Monday, October 24, 2011

Information On Demand 2011: Day One (#IOD11)

Well, the first day of the IOD conference is just about behind us. As usual, Sunday is a day to get acclimated to Vegas and the Mandalay Bay conference center. If you are here, I hope you brought some comfortable shoes, because you'll be doing a LOT of walking.
Typically, the highlight of the first day is the opening of the Expo Hall, and this year was no exception. The hall was jam-packed with IBM booths demonstrating and promoting all kinds of software, from DB2 to Informix to Analytics to InfoSphere to Big Data to Cloud and more. And there were also a large number of ISVs in the Expo Hall, too. It could take most of the week to visit all of the booths and learn about all the great technology on display.
But, of course, we won't be doing that. Tomorrow is the beginning of the educational sessions, kicking off in the morning with the general session, which this year is titled Turning Insight Into Action. Actually, that is the theme of this year's conference, too.
Word is that attendance is up this year over the 10,000 attendees at last year's conference. I haven't heard an official number yet, but I've heard rumors of more than 11,000 attendees this year.
As the week progresses, I will tweet ( my experiences, and blog about the conference daily. So be sure to check back here, as well as on my Twitter feed, for the straight scoop from IOD.
To end today blog posting on a high note, here are a few facts about the latest IBM Information Management and Business Intelligence activities:
  • IBM projects $16 billion in business analytics software and services revenue by 2015
  • Over the past 5 years, IBM has invested more than $14 billion in 25 key acquisitions including Cognos, Netezza, and SPSS (and many others)
  • IBM is committed to researching advanced analytics technologies as demonstrated by Watson (who is here at the conference) and IBM's $100 millions investment to develop new tools toward tackling Big Data challenges.
  • Analytics software and services for IBM were up 17 percent in their second quarter
Also, remember that I will be videotaping highlights and interviews from the conference this year in conjunction with SoftBase Systems. You can find links to these videos as the become available daily at
Goodbye for now... Hope to see you all again tomorrow as we discuss day two of the conference...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Information On Demand 2011( #IODGC)

Just a quick post today, Saturday, October 22nd 2011, to let everybody know that I will be blogging daily from the IOD conference in Las Vegas this week.

I'll try to keep my readers up-to-date on what is going on by posting my thoughts about the conference, covering the news and announcements that are made, and by working with SoftBase Systems to produce daily videos on the news of the day along with daily interviews of DB2 luminaries... so whether you can't make the conference this year, or can but want to keep abreast of things, keep checking back here for more daily details from IOD.

Let's start by letting everybody know that I will be presenting "IBM DB2 Performance Tuning Roadmap" on Tuesday, 10/25, at 2:00. I'm just one of 59 IBM Champions that will be presenting at this year's IOD conference. Here is a list if you are interested.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DB2 Developer's Guide, 6th edition

I know a lot of my readers are waiting on the updated edition of my book, DB2 Developer's Guide. This short blog post is to let you know that the wait is almost over. The book will be published early next year and is available to be pre-ordered on amazon com.

The book has been completely updated and is now up-to-date with DB2 10 for z/OS. Just think of the things that have been added to DB2 since the last time the book was updated: Universal table spaces, pureXML, SECADM, hashes, new data types, INSTEAD OF triggers, temporal support, and much, much more.

Consider pre-ordering a copy today so you'll get it as soon as it comes off the presses!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IBM announces Smart Analytics System 5710

Last week (September 2011), IBM announced the Smart Analytics System 5710, which is a database appliance for business intelligence and data analytics targeted at the SMB market. The IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 is based on IBM System x, runs Linux, and includes InfoSphere Warehouse Departmental Edition and Cognos 10 Business Intelligence Reporting and Query.

The announcement of this appliance was somewhat lost in the shuffle of Oracle's marketing blitz for its similar Oracle Database Appliance, also announced last week. But IBM's offering is geared and pre-configured for quick deployment of analytics and business intelligence capabilities.

The IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 is powered by the InfoSphere Warehouse Departmental Edition which is built on a DB2 data server, and features Optim Performance Manager, DB2 Workload Manager, Deep Compression and Multidimensional clustering.

The IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 provides key capabilities of reporting, analysis and dashboards to enable fast answers to key business questions delivered as a cost-effective solution designed for rapid deployment. It allows users to quickly extract maximum insight and value from multiple data sources and deliver a consistent view of information across all business channels.

It also provides cubing services giving users a multidimensional view of data stored in a relational database. Users can create, edit, import, export, and deploy cube models over the relational warehouse schema to perform deeper multi-dimensional analysis of multiple business variables improving both profitability and customer satisfaction. Cubing services also provide optimization techniques to dramatically improve the performance of OLAP queries.

Additionally, the powerful, yet simple, data mining capabilities enable integrated analytics of both structured and unstructured data in the system. Standard data mining models are supported and can be developed via drag and drop in an intuitive design environment.

So what does it cost? For a such a rich collection of software, the starting price is just under $50K. Furthermore, the new offering is part of the IBM Smart Analytics System family, which consists of solutions that span multiple hardware platforms and architectures, including the mainframe (System z).

Thursday, September 01, 2011

DB2 10 for z/OS: For Developers Only!

Today's blog post is to promote an upcoming FREE webinar that I will be delivering titled DB2 10: For Developers Only! The presentation is sponsored by the good folks at SoftBase Systems. and it will be conducted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST.

This presentation highlights the DB2 10 for z/OS enhancements that directly impact DB2 application developers. Every release of DB2 is chock full of new features and functionality and that can make it hard to focus on those things that are most helpful for programmers. So instead of scanning volumes of manuals, you can watch this presentation distills the DB2 10 information down to cover what should be most important to programmer/analysts.

Examples of areas this presentation will cover include:
• Binding issues and details for V10
• Temporal support with examples
• A new type of function
• New timestamp options and some improvements to existing SQL
• Implicit casting, access to currently committed data, and much more…

If you are a programmer wanting to learn more about DB2 10, or a DBA looking for the programmer’s perspective on DB2 10, this presentation should have something to offer you.

This is sort of a tradition for me... you may have heard me give a similar presentation for previous DB2 versions. Well, this webinar introduces a brand new presentation in this series, this time for DB2 Version 10...

So register today!