October 6, 2011 – Predictive analytics is the focal point of a new range of software from IBM, with a stated goal of quicker and more automated BI and data center decision-making.

Three releases announced Thursday mark part of what IBM called in a related statement the “transitional change” that analytics is having across IT. IBM Tivoli Analytics for Service Performance watches over the data center, enabling visibility and management of organization data, and is released alongside a new version of Tivoli Business Service Management. IBM WebSphere MQ includes features to integrate and spread information in a secure manner across business processes. IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management software automates and applies real-time information on critical situations.

Among three other releases connected with multi-platform data delivery, IBM introduced its Rational Automation Framework, which automates application deployment and unifies development and operations. Other related releases include: IBM Rational Developer harnesses common tools for building multiplatform applications for System Z, Power Systems and distributed environments, and it features automated quality reporting tools; and IBM Workload Deployer, features preconfigured and integrated patterns when working with data in the private cloud.

Robert LeBlanc, IBM SVP of middleware software, said the new software enables enterprises to home in on quick connections that will become more imperative as they take on more data and access the cloud.

"Predictive analytics can tame the IT infrastructure in much the same way that it is taming big data," said LeBlanc.

Judith Hurwitz, president and CEO of analyst firm Hurwitz & Associates, was briefed on the updated portfolio. Along with recent acquisitions, Hurwitz says the portfolio gives IBM a “holistic perspective” on the predictive analytics marketplace.

“Predictive analytics can have a dramatic impact on the business, therefore it is critical not to simply provide point products. IBM's approach is to provide a business solutions focused based on best practices templates and configurations that help make predictive analytics accessible to business management,” Hurwitz says.

IBM has dove head-first into analytics acquisitions of late, with announcements to buy Q1 Labs, Algorithmics and U.K. firm i2.

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