Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 is full of new capabilities to give you the ability to interact with and analyze your data, without ever needing to leave the environment. To get started creating pixel-perfect, interactive reports with Cognos Analytics, click here: https://www.ibm.com/products/cognos-a… In this video, Kevin McFaul, Product Manager for Cognos Analytics, walks through some of the new enhancements made to Cognos Analytics 11.0.7 so you can see for yourself how the improved U.I., and updates made to dashboarding, reporting, modeling, data server, and more makes it easier for you to create dashboards, reports, and visualizations faster, and with more precision.
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(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)
CLOUD WARS – IBM has shocked the tech world by outperforming Amazon in cloud-computing revenue for the 12 months ended June 30, $15.1 billion to $14.5 billion.
In so doing, IBM also became the first enterprise-tech vendor to surpass $15 billion in fully recognized cloud revenue for a 12-month period.
Amazon said yesterday that its Web Services cloud-computing unit posted quarterly revenue of $4.1B, up a whopping 42% over the same quarter a year ago. When that $4.1 billion is added to AWS revenue figures for the previous 3 quarters, the total for the trailing 12 months ended June 30 is $14.5 billion (see chart below).
With that impressive quarter, Amazon remains tied for #2 on my Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings with Salesforce.com.
The important distinction about IBM’s $15.1-billion figure is that while it represents results that IBM has already achieved, several of the major cloud vendors have been putting out cloud-revenue numbers that are based on “annualized run rates,” which are forward-looking projections for a future 12-month period based on actual sales achieved in a recent quarter or month. (IBM is #5 on the Cloud Wars Top 10.)
The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million AI and cognitive computing competition challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. This prize will focus on creating advanced and scalable applications that benefit consumers and businesses across a multitude of disciplines. The solutions will contribute to the enrichment of available tools and data sets for the usage of innovators everywhere. The goal is also to accelerate the understanding and adoption of AI’s most promising breakthroughs.
Each year leading up to TED 2020 the teams will be evaluated for the opportunity to advance to the next round of the competition. The three finalist teams will take the TED stage in 2020 to deliver jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring TED Talks demonstrating what they have achieved. The teams will also have an option to compete for two milestone prizes.
Typical of all XPRIZE competitions, the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will crowdsource solutions from some of the most brilliant thinkers and entrepreneurs around the world, creating true exponential impact.
IBM Fluid Query opens the door to better business insights for IBM PureData System for Analytics clients. It helps clients gain access to deeper insights using more data, which can lead to a competitive edge and helps enable a Logical Data Warehouse.
Announced in March, 2015, Fluid Query 1.0 enabled queries from of Hadoop unstructured stores from PureData. Now in Fluid Query 1.5, this ability to query other data stores is extended to include Spark, DB2, dashDB and Oracle data.
Complementing the existing Cognos query engine, Dynamic Cubes extends Cognos scalability to enable speed-of-thought analytics over terabytes of enterprise data, without being forced to rely on a new data-warehousing appliance.
There’s far more Big Data available to analyze today than ever before. And smarter enterprises are tapping into that huge volume of data to acquire customers. But beyond acquisition, Big Data & Analytics can help organizations offer customers richer and more personalized service at every possible point of interaction, such as issuing geo-targeted coupons to retail customers’ mobile devices or recommending products and services based on a customer’s online searches. And analytics can also bring financial rewards by helping companies not only attract customers, but keep those customers and grow their profitability.
Watch how Big Data & Analytics are changing the way leaders approach business.
Customers as individuals
The days of seeing customers as broad demographic “segments” are long gone. Today, Big Data & Analytics let companies serve their customers as individuals. After one $1.5 billion organization, XO Communications, discovered it could identify the factors that foretold a customer’s departure, it improved its customer retention by 26 percent—translating to an annual net benefit of $3.8 million.
Analytics can help an enterprise identify and deliver exactly what an individual customer needs, in the right place and at the right time, uncovering significant trends hidden in that enormous cache of incoming data. And analytics can help organizations stay competitive. The insights found within billions of transactions helped one small financial institution more than double the response rate to its promotional offers and greatly increase its customers’ use of debit cards.
Today, smarter enterprises are increasingly using the power of Big Data & Analytics to strengthen their customer relationships.
Find out more about how IBM can help you acquire, grow and retain customers.