Forget Winter, Australia is Hot
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Today's blog comes from Pete Karns.
As I write this, I am among some 700 people attending the ANZ IBM Pulse Comes to You in Sydney. Sydney is an amazing city that you have to visit in order to fully appreciate; it is blessed with a wonderful geographic location, which is on display as you travel thru areas such as the Botanical Gardens, the Opera House, and Darling Harbor... It is also a city that manages the blend between old and new, and I might add has some of the best coffee shops in the world (which is good for those of us managing the 14 hour time difference to the US east coast).
I have had the good fortune this week to observe portions of the city, and talk with IBM Maximo Asset Management client's and partners representing businesses across the country. These observations led me to conclude that while it may be winter in Australia, this place is hot...
Okay... Play on words - ha ha... But it is true - you just get the sense that this place is moving at good speed towards a bright future. My observations have been solidified via the Pulse Comes to You event, where we are enjoying a strong agenda filled with client case stories, IBM solution information, and the many "meetings behind the meeting" with customers, partners, industry analysts, and fellow IBMers.
I've talked many clients this week who are not only thinking about instrumenting and interconnecting their asset infrastructure - they are doing it! Allow me to elaborate on a few...
I've also talked with clients who ask "how do we get started"? I love this conversation, namely because I get to experience the passion that people have for their business, and the opportunities that they see for improvement... The first part of the conversation is always about business value and business outcomes, "where in the business can you unlock value"? Asset reliability issues. Customer service challenges. Opportunities to create new revenue streams. Once these ideas are on the table, we then talk about the services and asset infrastructure that underpin each of the ideas, and the opportunities to apply business process changes and technology to achieve the desired business outcome.
There are some innovative ideas on the table, and I'm thankful that our customers see IBM as a trusted partner who has the people and technology to turn those ideas into reality.
I have no doubt that our customers in Australia have a bright future in front of them. And although not possible, the thought has crossed my mind that I might just stay here in Sydney (and avoid the 24+ hour trip home)...