IBM driving hybrid cloud tech via its public cloud ecosystem
As an important part of its strategy IBM is working to equip its clients with modern mission critical workload in any environment with the help of Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Paks.
“With the combination of our services organisation and our partner ecosystem, clients have never been in a better position to accelerate their cloud journey,” commented . In a recent announcement, IBM detailed five things to know about its public cloud ecosystem:
1. IBM established the public cloud ecosystem as part of its strategy to address the US$1.2 trillion hybrid cloud opportunity
“Ecosystem partners play a major role in helping clients modernise applications and migrate mission critical workloads to the cloud. And as clients choose a hybrid cloud approach as their path forward, built around Red Hat OpenShift, our services organisation and our partner ecosystem will accelerate and scale adoption.”
IBM’s partnership with Red Hat will provide customers with the power and flexibility of an open hybrid cloud portfolio and deep industry expertise.
2. IBM reports that clients benefit most when supported by an ecosystem of partners working together
“Working alongside our partners, we can help clients accelerate their go-to-market strategy by providing a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities,” commented IBM.
By utilising IBM Cloud Paks, IBM and its partners can deliver integrated solutions that enable clients to fully realise the potential of public cloud and accelerate cloud driven digital transformation.
3. IBM helps clients leverage innovative technologies including cloud, 5G and Edge to drive business transformation
“We are working closely with partners to support architectural reviews, creating proofs of concept, and running cloud pilots and developing, training, and staffing innovation centers where businesses can co-develop solutions alongside IBM and its partners. We’re also providing onboarding, migration and technical enablement services to help businesses modernize operations with cloud-native technologies,” notes IBM.
4. IBM believes that “A public cloud ecosystem is only as good as the partners who sign onto it”
IBM stresses that today its public cloud ecosystem has been built on decades of deep and broad relationships and partnerships its has built within the technology industry.
5. Driving partnerships to develop a secure financial services ecosystem
In the last three months IBM has partnered with more than 30 partners who have joined its secure financial services ecosystem. “We’re working closely with each of these partners, as well as our clients, to create a secure financial services ecosystem where banks, ISV partners and SaaS providers can transact with confidence.”
Via its public cloud ecosystem, IBM strives to provide a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to help companies migrate all types of workloads to the cloud.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.