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IBM and CSC reinforce cloud adoption
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IBM and CSC reinforce cloud adoption 

Companies are after utilizing the cloud to enhance workforce performance and information access provision to gain an edge in business, without compromising on existing setup investment. IBM and CSC will focus on these needs by way of secure cloud solutions provided “as-a-service” to save costs, increase flexibility and enhance operational agility.

The new offerings will be CSC’s Center of Excellence (CoE) which includes IBM Cloud’s SoftLayer, IaaS and Bluemix. Customers can integrate and simplify deployment with CSC’s ServiceMesh Agility Platform. Vendors can purchase software and services from IBM and its ecosystem and receive support for app development, Big Data and analytics and cloud through joint marketing and consulting collaboration.

CSC and IBM believe this alliance will enhance their “service-enabled enterprise” and “as-a-service” strategy respectively, both targeting on increasing customer choice and to reinforce the potential around Big Data and “systems of engagement.” The companies also believe this will expedite their speed-to-market capabilities of securely providing for the growing customer needs.

IBM has been building a network of 40 cloud centres worldwide for its SoftLayer offerings. Since SoftLayer was acquired by IBM two years ago for $2 billion, the company has invested $1 billion on a new Watson business unit and another billion to establish Bluemix cloud PaaS to build cloud applications running on SoftLayer.

The IBM cloud hosts hundreds of SaaS and infrastructure services for IT professionals with the aim to provide IBM as a service with as few clicks as possible.

“Enhancing our partnership with IBM strengthens CSC’s strategy to modernize, mobilize, integrate, secure and manage the evolving global application ecosystem and our ability to helping clients transition to the hybrid cloud,” Jim Smith, executive VP and GM of CSC Global Business Services, said in a press release.

“By collaborating, CSC and IBM can ensure that clients put the right information into the right employee hands at the right time wherever they may be. Clients will benefit from greater choice, operational agility, cost savings, and integration flexibility when they become cloud-empowered enterprises.”

CSC’s plans
CSC plans to certify up to 2000 professionals over a three-year period on SoftLayer and Bluemix cloud services and tools like WebSphere and Cast Iron. CSC’s CoE will support joint solution definition, applications integration and customers adopting IBM technology.

To enable clients rapidly create mobile apps, CSC will offer the IBM MobileFirst application development portfolio along with CSC’s mobility services. CSC will launch a mobile healthcare program for its Lorenzo healthcare software and is also planning similar programs in the banking and insurance sectors.

CSC will add IBM’s DevOps tools for accurate app development and globally establishing a testing practice for IBM Rational services.

Based on IBM technologies like InfoSphere Streams, InfoSphere BigInsights and DB2 with BLU Acceleration, CSC’s Big Data services will combine with IBM’s analytics software to help with insight and risk management for clients.

CSC will make SoftLayer compatible with ServiceMesh Agility Platform to enable clients change SoftLayer into hybrid cloud environments.

For more information about the CSC – IBM alliance, please visit http://goo.gl/6TtSv3

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