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Managing Data in Today's Information Overloaded World
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 13 Dec 2012

The landscape of today’s information infrastructure is continually changing. The amount of data that is being collected is increasing, and organizations are finding new ways to analyze, evaluate, and use the information that they collect. In addition, hardware trends are making it cost effective to capture new information sources and to automate data management. In the hardware arena especially, falling prices and increasing capacity for memory devices are reshaping the storage industry. Solid-state drives (SSDs), large amounts of RAM, and new I/O technologies influence raw system ... [more]


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Transforming the Way Organizations Think with Cognitive Systems
Watson

Point-of-View, published 12 Dec 2012, last updated 13 Dec 2012

Our data volume is exploding. But not just the volume of data, the type of data is taking on increasing forms, and the demand for speed at which we need to understand this data is accelerating. We need computers that can assess this flood of information so that we can mine the most value from our data. IBM® is leading the Cognitive Systems Era. It is transforming the way we use computers and technology to process information and natural language, creating the potential to change the way businesses use information and make decisions. As explained in this IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View paper, ... [more]


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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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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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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]


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WebSphere Commerce V7.0 Feature Pack 2 Search Solution Overview and Deployment
Commerce

Redbooks, published 13 Jul 2011, last updated 5 Aug 2011

This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on the enhanced search capabilities of the newest release of IBM WebSphere Commerce V7.0 Feature Pack 2. We divided this book into three parts to highlight search business-to-consumer (B2C) and search business-to-business (B2B) use cases and a conceptual overview of the search solution. This book can help you to enable the search features of WebSphere Commerce V7.0 Feature Pack 2 and set up the WebSphere Commerce search environment, experience the design and management of Solr indexes, and experience several B2C scenarios using the Madisons Feature ... [more]


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Connect Cloud and On-premise Applications Using IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Integration
Application Integration

Redguide, published 13 Jun 2011

To cut costs, drive productivity, and provide new capabilities quickly, companies are turning to cloud applications to meet their business needs. On a daily basis, users require access to various systems and applications, including cloud applications and on-premise systems and applications. It is vital that these applications and systems are integrated and function seamlessly, providing the user with the latest information. Known for industry-leading application integration solutions, IBM® has enhanced its solution portfolio with the acquisition of Cast Iron Systems™ and and its ... [more]


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IBM Data Center Networking: Planning for Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Cloud

Redbooks, published 9 May 2011

The enterprise data center has evolved dramatically in recent years. It has moved from a model that placed multiple data centers closer to users to a more centralized dynamic model. The factors influencing this evolution are varied but can mostly be attributed to regulatory, service level improvement, cost savings, and manageability. Multiple legal issues regarding the security of data housed in the data center have placed security requirements at the forefront of data center architecture. As the cost to operate data centers has increased, architectures have moved towards consolidation of ... [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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