Friday, July 31, 2009

More Blue Analytics

IBM continues to position itself as the absolute leader in Business Analytics and Optimization. With the acquisition of SPSS IBM has the deepest portfolio of products and services available under one roof. Oracle also has quality products but it lacks IBM's depth in Business Consulting. On the other hand SAS software and consulting is top notch but IBM's offering is superior because it can enhance its analytics platform with database, hardware and decision management software. It is almost too much for a single company to handle effectively. For sure some new buyers will be concerned with vendor lock-in but I believe most IBM customers will be glad to have access to all of these capabilities from a trusted advisor.

While Cloud Computing has grabbed most of the headlines this year, the developments in Predictive Analytics should not be ignored. I am convinced that the intersection of Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics will provide the perfect stage for the future of business innovations.

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