Daily Archives: September 6, 2017

Going to the cloud? Benefit from the amazing experiences of those who are having success at PARTNERS 2017

September 6, 2017

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Why learn cloud deployment the hard way? Learn fast from the big users who already made it work. Rapid growth in cloud adoption is creating increased demand for cloud expertise, and the PARTNERS Conference has many sessions on every possible angle of cloud adoption and innovation. Most important, Teradata has made the cloud — and the flexible consumption of platforms — more versatile than ever. Read on to scan some of the highlights coming up soon in Anaheim, California.

To the cloud and beyond — Are companies really moving production analytics?

Teradata customers Ticketmaster and another entertainment giant discuss their experiences moving to the cloud for analytics. What were the challenges during the transition? How did they achieve the extraordinary?

  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Presenters — Shawn Moon, director database solutions, TicketMaster, and Patrick Spann, director database solutions join Teradata expert Marc Clark, director, Cloud Strategy and Business Development.

Going cloud: Deployment considerations and opportunities for innovation

Hear the best use cases for cloud deployment, whether in disaster recovery, dev-test, data science or burst capacity. What are the critical deployment planning considerations? And once you’re in the cloud, what are your options for building analytical value on top of the database, whether in Teradata or with cloud-based data analysis, data enrichment or machine learning services? Find out!

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Presenter — Doug Henschen, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

Emerging best practices in hybrid-cloud strategies

As IoT data becomes more valuable, these large, external and streaming data sets are a source of insights on their own, but companies are quickly realizing the tremendous value in integrating these with their existing operational systems and databases. This has given way to a set of new architecture patterns and data engineering best practices that are being incorporated into cloud and hybrid-cloud strategies. Come hear what works best.

  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Presenter — John O’Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors

Data warehousing in the cloud: How will your life change?

The cloud is coming to a data warehouse near you. Ovum research shows that the cloud will account for the majority of new big data workloads by 2019. How can your organization benefit the most from the cloud? What are the differences between having Teradata or Amazon manage your Teradata cloud? How should you re-architect your data warehouse to take advantage of the cloud’s elasticity? It’s all here.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11:45 AM-12:30 PM
  • Presenter — Tony Baer, principal analyst, Ovum Research

First IntelliCloud customer worldwide: Benefits from the best cloud platform

MercadoLibre Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in 13 countries in Latin America. They’ll share their experience as the first Teradata IntelliCloud customer, who migrated from an on-premise platform to the Teradata Cloud — and how they integrated it with the rest of the analytical environment: Presto, Hadoop, Tableau, Microstrategy, SAS, Pentaho.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9:00 AM-9:45 AM  
  • Presenter — Martin Di Santo, DBA, MercadoLibre

Empowering the Teradata data and analytics cloud with AWS

This session will focus on the AWS service ecosystem and how it can be used to build and deploy software for any customer workload.

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM  
  • Presenter — David Littlewood, partner development manager, AWS.

Whole Foods moves their system to the cloud

Whole Foods will discuss its initial move to the cloud, its successful outcome, some performance gains and a few lessons learned. The holistic changes are enabling enhanced analytical capabilities and setting the path for moving additional systems to the cloud, fulfilling a C-level mandate.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:15 AM-11:00 AM
  • Presenters — Anees Anees, architect, Teradata, and Ken Casey, data warehouse coordinator, Whole Foods

Getting out of the data center business: A cloud migration story

According to a study, over 90 percent of Teradata customers will deploy both on-premises and in the cloud by 2020. A major beverage maker is at the forefront of this movement and has set a goal of moving their entire on-premises footprint to the cloud. This session will detail the lessons learned from a cloud migration journey that included a cloud POC, cloud ecosystem architecture and DR design process, cloud backup and recovery design process, data migration of 50+ terabytes, cloud network architecture design and implementation, and more.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3:00 PM-3:45 PM
  • Presenters — Matthew Beaver, solution architect, Teradata, and Venkatesh Govindaraj, senior platform architect

Avoiding pitfalls when moving to the cloud

This cloud-provider-agnostic presentation will describe the various issues on any journey to a cloud-based infrastructure — how to vet your reasons for going to the cloud, top-level considerations for choosing a provider and, just as importantly, how to talk to your senior leadership so that you can set attainable goals. This presentation will also show how to identify use cases and applications that are good candidates for migration into the cloud. We will discuss how to rethink your data warehouse and analytic environment for a successful cloud implementation.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:15 AM-11:00 AM  
  • Presenter — Ron Luebke, senior cloud architect, Teradata

Can you really move an analytics workload to the cloud with a mouse click?

One of the benefits of the cloud is the agility to create and delete computing instances. However, to make the cloud instance functional for analytics, many manual steps are needed before the users can start their work. Teradata’s Consulting Services solved this problem by creating a customizable platform that can automatically spin up an AWS Teradata instance and move an existing Teradata workload with the click of a mouse. This presentation will explore how they did it, show a demo and discuss the lessons learned.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Presenters: Chris Ghyzel, ecosystem integration consultant, Teradata, and Scott Wearn, senior enterprise architecture consultant, Teradata

Cloud TCO: Calculating Teradata’s business value in the cloud

This session is a new type called a “Meet Up,” which is an open, interactive Q&A discussion where you can get more time and greater access to a subject matter expert in Teradata cloud technology and value. This connects a very small group with a subject matter expert or two who will facilitate a meaningful discussion. This session is limited to the first 15 people to preregister for the session. Action: Preregistration is required.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
  • Presenters — Brian Wood, director, cloud marketing, Teradata, and Imad Birouty, director of marketing, Teradata

Deploying the Teradata Database in your private cloud

This session is also a Meet Up. Action: Preregistration is required.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
  • Presenter—- Steve Mazingo, product manager, Teradata Database

Hybrid cloud: Understanding Teradata’s many cloud consumption options

This session is also a Meet Up. Action: Preregistration is required.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
  • Presenters — Imad Birouty, director of marketing, Teradata, and Brian Wood, director, cloud marketing, Teradata

Moving to cloud: Five real-world problems and their solutions

When you move to the cloud, you better check your assumptions at the door. Teradata technology still works the same, but fitting cloud into an environment can make life interesting. Hear five common, real-world problems from the inside that multiple Teradata partners have encountered and how they were solved.  

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11:45 AM-12:30 PM  
  • Presenters — Marc Clark, director, cloud strategy and business development, Teradata, and Kevin Bogusch, cloud solution architect, Teradata.

Please be sure to check out the session catalog for more, and try to register early to join the Meet Up sessions!

Are there relics in your data management?

September 6, 2017

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about remnants in language — speech patterns and phrases we still use long after we have forgotten their original purpose. (You guessed it: my studies on the formation and change of human language are still going strong.)

We repeat the same phrases without any real understanding of their original meaning. You might describe a cruel individual as “ruthless”, even though the word “ruth” has fallen out of common parlance. Somehow these things live on despite their original use having been lost. Like junk DNA … or the appendix.

This made me think about historical remnants that live on today within data management.

Remnants in data management? How did that happen?

Remember those heady days when physical tape was the de facto standard medium for data transfer? What about when we had to use obtuse, condensed binary formats to make our data fit onto any available tape or file system? The data was just too large to do anything else with it. All we ever did with that data was load it into software bought from a service company.

How did companies let this happen? Why was it okay to give away access to the data, to let it be controlled by service companies? If you see value in this data (and you certainly pay enough to acquire it), why not retain the ability to read it?

Parsing the problem

For the last few days I have been writing a parser for DLIS files — log files created by sensors used to monitor petroleum wells. Yes, seriously.

In the oil industry, we have a standard that we use for some really important — and really expensive — log data from wells. That standard is not very easy to read.

The DLIS format — stuck in 1991 as it is — is the digital embodiment of a hangover from a less technologically capable time. Technically, it is an open industry standard, officially owned by Energistics. The only documentation that seems to exist is the original RPC66 V1 documentation, which is far from easy to understand. As far as I can see, an open-source parser for this format is not readily available. In essence, you have to pay someone in order to read these files.

So why am I writing a DLIS parser? Well, somebody has to do it! I’m trying to create a petrophysics data management solution based on new paradigms — open-source software, big data technologies, repeatable data pipelines — and I would argue that DLIS is an important format to include.

“We don’t have to resort to the old rulebook”

Throughout the project, I continually remind myself that we don’t have to resort to the old rulebook: to follow remnants of the past that make little sense any more.

On reflection, it’s perfectly adequate to translate this data to an ASCII format and to make it self-describing. Yes, the files will be larger, but so too are hard drives these days. The benefits far outweigh the storage cost: open access, the ability to index and search the data, the ability to use existing tools to manipulate the data. The list goes on…

We need to think about why we do what we do, and whether it still makes sense in today’s world. If our actions no longer make sense, point it out to other people, and, most importantly, adapt.

Have you got relics in your data management? Shout about it by sharing this article — or even write your own (and drop me a link). You can also get in touch with me if you have similar data management challenges. I’d love to hear from you!

Oh, and if you happen to have source code for parsing DLIS files that you are willing to share with the world, I would very much like you to let me know.


McConnell Jane_Web_MG_7964Jane McConnell – Practice Partner Oil and Gas, Industrial IoT Group, Teradata

Originally from an IT background, Jane specialised in Oil & Gas with its specific information management needs back in 2000, and has been developing product, implementing solutions, consulting, blogging and presenting in this area since.

Jane has done time with the dominant market players – Landmark and Schlumberger – in R&D, product management, consulting, and sales – before joining Teradata in 2012. In one role or another, she has influenced information management projects for most major oil companies across Europe. She chaired the Education Committee for the European oil industry data management group ECIM, has written for Forbes, and regularly presents internationally at Oil Industry events.

As practice Partner for Oil and Gas within Teradata’s Industrial IoT group, Jane is focused on working with Oil and Gas clients across the international region to show how analytics can provide strategic advantage, and business benefits in the multi-millions. Jane is also a member of Teradata’s IoT core team, setting the strategy and positioning for Teradata’s IoT offerings, and works closely with Teradata Labs to influence development of products and services for the Industrial space.

Jane holds a B. Eng. in Information Systems Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. She is Scottish, and has a stereotypical love of single malt whisky.