Lights, camera, action: Your Think 2018 video recap

By: Ally Klopsch


Last month, approximately 30,000 people descended on Las Vegas for the IBM Think 2018 conference. If you couldn’t make it in person, don’t worry! We hit the streets to capture the buzz about technology services for you — and we have thousands of fitness device steps to prove it. Here’s our take on some of the top moments.

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In an inspiring address, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty shared how customers are disrupting industries by putting smart to work with data and AI. Major announcements included IBM Watson Assistant, the IBM and Apple partnership for intelligent apps and new security and AI capabilities for IBM Cloud.


We heard about new IBM Cloud capabilities for multi-cloud models that are helping clients disrupt industries. And Mark Slaga, general manager for IBM Cloud Managed Application Services, discussed IBM’s new SAP-certified IBM Cloud managed application service for SAP HANA workloads. Get the details here.

Harness the full power of your core business applications

New IBM Cloud capabilities for multicloud models are helping clients disrupt industries.

Network services

@AngieWelchart went behind the scenes with IBM GM Archana Vemulapalli to find out why software-defined networks (SDNs) are key to hybrid cloud environments. In the “Network Is Essential” session, we heard from Barry Simpson, SVP and CIO of Coca Cola, who explained why partnering with IBM to provide network-as-a-service will enhance speed and flexibility in their hybrid cloud environment. Hear more from Vemulapalli about network services in her latest blog.


Preparing for a cyberevent, protection across the cyber resiliency life cycle, and disaster recovery were key themes. Pat Corcoran of IBM Business Resiliency Services and Larry Ponemon, CEO of the Ponemon Institute, shared insights on the state of the industry with theCUBE. Thought leaders Mike Errity, VP of IBM Resiliency Services North America and Wendi Whitmore, Global Partner of IBM Security Services highlighted takeaways about their session, “Ready For Anything: Build a Cyber Resilient Organization” with @allyco. Read Errity’s latest resiliency blog.

Learn more about cyber attacks and how to defend against them

Digital workplace services

We heard how client BRF uses a cognitive virtual agent powered by IBM Workplace Support Services with Watson to increase user satisfaction. Device management with analytics was another hot topic and offers productivity and forecasting opportunities. IBM was just named a leader again in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services, Worldwide. Read the report.

Garter's 2018 Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services, WorldWide


Technology support services

Juhi McClelland, VP for IBM Technology Support Services, highlighted how the field of technology support is rapidly changing with disruptive technologies like augmented reality, predictive maintenance, Watson for Support and blockchain. Hear McClelland’s insights on multi-vendor services in this podcast.

That’s a wrap for Think 2018! Missed Chairman Ginni Rometty’s keynote or a session? Watch a replay.

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About The Author

Ally Klopsch

Principal Consultant, Marketing and Communications

Ally Klopsch is a results-driven and highly accomplished marketing leader who excels in developing and implementing marketing strategies with a customer first focus. For over 20 years working in multiple industries including technology, banking, education and healthcare, Ally has demonstrated success in delivering best in class marketing initiatives that extend across channels, thought leadership, communications,... Read more