MarineMax, (NYSE: HZO), the largest recreational boat retailer in the United States, is using IBM business analytics to streamline operational planning, improve decision-making, and enforce more consistent, collaborative information access across the company. Since implementing the solutions, the retailer has been able to cut inventory costs, improve return on marketing spending, and reduce overall planning cycles from months to just a few weeks, among other benefits. [Read more…]
IBM in “Leaders Quadrant” for Business Intelligence Services
Gartner has positioned IBM in the Leaders Quadrant in its report, “Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Services, North America, 2007.” According to Gartner, “the Leaders provide offerings that meet demand, as well as demonstrate the vision necessary to sustain their position as requirements evolve in the Business Intelligence (BI) market.” The report also states, “BI and performance management have significant impact across an enterprise. Organizations seek to achieve business value from the analysis of their information through the use of IT. Gartner forecasts the market for BI-related services to grow at a five-year compounded annual rate of 5.8 percent worldwide and reach more than $20 billion by 2010.” According to the IBM Global Innovation Outlook, the amount of digital information is expected to double every 11 hours by 2010. The most successful corporations will be those who master structured and unstructured information flow throughout their organization thus improving decision making and overall business performance. IBM’s Global BI Practice is committed to helping businesses gain more value from these information assets. As the complexity of managing these information architectures increases, organizations are facing new challenges that require new approaches and technologies.
IBM Global Business Services’ BI practice provides the industry’s broadest and deepest BI services, by providing the right balance and combination of industry, functional/operational, technical and change management skills to deliver comprehensive, value-added BI solutions. This combination provides a basis for integrated, business-driven solutions with demonstrable business return throughout the enterprise. [Read more…]
Cognos Announces Support for IBM Dynamic Warehousing Initiative
Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN) announced its support for IBMâ€™s new Dynamic Warehousing initiative, geared to helping customers use advanced analytics as part of a real-time business process, and unlock knowledge buried in both structured and unstructured information.
Building upon IBMâ€™s enhanced version of the DB2 Warehouse and based on the DB2 9 Viper data server, the initiative includes new IBM Balanced Warehouse packages, which are pre-configured combinations of software, hardware and storage technologies optimized to meet a wide range of dynamic warehousing requirements.
â€œCognos has been deeply involved in many major innovations with IBM in recent years. IBMâ€™s latest initiative is a positive step forward to helping organizations transform their static data into competitive assets, enabling customers in all industries to make better, faster decisions by delivering increased business insight to the right people at the right time,â€ said Rupert Bonham-Carter, associate vice-president of global strategic alliances at Cognos. â€œIBMâ€™s commitment to driving greater efficiencies on the back-end â€“ including with ever-complex data warehousing models â€“ ultimately translates into significant value on the front-end for our customers, which is deserving of our support and ongoing collaboration.â€ [Read more…]
IBM Launches Next Generation of Business Intelligence With Dynamic Warehousing
IBM (NYSE:IBM) today unveiled a comprehensive strategy to enable dynamic warehousing, a new generation of business intelligence capabilities that enable organizations to gain real-time insight and value from their business information. Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in IBM’s industry-leading pursuit of the global Information on Demand growth opportunity, which is helping customers transform their businesses by using information as a strategic asset.
With today’s announcement, IBM, the world’s second largest software company, is delivering capabilities that extend beyond traditional business intelligence and data warehousing techniques to allow global businesses and organizations of all sizes to streamline business processes, transform customer service, increase employee productivity, reduce business risks and generate new revenue opportunities.
IBM’s new Dynamic Warehousing strategy enables customers to use advanced analytics as part of a real-time business process and to unlock knowledge buried in both structured and unstructured information (free form text, e-mail, audio files, Web pages, etc.). This approach will also provide instant access to reliable and trusted business information in the context of activities being performed, whether it is supporting a customer, processing a claim or handling a transaction. [Read more…]
IBM Unveils Dynamic Data Warehouse Powered by DB2 9
IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a new dynamic data warehousing platform, built upon the industry-leading DB2 9 “Viper” data server, that is designed to help customers quickly and easily gain greater insight into their business information.
The new DB2 Data Warehouse 9 utilizes IBM’s patented pureXML technology that allows customers to efficiently store and use data in an XML format. XML is increasingly used as the standard data interchange format between disparate applications, businesses and domains. It also incorporates DB2 9 “venom” technology that compresses row data to reduce storage requirements, improve I/O efficiency, and provide quicker data access from the disk.
DB2 9 is IBM’s new data server and includes the most significant database technology enhancements introduced to the industry in more than two decades. Today’s announcement comes just two months after the launch of DB2 9 and continues the momentum of IBM’s data server which has added record numbers of new customers and compiled thousands of competitive wins over other vendors such as Oracle and Microsoft. [Read more…]