What is application management services for cloud?

Enterprises are striving to achieve cloud potential through hybrid and multicloud strategies, resulting in fundamental shifts in application management paradigms. These shifts include:

  • An estimated growth of 68% in spending between 2018 and 2022 driven by the cloud shift across key enterprise IT markets.¹
  • Currently, less than 20% of applications are in the cloud, and this proportion is expected to increase, resulting in both hybrid and multicloud adoption.²
  • Yet, an estimated 90% of current applications will still be in use in 2023, with insufficient modernization efforts.¹

The traditional way of managing applications is becoming obsolete. What is needed is a paradigm shift to manage applications so you can extract the full potential of cloud. Organizations that embrace this new paradigm quickly will innovate and thrive against competitors.


Let IBM manage your legacy cloud applications

Efficiency and cost

DevSecOps and Quality Engineering enable incident resolution closer to the source; cognitive problem management offers advanced analytics for root cause analysis; and extreme automation for self-heal keeps workers steady.

Availability and resilience

Site Reliability Engineering Practice provides resilience by design with application maintenance and enhancements; potential for no planned downtime with canary deployments and rolling updates.

Speed and agility

Short release cycles are aligned with business outcomes for improved time-to-value; offers aggressive, integrated service level agreements.

Security and reliability

Emerging security threat models with effective governance, risk and compliance; provides Open Source for Enterprise for improved governance and management of open source.

Our capabilities to achieve full cloud potential

Extreme automation for low-touch maintenance

Provides self-heal, digital workers for stable applications and cost take-out from baseline.

NextGen DevSecOps for integrated operations

Offers incident triage, optimized multicloud usage with FinOps, and reduction in unplanned outages.

IGNITE for cloud for quality engineering

Delivers improvement in time to market, reduction in risk in new deployments, and cost reduction with improved quality.

Multicloud service integration for interoperability

Offers improved service agility with end-to-end service management plus a reduction in infrastructure and applications operations efforts.

Full-stack cloud squads for hybrid multicloud

Delivers enhanced ability to shift-left and accelerated time to market, improved innovation velocity across all layers, and risk reduction in legacy talent.

Continuous cloud modernization for portfolio optimization

Increases the cloud footprint and delivers a significant technical debt reduction.

Related offerings

Enterprise Application Services

IBM experts apply application tools and AI automation on application partner platforms including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others to create applications focused on security and customer outcomes.

Cloud Application Modernization

Increase IT velocity to maximize ROI from existing applications. Define and build application and infrastructure strategy; modernize and migrate applications to the cloud.

Application Development and Management

Let IBM help you lower TCO and improve app efficiency. Deliver high-performing, user-focused applications by taking advantage of IBM AI resources, automation tools and IBM Security practices.

IBM Services for Cloud Development

IBM provides end-to-end application development and infrastructure services for open, secure, hybrid multicloud environments.

IBM Services for Enterprise Cloud Strategy

IBM Services for Enterprise Cloud Strategy helps create a holistic cloud approach that connects your business goals to your IT architecture.

Quality Assurance and Testing Services

You need application quality that testing cannot deliver on its own. IBM IGNITE Quality and Test is an AI-enabled framework that helps you move from detection to prevention at increased speed and quality, and decreased cost.

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¹ Gartner: Application Modernization Should Be Business-Centric, Continuous and Multiplatform

² IDC MarketScape: Worldwide DevOps Services 2018 Vendor Assessment