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How we use data. How industries collaborate. How we make a smarter planet.

What does it mean to be smarter?


We are living in a time of turbulent change, putting pressure on businesses of all sizes and across all industries. The world is also changing, in other fundamental ways. It is becoming smaller, flatter and smarter.

As a result, leaders across all types of enterprises are faced with new challenges in order to remain successful. Those organizations who address these challenges are best positioned to outperform in the "Decade of Smart."

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By smarter, we mean the world is becoming: instrumented, interconnected, intelligent.

The signs of a smarter planet are all around us.

Data is being captured today as never before. It reveals everything from large and systemic patterns—of global markets, workflows, national infrastructures and natural systems—to the location, temperature, security and condition of every item in a global supply chain.

At IBM, we want that intelligence to be infused into the systems and processes that make the world work—into things no one would recognise as computers: cars (US), appliances (US), roadways, power grids, clothes (US), even natural systems such as agriculture (US) and waterways.

Since 2008 (US), we've talked about what it takes to build a smarter planet. We've learned that our companies, our cities and our world are complex systems-indeed, systems of systems. Advancing these systems to be more instrumented, intelligent and interconnected requires a profound shift in management and governance toward far more collaborative approaches.

A series of conversations for a smarter planet


Six imperatives for a smarter planet

To outperform on a smarter planet, enterprises face six fundamental needs:

1. Turn information into insights

Organizations are overwhelmed with data. On a smarter planet, the most successful organizations can turn this data into valuable insights. With advanced analytics, you can open new opportunities for business optimization by enabling rapid, informed and confident decisions and actions.

Read more about Business Analytics and Optimization.

2. Drive enterprise operations’ effectiveness and efficiency

In a slow growth environment, organizations must do more with less. To succeed, your organization must drive continuous and sustainable operational improvements to lower costs and reduce complexity.

Read more about Smarter Computing (US).


3. Increase agility

On a smarter planet, change is the only constant. The most responsive and agile firms—supported with innovative business models and processes—will be positioned to lead their industries and surpass their competition.

Read more about Business Agility.

4. Connect and empower people

Innovation comes from collaboration. And collaboration comes from everywhere. Firms that embrace the power of social technologies will unleash the productivity and innovation throughout the entire value chain—from employees to partners to suppliers to customers.

Read more about Social Business.


5. Enable business service and product innovation

Manufacturers are faced with heightened expectations for smarter products, smarter services and more innovative capabilities—all while creating more personalized experiences across the entire product and service life cycle. It’s possible to deliver this kind of innovation, continually improving cost and efficiency.

Read more about Smarter Products and Services.

6. Manage risk, security and compliance

A range of risks exist on a smarter planet: security, credit, market, operational, environmental and compliance name a few. With the right process and system improvements, leaders can identify, assess and monitor these risks to mitigate and prevent them.

Read more about Security and Resilience.