Can the Data Warehouse and #BigData Coexist?

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 6, 2013 under Big Data, BigInsights, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM Pure Systems, InfoSphere Streams. Tags: , , , .

I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Kelly, Big Data Analyst, at Wikibon.  You can about our discussion on the Silicon Angle blog or view the interview here.

Webinar Thursday: IBM Big Data Announcements – What You Should Know

Posted by Kim May on May 6, 2013 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Pure Systems, Informix, InfoSphere Streams, Netezza, pureScale, TFG Blog. Tags: .

On April 30th IBM announced several significant solution enhancements related to data management and big data.  These announcements reflect IBM’s commitment to leading the next generation of data solutions through improved functionality in their core database and data warehouse solutions, as well as expanding the capabilities of their solutions built to exploit big data, BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams.  For DB2 database customers IBM announced BLU Acceleration, delivering 8 to 25 times faster reporting and analytics on DB2, along with significant compression and space savings.  For customers considering IBM’s Big Data solutions, IBM announced BigSQL, its ANSI SQL interface that makes BigInsights analysis accessible to business users, not just data scientists.    And for organizations looking to simplify administration, a new appliance, the IBM PureData System for Hadoop was announced.

Join us Thursday, May 9th from 11am-12pm Eastern for an overview of the announcement and learn how your organization can benefit from IBM’s continued investment in data management.  Register here.

Warren Heising, Certified Consulting IT Specialist IBM
Warren is a Certified Consulting IT Specialist for IBM working in the Mid-Atlantic region.  He has over 25 years experience in the database field including 9 years at Informix prior to the IBM acquisition. He has a strong background in both OLTP and DSS Informix products and has worked with numerous clients in both Commercial and Federal accounts. Currently, he supports the full family of IBM Informix products along with DB2 and big data products for the Mid-Atlantic region and is actively involved in Proof of Technology and Proof of Concept scheduling and delivery.

Big Data Announcement – in 2 Hours!

Posted by Kim May on April 30, 2013 under Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, Hadoop, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Pure Systems, InfoSphere Streams, Netezza, TFG Blog. Tags: , .

Here’s the “teaser” for IBM’s Big Data Announcement, “Big Data at the Speed of Business” scheduled for 11am today.  Watch the teaser and don’t miss the webcast!

IBM Authorized Training is Evaporating Before Our Eyes

Posted by Frank Fillmore on April 21, 2013 under Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, IBM Mid Market Customers, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: .

The Fillmore Group’s (TFG) blog ordinarily is focused on technical topics, but when a potentially disruptive business issue impacts our information management software clients I need to give folks a heads-up.  For 20 years TFG has partnered with IBM to deliver IBM-branded technical training to our mutual customers.  The nature of the business relationship between TFG and IBM that enabled us to deliver that education has changed several times over the past two decades and is changing again in 2013.  Unfortunately the new relationship has yet to be defined while the existing terms and conditions are set to expire at the end of June – in just over two months.

So why does any of this matter to you?  Well if you plan to attend an IBM Information Management training class in the second half of 2013, check out the schedule of courses.  Spoiler alert: there isn’t one.  In years past IBM has requested our public training schedule for the two dozen or so courses we offer at least four months before a new half will begin (e.g. early September of 2012 for classes that will be delivered beginning January 2013).  Between now and the end of June all existing Authorized Training Partners have been asked to arrange new relationships with aggregators engaged by IBM.  What are the new terms and conditions?  No idea.  But the only thing scarier than hearing “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” is “You’re gonna love this new IBM program” – especially when the program’s details haven’t been publicly shared.

The tuition for most IBM courses runs between $2,000 and $3,000.  Add an additional $1,500 for travel and lodging expenses.  Most IBM training attendees must travel far from home to attend instructor-led classroom training (unlike Oracle and Microsoft customers who can usually find classes at the local training provider – say, a community college – near their homes and businesses).  Sleep in your own bed and don’t miss you kids’ soccer games.  But that’s a rant for another day.

You probably need to get prior budgetary approval for a nearly $5k expenditure and plan the schedule around project deadlines and vacations.  Right now you can’t plan for any classes beyond the end of June – remember, they don’t exist – and there’s no telling when or *if* you will be able to make those plans.  I say *if* because TFG offers the only public schedule in the US for classes on Information Server and the hot, hot, hot BigData technologies of BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams.  If you expect to deploy these technologies in 2013, you might be reading the manual or engaging scarce (and expensive) consulting resources.

So, if this matters to you what can you do?

  • Post a comment on this blog entry.
  • Send an e-mail to your IBM representative and ask “What the heck is going on?”
  • Drop me a Tweet @ffillmorejr and tell me the impact this is having on you and your team: #IMtraining.

IBM Data Strategy 2013: #BigData #BLU and much, much more…

Posted by Frank Fillmore on April 16, 2013 under Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, Hadoop, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, IBM Pure Systems, IBM Smart Analytics System, IDAA, InfoSphere Streams, Netezza, Optim, Oracle, pureScale, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , .

Thank you to all of the customers, colleagues, and IBMers who joined The Fillmore Group on April 11, 2013 at Cinghiale in Baltimore, USA to discuss IBM’s Data Strategy – which we call “DB2 101”.  As it happens, many DB2 customers don’t realize the strength and depth of the IBM Information Management portfolio.  And many non-DB2 customers don’t know about the governance and management tooling available in InfoSphere and Optim (e.g. Guardium) which IBM provides for Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata, and other-vendor database servers.

Prominently featured were the highlights of IBM’s April 3rd announcement held at Almaden Lab which my colleague, Kim May, and I attended.

Also of note is the bundling of functionality in DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition (AESE).

  1. pureScale – shared-disk clustering
  2. Data Partitioning Feature (DPF) – shared-nothing hash partitioning
  3. DB2 for LUW v10.5 columnar compression database

The presentation is available at DB2 101 – IBM Information Management Software Portfolio Overview 2013-04  The audio-video recorded delivery can be viewed here.

Assessing the Impact of #BigData

Posted by Kim May on April 9, 2013 under Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, InfoSphere Streams. Tags: , .

A couple months ago I was the lucky winner of an IBM contest for Information Management Business Partners.  The prize was space in the IBM Data Management magazine (now online at and assistance writing an article on a topic of interest.  The article is being published today and can be viewed here.

As The Fillmore Group was recently asked to begin delivering IBM Authorized Education on IBM’s big data solutions, BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams, we decided to leverage the article to promote our upcoming classes.

There is always terrific content in the magazine.  I hope you enjoy the article and consider taking a formal class to learn more about IBM’s big data solutions.

Cinghiale DB2 101 Thursday

Posted by Kim May on April 9, 2013 under Big Data, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, IBM Pure Systems, IDAA, Netezza, pureScale, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Frank is putting the final touches on his DB2 101 presentation for Thursday, incorporating last week’s Big Data announcements from IBM (great stuff; visit the IBM Big Data Hub to learn more) along with his fast-paced presentation on the solutions in the IBM Information Management portfolio.  We are expecting a great turnout but as always, we are happy to make room for more.  If you are in the Baltimore area and interested in joining us, please read my post on the event here, register here and join us.

Big Data Launch – How Exciting!

Posted by Kim May on April 4, 2013 under Big Data, BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Hadoop, pureScale. Tags: , , .

Frank and I were invited to the IBM Almaden Research Center, where the magic really happens for IBM’s data solutions, for the Big Data announcements yesterday.  We had the opportunity to meet with a group of super-sharp analysts and members of the IBM technical leadership teams for the BLU Acceleration, Big Data and Hadoop appliance announcements. 

Most fun for me, though, was getting to spend some time with Crysta Anderson, the IBM Social Media Strategist for Information Management.  Crysta, along with Susan Visser, coordinated the efforts of (or perhaps more accurately, herded) literally hundreds of DB2 community members, including DB2 Gold Consultants, analysts, and Information Champions, to get us to tweet, blog and spread the word to the IT community about IBM’s incredible advancements.  The fingers were flying during yesterday’s announcements!

I am back in Baltimore today planning some upcoming events to make sure we share what we learned…and I’m sure Crysta is exhausted.  And thrilled, I hope – congratulations on a successful launch!


Flipboard #BigData Magazine @

Posted by Frank Fillmore on March 28, 2013 under Big Data. Tags: .

Flipboard is an online content and social network aggregation app for Apple iPad, iPhone and Google Android devices.  It’s a smart, interactive Reader’s Digest for the Internet age.  Flipboard v2.0, just released, allows you to be DeWitt (or Lila) Wallace and create your own “magazine” of Tweets, Facebook postings, Instagrams, and content from providers like TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal.  Think of it as a personal content “playlist” around a particular theme.

My BigData magazine can be found here.  Become a reader and peruse the content I have collected from around the web.  I’ll be adding new content every day or so.

Career Advice for a Friend #BigData

Posted by Frank Fillmore on March 25, 2013 under Big Data, IBM Information Management Software Sales. Tags: , .

My friend and (épée) fencing teammate, Alan, e-mailed me the following question: “I’m in the middle of a Master’s degree program (Information Systems).  I’m about half-way through, and I’m stuck on picking a concentration.  Specifically, I’m stuck between Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (DW & BI) and Information Security (InfoSec).”

Here is my reply:

First, it’s difficult to predict future demand, but InfoSec is a growing, evolving field.  We work with IBM appliances called Guardium (which provides trusted user auditing) and Identity Insight (“who is who; who knows who”).

The data warehouse space is, I believe, being overtaken by “Big Data”.  The classic DW development cycle from data modeling and star schema design to Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) to dashboards and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is time-consuming and expensive.  It might be replaced in many instances by Hadoop (MapReduce).

There is, of course, room and requirements for both development models, but in 2013 I would want to build a career around InfoSec or BigData rather than the maturing DataWarehouse paradigm.