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Competitive advantage is derived by an organization when it develops strategies, techniques, or resources that allow it to outperform its competition. One such resource is the innovative use of analytics to improve business decisions or operational processes. Decision makers can use analytics to cultivate the data collected from day-to-day operations into key insights unavailable to the competition.
The field of predictive analytics is the next evolution in business intelligence - moving beyond the ...
December 2013- See what BI can do for your company in this complete four-chapter Shortcut Guide to BI success. Learn practical, affordable tips for creating or expanding your BI strategy.
Cloud computing and open hybrid clouds are part of a sweeping transformation across all facets of the IT industry.
Don't miss out - for a limited time, you can access this IDC Technology Spotlight on strategies for achieving true data and workload portability in a hybrid cloud future.
October 2013- Buoyed by strong and accelerating demand, the market for data quality tools grew substantially in 2012, and many of its smaller vendors capitalized on customers' desire for faster implementations, lower total cost of ownership and more flexibility. This report will help you find a suitable vendor.
October 2013- Watson's success in the Jeopardy! challenge was inspiring, but the business impact of optimized systems design is just beginning. With smarter analytics solutions optimized on IBM Power Systems, you can put Watson's technology to work.
October 2013- The amount of data that users need to analyze for insights is growing by leaps and bounds. To make sense of that data, business analytics and business intelligence (BI) applications use a great deal of processing power, which can affect their performance. This is of little interest to business users, analysts and executives, all of whom expect to be able to access, analyze and process the data and intelligence they need as rapidly as possible. <...
September 2013- Organizations everywhere are turning to Hadoop as a mission critical platform. As an open-source-based approach and emerging market, Hadoop is rapidly maturing. For the past several years, customers have deployed IBM's best-of-breed Hadoop software offering, IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, for all applications discussed above. Hearing their demands for even greater simplicity, scale, speed, manageability, and ease of use in their Hadoop deployments, we recently introduced IBM PureData System for Hadoop. This is an enterprise-grade solution that ...
In this whitepaper IDC writes:
"Most enterprise datacenters are so cluttered with individually constructed servers, including database servers, that staff time is largely taken up with just the maintenance of these systems. As a result, IT service to business users suffers, and the agility of the enterprise suffers. Integrated systems represent an antidote to this problem. By dramatically reducing the amount of setup and maintenance time for the applications and databases they support, integrated ...
July 2013- Tolerances for data loss are approaching zero, and traditional backup has become a resource drain that threatens to cripple IT with "business as usual". Dell's critically acclaimed AppAssure enables IT to capture continuous backup snapshots, automate recoverability testing and offload data deduplication/compression. As a result, businesses can successfully fulfill rapidly escalating data protection requirements using minimal infrastructure and human resources - allowing them to redirect resources to genuinely strategic technology initiatives.
July 2013- This study highlights the phases of the big data journey, the objectives and challenges of midsize organizations taking the journey, and the current state of the technology that they are using to drive results. It also offers a pragmatic course of action for midsize companies to take as they dive into this new era of computing.
Business innovation and agility depend on the speed, efficiency and excellence with which IT can deliver new capabilities to end-users. But delivering these capabilities requires a complex process that extends from app development and testing through deployment and management in the data center.
Read this UBM Tech ebook to learn how expert integrated systems speed up and simplify previously slow, costly and error-prone IT processes, enabling nimble responses to the escalating demands of ...
May 2013- This paper looks at this problem by first defining what enterprise information security and privacy involves, then looking at requirements that need to be met before introducing big data and identifying what impact this has on those requirements. It then takes a look of it at what one vendor, IBM, is offering in the area of big data and what it is trying to do to help customers bring big data technologies on board while ...
Without an entity-based architecture, can you accurately understand risk? Without the ability to maintain a transparent view of exposure, are you getting the full picture? And even with complete coverage, is your reference data consistent for regulatory purposes?
Several recessions, a severe credit crisis, heightened regulatory oversight, and a squeeze on margins have made the last decade a bumpy ride. There are stringent regulations, causing firms to scramble to keep compliant; investment professionals ...
Rapidly emerging as a transformative technology framework for storing and processing massive amounts of structured and unstructured data, Apache Hadoop plays a central role in Big Data. However, most Big Data strategies stall with IT challenges. In order to harness Big Data for competitive advantage, organizations must enable more than a handful of scarce IT specialists and expensive data scientists to access the information.
By making Big Data usable by business decision-makers and ...
May 2013- Many public safety agencies need to do more with less and link spending to outcomes. The global trends highlighted in this report show the increasing challenges and issues confronting public safety agencies. This white paper describes how developing competencies in five key area can help public safety agencies more effectively do their jobs in the face of extremely important and difficult sets of issues.
Crime prediction and prevention analytics from IBM helps agencies make the best use of the people and information at hand to monitor, measure and predict crime and crime trends.
Analysis of police data provides insight that lets officers track criminal activities, predict the likelihood of incidents, effectively deploy resources and solve cases faster.
May 2013- Many small and midsize retailers could benefit from using advanced analytics to understand their customers better and improve promotions but are daunted by the prospect. They are aware that advanced analytics can help retailers turn purchase data into retail excellence. However, they perceive that advanced analytics requires massive infrastructure changes, expensive software licenses, analytics expertise, long lead times and major upfront capital expenses.
May 2013- Teams of engineers and statisticians spend their days immersed in seas of data from various sources. However, it isn't just the largest of organizations that can benefit from analytics and data-driven decision-making. Businesses of all sizes need to leverage the new currency of data and information.
How enterprise-wide master data management helped five financial services firms get a better view of their customers and of their risk.
At many large financial firms, information that is accessible in one application isn't available in the others. Those data 'silos' make the organizations inefficient, prevent them from taking advantage of business opportunities, lead to poor decision making and can complicate compliance. Adopting an enterprise-wide data management solution can lead to more successful ...
November 2012- This paper covers how IBM analysis software can help the people in your organization compile the facts and trends needed to make better and smarter decisions.
November 2012- BI can yield valuable insight that increases performance. For some, BI programs can be derailed by factors beyond technology-by people and process. Learn how to prepare a BI strategy that will help you achieve excellence in your initiative.
Many of the largest IT budget problems can be traced back to five big money drains:
1. Storage expansion
2. System complexity
3. Hardware sprawl
4. The Need for High Availability
5. Over or under-provisioning
If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone. This e-book, provided by IBM, will introduce you to the five big IT budget killers - and some of the best ways to knock them out.
November 2012- Master data is a collection of data objects defined uniformly across organizational processes, enabling consistency and accuracy by serving as the single source. This document helps you to initially think about how master data plays an important role in your company and what to do to start maximizing its use for business value.
November 2012- Information, an essential asset in virtually all organizations, requires careful attention and robust processes to ensure it can reliably support business decision-making. Information arising from multiple sources must be integrated and governed to ensure it is a trusted source and in compliance with internal policies and external regulations and legislature. The process of the integration and governance of information provides a framework that incorporates acquisition, organization, control and use of information to create and enhance ...
It is critical that an organization understands relationships between data, its business value and how to ensure long-term and accurate data access. Every process - defined or otherwise - within the organization creates information as the process is executed. An organization's information can be grouped into many small units of related data, often referred to as the complete business object.
This white paper defines the complete business object as it applies to organizations ...
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