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IBM InfoSphere BigInsights on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise makes big data analytics accessible for any user inside an organization. Like the on-premise version, BigInsights on the cloud analyzes traditional structured data found in databases along with unstructured data -- such as text, video, audio, images, social media, click streams, log files, weather data. Bringing big data analytics to the cloud means clients can capture and analyze any data without the need for Hadoop skills, or having to install, run, or maintain hardware and software.
BigInsights on the cloud is available in both basic and enterprise editions with the options of public, private and hybrid cloud deployments. The basic edition is an entry-level offering available at no-charge that helps organizations learn how to do big data analytics including "what-if" scenarios with its BigSheets component. Clients can move to the enterprise edition when ready and set up Hadoop clusters in under 30 minutes to start analyzing data with low usage rates starting at $0.60 (US) per cluster, per hour. Both versions include a developer sandbox where clients can develop business analytics applications complete with tools and a test and development environment.
IBM recently acquired Hadoop specialists Platform Computing.
Get the free software download for the iPad at Apple's iTunes Store: http://bit.ly/r68A04 (This is a download of Cognos Mobile)
Follow IBM and Analytics on twitter #baforum
You can also get the free Hadoop download to install on your own system here:
HOW to do Hadoop is here:
(you will see a free course on Hadoop mentioned which is not bad - but then I've only just started it)
I am not sure about how IBM names things sometimes - we can be too literal. Does the word "Digital" really add more information to this suite of products?
The customer profile part (LIVEProfile) captures all of the interactions of customers and prospects as they interact with a business online, across multiple ad networks or via email, video, affiliate sites and social media. It then integrates this data with offline information, providing a view of each visitor’s behavior over time and across channels. This historical data is available across the entire suite of products. As the profile of each visitor grows, the insights become stronger, enabling you to continually optimize your marketing efforts.
The web analytic capabilities of the provide marketers with insights for increasing ROI. Analytics provides insight into how individuals are interacting with a brand’s digital presence.
The latest Forrester report has IBM rated as the best Analytics product out there:
The marketing execution component integrates the data and insights garnered from customer profiles and web analytics into applications designed to easily execute display advertising, search campaigns, email and personalized recommendations through online, social and mobile channels.
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This is the third in a series on IBM SaaS offerings.
A Cloud-based Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) offering that simplifies the "quote-to-cash" process.
Sterling Configure, Price, Quote automates one of the most challenging selling processes—the configuration of complex products, services, and bundles. CPQ manages service configuration and pricing rules, and guides your prospects, customers, partners, sales, and call center representatives in selecting and validating products and services based on specific needs.
Here is more on CPQ and why it is important:http://www.sterlingcommerce.com/products/multi-channel-selling/configure-price-quote/
and the CLOUD part of this is here:http://www.sterlingcommerce.com/products/As-a-Service+Offerings.htm
You can buy CPQ in the following ways:1.On Premise (this is the "traditional" model)
- support is based on standard software maintenance model
2. Perpetual license and host in IBM
- support is based on standard software maintenance model
3.Single Tenant - CPQ service - term license which includes license + hosting (includes all costs except implementation costs) at a yearly cost (minimum 3 years)
- support from IBM services as a bundled subscription along with extra options.
- customer generally has L1 help desk
Here is the SaaS part!
4. Multi tenant solution - This is less customizable, with a finite set of configurations, a subset of APIs, and is also a term license (includes all costs except implementation costs) like option 3 above.- support from IBM services as a bundled subscription along with extra options. Less flexibility than option 3 above as it is a much more uniform model than (3).
- anyone can call for support (this is a big change, IMO, and it should be interesting to see how it works out).
Multi tenant (MT) US Pricing:
Based on number of users. 100 users is the minimum.
Based on quote lines (minimum 1M quote lines) roughly equivalent to above 100 users cost.
- there is a (lower) access fee for configuration users before they go live into production at which point quote line costs are added.
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Offering Name:Sterling Managed File Transfer
I know that FTP does not sound so exciting, but just ask yourself how much uncontrolled or unmanaged FTP is happening in your organization. How do you answer the questions about whether a file arrived or not? How often are files resent or restarted? Who manages that overnight file transfer from multiple locations?
I am working on trying to get a list of all these offerings, a brief overview of what they do, and some idea on how they are priced.
Offering Name: LotusLive
Overview: LotusLive is a series of online office tools from IBM in a security rich environment. Tools include e-mail, networking and collaboration tools and online meetings.
Web Site: https://www.lotuslive.com/en/about
Pricing Model: Sign up for all or parts of the suite. Per user per month.
Important comments: LotusLive is not available in all geographies. For us in Canada it is available but the data center (sorry - "centre") where it is located is in the US, which for some organizations (organisations?) is a big issue. However, even in this situation, there are parts of LotusLive where I think the location of the data centre is just not that much of an issue for any organization. Web Conferencing is one example.
I'll add some more in the next little while. Let me know if this is useful.