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Five real-life Netezza performance server use cases

Worldwide Offering Manager for Hybrid Data Management Platform, IBM

Right now, businesses are focused on getting the most out of their Data and AI platform without overspending to make sure it is operational and running productive workloads.  This means having an always-on, 24x7 system that can handle huge spikes in workloads when needed. Many customers have turned to Netezza for this reason, depending on its record of reliability and simplicity.

The newest member of the Netezza family is Netezza Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak for Data. It is 100% compatible with existing Netezza appliances and migration can be accomplished with one simple command: nz_migrate. Existing applications will work ‘as is’ once pointed to the new Netezza.  Netezza’s ability to do deep analysis on petabyte-scale data volumes is combined with the data virtualization and data science capabilities of a data and AI platform, Cloud Pak for Data. Additionally, it is a containerized implementation and can run on any cloud. 

Many customers have already begun to take advantage of these features. Below, we take a closer look at five of those exemplary Netezza users and the use cases that have led them to success.

1. Netezza Performance Server in Manufacturing

A manufacturing customer in Europe wanted to maintain optimal inventory levels to meet demand for its made-to-order product. To do so, it needed to gain insights into the most popular combinations of product capabilities.

With Netezza Performance Server for Cloud Pak for Data, this manufacturing client was able to accelerate its reporting processes which, in turn, helped them to predict customer preferences more quickly. This enabled them to stock the optimal quantities of each product and effectively serve business-to-business customers. Ultimately the optimized stock levels drove increased sales.  This is made possible because of Netezza Performance Server’s blazing fast database engine. This is due to its architecture which is laid out and optimized to take full advantage of the hardware.

2. Netezza Performance Server in Finance

A large banking client with branches across the United States encountered regulations (such as protecting customer’s personal confidential information in a credit card transaction) that grew the number of rules it had to enforce on an increasing amount of data. The new rules-based decision-making processes were not fast, agile, or consistent enough to meet the demands of geographic expansion, increasing regulation, and new customer expectations.

By deploying a new, centralized rule engine on Netezza Performance Server for Cloud Pak for Data, this banking client greatly accelerated the creation, dissemination, and processing of new business rules, driving smarter and faster decision making.  As new regulations come into effect, the analytics required become more difficult to perform.  Netezza Performance Server shines in its ability run complex queries in an optimized way for quick execution times - improving time-to-insight and decision speed. 

3. Netezza Performance Server in Healthcare

A hospital in the United States wanted to improve patient outcomes but was struggling with combing through massive amounts of physiological data to extract insights as it arrived.

Netezza Performance Server helped the hospital build a new computing platform that could stream the data coming in and analyze thousands of vital sign readings in near real-time, enabling it to use proven predictive models to support clinical decision-making. In other words, clinicians could spot trends and look at risk indicators which enabled faster, more effective intervention. Netezza Performance Server does this by abstracting some of the complexities in today’s enterprise data. When users need custom reports that are often too difficult to put together with large data warehouse sets, it redefines what you can do with on the spot data analysis. 

4. Netezza Performance Server in Insurance

With regulatory reporting demands becoming more frequent and stringent, an insurance company wanted to facilitate compliance without reducing its ability to deliver high-quality customer service.

It deployed a hyper-converged system, Netezza Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak for Data System, helping it to process many more records per day in much less time. This made faster reporting possible which facilitated regulatory compliance and laid a foundation for enhanced, data-driven customer services.  Netezza Performance Server takes advantage of SSD drives and FPGA’s to make sure that it is fully utilizing powerful hardware to execute large queries on large amounts of data in the quickest time. 

5. Netezza Performance Server in Retail

A large retailer in the United States who is known as a leader in speciality store brands and has a reputation for constantly providing a high level of customer service and a pleasant shopping experience needed to integrate data from multiple brands and channels into a data warehouse. It wanted to enhance decision making and provide faster access to actionable information about current production and inventory as well as future demand. 

Netezza Performance Server allowed this retailer to reduce reporting time from days to minutes and reduced supply chain logistics costs. Combining the sales, inventory and logistics information with a simple and fast data warehouse design meant that they could update all transactional data within minutes. To glean insights from data in various places you once needed to move, cleanse and combine the data then look for the insights. With Netezza Performance Server for Cloud Pak for Data, lightening fast analytics can be performed on all data without needing to move it thanks to data virtualization. The automated governance also helps ensure that the data is clean and ready to use.

These are just a few examples of the wide variety of use cases in which Netezza is used all over the world.  Netezza Performance Server for Cloud Pak for Data is optimized for a multi-cloud world built with a blazing fast engine, simple load and go capabilities that are optimized for your Data and AI journey. Learn how it can unlock the value of your data in brand new ways by reading our Netezza solution brief. Schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our data experts to learn how Netezza can help with your industry.

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