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Abstract

There are strong recommendations for IBM i applications to be modernized or migrated to a futuristic platform and there is strong hesitation too which drives the anti-migration sentiment. This leads us to the question; do we need to invest in the skillset of the existing platform or not?

Overview

IBM i being the legacy system, it is targeted for migration by many enterprises owing to various reasons. Here in this blog, we will explore available options for migration in today’s scenario, likelihood of their adoption, the reason for not fast tracking the migration or exit and the need for uplifting the development workforce.

IBM i (widely known as AS/400) has been one of the most strategic systems for many of the mid to large enterprises including Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI). It is in use by all these enterprises for more than 25 to 30 years. It hosts core applications for Banks and Insurers including Core Banking, Card Management, Policy Administration etc. IBM i, as we discuss here, is the entire ecosystem that comes along with IBM i, the hardware, the operating system, the programming languages like RPG, COBOL and CL, database DB2 for i, IBM MQ for messaging, job management, user access, security etc. Legacy Modernization is in discussion within banks for many years now and IBM i is also in the radar for replacement by new technologies because of the challenges related to IBM i platform specific skillset (RPG, COBOL), monolith architecture of applications leading to agility issues, interoperability with other platforms and DevOps tools, not aligned to strategic investments, missing most of the cloud benefits (e.g., on-demand capacity) etc. At the same time, there are number of reasons why migration is being postponed. Some of them are, new hardware releases, OS releases, extended support window, the current investments on heavy infrastructure, migration risk and cost. Here, we try to gauge the early possibilities of its exit so that the dependency on its SMEs shall be predicted.

Our perspective

Over the period, the business has grown, business requirements have grown, various risks have grown, compliance and regulatory requirements have grown and eventually all these have been captured and taken care within one single monolith application for each enterprise. And hence the high level of complexity having the concentration of all the knowledge, the business rules, the business processes. Added to this all the technical implementations like multi-threading, messaging, job scheduling, job control etc., are also part of the monolith implementation.

With the advent of Cloud, DevOps and Agile practices, industries and enterprises including bankers and insurers are looking for transformation of IBM i applications as well to reap the latest features and benefits. Enterprises are having multiple options in-front of them. This platform can follow agile practices and be part of DevOps world with ARCAD solutions. One of the large UK banks has adopted DevOps on IBM i successfully. The recently launched IBM i Merlin Platform (Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration) helps this with integrated IDE, CI/CD Merlin tools for DevOps experience along with IBM i virtual machine provisioning, REST APIs management etc., and brings hope for complete DevOps eco system in the future. exact developments help in agility of IBM i environments and re-hosting its applications. The system administration of this platform shall be offloaded by migrating infrastructure directly to IBM Cloud or to Skytap on Azure and IBM Cloud or to Connectria on AWS. Infinite i is in rescue to re-host the applications on Azure or AWS or Google Cloud. All these options shall be categorized as either in-place modernization or pseudo-modernization and have dependency on IBM i skillset.

Tool sets from Fresche, Google (G4) provide one to one conversion (refactor) of IBM i native source codes and opens the gateway for deployment of the application on open systems and cloud. But the preference for this option is fading considering the maintainability and futuristic view for large enterprises like banks. Banks and more specifically Insurers have very dynamic business needs like ever increasing regulatory and compliance demands and hence the need for highly maintainable code base.

Leaving the in-place modernization (last resort) and refactor, the other options can be largely grouped into one of the two options namely, COTS replacement or rewriting the entire application. These options have their own pros and cons. For most of the mid and large sized banks and banks with multi-country or multi-geography operations, the core applications are their treasure, their strength, and the enabler for what they are. So, COTS adoption rate will be limited because of the exact fitment of COTS application for the bank’s rich capabilities such as cards processing, loyalty, and rewards management.

Now, the banks are left with the other option which is rewrite. As everyone knows, rewriting the existing application (functionally equivalent but architecturally current) into a target landscape is almost like building a new application. Reverse engineering tools from Fresche and ARCAD help speeding up with the rules extraction. The new way of development powered with Agile, DevOps, Test Automation etc., the rewrite may not take too long but it will not be short as well. Some of the large banks tried rewrite and experimenting. Many banks are showing interest in rewriting but looking for a cost effective, robust and risk free or reduced risk migrations which is still far off.

Apart from the expected timeline for rewrite, the factors like strategic decision on target landscape, target technologies, target architecture, the regulatory and compliance challenges, organizational changes to adopt the transformational activities, the current investment on heavy infrastructures etc., are going to impact the overall IBM i migration timeline for most of the Banks.

IBM is also continually investing and upgrading the Power servers (Power10 based servers launched in 2021) and IBM i (7.5 released in May 2022) on regular basis along with support for open technologies as well to keep the momentum on retaining this platform. The support window (in general 7+3 years - Normal + Extended) and the re-usability of Power servers for other environments (AIX) are some of the important factors giving additional space for decision making (no rush to exit the platform).

Conclusion

With all these factors, the need for running the IBM i applications continue to stay high for many more years. It means, these applications should be supported, maintained, and enhanced till the enterprises find an effective viable alternate. But at the same time, it is getting more and more difficult to engage the workforce on IBM i skill set. It is time to uplift the development workforce by leveraging the enhanced IDEs and tools for this platform.

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Killexams : 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.

But the move to prioritize skills over a college education is sweeping through some of America’s largest companies, including Google, EY, Microsoft, and Apple. Strong proponents say the shift helps circumvent a needless barrier to workplace diversity.

“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.

In 2011, IBM launched a corporate social responsibility effort called the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn. It’s since expanded to 11 states in the U.S. and 28 countries.

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 Fortune last 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.

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com

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Killexams : Modernization: An approach to what works

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With digital disruptors eating away at market share and profits hurting from prolonged, intensive cost wars between traditional competitors, businesses had been looking to reduce their cost-to-income ratios even before COVID-19. When the pandemic happened, the urgency hit a new high. On top of that came the scramble to digitize pervasively in order to survive.

But there was a problem. Legacy infrastructure, being cost-inefficient and inflexible, hindered both objectives. The need for technology modernization was never clearer. However, what wasn’t so clear was the path to this modernization.  

Should the enterprise rip up and replace the entire system or upgrade it in parts? Should the transformation go “big bang” or proceed incrementally, in phases? To what extent and to which type of cloud should they shift to? And so on.

The Infosys Modernization Radar 2022 addresses these and other questions. 

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The state of the landscape

Currently, 88% of technology assets are legacy systems, half of which are business-critical. An additional concern is that many organizations lack the skills to adapt to the requirements of the digital era. This is why enterprises are rushing to modernize: The report found that 70% to 90% of the legacy estate will be modernized within five years.

Approaches to modernization

Different modernization approaches have different impacts. For example, non-invasive (or less invasive) approaches involve superficial changes to a few technology components and impact the enterprise in select pockets. These methods may be considered when the IT architecture is still acceptable, the system is not overly complex, and the interfaces and integration logic are adequate. Hence they entail less expenditure.

But since these approaches modernize minimally, they are only a stepping stone to a more comprehensive future initiative. Some examples of less and non-invasive modernization include migrating technology frameworks to the cloud, migrating to open-source application servers, and rehosting mainframes.

Invasive strategies modernize thoroughly, making a sizable impact on multiple stakeholders, application layers and processes. Because they involve big changes, like implementing a new package or re-engineering, they take more time and cost more money than non-invasive approaches and carry a higher risk of disruption, but also promise more value.

When an organization’s IT snarl starts to stifle growth, it should look at invasive modernization by way of re-architecting legacy applications to cloud-native infrastructure, migrating traditional relational database management systems to NoSQL-type systems, or simplifying app development and delivery with low-code/no-code platforms. 

The right choice question

From the above discussion, it is apparent that not all consequences of modernization are intentional or even desirable. So that brings us back to the earlier question: What is the best modernization strategy for an enterprise?

The truth is that there’s no single answer to this question because the choice of strategy depends on the organization’s context, resources, existing technology landscape, business objectives. However, if the goal is to minimize risk and business disruption, then some approaches are clearly better than others.

In the Infosys Modernization Radar 2022 report, 51% of respondents taking the big-bang approach frequently suffered high levels of disruption, compared to 21% of those who modernized incrementally in phases. This is because big-bang calls for completely rewriting enterprise core systems, an approach that has been very often likened to changing an aircraft engine mid-flight. 

Therefore big-bang modernization makes sense only when the applications are small and easily replaceable. But most transformations entail bigger changes, tilting the balance in favor of phased and coexistence approaches, which are less disruptive and support business continuity.

Slower but much steadier

Phased modernization progresses towards microservices architecture and could take the coexistence approach. As the name suggests, this entails the parallel runs of legacy and new systems until the entire modernization — of people, processes and technology — is complete. This requires new cloud locations for managing data transfers between old and new systems.

The modernized stack points to a new location with a routing façade, an abstraction that talks to both modernized and legacy systems. To embrace this path, organizations need to analyze applications in-depth and perform security checks to ensure risks don’t surface in the new architecture. 

Strategies such as the Infosys zero-disruption method frequently take the coexistence approach since it is suited to more invasive types of modernization. Planning the parallel operation of both old and new systems until IT infrastructure and applications make their transition is extremely critical.

The coexistence approach enables a complete transformation to make the application scalable, flexible, modular and decoupled, utilizing microservices architecture. A big advantage is that the coexistence method leverages the best cloud offerings and gives the organization access to a rich partner ecosystem. 

An example of zero-disruption modernization that I have led is the transformation of the point-of-sale systems of an insurer. More than 50,000 rules (business and UI) involving more than 10 million lines of code were transformed using micro-change management. This reduced ticket inventory by 70%, improved maintenance productivity by about 10% and shortened new policy rollout time by about 30%. 

Summing up

Technology modernization is imperative for meeting consumer expectations, lowering costs, increasing scalability and agility, and competing against nimble, innovative next-generation players. In other words, it is the ticket to future survival. 

There are many modernization approaches, and not all of them are equal. For example, the big-bang approach, while quick and sometimes even more affordable, carries a very significant risk of disruption. Since a single hour of critical system downtime could cost as much as $300,000, maintaining business continuity during transformation is a very big priority for enterprises.

The phased coexistence approach mitigates disruption to ensure a seamless and successful transformation. 

Gautam Khanna is the vice president and global head of the modernization practice at Infosys.

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Killexams : 3 IBM employees share how mentorship and connection to their heritage helped shape their careers

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked three IBM employees to share their experiences. Romelia Flores is an IBM distinguished engineer and a master inventor currently on IBM's client engineering team based in Dallas, Texas. Robert Loredo is the IBM quantum ambassador worldwide lead and a master inventor based in South Florida. Catherine Treviño is a z Hardware brand technical specialist based in Poughkeepsie, New York.

In this Q&A, these three employees open up about how mentorship has benefitted their careers and share the importance of giving back to fellow members of the Hispanic community. 

Tell us about your journey at IBM.

Flores: I joined IBM over 30 years ago as an intern and student at the University of Texas at Austin where I obtained a degree in computer science. As a software developer, I thrive on leveraging technology to accelerate business and collaborate with clients to drive app modernization. IBM has superlative talent around the world, many of whom have guided my journey. Being a strong technologist means being a continuous learner of technology as well as establishing a strong network.

Loredo: I joined IBM in 2004 and am fortunate to have a successful career because of IBM's network and community. I have 20 years of experience in enterprise product development leveraging leading-edge technologies, most recently with quantum computing, a technology that's expected to solve intractable problems that today's most powerful classical supercomputers find challenging to solve.

Treviño: My journey at IBM has been short but accomplished! I joined in 2020 as an intern and rising senior from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. Upon completing my internship, I accepted an offer and returned in 2021. I've since switched roles to a different business unit, thanks to the guidance of fellow volunteers of Hispanics@IBM, the community for Hispanic IBM employees.

How has mentorship impacted your career?

Treviño: Networking led to a new opportunity within my first year at IBM. When I first joined full-time, I quickly realized the role was not the right fit. As a first-generation professional, I wasn't sure how to navigate the situation. I chatted with Alan, IBM D&I leader for the Hispanic community, who connected me with Cleo, a Hispanic executive council leader, who brought up an open role. I'm grateful for that connection! Long story short, I'm now part of Cleo's global sales team, where I help financial market clients find solutions with our z Systems.

Loredo: I'm grateful for the mentor who saw my potential and found a unique way to teach me complex subjects. While at Miami-Dade College, I struggled with the courses for engineering majors. My professor knew I enjoyed music and began teaching me mathematics using music as an analogy. That was my 'aha!' moment. My grades improved, allowing a transfer to the University of Miami, where I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering. That moment, when my professor found an unconventional way to teach, had a profound impact on me. I use that technique today. I wrote a book that teaches quantum computing implementation and I use analogies to explain it.

As a mentor, what advice do you share with mentees?

Flores: I've mentored hundreds of college students and IBM employees, including distinguished engineers and technologists. I've been told— especially by females and underrepresented minorities — that they've never seen a technologist with my level of impact, and they ask, "What's your secret to success?" This inspired me to develop the "Eight Cs: Blueprint for Success" which I believe are key attributes for attaining success: competence, communication, commitment, creativity, collaboration, confidence, community, and chuckle – we often forget about this last one, but our work should be fun!

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Killexams : Application Modernization Services Market – 2022 by Manufacturers, Regions, Size, Share, Forecast to 2028 | by Accenture, IBM, ATOS SE

New Jersey, United States – Analysis of Application Modernization Services Market 2022 to 2028, Size, Share, and Trends by Type, Component, Application, Opportunities, Growth Rate, and Regional Forecast

Application modernisation service is a change of new applications in business. This service is fundamental in cloud re-plat framing, facilitating and once again designing. New capabilities and changes in the business are coordinated with these services. Growing new applications for business is a broad assignment. In any case, with this service involving existing projects in another structure is conceivable. This cycle has a lot of advantages. Many undertakings and associations benefit from their activities. The exhibition of the application is improved to make it viable with new programming and frameworks. In numerous locales, heritage frameworks are dialing back efficiency. The old frameworks are not reasonable for the ongoing work air. The effectiveness of the business processes is impacted through these frameworks. Be that as it may, changing those plans of action into new applications is conceivable. There are a great many enterprises that take on these frameworks. Modern, auto, oil and gas enterprises have a higher necessity of application modernisation. The upgrades in organizations are supposed to drive interest for application programming. According to Application Modernization Services Market Conjecture these elements are supposed to increment in general worth.

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The Application Modernization Services market, which was valued at US$ million in 2022, is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately percent over the forecast period, according to our most exact report.

The requirement for further developed programming capabilities is changing the business climate. The requirement for improved programming will drive interest for the application modernization services market. Any business requires ceaseless enhancements and redesigns. Changing occasionally can assist them with meeting the developing client needs. The client necessity is dynamic. Associations need to adjust to such changes. Mechanical progressions are essential for change. The services and applications of the association are altered by these improvements. The application modernisation programming assists many undertakings with meeting the developing rivalry. The rising requirement for expanded conveyance of data among endeavors drives requests. Today, associations manage a high measure of information. Conveyance of this data is appropriate through excellent advances. Many undertakings can contact their clients really through these great applications. The application modernization services assist undertakings with discussing actually with their clients. Through great advances and further developed applications these advantages are feasible. These market drivers are supposed to mix the interest among the end-clients.

The presence of huge inheritance frameworks can prompt high learning experiences. Reception of new advancements for these associations can build their consumption. Modernizing the current arrangement is the best way to lessen cost. With the bigger number of heritage frameworks needed for application modernizing is developing. In forthcoming years, most organizations will take on new business advances. The old inheritance frameworks will be changed. This change of organizations will bring a high turn of events. Income and extension pace of the application modernization services market will be more because of these variables. The interest for the BFSI market is supposed to support amazing learning experiences. Cash store, draft store, handling credit are a portion of the applications of this market. This area broadly utilizes the heritage framework. The high reception of application modernisation services in this area will start development. Today, misrepresentation is progressing to receipt and different tasks. For this propelling workplace, the modernization application is essential. Further, the reception of the cloud is prompting more present day frameworks.

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The application modernization services market is divided based on service, cloud sending mode, association size and vertical. The development among fragments assists you with examining specialty pockets of development and systems to move toward the market and decide your center application regions and the distinction in your objective markets. Based on service, the application modernization services market is fragmented into application portfolio evaluation, cloud application movement, application replatforming, application mix, UI modernization, post modernization.

Based on cloud sending mode, the application modernization services market is fragmented into private cloud, public cloud, mixture cloud.
Based on association size, the application modernization services market is fragmented into little and medium ventures (SMEs), Huge Endeavors. Based on the upward trend, the application modernization services market is divided into BFSI, medical care and life sciences, media communications, IT and ITeS, retail and buyer products, government and public area, energy and utilities, assembling, and others.

The Application Modernization Services Industry is divided into Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. The Asia Pacific is driving with market development. Nations, for example, China, India and Japan are key supporters of the market. Further developing undertakings have high development for application modernisation. With the quick development in business the extension of the market is high. North America is the following huge central member in the market. Application modernisation services have a quick reception rate. Rising interests in this market lead to a new turn of events. The presence of vital participants is high in North America. Likewise, Europe is one more market with excellent development prospects. It is a locale with a high extension rate.

The central parts canvassed in the application modernization services market report are Accenture, IBM, ATOS SE, HCL Advances Restricted, Chime Integrator., Blu Age, Perceptive, Try Frameworks, Dell, DXC Innovation Organization, EPAM Frameworks, Inc., FUJITSU, Hexaware Innovations Restricted., Infosys Restricted, Innova Arrangements., LTI, Miniature Concentration, MongoDB, Inc., Wipro Restricted, and Prophet, among other homegrown and worldwide players.

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Killexams : Kyndryl Expands Mainframe Modernization To Azure Stack, Google

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‘Kyndryl continues to launch capabilities to help customers launch the right workloads on the right platforms, including their mainframe workloads. Customers have critical workloads on multiple platforms and want to connect everything to the cloud,’ says Petra Goude, Kyndryl’s global practice leader for Core Enterprise and zCloud.

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Global infrastructure services provider Kyndryl this week expanded its ability to help customers run or migrate their mainframe workloads to public clouds with two new integrations.

In the first, Kyndryl used its Microsoft Ignite presence Thursday to unveil a new cloud offering combining the company’s managed services expertise with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI software and Dell Technologies hardware to help businesses with on-premises, remote or third-party data center workloads accelerate their cloud transformation projects.

The Microsoft Azure Stack HCI offering also supports mainframe modernization by connecting to on-premises mainframe or distributed computing infrastructures.

[Related: Kyndryl CEO Martin Schroeter: We Are Exiting The Influence Of IBM]

In the second, Kyndryl is working with Google Dual Run, a new service introduced Wednesday by Google as a way to migrate workloads off mainframes and onto the Google Cloud by letting the workloads work on both the cloud and on the mainframe until customers feel the time is right to take them off the mainframe altogether.

The two new mainframe-cloud integrations follow last week’s news that Kyndryl is partnering with Microsoft to allow mainframe applications to be run on Azure without the need to migrate them off the mainframe.

Together, Kyndryl, which was formerly the managed infrastructure services business of IBM before being spun out into a separate company, is taking advantage of its long history of working with mainframes to help customers modernize their mission-critical workloads, said Petra Goude, global practice leader for Core Enterprise and zCloud at New York-based Kyndryl.

“Kyndryl continues to launch capabilities to help customers launch the right workloads on the right platforms, including their mainframe workloads,” Goude told CRN. “Customers have critical workloads on multiple platforms and want to connect everything to the cloud.”

While Kyndryl last week introduced a data pipe to allow mainframe-based workloads to be run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, the new technology introduced Thursday uses Microsoft Azure Stack HCI together with Dell hardware to let the on-premises Azure Stack run both mainframe and distributed computing workloads, Goude said.

“We are using our integration to connect Azure Stack HCI to other platforms,” she said. “We create the integration layer to manage cloud, HCI and on-premises solutions. We are connecting it all together.”

The Kyndryl offering also uses the Dell Integrated System for Azure Stack HCI, based on Dell PowerEdge servers and Microsoft Azure Stack HCI software.

Kyndryl is now also providing services around Google Dual Run to customers looking to move mainframe workloads to the Google’s cloud, Goude said.

“For customers who want to move their workloads from mainframes to the Google Cloud Platform, we let them run in the cloud and on-premises,” she said. “We’re strong with mainframes and want to help customers put the right workload on the right platform. Google Dual Run is for customers who eventually want to take the workloads of the mainframes. The workloads can run on the mainframe and in Google for a while, and when it’s certain they run well in Google, they can be moved off the mainframe.”

For mainframe workloads that need to migrate to Amazon Web Services, Kyndryl works with Blu Age, which AWS acquired in 2021, Goude said.

Joseph F. Kovar

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 jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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Killexams : Hybrid cloud critical to modernization but security and compliance concerns remain: IBM Report

While 85% of respondents in India have adopted a hybrid cloud approach that can help drive digital transformation, the majority of them are struggling with the complexity to make all their cloud environments work together, according to a new market research from IBM.

As organizations face skills gaps, security challenges, and compliance obstacles, only 30% of Indian respondents manage their hybrid cloud environments holistically – which can create blind spots and put data at risk.

The IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud commissioned by IBM and conducted by independent research firm, The Harris Poll, was created to help organizations map their cloud transformation and empower them to self-classify their progress. The Index consisted of more than 3,000 business and technology decision makers from 12 countries including India, and across 15 industries including financial services, manufacturing, government, telecommunications, and healthcare.

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The Index points to a strong correlation between hybrid cloud adoption and progress in digital transformation. In fact, 76% of those surveyed think it’s difficult to realize the full potential of a digital transformation without having a solid hybrid cloud strategy in place. At the same time, only 39% of Indian respondents said that they have proven the benefits of cloud and are now focused on using it more fully.

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“As we see regulatory requirements grow across the globe, compliance is top of mind for business leaders. This concern is even greater for those in highly regulated industries. Yet at the same time, they are facing a growing threat landscape – one that demands holistic management of their multi-cloud environments to avoid the risks of a Frankencloud – an environment that’s so disconnected, it’s difficult to navigate and can be nearly impossible to secure, particularly against third- and fourth-party risks,” said Howard Boville, head of IBM Cloud Platform.

“An integration strategy to bring together these different piece parts is what we believe separates the leaders from the rest of the pack – the alternative is to pay the price of the Frankencloud,” added Boville.

In the Indian context, organizations must quickly take stock of where they are on their cloud journey and focus on bridging the gaps related to skills, security, compliance, among others, said Viswanath Ramaswamy, vice president, Technology, IBM Technology Sales, IBM India/ South Asia. “A pragmatic holistic approach to hybrid cloud can drive immense business value by accelerating innovation, improving cost efficiency and increasing productivity.”  

Although the research cited the lack of cloud skills as a major challenge, 81% of the Indian respondents said they are creating new positions and teams to fulfil the need for more cloud skills.

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Killexams : IBM Acquires Dialexa

IBM (NYSE:IBM) acquired Dialexa, a Dallas TX and Chicago, IL-based digital product engineering services firm.

The amount of the deal was not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances.

The acquisition is expected to enhance IBM’s product engineering expertise and provide end-to-end digital transformation services for clients. Upon close, Dialexa will join IBM Consulting, strengthening IBM’s digital product engineering services presence in the Americas.

Founded in 2010 and led by CEO Scott Harper, Dialexa delivers a suite of digital product engineering services, enabling organizations to create new products to drive business outcomes. The company has deep experience delivering end-to-end digital product engineering services consisting of strategy, design, build, launch, and optimization services across cloud platforms including AWS and Microsoft Azure. Its team of 300 product managers, designers, full-stack engineers and data scientists, based in Dallas and Chicago, advise and create custom, commercial-grade digital products for clients such as Deere & Company, Pizza Hut US, and Toyota Motor North America.

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