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IBM Builds Business Analytics Cloud

Unveils Version for Clients

BI on Ulitzer

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, which will provide IBM sales teams and developers new levels of insight to better meet the needs of clients worldwide. The cloud will launch initially with more than a petabyte of data, the equivalent of more than 300 billion ATM transactions.

IBM also announced a new solution, the IBM Smart Analytics Cloud, for clients to build their own private cloud environments based on the same Cloud infrastructure that IBM is using internally.

IBM's Internal Business Analytics Cloud
Internally called Blue Insight, IBM's cloud environment democratizes information, providing access to a variety of client and market data regardless of where an employee sits in the company. It gathers information from nearly 100 different information warehouses and data stores, providing analytics on more than a petabyte (1,000 terabytes or 1,000,000 gigabytes) of data. By turning that data into insight for IBM's sales force and development communities, IBM will be able to deliver more value in the solutions and services it offers to its clients. More than 200,000 IBMers will have access to the new system.

"This new cloud and the insights that our analytics will provide are the next step in the continuous transformation of our business to better serve our clients," said Pat Toole, chief information officer (CIO) of IBM. "I expect this first-of-its-kind approach will help drive both new growth opportunities as well as have a significant impact in cost savings, which is exactly the kind of client-focused value that businesses are asking of their IT organizations."

Structured and unstructured data will be available in the cloud and accessible from anywhere to provide IBM employees and executives with specific insights:

  • Sales teams will have a deeper understanding of a client's relationship with the whole of IBM from around the world - not just their region or product group - and be able to better predict which products and services would deliver the most client value based on this view.
  • Product development teams will be able to quickly analyze sales information, industry trends and customer perceptions, and adjust product planning and development specifications accordingly.
  • A manufacturing process engineer will be able to evaluate real-time data on the plant floor to identify trends and adjust manufacturing processes as needed to improve yields and reduce shipment delivery times.

Blue Insight will run on a System z10 mainframe computer with 48 processors (32 processors for production, 18 processors for development and test environments) and strong cryptography - capable of handling up to 10,000 secure transactions per second, with redundant backup support.

IBM Smart Analytics Cloud offering for clients
In addition to consolidating, virtualizing and delivering its own business intelligence via a cloud model, IBM will offer clients a solution to do the same. Today IBM is also announcing the IBM Smart Analytics Cloud - a private analytics cloud solution for large enterprises. IBM Smart Analytics Cloud provides easily-consumable business intelligence services, systems and software to help customers efficiently deliver shared business intelligence services across lines of business and functional organizations.

IBM's own Analytics Cloud deployment served as the template for this solution offering, which features:

  • IBM services - enables a client to transform its corporate business intelligence (BI) strategy and achieve rapid return on investment with planning and strategy sessions, installation and implementation of the Smart Analytic cloud solution, as well as optimization of the cloud for the enterprise.
  • IBM Cognos 8 BI - provides the BI capability for the cloud, offering a broad range of business intelligence services, including reports, analysis and dashboards to monitor business performance, analyze trends and measure results.
  • IBM System z - supports the foundation for the cloud with z/VM, industry-leading virtualization running Linux on efficient "specialty engines" for massive scale with resilient, secure, multi-tenant operations.

In the recent IBM Global CIO Study of more than 2,500 CIOs around the world, 83 percent of respondents identified business intelligence and analytics - the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights - as the top way they will enhance their organizations' competitiveness and ability to meet client needs.

Blue Insight will join a number of other successful Cloud and Analytics implementations running inside IBM today:

  • Technology Adoption Program: IBM's TAP Cloud, based at IBM's Green Innovation Data Center in Southbury, Connecticut, enables employees to become early adopters and evaluators of technology, with more than 125,000 employees accessing more than 100 previously-unavailable technology programs from a self-serve menu.
  • IBM's Research Cloud, called RC2, has enabled thousands of IBM Research and Development team members to access technical applications they need for research projects. It has saved IBM more than $500,000 in deployment costs in the past year alone.
  • On Target: an analytics program that is a prospecting tool to identify additional client opportunities. It has already identified more than 100,000 sales leads for IBM.

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates in New York City

SYS-CON Events announced that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together.

The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities can be obtained from Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at), by phone 201 802 3021.

SYS-CON's International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held each year in California, New York and Prague is the leading event covering the fast-emerging Cloud Computing market for Enterprise IT professionals. Co-located with the International Virtualization Conference & Expo, the combined event delivers the #1 i-technology educational and networking opportunity of the year for those seeking to establish a market lead anywhere in the multiple layers of the Cloud Computing ecosystem.

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo
At the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, November 2-4, 2009, being held in the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, more than 50 sponsors and over 2,200 delegates will find out how cloud computing is transforming the way that enterprises everywhere build and deploy applications.

Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. The event is co-located with our 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo.

Cloud Computing Expo 2009 West keynotes, November 2-3, 2009, in the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, will be delivered by Richard Marcello, Unisys President of Systems & Technology; Shelton Shugar, Yahoo! SVP Cloud Computing; and Richard Sarwal, Oracle VP of Development for Enterprise Manager.

Delegate Registration Options
Cloud Computing Expo ( delegates can pre-register for the conference online with $800 savings here:

Sponsors and Exhibitors of the 4th Cloud Computing Expo
Sponsors and exhibitors of the upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 2-4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA) represent the leading technology providers of the Cloud Computing revolution, including:

About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media ( has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers 24x7x365 through a comprehensive content stream at -- focused on 35 main subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security -- interwoven with market leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among others Cloud Computing Expo (, Virtualization Conference & Expo (, Government IT Conference & Expo (, Cloud Computing Bootcamp (, Cloud Expo Europe ( and now UlitzerLive! New Media Conference & Expo (

SOURCE: Ulitzer, Inc.


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