helps provide a path to wealth accumulation. Serving more than 4.2 million people and businesses, fast and accurate data analysis is the key to success.

The company wanted to improve their already impressive data analytics and provide faster insights to decision makers. They learned about new capabilities provided by IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration and wanted to put it to the test. Could DB2’s advanced in-memory, columnar technology truly return results at the speed of thought? Could it be deployed quickly to obtain fast time-to-value? Could it perform well in a high volume production environment? Could it provide real value to the business through faster query results?

To find out, Northwestern Mutual brought DB2 with BLU Acceleration into their data center to run some tests. They developed a methodology and a plan to examine DB2’s scalability and performance for both row-based and column-based data structures, and they extended their tests by using real data and real workloads to see how DB2 would perform in production.

The results? Ah, you are looking for the answers…but rather than hear it from me, attend session IWA-6604A “Testing IBM DB2 BLU with Real-Life Workload and Data” (Wednesday, October 29 – 1:45pm – 2:45pm, in the Data Warehousing in the Era of Big Data track), at IBM Insight 2014. See the specific methodology used, how they set up their tests, and most importantly, their findings and conclusions. Don’t miss this real-world application of DB2 with BLU Acceleration using real data and real workloads. Really, don’t miss it…you will learn a lot.

About Larry Heathcote,

Larry Heathcote is a Program Director for IBM’s Data Management portfolio. Over a 20+ year history, Larry has held a number of positions in both startups and F500 companies, with the majority of his time focused on marketing strategy, planning and execution for information management software and systems. He holds an MSEE/CS from Northwestern University and an MBA from Duke University. He is an active evangelist for data management, data warehousing and business analytics, and is a frequent speaker at both IBM and third-party conferences. Larry brings a unique blend of business and technical aspects to his presentations, helping his audience learn why and how technical capabilities make a real difference in business performance. You can follow him on @larryheathcote.

Internet of Things (IoT) and Informix at IBM Insight 2014

By Dennis Duckworth, 

IBM Insight (TAFKA “Information on Demand” or IoD) is quickly approaching. In case you’ve missed all the recent announcements about things like Watson Analytics, there is a lot of cool new stuff going on at IBM and this year’s conference will offer some incredible learning opportunities and yes, even new insights, for attendees.

One of the products that I’ve recently been learning more about myself is Informix. I happen to be the current IBM representative on the International Informix User Group Board of Directors and, while my position in IBM Data Warehousing and Data Management has given me some visibility across all our DW/DM products, the IIUG and our Informix customers have demonstrated to me what a powerful and capable product Informix is and what tremendous business value it offers. It has also been experiencing something of a rediscovery recently because, as it turns out, some of the major strengths of Informix make it an ideal database for a rather hot new market called the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

As if Big Data wasn’t big enough with just the data that people are generating, it gets huger still with the data that non-people (like sensors) are generating. I recently installed a Dropcam at my summer house and I love tapping in and watching what is happening on the beach outside the house (or what happened last week – the high-def video stream gets stored in the cloud), no matter where I am in the world. I haven’t installed a smart thermostat yet or a smart refrigerator or any of the other smart devices that are working their way into our homes and our lives, but I can definitely see the appeal of the remote sensing and control. There are companies like Shaspa and Cisco and Intel that are betting on the rapid proliferation of smart devices by creating or enabling different pieces of the IoT fabric, like smart hubs – centralized command/control/communications for all the smart devices in the home…or in your car.

The IoT will be a hot topic at IBM Insight this year — there will be lots of opportunities for attendees to learn more about the IoT and to see how IBM products and technologies can help businesses and individuals benefit from the rising IoT tide. There will even be an IoT Hackathon going on for any conference attendees who want to take a crack at creating their own IoT application, with great prizes for the best submissions.

Obviously there will be some good breakout sessions focused on IoT and Informix as well and I will highlight just a few of them here. Unfortunately two of the sessions I want to attend myself are scheduled for the same time slot (Monday, 10/27, 10:15AM – 11:15am) so I guess I’ll have to flip a bitcoin:

  • In IWM-5982A (Banyan F), How IBM Informix Warehouse Improves Business across Industries, Vaibhav Dantale (IBM, Senior Software Engineer) and Kiran Challapalli (IBM, Informix CTE) will talk about the key benefits offered by the Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA), particularly in two rather interesting industries: commodity trading and medical diagnostics.
  • In IWM-6787A (South Seas J), In-Memory Query Acceleration for JSON and SQL Data, Fred Ho (IBM, Chief Technologist-Informix Warehouse) will combine several of the hottest topics in data warehousing/data management today: in-memory, MongoDB, and JSON and talk about how neat new technologies and features such as SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data), vector processing and columnar architecture allow IBM to accelerate analytics for JSON documents using the MongoDB API. You can have your existing Mongo application run against an IBM Informix and experience the high performance benefit of these features, without rewriting any code.
  • And speaking of JSON, I must also put in a plug for the session of my fellow IIUG Director, Art Kagel (ASK Database Management, President). In IDI-4213A My Data is Relational But My Coders Want to Use JSON!  Help! Art takes on the challenge that CIOs and development managers face in this new world of mixed structured/unstructured/semi-structured data and suggests there is a better way of dealing with that than frequent (and often complex) ETL, or needing to limit new applications from accessing legacy data or complicating them by requiring them to tap into multiple data sources.  Art’s session is Wednesday, 10/29, 01:45 PM – 02:45 PM in Banyan F.

I hope you can make it out to Las Vegas October 26-30 for IBM Insight. I’ll be there staffing the PureData System pedestal so if you do make it, come say “Hi” and we can talk about IoT (or any other TLA).

About Dennis Duckworth

Dennis Duckworth, Program Director of Product Marketing for Data Management & Data Warehousing has been in the data game for quite a while, doing everything from Lisp programming in artificial intelligence to managing a sales territory for a database company. He has a passion for helping companies and people get real value out of cool technology. Dennis came to IBM through its acquisition of Netezza, where he was Director of Competitive and Market Intelligence. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University but has spent most of his life on the East Coast. When not working, Dennis enjoys sailing off his backyard on Buzzards Bay and he is relentless in his pursuit of wine enlightenment. You can follow Dennis on Twiiter