Benefits of increasing use of cloud managed services

This is the second part in a two-part interview series with Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services for the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. In part one, we discussed why 80 percent of US companies plan to increase their use of cloud managed services. Today, she offers perspective on the benefits that cloud managed […]

Come prove your building skills with WebSphere

Remember how awesome your building block structures were as a kid? Sure, others followed the instructions and built “by-the-book” pieces, but not you. Your designs were completely original, and therefore the greatest contraptions of all, complete with trap doors and aircraft vehicles that could transform into submarines. You didn’t know this then: that life has […]

Open Technology Summit focuses on contributors

The Open Technology Summit, now in its fifth year, has become an annual state of the union for the established and budding open source projects that IBM supports. The conclusion drawn at Sunday’s OTS during IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas is that the state of open tech is strong and getting stronger. The event brought […]

Now’s the time for a multi-cloud strategy

After recent outages from major cloud providers affected thousands of businesses in the US, many CIOs and CTOs are thinking hard about their cloud strategies. Specifically, they’re looking at the risks of having one service provider across their entire cloud environment, which includes the vulnerabilities of internal, on-premises systems. This is very similar to the […]

11 ways to go cloud native with microservices and containers at InterConnect 2017

Think of a microservice within a cloud native application as similar to a Linux process: it’s designed to do one thing very well, runs only when and as long as needed, and often combines with others to work together on data. Since microservices run in containers, how a cloud platform manages relationships and resources among containers […]

With cloud, 1–800-FLOWERS.COM is no late bloomer in online retail

Since taking its business online in 1994, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. has become one of the world’s premier internet retailers. By acquiring leading brands in gourmet foods, confections, and gifts, the company expanded its product portfolio well beyond flowers and plants. However, each new addition to the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM brand family meant bringing another organization’s order management tools […]

Gain confidence with Cloud Technical Engagement

Adopting and thriving on cloud will make or break many industries. Using cloud to transform business is this generation’s professional challenge, but digital transformation doesn’t have to be confusing or daunting. Whether you are just learning about the business value of cloud, or you’re in the middle of your own transformation, there’s room to learn […]

8 ways to be serverless and event-driven at InterConnect 2017

Serverless, based on the Apache OpenWhisk open source project, IBM Buemix OpenWhisk is a programming platform as a service with packaged access to 160+ cognitive and other cloud services.  OpenWhisk scalably executes code in runtime containers in response to configurable events, through direct invocation, and without the need to manage infrastructure. Besides making cloud computing cost-effective […]

Why true cloud adoption is increasingly important

Recently, I have noticed that the subject of cloud conversations I have with clients has shifted. They are moving away from asking “How do I start with cloud?” and focusing more on this request: “We have cloud; help us adopt and make full use of it.” Cloud adoption is important and can be easily overlooked. […]

4 trends in action at InterConnect 2017

There are so many reasons to love IBM InterConnect. Some of the brightest people in technology will come together to talk about the trends and advancements that are shaping our industry. Each year, InterConnect serves as a barometer for where we are as cloud technologists. And this year, I can confidently say that the outlook […]

SAP on the cloud: What to look for in a provider

I often meet with and advise CTOs and CIOs running big IT operations, many of whom use SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Quite justifiably, they rely on them as the systems of record and engagement. However, these decision makers are facing the reality of ERPs: the total cost of ownership of such systems, complex […]

5 IBM professional certifications to know

It’s one thing to know; it’s another to be certified. The IBM Professional Certification Program provides industry-recognized credentials focused on IBM technology and solutions relevant to IBM customers, business partners and employees. These credentials help demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to excel in a given area of information technology. Certification from IBM is available […]