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The IoT Survey

Posted on July 4, 2018

The IoT survey is the first of its kind to evaluate the leading IoT platform providers based on feedback from users worldwide available to participants in English, German, French and Spanish. 

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IBM is going for trust - again!

Posted on July 17, 2018

IBM is returning to its core values in a more modern form.

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IBM is betting on the third wave of cloud implementations

Posted on July 13, 2018

IBM is slowly but steadily overcoming its weaknesses from the early days of cloud computing.

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A glimpse of the new IBM

Posted on July 13, 2018

IBM seems to come out of the ditch it has gone through the last years.

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IBM @CeBIT: Addressing the Cloud with Security

Posted on June 12, 2018

On the first day of CeBIT (June 11-15, 2018), IBM announced new offerings for cloud computing trying to catch up and eventually lead.

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SAP as a prism

Posted on November 16, 2017

SAP unveiled its new face at TechED Barcelona in November 2017.

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Is blockchain eating SAP’s lunch?

Posted on November 16, 2017

The blockchain technology is making a huge media impact. Enterprise leaders are pushing their IT departments to set up blockchain projects just to be part of the trend. For some established enterprise software vendors - like SAP - blockchain can be a threat or a big chance. For those not in the enterprise application software business - like ...

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Google is using SAP as a tool to get GDPR trust

Posted on November 16, 2017

Google is expanding its presence in enterprises beyond the classic advertising business. Cloud offerings are being pushed and new partnerships (e.g. with Walmart) are moving into focus.

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Google on the move

Posted on September 13, 2017

On September 12, 2017, Google opened its first data center in Frankfurt, Germany. This is Google's third data center in Europe, which clearly acknowledges again the fact that a globally active cloud computing company cannot survive with US data centers only. Local requirements with respect to data security and data privacy need to be met.

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The Google/SAP partnership may be underestimated

Posted on September 13, 2017

In March of this year, SAP and Google announced a business partnership. Initially, some observers thought that this partnership might mainly focus on SAP's usage of Google's artificial intelligence engine, Tensorflow. However, this was a misinterpretation.

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IBM and Hortonworks are moving closer together

Posted on June 23, 2017

IBM has announced to expand its partnership with Hortonworks, a move reflecting IBM’s overall strategy. Hortonworks main focus has always been on data collection and data storage. However, what used to be an open question is how actual value can be generated from this data.

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Given the current rumor mill: What if Oracle and Accenture joined forces?

Posted on April 6, 2017

Oracle has denied that there will be such a deal. In any case, one thing is clear: if such a merger took place, it would create massive waves in the IT industry. So far, we have only seen few comparable mergers, one of them being the takeover of PwC by IBM. Which was far from an easy undertaking. For a potential deal between Oracle and ...

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Digital twins – a new trend in mass customization enabled by IoT

Posted on February 22, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) – aka Industry 4.0 – brings concepts which have been known for quite some time in the high-tech investment goods sector (e.g., aeronautics, process manufacturing) to a more diverse marketplace. The digitization of production processes and the Internet of Things, and the possibility to incorporate a multitude of ...

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Impressions from the Genius of Things Summit: A new IoT Crystallization Point

Posted on February 17, 2017

IBM’s recent IoT (Internet of Things) Summit at the now officially opened ‘Watson IoT Center’ global headquarters in the heart of Munich gave a lot of insight into how far the industry has come with its industrial IoT efforts. The industry seems to have found a new IoT crystallization point.

 

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The times are changing – also for IBM: Blockchain as a proof point

Posted on May 2, 2016
The days are over when IT heavyweights could wait and see what new technology might be most promising and then put resources behind the new concept to end up dominating it. The PC industry was one of the last good examples for IBM. Many PC-like concepts existed before IBM entered the market, set the rules and standards, and made good money ...

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AWS changes the cloud game rules – again!

Posted on April 21, 2016

AWS is known as a low-cost, easy to use and consume storage and computing power provider – a typical PaaS company, if not THE PaaS company. However, AWS moves into a direction leaving this exchangeable ground by offering service as a service (SaaS= or process as a service (PaaS) to make the acronym confusion complete.

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The Oracle Cloud Machine – hardware as a service

Posted on March 24, 2016
On March 24th Oracle announced its new offering: “The Oracle Cloud Machine”. An interesting move for a limited number of customers with deep pockets.

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IBM's mainframe Linux engagement – a fresh approach

Posted on February 2, 2016
Last week IBM made a series of announcements for LinuxONE. Some are quite remarkable (e.g., programming language Go from Google, StrongLoop), others were as expected (e.g., new hardware systems). The LinuxONE strategy is a sort of repetition of history.

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IBM is pushing Watson into all areas – such as retail

Posted on January 8, 2016
The Watson system is IBM‘s synonym for cognitive computing, and IBM is betting high on this emerging technology. This also applies to retail solutions.

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HyBrId unequals hYbRiD

Posted on January 7, 2016

Hybrid approaches are much discussed. However, most discussions center around on-premise cloud, public cloud or a hybrid approach. Here is some food for thought regarding the application of this approach to many more alternatives in IT.

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Big Blue and "white-blue"

Posted on December 17, 2015
For those who didn't know: "White-blue" is a synonym for Bavaria, Germany. This is how political leaders in Bavaria welcomed IBM's decision to establish its global headquarters for the newly founded division Watson and IoT (Internet of things) in Munich. The center was officially opened on December 15, 2015, with offices overlooking the Alps. ...

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