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CURRENTS When MILLISECONDS Matter Architect real-time analytics into operational systems for competitive advantage J ust as everything is "in the cloud" these days, it seems that every analytic operation is performed in "real time." But in truth, the definition of real time can vary widely, depending on the use case. Paul DiMarzio develops and executes IBM's worldwide z Systems big data and analytics portfolio marketing strategy. James Taylor, CEO, Decision Management Solutions, offers a taxonomy of decisions (ibm. co/1EiZi8c) that can be helpful in this discussion. Among them: ĀÃ 6WUDWHJLFÃGHFLVLRQVÃDUHÃWKHÃ C-suite decisions that guide the overall direction of the enterprise, such as "Should we expand overseas?" ĀÃ 7DFWLFDOÃGHFLVLRQVÃPDQDJHÃDQGÃ control operations. These decisions operationalize strategic decisions, as in "What product should we promote today?" ĀÃ 2SHUDWLRQDOÃGHFLVLRQVÃSXWÃ policy into practice, handling each and every customer interaction. For a payment processing system, a typical decision would be, "Is this payment request valid?" with BLU Acceleration* for Linux* on z Systems. Operational Decisions Strategic and tactical decisions are nearly always finalized by humans, who use analysis to inform their choices. Real time, in this context, means getting those reports back within hours or minutes as opposed to days or weeks. The vendors using this "real-time" qualifier are more realistically experiencing "right time" analytics. In actuality, real time is far faster. The z Systems* platform provides solutions that can produce results when needed-in particular the IBM DB2* Analytics Accelerator for z/OS* and DB2 Operational decisions are invariably tied to transaction processing systems, which execute hundreds of thousands to millions of transactions daily. Each transaction is the opportunity to put in play a decision that can either improve business results (e.g., suggest-selling) or lower business expense (e.g., detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse). Because a customer is often waiting at the other end of these transactions, service-level agreements (SLAs) are typically measured in subseconds. If you're NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 // 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015
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IBM Perspective: Opening new options for real-time analytics
Editor's Desk: Predictive analytics enhances purchases
Infographic: Breaking down the mainframe skills gap
Partner PoV: IBM z Systems clients must manage existing and emerging assets together to get the most value
Focus on Storage: The IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined solutions simplifies storage management
Currents: Architect real-time analytics into operational systems for competitive advantage
Cover Story: Dynamic Spark: IBM brings the Apache project's analytics power to Linux and z Systems servers
Feature: Personal Shopper: Retailer optimizes analytics to drive a more customized client experience
Tech Showcase: In a roundtable, distributors discuss how IBM LinuxONE enables flexibility for users
Tech Corner: Runtime Diagnostics and Predictive Failure Analysis V2.2 improve z/OS availability
Solutions: Strobe 5.2
Stop Run: IBMer volunteers time to educate people about malaria and technology
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015