Crowe, a naturalised Australian, was born a kiwi.
Kiwis. The birds. The fruit. The people. Are awesome.
This week, my favorite kiwi is by far our Smarter Rail customer; KiwiRail.
Tod, Jessica and Kevin put together a pretty awesome press release, "KiwiRail Selects IBM to Deliver Smarter Rail Network for New Zealand" on how KiwiRail is using "...asset management and advanced analytics services to improve the speed, safety, and reliability of rail service across 4,000 km of lines."
For us Americans, 4,000 km of track is about 2,485 miles. Which, as the crow flies*, is roughly the distance from New York city to San Francisco.
The thing that excites me about what KiwiRail is doing is that the management has an analytics portion to it with our Cognos business analytics software.
One of my previous roles at IBM was working on Business Intelligence marketing and I got to know the space pretty well. In talking with so many of our customers, it was the analytics that contributed to their ability to innovate and save time, money and reduce risk.
The combination of GBS services, Maximo software and Cognos for KiwiRail is going to be a huge win for the entire population of New Zealand considering how much of their economy is based on rail transport.
The take away here for our non-rail customers is to look at the Smarter Planet solutions that match your industry.
We cover a lot of ground with KiwiRail and their requirements. If we can do that for them, what can we do for you?
IBM is striving to develop solutions based around your industry and provide things, like Integrated Service Management in this case, to match your business objectives and help you achieve success in your industry.
Take a look at the IBM Smarter Planet website and the site we have devoted to Integrated Service Management for Industries and post comments below or reach out to your IBM sales rep and/or Business Partner (use the Business Partner Locator) and ask them to sit down and talk about it with you.
PS I refused to put a "crow"/"crowe" pun in this blog...you're welcome