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What is application management services for cloud?

Enterprises are striving to achieve cloud potential through hybrid and multicloud strategies, resulting in fundamental shifts in application management paradigms. These shifts include:

  • Organizations, on average, have 127 applications in their portfolio and intend to grow their application portfolio nearly 40% between 2020 and 2025*
  • Organizations have 40% of their application portfolios hosted on cloud today. In five years, it is predicted that this percentage will climb to 50%, representing a 25% growth rate in applications hosted on cloud*
  • 68% of organizations spend 50–75% of their application development budget on legacy applications*

Managing applications in a hybrid cloud world is complicated with enterprise portfolios residing both on-prem and across different clouds. Traditional ways of application management are ineffective, costly and uncompetitive. Enterprises are rethinking their approach and capitalizing on modern capabilities for driving innovation, efficiency and resiliency into their application management practices.


IBM Services Dynamic Delivery

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Manage your application portfolio smarter with security and confidence using IBM application services

Efficiency and cost

DevSecOps and Quality Engineering enable incident resolution closer to the source; cognitive problem management offers advanced analytics for root cause analysis; and extreme automation for self-heal keeps workers steady.

Availability and resilience

Site Reliability Engineering  provides resilience by design with application maintenance and enhancements; potential for no planned downtime with canary deployments and rolling updates.

Speed and agility

Short release cycles are aligned with business outcomes for improved time-to-value; offers aggressive, integrated service level agreements.

Security and reliability

Emerging security threat models with effective governance, risk and compliance; provides Open Source for Enterprise for improved governance and management of open source.

IBM capabilities to achieve your full cloud potential

Low- touch maintenance using extreme automation

Provides self-heal capabilities; increases digital workers for stable applications and improves cost take-out from baseline.

Integrated operations with NextGen DevSecOps

Offers complete incident triage, optimized multicloud usage with FinOps, and  a reduction in unplanned outages.

Quality engineering through IGNITE for cloud

Delivers improvement in time to market, reduction in risk in new deployments, and cost reduction with improved quality.

Interoperability from multicloud service integration

Offers improved service agility with end-to-end service management plus a reduction in infrastructure and applications operations efforts.

Hybrid multicloud capabilities with full stack cloud squads

Delivers enhanced ability to shift-left and accelerated time to market, improved innovation velocity, and risk reduction in legacy talent.

Portfolio optimization driven by continuous cloud modernization

Increases the cloud footprint and delivers a significant technical debt reduction.

Related IBM application services

Enterprise Application Services

IBM experts apply application tools and AI automation on application partner platforms including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others to create applications focused on security and customer outcomes.

Cloud Application Modernization

Increase IT velocity to maximize ROI from existing applications. Define and build application and infrastructure strategy; modernize and migrate applications to the cloud.

Application Development and Management

Let IBM help you lower TCO and improve app efficiency. Deliver high-performing, user-focused applications by taking advantage of IBM AI resources, automation tools and IBM Security practices.

IBM Services for Cloud Development

IBM provides end-to-end application development and infrastructure services for open, secure, hybrid multicloud environments.

IBM Services for Enterprise Cloud Strategy

IBM Services for Enterprise Cloud Strategy helps create a holistic cloud approach that connects your business goals to your IT architecture.

Quality Assurance and Testing Services

You need application quality that testing cannot deliver on its own. IBM IGNITE Quality and Test is an AI-enabled framework that helps you move from detection to prevention at increased speed and quality, and decreased cost.

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* IDC Paper: Building Cloud Native Applications in a Hybrid Multicloud World