IBM and Vodafone: bringing cloud and connections together


In this video, Greg Hyttenrauch, Vodafone, and Michael Valocchi, IBM, talk about how they’re jointly bringing cloud closer to the enterprise and the employees using it, making it easier for businesses to use any cloud, any data and from anywhere.

The way businesses get the most out of the cloud is always evolving. Alongside a shift from asking what to put in the cloud to how to best connect them, companies also seek more choice, speed and flexibility. And this is what the new venture between IBM and Vodafone is all about.

Both IBM and Vodafone are leaders in the field, but we have a shared belief that, by bringing our capabilities together, we can help our customers realise the potential of tomorrow.” Greg Hyttenrauch, Vodafone

Let’s say you’re a retailer. The difference between a mobile experience and a brick and mortar experience is no longer separate. It’s coming closer together. That mobile device, as you walk into the store is part of your experience. What this venture is going to help do is bring that experience closer and let that shopping experience be seamless.” Michael Valocchi, IBM

Vodafone has successfully established its cloud business to help our customers succeed in a digital world,” said Vodafone CEO Nick Read. “This strategic venture with IBM allows us to focus on our strengths in fixed and mobile technologies, whilst leveraging IBM’s expertise in multicloud, AI and services. Through this new venture we’ll accelerate our growth and deepen engagement with our customers while driving radical simplification and efficiency in our business.”1

The venture is poised to offer enterprises a variety of benefits, best-preparing them for tomorrow’s digital world, among a full stack of advanced technologies, a wealth of business expertise to tap into and new ways of thinking and doing business. After all, that’s what the future is all about.

Want to know more? Here are four articles to help you go a bit deeper on the new venture and what it could mean for a service provider like you:

  1. IBM News Room – IBM and Vodafone Business join forces to drive innovation in rapidly changing world, IBM
  2. Forbes – IBM’s ‘hybrid’ cloud to drive innovation at Vodafone and Juniper networks, Panos Mourdoukoutas
  3. Reuters – In 5G play, Vodafone and IBM link up cloud systems for business, Douglas Busvine
  4. Tech Crunch – IBM and Vodafone form cloud, 5G and AI business venture and ink $550M service deal, Ingrid Lunden

If you’d like to know more about cloud in general, you can explore a variety of topics here.

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