IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to step down: Analysing the cloud strategy and in-tray for the new boss

Analysis IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty is to step down in April after more than eight years at the helm, with senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna taking over.

Krishna, who was a contributing factor in IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat in 2018, will become only the 10th CEO in the Armonk giant’s 106-year history. Jim Whitehurst, chief executive of Red Hat, will become president, while Rometty will serve as executive chairman until her retirement at the end of the year.

“Arvind is the right CEO for the next era at IBM,” Rometty said in a statement. “He is a brilliant technologist who has played a significant role in developing our key technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain. He is well-positioned to lead IBM and its clients into the cloud and cognitive era.”

Rometty’s eight-year tenure oversaw IBM’s entry into the cloud as a serious player and continued leadership in R&D, particularly around emerging technologies; IBM’s run of being awarded the most patents now stretches to 27 consecutive years. In an era where cloud events have become supersized – the last re:Invent attracted 60,000 attendees – Rometty’s oratorial skill will be missed. Yet the storytelling around the entirety of the company did not quite match.

The bottom line will be where many of the think pieces point; IBM only broke a run of 22 straight quarters of declining revenue in January 2018, and it will ensure something of a mixed legacy for Rometty. Comparisons can certainly be made between Krishna’s ascendance and Satya Nadella taking the helm at Microsoft in 2014 – and look what has happened there.

But things are a little more complicated than that.

Speaking to this publication earlier this month, Nick McQuire, senior vice president enterprise at CCS Insight, noted how enterprise organisations were increasingly looking to deeper integrations with Microsoft and Google’s clouds by combining SaaS and other services with infrastructure.

IBM’s different business units, which are legion, do not have quite the same symmetry. Where else for instance explores all kinds of emerging tech, from blockchain to quantum, while still having a thriving mainframe business?

Bill Mew, a 16-year IBM veteran who now heads up cybersecurity consultancy Crisis Team, describes the continued balance sheet decline as a ‘sorry legacy’ for Rometty. Yet this should not be taken personally. Rather, it is indicative of where IBM is today.

“It shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of Rometty herself,” Mew tells CloudTech. “She was an enormously driven person who had a winning mentality, and she did her darnedest to turn the machine around and make it capitalise on some of the opportunities it had – but that didn’t enable her to do so.”

McQuire argues the new leadership team looks good on paper. “The combination is a good start and a good decision in terms of the next phase for IBM,” McQuire tells CloudTech. “It’s a good mix of having an individual [Krishna] who had been instrumental in some of the more important emerging areas of IBM strategy over the last number of years. Equally, having Whitehurst in there, almost an outsider looking in, is also quite valuable.

“It is an important next chapter – the role we’ll see in the market as not only the cloud market changes, but also as IBM changes,” adds McQuire.

As we have already seen, turning a ship the size of IBM around is no easy feat. For Mew, the fact that SoftLayer and Watson were opportunities which fell by the wayside exemplifies that virtually any executive could be placed in charge and they would struggle, although he notes his ‘enormous respect’ for Krishna and Whitehurst, and admits his view may be portrayed as cynical.

“They’ve spent an absolute fortune on Red Hat and it has to start to deliver soon,” says Mew. “You’ve seen growth in one quarter, but a large amount of that was for the latest mainframe. The question still exists about how credible [their] turnaround strategy is, and is the change in leadership going to make much difference?

“I have enormous respect for the guys stepping into her shoes,” Mew adds. “Again they are very capable, but again the question is – is IBM as an organisation going to innovate at the pace of AWS and others? I just don’t see it happening.”

McQuire notes comparing IBM directly to AWS’ mammoth growth, as a way of summarising Rometty’s legacy, is a ‘little bit unfair.’ Yet he does argue SoftLayer was a ‘victim’ of IBM not fully committing to the cloud when it should have done.

As a result, IBM remains firmly a second-tier player, behind the hyperscalers. Yet there are major customers out there. AT&T is an example, although the telecoms giant is also using Microsoft, given the latter stole IBM’s thunder somewhat in July by announcing their partnership within hours of the initial news.

McQuire believes the big-ticket clients will react to the move positively overall, noting the strategy behind the transition. Indeed, listening to Rometty’s keynotes offered a sense of this transition. At Think in February, the message was around the second wave of cloud; one which is open and has hybrid and multi-cloud at its core, but is secured and managed properly.

For IBM to succeed in this second wave, the corporate story has to tie together more seamlessly. “Ginni Rometty put some foundations in place – and some of the latest numbers, looking at the services side of the business, specifically around Red Hat as well, you’re starting to see a flywheel effect happening between the hybrid and multi-cloud and Red Hat capabilities that IBM has to market, with the services business,” says McQuire.

“The question there is – how can they create a cohesive vision that combines both the cloud business and the services business?”

Whether you see your glass as half-full or half-empty, the answer to that question is going to be an intriguing one as Krishna sets up for his new role.

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IT Pro 20/20: What the year ahead holds for technology

Cloud Pro

31 Jan, 2020

Welcome to the first issue of IT Pro 20/20, a brand new digital magazine that brings all of the month’s most important tech issues into clear view.

Each month, we will shine a spotlight on the content that we feel every IT professional should be aware of, only in a condensed version that can be read on the go, at a time that suits you.

This month’s issue is all about the year ahead. We put to you our predictions of what the industry is likely to face over the next twelve months, including the technology likely to dominate news headlines.

We’ve also got a handful of exclusive articles for you that you won’t find online:

  • First, we take a look at whether 2020’s job candidates really need a degree to get ahead in the IT industry.
  • We’ve also commissioned our own postmortem examination of the now sadly departed Windows 7 to see what made it so successful.

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AWS secures $9.95bn in Q419 revenues to beat expectations – and maintain market share

Amazon Web Services (AWS) posted revenues of $9.95 billion (£7.59bn) in its most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations.

The results represent a 34% increase on Q418, while the full-year figure, of $35bn, are 36.5% up on 2018. The third quarter saw revenues of $8.99bn, with AWS contributing 11% of Amazon’s total pot, a figure remaining conistent with previous quarters.

As with previous quarters, Amazon does not go in for self-aggrandising prepared remarks, with chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky again taking questions. Most of the questions were on the subject of AWS and wider growth patterns.

“As we see it here, we grew from a $30 billion revenue run rate at the end of 2018 to a $40bn revenue run rate at the end of 2019 – so we continue to be happy with our top line growth,” said Olsavsky. “We had a larger dollar increase in revenue both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter – so we’re very happy with the progress of the revenue and our adoption and acceptance by customers.”

The three letters of AWS saw a grand total of 68 mentions in the press materials. This represented a downturn from 79 this time last year. Many of the quarterly updates came as a result of the releases from re:Invent at the start of December, including new products for machine learning training kit SageMaker, as well as Amazon Braket, a service for developers to experiment with quantum computing facilities.

Alongside this, the general availability of hybrid cloud offering Outposts was announced, as well as a major partnership with Verizon. The latter was seen as a showcase for AWS Wavelength, a service which aims to offer ultra-low latency applications for 5G devices. Primary customers announced this quarter were the Bundesliga, going all-in on AWS and adding to the firm’s cadre of sporting clients, as well as Best Western Hotels, again announced at re:Invent.

The primary news from the past three months, however, was a blow from AWS’ perspective, with the awarding of the $10 billion-rated JEDI government cloud computing contract to Microsoft. AWS has confirmed it is appealing the ruling.

While slowing growth is to be expected given the speed at which AWS rose – and it was a cause for concern for analysts last quarter – Synergy Research argues that at 34% growth, AWS still holds a steady one third of the market. Microsoft, for whom Azure grew 62%, has risen by up to three percentage points year over year, according to Synergy estimates.

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Dropbox finally fills vacant COO role amid company transformation

Roland Moore-Colyer

31 Jan, 2020

Dropbox has named former Google Cloud executive Olivia Nottebohm as its chief operating officer, filling a job role that has been vacant for more than a year.

The appointment of Nottebohm comes at a time when Dropbox is undergoing a major overhaul of its company and services. It’s looking to centre its business around a workspace app called Spaces, which can facilitate the file synching and sharing of Dropbox, and will work closely with other productivity tools such as Slack.

Effectively, Dropbox is working towards becoming an enterprise collaboration workspace designed for use across multiple devices and enable better task management, and thus see it evolve from beyond a cloud-based file storage platform.

Some elements of the new Dropbox could see the company compete with Google’s G Suite, which would mean Nottebohm would be helping Dropbox challenge her former employer.

But Nottebohm seems prepared to help lead a new Dropbox into the 2020s.

“As a mother my whole day is fragmented, and I am constantly switching frames,” she said, Reuters reported. “The vision of de-cluttering in a work environment is a very powerful message. We see in our customers that they are constantly changing frames and topics.”

While she was at Google Cloud, Nottebohm was the vice president responsible for selling to small and medium-sized businesses, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see her take that expertise and use it to help the redesigned Dropbox target that market.

Nottebohm will be taking the place of Dennis Woodside, the former COO who left the company in September 2018. Woodside helped grow Dropbox’s sales force and helped the company pursue larger customers.

He also helped oversee the creation of Dropbox’s own cloud infrastructure to help the company become less reliant on Amazon Web Service’s cloud storage services.

After Woodside left, the position of COO was vacant for some 16 months, with Dropbox showing no intention to fill it at the time of Woodside’s departure.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty steps down

Bobby Hellard

31 Jan, 2020

IBM has promoted Arvind Krishna to CEO after Ginni Rometty announced she was stepping down from the role and will retire at the end of the year. 

The change marks the end of a 39-year career for Rometty, eight of which were at the top as its CEO. She will stay on as executive chairman of the board until the end of the year before retiring. Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst will replace Rometty as the company’s president.

In a statement, Rometty said that Krishna and Whitehurst were a “proven technical and business-savvy leadership team”.

“Arvind has grown IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software business and led the largest acquisition in the company’s history,” Rometty said. “He is well-positioned to lead IBM and its clients into the cloud and cognitive era.”

“Jim is also a seasoned leader who has positioned Red Hat as the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services, and has been quickly expanding the reach and benefit of that technology to an even wider audience as part of IBM.”

Virginia ‘Ginni’ Rometty’s career at IBM started in 1981 as a systems analyst. She spent her first ten years working in many technical positions and went on to led the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. She spent the 1990’s working in sales before taking on a number of leadership roles in the next decade.

On New Year’s Day 2012, Rometty became IBM’s ninth CEO as well as its first female chief executive. During her time at the helm, the company set up a number of partnerships with the likes of Apple, SAP and Box, reportedly taking it into higher-growth areas such as cloud and AI.

“Ginni has provided outstanding leadership for IBM, substantially transforming the company and ushering in a new cloud and cognitive era,” said Michael Eskew, lead director of IBM’s Board. “She has taken bold strategic actions to reposition IBM for the future, shedding businesses and growing new units organically and through acquisition, all while achieving record diversity and employee engagement and setting the industry standard for responsible technology ethics and data stewardship.”

She steps down as CEO with the company recently reporting its first-quarter growth since 2018, fueled largely by its cloud division.

Microsoft posts more strong financials and 62% Azure growth – with differentiation key to success

Microsoft saw its Azure business grow 62% in its most recent quarter after posting total revenues of $36.9 billion (£28.2bn) – yet chief executive Satya Nadella was keen to note the breadth of Azure’s stack as well as the bottom line.

The company’s Q220 figures, as ever divided into three primary revenue buckets, saw its ‘intelligent cloud’ stream increase 26% year over year to $11.8bn. ‘Productivity and business processes’ also hit $11.8bn at a yearly rise of 17%, while the ‘more personal computing’ category saw a negligible 1.6% yearly growth to $13.2bn – although a 19% quarterly rise. Total revenues were up 13% on Q219.

“In terms of the Azure momentum, it’s the sort of thing that we have seen even in the previous quarters,” Nadella said in response to an analyst question. “We have a stack that is, from infrastructure to the PaaS services, fairly differentiated.”

Among the products Nadella brought into focus were Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) tool, and Azure Synapse Analytics, formerly Azure SQL Data Warehouse and rebadged in November. Maersk and Vodafone were cited as key of the more than 3,500 Sentinel customers – “recent CIO surveys affirm our leadership and strong structural position”, Nadella said – while Synapse was praised as a ‘very competitive product’.

Microsoft has had a very busy three months. On the product side, the launch of Azure Arc at MS Ignite in November took the headlines, following on from AWS Outposts and Google Anthos. At the time the company noted hybrid cloud capabilities ‘must enable apps to run seamlessly across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge devices.’

Hence emphasis on the breadth of portfolio. “The fact that we have a control plane for hybrid computing that is multi-cloud, multi-edge… that’s a pretty differentiated aspect of it,” said Nadella, answering a question on Azure momentum. “The data side, both on the transactions, on the OLTP (online transaction processing) side, as well as on the analytics side, we now have cloud-native databases… that’s what you see play out in terms of customer adoption and the growth there.”

On the partnership side, three deals stood out. In October, Microsoft and SAP struck an agreement featuring SAP’s Embrace project, which aims to help customers become ‘intelligent enterprises’ by utilising the hyperscaler public clouds. It was written as a ‘preferred cloud’ deal, signifying a big win for Microsoft; Nadella described it in the earnings call as ‘exclusive’. A month later, Microsoft expanded upon its partnership with AT&T, running Azure services on AT&T’s burgeoning 5G network, while Salesforce said it was migrating various suites in another ‘preferred cloud’ tie-up.

With regard to customers, the announcement in October that Microsoft had secured the $10bn JEDI government contract – pending AWS’ appeal – was the natural standout. Nadella referenced it alongside the SAP partnership as an example of winning customers through the ‘differentiated approach across the cloud and edge.’

Speaking with Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at analyst firm CCS Insight, earlier this month, it was evident how Microsoft’s wider strategy was beginning to blossom. Microsoft’s decision to not publish specific cloud revenues – alongside Google – was previously a sign of weakness; now, while the obfuscation may frustrate the financial analysts, many accept the wider strategy at play.

“You see companies, typically from the CEO down, that are all-in on transformation, seeing the workplace environment and internal side of the house as part of that,” McQuire told CloudTech at the time. “That’s typically where you will see companies go a little bit deeper with a Google or Microsoft; they will embed the entirety of their SaaS applications capabilities in and around decision making for their infrastructure as a service as well. That approach very much favours Microsoft.”

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Check Point spots two flaws in Microsoft Azure

Nicole Kobie

30 Jan, 2020

Check Point security researchers spotted flaws in Microsoft Azure that could have let hackers take control over the cloud servers.

The work was part of a wider project looking at cloud infrastructure, dubbed “Attack the Cloud”, in which Check Point wants to “break the assumption that cloud infrastructures are secure”.

With Microsoft Azure, the researchers spotted two flaws. The first was in Azure Stack, and could have let criminals take screenshots or see other sensitive information by taking advantage of a vulnerability in the “DataService” function, which didn’t require authentication.

“This security flaw would enable a hacker to get sensitive information of any business that has its machine running on Azure,” the researchers said. “In order to execute the exploitation, a hacker would first gain access to the Azure Stack Portal, enabling that person to send unauthenticated HTTP requests that provide screenshots and information about tenants and infrastructure machines.”

The second flaw was in the Azure App Service, where businesses provision and deploy apps and business processes, and could have allowed hackers to take control of a server.

“The end result would be that a hacker could potentially take control over the entire Azure server, and consequently take control over all your business code,” the researchers said.

The researchers could get into applications, see data and take over accounts by creating a free user in Azure Cloud and running malicious functions.

“Exploiting this vulnerability in all of the plans could allow us to compromise Microsoft’s App Service infrastructure,” the researchers explain. “However, exploiting it specifically on a Free/Shared plan could also allow compromising other tenant apps, data, and account.”

Check Point disclosed the findings to Microsoft in January and June last year, with patches for both issued at the end of 2019. The first flaw was awarded $5,000 from Microsoft’s bug bounty programme; the second earned $40,000.

The researchers emphasised in a report on the second flaw that while the cloud is “considered safe”, it can still have vulnerabilities: “The cloud is not a magical place.”

Avast shutters Jumpshot unit in wake of data privacy concerns

Dale Walker

30 Jan, 2020

Avast has announced it will be closing down its Jumpshot data analytics unit, only a day after launching an internal investigation into data-sharing practices following user complaints.

On Tuesday, the company was accused of collecting customer online behaviour data and passing it on to its Jumpshot unit, where it was then sold to third parties, according to an investigation by PC Mag and Motherboard.

Avast has denied the allegations contained in the report and, according to company CEO Ondrej Vlcek, both Avast and Jumpshot have “acted fully within legal bounds” and have “committed themselves to 100% GDPR compliance”.

However, announcing the decision on Thursday, Vlcek said that a review of Avast’s practices revealed that the “data collection business is not in line with our privacy priorities as a company”.

“Protecting people is Avast’s top priority and must be embedded in everything we do in our business and in our products. Anything to the contrary is unacceptable,” said Vlcek.

“I firmly believe it will help Avast focus on and unlock its full potential to deliver on its promise of security and privacy. And I especially thank our users, whose recent feedback accelerated our decision to take quick action,” he added. “As CEO of Avast, I feel personally responsible and I would like to apologize to all concerned.”

Vlcek also said the decision would impact “hundreds” of Jumpshot employees and customers, but that it was “the right thing to do”.

Avast intends to continue paying Jumpshot vendors and suppliers in full during the wind-down process, and will begin notifying customers shortly. It also added that the closure would not affect its 2019 fiscal results.

Having once led the anti-virus market, Avast is now considered the fifth-largest provider of security software behind Symantec, McAfee, ESET and Bitdefender.

Hybrid cloud environments: A guide to the best applications, workloads, and strategies

Nowadays, developers at pretty much every company require quick IT response time, self-service deployments, and a good user experience. And when it comes to line of business (LoB) activities, they don’t hesitate to bypass IT if they’re not satisfied with their current options. The result is that the past several years has seen the shift of applications and workloads deployed to a hybrid cloud model, with a mix of traditional on premise, private and public cloud platforms.

Yet the integration and orchestration of workloads between these various platforms means that there are factors companies must be aware of if they are to realise the cost and efficiency benefits they’re looking for from cloud services.

The hybrid cloud model: evolution, development and deployment

At first, companies ran their applications, data, and compute power on local servers on-premise. Some organisations utilised virtualisation technology for their IT infrastructures, with the intent of optimising the on-premise environment. As more companies established private cloud platforms, and developers continued looking for ways to deliver releases even more quickly, they began moving some workloads to public cloud services.

There’s been a natural evolution to hybrid cloud environments and the 'tyre kicking' has stopped. Yet there are questions to consider when weighing the pros and cons of designating different workloads within hybrid clouds.

Which applications and workloads to which cloud?

A good approach is to keep in mind the three main cloud buckets as options within a hybrid cloud environment: traditional, private, and public clouds.  Which applications and workloads belong in which bucket?

Since the first step is to know what questions to ask, here are a few to start with.

  • Should it stay in the “vault”? When hybrid cloud and multi-cloud were new concepts, integrating cloud environments posed security and privacy concerns. There’s an old joke that the formula for Bush’s Baked Beans and Coke always stays in the vault. Companies may still want to keep their secret sauce — critical applications and workloads — in traditional environments on prem and designate low criticality, low complexity workloads to public clouds. Overtime, we’re seeing less and less of that thinking, but it’s still a consideration
  • Which workload to which cloud? Due to incentives and potential license costs savings, it may be more cost effective to run legacy Oracle workloads in Oracle Cloud, Microsoft workloads in Azure, and so on. New applications may make sense to develop and deploy on AWS because of the rich set of DevOps tools available in AWS
  • What’s the most efficient way to handle fluctuating workloads? When applications have computing and storage requirements that are highly variable for whatever reasons, say a website is extremely busy only during certain periods, “cloud bursting” may make sense.  Use an on-premises private cloud to handle normal workload and automate the scale-up to burst peak workloads to a public cloud
  • Will a do-it-yourself cloud migration work? Many companies start off attempting cloud migration themselves, especially if they are currently managing their own legacy environment and want to move to a hybrid cloud environment. Perhaps they’re currently using Azure and have employees trained on Azure. However, a business case justifies moving or creating new applications on AWS. Some companies attempt to take that same Azure-skilled workforce, expecting that knowledge to apply to AWS, and handle the integration between the two environments. It isn’t that easy.

There are tools, technologies, frameworks, and processes specific to Azure and vice versa, those that are unique to AWS. There’s a steep learning curve between them and companies have two options. If they don’t want to rely entirely on the skills of in-house staff, they can seek help from a partner or a systems integrator. Another option is to reach out directly to cloud providers who typically have some level of consulting built into the cloud platform in the form of tutorials, knowledgebase articles, training classes or training videos that can make the migration easier.

Final thoughts

Most companies that I’ve worked with over the past three to four years, if not longer, eventually want to move to public cloud. They may already have a public cloud strategy in place. Yet they don’t plan to get rid of their traditional or private clouds in the near future. They’re cherry picking workloads that make sense to move to public cloud. Other companies have a cloud-first strategy with the goal-in-mind to move or create new applications on public cloud only until they can eventually decommission their legacy on-prem infrastructure and/or private cloud.

In summary, a hybrid cloud strategy is a must have in the foreseeable future. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their experiences and use-cases? Attend the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

SAP announces solid Q419 revenues – but decline in new cloud bookings causes concern

SAP announced solid cloud revenues for its most recent quarter and noted it hit all of its revenue targets in 2019 – yet a quarterly downturn in new cloud customers caused some concern.

For Q4 2019, cloud revenue was at €1.90bn, up 35% from this time last year. Combined cloud and software revenues were €6.85bn, up 8% from Q418, while total revenues, of €8.04bn, also rose 8% year on year.

Yet while new cloud bookings rose 19% in Q4 to €878 million, it represented a significant decline from 39% the previous quarter. Alongside this, just over half of the rise in Q4 was attributed to a significant on-premises customer committing to move the majority of its SAP portfolio to the cloud over the coming three years.

This is one potential area of interest going forward. As this publication reported in October, SAP announced it was going with Microsoft Azure for a ‘preferred cloud’ partnership. This related to the launch of Embrace, SAP’s blueprint to help customers become ‘intelligent enterprises’ by utilising the hyperscaler clouds. At the time of the Microsoft partnership, and while Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud were noted, Microsoft was the only beneficiary of this extended partnership. The cloud to which this on-prem customer was migrating was, naturally, Azure.

Key customers SAP cited in this quarter were Deutsche Telekom, Ford and Lockheed Martin, who all went live on ERP behemoth S/4HANA. Ford was noted as a customer with no previous SAP experience replacing competitors’ software at scale, alongside British Telecom and Tech Mahindra.

Vodafone, meanwhile, was singled out for special mention as it went live on a single global instance. Co-CEO Christian Klein noted the case study was a ‘perfect example of a hybrid landscape… licensing and operating a combination of on-premise and cloud technology, allowing them to gradually transition to cloud at their own speed.’

As regular industry watchers will know, SAP insisted the journey from moving on-prem revenues to cloud would be a long one. There were other benefits noted: Klein said capex had dropped 45% in spite of supporting a much larger cloud ecosystem.

Plans for 2020, Klein noted, included integrating acquired cloud assets, sustainability, as well as vertical-centric solutions. It was ‘a big lever to further accelerate ERP market share gains’, he added. One such recent example of movement in this area was a partnership with Accenture to cover cloud for utilities. Klein added the estimated market size for vertical cloud solutions would be more than €150 billion by 2023.

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