IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - SE14


ARTICLE: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

BUSINESS

NECESSITIES
Businesses rely on analytics, big data and BI to guide decisions

I

n the space of a few years, businesses have come to depend on
the wealth of information gleaned from big data, analytics and
business intelligence (BI). While some business decisions still may
be guided by gut feel, today most decisions are based on data
culled from customers, the marketplace and business operations.
This puts a bigger demand on IT systems and software, as the
flood of data may be coming from structured data, unstructured
data, mobile and social media. Further, data must be analyzed in
real time, and many enterprises need in-transaction analysis as
well. Enterprises are also looking for skilled employees who can
make sense of the data and help drive business decision-making.

The Spark Advantage
IBM has recognized the shift in analytics and is working to help
clients meet their data challenges successfully through the use
of open-source resources. That's why IBM has made a major
commitment to Apache Spark, putting 3,500 IBM developers and
researches to work on Spark-related projects. Spark is an open
source, in-memory analytics resource supported by the Apache
Foundation. IBM has made Spark available on z Systems* and
Linux* on z*. This is a major advantage; many clients use their
mainframe systems for storing high-value data, which can now be
accessed by Spark.
"The recent growth and adoption of
Apache Spark as an analytics framework
and platform is timely and helps meet

these challenging demands," says Mythili Venkatakrishnan, IBM
senior technical staff member and z Systems architecture and
technology lead for analytics. (See "IBM Brings Apache Spark's
Analytics Power to Linux and z Systems Servers," ibmsystemsmag.
com/mainframe/Business-Strategy/BI-and-Analytics/dynamicSpark/.)

Analytics Across Industries
Just about every sector and industry, from retail to manufacturing
to finance, is using some form of analytics-including predictive
analytics. Retailers are using predictive analytics to forecast top
sellers and expected customer behavior. (See "Retailer Optimizes
Analytics to Drive a More Customized Client Experience,"
ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/Business-Strategy/BI-andAnalytics/client-experience/.)
Fraud detection is another key use of predictive analytics
that many businesses are employing to monitor and detect
fraud before massive damage can be done to the business.
(See "Analytics Can Be Your Best Defense Against Corporate
Fraud," ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/Business-Strategy/
BI-and-Analytics/fraud-defense/.)
Businesses welcome the insights that big data and analytics
provide and are incorporating BI tasks
into their IT shops and business units. The
result is better decisions for the business
and better results for customers.

BY SHIRLEY S. SAVAGE

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
Techbits:
Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Cover1
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Techbits:
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
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