The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015].
Doug Brown, IBM Vice President of Marketing, kicked off the second general session. Here is my quick recap of the general session on the second day, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
IBM Corporate Strategy
Ken Keverian is IBM Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy. He feels that when they write the history of IT industry of the past 100 years, the key innovations were the transistor, the Internet, and analytics. (IBM was involved in all three!)
IBM organizes all of its strategies in three segments. Ken presented the three pillars of IBM's corporate strategy. The first pillar is the set of IBM strategic imperatives: Data, Cloud and Engagement. Engagement includes Mobile, Social and Security concerns.
The second pillar is the effort and expertise needed to connect these new strategic imperatives together with existing traditional workloads. Hybrid Cloud is a good example of this, linking together traditional IT or on-premise private Clouds with off-premise offerings. IBM is committed to open standards to make this happen.
The third pillar is moving up the value chain. Some 30 years ago, IBM relied heavily on its hardware business that represented as much as 85 percent of its total revenues. Today, IBM continues with Software, Services and Systems as its core foundation. However, a new portion of IBM will focus on delivering deep industry offerings and expertise, automation of services, and insights-as-a-service.
Client Testimonial from Walmart
Rich Jackson, Senior Technical Expert at Walmart, presented his client testimonial. He started with the following quote:
"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everyone from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."
-- Sam Walton
Walmart is one of one of the largest retailers in the world, with over 11,000 stores across 27 countries, generating over $480 Billion US dollars in revenue last year. But Walmart is not just large from putting big stores in small towns, but by shifting from inventory to information.
As with many retailers, the last two months of the year, November 1 to December 31, represent a huge spike in holiday sales for Walmart. Cyber Monday in 2014 resulted in 1.5 billion page views online. About 70 percent of the online sales are from mobile devices. Walmart has trusted its business to the robust scalability and reliability of IBM z System mainframe servers and storage.
Analytics in Healthcare
Inhi Suh is IBM Vice President of Strategy for IBM Analytics. She presented the use of IBM Streams computing in hospitals to help deal with all the alerts and beeping sounds that nurses and technicians just can't act upon.
Thanks to IBM technology, the data of an incoming patient can be retrieved to the hospital before the patient does. Doctors can also access the data, to let the nurses and technicians start on things before the doctor arrives to the hospital.
Dr. Gustavo Stolovitzky is IBM Program Director for Translational Systems Biology and Nanobiotechnology. He explained the challenges of breaking down the silos by using the "wisdom of crowds". IBM launched "Dream Challenges" to see if crowd-sourcing can help with medical challenges. The result, two very accurate algorithms to predict the progression for ALS. These two algorithms were more accurate than 12 ALS medical experts!
Scott McGill is President and CEO of Coriell Life Sciences. He explained that deaths from drug interactions now causes more deaths than automobile accidents. Their product is called GeneDose Live, which uses genomics and DNA science to help doctors determine if this pill is right for that patient, and whether a cocktail of medicines will work together, or against each other. This tool can help doctors swap out different medicines to reduce risk and increase effectiveness for individual patients.
IBM Research projects
Arvind Krishna is IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research. When it comes to medical data about a patient, only 10 percent is in the medical records. Another 30 percent is your genetics and family history. The last 60 percent is your lifestyle, what countries you have visited, and what foods you have eaten.
Analytics can also be used in the food supply chain to increase food safety. This can help reduce forborne illnesses which affects 1 out of 6 people every year, resulting in over $80 billion dollars in lost productivity. Analytics can also help food growers to reduce water usage and increase crop yields.
By the end of this decade, IBM plans to have "Exascale" systems that can have ExaFLOP of compute capability connected to an Exabyte of data. Your brain can do amazing things with just 50 Watts of energy, but supercomputers consume 50 Megawatts!
IBM has developed "Cognitive Computing" chips that emulate thousands of neurons and millions of synapses. It can be "trained" to perform certain functions with just 200 miliwatts of power. By combining these chips into boards and racks, IBM can amass a large cognitive computing environment to give Watson the ability to reason.
Lastly, Arvind covered IBM's advancements in Quantum Computing. They were able to successfully combine 4 Quantum Bit circuits (QuBits) together. IBM estimates that just 50 QuBits would outperform any combination of supercomputers from the TOP500 list.
IBM's innovations can be applied not just to Retail and Healthcare, but a variety of other industries as well!
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