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Agents of Change: IBM

Jack Loo | Jan. 29, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have IBM.

IBM has a vast portfolio of offerings for organisations looking to embark in the public cloud or those who lean towards hybrid computing, thus offering a choice of delivery models-public, private, and hybrid-allowing clients to balance requirements such as cost and speed with security and control. Another important factor for organisations looking to embark on their cloud journey is to ensure they have the expertise to choose which kind of cloud model they require, and to implement and manage it. Or at least choose a vendor with the expertise and service management capabilities required to secure and govern enterprise cloud services and integrate with existing systems to avoid creating dangerous and costly sprawl.

But IBM has long been focused on the cloud in the enterprise, including collaboration and business applications, infrastructure and platform services, software-as-a-service, advanced virtualisation and image management. We have more than one million enterprise application users working in the IBM cloud and analyse more than US$100 billion in commerce transactions a year in the cloud. We monitor 13 billion security events every day and have more than 1,000 researchers and developers working on security and privacy breakthroughs.

IBM believes one of the least understood areas of cloud computing but one with great potential to drive innovation for businesses globally is Platform as a Service.

Business and technology leaders are beginning to seek out this new type of cloud computing to keep computing costs low and to expedite delivery of new products and services. Unlike other cloud computing services, such as Infrastructure as a Service and Software as a Service, PaaS uniquely offers a foundation of common application services, tools and templates for businesses to rent and build their own powerful software applications quickly and deploy them into an automated environment.

Just as auto makers have used common platforms or chassis to manufacture their lines of cars more efficiently, PaaS allows organisations to standardise their IT platform and quickly introduce new competitive offerings. IBM is focused on industrialising this cloud platform to drive business innovation around key enterprise applications and the PaaS cloud offering will provide self-service, instant access to an application development suite of tools, middleware and databases, available via pattern-based technology.

One of the most important benefits of PaaS is the ability to use patterns-providing tested templates for jumpstarting specific applications very quickly with all the favourable attributes of the cloud. For example, if you are a financial services company that needs a mobile application for customers to look up savings portfolio details, you don't want to start from scratch. PaaS patterns give you a set of rich tools to build the mobile application very quickly without worrying about big technology investments.


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