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An IBM DB2 Architecture Using AWS

Target audience: Mid to Highly skilled Linux, DB2 and AWS admins. Currently IBM DB2 is not one of the choices for an RDBS in AWS. This article describes how to stand up a simple HA DB2 instance using AWS components. This configuration is intended to be used as a POC or POT demonstration of DB2. […]

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Great BI Experiences with IBM Cognos, SPSS and Digital Experience

Pankaj Bose spoke at the IBM Digital Experience 2015 conference about how IBM Cognos, Digital Experience and SPSS can be integrated together for a great Business Intelligence Experience. Typical business challenges include: How to build, run and manage a mobile, cloud and social solution Complexity of great experiences Lack of centralized storage and poor, incompatible […]

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Cognos TM1 Server – On Start Up!

It is almost always advantageous to be able to “make sure” your Cognos TM1 environment is “ready for use” after a server restart. For example, you may want to: Create a backup Load the latest sales data Initialize security Etc. Hopefully, you know what a TM1 chore is (“a chore is a set of tasks […]

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Rounding out Cognos TM1

Currently there are 4 options for rounding numbers in Cognos TM1. They are: Rounding in reports. Rounding during loads. Rounding with the Cube Viewer. Rounding with rules. Rounding in Reports The most popular method to apply rounding in TM1 is in reporting. Cognos TM1 leverages MS Excel for reporting and supports all of the formatting […]

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Simple Cognos TM1 Backup Best Practices

How do you create a recoverable backup for a TM1 server instance (TM1 service)? What is best practice? Here is some advice. Note: as with any guideline or recommendation, there will be circumstances that support deviating from accepted best practice. In these instances, it is recommended that all key stakeholders involved agree that: The reason for deviation […]

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Manage data better with IBM InfoSphere

IBM states, “The InfoSphere Platform provides all the foundational building blocks of trusted information, including data integration, data warehousing, master data management, big data and information governance.[1]”  They cannot be anymore right!  Managing data has been more complex through the years as companies are trying to bring in more data (Big Data) for their business […]

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Why Should I Upgrade to IBM Content Manager 8.5?

The Big Picture: IBM has released Content Manager 8.5, CM8, (formerly DB2 Content Manager). This update brings a number of long awaited features and modifications to IBM’s home-grown ECM platform. It also brings some feature and component deprecations. I’m going to highlight three major improvements and then discuss the impact of some major feature deprecations. […]

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Mobile-Big Data-Predictive Analytics-Social Media & the US Open

So what do all of these technology solutions have to do with the US Open? Behind the scenes, IBM has helped run the show since 1990. A recent online article shows how IBM is using these tools to flow information far beyond match scores. Handheld devices used courtside feed multiple data points such as ball […]

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Cognos Version 8-8.4 No Longer Supported! Now What?

Effective September 30th If your organization is currently running IBM Cognos Software version 8.0-8.4 these versions will soon be retired and no longer maintained by IBM. This means your production issues and bug fixes will no longer be supported for these following versions: Cognos Business Intelligence V8.4.1 Cognos Data Manager V8.4.1 Cognos Business Intelligence Analysis […]

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Addressing critical healthcare transformation issues

Americans spend more on healthcare than the citizens of any other industrialized country, whether it’s measured in total spending, per capita spending, or as a percentage of GDP. And the rate of growth is similarly remarkable. By 2016, healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to double from 2 to 4 trillion dollars which equates […]

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Business Insight Requires Vision and Analytics

Perficient’s award-wining IBM Business Analytics practice is a Gold sponsor of Vision 2013. During the conference our subject matter and industry experts will be on-hand to discuss how Perficient helps our clients leverage accurate, timely and integrated information to transform information into actionable intelligence that provides insight, drives planning and improves performance. Our experience with […]

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Learn How Mission Health is Using Data to Improve Quality of Care

With Perficient’s help Mission Health is leveraging IBM’s master data management (MDM) to build a scalable, accurate foundation around its most critical data to support critical business processes across the enterprise – information about patients, providers, facilities, organizations, employees and more. Watch this webcast and learn how Mission Health is using Big Data and Analytics […]

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Free-Hadoop for Dummies An IBM Platform Computing guide

Hadoop for Dummies is now available! This free eBook is packed with everything you need to know about Hadoop analytics, this handy guide provides you with a solid understanding of the critical big data concepts and trends, and suggests ways for you to revolutionize your business operations through the implementation of cost-effective, high performance Hadoop […]

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Big Data’s Challenges

Just returning from IBM’s Information On-Demand 2012 conference in Vegas last week, where there were just as many new questions created as ones that were answered. Among the usual Vegas question like; What happened to my money and Where am I, were some new ones. Most common was; What is Big Data? So it appears […]

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Performance Tuning in Integration Projects: Power of XML Queries

It is a common scenario in integration projects to retrieve messages from the database for message enhancements, grouping and transmission. We encountered recently a performance issue in a big healthcare integration project. The technologies employed were IBM DB2, IBM Message Broker (MB), and IBM Transformation Extender (WTX). The process of retrieving messages from the database […]

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Message Broker – ESQL – Autonomous Transaction

Sometimes while writing transactional code in ESQL, we encounter need for committing certain database operations irrespective of success or failure of parent transaction. For example, writing information to a log; updating a sequence number in a table based on some business logic etc. Recently we encountered such a situation in a healthcare project I was […]

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