Enterprise retail solutions

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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.

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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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Infrastructure matters. Businesses turn to the IBM mainframe for unmatched security, operational efficiency, speed, seamless scale, and lower cost per transaction. The IBM z System, the world’s premier data and transaction engine, is enabled for mobile, integrates transactions and analytics, and delivers efficient and trusted clouds.

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IBM z Systems combine leading-edge innovation and unparalleled capabilities to power cloud, business analytics, mobile applications, and the most important workloads.

Enterprise retail white papers

Retail Trilogy (US)

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

Consolidating Data Marts onto z Systems

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

Retail industry expert

Steve Wehr

z Systems Retail Architect

Steve Wehr is the z Systems Retail Industry architect from the z Systems 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 z Systems 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 z Systems Linux. Steve is the author of several widely-read technical papers and redbooks, and presents regularly at technical conferences. *

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