IBM Unveils Analytics for the iPad and Cloud

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Leveraging its Watson technology, IBM is moving to expand its analytics presence in the cloud and the all-important mobile sector. 

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that its Hadoop-based data processing and analytics platform, InfoSphere BigInsights, is available on its SmartCloud Enterprise infrastructure, making big data analytics accessible for any user inside an organization.

The software was announced at the 2011 Business Analytics Forum, where IBM said the new Hadoop-based analytics software on the cloud analyzes traditional structured data found in databases and can also help employees tap into massive amounts of unstructured data from a variety of sources, including social networks, mobile devices and sensors.

According to IBM, the software sifts through all types of data behind the scenes and ranks it by quality, makes it secure, and ensures that business decisions are based on trusted data.

The new offerings span a wide variety of big data and business analytics technologies across multiple platforms, from mobile devices to the data center to IBM's SmartCloud. Now employees from any department inside an organization can explore unstructured data such as Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, weather data, log files, genomic data and video, and make sense of it on the fly as part of their everyday work experience, said IBM.

For users, IBM has a free software download at Apple's iTunes Store that the company claims will put mobile analytics into the hands of iPad users. IBM Cognos Mobile on the iPad is designed to help employees in key industries such as financial services, healthcare, government, communications, retail, travel and transportation use and benefit from analytics on the go. 

Read the rest about IBM analytics in the cloud at Enterprise Apps Today.

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