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Watson for i: IBM Watson Does Marketing, Too

John Ghrist

While most media attention is focused on IBM Watson's use in areas such as medicine, law, and weather forecasting, it's less well known how it can help even an SMB with marketing challenges.

Written by John Ghrist

The bedrock of a commercial relationship is the basic interaction between buyer and seller. A frequent goal of analyzing business data is to sustain and improve that basic relationship by learning how to anticipate what a customer might want in the future based on what their actions have been in the past. The daunting part is that there can be a lot of data to analyze to meet that goal, and the data to analyze is expanding almost exponentially on a daily basis.

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TechTip: Watson Products, Continued

David Shirey

Last month, we started looking at how you can work with Watson. We began with one of the Watson “products” that IBM offers, the Virtual Agent. This month, we will look at the other product options in Watson’s stable.

Written by Dave Shirey  

IBM offers a number of products, off-the-shelf components that can be configured to work with your business and will provide benefit without your having to learn a new language or really do anything technical.

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TechTip: Node.js DB2 Connection Pool

Aaron Bartell

"The golden rule of DB2 is never share a resource across threads (connection, statement, any resource, etc.)."

—IBMer Tony Cairns

Written by Aaron Bartell

Being in a technology job has us playing the role of lifelong learner. I wouldn't have it any other way because that's one reason I like being in the technology field. It's almost like putting together a never-ending puzzle, yet still having the satisfaction of completing incremental puzzles along the way (i.e., projects involving technology).

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Eye on the i World: What’s Involved in Getting Started with Watson

John Ghrist

What are some of the tasks your enterprise must address to get started with using Watson? While it’s going to be somewhat different for everyone, Dayhuff Group’s methodology provides some general insights.

Written by John Ghrist

Dayhuff Group is a consulting company and longtime IBM Business Partner headquartered in Ohio that specializes in consulting for enterprises seeking to improve their business intelligence (BI) and enterprise content management (ECM) systems. Dayhuff characterizes their function as “helping companies move from enterprise search to cognitive exploration” and has a track record of more than 200 successful installations.

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Eye on the i World: How IBM Watson Analytics Can Assist with IBM i Business Intelligence Tasks

John Ghrist

Using IBM Watson Analytics for extending an enterprise's ability to understand its own data doesn't happen automatically. Datawatch, an ISV that offers software for facilitating Watson Analytics' use, explains how it can be done with its Monarch product.

Written by John Ghrist

The traditional strength of the IBM i has been the superior ability to handle data and databases and to report the information contained in them to those who need it. A myriad of third-party business intelligence and reporting products offered to support the platform have enhanced this ability even more. However, although IBM hasn't done the best job of pointing it out, IBM Watson Analytics may be able to help SMB enterprises do an even better job of analyzing their own internal data.

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TechTip: Watson Products

David Shirey

A couple of articles ago, we looked at what an API was and even what Watson was, but we didn’t get into an example of the kinds of stuff Watson is mixed up in. Stand by to be amazed. 

Written by Dave Shirey   

In a previous TechTip, we started to get into what the new world of APIs allows us to do (interface complex applications, not just point functions, with your custom applications) and what Watson really is (a set of very fast processors running with a parallel architecture, DeepQA, to provide a new way to approach the question-and-answer application). But we didn’t talk about how you can get involved with that world.

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Eye on the i World: Adopting Watson-Based Apps - Some Examples

John Ghrist

IBM Watson apps available via the cloud are a more viable alternative than many SMBs realize.

Written by John Ghrist

Currently, there are a number of mental drawbacks for executives at IBM i and other enterprises that might benefit from using the IBM Watson platform. One is the misperception that Watson and its associated products primarily benefit only large companies with correspondingly “Big Data” sources. Another is that the traditional model of licensing software for in-house use gets expensive for Watson apps because the Watson platform itself currently runs only on high-end IBM i servers like the 750. A third is that going just by info available on the web can make it hard to get your head around what sort of use could be made of Watson and its associated apps in your enterprise’s specific environment.

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IBM Watson’s Fight Against Cybercrime

Steve Pitcher

Watson for Cyber Security provides new tools for overwhelmed security staff.

Written by Steve Pitcher

In any IT system, how do you know if it’s under attack?

That’s really a loaded question. Systems are always under attack. Day and night, whether you’re aware of it or not, people, machines, and programs are hitting any device that can be reached either on the public Internet or on private networks. Old NAT rules on firewalls can be very effective holes to constantly probe a commonly used port on internal servers. Internal employees with computers infected with many forms of malware are hitting every machine on corporate networks in countless businesses all over the world right now.

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