With its $19.5-billion enterprise cloud being pretty much the only growth driver across its massive products and services landscape, IBM is restructuring its strategy and operations to become a cloud-first company in preparation for the final approval of its acquisition of Red Hat later this year.
The IBM Q1 earnings announcement yesterday reveals that while IBM’s cloud business almost reached $20 billion in revenue for the 12 months ending March 31, its growth rate is lagging significantly behind those of all of IBM’s major cloud competitors.
IBM made its unconditional and end-to-end commitment to a hybrid-cloud future unmistakably clear during its quarterly earnings call this week as CFO Jim Kavanaugh dropped the H-bomb 28 times. Kavanaugh tied hybrid cloud’s virtues to everything from customer innovation and productivity to every positive element in IBM’s strong fourth-quarter performance. So while I wasn’t at
Fresh on the heels of two massive cloud deals with Vodafone and Juniper valued at about $875 million, IBM today said it has deepened its long-time strategic partnership with global bank BNP Paribas in a deal that one analyst believes could be valued at $2 billion. This additional big new win for IBM Cloud will
As IBM prepares to release fourth-quarter and full-year earnings this afternoon, the company is building significant hybrid-cloud momentum for 2019 with two large and sweeping customer deals totaling $875 million over the next several years. The huge engagements with Vodafone for $550 million and Juniper for $325 million showcase IBM’s broad and deep strengths in
As the cloud becomes the most influential enterprise-technology platform in 2019, the mix among the top five cloud vendors of “cloud-native” hotshots and “legacy” veterans underscores not only the rapid rise of the hybrid cloud but also the end of any reasonable claim that the big traditional tech companies are not cloud companies. In today’s
Ensuring that its stunning growth and surging relevance has only just begun, the cloud industry is warmly embracing hybrid computing—the fusion of traditional on-premises technology with the cloud—with Microsoft, IBM and Amazon leading the way in recognizing that business reality outranks whiz-bang new technologies. Because as impressive and disruptive as public-cloud infrastructure undoubtedly is, the
While the IBM R&D teams received 9,100 patents in 2018 and for the 26th straight year led the world in that category, the company needs to begin showing customers, partners and investors that it is turning those laboratory innovations into high-value business solutions across AI, cloud and cybersecurity. Taken in isolation, the latest evidence of