The recent $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat by IBM has been touted widely as a game-changer. Having been an integral part of many acquisitions at IBM, I can attest to the importance of strategic acquisitions. But no other move in IBM’s 100-plus year history is more strategic to its future than Red Hat. This is not just my personal perspective, but an opinion shared widely by IBM senior leadership, market analysts and industry experts.

  1.        Open source as a strategic differentiator
  2.        IBM Cloud Paks on Red Hat OpenShift
  3.        Cloud Pak for Data, the IBM integrated data and AI platform

For more than 20 years, IBM has invested heavily in open source code, communities and governance. This $34 billion investment is a further testament to that commitment.  At IBM, we have seen open source transform projects from good ideas into technology that powers operating systems all over the world. And we believe in its power to transform the enterprise. Red Hat’s culture, neutrality and ecosystem are essential to open development and governance, and we are dedicated to embracing those practices. In short, our partnership with Red Hat will continue with a strong focus on advancing open, cloud-native development. This is a win for everyone involved.

IBM is a leading provider of enterprise software with significant presence across Fortune 500 companies. As our customers look at modernizing their applications for a cloud future, no one is better-positioned to help them through the transition than IBM with Red Hat. Cloud Paks are prescriptive IBM offerings that advance this cloud modernization journey. A Cloud Pak is containerized enterprise software that is cloud-native and hence can run on-premises as a private cloud or on any public cloud infrastructure that supports OpenShift. This allows clients to quickly derive cloud benefits while retaining the flexibility to operate their workloads on any infrastructure – public or private – or across clouds for that matter. This is true hybrid multicloud.

Today we have five Cloud Paks across IBM, with four focused on application workloads. The fifth Pak is IBM IBM Cloud Pak® for Data, IBM’s integrated platform for Data & AI, which is 100 percent complimentary to Red Hat offerings. It runs on OpenShift today and has a hardware version called Cloud Pak for Data System.  For more details on Cloud Pak for Data System, read my colleague Vikram Murali’s blog post.

The beauty of Cloud Pak for Data is that it includes all of our strategic data and AI services – including Watson – as one integrated offering. This allows clients to consume what they need in a cloud-native fashion on the infrastructure of their choice (on-premises, IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure and more) and build personalized apps. This is the essence of Watson Anywhere that we announced at THINK earlier this year.

I am extremely bullish on the Red Hat acquisition by IBM and am confident it will deliver huge dividends to the company and clients alike. As a long-time IBMer, I want to extend a warm welcome to all Red Hat associates. I look forward to working together as we lead IBM into a new era.

See how easy Cloud Pak for Data allows you to easily develop and deploy innovative applications by checking out the video above or trying our no-cost, 7-day trial.

More from Modernize: Cloud-ready data

How data, AI and automation can transform the enterprise

Today’s data leaders are expected to make organizations run more efficiently, improve business value, and foster innovation. Their role has expanded from providing business intelligence to management, to ensuring high-quality data is accessible and useful across the enterprise. In other words, they must ensure that data strategy aligns to business strategy. Only from this foundation can data leaders foster a data-driven culture, where the entire organization is empowered to take advantage of automation and AI technologies to improve ROI. These…

Using a digital self-serve experience to accelerate and scale partner innovation with IBM embeddable AI

IBM has invested $1 billion into our partner ecosystem. We want to ensure that partners like you have the resources to build your business and develop software for your customers using IBM’s industry-defining hybrid cloud and AI platform. Together, we build and sell powerful solutions that elevate our clients’ businesses through digital transformation. To that end, IBM recently announced a set of embeddable AI libraries that empower partners to create new AI solutions. In fact, IBM supports an easy and…

IBM named a leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Data Quality Solutions

Data is the new oil and organizations of all stripes are tapping this resource to fuel growth. However, poor data quality is a barrier faced by organizations in their quest to become more data-driven. So, it is imperative to have a clear data quality strategy that relies on proactive data quality management as data moves from producers to consumers. Unlock quality data with IBM We are excited to share that Gartner recently named IBM a Leader in the 2022 Gartner®…

How IBM Planning Analytics can help fix your supply chain

IBM Planning Analytics, or TM1 as it used to be known, has always been a powerful upgrade from spreadsheets for all kinds of planning and reporting use cases, including financial planning and analysis (FP&A), sales & operations planning (S&OP), and many aspects of supply chain planning (SCP). As far back as the 1990s and early 2000s there were companies, like the one discussed in this podcast episode, that took advantage of TM1’s power to support full integration of their financial…