Tag: IBM

Apache Spark Gets IBM Mainframe Connection

Sep 1, 2015 |

IBM’s recent embrace of Apache Spark is beginning to generate dividends in the form of open source contributions for a mainframe big data link to Spark. Big data software vendor Syncsort, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said Tuesday (Sept. 1) it is contributing an IBM z System mainframe connector for Apache Spark that would allow easier access to mainframe data using Spark’s analytics and Spark SQL. The company described its latest mainframe connector as being similar to the Apache Sqoop link it Read more…

Funding Big Data Projects Using IBM Global Financing (IGF)

Aug 31, 2015 |

All companies and organizations face the challenge of extracting the maximum return from their capital investments. Flexible financing options can help minimize up-front payments and better align project outlays with the anticipated benefits. Use of optimum financing sources can help accelerate a project’s cash flow break-even point, while helping to preserve cash and maintain existing lines of credit for other strategic initiatives. Big Data Challenges The amount of information available to organizations is ever expanding. Customer data, sales information, logistics, Read more…

Struggling Under Multiple Databases? Get Used To It

Aug 27, 2015 |

Programmers are a fickle bunch. One day they’re all using Java, and the next day Python is the hot new thing. While developers indelibly will dabble in different languages, we’re now seeing them do similar things with databases, particularly those of a NoSQL bent. The database explosion benefits developers, but it’s a headache for the admins tasked with managing the stuff. Time was, you installed the Oracle database and were happy with it, damn it. Oracle defined what you could Read more…

Funding Big Data Projects Using IBM Global Financing

Aug 3, 2015 |

All companies and organizations face the challenge of extracting the maximum return from their capital investments. Flexible financing options can minimize up-front payments and better align project outlays with the anticipated benefits. Use of optimum financing sources can accelerate a project’s cash flow break-even point, while preserving cash and maintaining existing lines of credit for other strategic initiatives. Big Data Challenges The amount of information available to organizations is ever expanding. Customer data, sales information, logistics, and social media are Read more…

IBM, Databricks Join Forces to Advance Spark

Jun 15, 2015 |

IBM has jumped on the Apache Spark bandwagon, revealing it would throw its considerable weight behind the open source in-memory processing framework that has been gaining momentum over the last year. Separately, Databricks, the company formed by the creators of the analytics engine, released Apache Spark 1.4 that includes the SparkR API, its first new language API since 2012. IBM said Monday (June 15) it would integrate Spark software into the “core” of its analytics and commerce platforms while offering Read more…

IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Intel Says Upgraded Haswells Will Speed Analytics

May 5, 2015 |

The new Xeon processors unveiled today by Intel will find their way into a number of applications. But one of the most prominent uses will be powering the next-generation of real-time analytics, the chip giant says. Encryption in Hadoop will also get a boost. Intel processors already run the lion’s share of big data workloads, thanks to the twin forces of open source development and commodity pricing. But with data analytics clearly on the executive agenda in companies across all Read more…

Building an IT Foundation for Big Data Success

Apr 1, 2015 |

We are in the midst of a major transformation in the business landscape, one that’s being driven by disruptive technologies such as cloud and mobile computing, social media, and big data analytics, says Jacqueline Woods, global vice president for Growth Solutions. There are tremendous opportunities to grow, but also increasing pressures to compete. Most companies are not prepared to face the challenges and meet today’s opportunities, Woods said during a keynote at Datanami‘s recent Leverage Big Data event. “If you Read more…

One on One with IBM’s Global VP for Data Analytics

Mar 19, 2015 |

As the Global Vice President of Systems Software and Growth Solutions for IBM, Jacqueline Woods has a tremendous amount of influence over a $12-billion portfolio of cloud, mobile, and big data solutions. Woods, who delivered a keynote at this week’s Leverage Big Data conference in Florida, recently sat down with Datanami to share her views on big data, and talk about how IBM is helping customers succeed with big data analytics. Alex Woodie: There’s a tremendous amount of excitement around Read more…