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Ron Kline recently wrote about a shift in the role of the IT leader. He asserted that as global enterprises transform their digital infrastructures for cognitive and hybrid-cloud environments, IT leaders are increasingly becoming trusted C-suite advisors. Once viewed as backroom technicians, they are now central to business growth and market-driven innovation. Ron called this a shift from IT leader to IT hero. But there is always a source of power—sometimes visible, sometimes hidden—behind every hero. For a growing number of clients, IBM is that power source.
Across industries, IT leaders are working with IBM Systems to build infrastructures that can help guide their businesses into the cognitive era. They are embracing hybrid cloud because they know that to succeed today and in the future, they’ll need a combination of on-premises and off-premises solutions. They are redefining their technological foundations so that they are better able to compete and win.
Together, IBM Systems and IT leaders around the world are making digital transformation happen. While this is a dynamic and often unpredictable journey, there are at least three keys to its success: collaboration for better innovation, the ability to process and derive insights from oceans of structured and unstructured data, and speed and agility in the way we work.
Collaboration for better innovation
IBM has always placed a high priority on building strong, open relationships with clients and other industry partners. This is about speeding innovation by bringing diverse talents and perspectives together to collaborate, disrupt markets and create differentiated value.
In recent years, IBM has emerged as a leader in open innovation. More and more enterprises understand that their future success depends not only on their own IT capabilities but on the ability to connect with others in the marketplace. Participation in a number of ecosystems is now viewed as a way to provide differentiated services to customers without requiring the entire suite of capabilities in-house. For example, the POWER8 architecture—a microprocessor built for big data and cloud environments—was opened to collaborators, governments and industry leaders because IBM realized that in the new global technology economy, openness drives innovation. The joint efforts of many partners building new capabilities on top of the core POWER architecture creates an open innovation model that provides new value for everyone. With 180 OpenPOWER Foundation members and more than 100 innovations in the works, OpenPOWER is helping to deliver value over closed, proprietary chip providers.
Processing and deriving insights from oceans of data
The ability to process transactions and derive insights from data to quickly support decision making within the organization is now at the heart of IT infrastructure. IBM hybrid cloud technologies bring different sources of data together, helping to make that data easier to access, while cognitive computing and analytics from IBM provide the ability to deliver thoughtful business insight.
For example, IBM leadership in storage and hybrid cloud and its ability to help support clients’ drive to next-generation mobile, social and analytics applications was recently enhanced with the announcement of the acquisition of Cleversafe, a recognized leader in object-based, on- and off-premises storage solutions. With Cleversafe, IBM helps enable clients to scale to exabytes, or billions of gigabytes, of storage. Clients across multiple industries use these solutions for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as a service.
Cleversafe works with one of its clients, a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, to safely store customers’ uploaded photos with a high level of integrity, scalability and security. The publishing service provides its customers with unlimited, secure storage of photos at no cost, along with a promise to never delete images. Together, Cleversafe and the publishing service have created an innovative, sustainable platform that rivals the industry in performance, availability and cost.
Speed and agility in the way we work
Finally, business model innovation is becoming just as important as technological innovation. Three significant transformations are taking place within IBM Systems to help speed up execution through simplification and agility—offering management, design thinking and agile. The synergistic effect of utilizing all three methodologies can help deliver the right outcomes to clients with the velocity and flexibility that the market demands.
In the age of hybrid cloud and cognitive solutions, IT teams are expected to become business transformation and growth leaders for their organizations—and IBM is helping to empower them. Wherever your company is on the journey, IBM Systems can help your IT leaders to compete by mastering hybrid cloud and adopting infrastructure solutions that are tuned for the cognitive era.
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