IBM Named Market Leader in Critical Cloud Segments

IBM Named Market Leader in Critical Cloud Segments

By Rory Lidstone, Contributing Writer  |  April 18, 2016

IBM (News - Alert) has been named a market leader in not one, but three separate Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) reports. These segments—DevOps Release Management, Application Lifecycle Management and Agile (News - Alert) Project Management—are each considered critical to the fast and competitive development of software for hybrid cloud environments. As such, the reports essentially highlight IBM’s success delivering essential solutions to companies building advanced hybrid cloud applications.

Being named in these reports also serves to acknowledge IBM as a leader in execution, technology and market impact. IBM recently proved its devotion to excellence by partnering with SanDisk (News - Alert) to address data center issues via next generation, software defined, all-flash storage solutions.

In Ovum’s (News - Alert) reports, IBM managed high scores for its ability to provide organizations with a superior application development environment, along with a complete portfolio of solutions that provide speed and quality of application delivery. Indeed, IBM’s development toolbox includes more than 140 APIs and services allowing companies to leverage the most competitive technologies today, including DevOps, Blockchain, IoT, security, data analytics and more.

"We see IBM taking great strides to give companies the platform and tools they need to manage a variety of business challenges," said Michael Azoff, principal analyst at Ovum. "Very few vendors we evaluated offer the broad range of capabilities, support and global reach that IBM provides. By bringing to bear advanced tools and seamless integration with existing data and systems, IBM is definitely winning over the hearts and minds of developers. IBM's decade-long leadership in application lifecycle management has made it uniquely qualified to solve multi-speed IT and product challenges in the enterprise."

All three Ovum Decision Matrix reports evaluated roughly a dozen vendors on varying criteria like technology features, ability to execute and overall market impact. When evaluating these vendors, Ovum acknowledged that digital transformation is taking place across all industries, with software driving added value and product differentiation, and DevOps transforming the way software is created. It favored single holistic solution that perform release management, orchestration and automation.

Aside from placing IBM at the top of the DevOps Release Management, Application Lifecycle Management and Agile Project Management segments, Ovum gave IBM high praise for enabling enterprises to establish disciplined processes in regulated environments. This includes providing solutions suitable for delivering software in multi-speed IT environments across traditional, custom or hybrid cloud environments.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi