IBM recently announced that it will help its clients make the transformation from Oracle software to its own in more than one way. Not only does the tech giant vow to help with training efforts of its clients when it comes to becoming familiar with new software, but it will also finance them to make the shift a more attractive one.
The announcement of this concentrated allocation of resources to its new clients is taking place due to the massive shift of IT clients who have shifted or will shift away from Oracle's grasp and into that of IBM. One only has to look at statistics from 2010 to see actual evidence of this trend. According to Zacks Investment Research, over 1,000 IT clients moved from Oracle Database to IBM's DB2 software. During that same time frame, an additional 400 clients migrated from Oracle WebLogic to IBM's WebSphere Application Server.
The reasons behind these shifts vary per company, but mostly center around the various growth opportunities IBM's programs provide as well as their cost effectiveness. In the case of the WebSphere Application Server, IBM updated the software to enhance business applications in a multitude of areas, such as installation, testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting. The software's services are all provided while keeping the client's control and security in mind as well. While WebSphere's features are solid, the flexibility in the environments where the software can be implemented is just as impressive. WebSphere can support applications in a desktop environment, as well as a mobile one on popular device categories such as smartphones and tablets.
As stated, IBM will help ease the shift to its software by providing extensive client training. In addition, IBM Global Financing is offering zero percent financing for 12 months to clients who qualify. Qualifying for the offer will supposedly be a quick process, and it will not require the purchase of any hardware. While the interest-free financing is attractive within itself, IBM will also provide flexible payment options to entice potential clients into making the switch.
IBM's offer to help clients migrate to its software should add to the company's already impressive pipeline. IBM already helps a plethora of clients based all over the world in managing their IT environments. Its dedication with respect to innovation and new technologies will continue to make it an attractive choice for the needs of many businesses in the future.
One of the areas in which IBM has increased its presence is cloud computing. Cloud computing is seen by many as the wave of the future for the advantages it brings to the table. Among them are upgraded services, increased security, and the ability of companies to share the cost of resources. Zacks Investment Research estimates that by the year 2015, the cloud computing market will reach revenues in the neighborhood of $7 billion. IBM appears to have a solid position in the cloud computing market, but it does have competition in the form of Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett Packard, and other tech players.