By Sanjay Rishi
Cloud is enabling more than just opportunities to improve IT operations. It’s enabling organizations to transform entire business strategies.
According to a recent IBM survey, over the next three years cloud computing’s strategic importance to top decision makers across virtually every area of business is expected to more than double from 34 percent to 72 percent – leapfrogging competing IT concerns by 58 percent.
In this new reality, the cloud is the ultimate source of connectivity, helping smarter enterprises rise above the competition. In many ways, cloud is the new dial tone, becoming as seamless and reliable to business as the dial tone of the telephone.
However, one cloud does not fit all. When we look at the potential of cloud to not only shift a business’s technology, but its strategy, it seems obvious that the same cloud solution that works in healthcare may not fit banking. Or a solution that works for a CMO might not work for the HR department. Large enterprises are complex, dynamic. As such, a cookie-cutter cloud solution would not provide a fully-optimized cloud experience. Continue Reading »
By Michael Dixon
Cities have never been more attractive, with people all over the world migrating to them from near and far.
However, with them comes a range of significant challenges that city leaders must tackle. A new report from Frost and Sullivan looks at smart cities as a mega trend set to drive urban development for the next decade. It predicts that 26 global cities will be considered smart cities in 2025, more than 50 percent of which will be in Europe and North America.
In Barcelona last week, city leaders from around the world gathered at the Smart City Expo World Congress to discuss the best strategies for dealing with this population shift. As IBM met with mayors, CIOs and civic leaders, it was clear to all that a new level of instrumentation and interconnection within governments was needed to deal with the challenge. Continue Reading »
By Martin Fleming
In a recent New York Times article, reporter James Glanz asks: “Is Big Data an Economic Dud?” Mr. Glanz seems to answer his own question skeptically. The “data era,” he suggests, will not match the earlier revolutions in manufacturing, domestic life and transportation.
In addition, the Wall Street Journal posted a blog discussing that Big Data is at, or near the peak of the Gartner “hype cycle” and “big data technologies are now soon to be due for a fall into the ‘trough of disillusionment.’” Continue Reading »
By Beverly Macy
As we look forward, one thing is clear –social business is no longer optional. From driving innovation, to providing essential client experiences, to enabling a dynamic and productive workforce, organizations are realizing they need to craft a social business strategy.
Even companies that have committed to using social technologies realize they are just scratching the surface in terms of the power of social business to transform the employee experience and the client/partner experience. They see the potential of tapping big data and turning that information into intelligence, so it’s easy to see why there’s a surge in innovation and new levels of productivity and creativity within the enterprise.
Here are three areas of focus to keep an eye on in the coming months:
Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead. His 2004 book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life, helped thousands of executives and would-be executives see their organizations, and themselves, in startling new ways. As a result, many organizations are becoming more collaborative and democratic. Now, Malone is exploring how social business, data analytics and cognitive computing will transform organizations once again. Here, he talks about the revolution that is coming.
IBM: In your book The Future of Work, you talked about society being on the verge of a new world of work, a key element of which is decentralization of the organization. Since then, the social networking phenomenon has emerged and is sweeping not just popular culture but business organizations as well. How has this explosion of social networking affected your thinking? Continue Reading »
By Jane Munn
When mapping out a cloud infrastructure, one of the first things that becomes clear is the bifurcation between low-end, commoditized products and enterprise-class solutions.
But even within that second category, a quick look under the covers of certain solutions often shows a patchwork of proprietary products that lack integration and optimization – a little server virtualization here, some specialized apps there, and a little “something-as-a-service” somewhere else – with no real thought to the enterprise as a whole.
For clients to gain the full advantages of this technology, a strategic cloud solution should include virtualization, standardization and provisioning for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, ease of management and fast deployment. Just as important, that solution should cover software, servers and storage, with deep roots in open standards, to ensure that clients can take advantage of cloud’s benefits today while beating a path to the future. Continue Reading »
By Mike King
The age of the heavy textbook-filled backpacks and printed syllabi is coming to an end.
It’s self-evident that the higher education marketplace has been transitioning to digital content and collaborative learning programs for years. Up until recently, much of this evolution has been laptop based, but today the landscape is migrating to tablets and mobile devices. In fact, most campuses now assume, and plan for, multiple devices per-user when considering bandwidth needs for campus-wide WiFi access.
But it’s not just colleges and universities. K-12 schools are moving quickly to digital learning delivery programs, as well, due in large part to the increasing adoption of tablets and new programs designed to leverage those systems. In the U.S., the Race to the Top Assessment program will essentially mandate online testing for all students by 2015. Many districts are implementing tablet programs before then. Los Angeles Unified has announced a tablet program for “one to one” computing (ratio of device to student), and many other major districts, including New York City, Houston, and Gwinnett County, Ga., have similar projects in the works. Continue Reading »