DevOps By Any Other Name... IBM Impact 2014
The IBM Impact general session this morning was all atwitter (social media joke) as attendees discussed the conference kickoff, before, during and after it occurred.
Tangerine Bank CEO, Peter Aceto laid out the company philosophy as well as the strategic partnership with IBM that has led to Tangerine's organizational and technological goals. Reducing deployment times to multiple, complex environments from several days to 30 minutes with IBM Pure Application Systems was certainly a measurable highlight.
Mark Jen of Square (the aptly named square credit card processing machine that plugs into your smartphone/tablet) did a live demonstration with Robert LeBlanc, SVP of Cloud and Software Group Solutions, which showed in real-time how easy and simple it can be to add features to a mobile application using BlueMix.
My personal favorite moment(s) of the conference kickoff session were during the Car2Go presentation from Daimler. The ideas of a "sharing economy" and "collaborative consumption" were brought up during the Daimler spotlight - which are certainly pervasive themes in our world today. You can crowd source money for your start-up, binge watch the entirety of a new show on Netflix and, for Daimler, share a car with a complete stranger without ever crossing paths (or roads). Car2Go is based off of the idea of collaborative consumption and "access over ownership," which, basically, makes Car2Go the Netflix of automobiles. CaaS - Cars as a Service. Rent one for the time you need it, and leave it at your destination for another access-er to drive to their next destination... and so on.
Robert LeBlanc wove in and out of the session, leaving the crowd with a few important messages, but the phrase I heard that resonated the most was "cus
Overall, the underlying theme I could read was that DevOps principles are key to any industry - collaboration, stakeholder involvement and the pursuit of agility all convalesce to become something stronger and something seemingly impossible when relegated to silos or approached as one-off solvents for all organizational problems.
Stay tuned to the Invisible Thread for more this week on IBM Impact!