Cloud, Watson, & Blockchain: Amalgam Insights’ View of IBM Interconnect

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Amalgam Insights (AI) recently attended IBM Interconnect under the Social Influencer program with the goal of understanding how IBM is planning to position itself in context of technology market changes, investor demands to increase revenue, and the challenges of embracing innovation as one of the largest enterprises on the planet.

In observing IBM over the past few years, AI investigators have noted in the past that IBM faces the challenge of needing to create billion-dollar businesses just to maintain existing revenue. It is not enough for IBM to create a single startup such as Pivotal or Airwatch that ends up becoming a market leader in analytic application development or enterprise mobility. To drive 80 billion+ dollars in annual revenue, IBM needs to grow enough businesses to maintain pace while simultaneously divesting cash cows and declining margin businesses that are not strategic to future growth. Over the past couple of years, this has meant selling off assets such as Salary.com and semiconductor chip manufacturing (and possibly its mainframe division) while investing deeply into systems and capabilities that will drive upcoming business capabilities.

At Interconnect, IBM provided its vision for upcoming success focused on three areas: IBM Cloud, Cognitive computing services highlighted by Watson, and the promise of Blockchain.

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The Battle for Context – Hello World!

I’ve been asked a lot over the past couple of weeks what I’m planning to do over the rest of my career. (Apparently, nobody expects you to retire at 40…) I believe that Amalgam Insights is going to provide a base to pursue what is going to happen next in the world of technology. But to explain what that means, first, I need to take a step back.

I’ve spent most of the past 20 years of my life considering how the future of applied technology will change the way that we evaluate our environments, conduct work, and better understand the world that we live in. In the mid-90s, when both personal computing and the Internet were coming into¬†ascendancy, I was fortunate to have multiple experiences introducing me to the combined power of these technologies:

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