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05/11/2014

IBM helps data professionals add even more value through IBM Cloud

At IBM Insight 2014 the company unveiled exciting new IBM Cloud initiatives that promise to simplify finding, refining and preparing data; make it instantly available for analytics; embed application analytics and curate unstructured data. It’s all part of IBM’s mission to increase the value of data to enterprises.

Analytics pays back and its value will increase

Partly due to the focus on bottom line enhancing applications but of course many other factors, the real value of analytics has grown significantly.

Research by Nucleus suggests that analytics pays back $13.01 for every dollar spent – 1.2 times more than it did three years ago.

At the same time research by Taylor & Francis Group shows that data cleaning and preparation takes approximately 80 percent of the total data engineering effort.

IBM’s latest focus is on tackling this blockage with a range of new cloud-based services announced at IBM Insight 2014.

IBM cloud based solutions will free up time to focus on adding value

IBM claim a number of key benefits from the new developments, the solutions will:

• Simplify and automate the ability to find, refine and prepare data

• Warehouse data in the cloud, making it “instantly” available for analytics

• Curate unstructured data services to increase the confidence in analytics

• Enhance mobile and web applications with embedded analytics

At the conference Beth Smith, general manager, Big Data, IBM said:

“All the data in the world is useless if you can’t put it to work. The new cloud-born services from IBM provide data professionals the ability to deliver data with speed and confidence as the fuel for applications and analytics,” “The ability to source and manage the right data will help keep data management streamlined, while adhering to increasingly stringent regulatory demands, and produce results and analysis of real value.”

In their usually eloquent way Big Blue summarise the new IBM Cloud capabilities as helping organisations to:

‘shift from working on the data to putting data to work for their business’

Technical and usability benefits reach beyond the role of the Development DBA

IBM certainly seem be focused on the making the DBA role more productive but the new developments will contribute across a whole organisation from business users to IT and data professionals.

  • IBM DataWorks is a set of cloud-based data refinery services that shape, cleanse, match and secure data. The new services enable business users to find, use and contribute data for analysis; application developers to embed data services into new applications; and IT and data professionals to enable self-service data access and instill confidence to act on the data.
  • IBM dashDB is a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service with in-memory technology built-in. dashDB keeps infrastructure concerns out of the way of critical and time sensitive analytics. A new integration of dashDB with Cloudant, IBM’s NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS), allows Cloudant clients to embed analytics in their applications.
  • IBM Cloudant – IBM is extending its portfolio with Cloudant Local, an on-premise edition of the fully managed cloud database-as-a-service that enables a fluid hybrid cloud data layer that spans private data centers, mobile devices and third-party cloud providers. This ensures customers can easily reconfigure their cloud data platforms over time to optimise the cost, security, reach and performance.

IBM use this example to illustrate the possibilities, particularly when the systems are configured to effectively work together.

‘The power of these capabilities could enable, for example, a ride sharing service company to improve their customers’ experience by ensuring their drivers are in the right place at the right time. The company can take taxi trip information, captured in a mobile application running on Cloudant, directly into dashDB, and then use DataWorks to refine and load additional weather and traffic data to provide more insight. With dashDB, Cloudant and DataWorks working together, new insights can be leveraged to improve customer experience and grow revenue’.

Also announced: IBM Watson Curator

IBM also introduced Watson Curator, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that increases confidence in the delivery of quality content collections and governance for IBM Watson Solutions.

‘For example, an individual insurance risk analyst can quickly review and add context to documents so that many underwriters across the enterprise can get higher quality responses on risk assessments from Watson Engagement Advisor. IBM Watson Curator actively guides subject matter experts — in this case the risk expert — through the entire curation process in order to minimise the time and effort required’.

IBM of course have their finger on the pulse of what’s needed to keep driving the value of data upwards, with speed, ease and usability remaining high on the agenda. For developer DBAs, data professionals and the enterprises they work for this is great news.

Maximising your benefit from IBM Cloud

Configuring IBM Cloud capabilities to optimise the benefit to your enterprise is the next step.  EBI are an IBM Partner with extensive experience and success in implementing high value, cloud based, analytics solutions.

To find out how we could help you please contact us for an initial discussion.

 

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