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Technology stocks have been battered for most of 2022. There are many names that I consider of the highest quality that have been absolutely destroyed this year, but that's not the case for all tech stocks. In fact, IBM(NYSE:IBM) has bucked the trend and has actually outperformed the broader market by a wide margin in 2022.
I've made it no secret that I don't see any reason to own IBM, including in my last update back in March. I said then the ~5% yield wasn't good enough to warrant owning the shares, unless you are focused on income and nothing else. Today, even though IBM has returned -5% since that article against -18% for the S&P 500, I still don't think this is one you want to own near a market bottom. The reason is simple; IBM is a defensive stock in tech - if there is such a thing - which is why it has outperformed this year during a horrendous bear market. When we turn higher, defensive names are the last thing you want to own, so I'm sticking to my sell call here.
Looking at the daily chart, I don't see a lot of cause for long-term optimism, although the stock is oversold on a short-term basis. We can see there have been several rally attempts, but all have ultimately resulted in another turn lower. This current rally attempt is the result of a long string of declines that produced a PPO reading near -2, which is where the stock has bounced in the past. This one is no different, but do not mistake a bounce for a rally.
The 14-day RSI, which is a shorter-term indicator than the PPO, hasn't cleared the centerline in the past two rally attempts. That's the sign of a stock with a lack of bullish momentum, and it's why I said not to mistake a bounce for a rally; this is one of the ways you can tell the difference.
On a relative strength basis, as I said, IBM has been great this year. It's convincingly outperformed its peer group, which in turn, has outperformed the S&P 500. That's the kind of thing you want to see from your stocks, but as I said, given IBM is defensive in the tech group, this outperformance makes sense during a bear market. Rest assured this relative strength will flip on its head when we do turn higher, because Wall Street wants exposure to growth during bull markets, and IBM simply doesn't have it.
Speaking of growth…
I've long maintained that IBM is a company that struggles to hit its own guidance, and therefore, estimates that Wall Street produces. This is, of course, highly undesirable because it means that when investors try to value the stock, they are doing so with shrinking estimates. Plus, there aren't many investors that want a stock with shrinking estimates, given those stocks that perform the best are the ones consistently raising guidance and beating estimates. IBM hasn't been one of those stocks in decades, literally, and today is no different.
Let's take a look at revenue, beginning with a historical view of its three major segments.
One of the things you must understand about IBM's revenue is that it is choppy. All of its segments produce oscillating revenue - rather than steadily growing revenue - and that generates the same on a consolidated enterprise basis. This is not a desirable trait, and it means that even though there's clear leadership from software, even that segment has struggled in the past to produce growth.
The most exact quarter saw software produces 8% growth in annual recurring revenue, which is fine, with the best growth from transaction processing. Red Hat continues to be a growth driver for IBM, and in my opinion, is one of the best things this company has ever done with its capital. The second best thing was spinning off Kyndryl (KD), which is now a significant customer of IBM. Kyndryl is obviously a captive audience when it comes to revenue for IBM, so as long as Kyndryl is around, IBM has some built-in software revenue growth.
But as we can see, that simply hasn't been enough, and I don't think it ever will be based on IBM's history of missing its own guidance. Below are revenue estimates for the next few years, and the revision history of those estimates.
We're looking at current estimates of 3% or 4% growth annually, but with nearly-constant revisions downward to those. The best the company can show is a lack of negative revisions on this year's numbers in the past month; it's a sad state of affairs. However, anyone that has followed IBM for any period of time knows one thing this company is always good for is missing estimates. This is not new.
Moving to earnings, below we have the same chart as above, but with earnings before taxes instead of revenue.
Software's dominance is very clear here, given margins are much better than the other segments. That means that if you insist on owning this stock for whatever reason, you want to keep a eager eye on software's performance. The others simply don't matter nearly as much when it comes to earnings and cash flow. The fact that IBM has some growth drivers in software is a good sign, but is it enough to overcome weakness elsewhere? You can be the judge of that.
We've touched on two of the drivers of EPS growth - revenue and margins - but IBM has spent tens of billions of dollars buying back its own shares in the past couple of decades. The company's "strategy" used to just be to milk as much cash from its business as possible and then spend almost all of it on repurchases, hoping financial engineering would work its magic into EPS growth. While I'm a fan of buybacks when they're done correctly, IBM's blunt force approach never worked because it forgot to stay competitive in the marketplace. Newer leadership is focusing more on the actual business rather than just buying as many shares as possible, but the end result doesn't appear to be that different.
EPS revisions just continue to go lower, and it's still happening today, as it has for many years. This makes it challenging to value IBM on a P/E basis because you simply don't know how low the "E" part of the equation will go. That's also why Wall Street prefers stocks with growing "E" values because it means the share price must rise in order to maintain the same valuation; IBM has the opposite issue.
What's interesting is that despite IBM's complete inability to even meet estimates - let alone beat them - the stock is actually quite near its highs in terms of valuation. Below we have five years of history of forward P/E ratios to illustrate this point.
The stock trades today at 13X forward earnings, against a five-year average of 11X. It's certainly in the upper echelons of historical valuations, which is perhaps understandable given 2022 has been awful for the markets, and therefore good for defensive names. However, this overvaluation (as I see it) should unwind pretty quickly once the bull market returns. I'm of the view that the bull market has either already begun again or is quite close to doing so, and given that, names like IBM will almost certainly be discarded to the back burner again.
One quick note on the dividend is that IBM's yield is exemplary at 5.2%. It's a proper income stock, and as we can see, the yield is very high by historical standards.
If you're a pure income investor, maybe that's good enough for you to own it. I'm not, and I see no reason to own this stock other than the yield, if that's your thing.
We have a stock that is overvalued on a historical basis, has very little growth to speak of, years and years of declining revenue and earnings estimates, and no catalysts that I can see that would change any of those characteristics. The chart looks pretty weak to me, and this appears to be a bounce, and not a rally. I'm sticking to my sell recommendation for IBM as I think it's relative outperformance in 2022 is coming to an end.
Apple’s at the top of the world–and from this standpoint, it’s hard to see how the company could be anything other than the market leader and tastemaker that it’s been in exact memories. I’m not about to suggest that its decline and fall are imminent, but those who (like me) remember the dark days of the 1990s know that success is never guaranteed.
In any case, it’s unlikely that a company as massive and dominant as Apple would simply vanish into the ether–poof. But as the company’s grown and matured, it’s undeniable that its nature is changing.
Those changes aren’t without precedent. Over the last several decades, there’s been a pattern amongst dominant tech companies. Where once they might have ruled the world by producing the thing that everybody needed to have–whether it be a hardware product or a crucial piece of software–they seem to eventually evolve into a new form, one where they’re focused less on delivering a key product and more about what service they provide.
Taking care of business
At the risk of dredging up ancient history, once upon a time, the no-question leader in the computing market was IBM. That might be hard to imagine, given the company’s current existence, but it employed an army of salespeople in suits and ties to sell the world’s biggest companies on the idea of computers.
From its earliest days, Apple saw itself as the antithesis of IBM, not bound by tradition or the buttoned-down corporate ideology, but instead as pirates and rebels, best summed up, perhaps, by the famous photo of co-founder Steve Jobs bestowing a colorful gesture in front of one of the monolithic company’s buildings.
IBM was, at the time that Apple started, the dominant force in the computing market, the one to beat. Simply put, it was everywhere. And yet it got beat, at least in that arena. But because the company had spent time evolving over several decades, acquiring different companies and building out a variety of businesses, its loss in the computing market didn’t end up being an existential crisis for the company; instead, it pivoted to focus on enterprise services and has remained successful to this day, even if it’s not the household name it once was.
This brings us to Microsoft: another company that was, at one point, the biggest player in computing. Microsoft was, of course, hugely successful in the 1990s, the heyday of the Office productivity suite and the Windows operating system. And, like IBM, it was Apple’s biggest foe of the period, as the Mac and Windows were locked in an eternal battle for the personal computer market.
But the company missed the boat on the mobile computing revolution and, again like IBM before it, has found itself changing tactics to focus more on services. These days, Microsoft is everybody’s best friend. Just in these past few weeks, the company has announced partnerships with Amazon (to allow sending Word docs to the new Kindle Scribe), Meta (bringing Teams and Microsoft 365 to the Quest VR devices), and even Apple (bringing Apple Music to Xbox and iCloud Photos support to Microsoft devices).
It’s a fascinating evolution for a company that still controls key parts of our everyday technology experience, from consumer apps like Word and Excel to underlying technologies like Azure. But Microsoft has seen the writing on the wall that tells it that you can’t count on being the biggest fish forever, and sometimes you’re better off making yourself an indispensable part of the landscape.
Success as a service
How does this all come back to Apple? Recently there have been a few stories about the company starting to beef up its advertising business, with the possibility of ads on Apple TV+ as well as elsewhere in Apple’s ecosystem. This comes several years after it rolled up its first attempt at creating an advertising system, iAd, which tanked rather unceremoniously.
Though this decision might seem out of character for Apple, the reasoning behind it is straightforward: the company saw what happened to some of its biggest rivals. Just because you’re on top right now doesn’t mean you’ll be on top forever; better to control your own evolution than have it forced on you.
That’s why the company has made such a big shift into services over the last decade. Yes, the iPhone still accounts for roughly half of the company’s revenue (as of the most exact quarterly report), but Services is around 25 percent, which could soon be bigger than its remaining three categories (Mac, iPad, and Wearables) combined.
Even if Apple hasn’t quite yet adopted Microsoft’s “everyone’s best friend” strategy, it’s not hard to see that it’s made overtures in that direction: Apple Music and Apple TV+ are both available on tons of platforms now, including those made by some of the company’s biggest competitors. AirPlay has been licensed out to third-party speakers and TVs. It’s even collaborated with major rivals on standards like the Matter smart home tech framework.
All of this is about the company hedging against a future where the iPhone is no longer the hugely influential product that it is right now–a certainty over a long enough timeframe, even if it’s impossible to know when–or if Apple’s next big thing, whatever it is, doesn’t go the distance. There may come a day when Apple finds itself sitting in the old tech home, reminiscing about bygone days with Microsoft and IBM, but the company’s determined to make that as far off in the future as it can.
Sun, 16 Oct 2022 22:54:33 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping/apple-is-quietly-preparing-for-a-future-without-the-iphone-e2-80-93or-another-big-thing/ar-AA132XBqKillexams : IBM Investors Should Keep A Long-Term Perspective Heading Into Q3 FY22 Earnings
Nothing Lasts Forever
I think IBM has had a good run, [and] not all companies last forever. There is a life cycle to a company. They are born [to] grow and then decline. They [IBM] have been in decline for 10 or 12 years...When you’re 75, you’d love to be 35 again, but you’re not going to...So that’s the way I think of aging companies. Trying to turn them around might be the most dangerous thing you can do. -Aswath Damodaran, July 22, 2017
I included the quote above in one of my prior IBM (NYSE:IBM) analyses back in early 2020 when I took an in-depth look at the firm’s newer (at the time) hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (“AI”) strategy. It’s strong, if understandable logic. But, in the particular case of IBM, is it accurate?
With IBM’s earnings date set for next Wednesday, October 19 to report Q3 FY ‘22 results, investors might wonder if Dr. Damodaran is right. If we were only to consider the share price, his words might seem prescient since the stock was trading around ~$140/share at the time the article from which the quote was referenced was published; as compared to today’s close of $117.57. In fact, the stock has barely nudged above $140/share over the last 18 months.
Data as of market close October 12, 2022.
Yet, 2022 has proved to be a reasonably good year for IBM…so far.
As other Seeking Alpha authors have noted, the stock has held up fairly well, dropping “only” ~(14%) YTD as compared to ~(25%) YTD for the S&P 500.
Q2 FY ‘22 revenue of $15.5B reflected 16% growth versus the prior period in constant currency.
The revenue performance in Q2 FY ‘22 demonstrated strength across all geographies and the company’s key operating segments, namely software, infrastructure, and consulting.
The software, infrastructure, and consulting segments racked up sales of $6.2B, $4.2B, and $4.8B respectively during the quarter, reflecting growth of 12%, 25%, and 18% respectively versus the prior period in constant currency.
TTM hybrid cloud revenue stood at $21.7B at the end of the quarter, up 19% in constant currency.
YTD cash from operating activities was $4.6B at the end of Q2 FY ‘22, driving YTD free cash flow of $3.3B.
Management’s confidence exiting Q2 FY ‘22 allowed CEO Arvind Krishna to reaffirm full-year guidance noting that "[with] our first half results, we continue to expect full-year revenue growth at the high end of our mid-single digit model.” Free cash flow for the full-year is expected at $10B.
With the foregoing in mind, we might predict a strong Q3 FY ‘22 performance as well. But, recently lowered price targets by several analysts might hint that dark clouds may have already formed over IBM’s 2H FY ‘22.
Any Life Left in the Core Business?
To put IBM bulls at ease, recently lowered price targets by two analysts reflect a minor “trimming”, with both maintaining their buy ratings.
However, UBS Group, who had previously slashed their price target from $136/share to $124/share in early January, did so again dropping their price target to $112/share while maintaining a sell rating.
UBS analyst David Vogt had suggested early in the year that the firm was trading at “...an ‘elevated valuation’ [leaving] the shares ‘vulnerable’ over the next 12 months”.
The contrast between UBS and Morgan Stanley/Credit Suisse above could not be starker. Even without reading their research notes, we might assume the Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse analyst teams are pleased with the performance of the core business, even if they are dropping their price targets a bit. And, on that point, I think there are reasons to be bullish.
1. IBM Consulting demonstrating strength.
During the recent Goldman Sachs Communacopia and Technology Conference, John Granger, Senior Vice President of IBM Consulting, noted that “[IBM is] a big consulting player…[with] 150,000 professionals across the world. Revenue is approaching $20 billion. And within the IBM family, [consulting is] about a third of IBM’s revenue, but nearly two-thirds of IBM’s people.” As customers, particularly large enterprises, evolve existing legacy systems and/or digitize non-digital processes, they will draw upon such services as provided by IBM Consulting, including business transformation and technology consulting. These engagements are typically high-margin and high-value, often driving revenue in other parts of the business. Hence, as Mr. Granger also pointed out, the segment is extremely important with respect to IBM’s ongoing success.
There are not many companies that can do what IBM is capable of doing via its IBM Consulting segment. To reiterate the statistic that Mr. Granger mentioned, the organization reflects two-thirds of IBM’s entire employee headcount. The ability to put a large number of “feet-on the-ground” for a given project is somewhat unique to IBM, as it is for key consulting competitors like Accenture (ACN) and Cognizant (CTSH).
2. IBM has found its footing again in the APM and Observability space.
IBM’s acquisition of Instana in 2020 gave the company a boost in the large, multi-billion dollar application performance management (“APM”) market. Consider IBM’s position in Gartner’s APM Magic Quadrant from March 2019 versus their Magic Quadrant for June 2022 below.
As a leader, it is noteworthy to see IBM ranked higher, overall, than Cisco’s AppDynamics and Splunk, among others. Quoting myself from a prior article on Datadog (DDOG), “...the architecture of modern applications is radically different from even just 10 years ago – they are far more complex with many ‘moving parts’ that may reside in one or more clouds, and/or in on-premise environments.” This complexity – which is increasing in many ways – drives the need for APM solutions, and I theorized in the same article on DDOG that investors might see a certain resiliency within that market despite the economic slowdown. Time will tell if I am right about that. But, the point is that it is a large market, growing double-digits year-on-year by some estimates, and IBM is well-positioned to grow with it.
3. Management’s move deeper into security and automation technologies is a smart move.
During the Q2 FY ‘22 Earnings Call, Mr. Krishna noted that “[given] the importance of cybersecurity, in this past quarter, we also acquired Randori, a leading attack surface management, and offensive cybersecurity provider. This builds on the exact acquisition of ReaQta and the launch of QRadar XDR.” As the computing environments become more complex (see the prior point), security becomes that much more difficult. I think management shows good judgment pushing further into the security space as it is somewhat hard to imagine enterprises spending significantly less on security regardless of economic conditions. Automation is also front-of-mind for many organizations today as they attempt to streamline routine workflows and free-up employees to focus on more strategic work. Accordingly, Mr. Krishna explained that “[this] is one of the many reasons we are investing heavily in both AI and automation.” AI plays a key role in IT operations today, with Gartner inventing the term “AIOps” to refer to the combination of “artificial intelligence” and “IT operations”. On that basis, IBM would seem well positioned to capture a significant share of the fast-growing AIOps market via its tooling.
While we see the automation and security sub-segments only posting single-digit growth in Q2 FY ‘22 as per Figure 7, I would expect the growth rates of both businesses to increase moving forward due to the nature of those particular markets.
So, with reasons to think the core business still has some life left in it, is UBS too bearish with their call?
IBM Q3 FY22 Expectations and Exposures
IBM’s revenue and EPS estimates are seen in the table below, along with the glaring marker of 13 downward revisions in the last 90 days.
With analysts clearly expecting a weaker performance, investors might keep a few other points in mind.
1. Q3 tends to be a weaker quarter for IBM.
As readers likely know, Q4 tends to be the strongest quarter for many technology companies. Such is the case with IBM as well; and thus history does not play in the company's favor heading into Q3 FY ‘22 results. Investors might also remember that the company missed its Q3 FY ‘21 estimates.
2. The Red Hat business is decelerating.
Red Hat sales growth in Q2 FY ‘22 declined to 12% versus the prior period which saw a growth rate of 20%. Although, both growth rates were identical at 17% adjusting for currency. Still, with a Red Hat growth rate of 21% in Q1 FY ‘22, this is not a trend that investors want to see considering that IBM bet the farm to a certain extent on Red Hat. Of course, it’s premature to declare that the business is in trouble. But, investors will certainly want to pay attention to the business’ results when Q3 FY ‘22 earnings are announced.
3. The hybrid cloud and AI strategy may be weaker than some investors think.
On the surface, IBM’s stated hybrid cloud and AI solutions strategy would seem to be gaining traction in the context of Q1 FY ‘22 and Q2 FY ‘22 results, with revenue growing 11% and 16% respectively versus the prior periods in constant currency. Mr. Krishna mentioned during the company’s Q2 FY ‘22 Earnings Call that the firm had more than 4,000 hybrid-cloud clients at the end of Q2 FY ‘22, including more than 250 added in the quarter itself. Of course, this is a bullish signal and it reinforces uptake of IBM’s architectural model centered on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, containers, and orchestration. However, we might also argue that 4,000 hybrid-cloud customers might seem a little low, especially as IBM has been talking about hybrid-cloud as far back as its Annual Report FY ‘11. I think this shows that while IBM correctly foresaw an evolution of the cloud into a “multi-cloud” as it pertains to how enterprises would deploy and run applications, there are any number of supporting technology stacks to support multi-cloud application environments, some of which might feature IBM technologies and some which feature none at all. There is a somewhat analogous story with respect to AI. The AI market is composed of innumerable players, many with specializations in particular sub-fields under the AI umbrella. Accordingly, it is an incredibly competitive space, sometimes characterized by a lack of compelling differentiation between competing solutions. While IBM is still regarded as a leader in AI by some, remember that their grand vision for IBM Watson never really came to fruition. This is all to say that IBM’s stated strategy may not be all that strong, especially in consideration of the prior point discussing the deceleration of the Red Hat business.
Having worked at IBM during my enterprise software career, I would lean toward the typical weakness seen in Q3 possibly driving a miss on both lines. Couple that with the possibility of emerging weakness in the firm’s strategy along with economic headwinds, and the outlook becomes somewhat gloomy. Maybe UBS was right.
Playing This Hulking Service Integrator
As UBS lamented, IBM’s share price did not offer investors any kind of grand bargain early in the year; nor is it wildly cheap even after its YTD decline.
Data as of market close October 11, 2022.
Data from Polygon.io except P/S, P/B, and P/E data from Yahoo Finance; as well as ORCL and HPE gross margin data also from Yahoo Finance.
At the same time, it’s not wildly expensive either. As mentioned in the previous section, I do think Q3 FY ‘22 might be a bit rough, if only because it often is. But, with the idea that the “future” of the core business may be powered to a greater extent by IBM Consulting, and that IBM’s deeper push into APM, security, and automation may offset weakness elsewhere, I think it makes sense to hold the stock even with the threat of a weaker-than-expected Q3. Again, Q4 tends to be IBM's strongest quarter so if the stock dips following Q3 earnings, there’s a good chance it can recover following Q4.
I deliberately referred to IBM as a “service integrator”, rather than a “technology company”, in the title of this section because I tend to think of the firm more and more as a service integrator with technology, as opposed to a technology company with services. Services have been a core part of IBM’s business for decades; and I am betting services will drive a majority of revenues in the not too distant future. And, I actually think that’s a good thing because I personally think that’s where IBM excels. With Kyndryl (KD) spun out, I wouldn’t be surprised if IBM continues to slim itself down even more, perhaps with IBM Infrastructure the next to go.
Responding to the question I posed about Dr. Damodaran’s quote in the introduction: he’s probably right. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean investors can’t profit off an investment in the company. I think IBM’s core business will continue to throw off cash for a long time to come; and the stock likely will suit income investors just fine during that time.
Upcoming Q3 FY ‘22 results might leave investors wanting, but I think they owe themselves a longer-term perspective on the company’s forward prospects.
Thu, 13 Oct 2022 01:28:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://seekingalpha.com/article/4546323-ibm-q3-fy22-earnings-preview-investors-keep-long-term-perspectiveKillexams : IBM’s former CEO downplays the importance of a college degree for six-figure earning ‘new collar’ jobs that now make up half of its workers
A four-year bachelor’s degree has long been the first rung to climbing America’s corporate ladder.
“I really do believe an inclusive diverse workforce is better for your company, it’s good for the business,” Ginni Rometty, former IBM CEO, told Fortune Media CEO Alan Murray during a panel last month for Connect, Fortune’s executive education community. “That’s not just altruistic.”
Under Rometty’s leadership in 2016, tech giant IBM coined the term “new collar jobs” in reference to roles that require a specific set of skills rather than a four-year degree. It’s a personal commitment for Rometty, one that hits close to home for the 40-year IBM veteran.
When Rometty was 16, her father left the family, leaving her mother, who’d never worked outside the home, suddenly in the position to provide.
“She had four children and nothing past high school, and she had to get a job to…get us out of this downward spiral,” Rometty recalled to Murray. “What I saw in that was that my mother had aptitude; she wasn’t dumb, she just didn’t have access, and that forever stayed in my mind.”
When Rometty became CEO in 2012 following the Great Recession, the U.S. unemployment rate hovered around 8%. Despite the influx of applicants, she struggled to find employees who were trained in the particular cybersecurity area she was looking for.
“I realized I couldn’t hire them, so I had to start building them,” she said.
Through P-TECH, Rometty visited “a very poor high school in a bad neighborhood” that received the company’s support, as well as a community college where IBM was offering help with a technology-based curriculum and internships.
“Voilà! These kids could do the work. I didn’t have [applicants with] college degrees, so I learned that propensity to learn is way more important than just having a degree,” Rometty said.
Realizing the students were fully capable of the tasks that IBM needed moved Rometty to return to the drawing board when it came to IBM’s own application process and whom it was reaching. She said that at the time, 95% of job openings at IBM required a four-year degree. As of January 2021, less than half do, and the company is continuously reevaluating its roles.
For the jobs that now no longer require degrees and instead rely on skills and willingness to learn, IBM had always hired Ph.D. holders from the very best Ivy League schools, Rometty told Murray. But data shows that the degree-less hires for the same jobs performed just as well. “They were more loyal, higher retention, and many went on to get college degrees,” she said.
Rometty has since become cochair of OneTen, a civic organization committed to hiring, promoting, and advancing 1 million Black individuals without four-year degrees within the next 10 years.
If college degrees no longer become compulsory for white-collar jobs, many other qualifications—skills that couldn’t be easily taught in a boot camp, apprenticeship program, or in the first month on the job—could die off, too, University of Virginia Darden School of Business professor Sean Martin told Fortunelast year.
“The companies themselves miss out on people that research suggests…might be less entitled, more culturally savvy, more desirous of being there,” Martin said. Rather than pedigree, he added, hiring managers should look for motivation.
That’s certainly the case at IBM. Once the company widened its scope, Rometty said, the propensity to learn quickly became more of an important hiring factor than just a degree.
Sun, 16 Oct 2022 06:27:00 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://finance.yahoo.com/news/ibm-former-ceo-downplays-importance-165139880.htmlKillexams : IBM Assimilates Red Hat Storage Technology Into Own Storage Business
IBM, which three years ago acquired Red Hat, is now moving Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Red Hat Ceph, along with their development teams, into IBM Storage as part of a move to make a bigger play in the software-defined and open-source storage worlds.
IBM Tuesday said it has absorbed storage technology and teams from its Red Hat business to combine them with IBM’s own storage business unit as a way to help clients take advantage of the two without requiring extra integration or having to deal with multiple sales teams.
IBM is integrating Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation with its IBM Spectrum Fusion and will offer Red Hat Ceph-based storage technologies to its clients in a move to continue Big Blue’s software-defined storage leadership, said Brent Compton, senior director of Data Foundation for Red Hat’s hybrid cloud business.
“OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph will become a big part of IBM Storage,” he said. “IBM has been looking for a way to take advantage of Ceph and ODF, and now it can.”
Ceph is an open-source software-defined object storage technology with interfaces for object, block and file storage. Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation is a software-defined container-native storage that provides cluster data management capabilities as part of the OpenShift container platform.
Scott Baker, chief marketing officer and vice president of IBM hybrid cloud portfolio and product marketing, told CRN the move to combine Red Hat and IBM storage technologies sets the stage for growth in the combined software-defined storage portfolio.
“Customers not only get a choice of where storage runs—at the edge, in the cloud, or on-prem—but will find storage software releases will no longer be tied to the timing of storage hardware releases,” Baker said. “For instance, IBM normally enhances its Spectrum Virtualize or Spectrum Scale with new versions of the IBM FlashSystem. But with software-defined storage, we can drive changes quicker if they’re not tied to hardware releases.”
By bringing Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph into IBM, customers get the opportunity to access unified block, file, and object storage without regard to the actual underlying hardware, Baker said.
“They can use Ceph to add the right type of storage depending on the protocol they need,” he said. “Ceph and ODF also simplifies how IBM provides data storage and protection. To do all that with IBM’s storage portfolio takes time. With CEF and ODF as part of IBM Storage, this can get done immediately.”
It really is the best of both worlds, as Red Hat customers will also see strong benefits from IBM Storage, Compton said.
“It’s important to note that IBM will continue to offer OpenShift Data Foundation inside the Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus hybrid cloud platform,” he said. “So if a customer gets pre-integrated OpenShift Data Foundation inside Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus, it accelerates their time to market. There’s no need to integrate the storage. This will not change.”
Also, Red Hat OpenShift customers have used Ceph to accelerate their time to scale for years, and Red Hat will continue to sell Ceph, Compton said.
“But by moving Ceph to IBM Storage, IBM will accelerate development of the storage-specific features,” he said. “Red Hat is not a storage company. So this will accelerate development of unified capabilities.”
IBM’s storage move makes good on the potential many saw with the company’s acquisition of Red Hat, said John Teltsch, chief revenue officer at Converge Technology Solutions, a Gatineau, Quebec-based solution provider and channel partner to both IBM and Red Hat that ranked No. 36 on CRN’s 2022 Solution Provider 500.
“This is something the channel has been waiting for ever since IBM acquired Red Hat,” Teltsch told CRN. “IBM has been doing a lot around software-defined storage. And when you add in Red Hat, it gives us an integrated solutions play. It lets us build an integrated sales team. We don’t have to first talk about IBM storage capabilities, and then bring in our Red Hat team to talk about Red Hat.”
Converge Technology Partners’ IBM and Red Hat sales teams are currently two separate teams, said Teltsch, who joined the company in March from IBM, where he held numerous sales leadership roles, including two years as Big Blue’s channel chief.
“Once IBM and Red Hat storage are together, it gets more simple to sell,” he said. “And it simplifies our training while IBM will have one integrated set of offerings for its clients. This lets us bring the best of Red Hat open-source capabilities with IBM storage. We’re living in a data-driven world. This move simplifies our go-to-market, as well as simplifies the client experience, client engagement, and client adoption.”
Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 19:00:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.crn.com/news/storage/ibm-assimilates-red-hat-storage-technology-into-own-storage-businessKillexams : Better Buy: IBM Stock vs. 2-Year Treasury Notes
Investors this year increasingly turned away from dividend stocks in favor of the rising yields being offered on bonds. Given that investors can now earn a 4.3% return on a 2-year Treasury note, many prefer that guaranteed return to the risks of putting money into the stock market.
International Business Machines(IBM2.26%) offers a dividend yield that exceeds that bond return. But with a bear market in progress, are investors better served to take a chance on the cloud stock or to take the 4.3% return at virtually zero risk?
IBM and its dividend
IBM didn't participate in the bull market of the 2010s. The stock dropped as its tech businesses suffered a considerable growth slowdown. In an effort to change that, IBM pivoted into the cloud computing sector aggressively, in part via its $34 billion purchase of Red Hat in 2019. Grand View Research forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 16% through 2030 for the cloud industry. Growth like that could certainly help both IBM and its stock.
Also, IBM spun off its managed infrastructure business into a new public company, Kyndryl. This business was less of a fit with the parent company amid its pivot to the cloud. Separating it off should make it easier for IBM to grow its revenue.
Time will tell if these moves can help the stock price recover. Nonetheless, IBM currently pays its shareholders $1.65 per share every quarter, or $6.60 per share annually. At the current stock price, that adds up to a yield of 5.6% per year. Moreover, depending on your financial situation, the IRS may tax your dividends at a lower capital gains rate, which can offer an added advantage.
Additionally, IBM hiked its payout annually for 27 consecutive years, making it a Dividend Aristocrat. That status carries some importance as many income investors will be more inclined to buy and hold IBM stock because of this status. Also, since abandoning Dividend Aristocrat status tends to hurt a stock, management will probably prioritize maintaining it by continuing to raise those payouts.
Investors also can also reinvest their dividend payments into more IBM stock. However, such newly purchased shares will pay you the dividend yield at that time. The return will rise if the stock falls since investors can buy the exact cash return at a lower price. Conversely, cash yields will drop if the stock rises, but those investors still benefit since the stock has increased in value.
What to know about 2-year Treasury notes
U.S. Treasury notes offer more stability than stocks such as IBM. Investors who purchase the 2-year Treasury note receive semiannual interest payments. At the current interest rate of 4.3%, investors will receive a 2.15% cash return on their invested amount in each of the subsequent three six-month periods. In the fourth period, when the note matures, investors receive the final 2.15% payment along with the return of their principal.
Investors should also be aware that bond values can fluctuate. If interest rates drop, the value of the bond will fall; the opposite will happen if rates rise. This affects investors if they decide to sell the bond early. Upon maturity, the note will return to its par (or nominal) value.
Additionally, bond interest payments are subject to federal income tax but exempt from state and local taxes. In some cases, this is higher than taxes on dividends. Still, bond issuers are obligated to make such payments. In contrast, IBM faces no legal obligation to continue its dividend.
Also, like with a stock, investors can reinvest their interest payments into more notes or other forms of Treasury bonds. However, those purchases will be subject to the prevailing interest rates at that time.
IBM or the 2-year Treasury note?
Investors who lack much risk tolerance should choose the Treasury note. Given its guaranteed return, they will not have to worry about volatility.
Nonetheless, for investors comfortable with buying stocks, IBM is a surprisingly strong buy. The cloud industry is in growth mode, which should propel IBM stock to a long-awaited turnaround. Moreover, IBM has repeatedly shown it wants to hold on to its Dividend Aristocrat status. This should give its income investors returns that are not only larger than the bonds offer, but also likely to increase in size.
Will Healy has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
Fri, 14 Oct 2022 00:20:00 -0500Will Healyentext/htmlhttps://www.fool.com/investing/2022/10/14/better-buy-ibm-stock-vs-2-year-treasury-note/Killexams : Hispanic Heritage Foundation Announces Collaboration with IBM to Upskill Latinos Through IBM SkillsBuild and Meet America's Workforce Needs
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WASHINGTON, October 14, 2022 /CSRwire/ - The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today its collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) which includes leveraging IBM SkillsBuild – a free education program that helps students and adult learners develop valuable new skills and access career opportunities in technology fields – by providing digital content, personalized mentoring, and the experiential learning they need to gain technical, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills. The program will be offered for FREE to HHF Network, is completely digital, and includes IBM-branded digital credentials that are recognized by the market to create direct pathways to tech jobs. The effort will be open to high school students, college students, young professionals, and adult learners.
“This IBM SkillsBuild collaboration has been a transformational goal of our tech pathways strategy and goal for years,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President, and CEO of HHF. “Our community has a tremendous value proposition for America’s workforce and through this innovative collaboration, America can benefit from the talent we have always had to offer. Our collective mission is to provide training and opportunities for our community to make an impact in the tech sector.
We are grateful to IBM for allowing us to leverage their expertise and pathways in preparing the Latinx community for jobs that desperately need to be filled. As Latinos, we’re ready as we always have been.”
The learning pathways available through IBM SkillsBuild include courses on workplace skills, such as communication and leadership skills designed for any beneficiary wishing to understand how to work in the digital world, as well as courses on data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and many other technical disciplines. The program will also help early school leavers and long-term unemployed to gain what is required to re-enter the workforce. Courses are available in English and Spanish, providing Hispanic learners with a better and deeper understanding of course materials, to help ensure completion and professional competency.
“As a Latina, I am very excited and honored to be partnering with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to provide free education and career readiness resources to Hispanics nationwide,” said Claudia Cortes Romanelli, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. “I see every day the great opportunity to invest in skilling the next generation of STEM talent from the Hispanic community. We look forward to working with HHF as part of our commitment to equitably skill 30 million people worldwide.”
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation award-winning LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) program is a leadership and workforce development program and network with a focus on various sectors or “tracks,” including tech. HHF’s broad network and beyond will be exposed to IBM SkillsBuild to learn, and build skills in artificial intelligence, data science, cloud, security, information technology, and more, with opportunities for mentoring and networking in the tech space as well as earning certifications and placements into the workforce.
IBM and HHF’s collaboration is part of IBM’s commitment to equitably skill 30 million people globally by 2030.
As part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, IBM's education portfolio takes a personalized, diverse, and deep approach to STEM career readiness. IBM's pro bono programs range from education and support for teens at public schools and universities to career readiness resources for aspiring professionals and job seekers. IBM believes that education is best achieved through the collaboration of the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
IBM SkillsBuild is a free education program focused on underrepresented communities, that helps adult learners, and high school and university students and faculty, develop valuable new skills and access career opportunities. The program includes an online platform that is complemented by customized practical learning experiences delivered in collaboration with a global network of partners. The online platform offers over 1,000 courses in 19 languages on cybersecurity, data analysis, cloud computing, and many other technical disciplines — as well as in workplace skills such as Design Thinking. Most importantly, participants can earn IBM-branded digital credentials recognized by the market. The customized practical learning experiences could include project-based learning, expert conversations with IBM volunteers and mentors, premium content, specialized support, connection with career opportunities, and access to IBM software. IBM SkillsBuild operates in 168 counties and has supported 2.2M learners.
Innovation – joining invention and insight to produce important, new value – is at the heart of what we are as a company. And, today, IBM is leading an evolution in corporate citizenship by contributing innovative solutions and strategies that will help transform and empower our global communities.
Our diverse and sustained programs support education, workforce development, arts and culture, and communities in need through targeted grants of technology and project funds. To learn more about our work in the context of IBM's broader corporate responsibility efforts, please visit Innovations in Corporate Responsibility.
The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 27% bullish and 72%, bearish.
Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 7 are puts, for a total amount of $1,280,392, and 4 are calls, for a total amount of $243,682.
What's The Price Target?
Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $105.0 to $165.0 for IBM over the last 3 months.
Volume & Open Interest Development
Looking at the volume and open interest is an insightful way to conduct due diligence on a stock.
This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for IBM's options for a given strike price.
Below, we can observe the evolution of the volume and open interest of calls and puts, respectively, for all of IBM's whale activity within a strike price range from $105.0 to $165.0 in the last 30 days.
IBM Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days
Biggest Options Spotted:
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Where Is IBM Standing Right Now?
With a volume of 2,052,099, the price of IBM is up 1.05% at $118.99.
RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching oversold.
Next earnings are expected to be released in 8 days.
What The Experts Say On IBM:
Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on IBM, which currently sits at a price target of $152.
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Tue, 11 Oct 2022 13:56:00 -0500text/htmlhttps://www.benzinga.com/markets/options/22/10/29224106/ibm-whale-trades-spottedKillexams : IBM Announces Addition of Red Hat Storage to IBM Offerings
ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2022 — IBM has announced it will add Red Hat storage product roadmaps and Red Hat associate teams to the IBM Storage business unit, bringing consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud.
With the move, IBM will integrate the storage technologies from Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) as the foundation for IBM Spectrum Fusion. This combines IBM and Red Hat’s container storage technologies for data services and helps accelerate IBM’s capabilities in the burgeoning Kubernetes platform market.
In addition, IBM intends to offer new Ceph solutions delivering a unified and software defined storage platform that bridges the architectural divide between the data center and cloud providers. This further advances IBM’s leadership in the software defined storage and Kubernetes platform markets.
According to Gartner, by 2025, 60% of infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will implement at least one of the hybrid cloud storage architectures, which is a significant increase from 20% in 2022.1 IBM’s software defined storage strategy is to take a “born in the cloud, for the cloud” approach—unlocking bi-directional application and data mobility based on a shared, secure, and cloud-scale software defined storage foundation.
“Red Hat and IBM have been working closely for many years, and today’s announcement enhances our partnership and streamlines our portfolios,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage, IBM Systems. “By bringing together the teams and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating the IBM’s hybrid cloud storage strategy while maintaining commitments to Red Hat customers and the open-source community.”
“Red Hat and IBM have a shared belief in the mission of hybrid cloud-native storage and its potential to help customers transform their applications and data,” said Joe Fernandes, vice president of hybrid platforms, Red Hat. “With IBM Storage taking stewardship of Red Hat Ceph Storage and OpenShift Data Foundation, IBM will help accelerate open-source storage innovation and expand the market opportunity beyond what each of us could deliver on our own. We believe this is a clear win for customers who can gain a more comprehensive platform with new hybrid cloud-native storage capabilities.”
As customers formulate their hybrid cloud strategies, critical to success is the emphasis and importance of infrastructure consistency, application agility, IT management and flexible consumption consistency as deciding factors to bridge across on-premises and cloud deployments.
With these changes to the IBM portfolio, clients will have access to a consistent set of storage services while preserving data resilience, security, and governance across bare metal, virtualized and containerized environments. Some of the many benefits of the software defined portfolio available from IBM will include:
A unified storage experience for all containerized apps running on Red Hat OpenShift: Customers can use IBM Spectrum Fusion (now with Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation) to achieve the highest levels of performance, scale, automation, data protection, and data security for production applications running on OpenShift that require block, file, and/or object access to data. This enables development teams to focus on the apps, not the ops, with infrastructure-as-code designed for simplified, automated managing and provisioning.
A consistent hybrid cloud experience at enterprise levels of scale and resiliency with IBM Ceph: Customers can deliver their private and hybrid cloud architectures on IBM’s unified and software defined storage solution, providing capacity and management features. Capabilities include data protection, disaster recovery, high availability, security, auto-scaling, and self-healing portability, that are not tied to hardware, and travel with the data as it moves between on-premises and cloud environments.
A single data lakehouse to aggregate and derive intelligence from unstructured data on IBM Spectrum Scale: Customers can address the challenges that often come with quickly scaling a centralized data approach with a single platform to support data-intensive workloads such as AI/ML, high performance computing, and others. Benefits can include less time and effort to administer, reduced data movement and redundancy, direct access to data for analytics tools, advanced schema management and data governance, all supported by distributed file and object storage engineered to be cost effective.
Build in the cloud, deploy on-premises with automation: Customers can move developed applications from the cloud to on-premises services, automate the creation of staging environments to test deployment procedures, validate configuration changes, database schema and data updates, and ready package updates to overcome obstacles in production or correct errors before they become a problem that affects business operations.
“IBM and Red Hat speaking with one voice on storage is delivering the synergies derived from IBM’s Red Hat acquisition,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Systems at IDC. “The combining of the two storage teams is a win for IT organizations as it brings together the best that both offer: An industry-leading storage systems portfolio meets an industry-leading software-defined data services offering. This initiative enables IBM and Red Hat to streamline their family of offerings, passing the benefits to their customers. It also helps accelerate innovation in storage to solve the data challenges for hybrid cloud, all while maintaining their commitment to open source.”
Preserving Commitment to Red Hat Clients and the Community
Under the agreement between IBM and Red Hat, IBM will assume Premier Sponsorship of the Ceph Foundation, whose members collaborate to drive innovation, development, marketing, and community events for the Ceph open-source project. IBM Ceph and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation will remain 100% open source and will continue to follow an upstream-first model, reinforcing IBM’s commitment to these vital communities. Participation by the Ceph leadership team and other aspects of the open-source project is a key IBM priority to maintain and nurture ongoing Red Hat innovation.
Red Hat and IBM intend to complete the transition by January 1, 2023, which will involve the transfer of storage roadmaps and Red Hat associates to the IBM Storage business unit. Following this date, Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus will continue to include OpenShift Data Foundation, sold by Red Hat and its partners. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack customers will still be able to buy Red Hat Ceph Storage from Red Hat and its partners. Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack customers with existing subscriptions will be able to maintain and grow their storage footprints as needed, with no change in their Red Hat relationship.
Forthcoming IBM Ceph and IBM Spectrum Fusion storage solutions based on Ceph are expected to ship beginning in the first half of 2023.
Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only. Red Hat, Ceph, Gluster and OpenShift are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries.
IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service.
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