Cloud + Mobility + Security: The big focus at IBM Pulse
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  media integration cloud-computing ibmimpact social-media service-management mobile ibm pulse2012 videos livestream ibmpulse wieck cloud commerce soa pulse enterprise-mobile social analytics security impact2012
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Last month was the fifth IBM Pulse Conference I attended. From year to year, the messaging has been pretty consistent with a strong focus on integrated service management, smarter physical infrastructures, security, and cloud computing. What surprised me the most this year was the huge focus on Mobility. IBM executives hit this topic hard at the starting gate. On day 1 of the Pulse Opening General Session, Senior Vice President of IBM Middleware, Robert LeBlanc, explained that IBM is focusing on four priorities: Cloud, mobility, security, assets and facilities. When companies were asked what is driving unprecedented shifts in technology? Respondents replied: 83% Analytics, 74% Mobility, 68% Virtualization, 61% Cloud, and 58% Security. Tivoli General Manager, Danny Sabbah argued that "Cloud + Mobility = New technology trend" as he pointed out that 33% of cloud expansion is driven by Mobility and that mobile devices will account for half of all devices using business applications.
At the conference, I was helping with our Pulse 2012 Livestream recordings, and had a chance to hear many of the guest speakers elaborate on the importance of Mobility and how it's causing a revolution of sorts. My favorite speaker on the topic was Vice President of IBM Mobile Platform, Bob Sutor, because he did a great job explaining the realities of how major changes in our world have dramatically impacted the IT industry. He points out that it's not only Cloud + Mobility that is the new technology trend, but also Cloud + Mobility + Social + Commerce + Security + Analytics and more that are requiring businesses and technology companies to rethink their business. See his interview below. He also writes about Mobility often on his blog.
Some other Pulse interviews focused on how IBM is enabling businesses to build mobile applications, run and connect them to backend systems, manage their devices and applications, secure their businesses, and extend and grow them on mobile include:
You can expect to hear a lot about IBM and Mobility at IBM's next major conference, IBM Impact, in Las Vegas next month. Tivoli folks will be there continuing this conversation as well. And, I'll be there with my videocam, interviewing experts on Mobility to learn more about this fascinating area.