What is a Data Scientist?

The Data Scientist role is emerging as a more and more critical role in creating business value from big data. For more on the Data Scientist — what it is and isn’t, what it should and shouldn’t be — see this Forbes article.

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Big Data on the Cloud

Join Leon Katsneslon, Program Director, Information Management Cloud Computing Center of Competence and Evangelism, and Timothy Kounadis, Program Director, IBM SmartCloud Services, for a Webcast to find out why so many customers are using this public cloud Infrastructure as a Service  to get the deep business insight they need from their massive amounts of data.

Register for the IBM Webcast.

IBM big data recognized by Forrester

We are proud to be recognized by Forrester as a leader in Enterprise Hadoop Solutions!

IBM was named a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™ for Enterprise Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2012 for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and IBM Netezza Analytics. You can see the full story here: Big recognition for IBM big data.

We have worked with a broad range of clients, across all industries, to help them define their big data strategies, and we can do the same for you. We intend to keep pushing forward with our strategy to deliver even more and better technology, training, and services to continue leading the market. I encourage you to download the full report, and see for yourself how IBM measures up.

“The Data Scientist” on Dataversity

Want more information about The Data Scientist role in organizations with big data? Check out my Dataversity posting: http://www.dataversity.net/archives/7259

Are you prepared for big data?

If your enterprise is like most, you have disparate, siloed systems for payroll, for customer management, for marketing. To prepare for their future “big data” challenges, CIOs need to have a strategy in place for bringing these disparate, siloed systems together and building a “system of systems.” To create the information management architecture that specifies that system of systems, ask questions that flow across all the disparate systems.

Want to know more? Check out this ComputerWorld article: “Big data” prep: 5 things IT should do now.

Welcome to my blog!

In one-on-one discussions across scores of IBM clients, I often see and hear trends about the challenges that businesses face — particularly the IT aspects of enterprises — and develop insights into how these challenges could be addressed to save time and money, improve relationships with customers, and increase the bottom line. Now acting on my desire to share these observations and the resulting insights more broadly, I introduce my new blog! I hope you’ll find these and future thoughts interesting and useful in your pursuit of Big Data nirvana!

Recently when speaking with IBM clients about Big Data, I hear a couple of underlying, recurrent themes. These are not necessarily spoken themes, but they keep “appearing” in the unspoken conversation.

The first theme centers around social media. Determining how your company, brand, and products and services are perceived based on input from the social media universe is an interesting thing, but it’s not the only thing.

The second theme is that there’s no value in unstructured data — or that unstructured data is only interesting in the context of e-mail archiving. This seems to be an especially strong perception among those in the structured data world.

Both of these themes bring to mind the value of the “IT for IT” big data use case — in other words, big data in the context of log analysis. It might not be as sexy as social media analytics, but log analysis provides a wealth of information that you might not be tapping into today due to the seeming enormity and difficulty of it. The beauty of log analysis is that while you might be analyzing logs (like Web logs) for one insight (like customer behavior information), you can leverage those same logs to understand more about your IT infrastructure, like your data center operation. That’s the “IT for IT” connection!

There is an enormous amount of valuable insight currently hidden in logs that contain data about your Web, servers, networked components and equipment, and so on, and you need that insight to make informed decisions about how to manage your operation. It requires robust analytics capability to tap the hidden intelligence in those logs, and IBM has that capability.

To see an example of how IBM InfoSphere BigInsights log analytics works on Web server logs, check out our BigInsights Information Center. The example describes the challenge that many enterprises face of developing new insights into user behavior, preferences, and tendencies, and details the solution using BigInsights to analyze the data in web server logs. (Note that BigInsights can be used for analyzing any type of log. This example demonstrates how log analysis can be performed on web server logs with click stream data. The same approach, however, can be applied to any type of log.)

I look forward to your thoughts on this topic!