Seven significant announcements from IBM Think 2019

At this year’s Think 2019 the world was privy to many a critical lesson, inspiring story and valuable insight, and while the event of the year may now be wrapped up, journeys to becoming a more cognitive enterprise are almost certainly underway.

Fifty keynote speakers, 2000+ sessions and 180+ sponsors made the event a place of infinite ideas, one that played host to the innovation, insights and integrity essential to your clients’ and business partners’ transformation.

But it’s far from over, and the spotlight is not only on our technological future more than ever, but IBM itself. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of the most popular articles to come out of the event:


#1 IBM CEO reveals three core areas for moving to chapter 2 of digital transformation

By Virendra Soni – @VirendraSoni22, @Wire19s

In a keynote covering what Ginni Rimetty dubs ‘chapter two’ for digital transformation, she explains that we’re now coming out of the experimentation stage and can start to focus on gaining speed and scale.

I think this chapter two of digital and AI is about scaling now and embedding it everywhere in your business. I think this chapter two, when it comes to the cloud, is hybrid. And this chapter two is driven by mission-critical apps. But underpinning it, for all of us, is a chapter two in trust.” Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO

Read the article to find out what Ginni has to say about digital and AI, hybrid cloud and responsible stewardship.


#2 IBM drives Watson AI everywhere

By Jim McGregor – @TekStrategist, @Forbes

IBM has deployed Watson solutions in thousands of engagements with clients across 20 industries and 80 countries. Traditionally, IBM Watson was only available through IBM Cloud, but now things have changed.

IBM Watson is now available everywhere, capable of running on any cloud, whether it be private, public or hybrid. By being portable, AI can now be deployed wherever a business’ data resides. According to the MIT Sloan report, 83 per cent of enterprises agree AI represents a strategic opportunity.

Read the article to discover how the reach of the Watson platform has been extended using Kubernetes technology. More details also available in the IBM News Room Article: IBM Watson now available anywhere.


#3 IBM is all-in on hybrid cloud

By Scott Carey – @scarey102, @computerworlduk

At the time of the Red Hat acquisition in 2018, Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO said: “IBM will become the world’s number one hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.

And by 2021, 98 percent of organisations surveyed plan to adopt hybrid architectures, but just 38 percent will have the procedures and tools they need to operate that environment, according to the IBM Institute for Business Value.

So, at Think, IBM announced plans to help businesses migrate, integrate and manage applications and workloads seamlessly and with security across any cloud and on-premises IT environment, through new hybrid cloud offerings. Read the article to find out more about how IBM is going to help clients go truly hybrid.

More details also available in the IBM News Room article: IBM Unveils New Offerings for Faster and More Secured Path to Hybrid Cloud. See what SiliconANGLE wrote about this, too.


#4 IBM helps organizations monitor their workers’ safety with Watson IoT


Whether it be on the factory floor, drilling into the earth, climbing a cell tower or sitting in a forklift, workers around the world in many industries face environments prone to rapid and sometimes unexpected changes.

As a result, major collaborations with Garmin Health, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone have been announced, with the aim of creating IoT integrated wearables, capable of monitoring worker safety in hazardous environments.

Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace” said Kareem Yusuf Ph.D., general manager, IBM Watson IoT.

The name of the product? IBM Maximo Worker Insights. It works by using biometric and environmental data to help identify dangers or risk. This is truly next-level IoT. Get the full story in the article.


#5 in 5 IBM’s 5-in-5 foretells life-changing tech in five years

By Admire Moyo, @ITWeb

The world is in constant flux, populations are on the rise, but land is on the decrease. With that in mind, we need to start getting more efficient at what we do and start tackling the challenges caused by what we don’t do well enough.

ITWeb talks about the innovations IBM believes have the potential to change so much, from the way we work, live and interact. Read the article to learn more about digital farming, blockchain being used to prevent waste, mapping the microbiome, AI sensors detecting pathogens and radical recycling.

The video ‘From seed to shelf’ showcases five innovations set to transform the food supply chain in the next five years. The 5-in-5 blog we wrote last year also makes for an interesting read.


#6 IBM announces additional $25 million investment to put technology to work saving lives


Designed to speed recovery in the wake of natural disasters, IBM’s new Code and Response is a four-year deployment initiative starting off in Puerto Rico.

The aim is to unite the world’s developers and data scientists to harness the power of cloud, AI, blockchain and IoT technologies and in doing so create technologies focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities threatened by natural disasters.

Every year natural disasters affect close to 160 million people worldwide. To take a huge leap forward in effective disaster response, we must tap into the global open source ecosystem to generate sustainable solutions we can scale and deploy in the field. But we cannot do it alone.” Bob Lord, IBM Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications and Developer Ecosystems

Read the article to find out who IBM is teaming up with this year.


#7 IBM unveils new security offerings for partners at Think 2019

By Diana Blass, @CRN

In this video, Diana Blass interviews Johan Arts, VP Channels and Routes to Market at IBM Security, about the two new security offerings for partners, announced at Think this month.

Johan explains that their new managed services security program is designed to enable partners to fill the security gaps in their clients’ portfolios, while a ‘Know your IBM Security Sales Incentive’ is designed to incentivise sellers much more – a program considered as very much needed. Watch the video for the full interview and details.

In another CRN segment, Diana also speaks to Compta Emerging Business, a company using AI to fight the wildfires in California. The Portugal-based company were crowned Global Champion in the Watson Build Awards at Think 2019. Their solution uses spectrometric analysis technology to detect fires automatically, which not only helps detect fires at the earliest possible stage but helps recommend the most appropriate firefighting measures. Watch the interview for the full story.


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Think 2019 highlights. With so many exciting developments across industries, in businesses, through partnerships, with solutions, and with so much potential at our fingertips, it really does show that if we work together, what we can achieve in our work, our lives and in the world is almost limitless.

As we talk about new chapters this year, we know only too well that next year will bring new ones, and we can’t wait to see what they are. Of course, this blog is just a snapshot of the events and announcement that occurred at Think 2019, so if you’d like to find out what else went on, here are a few good places to start:

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