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Data Points is a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services that features conversations with experts about new and exciting features of InterSystems products, as well as cutting-edge trends and topics in the tech industry today.

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Data Points is a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services that features conversations with experts about new and exciting features of InterSystems products, as well as cutting-edge trends and topics in the tech industry today.

    17. The Analytics & AI Landscape

    17. The Analytics & AI Landscape

    In this episode, Carmen Logue, Benjamin De Boe, and Thomas Dyar join the podcast to talk about the various features and products that fall within the Analytics & AI area of the InterSystems technology stack.
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com.

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    16. A Cloud DBMS Visionary

    16. A Cloud DBMS Visionary

    In this episode, hear from Jeff Fried — the director of product management for data platforms at InterSystems — about InterSystems being named a visionary in Gartner's first ever magic quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems.
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com.
     
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
     
    Derek Robinson 00:00:02 Welcome to Data Points, a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Links can be found at datapoints.intersystems.com. I'm Derek Robinson. And on this episode, I'll chat with Jeff Fried, the Director of Product Management for Data Platforms at InterSystems, about InterSystems being named a vision in Gartner's new cloud DBMS Magic Quadrant.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:00:39 Welcome to Data Points by InterSystems Learning Services. Hopefully you've had a happy beginning to 2021. In this episode, our first of the new year, I'll be chatting with Jeff Fried about a recognition InterSystems recently received, and what it means from a technology standpoint. Now you may have seen in other materials that InterSystems has been named a Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Operational Database Management Systems for the second year in a row. This has been mentioned at our Global Summits and our Virtual Summits, and it's something that InterSystems is definitely proud of. While that  recognition holds a lot of weight, there's another one that's very new related to Gartner that I'll be talking to Jeff about, and that's being named a visionary in Gartner's first ever Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:01:29 All right. And welcome to the podcast Jeff Fried, our Director of Product Management for Data Platforms here at InterSystems. Jeff, thanks so much for joining us.
     
    Jeff Fried 00:01:36 I'm delighted, Derek. It's always good to talk to you.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:01:37 Of course. So today we're talking about some topics around Gartner and the Magic Quadrant, specifically for Gartner. So over the past two years, both 2019 and 2020, InterSystems has been named a Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Operational Database Management Systems, or ODBMS. That info has been displayed a lot in our marketing a lot in our website, even in our learning materials, at conferences, everything else. But one of the new things for 2020 is that Gartner released their first ever Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems. And InterSystems has been named a visionary in that Magic Quadrant, which is really exciting and interesting. So as the Director of Product Management for Data Platforms, can you tell us a little bit about what that recognition means from a technology standpoint for InterSystems?
     
    Jeff Fried 00:02:27 Sure. I'll start just by parsing what you said, which is that Gartner as a big market analyst firm has a variety of these things. The Customers' Choice is really exactly that; it's talking to customers and getting their perspective and it's really, really gratifying to get such top marks. So that's really real-world mileage. How well does our support work? How well does the product work in production? The Magic Quadrants And the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Systems is the first time.  Historically they have had a different thing for operational database, if you will, transactional stuff, and one for analytic databases, which is much more the OLAP and the analysis kind of tools. And this is the first time that they're together. And it's also the first time that it's explicitly cloud. So from a technology standpoint, that's a lot, and being a visionary there is very exciting. The an

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    15. Writing ObjectScript in VS Code

    15. Writing ObjectScript in VS Code

    In this episode, hear about the InterSystems ObjectScript extension in Visual Studio Code that allows developers to easily connect to their InterSystems IRIS instances and write ObjectScript in a familiar and lightweight environment. Product Manager Raj Singh joins Zack Krowiak to discuss this topic in detail!
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com.
     
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    Derek Robinson 00:00:02 Welcome to Data Points, a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Links can be found at datapoints.intersystems.com. I'm Derek Robinson. And on today's episode, you'll hear an interview between Zack Krowiak and Raj Singh about the ObjectScript extension in Visual Studio Code.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:00:39 Welcome to Episode 15 of Data Points by InterSystems Learning Services. If you caught our last episode, you heard about the Experience Labs that we held during Virtual Summit. If any of those caught your interest, be on the lookout — we're converting those labs into exercises that will be available in our learning catalog. So you can head over to learning.intersystems.com to check it out. In today's episode, my colleague Zack Krowiak will interview Product Manager Raj Singh. Raj is a Product Manager for the Developer Experience here at InterSystems. And one topic that falls squarely into that area is the ObjectScript extension for Visual Studio Code. This extension allows developers to work seamlessly in a familiar, free, and lightweight IDE like VS Code. So without further ado, here's Zack's interview with Raj.
     
    Zack Krowiak 00:01:27 All right. Raj Singh, welcome to the podcast. Thank you so much for joining us.
     
    Raj Singh 00:01:31 Thanks for having me.
     
    Zack Krowiak 00:01:33 Yeah, so let's get started. So could you start by talking a little bit about how this project evolved from an open-source project, with Dmitriy, to a community collaboration with InterSystems?
     
    Raj Singh 00:01:43 Yeah, so it was, this is pretty much a new process for InterSystems. We dipped our toes in the water earlier in 2019 with some open-source releases around iKnow and some other smaller things, less visible, but tackling an IDE, which is something all of our developers touch almost every day, if not multiple times a day, was a big commitment. A lot went into that decision, but that was partly mitigated by the fact that the ObjectScript extension that Dmitriy Maslennikov had already launched, had already shown a lot of popularity. There was hundreds of installs. People were using it every day. So from that perspective, it wasn't too scary. But just from a process perspective, we bank our reputation on sterling customer support and reliability, and so those kinds of things are easier to achieve when you have more control. So going to embracing open-source introduced a lot of degrees of freedom that we didn't know if we could be comfortable with. So we went into this with a good amount of research that showed that Visual Studio Code was a really solid platform. Very popular. Developers were coming to it in droves — first development platform to garner over 50% usage rate across the whole developer ecosystem, that I've ever seen, in years and decades, probably. So there are a lot of strong signs pointing to Visual Studio Code being a terrific platform to build upon. And then we had some of those signals that the ObjectScript extension that Dmitriy had created was also a good place for us to start. And so we went into the spring with the decision to try this out, and we would see how it would go in terms of our culture fitting in with the community culture, and having that collab

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    14. Previewing Virtual Summit Experience Labs

    14. Previewing Virtual Summit Experience Labs

    In this episode, you'll hear about the experience labs that are planned for the 2020 Virtual Summit!
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com.
     
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    Derek Robinson 00:00:02 Welcome to Data Points, a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services.
    Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Links can be found at datapoints.intersystems.com. I'm Derek Robinson. And on today's episode, I'll be giving you a preview of the five different Experience Labs created by Learning Services that you can look forward to at the 2020 Virtual Summit.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:00:40 Welcome to Episode 14 of Data Points by InterSystems Learning Services. In this episode, it'll just be me, no guests on the podcast today. Our whole team here in Online Learning always ramps up during the summer every year, in preparation for the Global Summit. Many of you listening have probably attended Global Summits in the past. Every year it's a chance for InterSystems partners and customers to come together and learn, collaborate, and network, and share their experiences with InterSystems products and anything else in their careers. Of course, given the global pandemic, things are different this year; everything's virtual, and thus it is the 2020 Virtual Summit that's happening this year in October and early November. Links in the podcast description will get you to the important information. But today I want to run through the five different Experience Labs that our team has been working on and will be offering at this year's Virtual Summit.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:01:31 Experience Labs are something that you may have attended at past summits if you have frequented Global Summits in the past for InterSystems. They're designed to be 45-minute hands-on exercises that typically focus on a new and exciting feature within the InterSystems stack of technologies. The five labs that we're offering this year cover the topics of FHIR, IntegratedML, Visual Studio Code and ObjectScript, InterSystems Reports, and HealthShare Provider Directory. So let's start with FHIR. Formally, this one's called Building FHIR Applications with InterSystems API Manager. This lab is meant for healthcare developers. In the exercise, you'll learn how to use InterSystems API Manager to view APIs to write FHIR applications. More specifically, the application that you build in this exercise will query for observations that may predict the severity and progression of COVID-19, retrieving data from a FHIR server over REST. So it's a topical use case for sure. InterSystems IRIS for Health provides a base FHIR server implementation with a FHIR resource repository. And for this exercise, we've pre-configured a FHIR R4 server on an IRIS for Health instance, pre-populating its FHIR resource repository with some sample patient data. And notably, this lab has already been taken by some people, and one person remarked that it's a three-for-one lab, meaning that you get FHIR, IRIS for Health, and API Manager, all in one. So that's pretty cool. The team working on the FHIR lab has consisted of Craig Lee, Patrick Jamieson, Jenny Ames, Adam Coppola, and Duong Do.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:03:02 Next up, we have Hands-On with IntegratedML. If you attend other sessions at Virtual Summit, you're bound to come across IntegratedML as one of the new features being discussed. This lab is designed for developers who have a good grasp of SQL and want to integrate machine learning into their applications. The exercise will guide you through the steps, all of which are simple SQL commands with very familiar syntax, to create, train, and execute a predictive model on a set of patient data to predict patient readmission

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    13. What's New in Online Learning?

    13. What's New in Online Learning?

    In this episode, you'll hear a bit about what's going on within the Online Learning team. First, Michelle Spisak tells us about the monthly learning newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter here! https://learning.intersystems.com/course/view.php?name=NewsletterSignUp
    Then, you'll hear from Jaising Pasten about his journey, his experiences since joining the team, and some of the items he's worked on recently. One of them, which he mentions, is a Provider Directory video about navigation and search. HealthShare customers can view it here: https://learning.intersystems.com/course/view.php?name=PDFirstView
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com
     
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    Derek Robinson    00:00:02    Welcome to Data Points, a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Links can be found at datapoints.intersystems.com. I'm Derek Robinson. And on today's episode, we're chatting with Michelle Spisak and Jaising Pasten, two of my colleagues on the Online Learning team, for a look inside Online Learning. 
    Derek Robinson   00:00:43    Welcome to Episode 13 of Data Points by InterSystems Learning Services. Today's episode is the first in what may be a recurring type of episode every once in a while, called What's New in Online Learning? The idea behind an episode like this one is to take a look behind the scenes of the Online Learning team as we build content and work on projects aimed to better equip learners of our technology. In the first half of the episode, I'll talk to Michelle Spisak, an Instructional Designer on the team, about the monthly learning newsletter. Then I'll chat with fellow course developer Jaising Pasten, about what his experiences have been since joining the Online Learning team after spending several years in the InterSystems Chile office, working on TrackCare, learning, and implementation. So without further ado, here's Michelle.  
    Derek Robinson    00:01:26    All right, and welcome to the podcast, Michelle Spisak, Instructional Designer here at InterSystems. Michelle, how's it going?
    Michelle Spisak: It's good, Derek, how are you doing?
    Derek Robinson: I'm doing great. We're very happy to have you on for a little bit different of an episode today. We're really focusing within Learning Services and talking about some of the things that we have going on. So obviously you have, you know, a lot of different responsibilities in your role here at InterSystems in the Learning Services team as an Instructional Designer, but we're going to focus today on your role with the Learning Services newsletter. So first question kind of just for the audience that may not be familiar with it and may not know what it is, tell us what the Learning Services newsletter is and why we began offering it in the first place.  
    Michelle Spisak    00:02:02    Yeah, so the newsletter is just basically a way for our clients and partners to stay up to date with what Learning Services is coming out with. So on the Online team, we're always coming out with new videos and learning paths, and other things like that. Documentation has been working really hard to modernize their website and make it even easier for people to find what they really need, really quickly. And so we just want to make

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    12. Empowering Users Through Chat

    12. Empowering Users Through Chat

    In this episode, you'll hear insights from Jenny Ames, Gary Maggiolino, and Joey Moritz about the new chat bot that was implemented on a few different InterSystems sites. Using a chat bot, in conjunction with a human support team, can enable users to find answers to their questions quickly and easily.
    To see the chat functionality discussed in this podcast, you can check out https://gettingstarted.intersystems.com or browse https://www.intersystems.com, notably the "Try InterSystems IRIS" page linked at the top.
    For more information about Data Points, visit https://datapoints.intersystems.com.
     
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    Derek Robinson 00:00:02 Welcome to Data Points, a podcast by InterSystems Learning Services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Links can be found at datapoints.intersystems.com. I'm Derek Robinson. And on today's episode, I'll talk to a few different team members here at InterSystems about the all-new chat feature that enables users to get their questions answered quickly and easily.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:00:39 Welcome to Episode 12 of Data Points by InterSystems Learning Services. Today's episode features parts of conversations with three different people at InterSystems. These three people are Jenny Ames, the team lead of Online Learning content, who you've heard from before; Gary Maggiolino, Senior Manager of Global Marketing Technology; and Joey Moritz, Market Development Event Representative. Jenny, Gary, and Joey all have different roles, and they complement each other in the project that you'll hear us refer to as the chatbot. This chat tool is something similar to what you've probably seen on a bunch of websites, a pop-up assistant to help the user find what they're looking for or answer their question. This episode contains a look behind the scenes of building that functionality to help InterSystems users browsing the Getting Started site, the official InterSystems site, or the Try InterSystems IRIS page. Rather than run the interviews uncut, I'm grouping together their answers on various topics so we can easily hear the similarities and differences in their perspectives.
     
    Derek Robinson 00:1:42 My first question to all three of our guests was about the value that a chatbot like this provides for our customers. You'll hear Jenny, Gary, and then Joey give their thoughts, in that order.
     
    Jenny Ames 00:01:52 Well, the chatbot has been really interesting because it helps us meet the need of really helping our prospects and our customers get help and answers as quickly as possible. So it really is like that first connection point. And then we can use our experts to get people quickly to what they need, and we can also learn from it as well to build on that and help make our sites better.
     
    Gary Maggiolino 00:02:14 You know, first and foremost, from a marketing perspective, it really provides insights into the behaviors on how individuals are using the website. How are they finding information? You know, what are the questions they're asking themselves as they're researching, as they're browsing, as they're trying to find information? Gaining that type of data really helps you shape the experience. You can provide somebody — whenever somebody is engaging with your entire web ecosystem as a whole, you want to be able to provide them the most seamless, the most interactive, but at the same time, an experience that allows them to find what they need quickly and efficiently. So you know, besides t

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