Big Data and Analytics: 10 Ways IBM Demonstrates Leadership

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-01-14

With the amount of data in the world growing every second and taking on more forms than ever—both structured and unstructured—big data holds valuable insights that can transform a business. IBM's eighth annual Information on Demand (IOD) and Business Analytics Forum, held late last year, focused on the impact this transformation is having on the industry. Although the conference will have a new name in 2014—IBM Insights—the mission will remain the same: to bring together industry leaders from around the world  to discuss the latest trends, challenges, best practices and success stories for making better business decisions based on insight, not intuition. In front of more than 13,000 clients, business partners and other influencers in Las Vegas, IBM unveiled several breakthrough cloud-based predictive analytics and cognitive technologies. These technologies are aimed at helping businesses manage the big data overload and, most importantly, turn it into an opportunity. New software will enable clients to apply foundational elements of cognitive intelligence throughout their IT infrastructure. This will enable employees to gain insights from big data instead of focusing on how to cope with its sheer volume. Such insights can help predict and prevent IT downtime, improve productivity and generate cost savings. In addition, IBM announced new enhancements and innovations to some of its key big data technologies, including BLU Acceleration, PureData, DB2 and InfoSphere.


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