Align, Anticipate, Act: IBM announces Smarter Analytics
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The era of Smarter Analytics began on Tuesday as IBM announced a bold new vision and a raft of new solutions to help organizations transform information into insights and insights into action.
On-hand at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel to make the announcement were IBM Software Senior Vice President and Group Executive Steve Mills, Senior Vice President, IBM Middleware Software Robert LeBlanc and Senior Vice President IBM Software Solutions Mike Rhodin. Joining this august trio was Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services. Portions of the event were broadcast via live video and you can watch the replay here.
Align, Anticipate, Act
IBM Smarter Analytics solutions draw upon capabilities from across the IBM Software portfolio, such as Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Decision Management. Broadly speaking, they enable organizations to accomplish three critical tasks:
Organizations that do all three of these create a virtuous cycle of continuous transformation and learning: applied insights drive breakaway results, which in turn create new learnings, which are then transformed into a new insights, and so forth.
If you'll pardon the pun, it's a tremendously smart way to run an organization. Our world is increasingly interconnected, instrumented and intelligent; it's also a lot more competitive. With analytics, organizations can build their customer base, improve operational efficiency, prevent fraud, manage risk and automate tedious but required financial processes.
Happily, organizations in every industry are seeing the benefits. Consider that with Smarter Analytics solutions from IBM:
Analytics-driven Organizations Outperform
The evidence is there: organizations that embrace analytics are outperforming their competition and the gap is widening between the leaders, learners and laggards. Analytics-driven organizations are extracting insights not only from enterprise data, but also from big data that's continuously flowing in from a variety of new sources. These insights help them make better, faster decisions and automate processes. And more organizations are indeed getting on-board: IDC estimates enterprises will invest more than $120 billion by 2015 to capture the business impact of analytics, across hardware, software and services.
New Signature Solutions
To help clients take the next - or the first - step in their analytics journey, Tuesday saw the rollout of three new IBM Signature Solutions:
"These new capabilities target the agendas of global business leaders operating in a world of accelerating complexity, unpredictability and massively available information,” said van Kralingen, “By integrating analytics into business processes and converting new insights into action, IBM is helping organizations transform big data from a threat into an opportunity, one that will be their most valuable natural resource.”
Insights from 20,000 engagements
These new solutions are based on insights from more than 20,000 IBM analytics engagements around the world. They can be delivered by IBM consultants, supported by industry-leading applications management services capabilities, and cloud offerings.
Big Data to play a Big Role
Naturally, these solutions depend on lots and lots of data. Luckly, organizations are seeing no shortage in that area. So abundant is data in all forms now that "Big Data is is the new natural resource," according to Steve Mills in a blog post on the Smarter Planet Blog. "In fact, information is becoming the petroleum of the 21st century. But we need a new generation of analytics technology and expertise to help us make the most of it [...] humans are creating fifteen petabytes of new information every day—about eight times the information housed in all the academic libraries in the United States. "
Mills continues: Clients can access these capabilities through IBM’s big data technology platform that includes Hadoop, stream computing, data warehouse, and information integration and governance capabilities, along with visualization and discovery, application development, systems management and industry accelerators. To date, the IBM big data platform has been adopted by more than 100 business partners, bringing a new class of analytics solutions to market and extending the reach of IBM analytics offerings for clients."