Business leaders recognize the importance of making fact-based decisions, yet based on IBM survey results, one third of CIOs make decisions based on instinct or “gut feel”. One reason is that the sheer volume and velocity of the data that’s available is simply too much for humans to collect and process. Often business users find that it is too difficult and takes too long to find the right information, the information isn’t organized in a useful way, and when they have the information, it is almost impossible to compare possible options when trying to reach a decision.
To address this, companies are turning to analytics to help them derive insights from this huge amount of data to drive competitiveness, revenue growth and operational efficiency.
As data-driven decision-making becomes pervasive across organizations, it becomes mission-critical for business success, and requires a highly available and resilient infrastructure. High performance is also important, as many of these decisions are time-sensitive requiring rapid analysis of the most current data, delivered directly to the business user at the point of impact.
IBM AIX Solution Edition for Cognos delivers the powerful, self-service analytics capabilities of Cognos Business Intelligence on the industry’s best platform for compute-intensive analytic workloads, Power Systems. This solution is designed to satisfy all user types and working styles, enabling everyone in the organization to freely explore data, analyze key facts, collaborate to gain alignment with key stakeholders and act with confidence. For faster deployment, IBM AIX Solution Edition for Cognos comes with the AIX operating system, PowerVM virtualization, WebSphere Application Server, DB2 Enterprise and Cognos Business Intelligence pre-installed.
The POWER7+ architecture is built for analyzing vast amounts of data, and delivering results to users across the organization quickly, securely and cost effectively. A recent study shows that Power Systems clients could potentially deploy new analytics solutions with an 8.8 month payback period, and an additional 64% return on their investment1. AIX Solution Edition for Cognos delivers a system that grows and adapts with the business. Organizations can start by implementing the most critical capabilities like dashboards, key reports and add functionality like mobile, collaboration or what-if analysis in a single server. This can reduce server sprawl, as well as the associated software license and management costs.
As organizations transition from monthly or daily reports to real-time access by users across the organization, analytics performance becomes increasingly important. Cognos Dynamic Cubes leverage in-memory data assets and aggregate awareness in order to achieve high performance interactive analysis and reporting over terabytes of warehouse data. To maximize performance, Cognos uses summary tables and databases in memory, re-using POWER7+ processor cache results, which works more effectively when all processors are on a single system.
With the scalability of PowerVM, analytics functions can dynamically share processor, memory and I/O resources to maximize server utilization and ROI. This ensures that processing power is available to the priority queries and reports when the business needs it - without the performance penalty of VMware2.
1 Forrester Consulting on the Total Economic Impact of Analytics on IBM Power Systems
2 Edison Group: IBM PowerVM Virtualization Technology on IBM POWER7 Systems. A Comparison of PowerVM and VMware vSphere (4.1 & 5.0) Virtualization Performance