IBM and Apple move swiftly to leverage Swift

Once upon a time, back in June of 2014, Apple released Swift. IBM and Apple announced their joint agreement around mobility one month later in July. And then life seemed to return to normal. While Apple developers and some IBM developers (those working on the 100 MobileFirst apps that IBM committed to delivering on iOS) understood just how useful Swift was, its impact was tempered because it was a client-side iOS-only language.

And then, everything changed. In December 2015, Swift was open-sourced by Apple. At the same time, Swift on Linux was also released after significant efforts during 2015 by Apple and IBM to craft server-side capabilities into Swift.

Topics: IBM Apple Swift

The Delta-V Awards: The Big Picture

The ESG Delta-V awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Continuing in our series, this time I’d like to recognize those companies that see “the bigger picture” for big data and analytics. These offerings go beyond point products, even beyond platforms, and address the larger context of a real business (or government) environment.

Learn a bit about the Delta-V awards here.

Topics: IBM EMC Dell Data Management delta-v awards peaxy hitachi

The Delta-V Awards: Machine Learning

The ESG Delta-V awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Here are the ones to congratulate for their success in the category of Machine Learning, including cognitive, artificial intelligence, and variants.

Learn a bit about the Delta-V awards here.

Topics: IBM Big Data google machine learning

Handicapping Enterprise Security Vendors

In the course of my average work day, I try to read all the cybersecurity news I can. I came across a very good article in Forbes that looks at the cybersecurity opportunities for companies like IBM, Cisco, Dell, and others.  The article points out that the market for cybersecurity products and services is estimated at $77b today, growing to $120b by 2020. That’s a lot of firewalls, AV software, and identity tokens!

Topics: IBM Cybersecurity Cisco Dell trend micro Symantec Intel Security

Insights from IBM Insight

My dad was a programmer for IBM in the 1970s, but I doubt he’d recognize the company today. Heck, I hardly recognize the company today. In a conversation with an IBM executive on the Analytics business unit, I was asked today, “What is IBM missing?” My response was, “just the story to tie it all together.” Even setting aside Watson, this is a company with an (over-)abundance of analytics tools, BI products, and mature databases. Combine that portfolio with huge investments into Spark, Hadoop, an analytics-as-a-service, and a healthy roadmap for all, and it’s not a question of gaps but one of overlaps.

Topics: IBM Analytics Big Data

IBM Gets Clever(safe) to Broaden Cloud Offerings

Yesterday IBM announced its intent to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based object storage vendor. This is a great move for IBM and certainly fills some gaps in the portfolio for the cloud business. That's because object storage is likely the next big storage technology wave that will house the massive amounts of unstructured data we are generating today, and the even more massive amounts we will be generating in the future.

Topics: IBM Storage Object storage

IBM, Databricks, and the Spark Movement

Many people consider "Hadoop" and "big data" to be synonyms, and certainly there is significant overlap between them. Yet in my mind, Hadoop is an ecosytem of data management tools, and big data is an approach to understanding complex situations. So the one can be used for the other, but surely isn't the only way to go.

Topics: IBM Analytics Big Data hadooop machine learning spark

IBM Edge "Is Breadth Manifest" (Includes Video)

The 2015 edition of IBM’s Edge conference recently took place in Las Vegas. While it lacked some of the showbiz sheen of other big industry events, the feeling of being at a cult reunion was just as strong; and any lack of hype was more than balanced by the focus on links to real world business/societal outcomes that permeated everything. There’s a telling irony in that comment: while many vendors declare lofty goals in their conference descriptors that are sometimes based on spurious - or at best strained – links to eventual value, and then actually talk about products, IBM (as so often) treads a different path: It actually declares that the conference is indeed about infrastructure, but then wraps that iron fist of infrastructure in a beguiling and compelling velvet glove of end-user achievement and proven value. 

Topics: IBM Storage IT Infrastructure IBM Edge storage virtualization

What’s New in Data Protection from IBM Interconnect 2015

Every time that I take a close look at IBM’s data protection portfolio, veiled under its storage solutions umbrella, I am happily surprised by the technology—and my guess is that you would be too.

Topics: IBM Data Protection Information and Risk Management

Time to Address Basic Organizational Issues that Impact IT Security

In the past, cybersecurity was thought of as an IT problem where CISOs were given meager budgets and told to handle IT security with basic technical safeguards and a small staff of security administrators. Fast forward to 2014 and things have certainly changed now that business mucky-mucks read about data breaches in the Wall Street Journal on a daily basis. 

Topics: IBM Microsoft Oracle cyber security CISO