Self-service Analytics and Data Preparation

Posted by Christian Franklin

Sep 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Analytics and traditional business intelligence are experiencing a massive technological shift. One that is generating a constructive dialog around how to combine the tried and true with the new realities of exponential data growth resulting from rampant digitization.

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Topics: Analytics, Information Management, Big Data

6 reasons to transition to IBM i Access Client (ACS)

Posted by Mark Rabin

Sep 9, 2016 3:20:10 PM

It has been a while since we last discussed the transition from IBM Client Access for Windows to IBM i Access Client Solutions. Since IBM recently added major enhancements to i Access Client Solutions (ACS) and Windows 10 is gaining wider acceptance, this is a good time to look at what’s new.

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3 Design Thinking tips for data enthusiasts

Posted by Christian Franklin

Sep 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Design thinking. If you are not familiar with the term, is described as "a methodology that relies on a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results".

Combine performance management with design thinking to be a change agent for becoming more data driven. 

Here are three quick tips for the data enthusiast to keep in mind.

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Topics: Analytics

The Heart of Data Virtualization (Part 3)

Posted by Steve Cormier

Oct 13, 2015 11:14:03 PM

Part 3: Data Virtualization to the Rescue

In Part 2 of this article, we explored how creating a data warehouse meant buying hardware, and software, and managing it, and doing backups, and version upgrades, and having more DBA’s, and how something new was needed.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

The Heart of Data Virtualization (Part 2)

Posted by Steve Cormier

Jun 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Part 2: The re-emergence of process oriented design

In Part 1, we looked at how OOD/Normalized modeling came into being and how important it was to data efficiency and integrity. 

In this installment, we see how the process-oriented design approach has re-emerged in the Big Data culture, and how data virtualization helps restore OOD/Normalization order. 

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

The Heart of Data Virtualization (Part 1)

Posted by Steve Cormier

Feb 28, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Part 1: Data Virtualization and Business Data Modeling 

Data virtualization is a technology that’s receiving a great deal of attention, as it offers solutions that are more efficient and economical than predecessor technologies such as data warehousing/ETL.

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What can your company learn from AirBnB and Uber?

Posted by Arlo Paranhos

Dec 17, 2014 6:44:00 PM

Inc. Magazine recently ran a cover story recognizing AirBnB as their 2014 Company of the year.  Just days later, the New York Times reported that Uber’s latest funding round values the privately held organization at $40 billion.  That’s all well and good if you need to rent a room or catch a ride, but what can your company learn from their success?

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

Reduce Downtime: Design Your System Around Business Availability

Posted by Charley Lingerfelt

Oct 30, 2014 2:16:41 PM

 

When you have real-time data streams, like satellite tracking, and so much other real-time data, the cost to recover and rebuild that data is high. A one hour system outage can require several hours to rebuild/restore operations and recreate lost data. In the meantime, the rest of the business starts falling behind.One of our TMW clients with a fleet of under 200 trucks quanitfied the cost of a system outage at $50,000 per hour.

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What You Need to Know About IBM's End of Service for IBM i 6.1 Announcement

Posted by Mark Rabin

Sep 17, 2014 7:30:00 AM

IBM has announced that September 30, 2015 will see the end of service for Version 6.1 of the IBM i Operating System and Licensed Programs. This aligns with IBM’s history of keeping two OS versions “active” at a time.  IBM will also withdraw support for DB2 Web Query version 1.1.x.  For clients needing support beyond that date, IBM plans to provide an option to purchase extended support.  We anticipate this will be similar to the support offering IBM currently provides for V5R4 clients.    

IBM i 6.1 became available in March of 2008.  At that time it was considered a significant step forward in functionality and performance.  6.1 brought us a number of technologies we now take for granted including, PowerVM, SSD’s, PowerHA, the web-based system console, encrypted backups and more.  This release also saw the change in naming from Version-Release to the more common “dot” system, i.e., Version 5 Release 4 to IBM i 6.1.  Since the advent of the Technology Refresh in IBM i 7.1, IBM is able to continue to add significant new functionality without the need for a new O/S version.  So we have seen the tradition of a new OS version every two years stretch to four years.  IBM i 7.1 has been available since March 2010 and IBM i 7.2 was released in June 2014.

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Topics: Core Infrastructure, IBM

Office 365 Series: Deployment Strategies

Posted by Charley Lingerfelt

Aug 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM

 Start the migration to Office 365Great! You're ready to make the investment and migration to Office 365. Where do you start?

There are three major kinds of deployment and integration approaches when it comes to Office 365. We've seen the number of users and mailbox size are the primary drivers to determine which deployment strategy to use.

 

 

 

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Topics: Microsoft