How Smarter Industries Work
Chris Luongo 060000C6S6 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  smarterplanet ibm picture_stories smarter-planet industries smarter-systems
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In today’s tough economic environment, companies in all industries are feeling the pressure to respond in real time to whatever the day brings — a change in supply or demand; a shift in the preferences of buyers; the vagaries of capital markets; an explosion of information; and a web of disconnected systems and processes.
IBM's strategy is to approach clients with a clear understanding of their needs, demonstrating that we have the expertise and technology specific to their business.First we ask: What are they trying to accomplish within their industry? Then, we look at how different technologies can be used to meet their needs.
At its first Smarter Industries Symposium starting today in Barcelona, Spain, IBM is bringing together industry leaders to share best practices on how they are setting new standards, pioneering new innovations, and transforming the complex systems that undergird specific industries . The industries these leaders work in are the driving forces of a smarter planet. Energy, automotive, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, banking and others thrive on the competition and innovation that is helping to build a better world.
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IBM's focus is on on helping clients from various industries build, deploy and manage applications that integrate their processes and information specific to their needs. From there, it is all about creating complete solutions and help these clients get to a smarter and much more efficient way of doing business: from making everything occur in a seamless flow; to making collaboration a fundamental part of how work is done; to quickly pulling together and making sense out of any type of information and data.
The dynamics of the healthcare sector are not the same as those facing financial services companies. The issues confronting major retailers are different from those faced by clients in transportation and government. Simply put, different industries are diverse in nature and needs but all require solutions that provide them with a smarter and more efficient way of doing business.
That is why IBM has created industry frameworks — collections of industry specific data and process models, middleware, servers and storage, design patterns, and other assets that have been proven to perform well in prior customer engagements.
A framework is like a supporting structure around which something can be built. Like building blocks, they enable teams to put into practice technologies that can be reused throughout the enterprise, making it easy to tackle the critical issues on a client's plate.