What do IBM Partners predict for 2021?

The rapidly growing number of IBM partners leveraging emerging technologies to create and deploy their innovations foresee a bright future.

The IBM ecosystem isn’t made up of just one company, of course, but rather an increasingly large number of innovators in their own right, all utilising the numerous advantages of a mutually beneficial partnership.

As you can see from their predictions for 2021 below, IBM partners are already preparing for last year’s unprecedented wave of digitalisation to continue, with open hybrid multicloud solutions empowering resilience even in times of uncertainty.


Rich Preece, EY Global IBM Alliance Leader

“Public cloud has impressively stood the test of dramatically increased and accelerated demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 and beyond will see enterprises continue expanding their cloud adoption, with one major difference: the complexity and diversity of workloads will be increasing significantly, along with numerous considerations, including security and compliance. Proprietary public cloud is then not enough. The new era is open, hybrid and multicloud, providing enterprises the flexibility of the right cloud for the right workload, with future-proof choice mitigating vendor lock-in.”


Jane Rygaard, Head of Edge Cloud, Nokia

“While 2020 is a year that many will want to put behind us, it has taught about the importance of connectivity and 2021 holds immense promise and potential. Acknowledging the power of like-minded partners, newly created ecosystems are poised to unleash the power of 5G, edge and cloud to help drive business transformation for telcos and enterprises. Working alongside leaders in the enterprise technology business, Nokia sees 2021 delivering strong impetus for service providers who are deploying and delivering private 5G solutions to their enterprise customers.”


Edward Choi, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Samsung

“During the pandemic, the requirements for workforce technology completely changed. 68% of employees now use multiple devices while working remotely, and 48% use more collaborative technology than they did before the pandemic. While we know that the ability to work remotely is here to stay, we also know that companies are exploring how they can safely get employees back to the workplace. Samsung is co-creating with IBM new enterprise mobility solutions to help clients with their immediate workforce technology needs, as well as their needs as they look beyond the health crisis.”


Gopinathan Krishnaswami, Senior General Manager and Global Head, Software Segment & Infrastructure Alliances, HiTech Business Unit, TCS 

“2021 will be unlike any other. We are now in a new normal where remote work is mainstream and digital innovation is vital to enterprise success. With that, we will see our customers build stronger digital resilience through the adoption of new business models (SaaSification), investment in cybersecurity and growing omnichannel customer engagement. Having industry/domain specific clouds will accelerate the adoption. Cloud migration will be absolutely crucial in each aspect. Especially as enterprises continue to operate in a borderless environment, cloud investments will enable enterprises to adapt to any future shifts in market demand with ease.”


Harmeet Chauhan, Senior Vice President, Engineering and R&D Services, Wipro Limited

“Hybrid multicloud is the way forward to address the accelerated need for digitalisation as it provides the best of breed for scalability, flexibility and end user-experience. It is estimated that over 70% of enterprises will move to hybrid multicloud platforms by 2022. In order to achieve the desired ROI, engineering challenges of security, portability and performance need to be addressed while keeping in mind strong governance and the associated costs of management. Wipro in partnership with IBM are helping enterprises achieve greater business value with multiple hybrid cloud solutions like Boundaryless Enterprise (BLE), a holistic extensible platform, ModernizR, an AI-based application portability tool, and 5G-Edge Services Solution Suite for managing complete lifecycle for Telco.”


Looking to a future of optimised support

The IBM ecosystem brings together like-minded partners who are playing a vital role in helping businesses securely migrate data and functions to the cloud, as well as adding evermore essential services, even as the cloud landscape becomes increasingly complex.

IBM are fully focused on empowering partners to efficiently achieve this, accelerating the support enabling them to meet their own business goals.

Partners can build cloud native solutions quicker via IBM’s hybrid multicloud platform, integrate leading tech into their solutions, and open up new avenues for growth.

Are you and your clients preparing for and looking forward to a brighter future?

2021 will be the year of the Internet of Behaviours, Anywhere Operations, the Cybersecurity Mesh, and Hyperautomation: so ensure you’re at the forefront of utilising them all by partnering with IBM.

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