by: Scott Burt, Vice President of Corporate Strategies
What Are Cloud Platforms and Containers?
Cloud and container platforms — like IBM Cloud Paks — represent the future of automation in a fully managed, serverless platform with fewer human touchpoints.
Cloud and container platforms are superior to traditional implementations in that they:
- decrease maintenance and upgrade downtimes by 84%.
- reduce operating expenses by up to 75%.
- can run on-premises or in the cloud of your choice — or a hybrid of both.
- run faster and more reliably.
How Do IBM Cloud Paks Work?
IBM Cloud® Paks are AI-powered software that can help organizations build, modernize, and securely manage applications across any cloud. These paks include pre-certified enterprise-grade containerized software that provides common operations and integration frameworks.
Built on Red Hat OpenShift — the market leader for open source hybrid cloud platforms — they provide a consistent experience for an infrastructure management control plane that includes AI, automation, and security.
What Does This Mean for Your Business?
In a recent webinar about IBM Cloud Paks, Scott Burt, Vice President of Corporate Strategies at Innovative Discovery, called the service a mix of software, technology, and licensing that does not limit a user to one cloud service. “If you’re tired of expensive upgrades, excessive downtime, and a lack of flexibility, you’re looking at the future [in IBM Cloud Paks]. What used to take hours — even days — can now be done with a simple code insertion in five minutes.”
IBM Cloud Pak’s organizational benefits include:
- reduced dependency on IT with low- or no-code patches.
- greatly decreased downtime.
- freeing up SMEs for high-value tasks with embedded AI and machine learning automation.
- paying only for what you need with flexible licensing.
Another interesting benefit to the IBM Cloud Pak is the introduction of the “digital worker.” These are defined as a category of software robots trained to perform specific tasks or processes with their human colleagues.
“This is new functionality,” Burt said. “Digital workers give you the ability to insert automation into workflows and do things like extract data, classify documents, translate languages, read and send email, and make rule-based decisions and predictions.”
Digital workers can be monitored to help the transition process to increasingly automated workflows. Burt said the future will include a hybrid workforce and one in which humans work on bigger ticket projects, while digital workers do things like enter and match invoices.
Cloud and container platforms and containers offer great automation benefits, yet only 20% of businesses use them. “Traditional implementations have inherent problems like integration issues, unsupported applications, investment costs and fear, uncertainty, and doubt of the yet unknown,” Burt said. “But with IBM Cloud Paks, you can pick and choose any or all of the services and only pay for what you need.”
These services include:
- IBM Cloud Paks for Automation Products
- IBM FileNet Content Manager
- IBM Business Automation Navigator
- IBM Business Automation content Analyzer
- IBM Business Automation Insights
- IBM Operational Decision Maker / Decision Services
- IBM Business Automation Studio
- IBM Automation Workstream Services
- IBM Automation Digital Workers
- IBM Enterprise Records
- IBM Business Automation Workflow
- IBM Content Collector
- IBM Datacap
Included with these are application codes, run time, settings, system tools, libraries, and out-of-the-box dashboard and reporting abilities.