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Optimizing System z Batch Applications by Exploiting Parallelism
z Systems

Redpaper, published 21 Aug 2014

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication shows you how to speed up batch jobs by splitting them into near-identical instances (sometimes referred to as ). It is a practical guide, which is based on the authors’ testing experiences with a batch job that is similar to those jobs that are found in customer applications. This guide documents the issues that the team encountered and how the issues were resolved. The final tuned implementation produced better results than the initial traditional implementation. Because job splitting often requires application code changes, this guide includes a ... [more]


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Understanding Mainframe Economics
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 14 Aug 2014

The cost of running a workload can be lower on the mainframe than on other platforms you may be considering. When considering the economics of the mainframe, simple benchmark test results can be misleading. Variability in workload demand and workload management are examples of factors that affect the cost of delivering a workload. Typically, administrators achieve significant operational efficiencies on the mainframe. A variety of workloads can be virtualized and consolidated using Linux on System z®, which results in lower overall software costs when compared to other platforms. Customized ... [more]


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Addressing Emerging Threats and Targeted Attacks with IBM Security Network Protection
Security

Redguide, published 16 Jul 2014

In networks today, organizations are faced with hundreds of new web and non-web applications that are available to their users. Social media applications, peer-to-peer file transfer applications, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), web-based email, cloud data storage, and many others are all readily available. The ease and speed at which these new applications can be installed or simply accessed reduces the effectiveness of a perimeter-based security architecture and provides many new types of risks. These applications can be used by an attacker to obtain initial access into the ... [more]


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Always On: Business Considerations for Continuous Availability
Application Platform

Redguide, published 25 Apr 2014, last updated 14 Jul 2014

In 2013, IBM® conducted an IBM Academy of Technology initiative in which we reviewed the end-to-end aspects of continuous availability (governance, technological advancements, architectural patterns, design and operational practices). We identified specific business requirements that mandate continuous availability and also found organizations that have continuous availability as part of their DNA. However, most organizations have invested in high availability or disaster recovery but not in continuous availability. For these organizations, continuous availability might not be a requirement ... [more]


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Integrated Law Enforcement: A Holistic Approach to Solving Crime
Smarter Cities

Redguide, published 23 Jun 2014

IBM® i2® Integrated Law Enforcement is a single solution that supports three primary types of user communities with three major logical components:
- Intelligent Operations, serving the command and operational community
- Intelligence Analysis, serving the analyst and investigative community
- Integrated Policing, serving the front line officer community
i2 Integrated Law Enforcement offers a modular design and flexible deployment options. Agencies can choose to deploy the entire preconfigured law enforcement solution or they can gradually deploy modules ... [more]


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Mainframe Modernization and Skills: The Myth and the Reality
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 27 May 2014, last updated 31 May 2014

In April 2014, IBM® celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first mainframe computer, the System/360. Growth over that time has been such that today, much of the world's business runs on IBM mainframes, including 97 of the world's top 100 banks. Yet perhaps because it has been around as long as it has, the mainframe is seen by some as not modern enough for today's demands. Defying predictions, the IBM mainframe is not only alive today, running much of the world's business, but its usage continues to grow. So to prepare for future resource needs, mainframe customers must adopt plans to onboard ... [more]


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Cloud Workloads on the Mainframe
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 21 May 2014

Far from being out of date, mainframes are used around the world to build robust, trusted clouds. Increasingly, organizations are turning to cloud computing to improve their IT responsiveness and to reduce costs. And for enterprise workloads, which require highly reliable and secure platforms to meet demanding service levels, many companies are building their clouds using a mainframe. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication discusses cloud workloads on the mainframe. A cloud built on a mainframe, such as IBM® zEnterprise® or others in the IBM System z® family, has several distinct ... [more]


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Using IBM Social Business to Take Your Business Relationships to the Next Level: A Game Changer for Small, Medium, and Large Businesses
Analytics

Redguide, published 5 Apr 2011, last updated 27 Mar 2014

IBM® defines Social Business as a business that embraces networks of people to create business value. Social businesses embrace technology to enhance relationships between employees, customers, and partners. They augment business processes and applications with social interactions and insight. They provide integrated activities that use business data and social data. Social businesses more fully integrate the collective knowledge of people-centric networks to accelerate decision making, strengthen business processes, and increase innovation that matters. This IBM Redguide™ publication ... [more]


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Accelerate Development of New Enterprise Solutions for the Cloud with Codename BlueMix
Cloud

Point-of-View, published 24 Feb 2014, last updated 10 Mar 2014

IBM® recently introduced Codename BlueMix, a cloud-based development environment for building, composing, managing, and running your new and innovative cloud applications in an open environment. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication discusses BlueMix, a cloud-based application development environment that supports the development lifecycle for the applications that are required in today's business environment. The paper also discusses the IBM open cloud architecture, software-defined environments, marketplaces, composable applications, and the new API economy. It describes how new ... [more]


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A Framework for Smart Grid Analytics and Sensemaking: The Mehta Value
Analytics

Redguide, published 6 Feb 2014

The growing complexity of electric power grids requires innovative solutions to effectively manage power grids and to enhance grid security and stability. Predictive modeling software can use the historical data to discover, among other things, failure order, failure relationships to components, and predictors associated with failures. This IBM® Redguide™ publication proposes a dedicated ad hoc synchrophasor network that is embedded within the smart grid. This synchrophasor is a device that can measure, combine, and analyze the time-stamped measurements from various locations on an electric ... [more]


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System z in a Mobile World
z Systems Software

Point-of-View, published 24 Jan 2014

As organizations engage with customers, partners, and employees who are increasingly using mobile as their primary general-purpose computing platform, these organizations have tremendous opportunity to transact—everything from exchanging information to exchanging goods and services, from employee self-service to customer service. This mobile engagement allows you to build new insight into your customer’s behavior so that you can anticipate their needs and gain a competitive advantage by offering new services. Becoming a mobile enterprise is about re-imagining your business around ... [more]


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Smarter Environmental Analytics Solutions: Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Example
Analytics

Solution Guide, published 19 Dec 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes a solution for implementing smarter environmental monitoring and analytics for the oil and gas industries. The solution implements real-time monitoring of environmental data to facilitate early detection of, and response to, operational events surrounding offshore oil and gas installations. The solution uses various sensors and sensor platforms to monitor critical parameters of the undersea environment. These parameters are used by various stakeholders to identify and evaluate the effects of oil and gas operations on the ... [more]


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Mobile Design Patterns: Push, Don't Pull
Mobile

Point-of-View, published 5 Dec 2013

When it comes to design patterns, the battle between push and pull has been ongoing since the start. Both models have their place. But the authors of this IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View article, including IBM WebSphere® VP Jerry Cuomo, argue that in many situations, pushing data to users as it changes can consume far fewer resources than a conventional pull pattern. The fact is that mobile users often pull (query) data that has not changed, putting needless strain on server and network resources. So the authors suggest pushing the most popular data to users’ devices proactively, whenever it ... [more]


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Smarter Cities Series: Understanding Fraud Investigation
Smarter Cities

Redguide, published 13 Sep 2013, last updated 11 Nov 2013

Fraud and financial crime is a significant, persistent, and evolving challenge to the public and private sector. It costs an estimated five to eight percent of revenues per annum and, overall, is measured in trillions of dollars. In addition to the direct financial impact, there is also a real risk of long-term damage to reputation, client confidence, and violation of regulations, leading to fines and an impact on shareholder value in the private sector, and loss of confidence in public bodies. Public awareness and nonacceptance of the costs of fraud and financial crime are also increasing. ... [more]


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Platform-as-a-Service: An IBM Perspective
Application Platform

Point-of-View, published 30 Oct 2013

Using a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model lets your organization standardize processes, lower costs, and realize faster time to value. An end-to-end PaaS environment can provide the following key advantages:
- Reduce lead time for launching new applications.
- Provide flexibility to support both cloud-centric or cloud-enabled workloads.
- Enable developers to easily build, deploy, and manage cloud applications while using services and frameworks that are available in a cloud environment.
- Capture changing trends in elastic cloud environment.
- Take advantage ... [more]


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Using IBM System z as a Hub for Business Analytics
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 29 Oct 2013

The phenomenal growth of global data volume in recent years originates from many sources, including automated business processes, web applications, and user-created content, as well as digital data that is generated through the instrumentation of the physical infrastructure. Taking advantage of this big data presents new opportunities for today’s organizations to accomplish tasks more intelligently and productively. The problem is that the necessary information is rarely available to the organization precisely when and where it is needed because the data is growing faster than IT processes ... [more]


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Enhancing Enterprise Systems with Big Data
Analytics

Point-of-View, published 24 Oct 2013

Big data is growing rapidly and driving a need within each enterprise for new tools and methodologies. This new data, when it is used in a comprehensive system, offers the potential for unique insights that drive new actions across the entire enterprise. Here are three areas that take advantage of big data:
- Marketing intelligence and media awareness
- Corporate governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance
- Operational efficiency
This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View demonstrate how discrete solutions can be innovatively combined to create a comprehensive ... [more]


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Smarter Analytics: Taking the Journey to IBM Cognitive Systems
Analytics

Redguide, published 1 Oct 2013

Cognitive systems move information technology (IT) beyond automating standardized administrative tasks. A cognitive system is trained to extract facts from different sources of information. It compares and contrasts this evidence to make a recommendation to a professional who is in the process of making a decision. When using cognitive systems, a professional asks for explanations of how the recommendation was calculated and might be prompted to supply additional facts about the current situation to guide and refine the recommendation. In this model, the human and machine are in a ... [more]


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Smarter Analytics: Increase Business Success by Applying IBM Business Analytics and IBM Smarter Commerce Solutions
Analytics

Redguide, published 26 Sep 2013

Today's successful businesses understand that customer centricity is a key to their success. They strive to increase customer satisfaction with every interaction. And they seek insights from available data, enabling them to personalize the customer experience at every touchpoint. These successful businesses go beyond simply offering a great sales experience, they aim to delight their customers at every point in the value chain lifecycle, from procurement, through marketing and selling, to post-sales service. IBM® Smarter Commerce™ solutions and IBM Business Analytics can help businesses ... [more]


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Fraud Detection Blueprint on IBM System z
z Systems

Solution Guide, published 13 Sep 2013

Payment fraud can be defined as an intentional deception or misrepresentation that results in an unauthorized benefit. Fraud schemes are becoming more complex and difficult to identify. It is estimated that industries lose billions of dollars annually because of fraud. The ideal solution is where you avoid making fraudulent payments without slowing down legitimate payments. This solution requires that you adopt a comprehensive fraud business architecture that applies predictive analytics. Payment fraud is a significant problem for industries, such as banking, property/casualty insurance, and ... [more]


The above is a list of IBM Redguides on IT Business Perspectives, showing most recently published first. IBM Redguides focus on the business view of technology that solves business issues, provides business value, or enables competitive advantage by applying existing technologies or exploring a roadmap for emerging technologies. These publications are available in Adobe PDF format and may be viewed on-line or downloaded for off-line viewing and printing.




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