Transforming a city with data and insight

Power to the people

BI Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM

There’s a long history of cities being transformed. Think of Istanbul over the centuries, changing from Greek to Roman, Ottoman to modern Turkish. Or nineteenth-century Paris under Napoleon III — a rapid overhaul that demolished historic neighborhoods and created the modern “City of Light” we know today. Whatever example you choose from history, you’ll likely find that the transformation was driven from the top down: by some kind of authority imposing a new plan on the city’s inhabitants. What they wanted was usually not a concern.

Now, for the first time in human experience, there’s the opportunity to transform a city by listening to all of its inhabitants, individually. That’s the mission of the Jakarta Smart City (JSC) project, and it’s a major challenge in a district of some 10 million residents. To automatically collect and analyze input from as many citizens as possible, JSC built a central platform that “gathers feedback from mobile and social media channels, and maps it against other data to identify problem hotspots.” It’s an enormous project requiring data flexibility, management and analytic power.

The IBM connection

Now what does this have to do with IBM? Simple: JSC chose IBM to supply the software tools and support that would make this project possible. JSC, “needed a platform that could handle every aspect of big data collection, management and analytics [and] ingest a huge variety of different types of data — everything from unstructured text on social media to JSON data from the web and relational data from traditional database systems.” IBM offers a variety of data and analytics products that can work together to achieve these goals, and Jakarta gave IBM a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what is possible with an integrated and cooperative approach. As Diory Paulus, Head of Data & Analytics for JSC, said: “IBM was one of the few vendors that could answer all our questions and had a truly comprehensive vision.”

The Jakarta Smart City project is one data point: a real-world example of how the IBM philosophy of integrated data insight can bring tangible benefits. But IBM is also gaining widespread recognition from reviewers, assessors and other users. To take just one example, the most recent CRN Annual Report Card singled out IBM as the winner in the Business Analytics category. This meant that solution providers preferred IBM Analytics solutions — including Cognos Analytics and Watson Analytics — and ranked them first in many areas, such as:

  • Quality and reliability
  • Richness of product features and functionality
  • Technical innovation
  • Compatibility and ease of integration
  • Revenue and product potential 

These qualities — reliability, richness, innovation and compatibility — underpin the comprehensive approach to data insight that modern businesses need. Discover relationships in your data — any kind of data. Generate and share insightful reports. Manage and govern your data store. Integrate with other IBM products. These possibilities are available to virtually anyone, regardless of technical background or skill level. Put data insights in the hands of users throughout your company. Learn from your data, no matter how diverse it may be.

As Jakarta Smart City has seen, a “comprehensive vision” for business analytics differentiates the entire IBM portfolio and makes a data-driven transformation possible.

For more information

See the full CRN 2017 Annual Report Card (ARC) and read the IBM press release.

Read more about Jakarta Smart City here.

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