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Richard Hackathorn

Welcome to my blog stream. I am focusing on the business value of low latency data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse (DW) appliances, use of virtual world technology, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of business intelligence. However, my blog entries may range widely depending on current industry events and personal life changes. So, readers beware!

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Dr. Richard Hackathorn is founder and president of Bolder Technology, Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience in the information technology industry as a well-known industry analyst, technology innovator and international educator. He has pioneered many innovations in database management, decision support, client-server computing, database connectivity, associative link analysis, data warehousing, and web farming. Focus areas are: business value of timely data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse appliances, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of BI.

Richard has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications, presented regularly at leading industry conferences and conducted professional seminars in eighteen countries. He writes regularly for the BeyeNETWORK.com and has a channel for his blog, articles and research studies. He is a member of the IBM Gold Consultants since its inception, the Boulder BI Brain Trust and the Independent Analyst Platform.

Dr. Hackathorn has written three professional texts, entitled Enterprise Database Connectivity, Using the Data Warehouse (with William H. Inmon), and Web Farming for the Data Warehouse.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Richard's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

ibm-iod logo.pngStarting the afternoon of second day of IBM Gold briefings.

DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Window by Tim Vincent, IBM Fellow, Chief Architect for DB2 for LUW. Most of this talk was unfortunately confidential. The only section not under NDA was about DB2 pureScale (DB2 for LUW's new OLTP shared disk clustering solution) that allows unlimited scalability. This figure shows almost linear scalability, at least up to 128 nodes. Initially it is available only for AIX servers, but others DB2 servers will be available in the future.

ibm-hamid.pngDB2 for z/OS by John Campbell, IBM Distinguished Engineer, DB2 for z/OS Development. John focused on the customer migration to the latest version DB2 9. This figure shows the recent evolution of the DB2 product. Various problems and hints for DB2 9 were covered, along with possible features in the next version.

eXtreme Analytics Platform by Hamid Pirahesh, IBM Fellow, Senior Manager, Exploratory Database at IBM Research. Hamid delivers the best presentation in these Gold briefings. See my blog from last year about his presentation style and innovative content.

Hadoop evolution as an open-source data engine for BIG applications for Yahoo!, Facebook, Amazon, and AOL. It is using thousands of servers using petabytes of data. Huge appetite for extreme analytics for many large corporations. Need for a eXtreme Analytics Platform (XAP) that takes wide spectrum of unstructured, structured, and semi-structured data from diverse external sources into a MapReduce Hadoop++ data engine. IBM's motivation is to provide corporate IT with a value-enhanced alternative to each user doing their own thing on their own personal data cache from often semi structured and unstructured external sources. To support a Java Analytics Apps Server, IBM has proposed JAQL as an open query language for JSON data model on XAP. To perform for the data analysis, the R statistics language, along with SPSS, will be used. Hamid did a demo of running analytics against CO2 observations (simulating real data from XAP customer engagements) using both R and SPSS. He then explained a case of exposing unusual financial activities for the SEC.

Posted October 24, 2009 1:50 PM
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