3 keys to keeping your business competitive through cloud

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As cloud, mobile, data, analytics and cognitive computing become seamlessly ingrained in business strategies across industries, the ability to perform without limits is critical. This was made abundantly clear during the recent IBM Performance without Limits 3.0 event in New York City, where business leaders gathered to experience IBM performance capabilities.

Several themes emerged during this half-day event which featured keynotes from IBM Vice President of Cloud Architecture and Technology Angel Diaz, IBM Worldwide executive Ben Amaba and Digital Disciplines author Joe Weinman.

The event offered several key takeaways that IT leaders and technologists should heed if they want to keep their organizations ahead of their industry’s next curve.

1. Technology can enable disruption and help companies avoid it.

It’s a classic double-edged sword: the very tech advancements that have allowed startups to tear down enterprises can also help enterprises lead the next round of innovation.

While business leaders may be wondering when the next Uber, Netflix or Airbnb will come along and completely rock an industry (as those businesses have done to transportation, media and hotels, respectively), that next disruptor may be taking form, ready to do what you do cheaper, faster and better. To stay relevant, businesses must learn to quickly react to changes in their industry and answer those challenges through tech that effectively addresses client and customer needs.

It’s not just a matter of building a cool new app or adopting technology for technology’s sake. Purpose-driven innovation is the key to survival for enterprises.

“Just as technology changes and evolves, businesses must also change and evolve with it,” Diaz said. “Technology is fueling this renaissance that we’re living in.”

2. Speed is currency that helps companies become and stay competitive.

Today’s advancements in tech put a ton of power in the modern developer’s hands. With that power, it becomes incumbent upon every organization’s tech leaders to understand the transformative nature of what’s happening, grasp how it’s changing and evolving their business processes, and communicate and collaborate with developers.

This will allow organizations to “drive the art of the possible,” Diaz said. “And then we have to do it faster and faster and faster.”

When we make developers’ lives easier by providing a robust infrastructure and a flexible platform, they’re able to build the applications, services, runtimes and APIs that are needed to speed innovation.


3. Open technology is the backbone of a thriving ecosystem.

Closed ecosystems and proprietary software are relics. Today’s developers are building software within thriving communities with governance and oversight, and those communities are licensing the software to vendors.

The work of IBM in open source is well documented, starting with Apache and Linux and continuing through to its work today with Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and the Open Container Initiative, among many other projects.

“When you look at cloud, mobile, IoT and data/analytics, what’s driving those technologies are fundamental open source projects,” Diaz said. “What I’m really proud of at IBM is that we’re helping lead and participating in each one of them. We’re helping to create an open cloud architecture so you get choice with consistency.”

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