IBM is expanding its cloud services with a portfolio of customisable business solutions along with consulting services and ongoing support as part of a single client agreement, in order to simplify and speed the adoption of cloud services.
Available now via IBM's Cloud Marketplace, the IBM Cloud Business Solutions portfolio initially comprises a dozen offerings focused on specific industry segments, but the firm said it plans to expand this to 20 by the end of this year.
Each solution includes multiple industry-specific versions to enable it to be adapted to varying requirements across industries, while leveraging common cross-industry patterns, IBM said.
To make it easier and quicker for organisations to get started with IBM cloud services, the firm is offering to help customers get up and running under the Cloud Business Solutions scheme by bundling multiple components and delivering them under a single client agreement.
As well as software, this includes consulting services, advanced analytics, ongoing support and cloud infrastructure delivered via IBM's Softlayer subsidiary. Clients will pay an up-front set-up fee to get started, with subscription or usage-based fees going forwards.
"IBM Cloud Business Solutions represent the next evolution in high-value business services, in line with the expectations and priorities of our clients," said Kelly Chambliss, chief technology officer for IBM Global Business Services.
"We're providing access to the best IBM has to offer - from cloud to data analytics - as a simple, accessible and customisable service."
As an example of the services available under the Cloud Business Solutions portfolio, IBM cited a Mobile offering, Care Coordination for the healthcare sector, Predictive Maintenance based on a proactive analysis process, and Smarter Asset Management.
The Global Business Services will be offered with ongoing support and enhancements provided via a managed service in either a private cloud or hybrid cloud environment.
Customers also have the option to leverage previously purchased software or to transition the solution to an on-premise deployment in the future, IBM said.
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