IBM Think 2018: Five Things You Need to Know from Vegas

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It’s been a busy week at IBM. We hosted our flagship THINK Conference in Las Vegas and welcomed some of the greatest minds in technology and business to take to the stage. Since we couldn’t all make it to Sin City, we’ve wrapped up all the key updates from CEO, Ginni Rometty kicking everything off with her keynote right through to the latest news announcements in Cloud and Blockchain. And if that’s not enough, there’s even more information on everything THINK here.

Introducing Watson’s Law

IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni RomettyDuring her keynote address, IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty introduced the notion of Watson’s Law – the coming together of AI and data to herald a new period of exponential learning.

With unprecedented access to data, many organisations can win in this new era. And as part of IBM’s efforts to help businesses succeed, the company has expanded its resources in emerging technologies with 8000 cybersecurity experts, 15,000 designers, 1500 blockchain staff and 1200 risk and compliance specialists. You can watch her keynote here.

Building on the blocks of the IBM Blockchain platform

With trust and transparency becoming ever more important in the digital economy, IBM announced a raft of new services to its blockchain platform:

Blockchain Starter Services – helps organisations understand their key challenges and prioritise appropriate business use case for blockchain.

Blockchain Acceleration Services – works to commercialise networks and produce tangible business outcomes by providing the essential services and models for specific business challenges.

Blockchain Innovation Services –provide the consulting and technical expertise to create new applications and business models on top of established networks.

To guide organisations on their blockchain journey, we also launched the beta IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan – an inaugural, low-cost plan for clients, developers, and startups to quickly develop, operate, and govern networks on the IBM Blockchain Platform.

Learn more here.

Introducing the VIP Virtual Assistant

Digital assistants, including chatbots, are becoming increasingly popular and useful to our everyday lives. But these devices have also accomplished something else – they have laid the groundwork for what’s next: truly intelligent AI assistants that get to know you.

To accelerate this evolution, at Think 2018 IBM introduced Watson Assistant, a smart enterprise assistant that brings together AI, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help businesses enhance brand loyalty and transform customer experiences. And importantly, it does this all while keeping the business and customer data private and secure. You can learn more here.

Taking AI to the next level

To help realise the potential of AI and deep learning we announced Deep Learning as a Service within Watson Studio. IBM is committed to making this technology more easily accessible to developers and data scientists so they can focus more on doing what they do best –concentrating on data and its refinements, training neural network models with automation over these large datasets, and creating cutting-edge models.

Go deeper on the news here.

Expanding upon our commitment to AI, IBM and Apple expanded upon our partnership- with the unveiling of IBM Watson Services for Core ML and the IBM Cloud Developer Console for Apple – aimed at enhancing the developer experience. Learn more here.

We also launched a raft of new technologies and capabilities designed to a multi-cloud model that helps securely connect data and applications across any system. The news brings with it Cloud Migration Capabilities for IBM Cloud Private, Expanded Container Support for Kubernetes, Cloud Integration Technologies and Rapid Data Transfer to the Cloud.

IBM has cloud covered

As businesses increasingly adopt a multi-cloud model, IBM launched a series of new technologies and capabilities designed to help businesses accelerate the transition – including updated migration and integration capabilities, expanded support, and rapid data transfer services. Discover more here.

Security was a big focus too, and there were announcements to simplify how enterprises can securely bridge to the public cloud by helping to address their needs throughout the journey, from accelerating the migration of existing workloads to the cloud to modernising and extending existing apps to delivering tools to build next-gen cloud-native apps.

At THINK we unveiled the first cloud services with mainframe-level data protection: the new IBM Cloud Hyper Protect family includes four new services IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect DBaaS, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Containers and IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Developer Starter Kits. Accelerating AI, IBM also announced POWER9 on IBM Cloud.

Think will be coming to Auckland on 1 May and Sydney on 4 May. Stay tuned across IBM channels for a series of exciting stories looking at how IBM is putting smart to work in our great countries.

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