IBM announced new SmartCloud offerings
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IBM announced new SmartCloud offerings

In order to gain a true competitive advantage in today's market, businesses need big data analytics. As the solutions for working with large sets of non-traditional information advance, organizations that harness data analytics as part of their IT planning strategies are most likely to find themselves rising to the top. Fortunately, some of today's top IT companies are developing just the tools firms need to get a leg-up on the competition.

IBM recently announced several new SmartCloud capabilities, including DB2 with BLU Acceleration, which promises to power reporting and analytics at up to 25 times the speed of previous releases. The IT firm explained that because organizations will be able to leverage their big data more rapidly, organizations are likely to find it more budget-friendly to work with large data sets. IBM DB2 not only improves SAP response time by up to 40 percent, but it also reduces storage needs by as much as 70 percent, which can have significant impact on a company's energy expenses.

"Clients are looking to leverage big data and analytics at the speed of business," said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM SmartCloud Services. "Today's news shows how IBM is delivering mission-critical cloud services to provide essential analytics innovations to business users at the point of impact."

IBM also noted that SAP High Performance Analytics Appliance (SAP HANA), SAP's in-memory database, will be available in SmartCloud.

According to an online survey from Forrester, developing faster analytical capabilities will be among business' top priorities in the coming few years. Thirty-two percent of respondents noted that they expect "big data platforms for real-time analytics" to have a "revolutionary" effect on their organization, compared to 37 percent who think these solutions will have an "evolutionary" impact. These faster big data technologies ranked third on the list, with only mobile solutions ranking higher and covering the top two spots.