Integration is an important part of most projects. Whether it is integration of transactions, data, or processes, each has challenges and associated patterns and antipatterns. In an age of mobile devices, social networks, cloud services, and big data analytics, integration is more important than ever. The scope of the challenge for IT projects is changing. Partner APIs, social networks, physical sensors and devices, are all important sources of capability or insight. It is no longer sufficient... [Continue Reading]
The importance of social business is growing exponentially as companies harness the explosive growth of mobile, cloud and big data to serve as the foundation for effective employee and customer engagement. Social business is all about various teams and individuals (employees, customers, and partners) working together and sharing information. IBM SmartCloud for Social Business provides the capabilities necessary for these teams and individuals to interact and move the business forward. Here... [Continue Reading]
DB2 with BLU Acceleration is an outstanding piece of technology. Its advanced, innovative capabilities are perfectly suitable to accelerate analytic workloads for data warehouses. Due to massive parallel processing abilities and automated optimization techniques, database tuning, indexes and aggregates are no longer needed. Thus storage requirements are lowered and the system uses other resources as memory and CPUs more efficiently. This new technology has been developed and integrated directly... [Continue Reading]
Want to get a leg up on deploying the new IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) Version 8.5? A recent IBM Redbooks publication describes the latest features of this popular BPM software and includes step-by-step tips to help ensure your set-up goes smoothly.
IBM BPM provides a common software platform for business process improvement and lifecycle governance. Built-in analytics and search capabilities enable individuals throughout an enterprise to contribute to improving and... [Continue Reading]
With IBM’s recent announcement of the POWER8 processor and architecture, IBM has developed a revolutionary generation of systems focused on the ever-growing big data and cloud needs of the world today. Every day, the world generates 2.5 billion gigabytes of data. Also, 90% of the world’s data was generated within the past 2 years. With this staggering amount of information, it is putting a strain on our infrastructure to process and store this information. IBM is excited to... [Continue Reading]
In times where business demands for ever rising availability levels on systems with a high workload, backup windows are closing fast. Offline backups become less and less possible and the need for an online backup solution is rising. The use of external storage and FlashCopy provides a possible solution in this area.
Here are 5 interesting facts to know about FlashCopy and IBM i:
1. FlashCopy provides a point-in-time copy
FlashCopy is a function of IBM storage... [Continue Reading]
Performance tuning can be a complex task. It is often time-consuming and requires different subject matter experts to work together closely. Tuning IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) systems for performance, in particular, requires knowledge of the modeled business processes all the way down to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), the database, and sometimes even the hardware layers.
The need for tuning a system can have different drivers. In a best-case scenario, tuning is part of your... [Continue Reading]
There’s a couple of new facts that may interest you, the first being that more than 950 million smartphones were sold worldwide in 2013, an increase of 42.3 per cent from 2012, according to a leading research group. The second is that smartphones now dominate the market with more than 50 percent of overall mobile phone sales.
Mobile is the current buzzword in the IT industry. Every day, on average, a mobile phone user checks their device 30 times per hour – that’s once... [Continue Reading]
Today’s environment presents many significant challenges for city leaders. It’s mind boggling the vast amounts of data (both structured and unstructured) that exist within cities. Lack of visibility inhibits the delivery of an optimal response which can increase budgets, create redundant resource requirements, and lengthen the time to resolution.
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center provides an executive dashboard to help city leaders gain insight into various aspects of city... [Continue Reading]
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center provides an executive dashboard to help city leaders gain insight into various aspects of city management. IBM Intelligent Operations Center is an integrated solution; it provides a rich set of capabilities that can be used out-of-the box and it also includes line of business tools that business users with domain expertise and no technical background can use to extend the solution easily and quickly.
In my job as an IBM Smarter Cities solution... [Continue Reading]
"Good things come in small packages." This is certainly true for IBM’s System z OSA-Express device, which is a powerful network control unit about the size of a paperback novel. Here are 5 things to know about OSA-Express features:
1. OSA-Express devices access the internet as well as intranets.
OSA devices are designed for high-speed communication in the mainframe enterprise backbone or between campuses, to connect server farms, or to... [Continue Reading]
I used to be a Field Technical Specialist many years ago, and one of my areas of interest was high availability clustering technologies. In those days I’d already heard about Stratus’ fault tolerant technologies and solutions that provided near-zero downtime for x86 servers and applications. Now, I’m very excited about the recent news that IBM and Stratus have partnered together to deliver the best of breed combination of highly reliable IBM System x servers and leading... [Continue Reading]
Many data center environments today have multi-tiered server applications. Although it is common to see a variety of middle-tier servers surrounding the System z data and transaction servers, there is a way to minimize the cost and complexity of the network. The solution can provide benefits in performance and availability, as well as minimizing ongoing support costs. T his solution involves consolidating servers onto the System z itself.
In addition to the zEnterprise... [Continue Reading]
On our Smarter Planet, the growth of information-centric processes is exploding. To handle vast volumes of data, users need a fast, secure, and available IT infrastructure. Oracle is one of the largest software providers in the world. Their latest database, Oracle 12c, has a version that runs on IBM zEnterprise systems. Mainframes like these process 70% of the world’s business data each day.
A partnership like this has brought results. Here are 5... [Continue Reading]
IBM® Wave for z/VM® is a virtualization management solution for IBM z/VM and Linux on System z®. This virtualization management software provides a simplified and cost effective way for companies to harness the consolidation capabilities of the IBM System z platform and its ability to host the workloads of tens of thousands of commodity servers. IBM Wave for z/VM is a complete management solution for System z-based virtual server farms.
This simplified user interface can be... [Continue Reading]