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Sharing Secrets

How a smart cloud solution leverages collective resources and makes IT departments part of the revenue solution rather than the revenue problem

How a smart cloud solution leverages collective resources and makes IT departments part of the revenue solution rather than the revenue problem

A coworker of mine recently had a heritage day with her extended family, where the matriarch shared her native baking secrets. The family members learned to make the traditional Danish goodies of kringle, brune kager and kransekage from old family recipes that were long kept secret.

A similar “secret” recipe in my own family is the toffee my father made every year at Christmastime. As he’s become less able to make it, my brothers have begged for lessons. In the process of their own toffee-making efforts, they’ve learned that toffee-making is an art form and one degree of heat either way can render it too soft or too sugary or the wrong texture. Dad wasn’t reluctant to share the recipe but perfecting it is another story.

There’s something about passing down secret recipes that warms me. And while a lost recipe here and there might be mourned, it’s probably not a tragedy. On the other hand, the loss of a business’ secrets or even the knowledge store of a key employee could be devastating. Our culture is one of sharing these days. Think Wikipedia, where anyone can contribute and when everyone does, it provides a wealth of knowledge in one place. Wikipedia might be the ultimate public cloud.

IBM is into cloud as well. The company sees the potential to transform business. In the cover story, you’ll read about how a smart cloud solution leverages collective resources and makes IT departments part of the revenue solution rather than the revenue problem. The supporting feature explains public, private and hybrid clouds, and how you can use the combination to meet your specific needs.

With IBM, you’ll get the recipe—and it’s done the perfecting for you. The results can only be sweet.

Tami Deedrick is the former managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition.



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