IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2017 - 6
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON
Learning About Cognitive
n October when I attended the IBM World of Watson,
I took the opportunity to immerse myself in the full cognitive
experience: attending sessions and demonstrations, visiting
IBM booths to see what they were showcasing and talking
to vendors about how their products play a role in cognitive
computing. I even tweeted about the Marchesa cognitive dress, which lights up in
different colors based on the sentiment of tweets about it. All of the things that are
possible now and being worked on for the future because of cognitive learning
are incredible, and I was getting a firsthand look at the next big thing.
IBM has since brought cognitive learning to the mainframe
as IBM Machine Learning for z/OS*. Machine learning allows
cognitive systems to learn, reason and engage in personalized
ways. With IBM Machine Learning for z/OS, organizations and
data scientists can quickly create, deploy and continuously
monitor analytic models, helping make better decisions faster
so they can understand their clients' needs. Learn more about
IBM Machine Learning in the cover story on page 26. In the
feature story on page 30, find out why the IBM z Systems*
platform-where everything is already on-premises-is poised
to take advantage of machine learning.
Australia-based Bankwest is making it easier for its banking
customers to do business by having modern technologies in
place, including mobile and online solutions. Read about it in the
case study on page 20. Also inside, Java* is creating a connected
mainframe capable of modern development, delivering portability, security and other benefits. Read about it on page 10.
And starting this month, IBM Hot Topics shifts to
year-round coverage. Find new articles in the March/April
and July/August print issues and monthly at
ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/Hot-Topics. The first
article, on page 48, dives into how IBM Machine Learning
is supported by Apache Spark.
If what I learned at World of Watson is any indication, what
we have seen so far from IBM Machine Learning for z/OS is just
the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to continuing to follow
and cover what capabilities are possible when machine learning utilizes the power of the z Systems platform.
Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor
Duluth, Drafts and a Dog
Sonnenzimmer, the partnership of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi,
designed the art for Solutions on page 54. They are equal parts balancing act between
art and design and radical reclamation of all aspects of visual expression. Because of
that, the studio is grounded in the lasting potential of the graphic arts, while exploring
the physical and conceptual friction between abstraction and communication.
Gene Rebeck, writer of the cover story on page
26, is a freelance writer specializing in business,
technology and economic development. Gene
lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where he enjoys
savoring locally crafted beers, strolling with his dog
among the area's many bucolic landscapes and
exploring the old industrial and railroad sites that
are also abundant in his neck of the North Woods.
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