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IBM Spin-Off Kyndryl Launches 6 Managed Services Practices As Part Of Global Operating Model

‘We understand what it takes to build and run secure and complex technology environments, and our partners will be able to leverage that experience as we support customers with speed and the best technology solutions,’ Kyndryl CEO Martin Schroeter says.

IBM on Thursday announced the operating model for its forthcoming Kyndryl managed infrastructure business spin-off, detailing six global managed services practices and naming the senior leadership team.

The six global managed services practices are cloud; digital workplace; security and resiliency; network and edge; core enterprise and zCloud; and applications, data and artificial intelligence (AI). Kyndryl will also offer an advisory and implementation services practice to advise customers on digital environments and advanced technology adoption and integration.

[RELATED: IBM Taps Former State Street CIO To Be Kyndryl CTO]

Kyndryl CEO Martin Schroeter said in a LinkedIn post Thursday that Kyndryl partners should expect the company to “work with you to deepen our capabilities and bring the best of our expanded ecosystem to our customers.”

“We understand what it takes to build and run secure and complex technology environments, and our partners will be able to leverage that experience as we support customers with speed and the best technology solutions,” he said.

He added: “Nothing will change with the IBM Global Technology Services business until after responsibility passes to the Kyndryl team.” IBM still expects to complete the spin-off by the end of the year, according to the statement.

The New York-based company named IBM veteran Matt Milton as president of Kyndryl United States along with nine other regional leaders of markets that represent more than three-fourths of Kyndryl’s revenue. Milton previously served at IBM for the past 19 years, most recently serving as general manager of financial services for Big Blue’s North American presence.

In his own LinkedIn post, Milton said, “We are guided by three principles – speed through simplification, effectiveness through integration, and innovation through agility. I am honored to join the Kyndryl leadership team and looking forward to bringing best-in-class technology services to our customers in the U.S.”

Mark Wyllie, CEO of Boca Raton, Fla.-based IBM partner Flagship Solutions Group, told CRN that Kyndryl could present an opportunity for partners brought on to help with deals requiring specialization. The marketplace for digital transformation is so large and growing that partners and Kyndryl might find plenty of opportunities to collaborate.

“I’m hoping that because of the existing relationship with GTS (Global Technical Services), we’ll continue to work with them (Kyndryl),” Wyllie said. “It could provide more opportunities for us than we have today. They need partners now more than ever.”

The 90,000-person Kyndryl previously announced Elly Keinan as group president, Antoine Shagoury as chief technology officer and Maria Bartolome Winans as chief marketing officer.

Other members of the senior leadership team include Chief Transformation Officer Nelly Akoth and Chief Information Officer Michael Bradshaw.

Bradshaw comes from NBCUniversal Media and previously spent 23 years with IBM, leaving in 2010 as vice president of IT infrastructure optimization, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Akoth has held various roles at IBM, including the title of global finance practice leader since July 2020.

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