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December 7, 2010

IBM includes new predictive analytics in IT, outsourcing services

Cash flow analysis, physical threshold capacity analysis and resiliency rationalisation analysis

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM said new predictive analytical capabilities, constructed using intellectual property from 21 inventions, have been incorporated into its global technology services portfolio, including information technology and strategic outsourcing services.

The company said these new analytics capabilities developed by IBM Research will transform the nature of high-value business and technology services, which includes everything from identifying fraud in tax or healthcare systems, to predicting consumer buying behaviours for retail clients.

Predictive analytics capabilities will enable chief information officers (CIOs) to construct specific, fact-based financial and business models for their information technology (IT) operations.

Some of the analytics capabilities include Alternate Cash Flow Analysis for data centre cost optimisation, Physical Threshold Capacity Analysis for forecasting data centre capacity requirements many years into the future, and Resiliency Rationalization Analysis for helping clients correctly gauge resiliency within their data centre infrastructure.

Planning future investments for data centre capacity or adopting emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, can be more predictable now, resulting in savings of up to 40% of technology infrastructure expenses.

IBM Site and Facilities Services vice president Steven Sams said with today’s announcement, CIO’s are able to not only apply relevant facts to optimise current IT investments, but also access business insights needed to make the best use of limited resources.

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"In essence this broad array of new analytical capabilities take data generated from IT operations and turn it into a set of facts that clients can then use to make smarter business decisions," Sams said.

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