IBM Sees Cloud Adoption Soar

IBM announced new partnerships and increased adoption of LotusLive public cloud services to help clients innovate faster, improve daily business interactions and increase business efficiencies. LotusLive provides organizations with integrated email, Web conferencing, and social networking and collaboration services through the IBM cloud.

As part of today’s news, IBM announced partnerships with Ariba and SugarCRM that will help clients take advantage of social commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) in the cloud.

IBM is also announcing the widespread adoption of LotusLive with the following new clients benefiting from IBM’s Cloud initiatives including the Australian Bureau of Statistics, C&D Foods, Crawford & Company, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, General Milling Corporation, General Motors Components Holdings and the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australia.

Adoption of cloud computing is on the rise. Recent IDC research shows that worldwide spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $44.2 billion by 2013.1 With this increased interest and adoption, businesses across the world are embracing IBM’s public cloud services for easy-to-use collaboration tools to connect with colleagues, partners and suppliers quickly.

Additionally, according to a recent IBM survey of more than 2,000 midsize companies, there’s growing adoption of cloud computing among midsize firms, with two-thirds either planning or currently deploying cloud-based technologies to improve IT systems management while lowering costs.

Today’s news reinforces IBM’s Cloud leadership in helping clients to create better business outcomes leveraging public, private and hybrid cloud approaches.

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