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By Pat Toole, General Manager, IBM System z
The explosive growth of mobile devices, big data and cloud presents an opportunity for businesses and organizations to reshape the customer engagement model. However, to be successful, it takes an optimized infrastructure that is integrated, flexible and secure.
Today, IBM announced a set of new zEnterprise solutions that are designed to help organizations embrace the IT market shift to create advantage and opportunity. zEnterprise is uniquely positioned to help organizations exploit:
Included in today's announcements are new zEnterprise industry solutions, enhanced software, new operating system releases and new technical innovations for the zEnterprise EC12. We're also introducing the newest member of the zEnterprise family, the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12), which will help businesses and organizations better understand their customers and respond faster to the industry shifts. Starting at same entry point price as the prior generation (z114), the new system puts the most secure and technologically advanced enterprise server within the reach of organizations of all sizes.
Our clients are using these innovations to bring new capabilities and value to their customers. They’re able to offer new channels in which to purchase products or deliver services using cloud and mobile technologies; they can suggest related products to a consumer based on a current purchase using real-time analytics; and they're delivering these capabilities with the highest levels of security and availability so customers’ accounts are never compromised.
ABK Systeme GmbH, a leading business transaction payments company in Europe, is one of the first clients to purchase a new zBC12. The company will use the system to manage massive volumes of data, peaking at four million transactions per hour, and cites the IBM mainframe's stability, security, energy efficiency, and mobile application functions as key factors in the decision to purchase.
With these zEnterprise announcements, businesses of all sizes have access to greater performance, a lowered total cost of ownership and state-of-the-art functionality to manage today’s needs—with an eye towards the future. I look forward to discussing how IBM can help your businesses and organizations work smarter, while improving your customers' experiences.
Pat Toole is the general manager for IBM System z. In that capacity, he is responsible for all facets of IBM's System z business including strategy, architecture, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. Prior to this assignment Mr. Toole was general manager, Technical Support Services, Global Technology Services. Mr. Toole's more recent previous assignments include vice president and chief information officer of IBM, and general manager of IBM Intellectual Property. Since joining IBM in 1984 Mr. Toole has held a variety of executive and management positions in technology, manufacturing, engineering, information systems, marketing, and sales.