CIC Insights: IBM z14 plays the trust card, but does it hold a winning hand?

By | 2017-07-18T07:48:38+00:00 18 July 2017|Analysis, Mainframe, Security, Vendor Analysis|

It's that time again, the time that most observers in the industry say will never happen. IBM is releasing the next generation of its z Systems mainframe products called the z14. IBM has seen an acceleration of sales across its z Systems business unit helped, in part, by the LinuxONE models. With z14, IBM will [...]

CIC Insights: Will IBM reinvent software licensing through Containers?

By | 2017-07-17T10:46:19+00:00 17 July 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Licensing, Mainframe, Vendor Analysis|

Two months ago at DockerCon 17, IBM announced it was to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems. This was an announcement that IBM had widely trailed having talking about multiple container technologies and the mainframe for some time. What was different this time was the detail around the announcement. [...]

Why two heads are better than one for IBM and Salesforce in AI

By | 2017-03-09T13:23:11+00:00 9 March 2017|Analysis, Analytics, Partner Ecosystems, Software Development|

On Monday 6th March 2017, IBM and Salesforce announced they will form a strategic partnership centred on their Artificial Intelligent (AI) and cognitive computing products: IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. While many of the details around the integration are unclear this is neither a one sided, nor a Marketing announcement.  A strategic relationship for strategic [...]

IBM QRadar targets bad user behaviour

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:10+00:00 27 July 2016|Analytics, IT operations and system management, Security|

In December 2015 IBM opened up its security analytics platform IBM Security QRadar. The goal was to encourage customers, developers and third-parties to build custom applications to take advantage of the platform. It also announced the IBM Security App Exchange where companies could create, share and get new applications based on IBM's security technologies. The [...]

IBM and Wimbledon. Human and Machine.

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:10+00:00 8 July 2016|Analysis|

In recent years I have become very familiar with IBM's partnership with the Wimbledon tennis championships. Only this February I saw Wimbledon present at the IBM MobileFirst event at Mobile World Congress. Having heard so much it was great to actually see the IBM operation up close at this year's championships. It was also rather [...]

IBM bolsters digital agency credentials with three acquisitions in one week…but is the sum more than its parts?

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:14+00:00 9 February 2016|Analysis|

In the last week IBM has acquired three companies in the digital agency market: Resource/Ammirati, Aperto and This signals a strong intent by the company to rapidly grow IBM Interactive Experience (IBM iX), which according to Ad Age is already the largest global digital agency in the world. So, what is IBM getting from [...]

More than a question of support: Opportunities for London Tech start-ups through IBM’s Digital City Network

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:15+00:00 9 July 2015|Analysis, Developers, Tech Start-ups|

On any list measuring cities by economic, cultural or intellectual dynamism, London is frequently at the top. In many cases it vies for pole position with New York City demonstrating that no matter the measurement criteria both cities are recognisably thriving global centres. The challenge for any capital city like London is in bringing together [...]

CIC Mid-term Roundup 2015

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:17+00:00 25 June 2015|Analytics, Cloud, Internet of Things, Mainframe, Mobile, Platforms and Operating Systems, Storage|

Late spring is always a busy time for conferences and events, and it sometimes feels that we are away more often than we are back in the office. Having said that, these events are the lifeblood of what we as analysts do, and it offers us an opportunity to identify the trend, issues and opportunities [...]

IBM engages Berlin start-ups through new city collaboration

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:17+00:00 12 May 2015|Analysis|

Following last year's Digital.NYC initiative, IBM has recently announced in partnership with City of Berlin. The arrangement is similar to what IBM has been doing with the City of New York since October 2014. which also involves some other local organisations is a portal aimed at technology start-ups. The features include a job [...]