What to expect from IBM Interconnect

IBM's annual cloud conference kicks off today - here's what to look out for

This week is the annual IBM Interconnect conference, a four-day long celebration of everything cloud. I will be on hand to bring you all the latest news and analysis from the event, including the latest goings on in AI, security, IoT and cloud analytics.

This will be the first conference since the company's cloud offerings began to replace its traditional hardware and software business as the main driver of profit. IBM's cloud-as-a-service arm is now worth in excess of $8.6 billion, growing 63% year-on-year in 2016.

The numbers are particularly impressive given that IBM is still only experimenting in its application of Watson APIs, and no doubt the marriage between cognitive and cloud will feature heavily at the conference this year.

I'm expecting to see Watson applied to anything and everything, with not only new APIs for enterprise customers, but also new tools that add to IBM's growing list of healthcare integrations. It seems every other day we are hearing about a new deal between IBM and a health service provider, whether it be arthritis research, disease diagnosis, or patient support through chatbots.

Last year, IBM used Interconnect to introduce a major partnership signed with VMware, which included the joint creation of a new cloud architecture, granting businesses an easier route to hybrid cloud. At the time this was a major announcement, so expect IBM to try and one-up this with a similarly big name collaboration.

Also expect to hear some new developments in IBM's Blockchain push, following on from the creation of its first Blockchain innovation centre in Singapore last July. The company will be eager to share the results of that investment, particularly as organisations are beginning to tap into the Bluemix-hosted technology.

Big announcements will likely arrive on Monday and Tuesday, particularly during the eagerly awaited keynotes. Follow me on Twitter for live tweeting and be sure to check the news feed of our sister site, Cloud Pro, for the latest IBM Interconnect news, analysis and interviews.

Featured Resources

Shaping the workplaces of the future

Rise to the challenge

Download now

Enabling a hybrid future

A guide to setting up new working practices

Download now

Seven steps to successful digital innovation and transformation

What to invest in and what to avoid when pursuing digital transformation

Watch now

Defend your organisation from evolving ransomware attacks

Learn what it takes to reduce risk and strengthen operational resiliency

Download now

Recommended

IBM CodeNet teaches AI to translate programming languages
artificial intelligence (AI)

IBM CodeNet teaches AI to translate programming languages

11 May 2021
IBM launches suite of hybrid cloud storage services
hybrid cloud

IBM launches suite of hybrid cloud storage services

27 Apr 2021
IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder reconnect fragmented supply chains
supply chain management (SCM)

IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder reconnect fragmented supply chains

14 Apr 2021
IBM's infrastructure services spin-off to be named Kyndryl
Business operations

IBM's infrastructure services spin-off to be named Kyndryl

13 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Ten-year-old iOS 4 recreated as an iPhone app
iOS

Ten-year-old iOS 4 recreated as an iPhone app

10 Jun 2021
Fastly blames software bug for major outage
public cloud

Fastly blames software bug for major outage

9 Jun 2021
GitHub to prohibit code that’s used in active attacks
cyber security

GitHub to prohibit code that’s used in active attacks

7 Jun 2021