IBM Fuses Blockchain, AI and Cloud Computing Into One Unit

To help developers quickly begin exploring the use of blockchain in the enterprise, IBM today announced new blockchain services on the IBM Cloud and IBM Garages to open in London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo. These and other advancements using IBM Blockchain will rapidly enable the use of distributed ledger technology across multiple industries. IBM blockchain user experience designers, Dante Guintu and Andrea Lee, work on secure blockchain apps at IBM San Francisco on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. (George Nikitin/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

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IBM is launching a new business unit called Industry Platforms that encompasses Blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud computing which will be headed by its global business services chief, Bridget van Kralingen. IBM’s Blockchain leadership will make the transition to the new division. 

In a press release IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said: 

“The Industry Platforms business will bring clients radically optimized processes and marketplaces that leverage Watson, IBM Cloud, IBM Systems, Blockchain, deep domain expertise and ecosystems of partners and developers.”

“This is an important move by IBM as we increasingly focus on Blockchain.”

In an employee memo leaked to Zdnet IBM said that the industry platforms business is designed to focus on

“…radically optimized processes and marketplaces that leverage Watson, IBM Cloud, IBM Systems, Blockchain, deep domain expertise and ecosystems of partners and developers.” 

“Bridget van Kralingen is an excellent choice to run the new unit,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“She’s held a variety of roles at IBM since joining the company in 2004, including leading its Global Business Services (GBS) organization. She also led the partnership effort between IBM and Apple, established IBM Interactive Experience and launched the company’s first cognitive consulting practice.”



About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including where hs is interim CMO,, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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