IBM sends Cognos, SPSS to the Cloud

IBM continues to migrate its portfolio of enterprise software to the Cloud

Two of IBM's most popular analysis products, the Cognos Business Intelligence and the SPSS predictive analytics package, are headed for the Cloud, the latest in an ongoing push by IBM to port its vast software portfolio to the Cloud.

Accessing such a software from a hosted environment, rather than purchasing the package outright, provides a number of benefits to customers.

"We manage the infrastructure, and this allows you to scale more easily and get started with less upfront investment," said Eric Sall, IBM vice-president of worldwide analytics marketing.

IBM announced these additions to its cloud services, as well as a number of new offerings, at its Insight user conference for data analytics, held this week in Las Vegas.

By 2016, 25 per cent of new business analysis deployments will be done in the Cloud, according to Gartner.

Analytics could help businesses in many ways, according to IBM. It could provide additional insight in the purchasing habits of customers, as well as insight into how well its own operations are performing. It could help safeguard systems from attacks and attempts at fraud, as well as assure that business departments are meeting compliance requirements.

The new online version of Cognos, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence on Cloud, can currently be tested in a preview mode. IBM plans to offer Cognos as a full commercial service early next year. Users can run Cognos against data they keep in the IBM cloud, or against data they store on premises.

A full commercial version of the online IBM SPSS Modeler will be available within 30 days. This package will include all the SPSS components for statistics based predictive modeling, such as a modeler server, analytics decision management software and a statistics server.

Earlier this year, IBM pledged to offer much of its software portfolio as Cloud services, many through its Bluemix set of platform services.

In addition to Cognos and SPSS, IBM also unveiled a number of new and updated offerings at the conference.

One new service, DataWorks, provides a number of techniques for refining and cleansing data so it is ready for analysis. The company has launched a cloud-based data warehousing service, called dashDB. A new Watson-based service, called Watson Explorer, provides a way for users to ask natural language questions about multiple sets of internal data.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsIBMdata miningManaged ServicessoftwareSoftware as a servicecloud computinginternetanalytics

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?