IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 3 of 3): IBM’s “Bold Moves”

In the end, for me, the primary theme of Pulse 2014 was this: IBM has embarked on a new journey to the public/hybrid cloud. This new IBM-as-a-Service paradigm shift necessitates changes in the way IBM engages with potential customers at every level. Developers require solutions that will enable them to develop applications more quickly and easily. Codename: BlueMix is IBM’s answer to this. Business users will demand new and easier...

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IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 2 of 3): IBM Transforms Itself

All-in-all, I like the direction that the new Pulse event has taken. It is now a broader technology solutions event that showcases IBM product offerings in cloud, analytics, social and mobile environments. Given the success of Pulse 2014, I’d like to see the company eliminate their large specialized events around collaboration, analytics, storage, and more – and instead stage this type of event twice a year at various locations around...

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IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 1 of 3): IT Evolution and the Cloud

Like broader IT industry trends and solutions, IBM’s Pulse conference has continued to evolve, as well. Once focused largely on the company’s Tivoli systems and platform management solutions, Pulse 2014 was branded as The Premier Cloud Conference. Some may regard that moniker as a bit of bravado but considering the conference’s Tivoli roots and how systems management is the lifeblood in data centers of every sort, it seems entirely...

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Facebook, Whatsapp and Bubblicious Thinking

Many would argue that the Whatsapp deal is similarly strategically critical to Facebook, and that the company had to move quickly and aggressively or risk losing an asset that will be crucial to its growth and success in currently underserved markets. That’s certainly the line the company is taking in justifying the cost of the deal, and it will be several years before the full import and value of Facebook’s investment can be sorted...

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Gauging Market Momentum: IBM PureSystems

While often valuable, raw sales figures tend to lack the details and insights necessary to fully evaluate an IT solution’s market success and progress. That is particularly the case in new solutions that customers are still getting to know and understand. In the case of IBM’s PureSystems, the portfolio’s rapidly growing sales in over 100 global markets suggest that customers like what they see and experience from IBM’s integrated...

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