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IBM Enterprise IT Automation Services: Dynamic Automation in the Age of Cognitive, Dynamic Learning and Self-healing Systems

Redguide, published 7 Jun 2016, last updated 29 Jun 2016

For decades, the IT industry has focused on ways to automate processes to increase IT productivity and efficiency and to reduce human errors. However, the focus is quickly shifting to enhance business productivity and outcomes and to provide innovation and faster speed to market. These improvements help to capture new markets and beat the competition in today’s business and technology race. Driving down cost and improving efficiency are key elements to achieve these goals because they help to free funds and resources to make strategic investments. Likewise, making sure that IT staff is ... [more]

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IBM PureData System for Analytics Architecture: A Platform for High Performance Data Warehousing and Analytics

Redguide, published 12 Nov 2014, last updated 8 Feb 2016

Success in any enterprise depends on having the best available information in time to make sound decisions. Anything less can waste opportunities, cost time and resources, and even put the organization at risk. But finding crucial information to guide the best possible actions can mean analyzing billions of data points and petabytes of data, whether to predict an outcome, identify a trend, or chart the best course through a sea of ambiguity. Companies with this type of intelligence on demand can react faster and make better decisions than their competitors. Continuing innovations in ... [more]

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Industrial Controls Security

Redguide, published 30 Dec 2015, last updated 6 Jan 2016

As cybersecurity threats evolve, we must adapt the way to fight them. The typical countermeasures are no longer adequate, given that advanced persistent threats (APTs) are the most imminent attacks that we face today. This IBM® Redguide™ publication explains why industrial installations are an attractive target and why it is so important to protect them in a new way. To help you better understand what you might be facing, we explain how attacks work, who the potential attackers are, what they want to achieve, and how they work to achieve it. We give you insights into a world that seems like ... [more]

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Building an API Bridge to Your IBM z Systems Applications and Data

Point-of-View, published 4 Dec 2015

Enterprises worldwide have a wealth of application logic and capabilities that have formed the backbone of their online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads for decades. This application logic and these capabilities are core business assets and are industrial strength, proven, and time-tested. The question enterprises are pondering today is: How can they extend the value these applications provide and reuse parts of the applications to reach new audiences? Application programming interfaces (APIs) make it possible for the enterprise's core assets to be reused, shared, and even monetized ... [more]

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Always On: Considerations When Adopting the Cloud

Redguide, published 13 Oct 2015

As organizations look to differentiate in the marketplace, they are increasingly shifting their focus to the cloud as a preferred model for developing and hosting their solutions. The use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the API economy is accelerating the rate by which organizations can deliver their solutions. Although the business value of the use of cloud computing and the API economy can be understood, the operational requirements to realize the business value are not understood; specifically, the operational expectation of the cloud being Always On. We assert that ... [more]

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Applying Analytics to IMS Data Helps Achieve Competitive Advantage
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 9 Oct 2015

Business intelligence and analytics helps organization use insights that are drawn from their operational data, which gives them a competitive edge. Traditional copying of data from the source platform to data warehouses is costly and can be a security exposure. Copying data ages data out of its productive use and impedes the delivery of business insight. Data warehouses traditionally do not lend themselves to data intensive analytics. The solution is to bring analytics to the data while retaining the quality of service required by organizations. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication ... [more]

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Taking Advantage of SAP Banking Solutions in an IBM zEnterprise Multiplatform Environment
Industry Solutions

Redguide, published 4 Feb 2014, last updated 22 Sep 2015

This IBM® Redguide® publication explores the business challenges that CIOs in the banking industry face today. It focuses on three core concerns: Ways to reduce the business risk that is involved with operating IT systems and improving infrastructure resilience, enabling business growth by quickly meeting increasing demands from customers, and meeting rapidly changing regulatory compliance requirements. This guide explains how the technology of the IBM zEnterprise® System running SAP for Banking solution solves these major challenges in a cost-effective manner. It provides insight for ... [more]

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IBM Public Safety Solutions for a Safer Planet
Smarter Cities

Redguide, published 7 Jul 2015

IBM® public safety solutions bring a unified approach to public safety that fosters interagency collaboration and provides foundational data integration, visualization, and analysis tools that drive analytics and insights. Public safety solutions from IBM provide the optimum knowledge tools for modeling, assessing, and managing responses to the incidents and the people who pose danger. Public safety solutions from IBM include advanced capabilities that provide unified support for the critical missions of the law enforcement and emergency and incident management communities. This IBM ... [more]

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IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality 2.0 Technical Overview

Redpaper, published 29 Jun 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication updated technical overview provides essential details about the data processing steps, message flows, and analytical models that power IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) Version 2.0. The new version of PMQ builds on the first one, released in 2013, to help companies efficiently monitor and maintain production assets and improve their overall availability, utilization, and performance. It analyzes various types of data to detect failure patterns and poor quality parts earlier than traditional quality control methods, with the goal of reducing ... [more]

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The Future will be... Worn

Point-of-View, published 15 May 2015

Wearable technology has exploded in popularity in recent years as the devices have grown smaller and better able to interact with other systems. Experts envision global sales of wearables hitting $30 billion by 2018. Today's market is dominated by devices for personal fitness and wellness, but other wearables segments (health and medical, infotainment, and military-industrial) are catching up fast. Tomorrow’s wearable innovations will likely emerge from efforts to overcome today’s technological inhibitors, such as the need for better and smaller power sources and greater security. IBM® ... [more]

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Smarter Infrastructure: Thoughts On Big Data and Analytics, A selection of posts published on the IBM Smarter Computing blog

Redguide, published 7 May 2015

This IBM® Redblook publication is a collection of selected posts that are published on the IBM Smarter Computing blog ( The Smarter Computing blog is the IBM official smarter computing or smarter infrastructure blog, contributed to by IBM specialists worldwide. Most of the authors have hands on experience implementing smarter computing solutions for various industries and on various IBM system platforms. The goal of the blog is to provide readers with a forum to discuss and debate the following smarter computing and smarter infrastructure topics:
- ... [more]

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Go Digital by Taking Advantage of Hybrid Cloud Patterns with IBM Operational Decision Manager and IBM Business Process Manager
Smarter Process

Redguide, published 24 Apr 2015

In general, there is agreement and overall understanding of the systems of record (SOR) and systems of engagement (SOE) view of enterprise architecture. Systems of insight (SOI) are new and represent a new element in enterprise architectures, capable of providing real-time situation detection and the ability to take timely actions. This IBM Redbooks® Redguide™ publication builds on the SOR and SOE premise and describes a hybrid cloud that offers a number of ways to derive business value by leveraging new engagement models and new born-on-the-cloud capabilities. The guide includes two ... [more]

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Analytics, Cloud Still Dominant, but More Looms on IT Horizon
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 15 Apr 2015

A new survey of thousands of IBM experts puts analytics, cloud, and mobile at the top of the IT trend list worldwide, reinforcing the company’s leadership and investment in these critical areas. Analytics remains atop of the ranking for the fourth straight year, as companies continue to seek more and better insight from their data. Cloud and mobile, too, remain firmly near the top, reflecting both continued demand for cost-saving hosted infrastructures and a growing reliance on devices that help users conduct business while on the move. But lists of trends are interesting for more than just ... [more]

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Smart Grid Cyber Health Assessment in a Big Bad Data World

Redguide, published 18 Feb 2015

We expect our electricity (for heat, air conditioning, and lights), water, and other utilities to be available whenever we want them. But our everyday essentials have become the target of our adversaries. Exacerbating the situation, when a part of the grid fails, we don’t know whether it is from natural causes or the actions of bad actors. Regardless, the failure needs to be fixed. Despite our diligence in the creation of new electric grid standards, these standards are not sufficient to address the urgent cyber threats and challenges that critical infrastructures now face. The lack of ... [more]

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Cloud Computing Simplified: The Thoughts On Cloud Way

Redguide, published 16 Feb 2015

This IBM® RedBlook™ publication is a collection of selected posts published on the IBM Thoughts on Cloud blog. Thoughts on Cloud is IBM’s official cloud blog, contributed by hundreds of cloud computing specialists worldwide from IBM and IBM Business Partners. Most of the authors have hands-on experience implementing cloud solutions for various industries. The goal of the blog is to provide readers with a forum to discuss and debate various cloud computing topics. Starting with the basic building blocks of cloud computing, we cover a wide range of cloud topics in this book. We do not go ... [more]

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Enhancing Value to Existing and Future Workloads with IBM z13
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 14 Jan 2015

Discover how to take advantage of advances in technology to address key demands on today’s mainframes: - Cloud computing, analytics, mobile access, social media, and security (CAMSS) put new demands on businesses and IT for enhanced resilience, performance, and scale. - The volume of data and increased file sizes push networks to their limits and stress quality of service. - A powerful, workload-optimized, open, agile, and highly secure IT infrastructure is required to meet customer expectations. This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication discusses the new I/O capabilities in IBM z ... [more]

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Retain and Delight Your Customers by Applying IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence

Redguide, published 6 Jan 2015

What if you knew which customers would most likely respond to a campaign or marketing promotion? Or knew which customers are at risk for attrition and if given the chance could provide retention offers that significantly reduced the risk of customer attrition? What if you knew the best cross-sell/up-sell opportunities with your customers? What if you and your organization knew the best action to take with each customer right now? How would it help your business if you knew each customer’s lifetime value? What if you could easily find ways to increase customer repeat visits and grow loyal ... [more]

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The Power of the API Economy: Stimulate Innovation, Increase Productivity, Develop New Channels, and Reach New Markets
IBM Z Software

Redguide, published 21 Dec 2014

The API Economy is the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services using web application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs drive the digital economy and companies that do not embrace the API economy will be left behind. The API Economy is key to accelerating value, improving business performance, and extending your business services and goods to the widest possible audience. Making sure your company is easy to do business with and creating paths to new business opportunities is why the API Economy signals a new business reality. Companies that seize ... [more]

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Stepping Forward into the API Economy
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 17 Dec 2014

The API Economy is changing the way we think about building applications (apps) and how business value is created. Several technology trends and digital economic trends (for example, the App Economy, Sharing Economy, and API Economy) are converging with industry, creating new opportunities for innovation and customer value:
- Industry-specific API ecosystems are growing rapidly.
- The API Economy changes how we think about building "things".
- Core technological underpinnings drive enterprise-level adoption.
This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication ... [more]

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Get Control of Your Cloud with IBM Cloud Orchestrator and Juniper Networks Contrail

Redguide, published 8 Dec 2014

Many organizations need the flexibility, security, and control that a private cloud offers, but they do not want the complexity or expenses that accompany many of today's cloud implementations. In addition, many CSPs are unsure how to most effectively and cost-efficiently address the challenge of implementing promising new virtual network capability into their multivendor physical network at scale. IBM Cloud Orchestrator can help organizations react quickly to changing demands, scale resources dynamically, and accelerate performance across diverse applications, infrastructure, and management ... [more]

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