IBM still spending its way to cloud relevance with Taos purchase

Hybrid? Multi-cloud? Big Blue has a consultant for that

IBM is to snaffle San Jose-based consulting outfit Taos as it seeks to bolster its cloud biz.

With 30 years of enterprise tech consulting under its belt, Taos has its fingers in many industry pies, including media, finance, healthcare, and education. The company these days is all about migrating data centres and will happily sell customers hybrid cloud managed services too.

Taos will join other cloud outfits including 7Summits, which was bought by IBM earlier this year to beef up Big Blue's Salesforce services as well as adding to its hybrid cloud pot.

IBM also snapped up Helsinki-based Nordcloud in December 2020, a self-proclaimed "cloud transformation services".

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Taos had received a majority investment from Boston private equity investor Bunker Hill Capital back in 2015.

Taos has sales agreements with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. Taos CEO Hamilton Yu talked up his firm's nous with client cloud migration as well as hybrid and multi-cloud management, and reckoned these will fit well with IBM's Global Business Services division - not to be mistaken with IBM Global Technology Services (GTS).

John Granger, IBM Global Business Services senior veep for cloud application innovation and chief operating officer, said the plan was to use Taos "to drive growth and adoption of IBM's hybrid cloud platform throughout the Americas."

"The platform," he said, "gives enterprises the freedom to choose from multiple providers to best meet their business and IT needs, and we are committed to helping our clients successfully navigate their open hybrid cloud journeys with those providers."

It's been an interesting few months at IBM. It announced plans to spin off GTS last year. While loading staffers into the redundogun, it also appointed freshly minted CEO Arvind Krishna as chairman of the company's board while his predecessor, Ginni Rometty, landed a part-time consultancy role. ®

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