Integrated, flexible and open, so should be the technological platform that allows the advancement of any organization. It is the current vision of the Blue Giant.


IBM held its congress today in Madrid IBM Think , where the technologies for which it has been betting on in recent years: artificial intelligence , blockchain , IoT … but above all quantum computing and open source , the latter greatly enhanced after the acquisition of Red Hat .

In fact, the main open source company has played a very important role during the day, both in the hands of its OpenShift technology for hybrid and multicloud environments and the presence of Julia Bernal, general director of Red Hat Iberia , who has shared the stage with Marta Martínez, general director of IBM Spain . In its dialogue, Bernal has valued open source so that companies can take full advantage of technology in a world where the pace of innovation has been greatly accelerated.

it is Precisely one of the characteristics that contributes to the open source code: the community of developers can share with others their progress, and make the best of the rest. Some years ago, this would have been unthinkable as part of the strategy of IBM, but today it is a reality: “To move forward in the digital transformation it is necessary to move to technological architectures open, integrated and flexible,” said Martinez. The Giant Blue has no qualms in admitting that it is time to take decisive steps into a new stage dominated by open source.

Julia Bernal, general director of Red Hat Iberia, talks with Marta Martinez, general manager of IBM Spain, for the IBM Think held in Madrid

In that domain is also found in artificial intelligence, now in a mature phase but still with a huge potential. is Not this is advisable, therefore, to design a business strategy in the medium term without taking into account the tsunami of technology that comes with the AI. There is that to adapt it and integrate it as soon as possible, something that will improve the competitiveness of any type of organization, operate in the sector that it operates.

The company MAPFRE was one of those that have detailed how they have evolved thanks to the application of the latest technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. Noteworthy are its efforts to contribute to technology to have a social sense and be funnelled to reduce the gaps and to achieve a more just society, expressed Antonio Huertas, president of Mapfre.

In this sense comes in to play one of the spaces that IBM has been dedicated to the value of the innovation in the society, the initiative, Call for Code and the concept of ‘tech for good’. This is a call to the global community of developers to provide solutions that help us to be better prepared for dealing with natural disasters. More than 5,000 ideas contributed by more than 180,000 developers  from all over the world and a winner with a Spanish accent: the project Prometheus, based on technology of Internet of Things and artificial Intelligence to monitor the safety of firefighters while fighting the flames.

getting closer to quantum computing

Solve in seconds problems that would take hundreds of years with the computer traditional, that we know of today. That is what I promise quantum computing, a real change of paradigm for any field of life. It is based on Cúbits (in English Qubits), the units of information that go a step further, thanks to you can be found in new state that combines the 0 and the 1 using the quantum superposition. That is, we can have three states: [0], [1] or [0 and 1]. It is an abstract concept that manufacturers such as IBM or Google have managed to simulate.

despite the fact that during the last years we had heard of the progress achieved in this field, what is certain is that up to now had always been in the lab, with conditions very different, impossible to replicate at a commercial level. But this is changing, as we explained a few days ago in respect of an article published in the journal Nature on “the supremacy of the quantum computing”. Coincides in time with the demos that IBM is doing with his Q System One, able to expand these processes beyond the walls of the research lab.

well, during the IBM Think, the Giant Blue has shown the following objectives in the development of quantum computing, as is the case of the reduction of the “noise” generated in these environments. “It is our greatest enemy. If you do not eliminate these interferences, it will not be possible to get a Cúbit logical to work perfectly”, detailing one of the leaders of IBM.

instant Calculations of factoring, processing Artificial Intelligence algorithms capable of simulating the human brain or study of the behavior of atoms, and  molecules are some of the practical applications that are on the way. But still needs to be done.

In these is IBM, which has decided to open the platform to the scientific and development community so that they can explore alternatives and create new applications that can be processed in these machines quantum. It is the case of the Qiskit, a platform based on open source code with its own software development kit under the programming language of Python. Is already available at the level of research, education, and business. “We are in a phase of creating a community to extend the use of quantum computing, is the only way that these environments will soon become a reality,” ended the speaker during a conversation with the writer.

The inside of the first IBM quantum computing system that points to commercial use (click to enlarge)

The cognitive enterprise

IBM is clear that there is an unprecedented technological, economic and social transformation at the same time . It is something that is leading to the emergence of a new model of companies, which have business platforms and ecosystems at their center of gravity. Thanks to that, it is possible to respond quickly to changes in customer expectations and to be able to interconnect data and services in a generalized way.

In order to get the most out of the data, it is necessary to apply the latest technologies such as automation or artificial intelligence , capable of incorporating decision processes both for Customers as internally. All this using a scalable and distributed unified cloud platform , “the only one that can respond to that transformation”, as highlighted in his speech Alfred Escala, VP of IBM Industrial Solutions and Business Development . Those organizations that apply these technologies are what the manufacturer calls "cognitive enterprises." In such a demanding world, it is necessary to reach that technological level and the sooner the better.