Cognitive computing

IT leaders are the architects of the future

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These days, I think a lot about how IT leaders shape the future for their companies. I recently read a thought-provoking blog post from Paulo Carvao, IBM Systems Hardware Sales General Manager, where he sat down with 12 executives as they discussed their roles as service providers and how technologies like cognitive computing are transforming the role of IT.

There is no question that the role of IT has changed–forever.

IT leaders are the service providers for their organizations, charged with delivering speed, agility and innovation to drive the business forward.  They think differently about IT, beyond the data center, composing services from in-house and third-party applications and services. Business executives now expect IT leaders to be the business innovator or business services provider instead of simply managing operations and keeping the lights on.

And the stakes are now even higher, as organizations move to becoming cognitive businesses and IT leaders become the architects of the future.

What does “cognitive” really mean?

The term cognitive might sound a bit ominous, but then again five years ago cloud computing was–well, a bit cloudy too. However, the term simply describes systems that understand, reason and learn using data, lots and lots of data–working together with people to build cognitive businesses. These systems handle data of all types, inside and outside of the firewall–80 percent of which is invisible to computers today.

Back in 2011, we introduced the world to Watson, the IBM cognitive system victorious on Jeopardy! Watson, designed then, and running today, on IBM Power Systems, is an example of infrastructure designed for the demands of the cognitive future.  To be “cognitive,” infrastructure needs to ingest, process and handle all types of data, scaling and delivering analytic insights in milliseconds–not minutes. IT infrastructure for cognitive workloads proactively learns from your systems’ operational data to help identify service anomalies before they affect end users. It can detect patterns in your enterprise data, assigns value to the data and intelligently places data where it is most logical and cost efficient in any given moment.

With purposefully built infrastructure that leverages open innovation that excels at modern and cognitive workloads, IT leaders can tackle the most demanding, data-heavy computing jobs to redefine business as usual.

That’s cognitive.

Is your IT infrastructure ready for the cognitive era?

If you haven’t started thinking about how to lay the foundation to become a cognitive business, now is the time. And IBM is here to help.

Access our Hybrid Cloud Readiness Assessment to see if you have the right IT infrastructure to build a cognitive business. The assessment will quickly identify your organization’s strengths as a digital leader, as well as the core areas that require improvement. Is it data management and complex analytics? Is it open ecosystems and security? Is it operational efficiencies and scalability?

Whatever it is–insights gained will assist you in starting to prioritizing the right infrastructure investments to successfully compete in the cognitive era. It’s time to become an architect of the future.

Director, Portfolio Marketing Strategy, IBM Systems

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