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  • Just like you would use the right tool for the right job, IBM has a data server to suit your specific need. The data base represents the data on the disk – how you get the data to your applications is from the data server. Over 20 years in the database industry, IDS is a strategic member of the IM portfolio that meets a spectrum of data serving needs. Built specifically to handle OLTP workloads. A standard RDBMS with many additional extensions to allow users to define custom objects and methods Spatial, Timeseries, Text Search, … IDS has long been a favorite of customers and ISVs creating solutions that require high-speed, high-volume transactions in an OLTP environment. The design of IDS makes it the optimal choice for these solutions, especially for deployment to remote locations having minimal DBA support. Key Advantages: Ease of Administration Availability Performance Embeddability Extensibility Low cost of deployment and management of data has been a “trademark” of IDS since its inception. This key strength allows IDS customers to ‘set it and forget it.’
  • So, yes, the world continues to get flatter. And yes, it continues to get smaller and more interconnected. But something is happening that holds even greater potential. In a word, our planet is becoming smarter. This isn't just a metaphor. And I'm not talking about the Knowledge Economy—or even the fact that hundreds of millions of people from developing nations are gaining the education and skills to enter the global workforce. I mean the infusion of intelligence into the way the world literally works—the systems and processes that enable physical goods to be developed, manufactured, bought and sold… services to be delivered… everything from people and money to oil, water and electrons to move… and billions of people to work and live.
  • What all of this means is that the digital and physical infrastructures of the world are converging. Computational power is being put into things we wouldn't recognize as computers. Indeed, almost anything—any person, any object, any process or any service, for any organization, large or small—can become digitally aware and networked. With so much technology and networking abundantly available at such low cost: What wouldn't you put smart technology into? What service wouldn't you provide a customer, citizen, student or patient? What wouldn't you connect? What information wouldn't you mine for insight? A smarter planet is possible because - Our world is becoming instrumented Our world is becoming interconnected . Virtually all things, processes, and ways of working are becoming intelligent . Let me explain each to you in a bit more detail… (NEXT SLIDE)
  • The processes of business, government and life—which are ultimately the source of those "surprising" events, moments of widespread shock and global crisis—are not smart enough to be sustainable. We must make them better. The need for progress is clear. CONSIDER THIS FACT: 170 billion Kilowatt-hours wasted each year by consumers due to insufficient power usage information.
  • The need for progress is clear by examining the impact of congested roadways in the U.S. - 4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of gas.
  • To find more information about this program , just google “Informix in a box” . This is a program that makes taking Informix to college campuses as easy as 1-2-3. This is a one stop shop for all material needed to get students started with Informix. All of the material has also been made available online. If you are an Informix community member and want to go to a University & talk about Informix , emails us at We will send you a box with all of this material for each student. Google “Informix in a box” to find more information on topic are covered by this program. If you are a faculty member and want to introduce Informix as one of the databases in your class, email us at and we will make all material available for you. We can even find a speaker to conduct the sessions at your university. Google “Informix in a box” to find more information on topic are covered by this program.
  • Smart Information Management

    1. 1. Smart Information Management Pradeep Natarajan, Ph.D.
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Smarter Planet Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Energy with IBM Informix </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Traffic with IBM Informix </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Railroad system with IBM Informix </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Transit System with IBM Informix and DB2 </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Healthcare with IBM Informix and Websphere </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Government with IBM Informix </li></ul><ul><li>Informix in a Box </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who are we?
    4. 4. IBM Database Software Manage your data smarter, faster, and at lower cost solidDB : Extreme speed Optimized for solutions requiring extreme speed - in-memory databases up to 10x the performance of on-disk U2 : Flexible data Optimized for rapid development of solutions requiring flexible data records IMS : Unmatched volume and speed Optimized for solutions requiring the highest levels of transaction and data volume and performance DB2 : Higher performance. Lower cost Optimized for top performance transaction and analytic solutions with lowest cost of operation Informix : Set it and forget it Optimized for top performance transaction-intensive solutions, clustering, and near hands free administration
    5. 5. Agile Flexible Fast Resilient Reliable Secure Invisible Minimal Affordable 20 of the top 25 US Supermarkets 1,000’s of Retailers worldwide 95% of telecom service delivery providers Over 2,500 ISVs worldwide Cost Effective Solutions … for near hands free administration, high availability and clustering for transaction intensive solutions Intrado provides the core of U.S. 9-1-1 “ We needed a fast database; one that would respond immediately, every time…” Mission critical and life critical solutions Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
    6. 6. IBM Smarter Planet Initiative
    7. 7. A mandate for change is a mandate for smart. The world is about to get a whole lot smarter.
    8. 8. Our world is becoming INSTRUMENTED Our world is becoming INTERCONNECTED Virtually all things, processes and ways of working are becoming INTELLIGENT
    9. 9. Information Management - What is so Smart?
    10. 10. The need for progress is clear. 170 billion Kilowatt-hours wasted each year by consumers due to insufficient power usage information.
    11. 11. Smart Meters using Informix TimeSeries <ul><li>Digital Environment Home Energy Management System </li></ul><ul><li>Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Need to reduce emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce energy reliance </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce energy costs </li></ul><ul><li>Utility companies </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze usage patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Increase profits </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions </li></ul>&quot;With help from the IBM Hursley team, we quickly found that Informix TimeSeries could deliver spectacular results… You don’t need to understand the technical details – the point is that suddenly, energy monitoring for three million homes or more became a practical proposition.” - Clive Eisen, Chief Technical Officer, Hildebrand
    12. 12. Smart Meter using Informix <ul><li>3,000,000 Meter Challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3M homes to have Smart Meters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 26 values recorded (Meter ID, Timestamp, 3 electricity phases, 1 Gas reading, 20 individual electrical sockets) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One reading every minute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High data rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>60*24 = 1440 readings per day per meter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50,000 readings per-second </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large data volume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approaching 500Gb per day for data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution: IBM Informix TimeSeries </li></ul>
    13. 13. Smart Metering – Practical Applications <ul><li>Consumers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7-year old refrigerator works fine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost to run the old refrigerator? (Ex. £250 a year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost to run a new energy efficient refrigerator? (Ex. £50 a year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of the new refrigerator: £200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return on investment in 1 year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy Companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change billing rates/models to increase profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce energy consumption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. The need for progress is clear. Annual impact of congested roadways in the European Union € 100 billion lost due to traffic congestion
    15. 15. &quot;We needed to manage data from up to 100,000 vehicles about driving speeds on 3.5 million road segments at all times of day - this was a huge data challenge, and one that was likely to increase…. Informix came out above all other leading solutions for its performance, scalability and reliability.”   Jon Tasker - Project Manager, Trafficmaster <ul><ul><li>What’s smart? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time vehicle tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time traffic prediction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficient resource management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smarter Business Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% less fuel consumption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced overtime by 15% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less noise pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower carbon emissions </li></ul></ul>Smart Traffic using IBM Informix Trafficmaster delivers smarter navigation that can reduce fuel consumption by 30%
    16. 16. Smart Traffic using IBM Informix <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate “intelligent driving” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decipher data from 80,000 vehicles and 7,500 cameras/sensors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realtime model for flow of vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find most efficient routes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow businesses to track fleet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate stolen vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide accurate ETAs </li></ul></ul>Finds the quickest route between two points
    17. 17. Smarter Railroad using Informix (Konkan Railways) <ul><li>Manage timely operation of the platform lights </li></ul><ul><li>Timely air-circulation in long tunnels </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based train location system </li></ul><ul><li>Manage train operations and ticketing operations </li></ul><ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><li>Cut down redundant manual procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Improve operating efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Cut energy costs by 20% </li></ul>&quot;With the Railway Application Package system running on IBM software, Konkan Railway has significantly improved its ability to analyze, maintain and present data, helping to reduce the likelihood of passenger delays and cultivating better decision-making. Additionally, by automating the light-switching at stations with train arrival-departures, the system has helped cut such energy costs by approximately 20 percent” - Vijay Devnath, chief manager (IT), Konkan Railway
    18. 18. Smarter Transit system using Informix and DB2 <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2,000+ buses, tens of thousands of passengers per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need best routes for changing road conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proactively communicate to passengers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS in buses, cameras, sensors in turnstiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine the most fuel efficient route </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable identify and prosecute fare evaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide passengers with real time information about delays and ETAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Route optimization reduced cost by 30% </li></ul></ul>&quot;Our transportation network is the lifeblood of our city. We now have the real insight we need to create the most efficient system possible so we can serve the people and create a city that is ready for the future.”
    19. 19. Smart Healthcare using Informix and WebSphere <ul><li>The Need (Croatian Public Institute of Health Care) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper-based process is inefficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More efficient way to gather and analyze various samples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>React faster to public health problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic processing through a central database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster communications with public health organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable timely and precise product recalls in case of emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide traceability and instant auditability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze 50-60% more samples </li></ul></ul>“ We have a major responsibility to safeguard the health of Croatian citizens. This solution helps us to meet that challenge and to keep ahead of the curve.”
    20. 20. Smart Government using Informix <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce cost of tax collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic tax filing to avoid travel to physical locations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unify diverse data sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cities across the state are becoming interconnected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizens can access government services using computers, kiosks and mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the same infrastructure additional services are provided by different entities like tourism and education </li></ul></ul>“ By integrating agency services using a single SOA-based framework, IBM has helped us significantly improve citizens’ access to services, decrease infrastructure costs and reduce our environmental impact. We believe this will soon become the model for other states across our country.” – City Representative Transforming citizen services with smarter government
    21. 21. IBM Academic Initiative
    22. 22. Informix in a Box
    23. 23. Questions
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