IBM has announced several new software tools for its cloud platform along with new software aimed at improving data gathering and fighting cyber crime. The company unveiled the new services at its IBM Insight conference in Las Vegas.
Big Blue said that it has made numerous versions of its data analytics tools available from its IBM Cloud marketplace, including Cognos Business Intelligence, SPSS predictive analytics platforms and Watson Analytics.
This move represents part of the company’s growing efforts to entice businesses to use its services in the cloud.
Alastair Rennie, general manager for business analytics at IBM, said this would help more firms benefit from data analytics tools.
“With today’s news, IBM continues to put advanced analytics into the hands of every business user,” he said.
“We believe that these cloud-based services, along with our data refinement capabilities also announced today, are changing the industry as we know it.”
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence on Cloud is in beta and should be available in the first quarter of 2015, while IBM SPSS Modeler should be on the IBM Cloud marketplace within 30 days. IBM has previously said that Watson Analytics should be available by the end of the year.
As part of this effort to help companies make more sense of their data, IBM has also unveiled three new tools with this in mind. All are being made available via the IBM Cloud Marketplace.
IBM DataWorks is a cloud-based data refinery designed to “shape, cleanse, match and secure data”. This should ensure that any new tools built around company data, or used for decision making, are based on accurate information.
IBM dashDB, meanwhile, is a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service that uses in-memory technology to return queries faster.
Finally, IBM Cloudant Local is an on-premise version of the database-as-a-service product that companies can now install in their own database environments to use as they wish.
"Cloudant Local is an on-premises version of Cloudant software that companies can install in their own data centres to run their own DBaaS," the Cloudant team explained in a blog post.
Superfast cyber crime fighting
The final major announcement from IBM sees the company attempting to use big data capabilities to tackle cybercrime faster and more accurately by spotting even the smallest data anomaly.
The service, called IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis, runs on IBM Power Systems and can search through terabytes of data in "seconds", IBM said, to detect "non-obvious" relationships between data and uncover hidden activities.
Given the rising cost and impact of cyber crime, such a service will prove highly beneficial, according to Bob Griffin, general manager for i2, threat and counter-fraud at IBM.
“While most organisations understand how big data can help prevent the ever increasing threat of cybercrime, they are so overwhelmed by massive data volumes that they can’t act fast enough to turn it into meaningful intelligence to stop criminals,” he said.
“With IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis, we’ve changed the ability of investigators to find that illusive needle in a haystack that helps them detect a cyber attack."
This provides any organisation with always-on analytics that turn massive amounts of data into real-time insights in a way that simply wasn’t possible before.”
IBM also touted the improved visualisation capabilities for the product to make it quicker and easier for investigators to spot potential problems and uncover the root of the problem.
IBM will be hoping that the new services and their availability in the cloud continue its growth in these areas, after recent financials showed that cloud revenues were up 50 percent year-to-date, while business analytics revenues rose eight percent.
Despite this, IBM saw net income for the quarter fall by 17 percent to $3.5bn, compared with the same period last year, as total revenue fell to $22.4bn, down four percent on the same period last year.
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