Enterprise retail solutions

Converge all your data channels onto System z for a 360-degree view of your customers

Bring analytics to your enterprise data

IBM zEnterprise provides the data consolidation and analytics platform to help you derive new insights from all your customer data. zEnterprise delivers unmatched data serving availability, scalabity, and security for operational data, SAP data, and data warehouses.

Economics of Computing

Dr. Howard Rubin discusses the economic impact of mainframe computing.

IBM zEnterprise. Unified Resource Manager.

199% ROI in three years

Forrester Consulting examines the economic impact retailers may realise with zEnterprise.

IBM zEnterprise retail solutions

  • IBM zEnterprise Smarter Analytics for Retail

    Combines a retail-specific data warehouse design with software, server, and storage resources to provide a consolidated and efficient enterprise platform for business intelligence applications.

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Colony Brands makes zEnterprise the backbone of their application environment

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Dr. Howard Rubin discusses the mainframe difference - 30% cost advantage over distributed environment

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SAP solutions address time-critical and scalability concerns for retailers

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Robert Frances Group: IBM System z – The Lowest Cost Database Server Solution (PDF, 815KB)
“Bottom line: the zEnterprise as a database server is a killer application."


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IBM provides world-class IBM mainframe technology to help today's enterprises respond quickly to evolving business conditions and with extreme flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualisation technologies and open industry standards, IBM mainframes help deliver competitive advantages for enterprises contributing and succeeding on a smarter planet

Operating Systems

IBM System z servers are supported by a multitude of operating systems, such as z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z and the z/VM hypervisor.


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our System z solutions combine the foundation of IBM hardware, software and middleware with flexible financing and packaging options to help your business meet and overcome the challenges of doing business in the on demand world. IBM can help you develop a customer-centric view—and assist you in delivering the right solution and the right products.

Enterprise retail white papers

Retail Trilogy (US)

Some of the world’s largest retailers run their businesses on SAP on System z. The Retail Trilogy study showcases why many of them selected System z.

Consolidating Data Marts onto System z

Avoiding the costs, inconsistencies, and extra administration of Data Marts.

Retail industry expert

Steve Wehr

System z Retail Architect

Steve Wehr is the System z Retail Industry architect from the System z New Workloads and Solutions department in Poughkeepsie, NY. Steve has held various technical positions with IBM for 33 years, with the last 2 years focused on building the System z strategy for the retail industry. He has spent the previous 12 years assisting customers with the architecture, performance, availability, and memory configuration of large WebSphere applications on System z Linux. Steve is the author of several widely-read technical papers and redbooks, and presents regularly at technical conferences. *

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IBM Retail Virtual Briefing Center

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