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1.2 Overview and objectives
As stated, we want to describe and demonstrate IBM Business Innovation and
Optimization (BIO). But, in particular, we will focus on performance insight. As
you might imagine, it also involves a number of other related initiatives. Some
examples are information integration, evolving to a real-time environment,
automation of enterprise-wide consistent, but dynamic, business processes,
integration of IT and the business processes, proactive (push) delivery of
information to decision makers, and ongoing monitoring of the business
processes to enable proactive alerting based on key business performance
To help us satisfy that objective, we describe and demonstrate the integration of
the business processes (or business process management) with business
intelligence. It is this combination that enables us to deliver performance insight.
We discuss the techniques, architectures, and processes for implementing and
integrating BI and business process management to achieve performance
optimization. Among the specific techniques and technologies used are key
performance indicators, alerts, management dashboards, analytic applications,
application integration, process modeling and monitoring, and real-time business
intelligence. The products featured are DB2 UDB, DB2 Alphablox, WebSphere
DataStage, WebSphere Information Integrator, WebSphere Portal, WebSphere
MQ, WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere
Business Monitor, and WebSphere Business Modeler.
Wow, that sounds like quite a number of initiatives and products to cover. And, it
is. But you will find the journey, and the information you gather along the way,
significantly valuable. So, let us get started.
1.3 Contents abstract
This section includes a brief description of the topics presented in the redbook,
and how they are organized. The information presented ranges from high-level
product and solution overviews to detailed technical discussions. We encourage
you to read the entire book. However, depending on your interest, level of detail,
and job responsibility, you might want to be selective and focus on those topics
of primary interest. We have organized this redbook to accommodate readers
with a range of interests.