IBM is Building A Smart Digital Business Platform on the Cloud
Blog: Jim Sinur
IBM invited a group of analysts to New York for an update on their cloud strategy and progress building their Digital Business Platform(DBP). The good news is that the technologies are coming together fast on the cloud. The bad news is that it isn’t finished to a level of holistic business support yet, but the progress is showing. Like the digital journey itself, which is evolving as organizations learn, deliver and adjust, IBM is evolving their cloud platform while making portions usable now. IBM is doing the same for the business value built on top of it’s cloud platform. While not complete yet, IBM was able to show significant progress and end use in a significant number of areas. IBMs’ technical difference is that it platform scales, its global, its hybrid and it supports fast development through composition, hybrid languages and rapid method management. IBM’s business difference is it is delivering vertical solutions that are cognitively enabled on top of a “world class cloud” either by themselves or through close partners. IBM jammed almost two days worth of content into one day so we all drank from the fire hose. See IBM’s general in charge, Robert LeBlanc, below along with IBM’s target architecture chart.
IBM is flexing it’s cloud muscle now while it is growing and adapting. I’m hoping that the new approaches do not leave some of the early adopters behind. IBM is also starting to show it’s cognitive prowess and I expect this to accelerate. What seems to be missing is a marketing name that catches fire in the market like IBMs competitors have done. To me it’s always better to deliver the running architecture before the marketing, so I’m not as critical here. Make no mistake, IBM is not done delivering, but I like the results so far.