Google Cloud Next 2020: What Google Lacks in Cloud Market Share, it Makes up for in Engineering

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Google’s BigQuery Omni announcement pads Anthos, strengthening its multi-cloud position

• Google’s lagging cloud business will be fulfilled via GCP, expert enterprise developers, and engineering culture

What Google lacks in cloud followers and enterprise confidence, it makes up for with its engineering culture.

This week during Google Cloud Next digital conference, the company went after its arch-rivals in the cloud wars with new innovations that shore up its hybrid/multi-cloud brand Anthos. Google’s release of multi-cloud analytics solution BigQuery Omni is a reminder of Google’s ability to address sophisticated application modernization requirements by centralizing access to datasets located across major clouds including Google Cloud, AWS, and soon Azure. Continue reading “Google Cloud Next 2020: What Google Lacks in Cloud Market Share, it Makes up for in Engineering”

COVID 19: GlobalData Survey Reveals Minority to Cut Cloud and App Dev Spending

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Only 30% of survey respondents will cut cloud budgets

• Within app modernization projects, the vast majority will prioritize app development/management

While less than half of global enterprises surveyed by GlobalData indicated plans to cut cloud and application development IT spending budgets, ops teams will seek more consolidation and automation to achieve a DevOps model.

In the area of application platforms, a recent GlobalData survey revealed that only 30% of respondents indicated plans to cut IT spending in cloud computing. In the area of application development, respondents reported that application development and management was the priority by a large margin compared to more traditional app infrastructure and DevOps areas including: application lifecycle management (ALM); application platforms (PaaS); business process management (BPM); ICT services management; and app performance monitoring (APM). The survey included over 4,000 IT buyers across the world to better understand how COVID-19 is expected to impact technology purchases. Continue reading “COVID 19: GlobalData Survey Reveals Minority to Cut Cloud and App Dev Spending”

Cloud Wars’ Latest Ammunition: Robotics

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• IBM and Microsoft make key robotic process automation (RPA) acquisitions in May and June, respectively

• RPA is largely viewed as a major component of emerging intelligent automation solutions

RPA software has become the silver bullet of the various components which comprise new intelligent automation solutions that promise to provide cloud providers with an edge in the hotly contested cloud wars.

In recent weeks, cloud leaders Microsoft and IBM have made Tier 3 RPA acquisitions in order to fortify their automation strategies. Automation solutions are turning into a major new opportunity that application platforms vendors are betting on to help lure enterprises into app modernization projects and to gain steam amidst cloud rivals. The ability to automate repetitive operational processes is a mounting objective among enterprises in order to speed time to market with important services, and help reduce manual errors. Continue reading “Cloud Wars’ Latest Ammunition: Robotics”

Salesforce Broadens Dev Community via VS Integration

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Salesforce embraces Microsoft VS to bring Salesforce developers a popular tool in a web-based environment

• Salesforce downplayed AI innovations including Lightning Flow intelligent automation

During last week’s digital conference Salesforce TrailheaDX, the company released a number of developer toolkits, including a browser-based code builder, DevOps Center console, and beta serverless offering. The announcements created a lot of buzz among its own community of developers (who are itching to get their hands on the serverless capabilities). New Visual Studio integrations with Salesforce Code Builder are aimed at attracting a broader pool of web-based developers onto the Salesforce platforms in order to upsell high-value services such as Functions, Einstein AI, and SOQL Query Builder. Continue reading “Salesforce Broadens Dev Community via VS Integration”

GlobalData Identifies the Vendors Marrying AI-Based Low-Code with Robotic Software

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Vendors with business process management (BPM) heritages and low-code expertise are well positioned to address complex workflows in high-compliance industries.
  • Consolidation has accelerated in recent months, including Google’s acquisition of no-code vendor AppSheet, Microsoft’s acquisition of robotic process automation (RPA) vendor Softomotive, SAP’s acquisition of RPA provider Contextor, and Appian’s acquisition of the Jidoka RPA platform.

Automation pioneers are readying new DevOps solutions which ease the backend data integration and business processes requirements required of app modernization. GlobalData has just completed an IPA series of Advisory Reports, where Part I defined and described the emerging market segment and Part II identifies those vendors which are demonstrating thought leadership through early intelligent process automation (IPA) initiatives including consolidated solutions presented in a still-evolving market . Vendors included in this report are: Appian, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Pegasystems, Red Hat, Salesforce, SAP, and ServiceNow. Continue reading “GlobalData Identifies the Vendors Marrying AI-Based Low-Code with Robotic Software”

IBM Think: IBM’s Action Items for Hybrid, Automation, and Blockchain Objectives

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM kept product announcements to a minimum, featuring a DevOps-oriented security monitoring tool.
  • Hybrid and multi-cloud were the predominant theme for the week.

After attending IBM’s annual mega customer conference under a virtual format, GlobalData offers three key action items for moving its hybrid and multi-cloud strategy forward, addressing operational issues via AI-infused automation, and improving customers’ grasp of blockchain’s potential. Continue reading “IBM Think: IBM’s Action Items for Hybrid, Automation, and Blockchain Objectives”

IBM Think: IBM Rallies Global Coders to Help Battle COVID-19

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• IBM Call to Code program builds momentum via prestigious partners and 300,000 global coders.

• IBM Cloud and Watson (AI) services are available to coders via open-source software (OSS) tools.

The power of technology to help solve real-world problems is perhaps most eloquently illustrated through the three winners of the COVID-19-related applications associated with IBM’s latest coding contest.

IBM’s two-year-old Call for Code Global Challenge campaign was initially launched in 2018 seeking innovative applications to address climate change. The program was expanded recently to include COVID-19, which spurred a massive response, including 1,000 developer registrations in a single day soon after being announced. Presently the program includes 300,000 developers across 168 countries. Continue reading “IBM Think: IBM Rallies Global Coders to Help Battle COVID-19”

COVID-19: Under the Coronavirus Strain, Will Blockchain be the New Supply Chain?

C. Dunlap
C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Coronavirus demands illustrate the brokenness of traditional supply chain

• Blockchain methods emphasize trust and data strengths, but innovations are in early stages

The latest examples of the brokenness of the current state of the supply chain market are illustrated by the global pandemic.

COVID-19 has exposed the inability to access and mange adequate supplies of ventilators and PPEs, including proper visibility into the quality of expired and damaged goods unknowingly being sent to hospital workers. The issue demonstrates the need for an evaluation of how current supply chain systems supply, track, and manage goods and services. At the same time, the momentum behind blockchain as the answer for serving as a modern day supply chain alternative should be considered, but won’t be entirely straightforward, considering its recent emergence. Continue reading “COVID-19: Under the Coronavirus Strain, Will Blockchain be the New Supply Chain?”

COVID-19: IBM’s New Normal Shaped by a New Virus Culture

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• IBM’s GBS leads provide COVID-19 response experiences noting cloud adoption is critical for embracing the “new normal.”

• Key technologies leveraged include analytics, blockchain, supply chain and cloud platforms

Not surprisingly, IBM is looking to re-architect its product strategy’s eventual “new normal” through the might of its global professional services group, Global Business Services (GBS). GBS cloud, systems, and software experts are soldiering in the trenches of the current COVID-19 battleground alongside clients struggling to maintain business continuity in the midst of the global pandemic. Continue reading “COVID-19: IBM’s New Normal Shaped by a New Virus Culture”

COVID-19: Technology Leaders Take Action

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The current digital climate is on point to shore-up COVID-19 consortiums.
  • COVID-19 case studies highlight innovations which apply to customers’ app modernization projects.

Buoyed by a digital era, the industry has been training for COVID-19’s challenge for several years now. Advancing innovations in the form of scalable cloud infrastructures, intelligence through analytics, integration between apps and big data via APIs, and operational automation to speed IT teams’ adoption of new application architectures are readily available to apply to coronavirus research. Never before has the industry been better equipped to fight a global health epidemic. Technology is harnessed through application and data management platforms powered by machine learning to create the most demanding mission-critical apps connected to a wealth of big data – the kind of data that can cure diseases and discover vaccines, the kind of data that feeds applications which reassure citizens trying to cope with the tumultuous effects of a pandemic. Continue reading “COVID-19: Technology Leaders Take Action”