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IBM announced a raft of advances in artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud and quantum computing during its online Think 2021 conference this week. These innovations highlight IBM’s role in helping its clients and partners accelerate their digital transformation, return to work smarter, and build strategic ecosystems to drive better business outcomes.

“We will look back on this year and last as the moment the world entered the digital century in full force,” said IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna. “In the same way that we electrified factories and machines in the past century, we will use hybrid cloud to infuse artificial intelligence (AI) into software and systems in the 21st century. And one thing is certain: this is a future that must be built on a foundation of deep industry collaboration. No one understands this better than IBM, which is one of the reasons we are boosting investment in our partner ecosystem. Also at Think 2021, we are unveiling our latest hybrid cloud and AI innovations – the very technologies that serve as the building blocks of a new IT architecture for business.”

IBM research finds 43% of companies are accelerating their artificial intelligence rollout, and need a clear and credible path to modernising their mission-critical systems. While IBM has already been helping thousands of clients across all industries transform their business with its hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence platform, today’s Think 2021 announcements include these new innovations:

  1. AI to help customers access, unify and manage data anywhere, with Cloud Pak for Data. The product uses artificial intelligence to help customers get answers to distributed queries up to eight times faster than previously, and at almost half the cost of other comparable data warehouses.
  2. AutoSQL to automate how customers access, integrate and manage data without having to move it, regardless of where the data resides or how it is stored. IBM’s new AutoSQL reduces the complexity of curating data, eliminates the cost of moving data, and uncovers hidden insights to make more accurate AI-driven predictions.
  3. Watson Orchestrate helps professionals automate work to increase productivity. This is a new interactive AI capability allowing professionals to initiate work via tools such as email and Slack in natural language. It also connects to Salesforce, SAP, Workday, and other popular business applications. Watson Orchestrate uses an AI engine to automatically select and sequence the pre-packaged skills required to perform a task and then connects with applications, tools, data and history to achieve the task. Applications for Watson Orchestrate include scheduling meetings, procuring approvals, preparing proposals, and more.
  4. Project CodeNet is a large-scale, open-source data set comprised of 14 million code samples, 500 million lines of codes, and 55 programming languages, to enable AI’s understanding and translation of code. Project CodeNet is the largest, most differentiated dataset in its class and IBM believes it will serve as a valuable benchmark data set for source-to-source translation, and transitioning legacy codebases to modern code languages.
  5. Mon2Micro is a new capability in WebSphere Hybrid Edition that enables enterprises to optimise and modernise their applications for the hybrid cloud. IBM Mono2Micro uses AI developed by IBM Research to analyse large enterprise applications and advise how to best adapt them to move to the cloud. It can simplify and accelerate an otherwise error-prone process.
  6. IBM and Ernst and Young have established a Financial Services Centre of Excellence for hybrid cloud, offering new solutions built with Red Hat OpenShift for the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. These solutions centre around regulatory compliance, digital trust and security.
  7. A one billion dollar investment into its partner ecosystem, with new competencies, skills training and benefits to ensure partners succeed.
  8. Qiskit Runtime Software to boost quantum circuit processing speed by 120 times, making it faster and easier for developers to use quantum software. The software is containerised and hosted in the hybrid cloud and this, along with improvements in the software and processor performance, allows Qiskit Runtime to boost the speeds of quantum circuits. These circuits are the building blocks of quantum algorithms. The Qiskit Runtime enables quantum systems to run complex calculations like financial risk analysis or chemical modelling to run in hours instead of weeks.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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