New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) When it comes to delivering intelligent Cloud experience, robust artificial intelligence (AI)-driven solutions are going to decide who is better equipped to provide enterprises with extended capabilities, says a key IBM executive. Among all future technologies, AI has been hailed as the next big thing and is steadily becoming the driving force behind tech innovations and existing product lines across industries -- going further from just being part of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled home appliances and smartphones. Market research firm Tractica forecasts that the revenue generated from the direct and indirect application of AI software will grow from $1.38 billion in 2016 to $59.75 billion by 2025. According to IDC, the cognitive systems and AI market (including hardware and services) will grow to $47 billion in 2020. To make sense of data on Cloud, data miners need to decode and align it in order to deliver enhanced experiences to customers and they can't do this mammoth task alone. Here is where AI -- their "virtual colleagues" -- steps in to help them deliver "enterprise-grade" Cloud that scales to the requirements of the market and benefits all industries.
"When I say an 'enterprise-grade' Cloud, I mean that we have a global network of data centres. We have about 252 data centres worldwide, offering a full range of services that includes virtualised infrastructure," Vikas Arora, Country Manager, Cloud Business, IBM India and South Asia, told IANS. Present in India since 1951, IBM India has expanded its operations with regional headquarters in Bengaluru and offices across 20 cities. IBM has research centres in Delhi and Bengaluru; software labs in Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai; India Systems Development Labs (ISDL) in Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad; a Cloud data centre in Chennai; and eight delivery centres across the country. With over 55 Cloud centres in 19 countries, IBM Cloud is the leader in Enterprise Cloud. IBM's $14.6 billion cloud business grew 35 per cent in the first quarter this year. With a market capitalisation of over $135 billion, IBM, which traditionally has been manufacturing and selling computer hardware and software, has now forayed into areas like AI and cognitive analytics. IANS