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IBM i Clouds Proliferating At Rapid Clip - IT Jungle
“We partnered with Google because Google wanted to partner with us and Amazon didn’t want to partner with us,” IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will said during a panel discussion at the inaugural POWERUp conference in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2018. “So hey Google is going to succeed with Power. Now I have Amazon calling, asking us.”
Systemi  cloud  ibm  partnerships  links  via:Workflow 
16 days ago by cote
IBM fuses its software with Red Hat’s to launch hybrid-cloud juggernaut
The effort has started with IBM bundling Red Hat’s Kubernetes-based OpenShift Container Platform with more than 100 IBM products in what it calls Cloud Paks. OpenShift lets enterprise customers deploy and manage containers on their choice of infrastructure of choice, be it private or public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud.

The prepackaged Cloud Paks include a secured Kubernetes container and containerized IBM middleware designed to let customers quickly spin-up enterprise-ready containers, the company said.

Five Cloud Paks exist today: Cloud Pak for Data, Application, Integration, Automation and Multicloud Management. The Paks will ultimately include IBM’s DB2, WebSphere, API Connect, Watson Studio, Cognos Analytics and more
ibm  open  shift  modernization  containers  redhat  links  via:Workflow 
11 weeks ago by cote
IBM Takes A Hands Off Approach With Red Hat
The reason for this hands-off attitude for such expensive acquisitions is simple: Both VMware and Red Hat live and die by the fact that they are neutral to any particular platform. While IBM may prefer Red Hat’s various elements of the stack – the Enterprise Linux operating system, the OpenShift container system, the OpenStack cloud controller, the JBoss application server, and the Ceph block and object storage – it cannot prevent Red Hat’s vast partner network from doing what they do, which is compete against IBM and each other selling Linux stacks. To not do so would be to destroy the value of the Red Hat business, just as Dell would destroy the value of the VMware business if it had only put VMware’s virtualization and cloud software on its own PowerEdge servers
Ibm  M&A  reheat  integration  links  via:Workflow 
july 2019 by cote
Assessing IBM i’s Role In Digital Transformation
This is going to sound silly,” he says. “The hardest part isn’t necessarily the refactoring. The hardest part is convincing people to do this. Because, let’s be honest the upfront cost can be very scary, man. It can be frightening. The business is going to say, ‘We just put in X amount of dollars last year to support these kinds of environments.’ You kind of have to ask the question, what’s going to happen five years from now?”

While the legacy application may not be “broken,” forward-looking companies will consider the lost opportunity costs that are inherent when an existing system is not agile enough to support new opportunities and initiatives.

“You’re going to have to have the conversation where you can’t integrate with cloud at all, or you can’t integrate with data analytics, or you’ve failed to do cognitive system and your competitors are because RPG can’t support this stuff?” Kleyman says. “But just because it’s working doesn’t mean necessarily it’s bringing value back to the business.”

It’s easy for an executive to identify problems when servers are down, the application is throwing errors, and the day-to-day business is being impacted. It’s much harder for the executive to be able to identify the ways in which a legacy system could put hamper growth in the future.

“Honestly that’s one of the best approaches, when things aren’t on fire, to start asking some of these difficult questions,” Kleyman says. “It’s kind of like in a relationships. When everything’s going great, you don’t want to bring up any sore points. But realistically speaking, you don’t want to start arguing when everything’s wrong and you start bring up the pain points.”
Finance  digitaltransformation  modernization  legacy  IBM  Systemi  links  via:Workflow 
april 2019 by cote
How IBM Watson Overpromised and Underdelivered on AI Health Care
MD Anderson Cancer Center partnered with IBM Watson to create an advisory tool for oncologists. The tool used natural-language processing (NLP) to summarize patients’ electronic health records, then searched databases to provide treatment recommendations. Physicians tried out a prototype in the leukemia department, but MD Anderson canceled the project in 2016—after spending US $62 million on it.

Outside of corporate headquarters, however, IBM has discovered that its powerful technology is no match for the messy reality of today’s health care system. And in trying to apply Watson to cancer treatment, one of medicine’s biggest challenges, IBM encountered a fundamental mismatch between the way machines learn and the way doctors work
Watson  IBM  health  links  via:Workflow 
april 2019 by cote
Geico Walks with Watson on AI Journey
Replacing human agents with AI, matching it to the right sales workflow:

> “So we watched how this was going very closely,” he said. “We’d review transcripts from the early customer interactions, verbatim transcripts, to see how people are reacting in a conversation with Watson – because they didn’t know it was Watson.”
> Kalinsky found reassurance in particular from a Watson-customer conversation that occurred one night at about 2 a.m., in which Watson closed a sale, then thanked the customer and asked if there was anything else the customer needed.
> The customer replied, “‘No, thank you, you’ve been wonderful, I appreciate it. You know, we late night workers have to stick together.’”
> That customers were not put off by (or know they were) interacting with Watson was a positive step. But Kalinsky and his team also found that using Watson with auto insurance customers wasn’t getting the sales traction they wanted. “We did no harm, but we couldn’t get the improvement we were holding ourselves accountable for. So we said, ‘maybe this application is just a little too structured to really feel the benefit.’”
> So they re-directed Watson at selling renter’s insurance: “We were able to reconfigure it because it was a slightly less complicated application…in a way that we eliminated some of the traditional flow in the application, but then we mitigated the disruption to a customer who didn’t know what to expect next by layering in Watson. Bottom line: we achieved a 40 percent increase in our closure rate on those policies, it was a tremendous success.”
watson  IBM  cases  geico  Insurance  AI 
february 2019 by cote
Big Blue Puts on a Red Hat: IBM Acquires Red Hat
> While many organizations have extensive on and off premise infrastructure investments, comparatively few of them are sophisticated in the way that those environments are tied to each other. If expectations are scaled back to the more realistic “multi-cloud” – the idea that an organization may have investments in more than one environment – the relevance and importance of OpenShift becomes more clear.

This is clever to point out that enterprises have enough trouble integrating their existing, on-premise stuff, let along the complexity and newness of tying together public and private cloud.
cloud  multicloud  IBM  redhat  kubernetes  m&a  containers  redmonk 
november 2018 by cote
Here’s what happened when the IRS’s electronic filing system crashed on Tax Day
From the referenced report:

> Tax Day, April 17, 2018, the IRS experienced a storage outage due to a firmware bug on one of the IRS’s high-availability storage arrays. Because of the outage, 59 tax processing systems, including the Modernized e-File (MeF) system, were unavailable for approximately 11 hours between 2:57 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.

Storage firmware bug that hasn’t been patched.
deathmarch  IBM  storage  itsm  outsourcing  irs 
october 2018 by cote
The blockchain begins finding its way in the enterprise
“if you don’t require immutability, trust and tokenization, you might want to consider a different approach other than blockchain”
blockchain  IBM 
july 2018 by cote
IBM earnings Q2 2018
"This marks IBM's third consecutive quarter of revenue growth, following five years of year-over-year revenue declines. In the quarter revenue rose 4 percent."
qtr_calls  revenue  IBM 
july 2018 by cote
IBM Drops Cloud Management Platform Onto Kubernetes
“The CMS platform is used by organizations to manage enterprise applications. Those applications include offerings from SAP and Oracle. CMS includes security, disaster recovery, automated infrastructure, and application management.... IBM launched its Cloud Private service last November. It’s built on a Kubernetes-based container architecture that supports integration and portability of workloads between the cloud environment and management across multiple clouds. This includes IBM Cloud, IBM PowerVC, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and VMware on and off premises.”
kubernetes  cloudnative  IBM  containers  legacy 
june 2018 by cote
Walmart, IBM, and blockchaining the supply chain
A longer piece, including some alternative suggestions from Gartner:

‘When it comes to supply chains, Valdes believes that blockchains could play an important coordinating role. “If you have a fragmented business ecosystem, with many parties who don’t know each other but need to do business, then they could collaborate through a blockchain,” he says. But there’s a catch. “It’s a ‘boil the ocean’ problem,” he says, meaning that it’ll take fundamental shifts in an industry for adoption to take place. Optimistically, he says, it would take a decade for the industry to rearrange itself so that everyone was logging interactions on a blockchain.

‘Valdes argues that a company as dominant as Walmart doesn’t need its suppliers on a blockchain. It can simply ask its vendors to use whatever system it chooses. “They have been very successful because over the years they have built a robust system of record for their supply chain,” he says. “If you were a supplier to them, you would happily accept their centralized version of the truth.”’
grocery  cases  supplychain  blockchain  IBM  gartner  walmart 
may 2018 by cote
Walmart's Blockchain Program May Transform the Way We Use Data
Verifying claims (like organic) and tracking in the supply gain, but not explanation of how or how you trust the people who made the claims.
supplychain  walmart  IBM  cases  kroger  food  grocery 
may 2018 by cote
A New Study on Design Thinking is Great News for Designers
"Forrester has determined that teams that are applying IBM’s design thinking practice and are adequately staffed with design talent are getting to market twice as fast as without. These teams are also seeing up to a 75% reduction in design and development time."
ibm  design  proofpoints  forrester  studies 
may 2018 by cote
IBM’s big bet on blockchain
“For example: The recent E. coli outbreak led to mass disposal of lettuce in many places. Using a blockchain-based system to track the supply chain of food could help vendors pinpoint the farm it came from, locate the stores where it's sold, and throw away only the lettuce that's tainted.”
supplychain  cases  IBM  blockchain 
april 2018 by cote
The Contradictions Of IBM’s Platform Strategy
“IBM is a systems company with a very large portion of its revenues and an even larger part of its profits coming from these two platforms, the System z mainframe and the Power Systems – now sometimes called the Cognitive Systems – line. The core systems business – meaning the servers, storage, and networking hardware and the operating systems and transaction processing software plus any financing needed for it – comprises about a third of IBM’s revenues and more than half of its gross profits, by our estimates. Various database and middleware stacks up on top of this, generating even more platform revenues and profits, but this is tougher to peel away.”
systemz  power  IBM  revenue  platforms  hardware  chips 
april 2018 by cote
The Platform Matters More Than Ever, The Operating System Less So
“Windows Server 2019 is a case in point, and going through the highlights shows it. Back in the day, when a new Windows Server release came out, everyone was obsessed about its scalability and reliability and how it compared to alternatives such IBM i, a slew of Unix variants (including IBM’s own AIX), and the IBM mainframe platforms: VSE, OS/390, and VM. We all dug through the manuals to see how many processors or cores or threads it could span, how much memory it could address, what the impact of SMP or NUMA clustering was on performance, how the I/O was architected to match whatever new gizmos were on the PCI-Express bus. No one really worries about these things. It is a given that any operating system will exploit hardware, and that most hardware is more than enough for most customers. This is not just an IBM i thing. Certain customers, to be sure, can make use of as many cores Intel can cram into a two-socket server, but for most companies, they are nowhere near the top bin parts and they have much less capable processors running at a lot lower cost and with plenty of excess capacity. It doesn’t matter if it is Windows Server or Linux. The basic workhorse server does not look that different from a Power8 or Power9 machine, and in many IBM i shops, there is far less compute dedicated to IBM i on a single instance than on a Windows Server or Linux machine. The database jobs that most IBM i shops have are fairly modest.”
SystemI  oses  platforms  windowsserver  IBM 
april 2018 by cote
Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM
“ProPublica estimates that in the past five years alone, IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 American employees ages 40 and over, about 60 percent of its estimated total U.S. job cuts during those years.”
work  layoffs  scandal  age  labor  history  IBM 
march 2018 by cote
Finally, a more coherent IBM story?
‘IBM is pushing their cloud hard than ever before. Even though it is mostly IBM Cloud Private, this is the first time I heard a more consistent hybrid cloud story. They have moved away from OpenStack (completely) and CloudFoundry (for the most part) and building a good hybrid cloud story using Kubernetes. Both he product team and services team seem to be quite excited about the opportunity Kubernetes offers them. Kubernetes on Bare Metal as a service is a step in the right direction. Unlike OpenStack and, to some extent, CloudFoundry, Kubernetes gives IBM a chance to have a more unified story from their infrastructure assets to middleware assets. Their “One Cloud Architecture” push is directed in this direction and helps IBM tell a consistent story across their entire portfolio.’
multicloud  blockchain  cloudfoundry  IBM  privatecloud  kubernetes  serverless 
march 2018 by cote
IBM's cloud strategy revolves around multi-cloud support, grabbing new workloads
‘Among the moving parts from IBM:

-The IBM Cloud Private platform will get cloud-migration tools with an "application transformation advisor" that scans applications and provides guidance on moving them to the cloud. Cloud Automation Manager will help deploy these applications on-premises or in a cloud of choice.

-Kubernetes container support is expanded. IBM Cloud Private will offer new container versions of IBM app development and management software. These container versions will cover API

-Connect, UrbanCode and Netcool. IBM also added new support for Windows containers running .Net apps.

-A cloud integration platform that includes messaging, API management, app integration, secure gateway and high-speed trial software.

- Rapid data transfer to the cloud via a Aspera high-speed data upload option in IBM Cloud Object Storage.’
IBM  kubernetes  announcements  cloud  multicloud 
march 2018 by cote
IBM Brings Kubernetes Service To Bare Metal
‘By extending its managed service to dedicated servers, IBM can deliver Kubernetes in a form that fits any organization's cloud strategy, he said, such as building a cloud-native machine learning app, processing large workloads or migrating apps that ingest large amounts of data. "This gives developers greater control over where their workloads reside and enables them to isolate workloads to specific servers," McGee said.’
IBM  kubernetes  privatecloud  baremetal 
march 2018 by cote
Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity
“It is now 22 straight quarters since IBM last reported global top line growth and its bottom line has shrunk during that period. IBM generated $92bn in cash in those lean years from 2012 to 2017, but chose to return 80 per cent of it to shareholders instead of using it in other ways.”
financials  consultants  bain  IBM  layoffs  charts 
january 2018 by cote
IBM Builds Private Cloud Stack With Kubernetes And Containers
This week, Big Blue rolled out its new IBM Cloud Private software platform that is designed to enable enterprises to develop on-premises private cloud environments to accelerate app development and allow for easier movement of workloads between their private clouds and public clouds – not only the IBM Cloud but also those from other vendors. Similarly, IBM is leaning on open and container-based technologies for enhanced integration and portability of workloads. The IBM Cloud Private platform is built on Kubernetes, an open-source technology for container orchestration, and will support both Docker containers and Cloud Foundry framework.
Ibm  privatecloud  Docker  kubernetes  cloudfoundry  announcements  links  via:Workflow 
november 2017 by cote
Google, IBM and others launch an open source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains
You probably still want to know who actually built a given container and what’s running in it.
IBM  opensource  cases  alm  grc  google  containers  links  via:Workflow 
october 2017 by cote
IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S.
130,000 employees in India; “Although IBM refuses to disclose exact numbers, outsiders estimate that it employs well under 100,000 people at its American offices now, down from 130,000 in 2007.”
india  offshoring  numbers  ibm  globo 
september 2017 by cote
IBM’s Cloud CTO: We Needed a Developer-First Mindset
“Governance from an operations and runtime perspective becomes critical. The real-time load balancing, where do I run stuff, who has access to it: All that makes it easier for teams to deploy stuff. That’s the point of Istio: how do we provide a framework so if I am the CTO of an enterprise with 20000 engineers working across 1000 applications at my financial institution, I have to make sure I maintain some level of governance as to how this comes together.
istio  microservices  enterprisearchitecture  cloudnative  IBM  interviews 
july 2017 by cote
American Airlines Tabs IBM for 1st Public Cloud PCI-Compliant System
American Airlines has selected IBM Cloud as its public cloud services provider to develop, among other enterprise systems, what IBM said will be the industry
IBM  wins  customers  cloud  sales  americanairlines  PCI  cases 
november 2016 by cote
IBM: when corporations took care of their employees
Hey, I'm an IBM-a-file, so what's not to like here?
ibm  history  audio  NPR  marketplace  labor  HR 
june 2016 by cote
IBM union: OK guys, you've beaten us down, we give in
Started in 1999, "[t]he union is understood to have only 200 paying members across the local [that is, US] workforce in the States, down from a peak of 400."
IBM  unions 
january 2016 by cote
IBM's Steve Mills retires
40 years at IBM, straight out of college. He built up the software group, then ended up managing hardware was well: the article says he was running $40bn of business for IBM. Also, he was an awesome interlocutor at analyst events: a fun character on the drama of the IT industry!
SteveMills  SWG  wp  history  IBM  execs 
january 2016 by cote
Forrester/IBM Report: 'Great' apps monetize five times better than good ones
Survey commissioned by IBM to find out what makes mobile apps great. Then, of course, it seeks to tie more success (revenue) to that greatness.

n="1,000 consumers in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and India."
consumers  sentiment  wp  IBM  design  mobile  surveys  forrester 
november 2015 by cote
IBM Design profile in NY Times
"The recruiting pitch made by Mr. Gilbert and his colleagues has been essentially twofold: First, you can make a difference in socially important fields because IBM’s technology plays a crucial role in health care, energy, transportation, water and even agriculture. Second, you can be part of a groundbreaking effort to apply design thinking in business."
design  IBM 
november 2015 by cote
IBM cuts down IT support staff w/ Mac deployment, says 5% of Mac users call help desk vs 40% for PCs
"only approximately 5% of Mac users request support compared to around 40% of its PC using employees."
Apple  desktopmanagement  laptops  cases  numbers  desktop  IBM 
october 2015 by cote
For IBM, Node.js Creates a Microservices Middleware Layer
I've done M&A pitches for UI companies before. They're hard.
UI  m&a  JavaScript  cloudnative  IBM  node 
september 2015 by cote
TheLegacy ERP Conversion Under Way At Dietz & Watson
A regional deli supply company upgrades its legacy ERP system, which includes much custom coding from RPG to PHP: "The core ERP system includes product processing, sales analysis, and financials. Much of it was developed in-house, with the financials a customized version of packaged software from a vendor no longer in business. The system is very stable, according to Wolinsky."
legacy  SMB  cases  IBM  ERP 
july 2015 by cote
IBM open sources apps in the cloud to boost software development
"By making Bluemix available this way, IBM will equip the developers of tomorrow with the capabilities and skills to join the workforce and create enterprise-class cloud applications at consumer scale, the firm said."
opensource  BlueMix  mobile  IBM 
july 2015 by cote
IBM Cloud: it’s the infrastructure, stupid
Little check-in on IBM cloud strategy with OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and misc.: "Perhaps more importantly IBM was explicitly positioning to the effect that not all workloads are Cloud Native, 12-Factor etc. Enterprise developers are not used to building or running stateless apps."
CloudFoundry  cloud  IBM  OpenStack  BlueMix 
july 2015 by cote
Microsoft’s standing in the tech industry, from The... - April 02, 2015 at 07:45AM
IFTTT  Tumblr  charts  microsoft  valuationa  tech  IBM  apple 
april 2015 by cote
Multi-cloud - April 01, 2015 at 08:59PM
IFTTT  Tumblr  AWS  cases  IBM  SoftLayer  hybrid  multicloud  gartner  MindyCancila 
april 2015 by cote
The mainframe lives on: Big Blue’s bet 2015-01-14 | Espresso
Analysts estimate that these machines, with related hardware, software and services, provide a quarter of IBM’s revenues and 35% of its profits.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  mainframes  ibm  revenue  numbers  link  tumblr:link 
january 2015 by cote
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