What is Happening?
IBM’s InterConnect event this week in Las Vegas is the coalescence of multiple, previously separate IBM conferences, all of which told similar stories about parallel business, technology, channel / partner, and go-to-market efforts within IBM. InterConnect 2015 then is an apt metaphor for IBM’s own coalescence as it re-invents its business, its technology focus, and everything else in what one senior industry analyst has referred to as a “gut-wrenching” series of strategic moves toward a Cloud-first core strategy.
The announcements and sessions at InterConnect further reflected IBM’s simultaneous self-re-invention and acceleration toward addressing customers’ and partners’ Cloud-first, Digital Business-enabling IT needs. The announcements themselves can be found within IBM’s website here. These include the building of several global- and region-enabling Cloud-enabling data centers, Cloud- and BlueMix-centered services (see recent Lens 360 Blog post) and platform partnerships with global SIs CSC and Tech Mahindra, more SoftLayer-enabled Cloud services advancements, and of course, Watson.
Frankly, IBM announced little if anything this week that was truly new or unexpected. But what the company accomplished at InterConnect was an improved, more cohesive, articulation of its still-evolving goals, strategy and offerings that it hopes will get IBM to where its core customers want to be when the customers themselves get there. That place: an increasingly complex, and increasingly variable, hybridized IT and business environment that will require progressively advanced, multifaceted, and adaptable blends of Cloud-based as well as traditional IT and services to manage. Continue reading