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October 24, 2014


Henrik Loeser

Apply DB2 skills to Hadoop by using Big SQL on Bluemix

IBM Analytics for Hadoop One of the many services offered on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) IBM Bluemix is "IBM Analytics for Hadoop", basically InfoSphere BigInsights as cloud service. Because it...

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October 23, 2014


DB2 Guys

dev @ Insight 2014

Steven Miller Data Maestro, Talent & Skills Ecosystem Something new and interesting is taking place at IBM conferences this year.  Maybe you’ve noticed the dev@ events?  If not, let me tell you about dev@Insight. IBM Insight is a meeting of minds for data and anaytics. Big data and analytics are necessary to help your team improve […]

DB2 Guys

20 Quick Tips for Making the Most of Your Time at IBM Insight

By Melanie Stopfer Consulting Learning Specialist, Information Management, IBM If you’ve been to as many conferences as I have, you’ll know that there are certain habits that you can follow with so much going on around you.  Here are my 20 tips to make life easier for you at IBM Insight 2014 taking place October 26 – […]

Craig Mullins

DB2 SQL and Application Performance Tools

So far in this series of blog posts on DB2 performance tools, we have looked at system and database performance solutions. But perhaps the most important solution area involves monitoring and tuning application SQL statements. Why do I say that? Well, the cause of most performance problems is usually due to bad SQL and application code. Not every problem, of course, but maybe as much as 70 to 80...

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Dave Beulke

INSIGHT DB2 Family Schedule: Too Many Choices, Too Little Time

The first IBM INSIGHT conference is next week. It was formerly known as the Information on Demand conference which was formerly known as the DB2 Technical Conference way back when it all started. Over the years the IDUG conferences around the world and the IBM conferences by their various names...

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Susan Visser

IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook

Another great book that will be featured at the IBM Insight conference this year is:

IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook

By Keith McCormick, Scott Mutchler, Dean Abbott, Meta Brown, and Tom Khabaza

At IBM Insight:

If you are attending the IBM Insights Conference, you can purchase this book and have Keith and Scott sign your copy.  They will be available for signing on Monday, October 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. 

About the book:

IBM SPSS Modeler is a data mining workbench that enables you to explore data, identify important relationships that you can leverage, and build predictive models quickly allowing your organization to base its decisions on hard data not hunches or guesswork.

IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook takes you beyond the basics and shares the tips, the timesavers, and the workarounds that experts use to increase productivity and extract maximum value from data. The authors of this book are among the very best of these exponents, gurus who, in their brilliant and imaginative use of the tool, have pushed back the boundaries of applied analytics. By reading this book, you are learning from practitioners who have helped define the state of the art.

Follow the industry standard data mining process, gaining new skills at each stage, from loading data to integrating results into everyday business practices. Get a handle on the most efficient ways of extracting data from your own sources, preparing it for exploration and modeling. Master the best methods for building models that will perform well in the workplace.

Go beyond the basics and get the full power of your data mining workbench with this practical guide.

 

What you will learn from this book:

  • Use and understand the industry standard CRISP_DM process for data mining.
  • Assemble data simply, quickly, and correctly using the full power of extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tools.
  • Control the amount of time you spend organizing and formatting your data.
  • Develop predictive models that stand up to the demands of real-life applications.
  • Take your modeling to the next level beyond default settings and learn the tips that the experts use.
  • Learn why the best model is not always the most accurate one.
  • Master deployment techniques that put your discoveries to work making the most of your business’ most critical resources.

 

About the Authors:

Keith McCormick is an independent data mining consultant, trainer, and author. He has a wealth of consulting experience in statistics, predictive analytics, and data mining. For many years, he has worked in the SPSS community, first as an External Trainer and Consultant for SPSS Inc., and then in a similar role with IBM. He possesses a BS in Computer Science and Psychology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an expert in IBM's SPSS software suite including IBM SPSS Statistics, IBM SPSS Modeler, AMOS, and Text Mining. He is active as a moderator and participant in statistics groups online including LinkedIn's Statistics and Analytics Consultants Groups. He also blogs and reviews related books at KeithMcCormick.com.

 

Scott Mutchler is the Vice President of Advanced Analytics Services. Scott has a long track record of delivering enterprise class Advanced Analytics solutions that drive massive customer value. Scott is equally proficient at building high-performing teams, where ever team member focuses on their individual strengths. This approach has resulted in a team this is passionate about Advanced Analytics. That passion for Advanced Analytics is reflected in every client engagement.

 

 

For a full list of the book signing events at the conference, see http://bit.ly/BooksatIBMInsight

 

Susan


DB2 Guys

Mastering the DB2 10.1 Certification Exam – Part 2: Security

It’s hard to argue against the benefits of becoming a DB2 Certified Professional. Aside from gaining a better understanding of DB2, it helps keep you up to date with the latest versions of the product.  It also gives you professional credentials that you can put on your resume to show that you know what you […]
 

October 21, 2014


DB2 Guys

Roger Sanders: Previewing the DB2 Sessions at IBM Insight 2014

By Roger E. Sanders Senior Consultant, Software Engineer As a DB2 professional, there are two major events I look forward to each year – the International DB2 User’s Group North America conference and the IBM Insight (formerly Information On Demand) conference. And this year, I’m really excited about the IBM Insight 2014 conference. Why? Well, […]

Susan Visser

Certification Exams at IBM Insight

All registered customers and IBM Business Partners are eligible to take IBM Professional Certification tests at a substantially discounted rate of $30.  You can choose from the Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management portfolios. All other IBM Software Certification tests will be available at a rate of $100 per test.

Don't miss this great opportunity to save while validating your skills and demonstrating your proficiency with IBM Software!

For more information on the exams that are available, see Take exams at a reduced price while at IBM Insights.

What exams are new this year?

Why get certified?

I encourage you to read the following for expert opinions on the value of certification:

Study Materials:

Books

New this year is the DB2 10.1 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders.  Roger was one of the developers who created the exam questions for Exam 610.  He provides information that makes it very easy for you to learn the content that you need to pass the exam, including a sample test that provides answers with explanations as to why the answer is correct.  Roger’s book will be available for sale at the IBM Insight Conference bookstore.  You can meet Roger in person and ask for study tips.  For more information, see: DB2 10.1 Fundamentals: Certification Study Guide.

A new book for the DBA 10.5 exam is about to publish, but unfortunately, it will not be ready in time for the conference.  You can pre-order the book here:  DB2 10.1/10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide.  Authors Mohankumar Saraswatipura and Robert Collins have taken up where Roger Sanders left off and have updated this book with Roger’s excellent style and methods. 

Although not specifically a study guide, you’ll do well by learning the content in this book: DB2 Essentials: Understanding DB2 in a Big Data World (3rd Edition) by Raul F. Chong and Clara Liu.

Tutorials

There are free resources that you can use as well.  There is a series of developerWorks tutorials that have already helped many people pass these exams.  Here is a blog post from Norberto who created the first tutorial in the series: DB2 10.1 Certification Exam tutorial - Part 1: Planning

New guide for DB2 certification exam 311

If you are seeking the IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1, the new Preparation Guide for DB2 10.5 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 311 can help you study for the IBM® DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1 Exam. This guide provides information from the DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows documentation to cover all the exam objectives. This guide is for database administrators and other DB2 database users with intermediate to advanced administration skills who want to prepare for the exam.

New guide for DB2 certification exam 614

If you are seeking the IBM Certified Advanced Database Administrator - DB2 10.1 for Linux UNIX and Windows, the new Preparation Guide for DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 614 can help you study for the DB2 10.1 Advanced DBA for Linux UNIX and Windows Exam. This guide provides information from the DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows documentation to cover all the exam objectives. This guide is for database administrators and other DB2 database users with intermediate to advanced administration skills who want to prepare for the exam.

 

The exam room is located in Surf F, MBCC South, Level 2.  Testing hours can be found at this website: Hours of Certification Testing.

 

Good luck on your exam!

Susan


DB2 Guys

DB2Night Show Recap – An In-Depth Look at DB2 10.5 “Cancun Release”

Fans of the DB2Night show were treated to a great program on Friday as IBM Champions Scott Hayes and Iqbal Goralwalla talked in-depth about DB2 10.5 “Cancun Release”. Iqbal has been testing the release since it was available and shared a wealth of knowledge with the audience, including topics on combining transactional workloads with analytics, […]

DB2 Guys

Must See at IBM Insight 2014 – DB2 HADR with pureScale in SAP Systems

By Ali Mehedi SAP DB2 Integration and Support We’re less than a week away from IBM Insight 2014, and although I’m not going to Vegas, I’m still very excited about some of the session offerings being taught by a few of my colleagues from the IBM and SAP worldwide joint development team. As you probably […]

Ember Crooks

Looking Forward to IBM Insight

IBM’s Insight conference (the conference formerly known as IOD or Information On Demand) is next week in Las Vegas. It’s a large conference that covers more than just DB2, but it is still...

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Robert Catterall

DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures: Native SQL, or Java?

Recently, a mainframe DB2 DBA put a question to me: when should DB2 for z/OS native SQL procedures be used versus Java stored procedures, and vice versa? Why he asked: the DBA worked with a group of developers who, collectively, could code both of these DB2 stored procedure types. Within this group, individuals tended to go with what they were used to. In other words, the decision to code a native SQL or a Java stored procedure tended to be based more on momentum (e.g., "I used a Java stored...

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October 20, 2014


Susan Visser

Book Signings and Giveaways at IBM Insights 2014

Here's a handy guide to the book signings and giveways that are planned for the IBM Insights Conference this year:

 

MONDAY

 

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DB2 10.1 Fundamentals: Certification Study Guide

 

Meet author Roger Sanders at the bookstore

 

Monday, October 27 from 9:45 – 10:45 am.

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DB2 11: Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics & Mobile!

 

Limited number of free copies available!

 

Meet authors John Campbell, Gareth Jones, Surekha Parekh, Chris Crone, and Jay Yothers at the bookstore

 

Monday, October 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

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IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook

Meet authors Keith McCormick and Scott Mutchler at the bookstore.


Monday, October 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

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Hadoop for Dummies

 

Meet authors Paul Zikopoulos and Dirk deRoos at the bookstore

 

Monday, October 27 from 4:30 -5:00 pm.

 

TUESDAY

 

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“Big Data Beyond the Hype” A Guide to Conversations for Today’s Data Center

 

 

 

Limited number of free copies available!

Meet authors Paul Zikopouls, Dirk deRoos, Chris Bienko, Rick Buglio, and Marc Andrews at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 9:30 – 10:30 am.

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The Power of Now 

Real-Time Analytics and IBM InfoSphere Streams

 

 

Limited number of free copies available!

Meet author Jacques Roy at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 9:30 – 10:30 am.

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Reliability and Performance with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1

 

Limited number of free copies available!

Meet authors at the bookstore

 

 

Tuesday, October 28 from  10:30-11:30 am.

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Building IBM Enterprise Content Management Solutions From End to End

 

Limited number of free copies available!

Meet authors at the bookstore

 

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 11:-30 am -12:30 pm.

 

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Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics

 

Meet authors Brenda Dietrich, Emily Plachy, and Maureen Norton at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 27 from 12:30 -1:30 pm.

 

Or

 

Wednesday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

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The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions

 

Meet author / thought leader Phil Simon at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 27 from 12:30 -1:30 pm.

 

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Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data

 

Meet author / thought leader Phil Simon at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 27 from 12:30 -1:30 pm.

 

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IBM Cognos Insight

 

Meet author Sanjeev Datta at the Solutions EXPO Booth 802

 

Tuesday, October 27

from 12:30 – 3:30pm.

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Beyond Big Data: Using Social MDM to Drive Deep Customer Insight

 

 

Limited number of free copies available!

 

Meet authors Martin Oberhofer, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Scott Schumacher, and Dan Wolfson at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.

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Patterns of Information Management

 

Meet authors Mandy Chessell and Harald Smith at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.

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Engaging Customers Using Big Data: How Marketing Analytics is Transforming Business

 

 

Limited number of free copies available!

 

Meet author Arvind Sathi in the Solution EXPO in Booth 525

 

Tuesday October 28 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm

 

Or at the bookstore

 

Tuesday, October 28 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

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A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

 

Meet author Captain Richard Phillips at the bookstore

 

Wednesday, October 29 from 9:45 – 10:45 am.

 


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IBM Redbook: Architecting and Deploying DB2 with BLU Acceleration

 

 

Limited number of free copies available!

Meet authors Martin Schlegel, Jean Cristie Pacanaro, Alexander Zietlow, Marco Bonezzi and Polly Lau at the bookstore

 

Wednesday, October 29 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

 

 

The conference bookstore is located in the Mandalay Bay in the Bayside Foyer.  The hours are:

Sunday, October 26

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday, October 27

 

10:00am – 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 28

 

7:30am – 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 29

 

7:30am – 5:00pm

Thursday, October 30

 

7:30am – 2:00pm

 


DB2 Guys

Several Reasons for DB2 pureScale Users To Be Excited About IBM Insight

By Kelly Schlamb Executive IT Specialist, WW Information Management Technical Sales DB2 pureScale & PureData System for Transactions Specialist, Competitive Insight   When I tell my friends I’ll be going to Vegas for IBM Insight, there’s a bit of eye rolling along with a sarcastic “yeah, sounds like hard work… say hi to the blackjack […]
 

October 17, 2014


DB2Night Replays

The DB2Night Show #141: DB2 LUW V10.5 CANCUN Shadow Table Experiences

@iqbalgoralwalla Special Guest: Iqbal Goralwalla, Triton Consulting DB2 V10.5 FP4 "Cancun" Shadow Tables and pureScale "Lite" Early Hands-on Experiences 100% of our audience learned something! During today's show, Iqbal gave us an excellent presentation on his early user experiences with IBM BLU CANCUN (aka 10.5.0.4) Shadow Tables and pureScale "Lite". You will see performance results and many excellent recommendations on DB2...

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DB2 Guys

Mastering the DB2 10.1 Certification Exam – Part 1: Planning

Norberto Gasparotto Filho is a database specialist with more than 10 years of experience with database administration and is the author of the DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 610 prep, Part 1: Planning. He was the winner of the first edition of “DB2’s Got Talent” contest in 2011. He also worked as programmer using a […]

Craig Mullins

Performance Tools That Operate on Databases and Database Objects

In our last blog post here, we covered DB2 system performance management tools - that is, tools that look at the performance at a  system or subsystem level. Today, we turn our attention to the database objects... Most DBMSs do not provide an intelligent database analysis capability. Instead, the DBA or performance analyst must use system catalog views and queries, or a system catalog tool,...

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Susan Visser

Phil Simon at IBM Insights

The latest addition to our authors doing a book signing at IBM Insights this year is Phil Simon. He is author of many books, but I’ll focus on his two latest ones for this blog entry.

 

The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions

In The Visual Organization, Phil Simon looks at how an increasingly number of organizations are embracing new dataviz tools and, more important, a new mind-set based upon data discovery and exploration. Simon adroitly shows how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other tech heavyweights use powerful data visualization tools to garner fascinating insights into their businesses. But make no mistake: these companies are hardly alone. Organizations of all types, industries, sizes are representing their data in new and amazing ways. As a result, they are asking better questions and making better business decisions. Rife with real-world examples and case studies, The Visual Organization is a full-color tour-de-force.

Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data

Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data is geared towards CIOs, CEOs, presidents, and IT professionals. At a high level, the book makes a compelling business case for that which we are calling Big Data. Simon provides commonsense advice for organizations looking to make sense out of the information streaming at us with unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety.

 

I haven’t read these books yet, but plan to pick them up at the conference.  Both books are highly rated on amazon, so they are assured to be good books.

 

At IBM Insights:

Phil will be signing copies of his books at the Conference Bookstore on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30. 

About Phil:

Phil Simon (@philsimon) is a sought-after speaker and the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. A recognized technology expert, he advises organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, and many other sites.

To find out more about Phil and his books, go to www.philsimon.com.

 

Susan


Susan Visser

IBM Cognos Insight

I met Sanjeev last year at the IOD Conference.  We had tried to set up a booksigning, but the information came in late and there were issues.  So, we’re promoting this book this year. 

IBM Cognos Insight

By Sanjeev Datta

At IBM Insight:

Buy your copy of the book at the conference bookstore and have it signed by Sanjeev in his booth.  Sanjeev will be available for signing copies on Tuesday October 28 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm in the Solution EXPO - Booth 802.

About the book:

Based on in-memory technology with write-back capabilities for What-if scenario planning, Cognos Insight gives spreadsheets the rich visual appeal for better analysis and planning. Leverage the collaborative features to seamlessly publish the personal analysis workspaces to an enterprise-wide Cognos Business Intelligence solution.

"IBM Cognos Insight" is a fast paced, practical hands-on guide with step-by-step instructions to build Cognos Insight workspaces. Take advantage of the in-memory TM1 cubes as the underlying engine to answer business questions by analyzing data in the form of reports & dashboards. Share these insights with other Cognos services or mobile devices to empower users with real-time data.

This book introduces Cognos Insight as a personal yet powerful analytics application. It covers how decision making is applied in all domains of the business world and how data can be analyzed effectively in the form of fast in-memory cubes. Leverage the write-back functionality to build budgets, plans and forecasts.

"IBM Cognos Insight" will empower new and existing users to maximize the features of the application and analyze data by building visually rich reports and dashboards in minutes.

Approach

This book takes a practical tutorial approach to teaching users the features of Cognos Insight.

Who this book is for

New and existing users of Cognos Insight who are looking to gain more knowledge about the product and Business Analytics in general.

About the Author

Sanjeev Datta is a seasoned Consultant, passionate text and video blogger, and Business Analytics enthusiast. As Practice Director at PerformanceG2, Inc., he works extensively with executives and decision-makers across finance, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceuticals as a trusted advisor in corporate performance management, building client relationships and managing Business Analytics implementations.

Sanjeev's work as a strong Project Manager, Pre-sales and Post-sales Consultant, trainer, and mentor has led to many successful implementations. While at Merador, LLC, Sanjeev worked as a Consultant/Architect building solutions for global organizations.

Previous to that, Sanjeev was a Cognos Developer/Consultant while at Softpath Systems, LLC and lead successful Cognos BI solutions and developed Cognos BI training material for numerous clients.

He is certified in numerous IBM products and is an IBM Technical Specialist and IBM Sales Mastery Professional.

Sanjeev has a degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University and a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas.

Connect with Sanjeev on LinkedIn or Twitter: @1dsanjeev

Susan


Susan Visser

Hadoop for Dummies

This book was published earlier this year, so I was given a few free copies and had them at the IDUG conference in Phoenix.  I didn’t think people at the conference would be interested in this book, so I had put them aside.  But, when people started noticing the book, they wanted to know how they could get a copy.  On the spur of the moment, I decided that if people tweet the message “I want a copy of the Hadoop book from Susan”, I’d give it to them.  To my huge surprise, I gave out more than 20 copies of this book in this way.  Of course a data centric audience is interested in a book that teaches them how to modernize their data environment!

Hadoop for Dummies

by Dirk deRoos and Paul Zikopoulos

At IBM Insights:

The book signing is scheduled for Monday October 27 from 4:30pm - 5:00pm at the Conference Bookstore.  I’m pretty sure Dirk will be there… and I made sure it was on Paul’s calendar, but I’m sure Paul will be in huge demand the entire week, so it is possible that Paul will not be able to make it at this time.

About the book:

Big data has become big business, and companies and organizations of all sizes are struggling to find ways to retrieve valuable information from their massive data sets with becoming overwhelmed. Enter Hadoop and this easy-to-understand For Dummies guide. Hadoop For Dummies helps readers understand the value of big data, make a business case for using Hadoop, navigate the Hadoop ecosystem, and build and manage Hadoop applications and clusters.

  • Explains the origins of Hadoop, its economic benefits, and its functionality and practical applications
  • Helps you find your way around the Hadoop ecosystem, program MapReduce, utilize design patterns, and get your Hadoop cluster up and running quickly and easily
  • Details how to use Hadoop applications for data mining, web analytics and personalization, large-scale text processing, data science, and problem-solving
  • Shows you how to improve the value of your Hadoop cluster, maximize your investment in Hadoop, and avoid common pitfalls when building your Hadoop cluster

From programmers challenged with building and maintaining affordable, scaleable data systems to administrators who must deal with huge volumes of information effectively and efficiently, this how-to has something to help you with Hadoop.

Learn to:

  • Understand the value of big data and how Hadoop can help manage it
  • Navigate the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and create clusters
  • Use applications for data mining, problem-solving, analytics, and more

The easy-to-use, practical guide to using Hadoop for big data

With most of the world’s data created in only the past two years, Hadoop has emerged as the definitive computing paradigm to handle big data. This comprehensive guide from IBM big data experts provides a hands-on resource for those who want to dig into the details of HDFS and MapReduce to take data storage and processing to the next level.

  • Get started with Hadoop — discover the origins of Hadoop, the realities of worldwide data growth, and practical use cases for this revolutionary platform
  • Under the Hadoop hood — dig into Hadoop’s distributed framework, including HDFS and MapReduce and the best tools for working with data in Hadoop
  • Hadoop and structured data — modernize data warehouses with Hadoop and discover data utilities like HBase, Hive, and Sqoop
  • Hands on with Hadoop — get your hands dirty with details on configuring Hadoop clusters and an overview of day-to-day Hadoop administration
  • Take your Hadoop knowledge to the next level — use additional Hadoop resources to understand the technology at a deeper level

Open the book and find:

  • Coverage of the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and Yarn
  • Real-world use cases to help you get started
  • Details on Hadoop distributions and cluster setup
  • How to use Oozie for scheduling workflows
  • How to add structure with Hive and HBase
  • Details on running native SQL queries on Hive
  • On-premise and cloud deployment options for Hadoop
  • The challenges faced by administrators

About the Authors:

Dirk deRoos is the technical sales lead for IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights. Paul C. Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data in the IBM Information Management division. Roman B. Melnyk, PhD is a senior member of the DB2 Information Development team. Bruce Brown and Rafael Coss work with big data with IBM.

 


Susan

 

October 16, 2014


Susan Visser

Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics

Another great book to look forward to is:

Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics

By Brenda L. Dietrich, Emily C. Plachy, Maureen F. Norton

I briefly had a copy of the book and read the first chapter.  I enjoyed it, but didn’t have a chance to finish it. 

About the book:

Analytics is not just a technology: It is a better way to do business. Using analytics, you can systematically inform human judgment with data-driven insight. This doesn’t just improve decision-making: It also enables greater innovation and creativity in support of strategy. Your transformation won’t happen overnight; however, it is absolutely achievable, and the rewards are immense.

This book demystifies your analytics journey by showing you how IBM has successfully leveraged analytics across the enterprise, worldwide. Three of IBM’s pioneering analytics practitioners share invaluable real-world perspectives on what does and doesn’t work and how you can start or accelerate your own transformation. This book provides an essential framework for becoming a smarter enterprise and shows through 31 case studies how IBM has derived value from analytics throughout its business.

Coverage includes:

  • Creating a smarter workforce through big data and analytics
  • More effectively optimizing supply chain processes
  • Systematically improving financial forecasting
  • Managing financial risk, increasing operational efficiency, and creating business value
  • Reaching more B2B or B2C customers and deepening their engagement
  • Optimizing manufacturing and product management processes
  • Deploying your sales organization to increase revenue and effectiveness
  • Achieving new levels of excellence in services delivery and reducing risk
  • Transforming IT to enable wider use of analytics
  •  “Measuring the immeasurable” and filling gaps in imperfect data

Whatever your industry or role, whether a current or future leader, analytics can make you smarter and more competitive. Analytics Across the Enterprise shows how IBM did it--and how you can, too.

 

At IBM Insight:

The authors will be signing copies of their book at the Conference Bookstore on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm AND Wednesday, October 29 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  The books will be available at the bookstore for you to purchase at a discount.

The authors have amazing credentials and I’m looking forward to meeting them. 

About the Authors:

Dr. Brenda L. Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. She joined IBM in 1984 and has worked in the area now called analytics for her entire career. Her early work involved applying mathematical models to improve the performance of IBM manufacturing lines. During her career, she has worked with almost every IBM business unit and applied analytics to numerous IBM decision processes. For more than a decade, she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM Research division, where she was responsible for both basic research on computational mathematics and for the development of novel applications of mathematics for both IBM and its clients. In addition to her work within IBM, she has been the president of INFORMS, the world’s largest professional society for operations research and management sciences, she is an INFORMS Fellow, and she has received multiple service awards from INFORMS. She has served on the board of trustees of SIAM and on several university advisory boards. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She holds more than a dozen patents, has co-authored numerous publications, and frequently speaks on analytics at conferences. She holds a BS in mathematics from UNC and an MS and PhD in operations research/information engineering from Cornell. Her personal research includes manufacturing scheduling, services resource management, transportation logistics, integer programming, and combinatorial duality. She currently leads the emerging technologies team in the IBM Watson group.

Dr. Emily C. Plachy is a Distinguished Engineer in Business Analytics Transformation, responsible for leading an increased use of analytics across IBM. She has integrated data analysis into her work throughout her career. Since joining IBM in 1982, she has held a number of technical leadership roles including CTO, Process, Methods, and Tools in IBM Global Business Services (GBS), providing architecture and technology leadership and driving the adoption of consistent methods and tools in GBS, and CTO, Enterprise Integration, GBS, providing architecture and technology leadership. She has also held a variety of roles in IBM, including development, ad tech, research, emerging business opportunities, technical sales, and services. Her technology skills include data integration, enterprise integration, solution architecture, software development, and asset reuse. She has experience in multiple industries, including banking, consumer products, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, and petroleum. She has a BS degree in applied mathematics from Washington University, an MSc degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo, and a DSc degree in computer science from Washington University. In 1992, Emily was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology, a body of approximately 1,000 of IBM’s top technical leaders, and she served as its President from 2009 to 2011. She has been a long-term champion of women in technology. She is a member of Women in Technology International, the Society of Women Engineers, and INFORMS. Emily lives in New York with her husband, Tony. She is on Twitter @eplachy and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emily-plachy/3/1bb/777.

Maureen Fitzgerald Norton, MBA, JD, is a Distinguished Market Intelligence Professional and Executive Program Manager in Business Analytics Transformation, responsible for driving the widespread use of analytics across IBM. She pioneered the development of an outcome-focused communications strategy to drive the culture change needed for analytics adoption. Maureen created analytics case studies and innovative learning exercises for teaching analytics. She co-created an innovative analytics workshop and taught MBA students in Europe and the Middle East. In her previous role, Maureen led project teams applying analytics to IBM Smarter Planet initiatives in public safety, global social services, commerce, and merchandising, specializing in cost/benefit analysis and return on investment of analytic projects. Maureen became the first woman in IBM to earn the designation of Distinguished Market Intelligence Professional for developing innovative approaches to solving business issues and knowledge gaps through analysis. She has held a number of analytic and management roles in IBM. She earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of New Haven and a JD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and did her thesis on the legal implications of artificial intelligence. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Dr. William Norton, and three children, Erin, Colleen, and William. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. In addition to Analytics Across the Enterprise, Maureen has published “The Benefits of Social Media Analytics 2013” with the IBM Academy of Technology and “Social Media Analytics: Measuring Value Across Enterprises and Industries” in the Journal of Management Systems. Maureen is on Twitter @mfnorton and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/maureennorton/.

 

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