IBM today announced that in less than 12 months since the release of IBM Cloud Private – an open source technology that brings cloud capabilities to organizations running on-premises IT systems – hundreds of leading enterprises worldwide have turned to the platform to help modernize their operations. They include Singapore's Sentient.io, Vietnam's Five9 Corp, New Zealand Police, China’s Fuyao Group, Japan’s Aflac Insurance, Turkish credit bureau Kredi Kayýt Bürosu and Brazil’s Fidelity National Information Services.
Building on this momentum, IBM is announcing new advanced features for the platform, including the integration of powerful AI capabilities such as IBM Watson Assistant and IBM Watson Speech-to-Text, as well as support for additional public clouds, including IBM Cloud. The updates provide clients with even more choice and flexibility for moving to the cloud, and, for the first time, bring the power of IBM’s Watson AI behind the company firewall.
Over a dozen organizations are driving transformation with IBM Cloud Private. Among them are:
· Sentient.io, Singapore
Sentient.io, one of Singapore’s leading Artificial Intelligence companies, is working with IBM to deliver on its mission to improve everyday life by making human and machine interactions more natural and pervasive.Sentient.io has chosen IBM Cloud Private as a platform to host Singapore's first AI-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform to enable its customers to transform and automate their organizations with AI capabilities such as perception, understanding, self-learning and problem-solving. Using IBM Cloud Private, Sentient.iowill help government and enterprise clients to meet strict data security and privacy requirements, modernize existing applications by moving them to the cloud, and effectively manage the lifecycle of their digital assets
· Five9 Vietnam Corp., Vietnam
Five9 Vietnam is a fast-growing IT and cloud service provider that provides its clients with everything from mobile and analytics application development, to private and public cloud services. The company has been using IBM Cloud Private since April to design, develop and package applications as containers for easy deployment on the public cloud. From there, their clients can tap into IBM microservices, such as analytics, AI and blockchain, to extend their functionality even further.
· New Zealand Police (NZP) is using the latest technologies to transform its operations and increase its ability to address crime and keep the community safe. NZP is exploring how IBM Cloud Private and Kubernetes containers can help to modernize its existing systems as well as quickly launch new services such as a mobile-based communications system for its officers.
· Fuyao Group is China’s largest and most advanced manufacturer of automotive glass, supplying Audi, Bentley, General Motors, Toyota and other top car makers. To meet growing demand, Fuyao has embarked on a Smart Manufacturing initiative and is using IBM Cloud Private to help integrate the management of enterprise applications across its global manufacturing and business operations and ensure the free flow of information across the organization.
· Aflac Insurance, Japan, which provides financial protection for more than 50 million policyholders worldwide, has signed an agreement with IBM to help simplify and automate its IT infrastructure. With IBM Cloud Private, Aflac plans to enhance the efficiency of its operations and speed up the development of new products and services.
· Kredi Kayýt Bürosu (KKB) provides the national cloud infrastructure for Turkey’s finance industry. Last year KKB established a new data center in Ankara and is now using IBM Cloud Private to help consolidate and localize the banking systems for more than 150 members including banks and other financial services companies. With IBM Cloud Private, KKB is able to drive innovation across its financial services ecosystem while meeting the high standards for data security and privacy.
· Brazil's Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a global leader in payment processing solutions for the financial industry, has adopted IBM Cloud Private to help streamline credit card chargebacks for its Brazilian operations. IBM Cloud Private is helping FIS to orchestrate the various IT systems involved in reconciling and checking of transaction chargebacks while meeting the stringent regulatory requirements of the industry and helping to prevent fraud.
“The cloud has evolved in a very short time from being a way to cut costs to a platform for business transformation and innovation,” said Robyn Hernandez, Director, IBM Private Cloud Offering Manager. “Our IBM Cloud Private affords clients a transition to cloud that’s designed to enable them to maintain their on-premises systems on which they still depend for many mission-critical applications and sensitive data sets.”
Putting AI Inside the Enterprise
Today IBM is advancing IBM Cloud Private even further, announcing major enhancements to the platform, ranging from AI capabilities to additional public cloud support. Starting today, IBM Watson Speech-to-Text is now available with the new IBM Cloud Private version 3.1, making it the first time the tool is available in an on-premises environment. With Watson Speech-to-Text, users can automatically transcribe and analyze audio from seven different languages.
In addition, IBM Watson Assistant is now available on IBM Cloud Private. The Watson Assistant platform helps developers and non-technical users to create conversational AI solutions, from simple chatbots to complex enterprise grade solutions for customer service and more.
IBM also announced today that IBM Cloud Private is now available on the IBM Public Cloud, to help clients to easily move their enterprise workloads from on-premises systems to the public cloud in order to create hybrid cloud environments.