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Where’s my data? How you can get timely, accurate and secure access to business information
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By Rebecca Wormleighton
Today's blog is written by guest blogger Rebecca Wormleighton from Product Marketing, IBM Business Intelligence and Performance Management.
When it comes to business success, data is the real deal. Business analytics cannot exist without it. However, for business analytics to do its job, the data involved must be reliable, high-quality, accurate and it must be available the minute it’s needed. In other words, business analytics is pretty much lost without data warehousing and an infrastructure strategy. You need all three if you want to access to data at the speed of business and to deliver the most correct information, all while ensuring the highest levels of data security and audit ability.
As you know, business analytics solutions apply knowledge to data to produce information valuable to a business user or process. And, data warehousing solutions supply the business analytics systems with the most current, complete information from anywhere in your company.
What you might not know is that much of this data, 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.
And you know what else? It makes System z the ideal infrastructure for business analytics and data warehousing. System z 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.
When you have online transaction processing and data warehousing data on System z, you get a single copy of data for access by multiple users and groups. 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
For these reasons, System z should be considered a vital part of any business analytics and data warehousing strategy.
Want to learn more about how System z can deliver timely, accurate and secure data you need when you need it? Read the recent IBM brief, Timely, Accurate, Secure Access to Business Information. You can also 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 those answers in more detail and with real-world examples. And feel free to visit: