cloud managed services

IBM serves up 3 IT lessons from Wimbledon

Wimbledon is not resting easy on its history of success. The organization behind The Championships, Wimbledon embraces new technology and best practices in pursuit of its goal of continuing to produce one of the greatest competitions in sports. For decades, IBM has been the proud technology collaborator. Many of the same IT principles and tools […]

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Choosing a managed cloud provider: Why software vendor relationships matter

In pursuit of recurring revenue, an increasing number of IT providers, including value-added resellers, systems integrators and equipment vendors, are hanging out shingles proclaiming themselves as managed services providers (MSPs). Many are specifically targeting SAP and Oracle workloads, which are challenging to deploy in the cloud. Some providers are obtaining certifications or joining vendors’ partner […]

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Moving SAP S/4HANA to the cloud? Some things to keep in mind

If you’ve been an SAP customer for years, moving to S/4HANA might seem very complicated. You may have to learn new ways of managing your enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and handling your SAP infrastructure. However, once you do, the cloud benefits of speed, flexibility and cost visibility become obvious. SAP data and applications are […]

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Calculating the ROI of migrating SAP to cloud managed services

The potential value of cloud managed services extends far beyond reducing infrastructure costs and freeing up IT staff to focus on more innovative tasks. These solutions can create value across an enterprise by helping to accelerate time to market for new products and services, increase customer reach and retention, reduce labor costs, help improve security, […]

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Accelerating the benefits of cognitive solutions with cloud managed services

A recent internal IBM survey found that 70 percent of IT leaders are looking to expand the capabilities of their IT landscape by integrating cognitive technology. As mentioned in previous Thoughts on Cloud blog posts, deploying your IT environment with a cloud managed services solution can free up IT staff to focus more on innovation […]

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Do cloud managed services make financial sense for your business?

With cloud-enabled applications and infrastructures, the approach that most businesses use to make financial investments in IT is undergoing a dramatic change. Gone are the days when IT budgets were closely held by CIOs. Today, leaders from other departments exert influence over IT decision making. Now more than ever, companies are demanding a clear understanding […]

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Cloud trends: More businesses are adopting cloud managed services

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan survey of US-based IT decision makers, 80 percent of US business will increase their use of cloud managed services in 2017. Why this commitment to managed services? At IBM InterConnect 2017, several customers will share their successes and lessons learned. There will also be subject matter experts and […]

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ERPs and the coming cloud revolution

Change awaits some of the most hallowed ground in enterprise technology: enterprise resource plan (ERP) software and systems. ERP systems, many of which come from Oracle and SAP, are the glue that binds corporations. ERPs manage and integrate vital systems of record in areas such as planning, purchasing, sales, finance and human resources. These systems […]

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Cloud trends: Solving infrastructure management in the transition to strategic IT

Has your department started its shift toward more strategic IT? If you have, you’ve probably also faced the question, “How will I manage my business infrastructure to optimize performance?” Some of your peers have found an effective solution: managed cloud services. In a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, 52 percent of IT decision makers said […]

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Why can’t all cloud providers deliver adequate security?

IT security is a top priority for most CIOs. After all, gaps in infrastructure could leave their companies and customers vulnerable to attacks. So when evaluating a cloud managed services provider, asking the right security questions can be critical in determining if the solution is a good fit. Choosing a cloud solution that meets a […]

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Why Celanese moved to a cloud managed services solution

Celanese Corporation reduced operational costs by more than 50 percent while improving response to workload demands and delivering superior service levels for its managed infrastructure by switching to a cloud managed services solution. Now the chemical company can reallocate these cost savings to drive innovation, strategy and an increased emphasis on security. Based in Dallas, […]

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