For years we heard “IT is the business.” Today that refrain is quickly changing to “data is the business.” By now, we all know the value that big data can bring to the enterprise. In the 90’s, data mining and BI efforts were used mostly for after-the-fact reporting and problem solving. Today, the emphasis is on big data as a means of predicting and influencing the future, and those organizations that put Big Data to work will be more agile and competitive.

Big data analytics are one reason mainframe systems – coincidentally referred to as “Big Iron” – are making a resurgence. Since their inception in 1964, mainframe computers have been used by corporate and governmental organizations for critical applications, bulk data processing, ERP and transaction processing. Mainframe systems are unparalleled for their reliability, scalability and security, and mainframe data is a treasure trove of information and strategic insights.

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