IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano and German Chancellor Angela Merkel photographed at the opening ceremony of the CeBIT IT fair in Hannover, central Germany. Picture: Johannes Eisele/AFP Source: AFP
Peter Sayer of IDG News writes "Open democracy, open borders and open standards were the themes to which speakers returned again and again at the opening ceremony for the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, on Monday night."
Sayer quotes IBM's Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano,
"First, we must have standards, and they must be open," he said. "Not just in IT, but also at the interfaces between transportation systems and energy, education and health care, and among water, traffic, commerce, public safety and government services. The IT industry must take the lead to establish such standards", he said. "Second, the IT industry must recognize some important policy implications of its work, he said. "IT can speed emergency response, aid rescuers following natural disasters, and improve health care, he said. But there is a lack of openness about what happens to the data collected. Some citizens have expressed discomfort. Who owns all this data. What will they do with it? Do I trust them?" Palmisano said. Finally, he called for a more open model for leadership in the industry."
"The cult of personality in business is a powerful lure. ... IBM's founder, Thomas Watson Sr., was one of its prototypes. But given the complex reality of a global system of systems, this model no longer seems appropriate. Much more, we will have to lead by listening -- by attending to what these mutlifaceted ecosystems are telling us. We need to influence, not dictate," he said. "And we will need management systems that are architected for inclusion, collaboration and, yes, transparency," he said.
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