Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009By Steve Wexler | Print
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
As we wrap up a troubled 2009 and look towards a brighter 2010, a number of storage-related stories stand out as the top news candidates, ranging from increasing demand for capacity coupled with decreasing price tags to the ongoing soap opera that is poor Sun Microsystems. The following are Channel Insider's choices for the top 10 news stories for 2009.
#3 IBM And SPSS: Analyze This!
In October, IBM completed its acquisition of SPSS, a maker of predictive analytics software and solutions based in Chicago. Big Blue says the $1.2 billion deal will broaden its existing Information on Demand (IOD) software family and expand its range of analytics capabilities and offerings
"Predictive analytics can help clients move beyond the 'sense and respond' mode, which can leave blind spots for strategic information in today's fast paced environment -- to 'predict and act' for improved business outcomes," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of IBM Software Group’s Information Management division.
At the outset, IBM will continue to support SPSS’ products and solutions as they are today, but will also pair IBM products that work in concert to create more robust solutions. Predictive analytics is a cornerstone to IBM’s work on smarter business systems that aim to tackle the complexity companies face as they experience a massive proliferation of data, IBM said.