IBM software via AWS Marketplace expands to Kenya

IBM has announced that its software portfolio is now available in 92 countries worldwide including Kenya thanks to a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.

The expansion announced today also includes 18 other countries across the African continent.

AWS Marketplace is a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors (ISVs) that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS.

Clients in these regions will now have more access to IBM’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies within a portfolio of 44 listings and 29 SaaS offerings available for purchase.

Included among those technologies are components of the watsonx AI and Data platform, which allows enterprises to build, scale and govern AI workloads., a fit-for-purpose data store built on an open data lakehouse architecture, and, a next generation enterprise studio for AI builders are available in AWS Marketplace as well as two of IBM’s AI Assistants — watsonx Assistant and watsonx Orchestrate. Watsonx.governance is expected to be available soon.

“IBM’s global expansion with AWS Marketplace opens up innovation opportunities for our joint customers across the world,” said Matt Yanchyshyn, General Manager AWS Marketplace and Partner Services at AWS.

“By leveraging the speed and simplified procurement capabilities of AWS Marketplace, customers can now more easily access IBM’s cutting-edge solutions, enabling them to accelerate their digital transformation and drive innovation at scale. This expanded collaboration between AWS and IBM reflects our shared commitment to empowering customers with the tools and resources they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced environment.”

Other software includes IBM’s flagship database Db2 Cloud Pak for Data as well as a portfolio of automation software including Apptio, Turbonomic and Instana, and the IBM Security and Sustainability software portfolios – all built on Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS. The cloud-native software enables clients to deploy on AWS while flexible licensing, including SaaS and subscription, makes it easier for clients to purchase exactly how they want.

IBM is also launching 15 new IBM Consulting professional services and assets on AWS Marketplace, exclusively designed for AWS. These new service offerings are focused on data and application modernization, security services, and tailored industry-specific solutions – with generative AI capabilities included in select services.

IBM Consulting also brings 24,000 AWS certifications and a dedicated team of experts trained in the latest AWS technologies to help clients with tailored recommendations grounded in industry best practices.

“Kenya is a continental hub for technological development and a beacon of hope for innovation in the region. That is why the rapid adoption of new technologies is not a trend but the foundation for socio-economic progress to help the country realize Vision 2030,” said Solomon Belachew, Country and Technology Leader, IBM Kenya.

“Having IBM solutions on AWS Marketplace will enable local innovators at the forefront of progress to have access to the latest IBM AI, data and cloud computing services that will accelerate the country’s modernization and digital transformation ambitions.”

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Nixon Kanali

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