By Eric Baxley, Director, System z software Marketing .
IBM recently made some major announcements about its mainframe and more than 30 new and enhanced software products for System z alone. This tightly integrated new technology addresses top-of-mind business concerns, including those around data and how, in an increasingly information-centric world, can you get more value from it?
IBM’s response helps deliver strategic and operational analytics that give clients more insight at every level across the enterprise. There’s nothing more “enterprise” oriented than System z. The October 3 software announcements included these business analytics solutions that run on System z:
- IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V3 dramatically lowers storage costs, reducing host data warehouse storage usage by more than 95%. It can speed response times for analytics queries by up to 2000 times.
- zEnterprise Analytics Systems 9700 and 9710 merge fit-for-purpose and mixed workload capabilities into a single system. With its embedded analytics, customers can get accelerated response times for complex queries and maximum flexibility.
- IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) V10.2 for z/OS and Cognos BI V10.2 for Linux on System z, put data into the hands of our users and offer self-service analytics with cost-effective scale, including the analytic freedom, deployment flexibility and management control to drive better business outcomes.
What are the advantages of business analytics on System z?
Let’s consider these three key areas:
- As the foundation of your infrastructure, System z brings analytics to the data - For many customers, a majority of the data they create across the enterprise originates on the mainframe due to its superior scalability, availability and performance. Exporting data to multiple platforms introduces incremental risk in the form of errors that may skew interpretation of data, delays in the delivery of information, and security breaches. With System z, risk is a moot point. It provides 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, minimizing data latency, with fewer delays and a drastic reduction in the load and unload times.
- The ultimate in security because unsecured data is not worth the risk - System z is widely recognized as one of the most secure and reliable platforms on the market – one that can securely scale to accommodate increasing volumes of data and a growing number of users. It’s secured with cryptography, encryption, user identification and authentication at all levels instead of at individual departmental levels – down to the cell level. You can apply administrative authorities without allowing data access. Its legendary built-in security and trace features make end-to-end auditing possible. As a result, data is protected from unauthorized access and you are able to take advantage of security capabilities rated the highest by government agencies.
- Start small and your projects can evolve with your business requirements - System z capabilities let businesses start where they need to – at the application level, functionality, or department level, while laying the groundwork for a true enterprise solution. There’s no redesign required for every new project. zEnterprise offers the flexibility to pick the deployment options that work best for each organization’s individual needs, whether turn-key optimized solutions, private cloud options, or complementing the project with unique services and education, as needed.
How does it all fit together?
I’m attending the Information on Demand (IOD) 2012 conference this week in Las Vegas along with 11,000 others. I’ve enjoyed hearing about the value System z and business analytics, and more examples of how and why this “perfect match” works.
As noted many times here at IOD 2012, business analytics is more than getting insight into your enterprise. It’s about taking action and making an impact.
What impact has business analytics had on your business? Learn how Miami-Dade County, Florida, opened up public access to information with analytics on System z.