IBM are “tripling down” on efforts to ensure that all clients hosting data on their servers will be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once it comes into place in May 2018, according to the head of IBM's cloud service division.
Speaking at the IBM Interconnect conference which is currently taking place in Las Vegas, Derek Schoettle, general manager of IBM's analytics platform and cloud data services, said that “IBM has a rich heritage of operating within the rules of the game... we are tripling down on making that a core part of our strategy.”
Schoettle said that IBM's international client base are concerned with taking advantage of new technologies and best practice, while also being fully compliant with GDPR and other compliance and governance issues:
"We have clients in the EU, in the UK, US and other geographies - all of them are struggling with how to take advantage of the innovation that occurs in the cloud. It is an ongoing investment, and a priority for us. Compliance, governance and data - those are the three pillars that we orient a lot of our strategy and thinking behind”, he said.
Schoettle added that IBM's long history of compliance and experience meant that the company could expect to implement best practice from the start.
"IBM has a rich heritage of operating within the rules of the game: be it domestic, international, technology, processes, GDPR, there's new healthcare regulations... we are tripling down on making that a core part of our strategy", he said.