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IBM SmartCloud: Becoming a Cloud Service Provider
Cloud

Redguide, published 13 Dec 2012

Cloud computing opens a broad range of business opportunities across the computing industry and enables companies in other industries to provide services to their employees, customers, and partners. Cloud computing provides a compelling approach to addressing this opportunity. The IBM® SmartCloud™ for Service Providers portfolio can dramatically lower the business and technical barriers of entry to cloud computing. Companies rely on their business applications and systems as an integral part of their business. They can expand the business value of their applications and systems by using ... [more]


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The Era of Cognitive Systems: An Inside Look at IBM Watson and How it Works
Watson

Redguide, published 12 Dec 2012

IBM® Watson™ represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing. Watson builds on the current era of programmatic computing but differs in significant ways. The combination of the following capabilities makes Watson unique:
- Natural language processing by helping to understand the complexities of unstructured data, which makes up as much as 80 percent of the data in the world today
- Hypothesis generation and evaluation by applying advanced analytics to weigh and evaluate a panel of responses based on only relevant evidence
- Dynamic learning by ... [more]


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Taking Advantage of Cloud Computing to Meet Today's Business Needs
Cloud

Point-of-View, published 3 Dec 2012, last updated 7 Dec 2012

Companies today deal with a high degree of uncertainty, expanded regulation, rapid technology innovation, shorter product cycles, and global competition. To remain competitive, businesses must drive more value from assets, improve decision making under volatile conditions, and increase agility to react rapidly to changes and to reconfigure their business. Cloud computing offers reduced capital and operational expenses and delivers benefits in the following areas:
- A path to higher efficiency
- Agility in innovation and response
- Quality and dependability
- Increased ... [more]


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Exploring the Potential of IBM Smarter Analytics Solutions
Analytics

Point-of-View, published 29 Nov 2012, last updated 30 Nov 2012

Analytics can provide your enterprise with a better understanding of variability, future uncertainty, and your own clients. With the landscape constantly changing, you can gain a competitive edge by optimizing business processes, production planning, and human capital to make your business more efficient. By using analytics, your enterprise can achieve the following goals:
- Drive real-time business decisions by using Smarter Analytics solutions.
- Identify and follow the best course of action, based on facts and objective evaluation of alternatives.
- Make more ... [more]


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A Green IT Approach to Data Center Efficiency
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 30 Nov 2012

Companies are facing energy constraints, increased data demands, and rising power costs. Implementing green strategies, such as a green data center, can provide a competitive edge while benefiting the environment for the following reasons:
- Energy efficiency is a growing part of business efficiency.
- A green data center can meet growing data volume and increasing processing demand while managing escalating resource costs.
- An efficient, green data center can help your company reduce costs and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.
- Green initiatives ... [more]


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A Sweeping Approach to Security
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 29 Nov 2012, last updated 29 Nov 2012

Businesses and governments today must take a broader approach to securing information from malicious attackers or infiltrators. This task is not easy when users demand fast and convenient access to information that they expect to be protected. Consequently, organizations increasingly need to implement a smarter approach that relies on fine-grained control of access privileges and far field detection of potential and seemingly unrelated threats. Such an approach must also rely on multitier containment methods to isolate intrusions and to minimize damage. To adopt a broad security approach ... [more]


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How IBM Transformed its Asset Reutilization by Applying IBM Smarter Analytics Solutions
Analytics

Redguide, published 3 Oct 2012, last updated 8 Oct 2012

Manufacturers have long benefitted from reusing returned products and parts. This beneficial approach can help contain costs and can help the manufacturer play a role in sustaining the environment. Reusing returned products and parts aids sustainability by reducing the use of raw materials, eliminating energy use to produce new parts, and minimizing waste materials. However, handling returns effectively and efficiently can be difficult if the processes and systems do not provide the visibility that is necessary to track, manage, and re-use the returns. As part of continual improvement, IBM® ... [more]


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Transforming to a Smarter Core Banking Systems Environment
Industry Solutions

Point-of-View, published 3 Oct 2012

A volatile economic climate, ever increasing competitiveness and continuous pressure to meet regulatory requirements demand a flexible and cost-effective core banking systems environment. However, many existing core banking applications have been developed as silos, with limited possibilities for reuse and optimization. With the current state of technology, IT systems can be created that are responsive to business changes, provide intelligence to be competitive and meet service levels without compromise. IBM® has an end-to-end vision and solution to transform existing core banking systems to ... [more]


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Building a World-class Data Center Network Based on Open Standards
Industry Solutions

Point-of-View, published 3 Oct 2012

Data centers are undergoing a major transition toward a smarter, more dynamic infrastructure. More flexible IT architectures are emerging to address the demands of current business applications and new areas, such as cloud computing, multitenancy, bring your own device (BYOD), big data, and analytics. As part of the dynamic infrastructure trend, the role of data center networks is also changing. It is causing businesses to re-evaluate their current networks, which were never designed to handle modern workloads and applications. In light of these changes, the networking industry is ... [more]


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Smarter Analytics: Making Better Decisions Faster with IBM Business Analytics and Optimization Solutions
Analytics

Redguide, published 1 Oct 2012

Businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve their efficiency and to cut costs. However, situations arise that disrupt the best laid plans. For example, after a major storm on the east coast of the United States disrupts travel, an airline uses a sophisticated scheduling solution to reposition its crews so that the airline can recover and start flying more quickly than its competitors. A power company uses an advanced solution for dispatching power plants to generate electricity, achieving a return on investment in less than 10 days. A financial institution uses an ingenious way to ... [more]


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Transaction Processing: Past, Present, and Future
z Systems Software

Redguide, published 28 Sep 2012, last updated 29 Sep 2012

The role of IT is becoming more prominent in people’s daily lives and we are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. More and more business transactions are being automated, for example, ordering a book at an online bookstore or transferring money to a bank account in another part of the world. No matter the type of transaction, we want it to be accurate and we want to have no doubts about its outcome. Transactions are also becoming more complex, driven by new ways of conducting business and new technologies. Smartphones now allow us to conduct transactions anywhere and at anytime. ... [more]


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A Transformation Approach to Smarter Core Banking
Industry Solutions

Redguide, published 23 Sep 2012

The extensive experience brought by IBM to core banking transformation indicates that the most successful transformation approach is a progressive one in which modernization is a process that incorporates flexibility and business acumen, and can adapt as requirements change. Creating a componentized architecture that separates key constructs and their assets from the core transaction engine is a critical factor in achieving a successful transformation. Such a scenario makes the architecture the central concern and allows a bank to benefit from the necessary flexibility and efficiency. After ... [more]


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Using Entity Analytics to Greatly Increase the Accuracy of Your Models Quickly and Easily
Analytics

Redguide, published 13 Sep 2012

Analysts routinely face steep challenges as they attempt to integrate diverse enterprise-wide data. This statement is especially true when this data contains natural variability (for example, Bob versus Robert), unintentional errors (such as a transposed month and day in a date of birth) and professionally fabricated lies (such as a fake identity). Incorrect or incomplete integration can negatively affect any analytic solution that is built by using the data. By implementing Entity Analytics, analysts can overcome some of the toughest data preparation challenges with unprecedented ease. By ... [more]


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Developing a long-term EDI strategy with IBM B2B Cloud Services
Commerce

Redguide, published 21 Aug 2012

Electronic data interchange (EDI) was the standard for exchanging business transactions, purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and electronic funds transfers for over 25 years. In the last 10 years, EDI evolved with newer technology, especially with the ubiquity of the Internet. Because of these technological advancements, EDI is nearly as easy to use as email and is no longer an option for doing business. Instead, EDI is a business requirement. One of the major concerns of IT and business decision makers responsible for managing supply chains and the activities of their trading ... [more]


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Build a Smarter Data Center with Juniper Networks QFabric
Industry Solutions

Redguide, published 6 Mar 2012, last updated 7 Mar 2012

In this IBM® Redguide™ document, we highlight the key requirements for a smarter data center network and show how the data center fabric, a new switching architecture, provides the required performance, scalability, and management. We explore Juniper Networks’ QFabric, a revolutionary DCN fabric product, and describe how its characteristics and key network innovations provide real business value in rapid service deployment, cost-efficient service delivery, energy efficiency, and business resiliency and security. We examine Juniper's QFabric design, product software, hardware, and ... [more]


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WebSphere Transaction Cluster Facility
z Systems Software

Redguide, published 23 Jan 2012, last updated 30 Jan 2012

As with many companies, you likely have an IT environment that includes multiple, diverse technology platforms, applications, and assets. Furthermore, you are probably under constant pressure to rationalize and reduce this environment to a smaller set of target platforms and infrastructure that can enable cost reduction and reduce complexity. Although this is a sound approach that enables an IT executive to deliver bottom-line results, there are likely needs and trends in your industry or in your business that continues to justify your requirement for a diverse set of platforms and ... [more]


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The Business Value of the Jazz Architecture: How the Right Architectural Choices Unlock the Value of Lifecycle Tools
Application Platform

Redguide, published 13 Sep 2011

Almost as soon as software development entered the business mainstream, it evolved from being the work of a small handful of programmers to the product of a team operating within a recognizable lifecycle, incorporating identifiable activities of requirements definition, design, coding and test. Just as rapidly, practitioners and project managers alike recognized two essential truths: coordination between team members and across the lifecycle is both essential to delivering business value and extremely hard to achieve. Today, software delivery is both more complex and more business critical ... [more]


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Cloud Computing and the Value of zEnterprise
z Systems

Redguide, published 12 Sep 2011

The emergence of cloud computing delivery models for IT services has many executives thinking they can reduce costs and improve qualities of services for their user communities. But, not all server platforms are equal when it comes to cloud computing. The function-rich, highly secure zEnterprise infrastructure makes it an ideal environment for cloud computing. This IBM® Redguide™ publication highlights the distinctions of cloud computing on the IBM® zEnterprise System and its unique ability to integrate and manage workload-optimized software solutions spanning multiple server architectures. ... [more]


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Taking Back Control of Your IT Infrastructure: Consolidating to a Data Center in a Box
z Systems

Redguide, published 7 Sep 2011

The relatively recent advent of server virtualization for distributed systems has given companies much needed relief in dealing with server sprawl. However, consolidating all workloads “in place” on the same distributed-system architecture is not necessarily the best choice to maximize business agility while driving down expenses. The IBM zEnterprise System delivers a unique workload optimization and server consolidation platform that can help companies spend less on IT, and at the same time, deliver superior levels of service quality that can create improved business results. This IBM ... [more]


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Exploiting IBM SAFR to Solve Financial Accounting Challenges
z Systems Software

Redguide, published 29 Sep 2010, last updated 18 Aug 2011

Financial services companies face tremendous challenges related to information processing and financial reporting. Some of these challenges are caused by massive increases in both the amount of data and the complexity of financial systems that have occurred in recent years. Others are related to expanded regulatory demands for data transparency and compliance with specific reporting and audit requirements like International Financial Reporting Standards and GAAP. At the same time, the business demands that timely and accurate information be produced in a cost-effective manner, in ways that ... [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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