Impact 2009 rocked the Venetian when it kicked off Monday morning with 5,326 registrants from 80 countries. Sandy Carter told the crowd that IBM has been rated #1 in SOA worldwide by WinterGreen Research. It’s the third consecutive year IBM has led in market share. “It’s our event,” said Russell Irwin of Standard Life Insurance. He told the crowd “We have a fantastic opportunity this week to make progress.” Irwin is the Group Technology Strategy and Assurance Manager of the company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He previewed their SOA journey, which began 10 years ago. “SOA is working for us and adding real value to the bottom line,” he said. The value of reuse in their SOA environment has been about $40 million. (Watch the video)
“We’re on the cusp of creating a smarter planet,” said Steve Mills, General Manager of IBM Software Group. He said the world is becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Technology is helping to solve key public issues. For example, the IBM Smart City projects help cities struggling with maintaining their infrastructure. Mills said, “In a world of scarcer resources, we can’t work harder. We have to work smarter.”
Silvester Prakasam, Director, Fare System, Land Transport Authority described how Singapore, “the most livable city in Asia,” worked with IBM to build a platform for using a pricing mechanism to influence public transport, resulting in less congestion and cost savings. Carter announced solutions for working smarter in the areas of Dynamic Business Processes and Models, Smarter Collaboration, and Smart SOA. IBM introduced key agility indicators (KAIs) previously, to help companies measure their ability to adapt to change—essential to bring fast payback. She explained that changing a vendor in a supply chain could previously take weeks, but now it needs to be measured in days. That’s why IBM updated over 300 KAIs across industries based on new economic indicators. Other announcements include updates to business rules from ILOG, acquired by IBM last year, the #1 rules provider in the world. A new offering is IBM BPM BlueWorks, an easy on-ramp to business process management. It’s the first business community that lets users model processes in the cloud. Tom Rosamilia, general manager of IBM AIM Division, announced the new WebSphere® CloudBurst Appliance, a hardware appliance unveiled for the first time onstage. CloudBurst is the world’s first SOAenabled, appliance-based cloud solution. CloudBurst, together with optional services for cloud, lets you quickly dispense WebSphere Application Server based images that are easy to deploy, manage and administer.
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IBM also recognized several Business Partners for their outstanding dedication to building and implementing solutions that help our clients adapt and compete more effectively in an ever-changing global environment. Their solutions build upon SOA and WebSphere software. As our clients strive to grow their businesses, they want to enable business improvements in cost and operating efficiencies. Our Impact Awards program reinforces our commitment to our Business Partners who provide SOA-powered solutions that help our clients drive continuous improvement, cost-savings and efficiency, said Sandy Carter, vice president of Marketing, Strategy, and Channels for IBM BPM, SOA and WebSphere.
The winners for 2009 in five different categories are:
- SOA Cost Optimization Award – Miracle Software Systems, Inc., accepted by CEO and President Prasad Lokam
- Business Process Management Award – Ascendant Technology LLC, accepted by President Jim Deters
- Green Partner Award – Enterprise Information Management Inc., accepted by Worldwide Vice President of Sales Matthew Garst
- Distributor Excellence Award – Tech Data Azlan, accepted by Division Manager, IBM Products, Dagmar Ziegler
- Impact Comes To You Award – MQSoftware Inc, accepted by CEO Bill Cecchi
Finalists were also recognized in every category. View Impact 2009 Business Partner Award Winners and Finalists