“It should be clear to everyone that IBM’s intention is not to sell software, but rather, to sell complete solutions to business. It is obviously fashionable to talk about predictive analytics these days, and now IBM has the bonafides to do that, but no one else has the vast resources to attack a worldwide market with hardware, software and business consulting. The PriceWaterhouseCoopers acquisition provides IBM with not only an army of techies and implementers, but also with a vast repository to business/strategy consultants. I can say from personal experience that implementing analytics is only part of the solution. Unless you have the knowhow (and carry the portfolio) to operate as a change agent, your success will be attenuated. This is the real genius behind IBM’s effort.”—SPSS Is Not the Story; IBM’s Vision for Analytics Is | The Intelligent Enterprise Blog
Governor David A. Paterson announced the launch of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation’s Student Loan Marketplace, a dynamic, interactive Web site that provides the first transparent, online information and comparison service for private student loans. “HESC Marketplace ensures that New York’s private student loan borrowers will have easy access to the unbiased facts and information they need to evaluate and decide on the college financing options that best suit their individual situations,” said Governor Paterson. “This valuable resource will bring transparency and clarity to the often confusing process of choosing the right student loan.”
Eight of 10 students want universities to revamp traditional learning environments while over 90 percent want to join or start a Green Advocacy group at their campus. 64 percent of students believe that the world has a chance to reverse carbon emissions by 2025, and 60 percent believe that education and efficient transportation offer the best hope for sustainability of our cities. These are just a few of the findings of the Smarter Planet University Jam held by IBM April 21-24.
Wearable Wireless Sensor Market To Grow By 400 Million Devices
Around the world multiple social factors are putting strain on existing healthcare operations, but a new wave of interest and investment in wireless body sensors will help healthcare providers to improve treatment as well as increase efficiency and cut costs. Key to these benefits is the development of wireless sensors to measure important body parameters and communicate the data to remote systems. These developments are examined in a new study from ABI Research.
Today, IBM trotted out the first of these specialized systems, which it calls the Smart Analytics System. It also provided a technology preview of an add-on appliance for its System z mainframes, called the Smart Analytics Optimizer, that Big Blue said will substantially speed up queries on those mainframes, thereby not severely impacting the performance of the applications and batch jobs that run on mainframes.
That the Smart Analytics machinery was previewed today, at the same time that IBM announced its $1.2bn acquisition of predictive analytics software maker SPSS, was a coincidence. But IBM needed the predictive analytics software created by SPSS to round out its BAO boxes, which had real-time information culled from data warehouses but which will now be able to predict business - presumably about as well as we now predict the weather or deals like IBM taking over SPSS, which was on no one’s radar.
But forget those cynical thoughts for now.
IBM is excited about the BAO opportunity and market that it is largely defining by putting ERP, CRM, SCM, and other transaction-processing systems on one side of the data center and putting data marts, data warehousing, and analytics on the other.
I think IBM’s acquisition of SPSS will mark a seminal moment in that company’s evolution, and that it will also accelerate ” perhaps even greatly accelerate ” the broader evolution of the IT industry from one fixated on boxes and code that run internal operations to one that’s focused on providing insight and expertise that helps customers grow. It’s going to force IT companies of all stripes to stop spending way too much of their time thinking about the transaction that occurs when they make a sale and instead begin concentrating on driving interactions for customers.
Bob Evans, TechWeb’s Senior Vice-President and Content Director
President Obama’s intention of improving education started to take shape this week as the White House announced a goal of turning around 5,000 of the nation’s lowest-performing schools. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the stimulus bill—allows for $13 billion to be funneled into the Title I program, which distributes money to schools with high percentages of students from low-income families.
Smart business leaders are reconsidering their approach to information and decision-making. Instead of “checking their gut” they’re checking the facts by tapping advanced mathematics expertise for strategic analysis and optimization. Complex algorithms, previously the domain of academics, are now being used to solve formerly intractable business challenges.
Innovation in new product development for profitable growth
New Product Development and Introduction (NPDI) is possibly a Consumer Products (CP) company’s most critical business process, yet business process management and technology enablement are only now reaching R&D and Marketing. For CP companies, frequent and successful new product introductions are essential for organic growth and competitive differentiation.
A recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value determined two out of three organizations surveyed recognize the value of business analytics and are moving to apply them for business value. Still, many continue to depend on personal experience and informed intuition to make decisions.
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Norway’s offshore industry is considered a global leader. Because of this, IBM has established a Centre of Excellence in Stavanger to develop solutions for the oil and gas industry. Access to data from millions of measuring points on equipment and assets, such as pumps, valves, wells, etc, can realize NOK 300 billion over the next ten years according to a report from OLF.
“Ireland’s Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) to create and implement the infrastructure for an Integrated Ticketing System (ITS) across all public transport in the greater Dublin area. The e-payment system will enable commuters to use a single pre-paid smart card for travel on all buses, trains, trams and coaches in the city. The next generation automatic fare collection solution has the capacity to process up to 2 million transactions a day and can be extended to include other value added services such as Internet top-ups and micro-retail payments.”—Dublin Selects IBM for Citywide Smart Ticketing System - (via IBM Press)
“International Business Machines Corp. agreed to buy software developer SPSS Inc. for $1.2 billion, expanding Big Blue’s software portfolio and adding another deal to the growing list of recent acquisitions in the software industry. Chicago-based SPSS develops software that analyzes statistical data to make predictions. The software, known as predictive analytics, is used for survey and scientific research along with marketing, government and educational purposes. The companies said they expected to close the deal by year’s end.”—IBM Buys Software Firm for $1.2 Billion - WSJ.com
Building a more responsive, innovative learning environment
Video featuring effort by IBM and Syracuse City School District to improve overall results by putting in place a framework for setting performance goals and assessing results based on rigorous standards.
While forensics coaxes the details of a crime out of the physical evidence, analytics can coax the story of a crime out of the data; names, ID numbers, photos, videos, signatures, even information gathered decades ago. Take a look.
The University of Washington and IBM’s World Community Grid will study rice at the atomic level then combine that knowledge with traditional cross breeding techniques used by farmers throughout history. The goal is to develop stronger strains of the grain that could produce crops with larger and more nutritious yields.
If Morgan County successfully taps American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money, it could mean much more access to high-speed Internet in Morgan County and surrounding areas. Farmers could use wireless technology to monitor a tractor’s engine, transmitting information about its performance before it should fail due to a problem. Agricultural producers could also use a GPS application to keep track of yields, the amount chemicals like fertilizer they use or where irrigation water would do the most good through moisture sensors.
“Much as meteorologists predict the path and intensity of hurricanes, Indiana University’s Alessandro Vespignani believes we will one day predict with unprecedented foresight, specificity and scale such things as the economic and social effects of billions of new Internet users in China and India, or the exact location and number of airline flights to cancel around the world in order to halt the spread of a pandemic.”—Technology on way to forecasting humanity’s needs: physorg.com
“Providing cost-effective technology solutions is an ongoing challenge for today’s K-12 schools. With IBM Smart Business Virtual Desktop, more than 10,000 students in Pike County are able to easily and quickly access new courseware through private cloud desktops, and the school system is saving on expenses related to hardware updates, technology support staff and power usage. - Maritta Horne, Chief Information Officer of Pike County School District in Eastern Kentucky.”—IBM Readies Cloud for Business
“As a Fortune 500 company, Sinochem has always had an innovative IT culture to support our business, in sync with China’s national agenda of integrating industry and information technology. Cloud computing increases our flexibility in providing IT resources to meet the growing demands of our global business. With IBM CloudBurst and the technical expertise from IBM Cloud Labs in China, we will be able to pool and maximize our resources to run our global business on the most efficient infrastructure possible. - Mr. Peng Jin Song, General Manager, Information Technology, Sinochem.”—IBM Readies Cloud for Business
“Business Process Management (BPM) software and services from IBM help organizations optimize business performance by discovering, documenting, automating, and continuously improving business processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs.”—Dynamic Business Processes and Models
Water sector development in Africa is evolving from its initial approach of classical engineering solutions to water for growth, which focuses on a holistic social, political and financial approach to water infrastructure.
Stream Computing: For decades we've plugged computers into computers. Now we can plug them into the real world.
A neonatal intensive care unit. A buoy tethered deep in the waters of Galway Bay. A space center in Sweden. All three are sites where stream computing is being tested as a powerful new way of processing data.
IBM’s new middleware platform, also known as InfoSphere Streams, can ingest and analyze massive amounts of diverse data in real time and issue predictive bits of intelligence that can help its users make smarter decisions… about caring for critically ill preemies… managing a fragile marine ecosystem… and forecasting disturbances in “space” weather.