If it’s software, it can be delivered as a service. That’s the script IBM seems to be following these days, and the act played out yet again on Tuesday as IBM announced cloud-based offerings around IBM Concert, IBM Project Catalyst, and OpenPages.
All three of these offerings have roots in on-premises software. IBM Concert, for example, evolved out of TM1 performance-management software acquired along with Cognos in 2007. That software was geared to CFOs and financial analysts, but more recently IBM spun out Concert as a way to make that budgeting, planning, and forecasting software more accessible to sales, marketing, and incentive-compensation decision makers.
The new release of Concert integrates additional sales and compensation-management capabilities from Vericent, acquired by IBM in 2012, and it’s being made available as a service through the IBM Cloud Marketplace. Service options include budgeting and planning, forecasting, and incentive-compensation management for sales and marketing.
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