Miami-Dade County builds a highly scalable private cloud analytics platform

Giving county employees and millions of citizens access to information and analysis via the web

Published on 9 Aug 2012

System z provides such huge advantages over a distributed server landscape... You can test different scenarios and ensure that the final production landscape is fully optimized for the workload.

Jose Eskert, Senior System Programmer, Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County


Deployment country
United States


Miami-Dade is one of the largest counties in Florida, with a population of three million citizens. It encompasses the city of Miami, one of the state’s major tourist destinations, which welcomes more than 38 million visitors each year. The county’s administration provides a wide range of public services, including police, fire, water and sewers, garbage collection, parks, libraries, hospitals and many others.

Business need
Miami-Dade County saw an opportunity to open up government with a large-scale analytics platform that would allow both internal users and citizens to access a wealth of public information via the web.

The county deployed IBM Cognos® Business Intelligence in a Linux environment on its existing IBM System z® mainframe platform. Employees and citizens can access reports using a standard web browser.

The solution provides 24/7 access to analytics for key services such as courts, jails and the fire department. Scalable platform provides insight into government for three million citizens across the county.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Cognos Business Intelligence, WebSphere Application Server, z/OS, z/VM

System z, System z: System z10 Business Class (z10 BC)

BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, High Availability, Information Integration, Smarter Computing, System z Software, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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