Open source critical part of cognitive journey, says IBM | #IBMInterConnect
While IBM once had a public image of a virtually monolithic corporate entity, that image has softened in recent times, in part due to its support of and interest in open-source technologies. At the IBM InterConnect event taking place in Las Vegas, the open-source projects being fostered and developed by IBM are a significant part of the conversations between the company and its clientele.
Jamie Thomas, GM of systems strategy and development at IBM, joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about some of these projects, the ideas behind them and the anticipated futures for their use.
Open-source and selective growth
Describing open-source as a “critical part of our strategy as we help our customers embark on this cognitive journey,” Thomas highlighted the importance it has to IBM’s initiatives on a range of platforms.
“One thing that we’ve learned is that you need to be involved early on [with new technologies],” Thomas said. “For IBM to be effective in these open-source efforts, we need to have critical mass around them.”
However, she also noted that with such support, being selective is a necessity. “You have to decide which projects you want to be at the table with,” she stated.
Tailored to the customer
Moving on to other tech focuses at IBM, Thomas touched on their developments with composable infrastructure, API connections and service-based apps, along with intelligent systems, but a large examination was given to the ways IBM is trying to keep these new technologies accessible to clients who have entrenched systems.
Finding “purpose-fit environments” for big data and analytics is one of the ways the company is “making sure that our clients can attain a true cognitive computing environment,” as is providing unique security elements on the mainframe “that will allow clients to have peace of mind as they enter into this bold new world.” Spark, block-chain and docker containers are all on IBM’s radar as ways to improve these transitions, and emergent tech in the next few years is already being considered.
Partnerships and investments
Moving toward these new developments is not an immediate step for every customer. As Thomas put it, using cloud services as an example, “Cloud is not a destination. It’s about taking advantage of what you can do in the cloud, but also what you can do with the infrastructure you already have.”
Looking toward the future is another concern. “This data explosion that we keep talking about is definitely driving trends,” Thomas stated, with the need to keep up with it presenting distinct new challenges. To her, the problem of economically dealing with data seems like a strong argument in favor or emphasizing development of better hybrid-cloud understanding.
As Thomas recognized, “None of this is going to happen by a single vendor by themselves,” and partnerships between companies will be the key to providing customers with satisfactory solutions. Considering the reception she’d encountered at the IBM InterConnect event, Thomas added, “Feedback I’m getting from the clients is an appreciation of the partnerships we’ve brought forward today and that we’re working to create a viable ecosystem for them.”
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