IBM Cloud Managed Services

Technology company improves agility and growth with IBM Cloud

As artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly influence our everyday lives, the demand for sophisticated chips to support these innovations is on the rise. Nanometer-scale chip fabrication is extremely complex and requires the highest purity to eliminate even minuscule levels of contamination. Entegris is a leader in specialty chemicals […]

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What can 27 years of experience teach you about moving SAP to cloud?

Specialists from IBM and Frost & Sullivan recently published a webinar for CIOs on the perceived challenges and benefits of using managed services for migrating SAP to cloud. In this interview, SAP migration specialist Andy Hacket shares additional perspectives for IT leaders considering cloud deployments for SAP workloads. Watch the webinar. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): […]

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Why managed services are key to driving cloud results

Many cloud hosting vendors have invested heavily in large-scale distributed data centers for cloud infrastructure as part of their business model. Over the last few years, the cloud model has become very efficient, being self-driven through websites for cloud provisioning. A lot of features and functionality are added regularly. Numerous companies offer infrastructure as a […]

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IT leaders’ expectations, benefits and challenges when moving SAP to the cloud

The following is an interview with Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services at research firm Frost & Sullivan. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): Frost & Sullivan recently surveyed more than 260 senior IT key decision makers and influencers who have evaluated the use of managed cloud services for SAP or Oracle workloads. What were the […]

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Business transformation with S/4HANA and cloud managed services

This post is the third in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. Read part one.  Read part two. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): In our previous conversations, you discussed how cloud managed services can provide the skills needed to realize the benefits of S/4HANA much faster. Do […]

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SAB Holding improves project profitability with SAP on IBM Cloud

Dealing with disparate information systems is the bane of every project manager’s existence. How can you create reports on time or see the big picture when you have to pull data from one system and manually compare it to another? You’re at a distinct disadvantage when you don’t have the insights you need. Such was […]

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Migrating to S/4HANA? Ask these questions first

This post is the first in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): While SAP ERP users have until 2025 to migrate to S/4HANA, many businesses are already in the process of migrating to the platform. As customers prepare their move to S/4HANA, […]

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Why 80 percent of companies are increasing use of cloud managed services

This is the first in a two-part interview series with Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services for the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): A recent survey by Frost & Sullivan reported that 80 percent of US companies are planning to increase their use of cloud managed services. What factors are […]

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Remove the obstacles delaying your large-scale cloud adoption

Many CIOs recognize the value of cloud, but there can be significant barriers to large-scale cloud adoption. Company leaders find their organizations unprepared to migrate the optimal workloads to cloud for early success, facing security challenges they didn’t anticipate, making IT decisions that don’t make financial sense for the business, or taking a minimal or […]

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How cloud brokerage matches the right cloud to your workload

I’ve had a lot of conversations this past year with clients who have wanted to deploy new or move existing workloads into the cloud. Asking a few fundamental questions about the application’s operational requirements can turn a simple case of deploying code and data to a cloud environment into something rather more complex. For example, […]

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AIX in a public or private cloud – IBM Managed Services does both

In an era when CIOs are ever more cost conscious, required to support more customers on stagnant budgets, cloud managed services can control costs for AIX-based application environments.  In this post, I examine the traditional IT approach to customer support as well as a cloud managed services approach, which can provide tremendous benefits. The traditional […]

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Tips for using Active Directory integration with IBM Cloud Managed Services

In April 2014, Mike McGuire introduced the Active Directory (AD) integration capabilities of the IBM Cloud Managed Services offering. In this post, I’d like to provide some support for clients and deal teams as they search for the right choice of AD and Domain Name Service (DNS) integration in IBM Cloud Managed Services. As Mike […]

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