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What is IBM Streams?

Real-time analytics for real-time decisions

Make sense of your data, turning fast-moving volumes and varieties into insight with IBM® Streams. Streams evaluates a broad range of streaming data — unstructured text, video, audio, geospatial and sensor — helping organizations spot opportunities and risks as they happen.

Combine Streams with other IBM Cloud Pak® for Data capabilities, built on an open, extensible architecture. Help enable data scientists to collaboratively build models to apply to stream flows, plus, analyze massive amounts of data in real-time. Acting upon your data and deriving true value is easier than ever.


IBM Streams FAQ

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about this product.

Where did IBM Streams come from?

IBM Streams is a premier streaming analytics engine, developed as a joint project between the U.S. government and IBM Research.

The project's goals were to process any type of data as fast as possible and have a scalable architecture. IBM Streams first became available commercially in 2009. Since then, multiple government and private industry customers have chosen Streams for vital real-time use cases.

Why should I care?

Companies around the world have increasingly more pressure to respond to events in real time, as the amount of necessary data increases exponentially. As examples. look at the data generated on social networks, the Internet of Things and weather apps. IBM Streams has also been adopted by the Weather Company (IBM) as a critical component of its "fabric."

How do I get started with IBM Streams?

The best way to get started is to complete the IBM Streams introductory lab available on streamsdev.



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