This IDC Perspective provides insights into the proceedings at IBM's latest annual conference. At IBM THINK 2020, IBM strongly clarified its strategic directions, provided deeper context for them, and made several announcements that support them. IBM is extremely focused on its hardware, software, and services portfolio to guide businesses to a hybrid cloud IT model and the announcements such as Red Hat Marketplace, IBM Edge Computing Application Manager, Telco Network Cloud Manager, and IBM Cloud Satellite demonstrate IBM's strong commitment to providing enterprises with the platforms, tools, and technologies to truly run any application anywhere.

"This was the first THINK since the Red Hat acquisition, and IBM has wasted no time incorporating Red Hat philosophies and technologies into its offerings," said Peter Rutten, research director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies group. "IDC believes that IBM THINK 2020 was a strong indication that IBM is heading into a critically important direction to bring a common platform for flexibility and scalability to mission-critical enterprise applications in any deployment scenario."



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