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)

Octopus, a social business platform, created by financial tech firm in India
Polaris FT is transforming how its 12,500 employees connect, communicate and collaborate to drive greater workforce productivity. Instead of relying solely on email to drive essential business tasks and project coordination, the new platform allows Polaris FT to leverage the collective knowledge of every employee to fuel new innovation, ideation and future business growth. This includes a significant reduction in the time it takes to on-board employees new to the company.
(via IBM Social Business helps Polaris FT transform its workforce)

Octopus, a social business platform, created by financial tech firm in India

Polaris FT is transforming how its 12,500 employees connect, communicate and collaborate to drive greater workforce productivity. Instead of relying solely on email to drive essential business tasks and project coordination, the new platform allows Polaris FT to leverage the collective knowledge of every employee to fuel new innovation, ideation and future business growth. This includes a significant reduction in the time it takes to on-board employees new to the company.

(via IBM Social Business helps Polaris FT transform its workforce)

When you think about cognitive learning, where computers can tweak a different response to make it more personalised, we might get to that point, like the movie Her, where you could get to a point where you have a cognitive system that could be the customer service person.

Top CIOs are thinking like CEOs about customer experience
CIOs in outperforming organizations are almost 90% more likely to have a cohesive digital-physical strategy than  underperformers, according to a study of 1,656 CIOs, part of the larger IBM C-Suite Study. 
via Moving from the back office to the front lines — CIO insights from the IBM Global C-suite Study

Top CIOs are thinking like CEOs about customer experience

CIOs in outperforming organizations are almost 90% more likely to have a cohesive digital-physical strategy than  underperformers, according to a study of 1,656 CIOs, part of the larger IBM C-Suite Study. 

via Moving from the back office to the front lines — CIO insights from the IBM Global C-suite Study