Impact opening session: smarter planet means smarter processes
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A common theme runs through the opening keynotes of IBM Impact 2010, perfectly summed by Steve Mills, Senior VP and Group Executive, IBM Software Group: at the core of a smarter planet are smarter processes and smarter infrastructure.
This covers a wide gamut of industries and solutions:
For businesses, this vision translates into a more dynamic, responsive environment. For instance, in a smart supply chain, you can actively monitor vendors and plants spread across the planet:
Robert LeBlanc, Senior VP of Middleware Software, IBM Software Group, reiterated the need to transform the art of the possible into a business context.
For CEOs, the challenge is how to help their businesses outperform. Simplicity helps build an agile, process-driven business. In this context, LeBlanc introduces the chief executive study A New Way of Working from the IBM Institute for Business Value. The survey asks CEOs to articulate what they are trying to do with their organization. Where does IT fit in this?
Some of the findings:
Kaiser Permanante's David Yoo goes on to talk about how they achieve the joint goal of saving money and providing the right healthcare. David shares some impressive figures:
Craig Hayman, General Manager, Application & Integration Middleware ties this story to the retail industry using these rather fetching speakers:
What’s the story here? You need sense and response systems that can deal with changes in market demand. As these trainers become all the rage in Brazil, you need to alter the business to respond quickly to fill the demand. How quickly can you onboard a new vendor? Can you tie their systems together to handle billing and procurement? Do you have caching systems to handle spikes in transactions?
Hayman touches on one piece of news that broke this morning: the announcement of the acquisition of Cast Iron Systems. Clouds need to talk to other clouds. Clouds need to link to your enterprise. Cast Iron, as a cloud integration solution, fulfills this need.