Palmisano: Analytics are Big Blue’s biggest play
Source: Channelbuzz.ca

There are a lot of big bets going on for IBM right now, but none are quite as big as is the opportunity the company sees for business analytics, CEO Sam Palmisano told attendees of the company’s 2011 PartnerWorld Leadership Conference here Tuesday afternoon.
Kicking off the company’s first all-in partner conference in three years, Palmisano said that while cloud is interesting, and that the opportunity to grow the business in new markets is powerful, he believes the potential of business analytics are the biggest opportunity the company is addressing because of its ability to be transformative.
 “This is huge. Don’t underestimate this,” Palmisano counseled partners. “This is going to be economically different because for the first time, IT is doing to do real things to make our lives better.”
It’s an opportunity that’s exploding, Palmisano said, because of the explosion of data being generated and collected by billions of Internet-connected devices, from cell phones to the smart grid. The data is out there. Now it’s just a matter of maximizing the utilization of that data, organizing and analyzing it so businesses can make better decisions.
And although the company’s Watson supercomputer is getting headlines (and much of the buzz at the show) for its appearance this week on the TV show Jeopardy!, Palmisano said the technology that powers Watson was developed for exactly this analytics opportunity. “Forty years of research wasn’t about doing well on game shows,” Palmisano quipped.

Palmisano: Analytics are Big Blue’s biggest play

Source: Channelbuzz.ca

There are a lot of big bets going on for IBM right now, but none are quite as big as is the opportunity the company sees for business analytics, CEO Sam Palmisano told attendees of the company’s 2011 PartnerWorld Leadership Conference here Tuesday afternoon.

Kicking off the company’s first all-in partner conference in three years, Palmisano said that while cloud is interesting, and that the opportunity to grow the business in new markets is powerful, he believes the potential of business analytics are the biggest opportunity the company is addressing because of its ability to be transformative.

 “This is huge. Don’t underestimate this,” Palmisano counseled partners. “This is going to be economically different because for the first time, IT is doing to do real things to make our lives better.”

It’s an opportunity that’s exploding, Palmisano said, because of the explosion of data being generated and collected by billions of Internet-connected devices, from cell phones to the smart grid. The data is out there. Now it’s just a matter of maximizing the utilization of that data, organizing and analyzing it so businesses can make better decisions.

And although the company’s Watson supercomputer is getting headlines (and much of the buzz at the show) for its appearance this week on the TV show Jeopardy!, Palmisano said the technology that powers Watson was developed for exactly this analytics opportunity. “Forty years of research wasn’t about doing well on game shows,” Palmisano quipped.

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CEO Sam Palmisano is making good on the declining global economy. Palmisano plans to offer $5 billion to fund IT projects until the economic stimulus money begins to circulate globally. IBM intends to help customers “mind the gap” delivering funds to Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Asia-Pacific region.
“IBM Global Financing stimulus financing will mainly target enterprises and municipalities looking to implement technology projects consisting of a majority portion of IBM hardware, software and technology services components,” stated an IBM press release. “Financing also can be applied to non-IBM technology as part of a larger IBM solution.”
IBM is offering many initiatives within its Smarter Planet program. Palmisano stated “We can do intelligent grids, we can do smart health care IT, we can do road systems and traffic-congestion charting, we can do we can do we can do. We can do the Smart Shanghai for the Shanghai Expo in 2010 — we can do we can do we can do — right? — and that’s where a lot of the stimulus is geared, not just on creating jobs to fill potholes and fix bridges. So we’ve been able to align in that regard and we continue to invest in a lot of those areas to capture those opportunities.”

tgdailylive:

CEO Sam Palmisano is making good on the declining global economy. Palmisano plans to offer $5 billion to fund IT projects until the economic stimulus money begins to circulate globally. IBM intends to help customers “mind the gap” delivering funds to Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Asia-Pacific region.


“IBM Global Financing stimulus financing will mainly target enterprises and municipalities looking to implement technology projects consisting of a majority portion of IBM hardware, software and technology services components,” stated an IBM press release. “Financing also can be applied to non-IBM technology as part of a larger IBM solution.”


IBM is offering many initiatives within its Smarter Planet program. Palmisano stated “We can do intelligent grids, we can do smart health care IT, we can do road systems and traffic-congestion charting, we can do we can do we can do. We can do the Smart Shanghai for the Shanghai Expo in 2010 — we can do we can do we can do — right? — and that’s where a lot of the stimulus is geared, not just on creating jobs to fill potholes and fix bridges. So we’ve been able to align in that regard and we continue to invest in a lot of those areas to capture those opportunities.”

Smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new jobs and stimulating growth. We at IBM were asked to map this out by President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, and our research shows that a $30 billion stimulus investment in just three areas — smart grids, health-care IT and broadband — could yield almost one million new jobs within one year. That’s possible because these kinds of infrastructure have significantly greater economic and societal multiplier effects than traditional infrastructure like bridges and highways.

Big Blue’s Big Plan

Believe it or not, the leader of Big Blue is talking about the financial crisis and the prospect of systemic overhaul. As companies around the globe try to get ahead of the economic maelstrom by laying off employees, shuttering factories, and cutting R&D, IBM is headed in another direction. (via Palmisano is positioning IBM for an infrastructure overhaul. - FORTUNE Dec. 2, 2008)

Big Blue’s Big Plan

Believe it or not, the leader of Big Blue is talking about the financial crisis and the prospect of systemic overhaul. As companies around the globe try to get ahead of the economic maelstrom by laying off employees, shuttering factories, and cutting R&D, IBM is headed in another direction. (via Palmisano is positioning IBM for an infrastructure overhaul. - FORTUNE Dec. 2, 2008)