December 16, 2021

News Flashes

IBM has announced the acquisition of SXiQ, an Australian digital transformation services company specializing in cloud applications, cloud platforms and cloud cybersecurity. SXiQ will join IBM Consulting's Hybrid Cloud Services business, helping IBM capitalize on a rapidly growing cloud professional services market which is projected to surpass $200 billion globally by 2024.

Since the emergence of cloud computing more than a decade ago, many have been waiting for a completely cloud-based, elastic database that could expand (and even contract) its footprint dynamically and would eliminate the significant opera­tional effort of maintaining a production database system.

Following the announcement of becoming an independent company, Kyndryl has expanded its cloud capabilities and commitment to delivering SAP services with its recent SAP certification for global cloud and infrastructure operations. "SAP certifications show our commitment to investing in our partnership and success for our mutual customers," said Nicolas Sekkaki, general manager, applications data and AI at Kyndryl. "This also helps Kyndryl provide quality SAP services and focus on continuous innovation at scale for our customers."

Enterprises walk a knife edge when it comes to digital transformation. They must scale their operations on the cloud, but somehow minimize complexity and disruptions. The discipline of cloud operations (CloudOps) aims to strike the right balance by intelligently provisioning resources, utilizing capacity, and mitigating issues-all with the help of cloud log analytics.

Matillion, provider of an enterprise cloud data integration platform, has announced the preview of Matillion Data Loader Version 2.0, a data loader that offers no-code connector creation, a single unified experience across batch and change data capture pipelines, and a hybrid SaaS architecture that gives enterprises control to create high-security data pipelines. Access to the new user experience is now available in public preview.

Think About It

Cloud usage in all its forms continues to grow in importance. However, in 2022, despite the ease of use, there will be a greater focus on portability and connectivity, on reining in the cost of these elastic services, and on a rebalancing of cloud versus on-prem workloads. Here, IT leaders share their perspectives on where cloud services are headed and what can be expected to change in 2022. From the impact of the Great Resignation to the possibility of a cloud vendor making its services available on another public cloud, find out what these leaders are thinking.