VMworld 2020: VMware’s Multi-Cloud Strategy Targets Red Hat OpenShift

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• VMware announced general availability (GA) of vSphere with Tanzu Kubernetes integrations

• Tanzu integrations with vRealize/CloudHealth strengthen VMware’s multi-cloud management position

Since rolling out its Tanzu Kubernetes initiative a year ago, VMware has been integrating the technology throughout its flagship product lines including vSphere integration (GA’d last week during VMworld) and vRealize (please see VMware VMworld 2020: VMware Tanzu Coupled with vRealize Challenges Multi-Cloud Management Rivals,” October 1, 2020). Through this approach the virtualization giant leverages its massive customer base and enterprise-grade infrastructure strengths, including security, networking, and systems management, to differentiate in the highly competitive app modernization and cloud arena. Continue reading “VMworld 2020: VMware’s Multi-Cloud Strategy Targets Red Hat OpenShift”

Fiercely Competitive Low-Code Space Bows to Microsoft, Salesforce

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• GlobalData rates as “Leader(s)”: Microsoft, Salesforce

• GlobalData rates as “Very Strong” competitors: Appian, Mendix, OutSystems, and Pegasystems

Enterprises are motivated to prioritize their modern software delivery initiatives through the high-productivity development tools of low-code platforms. Increased prominence has ensured lucrative funding, acquisitions, and profitability. Heightened importance around low-code app development platforms has been prompted by complex application architectures, a global shortage of professional software developers, and the need for business transformation delivered through meaningful back-end data integrations.

The need to remove red tape from the app modernization process has never been greater during the COVID-19 crisis, prompting executive directives for organizations to accelerate digital transformations. Whether enterprises are entrenched in new software delivery efforts or barely beginning them, COVID-19’s impact has CIOs opting for emerging technologies in order to hurry along digital projects and combat inevitable economic downturns. Many believe those efforts are best served through next-generation low-code/no-code and automation platforms. Continue reading “Fiercely Competitive Low-Code Space Bows to Microsoft, Salesforce”

KubeCon EU 2020: Importance of CNCF’s Blessing Highlighted Among Cloud Players

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• OSS wars are heating up between cloud providers vying for larger followings via service mesh solutions

• Hybrid and multi-cloud management solutions are vital for providing enterprises with a gradual move into the cloud

During last week’s mega Kubernetes conference, KubeCon EU, cloud leaders continued to vie for mind share of cloud management offerings in support of advanced Kubernetes deployment scenarios spanning hybrid/multiple clouds and in support of multiple containerized clusters. Heightened controversy between various service mesh technologies further illustrated the importance of having the backing of a standards body like CNCF, and its vast community membership. Continue reading “KubeCon EU 2020: Importance of CNCF’s Blessing Highlighted Among Cloud Players”

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”