Revolutionizing analytics with IBM DB2 for SAP

by Sajan Kuttappa, Content Marketing Manager

In-memory computing has gained a lot of traction as a great option to address the demands of use cases like real-time analytics. According to estimates, close to 75% of the use cases for in-memory computing are for real-time analytics.

I want to share this example where Knorr-Bremse – a leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, adopted in-memory technology to scale seamlessly. As Knorr-Bremse continued to grow its global presence through acquisitions and joint-ventures and expanded its product portfolio for the automotive industry, it realized that speed was of the essence in integrating the acquired entities into existing business structures. The large increase in data volumes was impacting analytics capabilities and system throughput, while infrastructure costs were seeing an upward trend. To achieve productivity improvements, the company had to dramatically increase the ability to quickly deliver performance reports. Standardization of processes across the group without slowing down decision-making was also a critical consideration.

Knorr-Bremse chose IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration to address its need for faster analytics. The company started using BLU Acceleration without changing or expanding its existing IT infrastructure or system administration workflows. By implementing new data compression features available in DB2 BLU Acceleration, Knorr-Bremse cut data volumes of already compressed data by up to 64 percent across all SAP Business Warehouse solutions thereby reducing storage costs. By activating BLU Acceleration, the company reduced the size of its largest analytics databases by a further 10 percent.   Certain reports took 160 seconds to generate in the past, but with IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration the information is available in 9 seconds (17 times faster). Some of the other key business benefits include 55 times faster insights that enable real-time response to changing markets and 2.4 times quicker analytics in SAP Strategic Enterprise Management

IBM DB2 has a vibrant community of SAP users that span different industries, small, medium and large businesses and government agencies. With IBM DB2 for SAP environments, IBM is in a unique position to offer enterprise clients proven, scalable, high-throughput, highly available database software that supports a broad range of platforms, operating environments and SAP workload types. With the release of DB2 11.1, IBM has added several enhancements to the BLU Acceleration technology that includes the introduction of Massively Parallel Processing scale to BLU.

The annual SAPPHIRE NOW conference will be held in Orlando, Florida from May 16-18 2017. Visit IBM by stopping by booth #400 to see how we are helping clients like Knorr-Bremse solve business and technology challenges while transforming their companies. Don’t forget to explore the IBM sessions at SAPPHIRE NOW here

IBM and HCL Strategic Partnership to jointly develop and market IBM Informix

by Dan Hernandez, VP Offering Management Analytics

Friends,

I have some very exciting news to share with you today. I am very pleased to announce that IBM and HCL are entering a strategic partnership to jointly develop and market the IBM Informix family of products.

We are building on a history of collaboration between the two companies. The new partnership combines IBM’s large Informix customer base and global sales force with HCL’s leadership in the IT services sector – accelerating the investments, evolution and adoption of Informix as a leading database – and further address the needs of an embedded database.

Effective May 1, 2017, HCL will take over development and support of the Informix product family. Product strategy, marketing and sales efforts continue to be led by IBM with HCL participating and expanding routes to market. Experience for customers remains unchanged. Existing customer agreements, first point of contact, new licenses or extensions to existing entitlements continue to be through IBM.

Let me close by expressing again my personal excitement about this new partnership as it will lead to new innovations, more delighted clients and more opportunities for our employees and partners.

Just one month remains until the IIUG Event in Raleigh, NC. Register today!

by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Informix

If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the space! But you’re going to want to register now — before the conference is 100% booked.

Already, we’ve had lots of Informix developers from all over the world sign up to attend this year’s IIUG conference. They’re not only coming for the 20+ educational sessions we’ll be offering over three days of jam-packed learning, but also to attend our sensational keynote presentation by John Cohn.

John is well known for his entertaining and inspirational talks, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say. His enthusiastic approach to work has made him one of the most sought-after speakers at IBM, where he serves as IBM Fellow in the IBM Watson Internet of Things Division. You may also recognize John from his TED Talks presentation, or in his appearance in “The Colony” on the Discovery Channel.

In addition to John Cohn, our roster includes Informix experts such as:
·    Alex Chen
·    Jeff Filippi
·    Hulka Radomir
·    Art Kagel
·    Lester Knutsen
·    Doug Lawrey
·    Ognien Orel
·    Jacques Roy
·    Nancy Slaughter
·    Neil Truby
·    Mike Walker
·    David Williams

The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. It will feature great opportunities to listen, learn and network with colleagues who have overcome the same challenges you face.
After the main event, attendees are invited to participate in FREE in-depth tutorials on Database Administration, Application Development, Security, Cloud offerings, JSON/NoSQL, and Apache Spark.
If you’d like to know more, visit our web site.  Time and space are running out, so be sure to book as quickly as you can!
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If you’ve already registered, please leave a note and tell us what you’re most looking forward to learning.

Join fellow DB2 Professionals at the 2017 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Anaheim

by Michael Roecken, DB2 Linux, UNIX and Windows Development

Join fellow DB2 professionals at the 2017 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, April 30 – May 4 in Anaheim for a comprehensive 5-day event, featuring a wide variety of user-focused technical education and an exceptional mix of DB2 thought leaders.

At the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, you can:

  • Learn about the latest products and services in DB2 firsthand from more than 12 exhibitors
  • Access more than 100 education sessions, hear from a powerful keynote speaker and choose from 100+ one-hour technical sessions
  • Join expert panels on DB2 z/OS and for Linux, UNIX and Windows
  • Hear from Keynote presenter Mike Gualtieri, Vice President, Forrester about Forrester’s view on Big Data, Analytics & Open Source
  • Hear from Daniel Hernandez, Vice President, IBM Analytics about Winning with Machine Learning. Monetize the data behind your firewall
  • Attend multiple networking events and connect with vendors and fellow attendees in the Exhibit Hall
  • Participate in the Certification Preparation Courses before taking your complimentary exam

Register now and get 25% off using promo code IBM17IDUGNA !

Visit http://www.idug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=990 to register and find out more details.

Bonus: Attend the IDUG Data Tech Summit

Designed for data architects and data scientists, the 2017 IDUG Data Tech Summit, May 1-2 in Anaheim, California, offers technical sessions that take a deep dive into emerging data technologies and trends, such as:

  • Big Data and analytics in a cognitive era
  • Data without governance is a liability: Data lake best practices
  • Machine learning with Spark
  • Performance enterprise architectures for analytic design patterns
  • R as a weapon of choice for data science

Visit http://www.idug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1174 to register and find out more details.

Winning with Machine Learning

by Sajan Kuttappa – Content Marketing Manager

IBM is hosting 3 no-cost, face-to-face events in April designed to show how your current IBM investments can help you to easily embrace private, public, and hybrid cloud, and be ready for Machine Learning.

These events feature an executive keynote, “Winning with Machine Learning”, followed by sessions across 2 tracks:  Data Management and Data Analytics.

You will hear how to get more out of your existing investments, our product strategy and roadmaps, how to unlock the value of the data behind your firewall, and several other advancements in data management and data analytics. We will also share some practical tips on getting started with machine learning.

The Data Management track will feature a session on “Diversify your applications , Not your Databases”.  Today’s digital business depends on applications that engage customers in a personalized, real-time, and 24×7 manner. There is no shortage of database solutions that promise to enable these new applications and simplify the increasing challenges of “big data”, including streaming, open source, in-memory and NoSQL databases.  More diverse data should not mean more databases to manage. It’s time to say goodbye to complication and say hello to the new builder’s database solution. In this session, you will learn how DB2 enables a scalable, resilient, and flexible data management architecture that provides:

  • Real-time operational analytics through hybrid transactional and analytic processing (aka “HTAP”)
  •  Transparent data access across multiple databases using a common SQL engine
  • A foundation for continuously adaptive models using machine learning
  • A total cost of ownership model that maximizes your existing investments

Click on one of the URLs below for more details and to register for the event closest to you. All events begin at 10am local time.

Register now to attend April 11th in Dallas .

Register now to attend April 13th in Chicago.

Register now to attend April 18th in NYC.

Why it is a great time to migrate to DB2 11.1?

by Sajan Kuttappa, Content Marketing Manager, IBM DB2

IBM released the latest version of its DB2 software –  DB2 11.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows in 2016.  With DB2 11.1, several improvements were introduced including simplification of the upgrade process. Recognizing that many organizations still have databases on older releases, DB2 11.1 increased the number of back-level releases that can be directly upgraded to include Version 9.7.  This means if you are on DB2 9.7, you would not have to go through another version, such as version 10.1 or version 10.5, to upgrade to DB2 11.1. This allows you to start benefiting from the capabilities in DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows version 11.1, with significantly less time and effort.

For customers who have DB2 version 9.7 or version 10.1, this is a great time to upgrade to the new release as both these releases are due to go out of support on the 30th of September, 2017. For more details visit this link.

Apart from the upgrade process itself, DB2 11.1 introduced several improvements that allow DB2 to handle a wide variety of workloads.  Additional advances were introduced in BLU Acceleration technology including the ability to partition across several hundred servers. This feature extends BLU’s in-memory processing speeds to a massive PetaByte scale and thousands of cores. DB2 11.1 also offers other core benefits like improved security mechanisms, improved availability and better performance of your queries.  Check out DB2 11.1 highlights here.

Learn more about how you can benefit by migrating to DB2 11.1 by visiting our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renowned speakers, educational sessions…this is an event no developer will want to miss!

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by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Informix

Informix developers from all over the world are signing up to attend this year’s IIUG conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’re coming for the popular speakers – like John Cohn, esteemed IBM engineer, inventor and author will be the keynote speaker — and for the deep-dive talks and training they get throughout the entire event.

Our roster includes Informix experts such as:
·    Alex Chen
·    Jeff Filippi
·    Hulka Radomir
·    Art Kagel
·    Lester Knutsen
·    Doug Lawrey
·    Ognien Orel
·    Jacques Roy
·    Nancy Slaughter
·    Neil Truby
·    Mike Walker
·    David Williams

For current information about our speakers and topics, check our sessions page. We’ll be updating it as we confirm more sessions.
If you’ve never attended IIUG, this is the year to do it. And if you’ve ever before attended, we know you’ll want to return. It’s a great place to improve your skills, learn about new enhancements, and obtain valuable information from enthusiastic professionals who are happy to share their knowledge.
In addition to the intensive training and exciting dialog you’ll enjoy, the IIUG Conference is also an opportunity to participate in entertaining social activities with your peers.
After the main event, attendees are invited to participate in FREE in-depth tutorials on Database Administration, Application Development, Security, Cloud offerings, JSON/NoSQL, and Apache Spark.
The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. If you’d like to know more about the courses and activities at the upcoming IIUG event, visit our web site.  Space is limited, so be sure to book early!
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We’d love to hear from those of you who attended in 2016. Is there anyone in particular you look forward to seeing again this year?

Attention Developers! The upcoming IIUG conference is especially for you

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by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager – IBM Informix

If you’re an Informix developer, you’ll want to attend the upcoming IIUG Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s the largest gathering of Informix users in the world. And it’s a great place to improve your skills, learn about new enhancements, and obtain valuable information from professionals who’ve faced and overcome the same challenges that you have.
Last year, the IIUG conference attracted over 400 professionals from throughout the world who joined together in an intensive learning environment that also offered great opportunities for networking, and featured some fun social events. This year’s event promises to be even better!
Industry visionaries from IBM and 3rd party vendors will be on hand for three full days to teach and tell Informix developers how to do their job more efficiently, and what to expect in the way of product improvements.

Then on Thursday, after the conference is over, attendees are invited to participate in FREE in-depth tutorials on Database Administration, Application Development, Security, Cloud offerings, JSON/NoSQL, and Apache Spark.
The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. If you’d like to know more about the courses and activities at the upcoming IIUG event, visit our web site.  Space is limited for this international event, so be sure to book early!

IBM Informix Roadshow – Is your city on the list?

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by Becky Hanenkrat, NA Database and BigData Software Sales

Your job is to know more about Informix than your boss. So it’s time to hit the road and heighten your abilities at the 2017 Informix Roadshow!

We’re featuring a half-day with deep dive sessions presented by experts in the field. You’ll also have the chance to meet with others, like yourself, network, and hear how they’ve resolved the challenges they’ve faced. And the entire event is free…including lunch.

Join us in the morning to learn up-to-date information about the most recent features and functions included in Informix 12.10.xC6, xC7 and the newly released xC8. You’ll get valuable information about the newly integrated full disk encryption technology, as well as the latest features for NoSQL, replication, Administration, and more.

If you’re an Application or Data Architect, Database Administrator, Application Developer or
Line-of Business owner who is evaluating architectural and data server solutions for your corporate environment, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

In February, you can attend the IBM Informix Roadshow in:

·    Kingston, Jamaica
·    Salt Lake City, UT
·    Denver, CO
·    Phoenix, AZ
·    Chicago, IL
·    San Francisco, CA
·    Dallas, TX

If we’re not in a city close to you, we’ll be offering additional events in Canada and the US in March and April, 2017.

Space is limited and participation is popular. So be sure to sign up now to confirm your spot on the road to Informix expertise.

Register  here !

Make fun of your work at Informix Users Group Conference 2017

by Rajesh Govindan- Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Informix

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We’re delighted to announce that John Cohn, esteemed IBM engineer, inventor and author will be the keynote speaker at the International Informix Users Group conference. John is not only an innovator immersed in initiatives for IBM’s Watson Internet of Things, he’s also an expert on making fun at your job.
If you’ve ever wanted to stimulate your creativity to improve your performance, you’ll want to see John in action. (Think Albert Einstein after a couple of Red Bulls.) His high-energy enthusiasm and inspirational words will boost your spirit of innovation and adventure, so you’ll return to your office with renewed excitement for your work.
The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. It will feature three full days of educational sessions for Informix DBAs, developers and managers, plus social events where you can meet with others who’ve encountered and resolved issues that you may be dealing with in your job.
The IIUG conference is the world’s largest gathering of Informix users, and attracted over 400 professionals last year from throughout the world. Enthusiastic participants from Bangalore to Omaha came, learned, and shared at an event geared specifically to their work and their information needs.
If you’d like to know more about this year’s IIUG event, visit our web site. Those who register before January 31st will save their company money with an Early Bird Special that offers $375 off the regular fee.
If you’re planning to attend the event, let us know what it is you’d most like to learn. Leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do to include your ideas at the conference.