IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

What to expect from IBM Interconnect

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

Colorful cloud

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

Join the 90% of enterprises accelerating to the cloud

Business transformation through digital modernisation

Free Download

Delivering on demand: Momentum builds toward flexible IT

A modern digital workplace strategy

Free download

Modernise the workforce experience

Actionable insights and an optimised experience for both IT and end users

Free Download

The digital workplace roadmap

A leader's guide to strategy and success

Free Download

Recommended

IT Pro News In Review: UK 4 day week, ransomware payment rise, IBM cut ties with Russia
Business operations

IT Pro News In Review: UK 4 day week, ransomware payment rise, IBM cut ties with Russia

10 Jun 2022
IBM bolsters cyber security offerings with Randori acquisition
mergers and acquisitions

IBM bolsters cyber security offerings with Randori acquisition

7 Jun 2022
IBM's new z16 mainframe brings two industry-firsts and quantum-proof data encryption
Hardware

IBM's new z16 mainframe brings two industry-firsts and quantum-proof data encryption

5 Apr 2022
Software-defined storage for dummies
Whitepaper

Software-defined storage for dummies

1 Apr 2022

Most Popular

Universities are fighting a cyber security war on multiple fronts
cyber security

Universities are fighting a cyber security war on multiple fronts

4 Jul 2022
Hackers claim to steal personal data of over a billion people in China
data breaches

Hackers claim to steal personal data of over a billion people in China

4 Jul 2022
Raspberry Pi launches next-gen Pico W microcontroller with networking support
Hardware

Raspberry Pi launches next-gen Pico W microcontroller with networking support

1 Jul 2022