I attended several sessions presented by IBMers at the symposium.
Here are some of the highlights and points that I took away from each
one, summarizing my live posts from @mirv_pgh on Twitter.
Practices for Cloud & Database Security
On Tuesday, Al Cooley, IBM Director of
Data Security, spoke on cloud and database security. Security is one
of the big concerns that most customers raise about cloud computing.
Intruders tend to go straight for
the databases because that's usually where the goods are. Best practices:
- discover, identify your sensitive
- assess vulnerabilities
- harden security
- perform auditing
- monitor activities
- monitor applications
- implement access control
- encrypt sensitive data
- mask your test data
@ IBM: Innovation that Matters
On Tuesday, Leslie Gordon, IBM VP of
Application & Infrastructure Service Management, spoke on IBM's
own transformational journey as a global IT enterprise. It was
interesting for me, as an IBMer to hear about how IBM implemented
these changes across the organization.
- The foundation: a globally
integrated enterprise, mandate for growth and making things smarter.
- What is an essential CIO? 2011 CIO
study – The Essential CIO – download
your copy here.
- Cloud computing is in the top four
of CIO priorities.
- There is a call to serve the
enterprise. Remember, everything won't get done in a year.
- Cloud computing is not rocket
science but it is computer science.
- IBM's internal cloud moved select
resources to a more agile, cost-effective platform.
- IBM put it's own analytics,
collaboration, development and test, and more in the cloud.
- Watson, named for one of IBM's
founders, is now being used to help physicians make diagnoses. It
saves time and saves lives.
- Read more about how Wellpoint
is putting Watson to work in the healthcare industry here.
your business with Cloud Computing
On Wednesday, Ric Telford, VP of Cloud
Computing, spoke on how businesses can win with cloud computing.
- 30 percent of bugs are introduced
by inconsistent configurations. PaaS addresses that by providing
reliability, security, scalability.
- 4-6 weeks is an average lead time
for application deployment. PaaS can accelerate the development and
delivery process, cutting weeks down to days.
- IBM SmartCloud Enterprise is being
used for development and test, batch processing, and web
- The new IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+
offering takes it a step further with better support for enterprise
applications. You run on a dedicated cloud, built like any
- IBM SmartCloud for SAP supports
SAP applications. The SmartCloud portfolio is being expanded to
support other capabilities, too.
- SaaS: IBM offers e-commerce,
smarter cities, social business, business analytics, and more on the
- IBM Cast Iron Integration is a
hybrid cloud solution, got mentioned a few times here.
- We see enterprises start with a
private cloud and move to a hybrid solution.
- SMBs can start on a public cloud
and use SaaS solutions to compete in the marketplace.
- Where private clouds are going –
moving to PaaS – integrated middleware, platform and image
- Heterogenous hypervisors? Would
make a good name for a fantasy sports team. #insidejoke
There were also some good talks given
by Kevin Elder, IBM Business Partner, on Business Analytics, and
Chris Pepin, IBM Mobile Technology Evangelist, on Social Business and
Mobility Solutions. Brandi Boatner covered those talks and you can
follow her tweets about them here - @ThinkBluePR.