Business Intelligence is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, providing access to, and analyzing data for the purpose of helping enterprise users make better business decisions. The term implies having a comprehensive knowledge of all of the factors that affect your business. It is imperative that you have an in depth knowledge about factors such as your customers, competitors, business partners, economic environment, and internal operations to make effective and good quality business decisions. Business intelligence enables you to make these kinds of decisions.
Predictive analytics is a very useful way to "maximize the lifetime value of a customer," which, in many cases, involves optimizing marketing campaigns, increasing website interactions, converting clicks into conversions, and generally providing an intelligent next-best offer. This Roundtable Webcast will explore some of the ingenious ways predictive analytics is being used and driving positive outcomes.
In this first-release MQ, Gartner evaluates providers on service delivery, B2B Network/Collaboration, Integration Functionality and success in capitalizing on vision. Rated against an extensive 15-criteria evaluation, IBM earned one of only three Leader positions, and outpaced the competition in "completeness of vision," signifying our strength in delivering the most competitive solution to the marketplace.
Four technology trends—cloud computing, mobile technology, social collaboration and analytics—are shaping the business and converging on the data center. But few data center strategies are designed with the requisite flexibility, scalability or resiliency to meet the new demands. Read the white paper to learn how a good data center strategy can help you prepare for the rigors and unpredictability of emerging technologies. Find out how IBM’s predictive analytics are helping companies build more accurate, forward-looking data center strategies and how those strategies are leading to more agile, efficient and resilient infrastructures.
Capitalizing on the transformative potential of private cloud requires leveraging the differentiators that will drive exponential value down the road. This IBM white paper discusses the core differentiators that drive transformative business value and to how best incorporate them into your environment, based on the latest research, technologies and solutions.
Flexible workplace forward thinkers are reporting productivity increases and cost decreases of 20% or more. Learn to achieve these benefits for your business by downloading the IBM executive report Achieving success with a flexible workplace: Forward thinkers’ best practices to enhance productivity, spur innovation and reduce costs. The report contains findings from a recent IBM survey covering user mobility, user support, collaboration and security.
This white paper, based on original IBM research with analysis by IDC, offers a Mobile Infrastructure Maturity Model and documents the best practices and characteristics of organizations that are leaders.
Building a mobile collaboration or bring-your-own-device solution requires three things: mobile applications, the mobile devices themselves and the network that underpins them both. Often, the network and its capabilities take a back seat to applications and devices—which can ultimately lead to poor performance or an inflexible infrastructure. Find out how to develop the type of network that truly supports mobile devices, applications and unified communications programs, thereby establishing the foundation for stronger mobile solutions.
If you're unhappy with the state of your current disaster recovery operations, this Q and A is a must-read. IBM cloud experts share information on how cloud computing can provide nearly instantaneous failover and failback of critical business applications. This type of speedy recovery keeps your organization running in the event of disaster or disruption, limiting the risk of business losses and brand damage.
Business needs, market trends, and customer demands are forcing IT teams to deploy applications at a rapid rate. The frequency of the deployments can invoke human errors, failed deployments, and outages. This paper will guide you through seven best practices that will strengthen the way applications are released to production.
Philip Howard of Bloor Research compares performance capabilities of the leading BI platforms. Companies studied in this comparison are IBM (Cognos, DB2 with BLU Acceleration), SAP (BusinessObjects, HANA), Oracle (Business Intelligence, Exadata) and Microsoft (Business Intelligence, SQL Server).
His conclusion? "DB2 with BLU Acceleration should not only provide better performance in the first place but also provide consistent performance, with a corresponding requirement for less hardware and less cost."
This IDC white paper takes a look at the current state of enterprise email and the perceived and real problems that surround its use. The paper discusses the changing nature of collaboration and work fueled by the social Web by examining current email trends and the emergence of new social collaboration tools. Rather than envision "a world without email," it reveals a future where email converges with social tools and grows into an innovative hybrid productivity tool to help support the new collaborative enterprise.
This ebook presents an overview of the B2B integraiton landscape: its challenges, its opportunities, and the approaches that leading organizations follow in developing a robust and scalable EDI solution. It also summarizes the IBM B2B Cloud Services offering, with real-world examples of how companies are leveraging the IBM Cloud to Excel amid escalation global complexity, demand volatility and new customer requirements.
Financial organizations are under intense pressure to grow their business while keeping costs in check and meeting regulatory requirements. This can be a huge challenge for banking leadership and especially those managing payments infrastructures. How can banks improve business agility and ensure faster compliance? Integrated transaction management hubs deliver differentiated products to customers now, provide a platform for future and enable ongoing market share growth.
To help enterprises create trusted insight as the volume, velocity and variety of data continue to explode, IBM offers several solutions designed to help organizations uncover previously unavailable insights and use them to support and inform decisions across the business. Combining the power of IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management (MDM) with the IBM big data portfolio creates a valuable connection: big data technology can supply insights to MDM, and MDM can supply master data definitions to big data.
Salesforce.com is an industry leading cloud CRM solution which helps organizations streamline and effectively manage sales processes, customers and opportunities. The effectiveness of these initiatives can be improved dramatically by providing Salesforce with a 3600 view of the Customer to overcome the limitation of fragmented data that Salesforce currently relies on.
This paper discusses how InfoSphere capabilities can be used to create comprehensive and accurate 3600 views of your customers from internal and external sources. This data is integrated seamlessly within Salesforce.com to help your sales teams get a complete view of the customer to help find the right contacts, allocate resources efficiently and identify new opportunities. This helps your sales teams be more efficient, effective and ultimately improve your win rate and drive more revenue.
Download this FREE whitepaper from CRM magazine and earn how your company can reap the full benefits of predictive analytics, by bridging the chasm between building predictive models, and actually deploying them.
To compete in today’s rapidly changing business environment, organizations need to capture, analyze and act on information rapidly. If they can quickly identify trends, discover patterns and generate new insights, they can address a wide array of strategic and operational goals—from increasing customer loyalty and creating targeted marketing offers to enhancing operational efficiency and reducing risk. In their report, Business Value of Big Data on Power Systems, NC State University talks about unlocking the business value of big data, and how IBM Power Systems can deliver the foundation for organizations to bring insight to the point of impact faster.
In a world that demands scalability, modularity, quality, fast performance and a best practices approach is key to ensuring predictable results for the business. IBM’s PowerLinux Open Source Infrastructure Services solution is a workload-optimized system that meets or exceeds best practices for a virtualized infrastructure at a reasonable price point. The PowerLinux solution can help turn today’s IT infrastructure into a well-tuned utility, providing a more flexible, scalable and valuable asset to the business.
In 2013, Bon Ton Stores invested in upgrading IT, continuing to update and expand its eCommerce sites, and launching a new mobile site supporting delivery of promotions and online purchasing. A central aspect of this technology upgrade involved the replacement of an x86 server environment, supporting eCommerce with ten IBM® PowerLinux™ 7R2 servers and IBM PowerVM® running IBM WebSphere® Commerce on SUSE Linux operating systems. This case study highlights of some of the key aspects of this significant migration and its results, including how Bon-Ton IT executives support the business and what they prioritize, why they decided to make this move, what performance and capability resulted, and how it affected full data center costs and business resilience.