First, the venue - Roma ! Says it all .... More than 2,800 clients, business partners, press and analysts gathered in Rome to discuss and share IBM's Smarter Planet vision. Essential ingredients to this are the business analytics and information components that help transform businesses and governments. You can view the Grand Opening video here
At the General Keynote session on May 19, Arvind Krishna, IBM, General Manager, Information Management discussed our latest innovations in information management and business analytics solutions. Ron Ercanbrack, IBM, Vice President of Enterprise Content Management highlighted IBM business analytics customer success stories during this session. We announced new analytics software and services to help clients manage the challenge of data deluge and gain faster insight into critical business information. We also announced client wins including Avis Europe, FujiFilm Imaging and Hildebrand on their use of business analytics focused on outcomes. Rob Ashe, IBM, General Manager, Business Analytics detailed IBM's business Analytics strategy. John Troy, Zurich Financial Services, Global Enterprise Architect provided great insights into a real case study Zurich Financial with a human element and touch that was absolutely great to hear/watch. Excellent content with a view to the future with insights devoured by audience in TOTAL AWE !! Magnus Lindkvist facilitated the session. Magnus is a trendspotter and futurist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Author of the book "Everything we know is Wrong - The Trendspotter's Handbook" with a mission to help companies make sense and money out of potential future opportunities.He was elected Sweden's Business Speaker of the Year in 2009. Magnus was available at IOD to sign copies of his book The event was widely covered by press and analysts as well as attendees. There were over 3,500 tweets on the news !! Wow, talk about social media !!
Phenomenal content and delivery by Nancy Pearson, Vice President, IBM BPM, SOA & WebSphere Marketing on "The Decade of Smart is Changing the World - Are you keeping pace ?". We
are living in the Decade of Smart. Our work environments are adapting
to take advantage of today's smarter capabilities and keep up with the
pace of change. To outperform the industry, we must make our processes
more dynamic, our people more collaborative and our organizations more
connected. During this session, we heard how our business peers
have redefined the way they work to succeed in today's smarter planet. Demonstrated insights into how the business environment is
changing and how we can get started working smarter. Session also focused on the fundamental capabilities that will help drive agility into our
organizations and enable our companies to outperform. I am trying to find a public link to the presentation and will share that with everyone soon ...
If you are looking for smarter ways to manage the volume, variety and velocity of information growth, then look no further. The IBM Smart Archive Strategy is a smarter approach to archiving with a unified, integrated and information-aware approach to not only take control of data growth, understand what is valued, what needs to be collected and archived based on its relevance but also Support information retention needs with simplicity and flexibility as well as Protect and produce trusted information to reduce risks and legal costs IBM can help. The session led by Aliye Ergulen, IBM Smart Archive Team Lead demonstrated why many of the industry's leading analysts are stating that the IBM Smart Archive vision is "strategically compelling" and is "the most comprehensive archiving vision that a vendor has yet demonstrated". Great insights shared by Aliye Ergulen.
Some other interesting sessions focused on Information Management: State of the Industry and the fact that All Clouds are not created equal ..... !!!
Wayne Wilczynski, IBM, Vice President, SWG Industry Sales led the the Information Agenda for Banking & Financial Services session. IA for Banking/Financial Services is built upon common industry imperatives and identifies projects that can move an information strategy forward to meet your business objectives. This session provided an overview of the information agenda in the context of major industry trends and highlighted success stories and key sessions of interest for the Banking & Financial Services attendee.
I also had the opportunity to attend the session on "Solution Selling - The Information Agenda Approach" by Andrew Warzecha, IBM, Vice President, IM & BAPA Strategy. As purchasing power continues to shift to business from IT, it has become increasingly important to position offerings and services that resonate with all decision makers in terminology they are used to communicating with and with a business value proposition that differentiates. Andrew discussed how to differentiate your sales approach by becoming a trusted advisor to your prospects and help them apply information and analytics to reduce their costs and drive smarter business outcomes.
Social Media being one of the intriguing topics today, I attended the Social media session by Graham Hadingham, IBM, ECM Brand Leader UK and George Parapadakis, IBM, ECM Business Executive titled "Twitter, Facebook, Generation Y and Social media - how do they impact ECM ?" It was mind-boggling to hear how the user stats are changing everyday on platforms such as facebook, twitter and more and where all this is headed ! Social
media, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 are terms used to describe a new wave
of social interaction, which is dramatically changing the behavior of
a new generation ("generation Y") that is growing in the show of
ubiquitous internet access. The session focused on the impact this will have to our business
models as well as the opportunities it creates and the new risks
introduced. More importantly it helped think about the affect of social media on our ECM strategy over the next 2-5
And, here is a picture of the IBM BVA DREAM Team at IOD
Still tons more to cover .... including the Spectacular venue/Networking event at Villa Miani on May 20th. Watch this space for the next update ... until then, Enjoy !