• August 21, 2018

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Collaborative Mainframing

This week in San Jose, I attended my first SHARE conference, both as an attendee and as a speaker. Having grown up in the world of business intelligence and analytics, it was interesting to get an insight into the world of the mainframe – and to meet many of the world’s leading experts in this […]

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Live from IBM World of Watson: Putting the ‘Business’ into Social

Traditional BI ‘collaboration’ is one-to-many eg publishing infographics to a website  or emailing a PDF – it’s like running a webinar where the participants are on mute (‘listen only mode’). The future of collaborative BI must evolve to ‘many-to-many’ – including abilities for co-authoring of BI content, as well as co-consumption, annotation, discussion, sharing, editing. […]

Happy tears Business Intelligence & Analytics

How can emoji analysis improve results in social analytics and social listening tools?

Emoji, the smileys and icons representing an idea or emotion and originating in Japan over a decade ago, are becoming increasingly popular on social networks. According to Instagram’s research, this popularity rose with support for emoji being added to major mobile operating systems iOS and Android. I’ve seen emoji used so frequently on social networks […]

Apache Spark Business Intelligence & Analytics

Apache Spark on IBM z/OS: Something New in Mainframe Analytics

For the last few years we’ve been talking with organizations that want to move their analytics closer to their data so that they can make faster, more accurate, decisions that help them become more efficient and profitable. Eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of copying data for analysis helps ensure that insights can be acted […]

Rocket Software IBM InterConnect 2016 Business Intelligence & Analytics

Welcome to IBM InterConnect 2016!

What a week it’s been! Last Tuesday I was in Orlando for IBM PartnerWorld, where we announced that Rocket is providing an entitlement to a non-production license of Rocket® Data Virtualization Version 2.1 (Rocket DV) for every new IBM z13 and z13s system. We also announced the inaugural Rocket Launchpad, an innovative engagement model designed […]

Business Intelligence & Analytics

The parallel between software design and music

As an aspiring jazz guitarist with a lot of musician friends in the software industry (including many at Rocket), I often reflect on the parallels between software design/development and music. For example: how the “workflow” of product design should be harmonious and keep a relationship “to the tonic,” i.e. the objective of the tool or […]

The Rocket Band Business Intelligence & Analytics

Rocket at 25: A Magic Month For Rocket

If there’s one thing I can say after 25 years of running Rocket is that we don’t have many slow months. Rocketeers are always busy building new products, improving existing ones, working with our customers and partners to deliver great solutions, and planning for our future together. But the last 30 days are the busiest […]

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Live from IBM Insight2015: The feasibility of DIY analytics

The cognitive era is here and in order for you to disrupt instead of being disrupted you need to leverage the insights hidden in your data. To do this you can use a cloud-based solution like Watson or an on-premises one like IBM’s Analytics. But how can you get cost efficient insights through analytics if […]

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Live from IBM Insight2015: How are you being disruptive?

What does a high school teacher from the inner city have in common with Uber, Rent the Runway, Air BnB, Local Motors and Under Armour? They have all been disruptive in their own ways. From Uber changing the transportation industry to Rent the Runway changing women’s fashion, to a high school teacher inspiring students to overcome […]

IBM Watson Business Intelligence & Analytics

Live from IBM Insight2015: Whither Watson?

IBM’s Watson has been on my radar for quite a while now.  For long I have been quite confused as to what Watson actually is. It appeared to be a strange multi-shaped thing with a varying definition, depending of how you looked at it. The example application and services were sometimes quite exotic; I still have a […]