I as an IBMer and a technologist thoroughly enjoy my CEO, Ginni Rometty speak. What really stands out is how effortlessly she demonstrates the technology trends with a clear intersection of the customer's business.
This is my capture of Ginni's Keynote @ NRF 2014 (IBM has engaged with NRF for the past 40 years) titled 'A New Era of Value: A Conversation with Ginni Rometty'.
Interaction of IT industry with Retail, 3 technology trends transforming the IT Industry - paradigms which will change Retail Industry the New Era of Commerce
1. Big Data - Information is going to be basis of competition across the industry. It is not over-hyped buzz, it is under-hyped.
a - Emergence of online data and store data coming together.
b - High impact on Supply-chain. Retailing 2.0 to predict, scale, real time precision
TWO behaviors of the best performers (from IBM's Smarter Planet references out there)
-- range of data - structured, unstructured, social
-- range of analytics, descriptive, predictive, prescriptive
2. Cloud - Convince you it is about business model choices.
Key characteristics everyone is looking for speed agility, privacy and security
3 questions to check and do it against enterprise standards
a What kind of Cloud ? Hybrid - Public & Private ?
b How am I managing data, placement of data, know where it is ?
c Can I audit it, manage the data as it was my own ?
3. Cognitive - Radical new era of technology, systems that learn, assert it will change rapidly, build relationships like never before.
Ginni emphasized on the three words around data - Transparency, Control, Trust.
I would encourage you to listen to the full replay, whether you are into technology or the business of retailing