…IBM and IBM Customers “All In” on Hybrid Cloud
This year’s theme at IBM InterConnect was “Outthink Limits” and business transformation — with hybrid cloud as the innovation platform. According to IBM, 85% of business leaders believe that hybrid cloud is accelerating digital transformation, with hybrid cloud growing faster than the public cloud. The hybrid model allows customers to integrate rather than migrate, extending current investments to extract value. IBM has made significant progress this year, with 100% of relevant software now available in the cloud, 200 new and enhanced cloud services, and eight new SoftLayer data centers.
One of the other messages was “Customer Focus”. Robert LeBlanc described InterConnect 2016 as a conference “for customers and by customers” where attendees had many opportunities to share information and experiences with peers. To that end, each day’s General Session was introduced by a customer. On Day One, Richard Holmes, General Manager Infrastructure and Operations at Westpac (a leading Australian bank) started things off. He shared Westpac’s experience with hybrid cloud (now deployed across 70% of the organization) reporting that he has reduced provisioning times from 84 days to minutes. On Day Two, we heard from MarK Keller, Principal Solutions & Enterprise Architect at WPP Coretech, who described his experience with IBM’s recent acquisition, Cleversafe object storage (more on this later). In addition, half of IBM’s 1500 break-out sessions were led by customers.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Perspectives