Data Storage Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Information for Data Storage Professionals
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Friday, April 25th 
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Data Centers
Storage Solutions
Storage Networks
Data Storage Issues
Data Security
DST Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Cloud Computing

IBM Intros Industry-Specific Cloud Services, Big Data Solutions

IBM Intros Industry-Specific Cloud Services, Big Data Solutions
December 6, 2013 9:56AM

Bookmark and Share
Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Corp., pointed out that IBM is not only a heavyweight in general cloud services, in addition to industry-specific cloud consulting, hardware and software, but it “already has established relationships with insurance companies, HR departments” and other targeted industries and units.

BMC is redefining the relationship between I.T. and business. Now I.T. can provide easy access to business services, support and applications -- anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Meaning a more efficient business and an even more innovative I.T. Learn more here.

IBM is now offering a set of customized clouds for specific industries and line-of-business buyers. The tech giant announced Thursday an expansion of its Cloud Consulting Services portfolio that provides ready-made cloud services designed for such industries as insurance or human resources.

The company said that cloud services have previously mostly focused on a “one size fits all” approach, where a menu of online computing services were available on a usage pricing model. But IBM’s move into templated, industry-specific solutions, coupled with such recent developments as Salesforce’s new, business-to-customer Salesforce One platform, indicate a new wave of tailored cloud services that offer business-specific application needs, not only generalized IT services. Other companies, such as Adobe and Salesforce, already provide cloud services targeted at such needs as those of marketing departments.

The IBM fast-start solutions are hosted on a private cloud using technology acquired by the company when it purchased global hosting company SoftLayer in the summer. Big Blue’s Global Business Services manages the solutions, which are targeted at banking, insurance, retail, telecom, and energy/utilities. According to IBM, the targeted applications can now be deployed in hours or days, instead of weeks or months.

Health Insurance Services

One timely example: the IBM Insurance Service Hub Cloud for health insurance, which provides connections to such data providers as clinics or doctors’ offices, or to patients’ mobile devices. At a time when the entire health industry is moving toward more efficient processes as it digests health reform, this targeted cloud provides such services as invoicing, claims processing and reimbursement.

There is also an analytics tool for semantic analysis of diagnostic texts, which provide assistance to doctors’ ability to diagnose conditions. IBM’s Watson supercomputer, made famous by its live TV defeat of expert human contestants on the Jeopardy game show, is being developed by the company for use as an on-demand expert service for doctors. This announcement of customized cloud solutions, however, does not specifically mention Watson.

In the realm of human resources, the new solutions include a HR cloud accelerator that can provide such services as talent management processes, compensation and succession planning, and workforce analytics.

C-Suite Model

Although it’s not industry-specific, IBM launched in June a set of cloud solutions for C-suite executives that was designed to boost innovation around customer experience. A suite for Chief Marketing Officers offers tools through the IBM Marketing Cloud, for instance, and a Watson-based service, the Watson Engagement Advisor, provides data crunching so that marketing and sales executives can better understand trends in their customer service, marketing and sales departments. Other suites were specifically created for the needs of executives in customer care, procurement, supply chain, legal and finance.

Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Corp., pointed out that IBM is not only a heavyweight in services, hardware and software, but it “already has established relationships with insurance companies, HR departments” and other targeted industries and units.

She added that similar industry-specific cloud-based services will be undertaken by Google and others. But, DiDio noted, Google, which recently lowered its cloud prices and upped its performance to compete with IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, is a relative newcomer in services compared to “IBM’s company history of more than a hundred years.”

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Cloud Computing
1. Microsoft, BMC Targeting VMware
2. High Court To Hear Aereo Dispute
3. IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
4. VMware Rolls Out DR-as-a-Service
5. Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace




 Most Popular Articles
1. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
2. Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive Offered for Enterprise Data Centers
3. Resetting All Passwords Now May Be Worst Heartbleed Fix
4. ManageEngine Plug-In Monitors Data Center Security
5. Is Heartbleed the Biggest Web Security Threat Ever?

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  IBM Targets Big Data with Power8 Line
  Fund Seeks To Head Off Heartbleeds
  Lessons from Verizon's Threat Report
  Officials Reveal Microsoft Data Center
  Verizon Report Exposes Cyberthreats

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Tech Giants Fund Initiative To Prevent Future Heartbleeds
Can more funding prevent Heartbleed vulnerabilities in future open-source software? A new Core Infrastructure Initiative at the Linux Foundation is attempting to find out.
 
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Navigation
Data Storage Today
Home/Top News | Data Centers | Storage Solutions | Storage Networks | Data Storage Issues | Data Security | DST Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Data Storage Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.