Cognitive and the role of operations analytics

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Cognitive-based solutions offer users the ability to take action by analyzing and recognizing relevant data, sensing patterns, isolating trends, adapting to ecosystem changes and suggesting alternatives. When lessons learned from dependent infrastructure and the broader ecosystem of integrated offerings are factored in, cognitive-based solutions provide a picture in real time to optimize a decision. They can also recommend the best response.

This calls to mind my favorite hobby: scuba diving.

I started diving in my early teens. Since my first experience in the early 70s donning a pair of fins, a tank and a regulator, I have enjoyed underwater exploration. I remember a number of challenges: limited view on the remaining air in a tank, dependence on a J valve to indicate low air, and having to remember dive tables to factor in residual nitrogen time (RNT) for a correct total bottom time.

Today, these challenges are gone. A dive computer provides the information needed to make adjustments during and after the dive. It shows the remaining air pressure, tracks dive time, catalogs maximum dive depth and calculates the rate of gas absorption. It tracks water temperature, ascension rates, decompression stops, mandatory safety stops and alarms in a hazardous situation. It even provides an indication of when flying is safe after diving. Just like cognitive computing, this is all done based on ecosystem data.

The cognitive environment ecosystem

Similarly, cognitive-based solutions rely on a cognitive environment. In IT infrastructure this includes the software, systems and devices that make up the broader ecosystem. Each offering–those provided by IBM, business partners and others–contribute to terabytes of operational data that should be factored into management decisions.

Data also comes from other sources:

  • Software middleware stacks including application servers and databases
  • Systems and supporting operating systems like Linux
  • Attached storage devices like the IBM System Storage DS8000 series
  • Network related devices handling transaction throughput

So how do IT operations staffers achieve that “point in time” information perspective like the perspective from a dive computer? They do it by factoring in learning from the broader ecosystem and by supporting automation so that adjustments can be made.

Cognitive operations with IT operations analytics

By embracing cognitive operations and by incorporating algorithms for working time-series data generated in the IT infrastructure ecosystem, IT professionals can do what a dive computer is able to do.

Today IT staffs can start analyzing terabytes of operations data, identify relevant data, receive change alerts, notice anomalies, identify trends and provide views so action can be taken on important areas, all with options from IBM operations analytics. Adding integrated resources to represent the ecosystem like the underlying operating systems, middleware, storage, networks and applications allows this data to be included in operational analysis.

This provides the basis for moving forward with IBM on the cognitive roadmap for IT operations analytics.

Read more here on IBM operations analytics with a cognitive vision and the embracing of cognitive features.

Join us for IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas February 21-25. Don’t miss the following sessions covering aspects of IBM operations analytics:

  • NOA-6543: What’s Next for IBM Operations Analytics
    Attendees will learn about future product releases for IT operations analytics.
  • NOA-2682: Yes, You Can Predict Problems in Advance and Accelerate Resolution with Analytics
    Attendees will learn about how Vicom Computer Services Inc. created IBM Log Analysis integration packs for networking devices in the IT ecosystem.
  • NOA-2796: Diagnose IT Operational Issues and Report Trends to Avoid Outages Using IBM Operations Analytics
    Attendees will learn about how Persistent Systems has created Log Analysis integration packs for a variety of infrastructure products


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