The Death of Business Intelligence

IBM commits $1bn for big data

Posted in Business Intelligence by neilwilson1984 on September 24, 2013

IBM is committing $1 billion to help clients capitalize on big data and cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data center in the post-PC era. The company is putting the money into Linux and open source technologies for IBM’s Power Systems servers.

As part of the investment, the tech giant announced two new developments, the first of which is a new IBM Power Systems Linux Center for developers, clients and partners in Montpellier, France. The new center is among a growing network of facilities around the world where software developers  can build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing using Linux and the latest IBM POWER7+ processor technology.  Similar centers have already opened in Beijing, New York and Austin, Texas.

Meanwhile, to serve the growing number of developers, business partners and clients interested in running Linux on Power Systems, IBM is expanding its Power Systems cloud for development.  The no-charge cloud service is ramping up its infrastructure to provide more businesses the ability to prototype, build, port, and test Linux applications on the Power platform as well as applications built for AIX and IBM i. 

IBM fellow and vice president of power development Brad McCredie revealed the new investment in front of more than 1,400 delegates at the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon conference in New Orleans.

He explained the investment will go into product research, design, development, ecosystem skills, and go-to-market programs for clients, developers, business partners, entrepreneurs, academics, and students. 

For McCredie the requirement for first class business intelligence is vital for firms operating in a fast-changing technological landscape.

“Many companies are struggling to manage big data and cloud computing using commodity servers based on decades-old, PC era technology. These servers are quickly overrun by data which triggers the purchase of more servers, creating un-sustainable server sprawl,” he explained.  “The era of big data calls for a new approach to IT systems; one that is open, customizable, and designed from the ground up to handle big data and cloud workloads.” 

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation commented: “The last time IBM committed $1 billion to Linux, it helped start a flurry of innovation that has never slowed.”

Meanwhile, IBM is introducing new cloud and mobile-enabled social business software and service capabilities which will allow executives to quickly move their business processes into the cloud to drive better decision making and increase productivity.

IBM SmartCloud Connections features File Synch and Share, which lets employees access the cloud and share files securely and in the way that works best for them, online or offline, on their smartphone or tablet, desktop application or browser.

For example, an executive can update a customer presentation on their iPad in real-time, incorporating feedback from a meeting that just ended. They can then synch the newest version into the cloud to ensure the entire team has access to the latest document. 

Pamela Webb from SafeGuard World International, which provides globally managed payroll services, has already seen an increase in productivity and benefits for clients.

She explained: “The ability to actively engage and have real-time visibility to project progress in a secure environment really gives our clients confidence in both the implementation process and our organization.”

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