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Before I start with my predictions, let me explain what I mean by a prediction. I believe that predictions should not be about the end of a technology cycle but the timing for when a issue begins to gain traction that will result in industry shifts.  As I pointed out in my book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Change Into Success (Josey Bass, 2011), important industry initiatives and changes usually require decades of trial and error before they result in significant product and important trends.  So, in my predictions, I am pointing out changes that are starting. a know...
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Ten years after Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched its first Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, AWS is providing a world-wide “snapshot” of the state of customer adoption. AWS executives are traveling around the globe, hosting 30+ free Summits to attract prospective and current customers, in a year-long effort. This format is revealing more detail about the full portfolio of 70+ services AWS now offers to customers – such as database services, advanced analytics, and management services. That adds more context to the initial offer of less expensive compute and storage, first heard 10 years ago. At the Summit, Dr. Matt Wood,...
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  Over the past several weeks I have had some conversations with a new division of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) that is offering digital software and solutions with a strong focus on data integration. While TCS itself provides solutions to customers through its consulting services, this new business unit is creating a self-sustaining organization based on analytics of customer and urban data. Where does Digital Software and Solutions fit? But first a little context. Tata Consultancy Services is a major business unit within the larger Tata Corporation. Like many multi-national companies, Tata offers a wide variety of products and services...
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IBM’s journey to the cloud has been a complicated process. As an analyst, I have had a bird’s eye view of the evolution of IBM’s cloud strategy. Like many other enterprise technology companies, IBM has had to balance its need to preserve on- premises revenue with its desire to satisfy customers’ demands for cloud services. I recently attended IBM’s cloud analyst summit, where key executives put the evolving IBM cloud strategy into perspective. In the midst of massive changes in technology and customer requirements, Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President and leader of the cloud strategy, succinctly stated the overarching strategy:...
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Business value in the cloud is moving “up the stack”—starting with the operating system and virtual machines (VMs), and moving upwards into containers, middleware, and management stacks. This move bridges the cloud-software layers – adding business value for customers by making AppDev and DevOps easier and making management simpler – and increasing revenue growth for the vendor. With that goal in mind, Red Hat enhanced new OpenShift container technology, making several announcements at its Red Hat Summit 2016 conference in San Francisco (June 27-June 30, 2016). These OpenShift capabilities are designed to make it easier to work with OpenStack, Docker and Kubernetes for...
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  Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Internet of Things (IoT) solution gained attention at the HPE Discover 2016 conference in June by leveraging HPE’s converged technology in systems designed for IoT data collection and analytics. Details about the announcement can be seen here. HPE sees IoT – and the new IoT edge servers – as an important avenue for expanding its server business.  Use-case examples for this category of edge servers include analyzing the sensor data generated in retail, manufacturing, oil/gas, health care, transportation and engineering. Scenarios include failure prediction, machine learning, preventative maintenance, and real-time monitoring of industrial processes and manufacturing devices....
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IBM’s public discussion of its POWER processor roadmap shows that there will be scale-out and scale-up versions, starting with POWER9 in 2017. Key workloads for POWER9 will include cloud computing, visualization and HPC for scale-out servers, and transactional workloads and advanced Big Data analytics for scale-up servers. The scale-out versions will support intensive cloud computing from hyperscale cloud providers like Google and Rackspace, both of which are active members of the OpenPOWER Foundation, and both companies have said they will leverage POWER processors as part of their datacenter infrastructure. The scale-up versions will support enterprise on-prem computing, including traditional transactional and...
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The world of analytics is expanding – and the complexity is expanding right along with it. Data is stored in distributed file systems, on clustered server nodes, and on scale-up systems. It may be structured, or unstructured, data. And, applications that access the data can be written to run on physical servers, virtual servers (VMs), or containers. The result is a rapidly growing, complex environment for customers. IBM’s approach to addressing these customer issues is to provide a new generation of advanced resource-management IBM Spectrum Computing software that supports software-defined infrastructure (SDI). The SDI functionality abstracts the control plane away from...
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