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Jagan Karuturi Q&A: How IBM’s Open Hybrid-Cloud Ecosystem Is Driving Clients’ Digital Transformation

October 1, 2020

IBM has expanded its Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem Initiative through a new collaboration with HCL Technologies (HCL) to help clients accelerate their digital transformation by migrating mission-critical workloads to run on IBM’s open hybrid cloud platform.

Key to the new ecosystem agreement is HCL’s plan to establish an IBM Cloud Practice to help client enterprises in highly regulated industries—including financial services and healthcare—develop open, cloud-native solutions.

How are IBM and HCL continuing their work co-creating and co-innovating on IBM’s open hybrid cloud platform?

IBM will provide HCL employees with training and skills development to facilitate co-creation workshops with clients. In the last six months, in response to the digital imperatives created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, these partnerships have been quickly evolving to place a particular emphasis on using the disruptive technologies of cloud, AI, IoT and blockchain.

Now, more than ever, there is a need to co-create and co-innovate to help clients understand the impact of digital transformation on business and society and build an outcome-focused response that will help them emerge smarter from the pandemic crisis.

Why are partner ecosystems important?

IBM’s most recent Institute for Business Value (IBV) Innovation in Ecosystem survey provides some indication as to why ecosystems are important and the challenges they face. The survey found, for example, that businesses with high engagement in ecosystems report a 15% greater contribution to revenue from innovation than businesses with low-to-moderate ecosystem engagement.

Although only 46% of executives in the Innovation in Ecosystem survey said their organizations derive more than 10% of revenue from innovation activities, that percentage of executives is expected to grow to 75% by 2021.

Why is it important that IBM’s hybrid cloud ecosystem promotes solutions built atop open technologies?

Our open hybrid cloud approach is the dominant force driving change in the industry. Clients find that choosing a hybrid cloud approach is two-and-a-half times more valuable than relying on public cloud alone, when you consider factors such as innovation, development time and portfolio optimization.

What are some specific solutions IBM is developing and deploying through its hybrid cloud ecosystem?

It’s part of an expanded alliance in that country combining IBM Cloud, Data Analytics and AI technologies with Deloitte's cutting-edge methodologies and industry expertise, to offer tailored services that can support local companies’ digital transformation.

Another example of our GSI hybrid cloud ecosystem work is our announcement with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to help clients accelerate their digital and cognitive enterprise transformations to IBM public cloud using IBM Cloud Paks. TCS will establish an IBM Enterprise Cloud Architecture Unit, which will include technical professionals from both companies.

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