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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

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Anyone who’s played—or even watched—baseball knows something about real-time analytics. In the half-second it takes for the ball to travel from the pitcher’s hand to home plate, a batter has a multitude of questions to answer.

For organizations, business analytics gives them that “batter’s eye” to see what’s coming and react; enabling them to glean insights by analyzing data approaching like a 99 mph fastball. By effectively reacting to—or even predicting—events like shifts in consumer demand, supply-chain issues or social media trends, they can gain an edge over competitors.

That keen vision is enhanced further with the zEnterprise* EC12 (zEC12), the latest addition to the zEnterprise portfolio, announced recently by IBM. Get your first look at the zEC12 in our cover story. For more details, check out our online coverage at

In addition, this issue focuses on how IBM System z* technology can deliver a comprehensive, secure data analytics environment. It includes two features on the topic—one explaining how the mainframe can help conquer the chaos often brought on by data mart proliferation , and the other on how the new SPSS* Modeler 15 enables split-second decisions through real-time scoring.

No discussion of analytics would be complete without mentioning big data. That’s covered as well. The IBM Smarter Storage for Smarter Computing release helps clients embrace information growth, deliver information faster and manage storage with less complexity.

One company familiar with creating order from disorder is Commerce Bank. When its application-development processes became unmanageable, it turned to a change-management solution from ISPW.

For information on IBM business partner solutions, see the 2013 Mainframe Buyer’s Guide. Also included with this issue is the Women in Technology supplement featuring six key players in IBM’s larger ecosystem.

Clearly, data analytics requires the latest and greatest platform, tools, knowledge and approach. When all of those come together, organizations are assured of hitting one out of the park.

Mike Westholder is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition.



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