IBM (NYSE: IBM) is introducing new offerings to make it easier for business partners and clients to create "patterns of expertise," a new software capability first introduced as part of IBM's PureSystems family of expert integrated systems.
IBM announced these new patterns at its IBM Impact 2012 conference in Las Vegas on April 30. These patterns are designed to streamline the set-up and management of hardware and software resources. PureSystems, introduced in April, is the result of $2 billion in research, development and acquisitions over four years, and has been designed to help change the economics of IT so that organizations can reduce their IT costs and complexity and put more resources toward innovation and growth.
Central to enabling and streamlining IT operations through PureSystems are these patterns of expertise. IBM announced a new Virtual Pattern Kit to enable clients and business partners to convert technology expertise into reusable, downloadable packages of their own. This complements the patterns that are already being created by both IBM and more than 125 independent software vendors (ISVs). Once designed, these patterns are embedded directly into the PureSystems machines to automate a wide range of manual and administrative IT tasks, IBM said.
As part of this announcement, IBM will also offer clients and business partners access to the PureSystems family to create and test their patterns through the IBM SmartCloud. This will help organizations to radically simplify data center operations, and capitalize on the massive cost savings and efficiency gains PureSystems delivers.
"With almost two-thirds of global IT budget being spent on just maintaining their current infrastructure, it's imperative that companies find ways to reduce the complexity in their data centers," said Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM Application and Integration Middleware, in a statement. "The introduction of patterns will revolutionize how applications are being developed and managed, simplifying tasks that organizations once spent months on and allowing them to refocus on innovation."