IBM Advances Hybrid Cloud Software with New Data and Automation Capabilities

IBM announced a series of data and automation updates to its hybrid cloud software portfolio. New features should help companies drive innovation across their expanding environments and accelerate their digital transformations.

The new updates are coming to IBM Cloud Pak for Data and Cloud Pak for Automation, which offer integrated data and AI capabilities that run on Red Hat OpenShift and are designed to better manage and automate data-intensive processes, fusing the intelligence of Watson AI in hybrid cloud environments. With these updates, businesses will be positioned to more easily streamline everything from software provisioning and patching, to data discovery and document processing across expanding hybrid cloud environments, enabling employees to focus on higher value work.

The updates come at a time when more businesses are expediting their digital transformation plans. According to a new study by IBM's Institute for Business Value, the pandemic has been the cause of accelerated digital transformation plans at 59 percent of organizations surveyed. But while most organizations agree on the need to unlock the value of data with AI, companies surveyed by IDC recently said only 10% of potentially useful data is effectively analyzed.

"Cloud Pak offerings are integrated with AI and give companies a consistent experience from Pak to Pak," said Michael Gilfix, Vice President, Chief Product Officer, Cloud Paks, IBM. "And because they run on Red Hat OpenShift, clients can deploy and manage them on any cloud environment, be it on-premises, and/or public cloud. With today's announcements, we're driving automation and data management capabilities even farther across the enterprise."

In addition to these updates, IBM also announced an expansion to its growing hybrid cloud ecosystem. Cloud Pak for Data is available on Tech Data's Stream One Marketplace, as well as the new Red Hat Marketplace, making the platform more accessible to more businesses who can take advantage of IBM and its more than 50 ISV's.



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