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

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.

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!

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.

DB2 for SAP – Poised for growth

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Like most organizations, your company is pressing ahead to close out projects and prepare new ones for the coming year. Inevitably, these annual evaluations and reviews call into question the preservation of your existing IT investment while exploiting new areas for growth. Some vendors strongly encourage vertically integrated solutions with a promise of seamless operation, but reality dictates a closer look at technology choices.

If you’re currently running an SAP environment with DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows software, there are quite a few options available to help you leverage existing DB2 infrastructure and be well positioned for new projects. You are cordially invited to attend a half-day seminar to learn key DB2 insights and considerations for SAP environments.

Our IBM SAP experts will:

  • Outline issues and factors affecting database use with SAP
  • Go over key considerations on selecting solutions
  • Provide a DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Roadmap
  • Showcase breakthrough in-memory technologies
  • Illustrate how your continued use of DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows in SAP environment is not just safe but the optimal one for growth

The seminars will be held at 2 cities in North America. Please find below details and register for the one nearest to your city

  1. Cincinnati   – Monday, December 12th, 2016 from 9:30 AM –2:30 PM EST

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     2. New York City –  Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 from 9.30 AM – 2.30 PM EST

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After all, wouldn’t you want to know how to make existing investment work smarter without the risks of rip and replace?

 

 

 

IBM DB2 sessions at IBM Insight at World of Watson conference

by Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager- IBM Analytics Platform

As organizations develop next-generation applications for the digital era, many are using cognitive computing ushered in by IBM Watson technology. To make the most of these next-generation applications, you need a next-generation database that must handle a massive volume of data while delivering high performance to support real-time analytics. At the same time, it must provide data availability for demanding applications, scalability for growth and flexibility for responding to changes

IBM DB2 enables you to meet these challenges by providing enterprise-class scalability while also leveraging adaptive in-memory BLU Acceleration technology to support the analytics needs of your business. DB2 also handles structured and semi-structured data from a variety of sources to provide deep insight. With the ability to support thousands of terabytes, you can use historic and current data to identify trends and make sound decisions. The new release DB2 11.1 that was announced earlier this year comes packed with many enhancements for BLU, OLTP, PureScale, security, SQL, and more!

Whether you are interested in an overview of the improvements available with the new release or an in-depth understanding of the new enhancements, IBM World of Watson is the place to be.  The IBM Insight conference is now part of IBM World of Watson 2016 on October 24-27 and continues to be the premiere industry event for data and analytics professionals, delivering unmatched value and exciting onsite opportunities to connect with peers, hear from thought leaders, experience engaging content, and receive training and certification.  This article will highlight the key DB2 sessions at the IBM World of Watson conference.

We will start with Session #3483 by Matt Huras, IBM DB2 Architect who will provide a technical overview of the new release and the value the new features provide for your installations. We also have the following sessions that provide deeper coverage for the new enhancements available with the new release

  • DB2 11.1 includes significant enhancements in the area of availability — particularly around the pureScale feature. You can attend the Session #1433 – “The Latest and Greatest on Availability and pureScale in DB2 11.1” to learn about these enhancements, including simplification of deployment, new operating system and virtualization options, HADR updates, and improvements in the areas of management and multitenancy.
  • DB2 11.1 packs several enhancements to protect your data whether they are on-premises or on the cloud. Do look out for Session #1038 – “DB2 Security: From the Data Center to the Cloud” for an overview of the various security mechanisms that are available with the latest version of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, as well as introduce you to several things that must be taken into consideration if you plan on moving your DB2 database environment from the data center to the cloud.
  • There is a lot of talk about in-memory computing and columnar multi-partitioned databases to improve analytic query performance. DB2 1 brings MPP scale to BLU! If you need a detailed step-by-step approach to implement the newest version of DB2, come learn about often overlooked but very important best practices to understand before and after upgrading by attending the Session #1290– “Upgrading to DB2 with the Latest Version of BLU Acceleration”  
  • DB2 11.1 is the foundation for hybrid cloud database deployments. In addition to being available to install on cloud-based infrastructure it is also the foundation of DB2 on Cloud and dashDB cloud data service offerings. Attend the Session #1444 – “Hybrid Cloud Data Management with DB2 and dashDB” to learn more about these different options and when you’d want to choose one over another.
  • If you are deploying DB2 for SAP applications, we have lined up Session #2629 by SAP and IBM experts – “IBM DB2 on SAP – V11.1 Update and Recent Developments”.  In this session, we will give an overview of recent SAP on DB2 extensions and which DB2 V11.1 features are most important for SAP applications.  One of our clients – BCBS of TN will also share their experiences with DB2 V11.1 around analytics and the benefits that they’ve seen.

Our clients Nordea Group and Argonne National Laboratory will also share their experience with deploying IBM Data Server Manager.  The hands–on-labs HOL 1766B – “DB2 High Availability and Disaster Recovery with Single or Multiple Standby Databases” allows you to configure and manage a production database with single or multiple standby databases using DB2 HA/DR facilities.

If you are a new user of DB2, you can also read this guide to the introductory DB2 sessions . Whether you are determining your next move or optimizing your existing investments in data and analytics capabilities, the IBM World of Watson 2016 conference is the place for you. This is your opportunity to get the training, answers, certifications and insights you need to be at the top of your game . If you have not yet registered for the conference, we suggest you visit this link and register yourself  –  bit.ly/WorldofWatson 

The value of common database tools and linked processes for Db2, DevOps, and Cloud

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by Michael Connor, Analytics Offering Management

Today we released DB2 V11 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. The release includes updates to Data Server Manager (DSM) V2.1 and Data Server Driver connectivity V11 and Advanced Recovery Feature (ARF) V11.    As many of you may be aware of – 2 years ago we embarked on a strategy to completely rethink our tooling strategy.  The market was telling us we needed to focus more on a simplified user experience, a web console addressing both the power and casual user role, and deliver deep database support in support of production applications.  In  March 2015, we delivered our first iteration of Data Server Manager as part of 10.5.  This year we have yet again extended capability to this valuable platform and in addition extended support across a number of IBM Data stores including DB2, dashDB, DB2 on Cloud, and BigInsights.

First let’s talk about some of the drivers we hear related to Database Delivery.

  1. The LOB and LOB developer communities want access to mission critical data and extend that data through new customer facing OLTP applications.
  2. Business analysts are using more data than ever – in generating and enhancing customer value through Analytic applications.
  3. These new roles need on demand access to data across all aspects of the delivery lifecycle from idea inception to production delivery and support.
  4. While the timelines are lessened, the data expanded and the lifecycle speeded up, quality cannot suffer.

Therefore, the DBA, Development, Testing, and Production support roles are now participating in activities known as Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing, and DevOps.  With the goal of improving customer service, decreasing cycle and delivery times, without decreasing quality.

DSM pic1Some areas that are addressed by our broader solutions for Continues Delivery, Testing, and DevOps include:

  • High Performance Unload of production data and selective data environment, including test data environment restore with DB2 Recovery Expert
  • Simplified test data management addressing discovery, subsetting, masking, and refresh with Test Data Management.
  • Automated driving of application test and performance based workloads with Rational Functional and Performance Tester.
  • Release Management and Deployment automation with Rational Urbancode.

And finally, areas improved with our latest DB2 releases

  • SQL Development and execution with Data Server Manager
  • Test and Deployment Data Server Monitoring with Data Server Manager
  • SQL capture and analysis with Data Server Manager
  • Client and application Data Access, Workload and Failover management with Data Server Drivers

DSM Pic 2The Benefits of considering a Continuous — Solution include reduced cycle times, lower risk of failure, improved application performance and reduced risk of downtime.

With the V11 Releases we have delivered enhancements including:

  • DSM: DB2 LUW V11 support  and monitoring improvements for PureScale applications, Extended Query history analysis
  • ARF: DB2 LUW V11 support and improvements for Analytics usage with BLU Acceleration
  • DS Driver (Also DB2 Connect): Manageability improvements, Performance enhancements, and extended driver support now for iMAC applications.

DSM Pic 3Many of the improvements noted above are also available for our private Cloud offering in preview DashDB Local – which leverages DSM as an integral component of their dashboard, and our public Cloud offering DB2 on Cloud.

Read more details about the announcement for further information:   http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/9/872/ENUSAP16-0139/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

Also check out the DB2 LUW Landing Page:  http://www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/technology/db2/db2-linux-unix-windows.html

 

Blogger:    Michael Connor, with Analytics offering management, joined IBM in 2001 and has focused early in his IBM career on launching the z/OS Development Tooling business centered on Rational Developer for z.  Since moving to Analytics in 2013, Michael leads the team responsible for Core Database Tooling

Golf, Beaches and Informix – Welcome to Florida!

By Sajan Kuttappa, Marketingsajan Manager – Analytics Platform Services, IBM

IBM Informix has forged new frontiers with its ability to effectively manage large amounts of data from the Internet of Things. You can also seamlessly integrate non-standard data types, with a rich set of APIs including REST, that enhance development simplicity, flexibility and time to market. All of this without compromising on availability, scalability and security which make it the most powerful enterprise class database in the market today

While Informix has evolved over the years to stay in tune with rapid advances in technology, the annual IIUG conference has established itself as the premiere data and analytics conference and the best place to learn about the latest updates from the technology world. The best brains are selected to share their expertise during 3 days of educational sessions that will help the audience develop key skills for career advancement while also providing great networking opportunities with IBM executives, Informix development team and more.

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of the IIUG and I am sure the emotional moments from the conference held at San Diego last year will be etched in the memories of all those who attended. The 2016 conference will be held from May 4th – 8th at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA and the lineup of speakers and sessions looks very promising.

At the home of the PGA tour, you will be served an excellent platter of technical educational sessions that cover everything from the benefits of Hybrid databases, Spark analytics with Informix, Tools and technologies for the world of Internet-of-Things (IoT). You can further benefit from the optional tutorials on May 8th around database administration, application development and tools on Sunday. Become IBM Informix Certified by taking the IBM Informix Professional Certification exams or almost any other IBM Information Management exam (the first exam is usually free at a savings of about $150).   IIUG banner

Visit www.iiug2016.org for more details and register yourself. Paid registration includes full access to IIUG 2016 from May 4 – 8 including continental breakfast and lunch each day, the Wednesday evening reception and admission to IIUG party on May 5 and 6. IIUG members who register online get $100.00 off registration fees

So get ready to tee off with the best minds in the technology world. Welcome to Florida!

Connected devices and new business engagement models for industries

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By   Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager, Analytics Platform Services

Business strategy expert Michael Porter recently referred to it as the “Third wave of IT innovation”. Not a day passes without articles being published about the multi-billion dollar value that it will help create.

If you are still wondering what this is about…here’s one more hint –  While everyone seems to agree on the impact that this will create not many understand the true shape that this could take in the future.

We are talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the promise of an utopian future where connected devices are the norm. As experts will tell you, the IoT as it is popularly called, is not new-to-the-world. In fact it has been around in different forms for many years.

While a few industries like manufacturing are ahead of the curve with adoption of IoT, there are new use cases within other industries where the concept of devices talking to each other over the internet is helping with designing innovative products, tackling inefficiencies within supply chains, improving customer service and more. Businesses of all types – manufacturers, servicing organizations, public utilities, industrial, telecommunications, healthcare providers and more are adopting the use of sensor technology to lower operating costs and increase business value. This is driving the need for instant access to information for speed-of-thought insight and the ability to deliver new services in record time.IoT event - San Jose

Join IBM and Intel for a special event at the IBM Briefing Center in San Jose on August 17th. This half-day event will feature real world solutions using the latest IoT, cloud and analytics technologies. Come and learn how leading edge solutions can be implemented now and take the opportunity to meet the IBM and Intel teams supporting IoT industry solutions.

You can register for the event here – https://ibm.biz/BdXAXK

Creating Real World Sensor-to-Business Value Internet of Things Applications

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Marketing Manager, IBM

Consider the following scenarios:

  • Analysis of data from shoppers’ mobile devices is delivering insights about which store location within a mall will guarantee a retailer the highest footfall
  • Consumers are optimizing their energy consumption by better analyzing their power usage patterns over regular time intervals. Utility companies are using this data to build more responsive grids
  • Public transport /shared transport is being revolutionized with a better understanding of how and when people travel

The aforementioned scenarios are not just a futuristic outlook on the potential benefits of connected devices – rather they are some of the existing applications of the insights gained from machines talking to each other. These are exciting times in the world of connected devices. Devices today are helping companies and consumers learn a lot more about their ecosystem and are helping create new services and evolve new business models.

Hildebrand’s Smart platform powered by IBM Informix

Hildebrand is one such company which is focused on helping develop solutions for the retail, energy and transport industries using their Smart Platform. They recently used their Smart platform to launch a retail “footfall” tracking solution that collects and analyzes 250 million data points per day to deliver insights to retailers about dwell time, frequency of return visits. Apart from this, Hildebrand solutions continue to play an important role in the domain of energy usage and transport systems.

To tackle the big data, Hildebrand deployed IBM Informix database, which has built-in ability to handle massive amounts of Time-stamped data easily while providing faster storage, retrieval and real-time analytics

Constructing the IoT solution

IBM and Hildebrand are hosting a special event in London on December 10, 2014 focused on creating real world sensor-to-business value Internet of Things applications. This half-day event will feature a real world solution using IBM Cloud TimeSeries technology with Hildebrand data collection and analytics solutions.

If you are interested in learning how real-world IoT solutions are built, you can attend this half-day event on Dec 10th starting at 09.30 AM at the IBM Executive Briefing Center, Southbank, London and take the opportunity to meet the IBM team supporting IoT Industry solutions in the UK.

You can book your place by registering for the event here http://www.hildebrand.co.uk/IoTLondon/

If you would like to stay updated, follow @IBM_Informix on Twitter for the latest Informix announcements, and updates!