More users in an organization are demanding access to data to make business decisions that will directly or indirectly help meet organizational goals for profitability, revenue, cost reduction and risk management. Traditionally, many business departments worked with their own budgets and addressed their own business goals with business analytics and data warehouse solutions that were confined to their individual lines of business or departments. As long as departmental goals were reached, there was little or no focus on common business goals for the whole company.
Today, the dynamics are changing and user requirements at all levels in all areas of business are clear: they want reliable, high-quality data so they can make better business decisions and reduce uncertainty. Operational decision-makers now require faster access to the transactional data; IT departments must improve query response times if they are to meet user performance expectations; data quality must be guaranteed and data access needs to be closely monitored. In short, organizations must find a way to provide better access to timely, accurate information, if users are to fundamentally change business performance.
Of course, business analytics is a critical piece of the business performance puzzle. But business analytics solutions can’t do it alone. Success requires a comprehensive business analytics, data warehousing and infrastructure strategy that can provide access to data at the speed of business and deliver the most accurate information, all while ensuring the highest levels of data security and audit ability.
Business analytics solutions take enterprise data and use it to produce information valuable to a business user or process. Data warehousing solutions supply the business analytics systems with the most current, complete enterprise information. Therefore, your supporting infrastructure needs to be able to:
- Scale to accommodate increasing volumes of data and a growing number of users.
- Simplify the deployment, maintenance and management of your business analytics and data warehousing solutions.
- Help you more easily deliver against today’s aggressive business requirements to maintain a competitive advantage.
Interestingly, much of the data needed for business analytics, which can include financial information, customer lists, personnel records and manufacturing reports, originates from a mainframe. So, that makes an IBM® System z® server the primary source of data for data warehousing and business analytic solutions. With that in mind, it is easy to see why System z, which is renowned for running many of today’s transactional systems because of its superior performance and scalability, would form the ideal infrastructure for business analytics and data warehousing.
The value of System z for delivering timely, accurate secure access to information
If you want to improve the timeliness or accuracy of your data, while ensuring its security, System z can help. System z offers a single server approach to providing business analytics access to your data warehouse and transactional data with a single connection. This approach can provide everything needed for business analytics, including ETL, data warehouses, operational data stores, data marts and business analytics tools, all housed and managed on the same platform. You get faster access to the transactional data that customers and employees need, along with minimized data latency, fewer delays and drastic reduction of load and unload times.
To help ensure the correctness of your data, the collocation of online transaction processing and data warehousing data on System z and its ability to deliver consistent business rules throughout your organization help minimize multiple, duplicate copies of data. Because you are not exporting data to multiple platforms, the opportunity for error (and security breaches) is drastically reduced. There are fewer instances of single departmental copies of the data and that virtually eliminates the possibility that the data will have different interpretations.
With System z, your data is secured with cryptography, encryption, user identification and authentication at all levels instead of at individual departmental levels. User access is defined down to the cell level, you can apply administrative authorities without allowing data access and legendary built-in security and trace features make end-to-end auditing possible. As a result, your data is protected from unauthorized access, you are able to take advantage of security capabilities rated the highest by government agencies and you have built-in audit ability
For these reasons, System z should be considered a vital part of any business analytics and data warehousing strategy. IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics for System z
System z enables you to start with your most critical business analytics and data warehousing issues, quickly realize immediate business value and position your business analytics and data warehousing strategy to grow and evolve as your business and the market demands.
IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics solutions for System z provide an enterprise business analytics solution on a single platform that is capable of providing all users with complete and accurate business information faster and better with fewer resources and less expense. It is a flexible solution that is designed to meet the business challenges of today and the evolving business needs for actionable insights that help to optimize business performance.
With IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics solutions on System z, you get a complete portfolio of business and technology solutions that help everyone in your company. Real-time monitoring, reporting, analysis, dashboards and a robust set of predictive analytics enable them to make smart, proactive business decisions when and where they are needed. With an enterprise data warehouse infrastructure as the foundation for your business analytics investment, your users are provided with consistent, secure access to accurate and timely business information.
The capabilities of IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics on System z can help you meet these business requirements:
- Provide access to more timely information at the speed of business.
- Provide business users with access to the correct information so they have confidence in their business decisions.
- Ensure the highest levels of data security and audit ability across the enterprise.
If you would like more information about how IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics on System z can help you, you can download a recent IBM brief, Timely, Accurate, Secure Access to Business Information
. In addition, you can view and listen to an on-demand webcast, The new era of business analytics: Deliver timely, accurate and secure information to improve business performance
. In the webcast, a panel of experts explores the benefits of combining IBM Business Analytics and Data Warehousing solutions on System z in more detail and with real-world examples.
For more information
For more information about Business Analytics and Data Warehousing on System z, visit ibm.com/software/data/businessintelligence/systemz/