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Since the global financial crisis, sluggish economic growth, stricter regulatory requirements and rapidly changing consumer behavior have placed unprecedented demands on the global banking industry. Banks in both emerging and developed economies have an opportunity to manage enormous capital growth and wealth creation. To regain customer confidence and earn their slice of the increasingly competitive market, banks must transform themselves - Big Data and analytics technologies as well as cloud computing are presenting unique opportunities to do just that, enabling banks to leapfrog the competition.
Known to many as the IBM innovation that beat Jeopardy!'s all-time champions, Watson is truly at the forefront of cognitive computing, Big Data and analytics technology. Using advances in natural language processing and analytics, Watson has a unique ability to understand the subtle nuances of human language, sift through vast amounts of Big Data, and provide evidence-based answers to its human users' questions. By processing information in a way that is similar to how people think, Watson represents a significant shift in system architecture and the ability for organizations to quickly analyze, understand and respond to Big Data.
The z13 - the Most Powerful and Secure System Ever Built -- The Mainframe designed for the Mobile App Economy The rapid growth of mobile applications has created consumers who expect mobile transactions to be fast and seamless – regardless of which mobile payment platform, retailer, or financial organization is providing the service. As a result, businesses are being forced to evaluate whether their IT infrastructures can support the apps that meet and exceed these consumer expectations -- or face the potential of losing clients to competing businesses. Addressing these needs, IBM has announced the z13, the first mainframe in history designed for the growth of the mobile app economy. IBM z Systems continues to have the industry’s fastest processor and 300 percent more memory than previous generations, in fact, a single z13 mainframe can process more than 30,000 transactions per second or roughly the equivalent to 100 Cyber Mondays every day. This computing power is essential to support expanding mobile infrastructures, especially since it's estimated that by 2025, consumers will trigger more than 1.6 trillion mobile transactions per day.
From recognition to research to reviews, today's empowered consumers are in control. They are increasingly comfortable purchasing through multiple retail channels, but they want a truly integrated shopping experience. In response, retailers must provide consistency and convenience across every consumer touch point.
Since beginning work with clients and partners around cloud computing in 2007, IBM has been focused squarely on marking the model viable for enterprise and government clients -- clients that cannot compromise on security, compliance and availability. IBM's strategy for cloud is clear: We will build clouds for enterprise clients. We will provide cloud services where there are gaps we can fill. And we will collaborate with clients to create new opportunities to reach more of the market or extend their services leveraging cloud delivery.
Today's students -- the entrepreneurs and leaders of the 21st Century -- need a deep understanding of how advanced technologies can be applied to society's toughest challenges in area such as transportation, water, food, energy and healthcare. At the same time, many of these advances in education technology—analytics, early warning systems to identify at-risk students, cloud computing—can be applied to our schools to refresh outdated infrastructures with new functionality. To help achieve these goals, IBM is collaborating with thousands of schools around the world to utilize new technology and to help faculty and students develop the business, technology, math and science skills and infrastructure needed for the jobs of the future.
Mobile computing is at a turning point. This is now the second wave of the mobile revolution: the business of mobile. Just as the Internet transformed industries like banking, travel and healthcare – so too will mobile. In fact, over the next three to five years, the most cutting edge advances in mobile will not be in device itself, but instead what is done with it.
In its biggest announcement in a decade as leader in analytics, IBM announced Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses. Offered as a cloud-based freemium service, Watson Analytics offers a full range of self-service analytics, including access to easy-to-use data refinement and data warehousing services that make it easier for business users to acquire and prepare data – beyond simple spreadsheets – for analysis and visualization that can be interacted with and acted upon. And unlike analytics offerings designed primarily for data scientists and analysts predominantly focused on visualization, IBM Watson Analytics automates steps like data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual storytelling for business professionals across data intensive disciplines including marketing, sales, operations, finance and human resources. To access the beta, visit: www.watsonanalytics.com.
IBM is actively expanding its operations across Africa as part of the company's continued geographic expansion initiative of an increase its presence in key growth markets and support its global growth strategy.
Social Business is a smarter approach to the “people-centric” processes of business. Social Business means connecting networks of customers, partners, and employees, using analytics to derive insights from those connections, and using those insights to improve business functions. It's an organization that uses social networking tools fluently to communicate with people inside and outside the company. It's a strategic approach to shaping a business culture, highly dependent upon executive leadership and corporate strategy, including business process design, risk management, leadership development, financial controls and use of business analytics. Becoming a Social Business can help an organization deepen customer relationships, generate new ideas faster, identify expertise and enable a more effective workforce.
Moments matter. From procurement to supply management, marketing, sales and service, leaders drive innovation and intuitive interactions to deliver delightful experiences every time. By infusing intelligence and context into all commerce processes, you can become essential to your customers, partners and suppliers -- every moment. Create value, gain speed, grow revenue, and improve profitability -- that’s the power of Smarter Commerce. Learn more at: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/smarter_commerce/overview/
Twitter and IBM announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends – and inform every business decision. The alliance brings together Twitter data that distinctively represents the public pulse of the planet with IBM’s industry-leading cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services.
IBM Insight is an event that brings together more than 13,000 IBM customers, business partners, clients and executives to discuss how cognitive computing and big data, combined with the power of analytics, are transforming the way organizations do business. Previously known as IBM Information On Demand, IBM has changed the name to reflect the challenges businesses are facing today – it's no longer just about accessing information, it's about planning and executing an information strategy that maps to your business and distinguishes you from your competition. During the event, IBM will announce new resources to help businesses become more date driven.
The growing prevalence of chronic diseases and aging populations places a heavy burden on health systems around the globe. It’s no wonder that healthcare costs continue to rise rapidly and relentlessly. Increasingly, the healthcare industry is turning to digital information and technology solutions to improve the quality of medical care and reduce costs.
Figuring prominently in IBM's philanthropic portfolio is the support given to the education community, from kindergarten all the way through college, as well as to not-for-profits involved that support non-traditional students. To that end, IBM supports improved career and technical education, particularly for the topics of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), subjects that contribute to societal improvement and economic development.
For the first time, IBM will make its Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud, for a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson's cognitive computing intelligence. The move aims to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers – ranging from start-ups and emerging, venture capital backed businesses to established players. Together with IBM, these partners share a vision for creating a new class of cognitive applications that transform how businesses and consumers make decisions.
More than half of the people on Earth live in cities, and urban populations are projected to double by mid-century. IBM is helping cities around the world tackle serious urban issues and improve the quality of life of their citizens.
Each day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from a variety of sources -- from climate information, to posts on social media sites, and purchase transaction records to medical images. This data is Big Data and has become a big deal. At IBM we believe that Big Data and analytics is a catalyst to help clients become more competitive and grow their business. IBM is helping clients harness Big Data to gather insights and act on the insights to transform their business.
As the Big Data, social, mobile and cloud continue to redefine the way people create, consume and share information, ironically the computer systems behind the scenes have changed very little over the last half century. The overloaded banks of spinning hard drives and tape drives that store and manage all of this data will ultimately hit a brick wall – slowing, if not stopping outright, access to our personal and business information. Enter Software Defined Storage. Software Defined Storage is a set of software capabilities that automatically manage data locally and globally, providing breakthrough speed in data access, easier administration and the ability to scale technology infrastructures quickly and more cost-effectively as data volumes expand.
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