Ovum Releases Report Card on App Development for Hybrid Cloud

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By: James O'Brien|

In a new three-category assessment, research firm Ovum awarded IBM high rankings for its pursuit of app development for hybrid cloud environments. According to eWeek, Ovum marked IBM’s hybrid cloud efforts in development operations, app lifecycle management and agile project management (APM) as market-leadership level.

“Very few vendors we evaluated offer the broad range of capabilities, support and global reach that IBM provides,” Michael Azoff, principal analyst at Ovum, said in a prepared statement. “By bringing to bear advanced tools and seamless integration with existing data and systems, IBM is definitely winning over the hearts and minds of developers. IBM’s decade-long leadership in application lifecycle management has made it uniquely qualified to solve multispeed IT and product challenges in the enterprise.”

IBM Platforms Drive App Development for Hybrid Cloud

IBM’s Bluemix platform drove much of the accolade in the Ovum reports. According to eWeek, Bluemix delivers more than 140 services to developers and enterprises, among them IBM Watson, security and data analytics. Up to 20,000 developers bring on Bluemix solutions every week, and some 120,000 apps are built with Bluemix every month.

Further, UrbanCode, which IBM acquired in 2013, gives developers access to mobile, mainframe, hardware and cloud services. IBM’s APM environment also received high marks — the Ovum evaluation noted the company offers collaborative and integrated tools along open-source channels.

IBM’s Growth as a Hybrid Cloud Leader

IBM has been the recipient of other positive hybrid cloud rankings in recent months as well. As ChannelLife NZ reports, Forrester Research tagged the company as a leader in the space in January, remarking on its “deep and broad support for prebuilt application and infrastructure templates, powerful provisioning and configuration management, role-based controls and rich cost, performance and capacity management features.”

Similarly, Synergy Research flagged IBM as a top performer and leader in the private and hybrid cloud space in 2015.

The run of high marks comes as IBM positions itself as a hybrid cloud leader, InformationWeek notes. Angel Diaz, vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology at IBM, explained to the source that Bluemix is attractive to developers who want to start businesses or launch apps without IT overhead. At the same time, however, enterprises are using the technology to connect legacy systems to the cloud.

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As a journalist and writer in the branded content space, James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, writing and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work in the custom content space "sponsored content done right." He has written for major regional newspapers, and he has managed and edited established, startup and turnaround newsrooms in varied markets, from community papers to major-city dailies. He consults for firms and businesses — startups to seasoned — on the creation of effective content strategies and the establishment of practical editorial calendars for enacting them. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. in Editorial Studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, where he researched and edited Bob Dylan's other-than-song writings. He is engaged in a bibliography for Oxford University Press, covering writings about filmmaker John Cassavetes. He is the author of "The Indie Writer's Survival Guide." His short stories and poetry are published in numerous journals and magazines.

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