Big Data after the IOD Conference Thoughts

As I get ready to travel to IDUG Berlin I look back at the Information on Demand (IOD) conference and remember the importance of all the components that enabled the conference theme, Big Data Analytics.

The first components are the front-end products Cognos and the new QMF.  While sharing a cab to the airport in Las Vegas, I talked to an analyst and heard about all the new Cognos and QMF great features that he looks to investigate and implement as soon as possible.  He was also was very excited about the new free Cognos version that can be downloaded here to enable all types of charts and graphs.  He also talked about creating the charts and graphs and other complex front end through the new version of QMF for the workstation.  He said since they already own QMF it would be a natural fit for some of his power users.  Also, since I got a chance to talk and see some of the new QMF features at the conference, I agree that QMF charting looks very promising.

Next, crunching all the numbers is a natural reaction to hearing about all the new Pure Systems hardware IBM announced at the conference.  What was also interesting was hearing about how the Pure Application box incorporates the new version of InfoSphere Warehouse, the new IBM support of open source Hadoop software.

The IBM Pure System Pure Flex InfoSphere data warehouse features an appliance version so everyone can now incorporate Hadoop alongside or within their operational and analytic systems.  By embedding these Hadoop open source database JSON and key value pair capabilities into the IBM software offerings and database family IBM gives a clear signal that the IBM database products continue to embed new ideas and technology into their solutions.  Will these capabilities eventually make their way into the main DB2 products as the XML, video and audio outliers of the past have?  Time will tell. The YouTube IOD 2012 Curt Cotner interview,  found here talks about how IBM likes Hadoop and other open source software and why you need to watch out for your company’s firewall restrictions.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to attend the IOD conference there are a number of great You Tube videos out there talking about all the Big Data ideas, the various solutions and IBM products.  I made a video about being an Information Champion that you can view here. There’s a shortened version of my 22 billion row data warehouse speech here.  Check out all the IOD 2012 videos from a variety of consultants, industry leaders and IBMers to get great information on the latest Big Data from the IOD conference.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the International DB2 Users Group IDUG conference in Berlin, Germany November 5th-9th with two topics “Data Warehouse Designs for Performance” and “Java DB2 Developer Performance Best Practices” on Tuesday November 6th.   Make sure to stop by and say “Hi.”

On December 4th 5th and 6th I will be presenting at the Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago DB2 User groups.

Please come by any of these presentations and say, “Hi.”


Dave Beulke is an internationally recognized DB2 consultant, DB2 trainer and education instructor.  Dave helps his clients improve their strategic direction, dramatically improve DB2 performance and reduce their CPU demand saving millions in their systems, databases and application areas within their mainframe, UNIX and Windows environments.

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