Steve Mills IBM Group Executive Leads in Creating an IT Ecosystem

Patterns and appliances, mainframe and secure infrastructure dominate the IT landscape as described by Steve Mills at Impact.  More memory enhanced software can manage multipack systems and can handle software on premises or in the cloud.   These systems are now available from IBM.  Users have the capability to manage information based on data driven workflows.   Composeable business process depend on the ready availability of components.  Components are being utilized at every level of business process implementation. Turning on processes is a core part of creating an IT ecosystem.  Robust software is a key part of this capability.  The aim of software is to support being responsive to business change.  Steve Mills is able to lead the IT industry by helping businesses think about the effects of combined software and hardware systems approach to managing change in industries.  Composable patterns form the base for the Mills approach to IT.   Steve Mills likes patterns and he thinks they form the future of IT creating efficiencies that are mot possible using any other technology. This IBM approach to creating IT systems that are mission critical, protect security, and are manageable and flexible involves creating a stable IT environment.  This IT environment is one that supports flexible response to changing market conditions.  Systems operations occur at the developer and user level while maintaining systems mission critical capabilities in the context of the end to end magic of operations.  I call it magic because it just happens, it is under the covers, out of sight, controlling the digital information is a robust manner. It is the core of an IBM systems approach.  The Steve Mills IBM ecosystem construct depends on smarter infrastructure running across a stack. A composable business effort is one that can be used to unlock the information using existing systems rebuilt into new applications that solve problems.  The ability to build APIs and expose those in simple consumable ways has been built out by IBM.  Cloud can respond to the needs of the users.  IBM cloud soft layer addresses people that need an optimized mobile virtualized environment.  Match the workload to the needs of the user of the workload is the critical path guiding the IBM managers. They take tradition workloads and extend them beyond the traditional enterprise, this is the challenge presented by new cloud and mobile environments.   Steve Mills talks about not compromising the needs of the data centers. Steve MIlls is Senior Vice President and Group Executive - IBM Software & Systems.  He is without parallel in the IT industry, head and shoulders above everyone else because of a singular dedication to "doing IT right."  He is not the richest guy in IT by far, but is is far and away the best.  He has driven software integration systems, he has overseen a combination of IT scalability, reliability, integration, load balancing, and mission critical business capability implementation. At Impact, Steve Mills talked about System Z as the foundation of all mission critical business process.  The mainframe is the most cost efficient IT platform when all the costs are considered including labor.   The mainframe is the most cost efficient computing platform, the mainframe is the workhorse of the IT industry he rightly says, the mainframe is there for the long term, it will be handing the IT workloads for a long time to come. The IBM platform Netezza is able to compliment the mainframe by allowing IT managers to move database server data from a distributed environment.  It is common in a distributed IT data center that churning is likely to be a serious problem because of the solution implementation that involves creation of multiple databases that all have the same information.  This database replication is inefficient.  The movement of data across the different platforms is a difficulty.  The ability to move data back to the main frame is a compelling capability. Nationwide Insurance illustrates that development work is being accomplished for Linux on z.  Their aim was to see how quickly they would be able to iterate new applications, and they could meet their goals with the new IBM Worklight and WebSphere applications.  They were iterating systems on z Linux, able in that computing and development environment to experiment with the applications and iterate them.   IBM is positioned to let its customers expose a bunch of services, and implement flexibility for that.  Implementation includes management of the cloud.  Dynamic platforms are being built in to achieve scheduling services. New cloud and mobile app development pricing options are being put in place.  IBM is bringing mobile workloads infrastructure that run natively. Steve Mills talked about storage, data is addressing big storage challenges.   Flash technology is the most economical storage technology according to Steve Mills, “flash has half the TCO when you use flash technology for storage.”  Ordinary storage applications are burning labor resources by tuning the storage systems to match against a rotating disk process.  The rapid time to deployment of flash is an advantage of solid state storage, it is very good for tier 1 and tier 2 storage applications. Virtualization is occurring to make all storage accessible according to Steve Mills.  An elastic storage offering is evolving a global field.  The aim is to effectively get policy based environments implemented.  Storage devices match the needs of the customer.  Holistic devices are evolving elastic storage. All IBM middleware has been optimized around multi threading.   Throughput is achieving a high degree of parallelism in WebSphere and DB2  native out of the box with IBM software on power 8 systems.    IBM has collaborated with Google to use data center architecture better.  Power 8 is better at handling databases and at managing in the open licensing environment.    Appliances are making a mark in the IT markets courtesy of IBM.   PureData systems, DataPower, Cast Iron represent relatively new initiatives for IBM in the appliance market.  PureData  systems from IBM continue to deliver x86 capability. IBM continues to deliver Intel source competences ahead at scale on the Pure systems platform.  Users need  facts on performance and total cost of ownership to be able to make intelligent decisions about what to buy.  Some systems may appear to be least cost, but then the low price hardware needs work to make it run.  People cost more than the hardware, making it important to look at all the costs when considering the best practice for a data center.  As IBM positions to support cloud and mobile in IT infrastructure, effective infra decision making depends on knowledge of what the systems cost for hardware and software and what the costs are to keep the systems working as they need to work.