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As a full-service specialist in business intelligence, performance …

As a full-service specialist in business intelligence, performance
management and business analytics, Numius offers a comprehensive
range of services and solutions to medium and large-sized companies
operating across various sectors in Belgium. In addition to providing
advice on how to define a business analytics roadmap, Numius also
implements and manages innovative solutions for its clients.
Established in 1999, Numius is an IBM Premier Business Partner, with
extensive technical and business knowledge of IBM solutions. With
a turnover of EUR 5.36 million in 2010 and a staff of 35, Numius is
Belgium’s largest business analytics service provider based on IBM
software.

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  • 1. IBM Systems & Technology Group Professional ServicesSmarter Computing Numius creates a business analytics platform for customers Based on smarter computing from IBM As a full-service specialist in business intelligence, performance Overview management and business analytics, Numius offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions to medium and large-sized companies The need operating across various sectors in Belgium. In addition to providing Belgian-based business intelligence provider Numius was approached by a advice on how to define a business analytics roadmap, Numius also client wanting to outsource its business implements and manages innovative solutions for its clients. analytics. To capitalize on this opportunity, the company needed to develop a cloud Established in 1999, Numius is an IBM Premier Business Partner, with computing package capable of delivering business analytics as a service. extensive technical and business knowledge of IBM solutions. With a turnover of EUR 5.36 million in 2010 and a staff of 35, Numius is The solution Belgium’s largest business analytics service provider based on IBM Working with IBM® and IBM Premier Business Partner I.R.I.S. ICT, Numius software. created a flexible, cost-effective analytics package – Numius Platform Adapting to changing environments Services (NPS). NPS provides added- value on specific problems as part of a Responding with agility to evolving trends in business intelligence was straightforward, general solution based never more important for Numius than when Web 2.0 transformed the on IBM hardware. Running information global IT landscape. At this time, one of Numius’ largest clients was management and business analytics software at I.R.I.S. ICT’s datacenter in considering the prospect of outsourcing, and asked if Numius could Mechelen, NPS offers an ‘industrial- manage its business analytics platform. To remain competitive in a strength’ managed business analytics world where business practices were changing rapidly, Numius wanted service. to offer this new analytics capability. It needed to develop a powerful The benefit cloud-based business analytics solution. Numius now offers its customers a secure, high-performance and stable At an ‘Information on Demand’ event in Rome, Numius came into business analytics service managed in the cloud. contact with IBM consultants, who immediately showed an interest in Numius’ outsourcing project and offered to bring in their skills to assist. Through a shared customer with a similar problem, I.R.I.S. ICT also became involved in the project, and it became clear that the market was ready for a business intelligence package delivered within a cloud model. Developing a business analytics package An international team of five IBM specialists was deployed full-time for a number of months to develop and test a prototype, based on the Numius blueprint. After months of development, Numius Platform Services (NPS) was launched. The offering is targeted at medium and large-sized companies that want to engage the latest business analytics tools as quickly as possible, while still being able to focus on their own business innovation.
  • 2. IBM Systems & Technology Group Professional ServicesSmarter Computing Numius Platform Services is based on IBM hardware including IBM Designed for Data BladeCenter® HS22 and IBM System Storage® DS3524 technology. • Numius Platform Services (NPS) is The solution also comprises a suite of information management based on IBM BladeCenter technology and business analytics software including IBM Cognos® Business running powerful information management and business analytics Intelligence 10.1, IBM InfoSphere® Warehouse Enterprise Edition software. IBM InfoSphere and DB2 with IBM DB2®, IBM InfoSphere DataStage®, IBM InfoSphere software give customers access to Guardium® and IBM SPSS® solutions. operational data in real-time, supported by IBM BladeCenter HS22 servers capable of processing the 50 million The infrastructure is housed at I.R.I.S. ICT’s industrial-strength data rows of data NPS manages and center in Mechelen. The solution uses the full architecture capabilities processes each day. of IBM Cognos and IBM SPSS technologies, which allows customers Tuned to the Task to exploit the software to its full potential, getting the best possible • Customers can constantly adjust results. their processing intake up or down to suit their individual requirements, taking advantage of the extra IBM All of the solution’s components are fully redundant, ensuring business BladeCenter headroom when continuity, and giving customers confidence in a secure, high- necessary. Native support for performance and stable service. Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) in InfoSphere Warehouse allows the system to process data on multiple Delivering benefits to customers servers and CPUs in parallel, further IBM InfoSphere technology represents a crucial component of NPS. increasing performance and cutting energy costs. InfoSphere Warehouse gives customers unprecedented flexibility in defining their own requirements, both in terms of functionalities and Managed with Cloud Technologies capacity. Customers no longer need to conduct extensive analysis into • Numius has implemented a private cloud that enables customers to the functionalities and capacity they need before purchasing their purchase business analytics of far solution, because they can constantly adjust their intake up or down to greater capacity and functionality suit requirements. Customers simply pay a price – per user, per month than they could operate individually. – which means they can allocate costs with accuracy to the right cost The NPS solution is operated and maintained by I.R.I.S. ICT at the centers within their own organizations. hardware level and by Numius at the application level. Customers are totally Customers can move smoothly to a broader form of agreement with shielded from complexity, and purely buy analytics capability as a service. Numius, in which services such as service-level agreements, helpdesks, data stewardship, report development and information analysis all form Driving Innovation part of the package of services provided. As the solution is based in the • As a direct result of its IBM cloud solution, Numius is opening up an cloud, developing new applications – such as mobile business analytics innovative and highly profitable revenue – can be achieved quickly, easily and effectively. stream. Its virtualized IBM BladeCenter server landscape ensures the company Security for the system is also managed by InfoSphere software. can offer its clients a resilient and flexible business analytics platform. InfoSphere Guardium analyzes all requests sent to the DB2 database, This service augments Numius’ existing ensuring that only legitimate queries are granted access. The user business intelligence skill set, allowing base itself is policed by the ‘Monitor Privileged Users’ feature, which the company to react with greater agility to the challenges of an evolving provides a secure, tamper-proof audit trail that supports the separation industry. of duties required by auditors. Boosting profitability Thanks to the IBM solution, Numius can now offer business analytics services through a monthly subscription package, managed in a private cloud. Customers can purchase the exact capacity they need at a particular moment, enabling them to avoid over- or under-investing. One medical services client gained a 25 percent improvement in the utilization of surgical wards in five hospitals since it began using NPS.
  • 3. IBM Systems & Technology Group Professional ServicesSmarter Computing Numius itself has even begun to use its own NPS solution, generating a five percent increase in its chargeability figures. Solution Components Software The IBM solution guarantees flexibility, security and performance, and • IBM® Cognos® Business Intelligence enables companies to gain fast, reliable access to accurate information, 10.1 without the expense and effort of setting up their own internal business • IBM SPSS® • IBM InfoSphere® Warehouse Enterprise analytics environments. Edition IBM InfoSphere DataStage® • • IBM InfoSphere Guardium® For more information • IBM DB2® To learn more about smarter computing from IBM and how we can help you integrate, automate, protect and transform your IT, contact Servers your IBM sales representative or IBM business partner, or visit: • IBM BladeCenter® HS22 • IBM System Storage® DS3524 ibm.com/smartercomputing IBM Business Partner • I.R.I.S. ICT
  • 4. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011IBM Belgium/LuxembourgAvenue du Bourget / Bourgetlaan 421130 BrusselsProduced in BelgiumDecember 2011All Rights ReservedIBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, Cognos, SPSS, InfoSphere, DataStage, Guardium,DB2, BladeCenter and System Storage are trademarks of International BusinessMachines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. A current listof other IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademarkinformation” at: ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml.IBM and I.R.I.S. ICT are separate companies and each is responsible for its ownproducts. Neither IBM nor I.R.I.S. ICT makes any warranties, express or implied,concerning the other’s products.References in this publication to IBM products, programs or services do not implythat IBM intends to make these available in all countries in which IBM operates. Anyreference to an IBM product, program or service is not intended to imply that onlyIBM’s product, program or service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product,program or service may be used instead.All customer examples cited represent how some customers have used IBM productsand the results they may have achieved. Actual environmental costs and performancecharacteristics will vary depending on individual customer configurations andconditions.IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts, or new and used parts.In some cases, the hardware product may not be new and may have been previouslyinstalled. Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply.This publication is for general guidance only.Photographs may show design models. Please Recycle BLC03079-BEEN-00

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