Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Ways to Get Competitive with SaaS

This post was originally published on the Thoughts on Cloud blog by Marcos Sylos. March 26, 2015.
Companies often adopt software as a service (SaaS) to reduce costs. In so doing, many are surprised to find that cost savings is not the only benefit they reap.  A study, conducted by IBM examining almost 900 companies that adopted SaaS, found that nearly half credited SaaS with helping them to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Many cited the following three main reasons for that achievement:

1. Stronger partnerships between information technology and line of business departments.
Integrating new SaaS applications allows companies to tap into existing data on new and established systems. This is  key to improving enterprise systems and gaining agility.

New SaaS applications are managed by third parties, which means  information technology (IT) departments becomes more of business partner than a systems provider. Companies can avoid the demanding tasks of application support and some of the difficulty in the relationship between IT and line of business (LOB) teams.

2. Increased collaboration.
SaaS solutions drive broader collaboration across internal and external organizations and systems. It starts with internal IT and LOB partnerships and extends to other organizations and external partners  that are essential to a business.

3. Improved efficiency for the enterprise.
SaaS solutions are implemented quickly and bring new capabilities to the enterprise. By using big data to provide insights, for example, companies can make better and faster decisions. Companies can become more agile, reacting faster to changes in the marketplace, by adopting SaaS solutions integrated with their established systems. Enterprise efficiency transforms into a competitive advantage.

Check out the IBM SaaS portfolio to see the many ways your company can use SaaS to solve critical business needs and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. If you’d like to discuss things further, please leave a comment below or connect with Marcos on Twitter @MarcosSylos.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Try the full version of IBM Blueworks Live for 30 days – absolutely FREE

CLICK HERE to try the full version of Blueworks Live for 30 days – absolutely FREE.
All Blueworks Live trial accounts include 30 days of free access to all product features. At the end of your trial you will be given an opportunity to continue using the full version or downgrade to the free, limited version of Blueworks Live – the choice is yours.

The full version includes advanced features that are not in the free version including:
  • Simple process automation
  • Unlimited process maps & diagrams
  • Collaboration with multiple users
  • Process publishing
  • Visio import
  • Templates
  • Printing & exporting
  • File attachments
  • Email notifications
  • Integration with IBM Business Process Manager

Wondering what's next for IT Operations? Live Twitter chat on March 25th at 11am Eastern. #ITOpsChat

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IBM Cloud SaaS Capabilities

Doug Cox, General Manager, IBM Cloud SaaS Operational Services, talks about the capabilities IBM SaaS offerings provide worldwide.


Monday, March 16, 2015

IBM MQ vs. Apache ActiveMQ Performance Comparison Update

This article describes results of the persistent messaging performance tests that I carried out in the last 2 months using IBM MQ v8.0 (formerly WebSphere MQ) and Apache ActiveMQ 5.11.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Don't miss the weekly IBM Integration Google Hangouts!

All hangouts will be from 11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
starting Wednesday, March 11, with time allowed for Q&A.
Integration Google Hangouts: http://bit.ly/1yMEKwt

March 11, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'What is Messaging Part 2'
Speaker:  Leif Davidsen, Senior Product Manager IBM Messaging Portfolio

In our earlier Google hangout, we covered exactly what messaging is and some of the uses.  In this session, Leif Davidsen and Jon Mc Namara will explore messaging deployments and use cases in a little more detail. What might be some typical scenarios where messaging is used and not other technology choices? What different features does messaging offer, and how can these be used to meet customer needs. This is a live hangout and there will be time allocated for Q&A. So if you ever wondered what publish subscribe is, and when you should use it, come along and make sure all your questions are answered.

March 18, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'IIB Version 10'
Speaker:  Andrew Humphreys, IBM Integration Bus Product Manager

35% to 70% of IT Budgets is spent on building, administering and maintaining integration. IBM Integration Bus aims to reduce integration costs and increase flexibility and responsiveness, through componentization and reuse of core operational IT assets. Join this session to understand the business value of the latest release of IBM integration Bus, IBM's powerful solution for all enterprise connectivity use cases.  Learn how it is essential in enabling business growth areas such as cloud, mobile and big data.

March 25, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'API's and SOA: Better Together'
Speaker:  Alan Glickenhouse, IBM API Management Business Strategist

Is SOA dead? Is an API all you need? Join Alan Glickenhouse as he takes you on a journey from SOA to API's and back again. Learn how API's and SOA are better together and how to use their synergy to unlock innovation and growth. This is a live hangout with time allocated for Q&A. If you wonder  why you should care about the difference between API's and services, join this session and have all your questions are answered

April 1, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'6th Annual Hursley Summit, June 8-11'
Speaker:  Ray Daniel, Integration Executive, IBM Middleware, North America

Join this Hangout to hear what is on the agenda for the 6th Annual North American Hursley Summit being held in June. Better yet, you will hear from a couple of past customer attendees with their views on the value of attending the Hursley Summit.

April 8, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'Messaging in a Box'
Speaker:  Leif Davidsen, Senior Product Manager IBM Messaging Portfolio

What is new and exciting, yet hidden in a sleek black box?  It is IBM's new MQ Appliance! In this hangout, Leif Davidsen and Jon Mc Namara will explore what's new about the just-announced MQ Appliance, with a focus on how much simpler it is to deploy, configure and maintain messaging.  It will help both existing users, as well as new, start and manage a messaging infrastructure. This is a live hangout with time allocated for Q&A. So if you ever wondered if MQ is right for your business, come and learn how the MQ Appliance is what you've been waiting for.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Build, Manage and Secure a Hybrid Cloud: An IBM Seminar Boston, MA

This year’s IT Hybrid Cloud Briefing highlights real-world business scenarios of hybrid cloud solutions. Through presentations, live demonstrations and competitive comparisons, you will learn how business and IT leaders are successfully using IBM cloud technologies to deliver:

  • Open Integration— use and integrate your systems of record and systems of engagement with new cloud services
  • Control— give stakeholders visibility and control over automation of services and capabilities
  • Expertise— make use of industry, business and technical expertise and best practices to use cloud to enhance your business model

Join IBM for an afternoon of lunch and discussion where industry leaders will share how IBM cloud solutions can help you build, manage and secure a hybrid cloud infrastructure for new capabilities and business innovation.

March 19, 2015 @ Fleming's Steakhouse
217 Stuart St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

  • 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM:  Registration and Networking
  • 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM:  Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM:  *Lunch Served*
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM:  Enterprise Grade Cloud
  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM:  Build a Cloud On-Premises
  • 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM:  Build a Cloud Off-Premises
  • 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM:  Break
  • 2:10 PM - 2:55 PM:  Manage Cloud Infrastructure - Software Defined Environments
  • 2:55 PM - 3:20 PM:  Secure Cloud Infrastructure
  • 3:20 PM - 3:50 PM:  Hybrid Cloud - Enterprise Scenarios
  • 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM:  Closing Remarks

FREE Forum in Boston on March 16th - The Future of Integration: Integration Bus, API Management, Pure, and Mobile

Integration Forum
Boston   |   Monday, March 16th   |   Omni Parker House @ 60 School Street
  • Get tips to make your ecosystem adaptive to advancements in connectivity, mobile, and customer experience management
  • See a demo of how to use IBM Integration Bus to capitalize on connectivity and data integration opportunities
  • Leverage infrastructure- and platform-scale concepts that can maximize output, data, and functionality of every asset in your portfolio
  • 9:00-10:00: Inside the building blocks for integration for business agility
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:15-11:00: Monitor IT performance and drive digital transformation with analytics-based API management
  • 11:00-12:00: Increase revenue with customer-focused integration through IBM PureApplication System and IBM Integration Bus (IIB)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Customer Case Study: Aetna uses IBM IIB to connect enterprise applications, transform architecture, and maintain governance
  • 2:00-2:45: Panel discussion: Considerations for integrated managed services
For information on how to register
and attend this FREE event, contact me today.

Friday, March 6, 2015

WEBCAST: Use APIs to Build Powerful Mobile Apps

APIs power the mobile economy. The demanding developer base that creates mobile applications looks for you to create APIs that will help them build faster, better, cheaper, relevant mobile applications that will help them engage their customers in the mobile economy.

Participate in this webcast to learn solutions to help with more efficient mobile development roadblocks. We will also discuss our future vision, roadmap and how IBM is working towards a combined solution.

Virtual Doors Open on March 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm EST.  Webcast starts at 1:00 pm EST.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WEBCAST: Keep your Customers Happy and your Revenue Flowing in the Complex world of "Hybrid" Applications.

Thursday, March 5th, 9 - 10 am Eastern
How do you Keep your Customers Happy and your Revenue Flowing
in the Complex world of "Hybrid" Applications?

Are you moving fast to take advantage of new Cloud capabilities to make applications scale and perform under growing but unpredictable workloads? How can you maintain visibility of the service provided to your customers, spot problems before they impact the service, and diagnose the issue to take targeted action to address it quickly?

Join us for this exciting webcast to: 
  • Explore the implications of hybrid applications w/ components running on-premises & in the cloud.
  • Learn how IBM Application Performance Management (APM) can provide visibility into the performance of those applications (as well as those that run exclusively on-prem or in the cloud)
  • Learn how new predictive analytics capabilities can spot problems and help you to act before users are impacted.
Register now and discover how IBM Application Performance Management can resolve the challenges you are facing in your business today

Case Study: Learn how Biomet became more innovating & optimised with IBM Hybrid IT Service Management Solution!

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