IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced advancements to its SmartCloud Services and added customers and partners.
IBM said it has seen rapid adoption of its SmartCloud portfolio as customers and partners move to the cloud. Big Blue manages massive amounts of data and client transactions in its cloud environments, including 1 million enterprise application users working on the IBM Cloud, more than $100 billion in commerce transactions a year in the cloud and 4.5 million daily client transactions conducted through the IBM Cloud.
Moreover, customers and partners are increasingly choosing IBM SmartCloud services, software and hardware to expand into new markets, enable their mobile workforces and develop enterprise applications more efficiently, IBM said.
"Companies are starting to understand that cloud is more than just about gaining efficiencies and cost savings; it s about driving the kind of fundamental innovation that provides lasting marketplace advantage," said Paul Loftus, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services, in a statement. "We are helping all kinds of clients manage enterprise applications and processes in the cloud as well as leverage new cloud-centric applications while meeting their unique requirements for governance, security and portability."
For instance, TopCoder, which maintains a community of competitive software developers, is moving its global community of more than 400,000 developers to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. These developers help organizations succeed by supporting their entire innovation process--from ideation, software engineering and analytics to implementation, testing and support. TopCoder provides high-quality application development, mobile development, user experience and graphic design, and big data project work through this competitive, multidisciplinary, global community of developers.
Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising, marketing and public relations agency, also turned to IBM to upgrade its IT environment. The IBM team is migrating Ogilvy from its current hosted environment to the SmartCloud for SAP applications hosted in IBM's state-of-the-art, green Smarter Data Center in Raleigh, N.C.
The Ogilvy solution includes the latest infrastructure technology and full SAP service, and it is prebuilt, preconfigured and requires minimal client resources to maintain the company's entire production SAP landscape. IBM's SAP Cloud solution also offers Ogilvy the benefits of solution scalability and the ability to add resources for development projects with a short-term commitment.
"Given the attention to cloud-based solutions, it's easy to be overwhelmed with comparisons and multiple options," said Yuri Aguiar, senior partner and CIO at Ogilvy & Mather. "However, when it comes to critical applications like SAP, we were looking for a mature model that could scale and cater to our unique prerequisites. The SCE+ SmartCloud Enterprise+ offering fit this need very well and had the backing of a reliable global partner."