Following the spin-off of its managed infrastructure services into a separate company called Kyndryl last November, the big question for Armonk, New York-based IBM was how the company will develop its ability to monetize its software offerings and expertise.
At the time of the spin-off, IBM CEO Arvind Krishnan divided the company’s strategy into three main themes:
- Refocus the company to optimize its technology and business experience.
- Refocusing their entire portfolio around hybrid cloud and AI.
- Revitalize your ecosystem with an expanded network of business partners.
The goal, he said, was to overcome the most common barriers to innovation that he identified as closed systems, proprietary technologies, untrusted AI, and insufficient security.
This week the company has taken a big step forward in this area with the release of Unified Key Orchestrator. Unified Key Orchestrator brings together IBM’s automation, hybrid cloud expertise and encryption capabilities to give enterprises a clearer understanding of their data security and data strategy.
Built specifically for the hybrid cloud world, the new service offers businesses data security wherever it resides, whether it’s stored in the IBM cloud, in other clouds, or on-premises.
In the announcement, IBM cited a Research perspectives finding that found that the average business uses more than nine cloud environments at any given time, exposing the business to more threats from malicious actors. The new service offers a cloud-based way to help organizations manage encryption keys across multiple cloud environments with a unified view, helping demonstrate compliance and strengthen security.
The release is timely. A recent report from IBM Business Value Institute in cooperation with Oxford Economics found that 80% of C-Suite respondents rated the ability to have governance and compliance tools running across multiple cloud states as “important” or “extremely important.” This makes cryptographic keys that protect critical data distributed across many platforms not only desirable, but essential.
While security and encryption keys aren’t necessarily the glamorous part of digital workplace technology, they are an essential part of the puzzle. According to the latest data breach report from IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach in 2021 was $4.24 million, 10% higher than the average cost in 2019. It is unlikely to improve in the future. short term.
Hyland Expands Content Service Offerings
For the past two years, based in Westlake, Ohio, Hyland has been busy on both the product development and acquisition fronts in an attempt to keep up with the growth of remote work. This week the company the focus was on product developmentthrough a series of releases that introduce improvements to all of its platforms.
Specifically, the releases support new business demands related to the remote and hybrid workplace through simplified cloud storage and management options, new automation capabilities, seamless and secure integrations with essential business applications, and increased scalability for installations of all sizes.
The additions include Alfresco updates, which Hyland acquired in 2020 in an effort to help more organizations achieve digital transformation goals. Enhancements include additions to the Alfresco Content Connector for AWS S3/Glacier and Azure, which simplify storage management and add support for lower-cost storage tiers in AWS and Azure.
Additional enhancements have also been made to support complex enterprise business processes within Alfresco Process Services to improve security, task timers, and asynchronous job support.
Hyland has made several updates to its RPA aimed at simplifying bot deployment, providing more visibility into automated tasks, offering secure and convenient integrations, and an improved user experience. The latest version of the product enables organizations to orchestrate end-to-end automation with the newly developed Web Manager.
Hyland also announced a new healthcare solution, the Hyland Clinician Window, which gives clinicians access to more than 75% of patient information that does not normally reside in the electronic medical record (EMR). workflow.
Finally, it has announced the release of Perceived Content Foundation 22.1, which updates its Perceptual Experience Content Apps with functional improvements, updated controls and configuration options, among other new features.
Hyland has been firing on all cylinders for some time now. It followed its acquisition of Alfresco in 2020 with the acquisition of Nuxeo in April 2021. It spent the first six months of 2021 devising a strategy for its newly expanded portfolio, which it is now executing on, as noted by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for Information Services. content last October.
However, Gartner also noted that the company had purchased two major content services solutions in the last 12 months with significant overlaps. While Hyland is actively marketing OnBase, Alfresco and Nuxeo as CSPs (Content Services Platforms), there is significant overlap between these and, in particular, Alfresco and Nuxeo in terms of capabilities and target customers.
This is unlikely to slow the pace of development, so expect to see more movement in this space next year.
Microsoft Teams gets another translation integration
You may remember that based in San Jose, California, zoom bought Kites GmbH, a German-based live translation service last year. The goal was to help the Zoom engineering team improve meeting productivity and efficiency by providing multi-language translation capabilities for Zoom users.
For global companies, this offered teams around the world, not just those in English-speaking countries, the ability to collaborate.
Microsoft clearly thought it was a smart idea because now real-time translation functionality introduced to video calls in Teams. The service is provided by playwhose cloud-based translation offerings have been integrated into Microsoft Teams.
The plugin allows meeting organizers to add a language switcher to any Teams meeting, allowing participants to speak, listen, and participate in their own language. Interpreters can work from anywhere in the world and deliver interpretation in real time.
It also gives Microsoft customers access to a large network of professional interpreters, who book meetings on demand. Once a session has started, users can switch between the original audio source and the interpreter’s translation via a drop-down menu.
Late last year, New York City-based KUDO, which develops a multilingual web conferencing platform with human-powered simultaneous interpretation, also integrated its platform with Microsoft Teams. That integration gave Microsoft customers the option of real-time interpretation in more than 200 spoken and signed languages by adding KUDO to any Teams meeting from Microsoft AppSource.
While it’s unlikely that Microsoft was eyeing Zoom when it entered these partnerships, they will make Teams much more flexible and attractive to global and multilingual businesses. While not an ideal situation as they are not native offerings, partnerships with Interprefy and KUDO will help fill a vexing functionality gap.
New VMWare Storage and Data Management Offering
Elsewhere, based in Palo Alto, California vmware has introduced Cloud Flex Storage. The new offering will provide a scalable, elastic, and natively integrated storage and data management service that is fully managed by VMware.
VMware Cloud Flex Storage combines cloud-native abstractions to improve performance and cost for traditional and modern workloads. It is based on a mature enterprise-class file system that was developed over many years and dates back to Datrium’s DHCP storage product that VMware acquired in July 2020. There are three key use cases for VMware Cloud Flex Storage:
- Smooth and cost-effective cloud migration.
- Expansion of the elastic data center.
- Scaling storage-intensive workloads.
VMWare stated in a blog post announcing the solution which will initially focus on offering a fully managed and natively integrated service for VMware Cloud on AWS. According to the company, the driver behind the launch was the emergence of an increasingly distributed and diverse model for storage and data. Over time, the company intends to offer VMware Cloud Flex Storage as a consistent, multi-cloud experience.
HP buys collaboration solutions provider Poly for $3.3 billion
Finally this week, based in Palo Alto, California hp announced a definitive agreement to acquire the San Jose, California-based company polytechnic school a global provider of video, audio and conference room hardware to support collaboration in the workplace, in a cash deal worth $3.3 billion.
The acquisition accelerates HP’s strategy to create greater traction in the hybrid workspace as the divide between home and office environments drives new technology demands. In a joint statement, HP and Poly stated that they intend to offer a complete ecosystem of digital devices, software and services to create premium experiences for employees, improve workforce productivity and provide enterprise customers with better visibility, information and security.
HP said that Poly will help drive growth and the scale of HP’s peripherals and workforce solutions businesses. Peripherals represent a $110 billion segment opportunity growing 9% annually, driven by the need for more immersive experiences.