IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015 - (Page 5)

IBM PERSPECTIVE Opening New Options for Real-Time Analytics T PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT GREENSLADE he introduction of the IBM z13* mainframe earlier this year represented a major leap in analytic capabilities. For the first time, the z13 system allowed organizations to conduct analytics and process transactions at the same time, delivering real-time insights that can be used to positively affect business outcomes as the transactions are happening. The potential impact is immense. The new in-transaction analytic capabilities can allow companies to conduct fraud analysis on every transaction, delivering savings by identifying and preventing improper payments. Companies also can use the new capabilities to tailor offerings at the point of sale, creating opportunities to add revenue by providing additional value for each customer. As we've added these analytic capabilities, we also have taken steps to make them more accessible, continuing to move down a path within IBM z Systems* that expands our ecosystem so that more developers and organizations can take advantage of our unmatched speed, security, reliability and availability. Analytics has emerged as an area where we've made tremendous progress. This year IBM enabled Apache Spark for Linux* on z Systems and will add enablement for z/OS* by the end of the year. Data scientists can now use the common framework of Apache Spark for analyzing data on our platform. We have formed partnerships with Zementis, Rocket Software and Elite Analytics to add new analytic offerings and services for clients. Zementis has made its realtime predictive analytics solution available on z/OS, providing more choices for organizations looking to drive real-time insights into their transactional systems. Rocket Software has announced support for the Rocket Mainframe Data Service for Apache Spark z/OS, making it easier to manage multiple, disconnected sources of data in the context of z Systems Apache Spark. Elite Analytics will provide new services and leading expertise to help companies develop, manage and execute predictive analytics projects on z Systems servers. We also continue to move forward in adding new open-source and ISV software and tools that have become leading choices for handling large amounts of data. We announced in August the launch of IBM LinuxONE*, a new portfolio of Linux-only systems based on the mainframe, and the enablement of Docker, Chef, MariaDB, MongoDB and PostgreSQL. And for those of you in IT administration, new z Systems analytics capabilities can be brought to bear on day-to-day responsibilities as well, enabling you to more efficiently manage capacity, solve problems faster, and even predict potential issues and take corrective action before service is disrupted. These moves all add up to more choice, greater flexibility and a faster path to actionable insights. Organizations can combine the software and tools they want to use with the advanced capabilities of the z Systems platform. We're eliminating the need for special mainframe skills and bringing down barriers to leveraging z Systems as part of the broader network. When it comes to analytics, this means organizations can spend more time focusing on ways to use new insights to better serve customers and less time worrying about the technical issues for gaining these insights. MIKE DESENS Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM z Systems NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 // 5

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

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2015
Table of Contents
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