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leverage the data fed by meters to transformers, transformers to feeders, and feeders to the utility —pinpointing data received to a specific area/asset/ zone. Trends could be viewed in more detail. Workflow processes could seamlessly route event information and alerts for rapid follow-on actions. Communicating with external systems, the solution could automatically trigger suitable system response.

Rise to the Challenge While big data presents significant opportunities for organizations, its collection and usage poses challenges. It requires an organization to have a well-thought-out information strategy that encompasses data collection, storage/warehousing and analytics. That information strategy also should incorporate an accurate assessment of your current IT infrastructure— systems, storage, data warehousing, customer relationship management (CRM) or ERP applications that would digest data feeds, and analytics. Integration of data and data quality are other considerations. It usually falls to the CIO or CTO in an organization to strategize this plan in consultation with sales, marketing, finance, operations, etc. Ultimately, your data helps you determine the best strategy for your organization moving forward, and your strategy helps you prioritize which data-related projects you address first. With big data comes a requirement to store, warehouse, integrate and analyze data. Many vendors offer tools to maximize efficiencies and optimize the return on information. Integrating all of your databases and information assets allows you to centralize your data in a single repository—like a data warehouse. Extract, transform and load (ETL) software and integration adapters speed the movement of data into a warehouse.

Innovations have positioned organizations to take advantage of BIG DATA.
Once the data is in the warehouse, your analysis can begin. Initially this would incorporate data quality through master data management. In addition to allowing you to evaluate, monitor and manage data quality in different information systems, this process prevents incorrect data from entering these systems in the first place. Doing so significantly accelerates the processing of sophisticated computations and other large or complex projects by breaking them up and distributing them across multiple technology assets. Innovations in hardware and software have positioned organizations to take advantage of big data. Servers have leaped forward in processor speed and virtualization; this ensures that multiple databases, a data warehouse and key applications, like ERP and CRM, can be leveraged for maximum business-analytics efficiency. data and application adapters and ETL tools, and making use of large data sets is not an insurmountable challenge. Nevertheless, an organization first needs a vision and strategy for optimizing resources, data and hardware, and implementing analytics. Systems integrators and management can determine the path for data, while software vendors armed with enterprise-integration and business-analytics applications can work together to realize the vision and strategy for capitalizing on big-data analytics. These are exciting times, filled with buzzwords and technological innovation, and there’s no better time to act upon those innovations to fuel change and growth at your organization.

New Lease on Life Legacy servers and applications can see new life with big data. Integration of these assets can be achieved easily via

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
Contents
On the Web
Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
Solutions
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - On the Web
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Resources: Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - BG2
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