Cloud computing may be a disruptive force, but two of the leading establishment vendors appear to be surging ahead in the market for online infrastructure services. Its also become a highly lucrative space, now worth more than $13 billion a year. Data just released by Synergy Research Group shows that Microsoft and IBM are leading the growth in cloud infrastructure services as of the second quarter this year.

IBM, Apple forge enterprise app pact: Watson, meet iPad | ZDNet

The deal makes sense on many fronts. First, industry-specific apps will lock down Apple’s iOS market share in the enterprise. Apple’s iOS market share vs. Android in the enterprise is the inverse of the consumer space. IBM gets to package iOS apps, embed its analytics tools, and then use its services and channel to sprinkle the apps into corporations.

And here’s another win-win: Apple gets a key enterprise partner without having to exclusively build and market to corporations. IBM gets Apple’s cool factor. In other words, consumerization will only go so far for Apple’s enterprise ambitions. Apple CEO Tim Cook gets the enterprise and is an IBM alum.

IBM, Apple forge enterprise app pact: Watson, meet iPad | ZDNet

The deal makes sense on many fronts. First, industry-specific apps will lock down Apple’s iOS market share in the enterprise. Apple’s iOS market share vs. Android in the enterprise is the inverse of the consumer space. IBM gets to package iOS apps, embed its analytics tools, and then use its services and channel to sprinkle the apps into corporations.

And here’s another win-win: Apple gets a key enterprise partner without having to exclusively build and market to corporations. IBM gets Apple’s cool factor. In other words, consumerization will only go so far for Apple’s enterprise ambitions. Apple CEO Tim Cook gets the enterprise and is an IBM alum.

Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise | Re/code
Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.
The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.
In an interview with Re/code at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty described the tie-up as one that only the two companies could deliver.
“If you were building a puzzle they would fit nicely together with no overlap,” Cook said of the relationship. “We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”
Calling Apple the “gold standard for consumers,” Rometty said the team-up will allow the two giants to address significant opportunities facing large businesses. “We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don’t yet have,” she said. “We’re addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise.”

Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise | Re/code

Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.

The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.

In an interview with Re/code at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty described the tie-up as one that only the two companies could deliver.

“If you were building a puzzle they would fit nicely together with no overlap,” Cook said of the relationship. “We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”

Calling Apple the “gold standard for consumers,” Rometty said the team-up will allow the two giants to address significant opportunities facing large businesses. “We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don’t yet have,” she said. “We’re addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise.”

(via smarterplanet)

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for personalized clouds | VentureBeat | Cloud | by Kelly Chambliss, IBM

It’s the age of personalization.

Our laptops, phones, and tablets suggest books we should read and movies we should watch. Grocery stores give out coupons based on our buying habits. But up until now, cloud computing has been ready-made, rather than custom-made. That’s about to change.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for personalized clouds | VentureBeat | Cloud | by Kelly Chambliss, IBM

It’s the age of personalization.

Our laptops, phones, and tablets suggest books we should read and movies we should watch. Grocery stores give out coupons based on our buying habits. But up until now, cloud computing has been ready-made, rather than custom-made. That’s about to change.

Just announced — IBM Watson Group
The new division, based in New York City’s Silicon Alley, will have about 2,000 employees focused on software, services, research, experts and sales people.
IBM Watson Discovery Advisor is aimed at pharmaceutical, publishing and education research. The promise here is that Watson will wade through search results to deliver data and context faster for researchers.
IBM Watson Analytics Advisor is designed to be used by enterprises to send questions and raw data sets to Watson and allow the system to deliver insight.
(via IBM forms Watson Business Group: Will commercialization follow? | ZDNet)

Just announced — IBM Watson Group

The new division, based in New York City’s Silicon Alley, will have about 2,000 employees focused on software, services, research, experts and sales people.

  • IBM Watson Discovery Advisor is aimed at pharmaceutical, publishing and education research. The promise here is that Watson will wade through search results to deliver data and context faster for researchers.
  • IBM Watson Analytics Advisor is designed to be used by enterprises to send questions and raw data sets to Watson and allow the system to deliver insight.

(via IBM forms Watson Business Group: Will commercialization follow? | ZDNet)

The Watson secret sauce is its ability to help with decision making, and we’re looking at it as a way of providing richer data to help us make smarter and faster decisions.

Richard Pearce, CMO of Elance, a company that matches freelancers via a public “talent” cloud comprising 3 million freelancers in 170 countries.

Possible Game Changer: IBM’s Open Source Watson Cloud Platform — Application Development Trends

Two trends―the consumerization of the enterprise and ever-more distributed decision makers―have opened the door for the digital B2B enterprise sales model.

Shawn Lankton, Brian Staffordm, McKinsey

Businesses can focus their salespeople away from basic tasks that digital can now manage and toward more profitable targets, such as surgically upselling thereby dramatically increasing the effectiveness of outreach.

B2B Sales Is Being Massively Disrupted (Hint: It’s Looking More Like B2C)

Companies that provide social-mobile-data in the cloud to knowledge workers have the competitive advantage over companies that don’t.

As we get better at security, encryption and protection of corporate and personal assets in the cloud there is no reason not to enable everyone to have access. Unlocking knowledge and freeing up innovation from “cul-de-sacs” improves time to market and the bottom line.

 Beverly Macy4 Big Trends in 2014 — Social/Mobile/Data in the Cloud |

66% of successful cloud adopters are using cloud to strengthen the relationship between IT and lines of business and the majority are using cloud to integrate and apply mobile, social, analytics and big data technologies.