IBM and Sogeti Forge Alliance to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Development
Sogeti to bring IBM Bluemix to developers and clients in 15 countries
ARMONK, NY and PARIS, France – June 18, 2015 – IBM and Sogeti, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, are partnering to bring IBM’s cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, to developers and clients across 15 countries worldwide to help them integrate and analyze data easier and more efficiently.
As the largest deployment of Cloud Foundry in the world, Bluemix will help Sogeti build hybrid cloud applications across public, private and on-premise infrastructure faster; leveraging IBM’s open-standards based approach to cloud to streamline integration of data.
In addition to opening access to Bluemix for its own developers, Sogeti will use it to power existing end-user solutions for commerce, the internet of things (IoT) and data analytics for clients in retail, healthcare, transportation, and energy and utilities. In fact, using its smartEngine gateway, Sogeti has already built a solution with IBM Bluemix for managing smarter buildings. By connecting sensors that use different protocols and data formats on Bluemix, Sogeti can provide clients with insights on the performance of their Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning, lighting and other energy-producing processes, which they will use to minimize energy costs, optimize environmental impact, and increase security. Sogeti will use the same combination of its smartEngine and IBM’s Internet of Things service on Bluemix to provide insights on data for clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, utilities management and more.
“As cloud continues to transform how we collaborate and work with technology, many of our clients are looking to build more and more of their apps and systems with cloud,” said Andreas Sjöström, Vice President and Global Head of Digital at Sogeti. “However, many are still hesitating to make such a transition, due to requirements around data privacy, security and performance in the cloud. With Bluemix Dedicated, we are able to help address these concerns by offering dedicated servers and cloud data centers, while still offering the highly valuable benefits of a cloud infrastructure, such as accelerated business speed, collaboration and visibility.”
This growing alliance is a testament to IBM’s continued efforts to expand its quickly evolving cloud ecosystem, embedding the IBM Cloud portfolio into the rapidly expanding community of cloud developers – a population which is expected to grow by 400 – 500 percent, according to some estimates.
“We’re constantly adding new services to the IBM Cloud to help our developer ecosystem collaborate easier, manage costs, speed time to market, communicate better with their clients and take advantage of their data to drive growth,” said Steve Robinson, General Manager of IBM Cloud Platform Services. “By partnering with IBM, Sogeti will ensure that its own developers and clients will be able to achieve efficiency through innovation with a scalable cloud platform that’s designed for the enterprise.”
Bluemix runs on SoftLayer cloud infrastructure and combines the strength of IBM’s middleware software with other open services and tools from IBM partners and its developer ecosystem to offer DevOps in the cloud. With access to an array of cloud based development tools including Cloudant’s scalable, high-performance database-as-a-service and data caching services, developers can use Bluemix to speed application development times for advanced applications for business, mobile, the Internet of Things, social engagement and more.
IBM total cloud revenue --- covering public, private and hybrid engagements ---was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015; it grew more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015. IBM’s cloud delivered as a service business, a subset of the total, includes Softlayer’s infrastructure offerings.