One of IBM Corp.’s showcase annual events, IBM InterConnect 2017, is underway at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, to demonstrate IBM’s latest efforts in cognitive computing for enterprise cloud.
Running through March 23, InterConnect will explore a variety of cloud topics, products and services, including Bluemix and SoftLayer. In October, three years after IBM purchased SoftLayer for $2 billion, it did away with the SoftLayer brand and reorganized all of its Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings under the Bluemix moniker.
Other topics that will be discussed at IBM InterConnect include hybrid cloud, process transformation, Internet of Things, DevOps, security and more.
SiliconANGLE will once again be at IBM InterConnect and will be exploring these topics and others with exclusive interviews from its roving news desk theCUBE.
What to expect: cloud
IBM’s fourth-quarter results showed strong growth in its cloud computing revenues, which rose 35 percent, to $13.7 billion. Earlier this year, IBM secured a huge private cloud contract with the U.S. Army, a deal that could be worth $62 million if the Army signs on for the full five years.
“IBM’s investments have allowed them to be a major cloud player,” said Dave Vellante, co-founder and chief research officer of the analyst group Wikibon, owned by the same parent company as SiliconANGLE. “IBM’s ace in the hole is the degree to which they can leverage their existing portfolio and street cred to attract developers and integrate their portfolio to compete in the marketplace.”
IBM is currently sitting fourth in the cloud market behind Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Amazon.com Inc. may lead the pack, but its competitors are working hard to close the gap, according to a recent report from Synergy Research Group.
At this year’s IBM InterConnect, theCUBE will explore whether IBM can deliver differentiated services in cognitive technology, like Watson, or offerings that are better than AWS at a reasonable price point. At the end of 2016, IBM launched a new cloud service called Bluemix Continuous Delivery that provides a hosted environment for running development workflows.
Artificial intelligence and IoT
One of the main focuses at the event will be the recent partnership announcement between IBM and Salesforce.com Inc. Announced earlier this month, the partnership will allow Salesforce to improve its Einstein deep learning platform by integrating with IBM’s Watson AI unit.
“Within a few years, every major decision — personal or business — will be made with the help of AI and cognitive technologies,” said Ginni Rometty (pictured), chairwoman, president and chief executive officer of IBM.
Rometty and Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce, will present the chairman’s address on Tuesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. PDT.
In order to make it easier for its clients to manage their IoT devices, the Bosch Group partnered with IBM last month. The company’s Bosch IoT Suite will be available on the IBM Bluemix cloud computing service and will interconnect with the IBM Watson IoT Platform.
Visa Inc., another company to team up with IBM, announced its collaboration last month that will make its payment processing capabilities available through IBM’s Watson IoT platform. This will allow any manufacturer to embed the technology into their hardware.
Various companies are turning to Watson to offer assistance to employees or replace them completely. Watson will be providing support to H&R Block Inc.’s 80,000 tax professionals to ultimately set it apart from its competitors. While in Japan, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. will replace approximately 30 percent of its payment assessment department with an AI system powered by IBM Watson.
Last month IBM launched its Watson for Cyber Security platform, following a short beta announced in December. The platform will be able to discover behavior patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks and threats that could potentially be missed by existing security platforms.
Other keynote speakers at IBM InterConnect 2017 include Bill Cobb, president and chief executive officer of H&R Block; Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Corp.; Reshma Saujani, founder and chief executive officer of Girls Who Code; Tooraj Arvajeh, chief engineer at BlocPower; and 13-year-old Tanmay Bakshi, developer, author, speaker and algorithmist.
How to watch theCUBE interviews
There are various ways to watch all of theCUBE interviews that will be taking place at IBM InterConnect 2017, including SiliconANGLE TV and YouTube. You can also get all the coverage from the event on SiliconANGLE. (* Disclosure below.)
TheCUBE’s coverage for day one starts on Monday, March 20, at 10 a.m. till 5:50 p.m. PDT.
You can watch all of theCUBE’s exclusive interviews and commentary from IBM InterConnect on the dedicated SiliconANGLE TV page.
Watch on the SiliconANGLE YouTube channel
All of theCUBE interviews from IBM InterConnect 2017 will also be loaded onto SiliconANGLE’s dedicated YouTube channel.
Guest who will be interviewed on theCUBE
Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE at IBM InterConnect 2017 include various IBM executives such as Derek Schoettle, vice president of the Watson data platform; John Murphy, vice president of marketing at IBM storage systems and software; Eric Herzog, vice president of product marketing and management at IBM Storage; and John Granger, general manager of cloud application innovation.
Other guests include Jamie Alexander, chief technology officer and co-founder of Sensibill Inc.; Andy Lin, vice president of strategy at Mark III Systems Inc.; Tom Ready, senior vice president at State Street Corp.; and Scott Francis, chief executive officer and co-founder of BP3 Global Inc.
Live stream of IBM InterConnect 2017
If you are unable to attend IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas, you don’t have to miss out on the action as live and on-demand broadcasts of the keynote presentations, various sessions and interviews will be available on IBMGO.
Sign up on the IBMGO website for free and add the event details to your calendar.
(*Disclosure: SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE is a media partner at InterConnect. Neither IBM nor other conference sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)