IBM Launches New Cloud-Based Data Services

IBM's new cloud-based data services include IBM DataWorks and IBM dashDB, among others, to help provide a fluid cloud data layer for enterprises.

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LAS VEGAS--IBM this week launched a new generation of data services on the IBM Cloud that are designed to ensure more trusted information can be applied more readily across an organization.

The new cloud-based services will enable organizations to simplify and automate the ability to find, refine and prepare data; warehouse data in the cloud, making it instantly available for analytics; curate unstructured data services to increase the confidence in analytics and enhance mobile and web applications with embedded analytics. IBM announced the new services at its IBM Insight 2014 conference here.

In a world flooded with big data today, competitive advantage is gained by applying insight in the moment faster than your competitor. Analytics pays back $13.01 for every dollar spent – 1.2 times more than it did three years ago, according to a 2014 study by Nucleus Research.

“All the data in the world is useless if you can’t put it to work,” said Beth Smith, general manager of big data at IBM, in a statement. “The new cloud-born services from IBM provide data professionals the ability to deliver data with speed and confidence as the fuel for applications and analytics. The ability to source and manage the right data will help organizations keep data management streamlined, while adhering to increasingly stringent regulatory demands, and produce results and analysis of real value to the business.”

Unlike other offerings that address only one aspect of the data problem, the new services introduced by IBM provide the key capabilities to help organizations shift from working on the data to putting data to work for their business.

“We have three new data services in the cloud that are fundamental to a fluid data layer, which I think is important for the cloud,” Smith told eWEEK. “What really comes with hybrid is the ability to integrate and interoperate systems that are on-premise with systems that are in the cloud or multiple clouds. Cloud is terrific for innovation and building faster, but it comes with a risk of isolation. So it’s got to be about hybrid at the end of the day.

IBM’s new innovations will help ensure that data flows seamlessly to applications and analytics, making them portable and accessible, no matter where the data resides. They include IBM DataWorks, which is a set of cloud-based data refinery services that shape, cleanse, match and secure data. The new services enable business users to find, use and contribute data for analysis; application developers to embed data services into new applications; and IT and data professionals to enable self-service data access and instill confidence to act on the data.

“With DataWorks, the thought is just like a faucet you turn on and get your waterworks -- when you’re using DataWorks you should be able to get data that flows, it should be clean, it should be secure and trusted,” Smith said. “Data Works is a set of refinery services to do just that.”

The second new service is IBM dashDB, a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service with in-memory technology built-in to deliver answers faster. IBM’s dashDB keeps infrastructure concerns out of the way of critical and time sensitive analytics. A new integration of dashDB with Cloudant, IBM’s NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS), enables Cloudant users to embed analytics in their applications with a few clicks.