IBM Edge2014 – The premier event for infrastructure innovation is making waves in Las Vegas. On Tuesday (the second day of the event), more than 4200 technology leaders and practitioners from all industries participated to sharpen their expertise, discover the latest technologies, and share best practices in infrastructure innovation. Here are the key highlights:
General Session Day 2: Creating an Agile Infrastructure
The second day of Edge2014 started off with the General Session: Creating an Agile Infrastructure. While General Session Day 1: “Infrastructure Innovation that Matters” discussed the what and why aspects of it, the General Session Day 2 focused on how IBM solutions can deliver on the promise of infrastructure’s value through the lens of cloud, analytics, mobile and social. The session was moderated by Stephen Leonard – General Manager, Sales IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG), and brought together top IBM client and executives like Chris O’Connor - Vice President, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, Arvind Krishna – General Manager, Development and Manufacturing, IBM STG, Maria Winans, Vice President, IBM Social Business who delivered insights on infrastructure innovations.
The session explained how to simplify, accelerate and deliver IT in the era of cloud, big data, mobile and social. For instance, during the session Maria Winans -Vice President, IBM Social Business spoke about how IBM and other organizations are driving people-centric engagement for new profit channels. She also spoke about the importance of analytics, saying you can’t personalize customer experiences if you can’t do the required analytics.
The session also highlighted IBM innovations and differentiating capabilities and made several key IBM announcements. Be sure to check out the announcements that were made at Edge yesterday - exciting new infrastructure enhancements based on open standards that enable shared access to trustworthy information, build analytics intelligence into transactions and are tuned for the cloud to help you deliver real-time information and insights. You can watch the replay of the full session here.
The Infrastructure Matters zone in the solution expo has the whole IBM Systems and Storage family on display. We experienced huge visits and excitements at the expo. If you’re at Edge, be sure to stop by to get some hands on time with Software Defined Environments, System Storage, Power Systems and Pure Systems and talk to the experts. Join us and get some cool giveaways.
Along with great learning sessions at Edge2014, we had three great artists who helped our audiences to unwind. Probably the coolest part of the opening general session was listening to an eleven-year old prodigy guitarist named Brandon Niederauer who rocked the big stage. Sheryl Crow, an iconic singer / song writer and the winner of 9 Grammy awards, performed live at the EdgeRocks yesterday. We also had Tom Cotter at EdgeLOL who entertained the attendees by telling funny jokes. Interestingly, Tom who has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing in 2nd place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012 will also make us laugh today at EdgeLOL.
Social media and Livestream
With so much of excitement around, IBM Edge is among the top trends on Twitter with 52 million social impressions. Stop by the Edge Social Lounge at Edge for fun activities and tutorial sessions in getting started with social media. You can also share the excitement with us by joining @IBMEdge or @IBMSDE on Twitter.
If you can’t make it to Edge2014, you can watch the Livestream or the Cube live interviews and get a glimpse of the actions happening here. Stay tuned. More to come at Edge2014!
IBM Systems & Technology Group