Data has emerged as the world’s newest resource for competitive advantage. Organizations need the ability to quickly and consistently analyze data from multiple sources to make decisions that affect business growth and profitability. Many of these decisions must be made in real-time based on the most current information, at critical times that can affect customer relations or operational efficiency.
Analytics delivers a more vivid picture of your organization and the forces that affect it. It helps you to act more quickly, reducing the time between gaining insight from the data and taking action for improved business outcomes. Decision-making traditionally depended on periodic reports generated by professional data analysts. Today, analytics can empower team members at every level of the organization, in every role, to make better decisions based on today’s information versus yesterday’s report.
As organizations recognize the revenue potential from analyzing, acting and monetizing data, often their current architectural approaches can’t keep pace with increased demand, volume of data, and IT complexity. As analytics becomes a critical part of business operations, speed and availability of the infrastructure is an important consideration.
IBM Solution for Analytics – Power Systems Edition delivers a high-performance and reliable solution for business intelligence and predictive analytics. It is a flexible integrated solution that provides options to pre-load and configure one or more IBM analytics applications with data warehouse acceleration on a POWER8 processor-based server. Built with the first processor designed for data workloads, Power Systems’ design combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.
The solution can include one or more of the following options:
The Cognos Business Intelligence option is designed to help business users, executives, and analysts in an organization understand the business and make smarter decisions. The solution offers a full range of BI capabilities, including reports, analysis, dashboards, scorecards, mobile BI, and more.
Power Analytics Solution – Power Systems Edition predictive analytics capabilities are delivered with IBM SPSS options. SPSS combines predictive analytics with business rules enabling organizations to get recommended actions at the point of impact. SPSS Modeler, SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services, and Analytical Decision Management together help empower organizations to make the right decision each time for high-demand, mission-critical business requirements.
Either or both of these analytics applications can be used in conjunction with supported DB2 with BLU Acceleration capabilities included with DB2 Advanced Workgroup or Advanced Enterprise Editions for enhanced performance. BLU Acceleration provides dynamic in-memory, columnar data warehouse acceleration, which enables organizations to use both row-based and columnar data storage simultaneously. With BLU Acceleration, organizations can dramatically reduce the time to get analytic query results and reports from existing data warehouses.
IBM InfoSphere DataStage is also a pre-load option for providing extract-transform-load (ETL) capabilities from an existing data warehouse to the BLU Acceleration warehouse. A separate purchase of the IBM Cognos, SPSS, DB2 and InfoSphere software is required to meet license use requirements, and that license can be used to validate the pre-installed software for production use.