Connect with IBM Cloud Managed Application Services at Think 2018

By: Rafael Garcia

Are you ready for something new? On March 19–22, great minds in technologies — ranging from blockchain, artificial intelligence, data and cloud to IT infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT) and security — will come together in Las Vegas to share their knowledge in hundreds of sessions, demonstrations and face-to-face conversations.

IBM Cloud Managed Application Services at Think 2018

The event is called Think 2018, a first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders and visionaries that seeks to create an environment of sharing and collaboration. Designed with thinkers in mind, the event will put attendees face-to-face with innovators to discuss the most pressing challenges and discover solutions that are relevant to their needs.

Among the many important topics at Think 2018 will be cloud managed application services, solutions that handle the daily management of infrastructure and applications so users can focus on adding business value through innovation.

IBM Cloud Managed Application Services (CMAS) specialists will be on hand at Think 2018 to discuss how you can accelerate time to market on products and services, deliver exceptional customer experiences and create new business value by transforming your management of critical applications, including SAP S/4HANA.

Mark Slaga, general manager of IBM CMAS, will host a core session discussing the business advantages of combining SAP and AI on the IBM Cloud to gain a competitive edge. The session will also feature IBM clients who will discuss the benefits they have realized by pairing S/4HANA with IBM technologies in a managed cloud deployment.

CMAS think tank

Following the core session, four CMAS think tank sessions will help you better understand how managed cloud solutions can transform your business. These sessions will help you to:

  • Maintain information security controls on the cloud. Meet face-to-face with CMAS specialists to discuss how IBM Cloud integrated security controls help detect, address and prevent security breaches. Participants will explore use cases that illustrate how IBM solutions can protect SAP data and applications across networks, business continuity management, disaster recovery and IT operations.
  • Meet industry and regulatory compliance on the cloud. Connect with IBM specialists to learn about building strategies to help meet industry and regulatory compliance requirements such as PCI, FedRAMP and HIPAA in more efficient, streamlined ways by hosting SAP solutions on IBM Cloud.
  • Build a business case for a managed SAP environment. This session will walk through an interactive return-on-investment tool, producing a customized report for your business that includes a five-year cost savings projection for running SAP workloads in cloud managed environments. The report will also calculate savings based on increased customer reach and retention, reduction of infrastructure costs, labor optimization and reduced downtime.
  • Learn about successful SAP on IBM Cloud deployments from the people who use it today. Our SAP on IBM Cloud client panel of your peers will share their latest integration initiatives and discuss opportunities, pitfalls and lessons learned.

Customer-led sessions at Think 2018

IBM clients will also host individual sessions that will cover their experiences working with CMAS.

These companies will share examples about how they are using managed cloud services to host and deploy their SAP environment — driving benefits such as improved performance, increased agility in responding to changing customer demands and reduced cost of maintaining infrastructure.

Keep checking Thoughts on Cloud for more information about Think 2018. Visit the Think 2018 website to register for this exciting event and enroll for sessions on CMAS and other important topics. For more information on Cloud Managed Application Services, visit the website.


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About The Author

Rafael Garcia

IBM Cloud Managed Applications Services Event Manager