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IBM InterConnect Day 1: The new era of hybrid IT

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By Stephanie Cajucom

The MGM Grand Arena was packed and excitement was high Monday,  the opening day of IBM InterConnect 2015. Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud, heralded the new era of hybrid IT and the digital transformation.

But what makes this new era so different from the digital transformation we’re already in? As the day went on, the answer became clear: solutions.

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Internet of Things

“It’s more than hype.” That’s the message Chris O’Connor, IBM’s general manager of IoT, emphasized in his keynote speech. And with IoT the most overhyped trend in tech, IBM’s new IoT division aims to back that hype up with power.

By bringing connected solutions together over hybrid environments with new software and applications, makers and operators can get things done. For example, the University of South Carolina uses IoT and cloud to power its new Center for Applied Innovation.

Mobile Enterprise

As we see iPhones in people’s hands all hours of the day, it’s obvious that delivering useful data at decision-making moments presents a huge opportunity for enterprises. Enter the new IBM Mobile First Platform. Phil Buckellew, VP of IBM Enterprise Mobile, told the InterConnect crowd about companies like Comdata, which is successfully using MobileFirst to create apps like Fleet Advance to help truck drivers find low-cost fuel and save money.

Dev Power

Marie Wieck, IBM’s middleware general manager, showed how her team puts the power in developers’ hands. Agility was the keyword: Wieck’s keynote presented a range of new capabilities in applications, including Softlayer, Docker, and Bluemix that will make app development and deployment more promising and precise.

Back to the question: what makes this new era of hybrid IT so different? It’s not just the solutions themselves—it’s what we’re doing with them. Today, enterprises have the power to be open by design, with freedom of choice, visibility, security and control.

It’s not about adapting to the digital transformation anymore—it’s about transforming your business with it.

In his keynote, LeBlanc challenged the audience of innovators to return in a year and stand onstage to discuss their own digital transformations. It’s not too early to look forward to that keynote.

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