IBM… Outthink the Status Quo

featured the company’s Storage, Power Systems and z Systems as foundations for the evolving cognitive computing era. Cloud computing was positioned as the delivery platform for digital innovation – including technology innovation, collaborative innovation and business model innovation. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Outthink the status quo.”

Statistics from this year’s IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) Study support the company’s overall strategic directions. 72% of study participants selected technology as the main game changer for the first time, while 70% of Chief Experience Officers (CXOs) plan to extend partner networks and 80% are experimenting with different business models. As always, the conference included many customer success stories to reinforce IBM’s key messages.

While I will cover primarily storage and software-defined infrastructure in my review, there were other interesting storylines that piqued my interest this year–including Blockchain and the Open Source project Hyperledger.

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