• Jens Rassloff, Leadership |

Many of my conversations with business leaders around the world revolve around how they can successfully future-proof their business when so many of their ongoing digital needs are not yet known and so many technologies and solutions have not even been developed yet. They are being asked to garner maximum ROI from their investments and increase business performance in one of the most competitive, dynamic and disrupted marketplaces that we have ever known.

As we discuss how they can optimize the digital transformation of their business, one consideration is the design of their enterprise architecture including the implementation of either a multi-cloud, hybrid or single-cloud environment.

Employing more than one cloud can bring positive results including the ability to match provider with need across geography and function. However, it can also result in increased complexity and decreased productivity when processes are not optimized for use in hybrid or multi-cloud environments.

To examine this in more detail I sat down with Evaristus Mainsah, General Manager, IBM Cloud Pak Ecosystem, to hear his thoughts.

Many companies are deploying a hybrid or multi-cloud ecosystem. What are some of the key challenges that arise from that and how can business leaders address those challenges?

Most enterprises are running multiple clouds and have applications that reside on-premises: hybrid multicloud is the current reality. We hear from clients that two of their greatest challenges are deciding how and when to modernize legacy applications, and how to manage and deploy across multiple clouds with consistency and security. These clients need vendors with an open approach to ensure they have the flexibility, access to leading technology and business expertise to help support the people and processes required for a successful transformation.

How does IBM handle issues of trust and security around cloud technology?

If done correctly, we believe that security can become a driver of widespread cloud adoption by constantly fostering and strengthening trust in how data is managed and stored on the cloud. IBM Cloud offerings are designed to address the critical security demands of complex enterprises. IBM public cloud uses state-of-the-art cryptographic technology, and IBM helps businesses build and run core applications and workloads with industry and government compliance, single dashboard visibility and multi-platform portability. Plus, IBM client data and the insights produced on the IBM Cloud or from IBM AI are owned by the client and them alone.

Responsibility has been a hallmark of IBM’s culture for more than 100 years and our unwavering global commitment to the responsible stewardship of data has helped us earn and keep the trust of our clients.

What do you see as the biggest cloud trends for the next 5 years?

We anticipate three key trends will dominate the cloud landscape in 2020 and the coming years.

  • 5G will enable more enterprises to accelerate adoption of edge as part of their hybrid cloud strategies and transform a wide range of industries from telecommunications to automotive to manufacturing to retail.
  • As organizations turn to the cloud, they’re looking for solutions that serve the needs of their specific industry. We'll continue to see adoption of industry-optimized clouds, including for industries beyond banking, which has been an early adopter of this approach.
  • This year, enterprises turned to open source software to modernize their infrastructure and accelerate their adoption of hybrid multicloud. Open source technology will continue to have a profound impact on cloud because it ensures businesses have the flexibility to innovate at scale without being locked into one provider.

How can KPMG and IBM, through our global alliance, help companies to be successful in their cloud journeys?

The alliance between IBM and KPMG is a powerful combination. We bring together IBM’s leading hybrid multi-cloud technology — including IBM public cloud and our IBM Cloud Paks — with KPMG’s experience to help advise clients on the best options for a successful journey to the cloud. The IBM Cloud is designed to be open. Building on our acquisition of Red Hat, we give clients the flexibility to select the best architecture and approach for their unique app and workload requirements, and to work with a variety of experts around the world to craft an effective cloud strategy for their business objectives.

Please watch our video of Evaristus Mainsah for more insights.