Big Data Technology

The mainframe as a big data analytics platform

For many enterprises System z is central to modern analytics because of the vast quantities or rich data stored upon it, not to mention excellent qualities of service.

Carl Olofson, an IDC analyst, looks at the role of the mainframe in relation to big data, how it has become a hub for modern day analytics, its ability to integrate information from other sources to enhance business decisions and how it is positioned for the future.

Optimizing data management through efficient storage infrastructures

While the issue of provisioning ever-increasing volumes of storage is nothing new, the arrival of big data is forcing IT organizations and businesses to think differently—and to think about data as a big picture, rather than simply bits and bytes.

In this paper, Mark Peters of ESG discusses how the best approach to efficient data management is implementing an advanced, data-driven infrastructure that includes such capabilities as automated tiering, automated migration and heterogeneous virtualization on the high end, and somewhat less sophisticated products featuring compression and deduplication features on the low end. This kind of unified systems approach is key to success in the new data-driven world. IBM has continued to make improvements throughout both its storage and its data management portfolio to support efficient infrastructures.

Enhancing IBM BigInsights with IBM Platform Computing and GPFS

Understanding how IBM Infosphere BigInsights, IBM Platform Symphony and IBM GPFS FPO provide a more flexible lower cost solution for multi-tenant Hadoop deployments on System X and Power Linux platforms.

Telematics for insurance

telematics for insurance.JPGFor insurance companies, the integration of big data and analytics solutions with telematics technologies offers important opportunities to extend the use of telematics data beyond usage-based insurance (UBI) and improve competitive differentiation.

Cincinnati Zoo transforms customer experience and boosts profits

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens transformed the customer experience and created more than USD 2.2 million in total benefits in just three months.  

VAASAN Group

Experiencing exponential growth in business, the VAASAN Group couldn’t accurately forecast fluctuating sales orders across the Nordic region. 

The VAASAN Group now uses a powerful business intelligence solution that identifies trends in customer demand and generates a rolling sales forecast, helping the company predict its production requirements and prepare for fluctuating customer orders.

The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014

According to the report, IBM brings "advanced analytics tools, a global presence and implementation services" that make BigInsights a "complete big data solution that will be attractive to many customers." Read the report to see why IBM InfoSphere BigInsights was named a leader and how it stands in relation to other big data Hadoop vendors.

Ethics for big data and analytics

Big data and analytics technology can reap huge benefits to both individuals and organizations—bringing personalized service, detection of fraud and abuse, efficient use of resources and prevention of failure or accident. So why are there questions being raised about the ethics of analytics, and its related technology, big data?

Analytics: A blueprint for value - Converting big data and analytics insights into results

In today's competitive marketplace, executive leaders are racing to convert enterprise insights into meaningful results. Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their enterprises to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimize outcomes. In this exciting new piece of research, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 900 business and IT executives from 70 countries. Through our research, we identified nine levers that together enable organizations to create value from an ever-growing volume of data from a variety of sources – value that results from insights derived and actions taken at every level of the organization.

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