Walker Rowe
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance using IoT, Machine Learning & Apache Spark
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

Here we explain a use case of how to use Apache Spark and machine learning. This is the classic preventive maintenance problem, one of the most common business use cases of machine learning and IoT too. We take the data for this analysis from the Kaggle website, a site dedicated to data science. This is sensor data from machines, specifically moisture, temperature, and pressure. The goal is to predict which machines needs to be taken out of service for maintenance. The code we have written is available here. The Data Explained The raw data is here. These is a downside to the data that we have here, which is this is run-to-failure data. The goal of PM is not to run a machine until it breaks down. Rather is it to keep the machine in working order. Architecture Apache Spark … [Read More]

Top 13 Podcasts for Tech/IT Professionals
BY Stephen WattsStephen Watts

As an IT professional, it is vital to stay on top of trends that keep your skills fresh and relevant. In recent blog posts we’ve covered the best books on digital transformation and top IT conferences to attend. Beyond books and conferences, podcasts are a … [Read More...]

Using Tensorflow Neural Network for Machine Learning Predictions with TripAdvisor Data
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

Here is the last part of our analysis of the Tripadvisor data. Part one is here. In order to understand this, you will need to know Python and Numpy Arrays and the basics behind tensorflow and neural networks. If you do not, you can read an introduction to … [Read More...]

IMS Database Management Made Easy
BY Kathy KlimpelKathy Klimpel

IMS has been around for 50 years, and some people believe that it’s as difficult to use now as it was when it was developed to put a man on the moon. However, it’s much easier to manage IMS databases when you use the BMC Database Toolkit that is included … [Read More...]

What is Refactoring? Code Refactoring Explained
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

  Code refactoring means to take a working program and change it to make some improvements. It changes the code but not the outcome. These improvements can: make it easier for other programmers to read make aesthetic improvements such as … [Read More...]

Swarming Support vs Tiered Support: What’s the Difference?
BY Jon HallJon Hall

What is Swarming Support? It’s a reaction to the perceived shortcomings of a ubiquitous ITSM practice: the tiered support model. Perhaps the most well known organisational structure for IT Service Management is the three-tier support hierarchy. In a typical … [Read More...]

Give Your Mainframe a Voice! The 13th Annual BMC Mainframe Research Survey Is Open!
BY Tom VogelTom Vogel

Are you a mainframe executive or professional who wants to influence the future of the mainframe? On May 16, BMC launched its 13th Annual Mainframe Research Survey. This survey is the largest of its kind, reporting on some of the most important mainframe usage … [Read More...]

Central Canada Db2 Users Group Turns 33: Annual Meeting June 4th and 5th
BY Ryan SmithRyan Smith

BMC is excited to announce this year’s Central Canada User’s Group. This year, the conference will be co-hosted by the Toronto IMS Regional Users Group. Over two full days of programming and keynotes, IBM® Db2® and IBM® IMS® experts will meet to discuss the … [Read More...]

How Data Center Jobs Are Changing in the Age of the Cloud
BY Joe HertvikJoe Hertvik

There’s been a lot of changes in the Data Center (DC) since the 1990s. We’ve seen the migration of in-house Data Centers to managed Data Centers run by managed service providers (MSPs). Managed DCs and in-house DCs are also migrating to cloud hosting … [Read More...]

IDUG in Philadelphia – BMC was there
BY Phil GraingerPhil Grainger

Things have certainly changed since those days back in 1988 when a group of users, vendors, and consultants got together with IBM to create what became a worldwide Db2 user group. They called it the International DB2 Users Group (hence “IDUG” for short). The … [Read More...]

Introduction to Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine
BY Walker RoweWalker Rowe

The Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine is almost exactly the same as Amazon Sagemaker. It is not a SaaS program that you can just upload data to and start using like the Google Natural Language API. Instead, you have to program Google Cloud ML using any of … [Read More...]