IBM’s full-fledged online event Think 2020 brought some of the key announcements, thoughts, and key pieces of IBM’s future plans. Organizations everywhere are adapting to become more resilient, agile more innovative than ever before with digital transformation. IBM with the new announcements wants to accelerate the digital transformation.
IBM’s newly appointed CEO Arvind Krishna said in the keynote, “There is no question that this pandemic is a powerful disruption and an unprecedented tragedy, but it is also a critical turning point. The history will look back to this moment when the digital transformation of business and society suddenly accelerated, and together we laid the groundwork for the post COVID19 world.”
AI and Hybrid Cloud – Dominant Forces for The Digital Transformation
In the current technology landscape, hybrid cloud and AI are the two dominant forces driving digital transformation. There are four reasons that drive hybrid cloud adoption, or as stated by CEO Arvind Krishna four imperatives of hybrid cloud: history, choice, physics, and law.
These imperatives are based on inescapable realities that unlikely to change overnight. Data sovereignty is another imperative that adds to it. All these suggest that hybrid cloud is here to stay.
He addressed the IBM’s constant efforts, “We will further our leadership in good tech, developing and deploying technology solutions you and your customers can trust. We will foster a more entrepreneurial culture to move faster and to continue to make it easier to work with us. We remain client obsessed, listening to your needs, preparing you for an uncertain future, supporting your journeys to hybrid cloud and AI.”
New Product Announcements From IBM
AI For IT
CEO Arvind Krishna announced the launch of AI for IT. AI for IT are the capabilities that give every CIO, every technologist the ability to automate their IT infrastructure to immediately reduce cost and to be more resilient. A key part of this is a product called Watson AIOps.
Watson AIOps relies on AI to automate how enterprises self-detect, diagnose and respond to IT anomalies in real-time. The problem is that many businesses are consumed with fixing problems after they occur instead of preventing them before they happen. Watson AIOps tackles this challenge, and what’s more? Watson AIOps is built on the latest release of Red Hat OpenShift, so it can run across any hybrid cloud environments. It also works with technologies at the center of today’s distributed work environment, including Slack and Box.
“More than 20 years ago, experts predicted that every company would become an internet company. I am predicting today that every company will become an AI company, not because they can but they must,” CEO Arvind Krishna added.
New Program for ISVs
This announcement relates to one of the most consequential cloud projects that IBM launched last year, the financial services ready public cloud.
It’s no secret that banks operate in a complex environment, perhaps like no other entities. Think of all of the problems banks have to tackle as they move workloads to the cloud: security, governance, data protection, resiliency, privacy, compliance with 20 or maybe more regulatory bodies and thousands of compliance checks to perform. To say that they live in a constraint environment is an understatement.
Add to that the other external forces like the swift rise of fintech which has deeply changed customer habits, norms and expectations, and you get a sense of the immense pressure that bank has to deal with. It is to address these issues that IBM launched the financial services ready cloud.
IBM is launching a new program for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers. This program is designed to help them demonstrate that they have met the stringent security, resiliency and compliance requirements of their customers, the banks, and they can do this on IBM’s financial services ready public cloud.
IBM Cloud Satellite
IBM Cloud Satellite extends cloud services that anywhere a client needs them. It’s delivered as a service, on premise or at the edge. So, clients can increase their business agility by automating deployment and management of cloud native services across all their computing environments for both development and operations.
Users can run workloads where it makes the most sense. IBM’s public cloud is explicitly architected with an open-source Kubernetes foundation. This offers greater portability for IBM Cloud Satellites so clients can access a rich catalog of cloud services. They can provision these API-driven services with the click of a button, deploy to any environment but operate it as a service with the built-in expertise of IBM.
IBM Cloud Satellite also simplifies service visibility and control and gives you access to a single dashboard, common identity, common access management and centralized observability across all your IBM Cloud Satellites.
5G and Edge Computing
With 5G and edge computing, businesses can bring computation and data storage closer to where data is created, and this makes it easier to act on the insights that are generated from the data. This creates massive opportunities for new products, platforms and experiences in virtually every industry.
That said, with computing done in so many places – on public and private clouds; and now increasingly at the edge – the challenge for business is to connect all the different elements into a cohesive platform that enables agility and rapid delivery of these new features and services. Businesses need capabilities that allow them to globally deploy features, functions and security patches consistently everywhere computing is done. They need to apply increased level of automations to make it all efficient, scalable and secured.
5G and edge computing generation is coming quickly, and it’s poised to have as much impact on enterprise computing as mobile phones did for consumers. Seizing on this opportunity means you’ve got to make important architectural choices now. The winners in the 5G and edge era will be those who embrace a hybrid cloud approach based on open technologies and innovative tech standards.