I was fortunate enough to represent Evolving Solutions at three IBM Business Partner Advisory Council sessions from June 11-13 in Charleston, SC. Evolving Solutions is a member of the IBM Z, IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage advisory councils.
IBM’s messaging is clear – Hybrid Multi-cloud is the future of IT. As IT organizations move to Cloud 2.0, they are evaluating the merits of moving mission critical applications to the public cloud against leveraging existing assets on prem to support digital transformation. To quote an IBM Executive: “Cloud is a means to an end; not a strategy”. Gartner predicts that organizations are likely to have 1/3 of workloads on prem, 1/3 of workloads in the public cloud and 1/3 of workloads in a hosted environment. Organizations will need a solid Hybrid Multi-cloud strategy to support their business transformation.
IBM Z continues to be a growth platform for IBM and many clients continue to put their trust in the platform. This is due to the high level of integrated security, automation and the platform’s design for data serving. IBM’s investments are enabling the platform to become an integral part of any Hybrid Cloud environment through the development of RESTful APIs that allow seamless integration. The platform value of the IBM Z is being extended through open standards and tooling across all cloud consumption models. In addition, IBM’s Tailored Fit Pricing delivers simplicity, transparency and predictability of pricing. Several options exist but the Enterprise Consumption Solution offers a cloud-like usage-based licensing model.
A highlight of the week was hearing Paul Zikopoulos, Vice President of Big Data and Cognitive Systems, speak on AI and Deep Learning. Data is the next natural resource for companies – only 20% of the world’s data is accessible today. The real value lies in uncovering the insight from the 80% that is not accessible today. AI and Deep Learning will be the key to uncovering the insights from today’s dark data. A key quote from Paul stated that “There is no AI without IA (Information Architecture”. Complex workflow can lead to data isolation, which is a key challenge in uncovering the value in the hidden data. A solid Information/Data Architecture enables the true benefit of AI. IBM’s Systems reference architecture for AI spans IBM PowerAI, IBM Spectrum Computing and IBM Storage.
There was big news in the world of SAP. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) will soon offer IBM POWER9 as an option. Why? SAP HEC executives were looking for a more reliable and flexible architecture that allowed SAP to meet strict SLAs while adapting to highly dynamic environments. The POWER9 platform simplifies and accelerates SAP HANA deployments. We are also excited to see POWER9 come to both the IBM Cloud and Google Cloud Platform this summer. More to come in the next few months…
The three days were packed with great information and learning. Of course, we also enjoyed the social time with a great IBM team. The IBM partnership is one of our longest and most-strategic, and we value the opportunity to provide insight into the company’s future systems strategies.
Jaime Gmach co-founded Evolving Solutions in 1996 and continues to lead the company today as its President and CEO. Together with the extended Evolving Solutions team, Jaime has built the company into a business focused on creating enduring, open and trusted client relationships as a leading technology solution provider to businesses throughout North America.
Jaime has spent the past 30 years serving in various leadership roles within the technology industry. Jaime’s career began as a Systems Engineer with a Minneapolis-based professional services firm where he traveled throughout the world focusing on the implementation and support of mid-range compute and storage solutions. Daily face-to-face interaction with clients early in his professional career served as the inspiration for Jaime’s entrepreneurial passion and for his continued desire to work closely with clients.
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