Professing their love for all things cloud, IBM’s Cloud leadership team hosted the IBM Cloud Summit last month. Taking a page from the successes of Silicon Valley startups, the team presented a vision for the future that ties IBM’s success directly to its cloud strategy and its ability to incorporate lean and agile philosophy and methodology into its tactics. IBM wants Bluemix, the big blue cloud, to be in a race for value rather than a race for size. The key to the Bluemix is Watson machine learning. And this is more than just a branding exercise. Meeting its customers’ needs, IBM is embracing openness—open source, open choices, and hybrid cloud. Software—and software-defined solutions—not hardware, drives IBM product development and products.