IBM a Cloud Leader

September 15, 2013

I read “IBM Named as a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Worldwide Cloud Professional Services Vendor Assessment.” Fascinating item. The article said:

IBM was recognized in the “leaders” category in part because of its current capabilities, including customers’ feedback naming IBM’s top strengths as providing functional insights and competence, industry insights and competence and leveraging resources globally.  In addition, IBM’s future strategy related to cloud professional services contributed significantly to its position as a leader.

With the Amazon dispute over a US government contract still flickering at the edge of my consciousness, I wonder where Amazon ranks in the assessment. With cloud computing a fuzzy notion for me, what about Google? Hewlett Packard? Microsoft? Rackspace?

Perhaps the IBM news release is a good way to generate interest in one of those azure chip consultant reports?

When I know what cloud computing is, then I will be able to process a “leader” badge. In the meantime, I will let the buzzword flit right by me, hidden away in a hollow in rural Kentucky. A leader! Impressive for a $100 billion consulting and services company which uses open source search technology combined with a Rubik’s cube of acquired technology. Some of the technology is going to make cloud implementations interesting indeed.

Stephen E Arnold, September 15, 2013


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