How would a non-customer rate a cloud computing service? The first thing that one would look for is definitely the total number of members who are being served by that service provider. In the case of IBM, there are a total of 20,000 customers at this moment who decided to go with this software giant and there are more than 200,000 different processes being used by these 20,000 customers. Does that mean good? Well, as far as figures are concerned, those are definitely not very impressive when compared to Amazon and Rack Space, but if you consider the integration of process documentation and social community elements, IBM is definitely a winner. The customers also claim that the automated ad hoc process is super efficient and effective. What else do you need?
IBM has always been known for security, safety, integration and reliability. It isn’t any different for Blueworks Live which is the name for their cloud services. According to the predictions made by IDC, cloud computing is going to grow at breakneck speed within the next couple of years and IBM is definitely going to come out as a major contender for Amazon and the likes and this growth spurt is going to bring in an additional US$55.5 million by the end of 2014.
Financial figures might not seem very interesting because they don’t give an insight into the kind of services that are being offered, so, let’s turn this thing inside out and take a good look at it.
The biggest achievement of IBM with Blueworks Live is the integration of social media like dashboards into their system – these easy-to-use user panels facilitate quicker and better communication between employees and business partners and that according to the experts should be one of the basic attributes of services. But unfortunately, many other top-of-the-line cloud services do not facilitate secure work stream across different workstations and that most of the cases they just serve as extra storage and bandwidth. In the case of Blueworks Live from IBM, all modules from a particular instance gets seamlessly integrated with each other and that pretty much automates design and execution. Blueworks Live provides a more dynamic environment and what’s more, right from predictive analytics tool usage reports, everything is available at the click of a button right on your dashboard.
Prices? Of course it’s costlier compared to those storage bins who oversell themselves as cloud computing service providers, but if you are a huge organization who cares about security and networking, Blueworks Live is worth giving a try.
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