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Why all this hype about Spark ? There's actually a very simple answer.....

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 17:05 0 Comments

I keep getting asked "Why is Spark so popular?"  My view is it comes down to addressing Four  major requirements :

(1) Easy access to the right data - spark abstracts a lot of complexities when accessing data and handles it in a uniform way using Resilient Distributed Data Sets and DataFrames - more on this in other blogs.  It can access local and remote data - depends on how critical performance is.

(2) Cognitive capabilities - the machine learning capabilities enables Spark…


What does it mean to become a digital business ? Gartner will reveal all - soon.

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 16:20 0 Comments

I have pondered this concept of "digital business" for sometime.  So I approached Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg recently.  He has agreed to present his view of what it means on an upcoming webcast on July 28.  In summary, the Internet of Things, smart connected devices, mobile are driving a continuous information proliferation. While these forces might represent opportunity, chaos and potential threat simultaneously, a digital business will have the ability to spot and exploit…


z13 and DB2 for z/OS - perfectly positioned for mobile and analytics tipping point

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 21:58 0 Comments

Any body watch the the launch of the IBM z13?  Wow - what and incredible piece of technology.  I blogged earlier back in December on mobile and analytics colliding.  It really has created a new tipping point in the industry.  Mobile iss driving business analytics to real time and analytics are gaining more insight from the tidal wave of mobile data and transactions that are being…


When Mobile and Analytics Collide

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 22:11 0 Comments

How many dimensions are there to analyzing data?  Strange question?  Sit tight.....

When we analyze data we look for insights - meanings, patterns, correlation of events that might help us identify and lower risks - similarly with costs - or we might look for opportunities to increase market share, revenue and profit. We might want to understand what happened in the past and why; run what-if scenarios or try to predict what might happen next with degrees of confidence.  We may want to…


Faster and Smarter. Analyze your data 2000 times faster – and have tomorrow’s analytics answers today? Listen to IBM trends & directions on this ground breaking technology

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 15:37 0 Comments

Isn’t that the mantra of organizations wanting answers and insights?  IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator gives you the answers you need 2000 times faster. As part of your analytics infrastructure Accelerator helps transform your computing platform into a uber-efficient hybrid transactional and analytics processing solution. Simply plug it into your infrastructure and without any user intervention or changes to your existing systems, answers to the most complex queries are slashed from hours to…


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At 12:58 on March 2, 2009, Maj-Britt Risager said…
Thanks for your quick respons - I've changed my calender , so I won't miss it :-)
At 12:48 on March 2, 2009, Maj-Britt Risager said…
Hi Mark
When is the SOA webcast ?
Will there be one at March 5 2009 16:00-17:00 UK or have you changed it ?
regards Maj-Britt Risager

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Introducing IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension for Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Started by Calene Janacek in Application Development and DB2 Jul 30. 0 Replies

We are excited to announce that the first iteration of IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension is available now as a free downloadable extension in the…Continue

QMF Governor

Started by Maitena Gallastegi Ginea in Application Development and DB2. Last reply by Maitena Gallastegi Ginea Jul 30. 4 Replies

Hi,We are using QMF Governor to limit the QMF queries of users.We have configured correctly and it is working OK. We want to get statistics of those queries canceled by QMF Governor but we are not able to discover where that information is stored.…Continue

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