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Power Systems Continues to Drive Big Data, Cloud and Open Workloads for Clients


Lisa Johnston Vice President, Power Systems marketing, IBM - Photography by Craig Washburn

When IBM surveyed hundreds of CIOs, CTOs and other technical leaders in 2014, the results of the Institute for Business Value (IBV) study were telling. The study found that seven out of 10 organizations recognize that IT infrastructure enables business strategy and drives results.

However, the study showed that not all companies have the IT infrastructure they need. More specifically the study revealed that:

  • Less than 10 percent of all organizations are fully prepared to address mobile, social, big data and analytics, and cloud
  • Data transfer, storage and security are the top three technology challenges organizations face with managing their IT infrastructure
  • Almost half of all organizations indicate that being compromised is a significant security concern
  • Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap.

Without a clear direction, organizations will likely find it difficult to prioritize investments, allocate resources and even identify areas where IT infrastructure can help differentiate the organization.

The findings of the IBV study underscore the challenges and trends affecting Power Systems* clients in 2015, according to Lisa Johnston, vice president, Power Systems marketing. “The bottom line is that the most successful companies achieve greater competitive advantage with strategic infrastructure choices and firmly believe that the right IT infrastructure enables their business to achieve new capabilities and better outcomes,” she explains. To learn more about the trends and how IBM is helping clients address them, IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition sat down with Johnston for her insights.

IBM Systems Magazine (ISM): What trends do you see affecting Power Systems clients in 2015?
Lisa Johnston (LJ):
Many of the trends that we saw in 2014 remain real for Power Systems clients in the new year. Data continues to grow and with that growth comes the increasing need for security and privacy alongside managing and finding insights from that data. Cloud deployments continue to increase, nearly doubling since 2012. Mobile is also expanding as smartphone and tablet use are surpassing PCs for Internet access in 2014. Open standards and open innovation underpin all of this as they drive much of the speed of deployment and adoption.

Big data is rapidly becoming a differentiator. In addition to the volume of data, we’re seeing complexity increase as well. Today, 80 percent of all data is unstructured and that data continues to grow at 15 times the rate of structured data. For clients that can manage data securely and efficiently, the opportunities are endless—faster insights for quicker decisions, less attrition and increased sales from more tailored customer service, floor space and energy savings through compression, and reduced infrastructure. However, they need the right technology, which includes compute, I/O and processing, to quickly turn it into insight.

Evelyn Hoover is executive editor of IBM Systems Magazine. Evelyn can be reached at ehoover@msptechmedia.com.


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