IBM Services 01  Plan your approach 02  Create the roadmap 03  Make it happen 04  Maximize impact

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IBM works with you step by step to help design and implement a security-rich, open, multicloud environment.
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We ask four questions to help create the best cloud solution design

Plan your approach Question 1:

How ready are you to move to the cloud?

By using an analysis of your current IT estate, we can understand your goals and develop a plan to help you achieve success on your terms.

We help define a technology strategy that leverages your existing investments, cloud platforms and network setup. We then evaluate new ways of working to help develop an agile roadmap for moving to cloud. This roadmap becomes the basis for your cloud solution design.

In a recent IBM survey of Senior IT Leaders, 95% agreed that a cloud architecture design helps improve the success of an organization's journey to the cloud.*

How cloud architecture design accelerates cloud deployments, 2020
Plan your approach Question 2:

Is your cloud solution design responsive?

We can help create a cloud solution that covers the required service layers, deployment platforms, provider choices, integrated tool chains and security solutions.

We make sure the resulting platforms, management framework, automation and operations toolsets are designed with agility in mind. This gives you a flexible architecture to accommodate the changing needs of your business.

Of IT leaders with a cloud architecture design completely agreed that it had positively impacted the success of their organization's journey to cloud.*

How cloud architecture design accelerates cloud deployments, 2020
Plan your approach Question 3:

Is your network ready?

As we develop your multicloud framework, we help confirm that your network is ready to support it. We use a unique scorecard to assess the interoperability of your current network. This scorecard can reveal a variety of data points in terms of business, technology, process and skill alignment that may be used to enhance efficiency.

Based on the analysis and our experience with more than 100,000 successful cloud migrations, we recommend a future network strategy.

Of enterprises feel multicloud networking is most critical in supporting digital transformation and IT evolution.*

Enterprise Edge Cloud Networking Report (October 2020)
Plan your approach Question 4:

How resilient is your cloud solution design?

To protect critical workloads in your multicloud environment, you need integrated resilience capabilities. That's why we assess the current standing of your capabilities and identify potential risks for your enterprise and help you effectively manage and mitigate them.

Based on the assessment, we can create a resiliency plan that's designed to support the migration and management of your new environment. The plan also helps guide routine testing of your capabilities. This way, you can better adapt to the changing business and IT landscape over time and confirm your ability to continue critical business operations in a major disruption situation.

Over 90% of organizations believe that they're prepared to recover from an outage. Yet 63% of them experienced frequent business outages in the last couple of years.*

The State of Hybrid Multicloud Resilience, 451 Research, 2020

The enduring excellence in our partnership with IBM has helped us to deliver and ensure maximum uptime with our new Tier 4 data center.

— Sabri Gökmenler, CTO Turkey's Isbank

Plan your approach

Client success

After experiencing a severe network outage, Turkey's Isbank needed to migrate its servers, apps and data to a new data center to ensure resiliency, without disrupting network operations during the transition.


We create a roadmap that's designed to streamline your migration to cloud

Create the roadmap

Taking inventory

With your company’s cloud strategy and design in place, we can now get into the details of your IT infrastructure and its critical applications.

To help visualize your IT inventory, we use our discovery tool, which creates a dashboard of your environment. This view can include your servers, virtual machines, workloads and applications — virtually anything that lives within your IT environment.

The dashboard helps provide us the information needed to begin an affinity mapping process for your applications. We start by grouping the data into categories, such as moveable applications or immoveable applications.

Create the roadmap

Begin planning

With the inventory, affinity and dependency map in place, we can begin planning for your migration.

Your plan may include:

  • An outline of migration phases
  • Key timelines
  • A risk mitigation and resiliency strategy
  • A customer support and escalation matrix
Create the roadmap

Security is a priority

To help ensure business continuity, we work with your team to develop a strategy that is designed to build security and resiliency into all phases of your migration.

We use our orchestration technologies to help automate workflows. This approach is designed to account for threat management, incident response, disaster recovery and compliance management by helping address these issues automatically.

Create the roadmap

Confidence is key

To help increase your team’s confidence, we can run a pilot test that is designed to make sure the advised migration plan is right. We can do this by creating infrastructure and application test cases, performing user acceptance testing scenarios and putting in place a migration rollback process.

We also perform post-migration infrastructure and application testing for your enterprise, which can include documentation and a handover plan for your team.

Keep in mind you will have priority support during the handover to help make sure things go according to the plan.


Our team can now focus on innovation instead of maintenance or hardware. That’s really where we want to spend our time and effort.

— Chad Simpson, VP and Deputy CIO City Furniture

Create the roadmap

Client success

When City Furniture migrated to IBM Cloud, it ensured that business-critical operations and essential customer data would be protected against hurricane-related disruptions. It also added the capability to scale up and create a platform for adding cloud-based applications and cognitive capabilities.


We get ready to seamlessly and efficiently deploy

Make it happen

Simplify your deployment journey

Once we have created your migration strategy, it’s time to plan for deployment.

Our unique approach is designed to make the whole process seamless and efficient by using a single dashboard view to help track governance issues and IT resources. This will also help reduce your provisioning cycle time from days or months to hours.

Based on an orchestration and automation platform, we help ensure your new multicloud environment successfully integrates with existing tools and architectures. This approach can be customized for any leading cloud technology, which helps reclaim lost simulation time.

Make it happen

Add automation

Using a cross-team approach with Red Hat® products, we help automate parts of your workload deployments.

The Red Hat Ansible® Automation Platform is a specialized, agile and prescriptive way to deliver virtually all the tools you need to implement enterprise-wide automation. As a result, you can decrease fulfillment time and boost operational efficiency.

Make it happen

Network as a programmable service

Many companies encounter challenges with multivendor network functions. To help manage this, we can provide a fully orchestrated and automated control point called the Cloud Network Intelligent Control Center.

This solution is designed to simplify network integration across traditional and cloud-based network services and execute tasks across 570* different types of network devices reliably.

As a result, you can manage your configuration and more easily ensure the network is functioning properly.

* Source: IBM Cloud Network Intelligent Control Center solution brief


We had to change our approach. It really had to be, ‘how are we going to innovate to be able to react to the challenges, compete better in the marketplace and actually be more of a trusted health advocate for our members?

— Tim Skeen, CIO Anthem, Inc.

Make it happen

Client success

By integrating systems, data and processes with automation and predictive analytics, Anthem, Inc. realized immediate operational improvements and began developing better insights for improving the health of its members, while also finding savings to reinvest in innovation.


We help you manage and govern your entire IT estate

Maximize impact

Dashboard view

Managing traditional and cloud environments seamlessly across applications and data across data centers is a balancing act of agility and control.

Your users need to be able to quickly access the services and tools they depend on while maintaining the control required to minimize risk and ensure compliance.

Using our dashboard, you can consolidate the view of your assets, costs and availability across cloud providers. From here, we can help monitor and manage your entire hybrid cloud environment — servers, storage, networking, middleware, cloud, workloads and applications.

Maximize impact

Identify the gaps

To align your business needs and IT capabilities, we develop a topology map that’s designed to help you more easily identify gaps between demand and technology services.

This approach can give you a basis for further analysis, what-if simulations and investment decisions.

After the analysis, we can help you select the right technology service for each of your business demands.

The model will reflect the priorities you set around service costs, delivery location, service capabilities, accessibility, service maturity and reliability.

Maximize impact

Self-service management through cognitive capabilities

The final step is to transfer the topology and associated choice factors into an AI-based decision model. This model can enhance traditional IT operations by aggregating data from multiple sources and using automation, advanced analytics and AI to help identify and resolve problems faster.

The AI-based decision model also helps you consider the changing circumstances within your organization and the broader market ecosystem on an ongoing basis.


We chose IBM because IBM is very good at providing managed infrastructure. That lets us focus more on the application and our business.

— Pernille Kjærgaard Dahlberg, Global Operations Manager, SimCorp A/S

Maximize impact

Client success

Compelled by the idea of providing end-to-end services to an even broader range of clients, SimCorp wanted to begin offering SimCorpDimension as a cloud-based service. IBM Cloud™ and IBM Services helped to make that vision a reality.

Maximize impact

IBM has helped clients optimize their IT to achieve:

  • Scalability

    75% saw increased scalability.

  • Business agility

    72% saw improved business agility.

  • Faster migration

    Up to 25% faster migration to cloud.

  • Cost reduction

    Up to 20% reduction in overall IT costs.

Are you ready to begin optimizing your IT and transforming your business?