Main point: Our cloud capabilities are organized into 3 simple areas. SmartCloud Foundation, the integrated set of cloud enablement technologies for private and hybrid Clouds. These are technologies that our customers can use to build their own private clouds. SmartCloud Services , the IBM cloud platform designed for enterprise-class service delivery with PaaS/IaaS managed services. IBM SmartCloud service delivery platform is built upon the very same SmartCloud Foundation technologies that are clients are using. And SmartCloud Solutions , our growing list of business and industry solutions on the Cloud offered as SaaS. Capabilities such as Collboration, B2B Integration, Digitial Marketing Optimization… all delivered via SaaS.
Note: the products in the arrow are representative of the depth and breadth of solutions we have that support managed with cloud technologies. This is not the full list of products. For business leaders today it is no longer enough to focus on reducing SG&A - it's about growing the top line with shorter product cycles and new and improved business models. Let’s take a look at an example – the purchase of books. Customers used to go into a physical store, look at the books on the shelf and buy that book. That changed to searching for and buying a book online and waiting days for it to be delivered. Now the business model is the instant delivery of books - to single or multiple mobile devices – regardless of where you are in the world. Business and commerce as we have traditionally known them have fundamentally changed and new technologies have risen to meet these needs. Cloud, is one such technology, born out of these new and evolving business needs. Organizations in every industry, regardless of size or geography, are embracing Cloud computing as a way to reduce complexity and costs associated with IT. At IBM, we view this paradigm through the lens of Smarter Computing. It’s the vision that enables any enterprise to apply the transformative power of cloud technologies to reinvent the way they do business and improve IT economics. Our IBM SmartCloud technology enables clients to provision new services in 90 percent less time; reduce their data center footprints by over 80 percent; cut software licensing costs by up to 85 percent; and significantly improve resource management and infrastructure flexibility to meet their business’ needs. Today we meet at a critical inflection point in the evolution of Cloud computing. Enterprise clients are moving from “sandbox” projects for cloud deployments to full-scale production environments of critical applications. Numerous market forecasts bear this out projecting that 60% of CIOs plan to use Cloud, up from 33% two years ago. And Cloud revenue is expected to grow 5 times faster than traditional IT. In addition IDC predicts worldwide revenue from public Cloud IT services is expected to exceed $55 billion in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of 27% up from $16 billion in 2009. Comparatively, Traditional IT products are projected to only grow 5% over the same period. To capture the cloud market, we have to deliver on the paradigm shifts that clients are driving: Personalization, self-service and instant access have become the norm. Customers, employees and partners have grown to expect this level of availability across all business activities and transactions. Continuous access to world-class computing power, available anytime, anywhere— and at lower costs per unit . Mandates for improved innovation to speed to market higher value products and services spurred by highly dynamic and competitive environments. And the globalization of value chains that necessitates collaboration models that efficiently engage partner ecosystems Today, clients are beginning to understand how cloud technologies can help meet these shifts. Simply put, most companies are no longer talking about should they implement cloud; they are looking at how they implement cloud. The journey to cloud is not always a linear progression. There are multiple entry points and many ways to integrate a cloud strategy into an organization. Many clients will start by building an efficient virtualized infrastructure and then build upon that with simplified administration and automation. For others, the need is to go to full cloud deployment with the highest levels of orchestration. Let’s take a look at each of these: Step 1: Integrate Here we start with the desire to streamline, simplify and drive down costs by building a more efficient infrastructure. In this phase we see organizations consolidating and virtualizing their servers, storage and networks, and implementing robust systems management tools all designed to reduce operating costs and capital expenditures. While virtualization and consolidation on its own does not equate to cloud, they are core requirements for cloud delivery. Step 2: Automate Automation enables clients to build on an integrated foundation improving speed and dexterity while reducing cycle times. At this stage, clients can simplify administrative task through self-service provisioning and also automate IT service deployment. This frees up critical resources from routine tasks which can then be reallocated to projects delivering higher value products and services. Step 3: Orchestrate Orchestration drives seamless management of heterogeneous servers, storage and networks by bringing diverse resources under a single point of control, which helps guarantee specific service levels, improves reliability, availability and security of service. Orchestration also ensures that the right automation and prioritization decisions are made when different groups are competing for the same network bandwidth, data, and/or other computing resources. As we continue to drive the era of Smarter Computing, clients will look to IBM to help deliver on the promise of cloud. Our IBM SmartCloud technologies are increasing business value by: Easily building and rapidly scaling private Cloud environments with unparalleled time-to-market, integration and management Accelerating time to market with unprecedented choice, security and portability of applications Gaining immediate access to business solutions, combined with deep industry insights, business process skills and analytics
February #cloudchat recap: Cloud in education http://thoughtsoncloud.com/index.php/2012/02/february-cloudchat-recap-cloud-in-education/
Big Data University is an online educational site run by new and experienced Hadoop, Big Data and DB2 users who want to learn, contribute with course materials, or look for job opportunities. The site includes free and fee-based courses delivered by experienced professionals and teachers. Big Data University is hosted on the Cloud, and is run by a group of enthusiasts from around the world. They use Moodle 2 course management system enabled to run on DB2.
*According to a recent IDC study
Much of the IBM formal training offerings are aligned with specific product offerings, and are built around particular job roles, such as system administrator, application developer, system architect, and so on. The IBM training finder is a good starting place for finding education about a particular technology area or job task. You can also specify various skill levels, delivery types, and other criteria, such as free versus fee-based training. You can build your own customized IBM training catalog here, based on similar criteria, and if you still have questions about what to include in your training plan, you can request a complimentary training plan from IBM. If your budget is really tight, and your time is really short, give the IBM Education Assistant a try. It provides a large collection of presentations, some with audio, on specific products and technologies, in Flash and PDF format. There are also demonstrations of specific tasks, tutorials, and other resources available. The topics are organized by brand.
Technical conferences and other events provide excellent opportunities to train on the latest technologies. You can often cover a wide range of topics, and get an in-depth view of new products in only a few days at a conference. There has been a huge proliferation of “cloud-computing conferences” around the globe – one only has to search that phrase to find them. Also, check the IBM schedule of events here. IBM technical universities give you a “deep dive” into IBM systems. Perhaps an even better alternative to a conference is CloudCamp. CloudCamp is an interactive event open to cloud IT professionals, vendors, and users, to encourage open discussion and the exchange of ideas. It follows an unconventional format – Open Space Technology – where initially, there is no agenda. The attendees propose the topics and sessions they want to cover. It doesn't cost anything to register, and there are many confirmed dates and locations to choose from.
One of the best (and free) ways to learn is to get involved with a group of people interested in the same thing. The Global WebSphere Community, or WebSphereUserGroup.org, is a very active social network, with local branches all over the world, that meets regularly to discuss various WebSphere topics. The website features blogs, white papers, presentations, webcasts, and other media, and has a forum dedicated to cloud computing. The Cloud Computing Central developerWorks community has been active since 2009 and is still going strong. There, members can post messages, blogs, bookmarks, and more about all things cloud-related.
Is Your Company Ready for Cloud: Choosing the Best Cloud Adoption Strategy for Your Business By Pamela Isom, Kerrie Holley Published Jun 27, 2012 by IBM Press Apache Derby -- Off to the Races: Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape (paperback) By Paul C. Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Dan Scott Published Oct 27, 2005 by IBM Press Social Factor, The: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking By Maria Azua Published Aug 13, 2009 by IBM Press Greening of IT, The: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment By John Lamb Published Apr 27, 2009 by IBM Press Art of Enterprise Information Architecture, The: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck Published Apr 1, 2010 by IBM Press New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, The: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage By Mike Biere Published Aug 15, 2010 by IBM Press
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