IBM Streams has given us the ability to improve turnaround times on code we use in our production environment. So what might have taken us 18-24 months in the past has all been eradicated now.

Adam Splitter, Knowledge Architect within the Technology Improvement Department, Cerner Corporation

Business Challenge story

As the role of technology becomes ever more critical in modern healthcare, physicians need to know that the IT systems they use will be available whenever and wherever they need them. Cerner was in need of the ability to rapidly identify and address IT performance issues, and develop predictive models to warn of potential future problems.


To enable analysis of operational data at greater speed and depth, Cerner embraced stream computing technology from IBM. Cerner uses IBM Streams to pull data from its Apache Kafka data pipeline, and apply sophisticated algorithms to transform each new record in real time.


The direct integration between IBM Streams and Apache Kafka is a big advantage for Cerner, allowing the enterprise to treat Streams as its data ingestion platform. Because IBM Streams already includes useful out-of-the-box connectors, Cerner sheds the need to spend time and money building its own interfaces. The solution helps Cerner Corporation boost IT performance, delivering a seamless user experience that helps clinicians gain instant insight into their patients and make smarter treatment decisions.

Solution Category

  • IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Solution Components

    • Streams