IBM Extends Its Reach with Data Management in the Cloud

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    At the IBM Insight 2014 conference today, IBM flexed its data management and analytics muscles with the introduction of three new cloud services and a new fraud detection application.

    Beth Smith, IBM general manager for Big Data, says the new cloud services lay the foundation for creating a fluid data fabric that will make it possible to acquire, cleanse, prepare, share and govern data in a way that eliminates the boundaries between data in the cloud and data stored in systems running on premise.

    IBM DataWorks is a set of cloud-based services for shaping, cleansing, matching and securing data. It is designed to simultaneously enable users to find, use and contribute data for analysis, to allow application developers to embed that data into their applications and then provide self-service access to that data for IT and data professionals.

    IBM dashDB, meanwhile, is a data warehousing and analytics service running in-memory on top of a columnar database installed on the IBM SoftLayer cloud. IBM dashDB is also integrated with Cloudant, IBM’s NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS) platform.

    IBM also introduced today Watson Curator, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that guides subject matter experts through a content curation process.

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    Finally, IBM announced software that is designed to uncover potential hidden criminal threats buried deep inside massive volumes of disparate corporate data. Designed to find non-obvious relationships masked within hundreds of terabytes of data and trillions of objects in seconds, IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) can combine multiple data sources into an application that runs on IBM Power8 servers. In the coming year, IBM will also move to integrate EIA with IBM Watson Analytics.

    IBM DataWorks, dashDB and Cloudant are available on the IBM Bluemix cloud integration service. In addition, IBM announced Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM SPSS and Watson Analytics software will now be available via IBM Cloud marketplace.

    There’s no doubt that IBM has a rich history of providing data management and analytics inside the enterprise. With these latest moves, it’s clear that IBM now wants to extend the reach of those capabilities into IBM cloud computing platforms in a way that differentiates the company beyond a basic cloud infrastructure provider.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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