Live @ Pulse 2010: Second Day Buzz
Greetings from 5:47 A.M. Las Vegas time, live in my room at the MGM Signature.
Yesterday was a great start to Pulse 2010, I must say. There was quite a buzz in the air, and even though I was stuck in the MGM “biosphere” for the entirety of the day, I found the content of the opening session and Al Gore’s keynote to be quite compelling.
And the demo of The Venetian and its “smart” city-within-a-city was particularly compelling, and judging from the Twitter comments I saw, you all in the audience really enjoyed it as well. If you wish to show the demo to your colleagues back at the office, you can view it here on YouTube.
As part of yesterday’s festivities, IBM made some key announcements, including around the notion of building smarter buildings.
As I already posted, IBM has partnered with Johnson Controls to optimize energy usage and improve security for clients in more than 150 countries. This new smart building solution will help clients improve asset performance, sustainability, productivity, and safety across buildings and portfolios of buildings.
“Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments,” said Rich Lechner, vice president, Energy and Environment for IBM, about the announcement. “Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today.”
IBM also announced it is working with Ricoh on an advanced device and printing management system which infuses office devices with real-time tracking and monitoring to help firms significantly reduce their print-related costs, improve service and also cut back on carbon emissions.
Gartner has estimated organizations can save between 10 and 30 percent of their printing costs if they better manage their printer, copier, and fax fleets.
You can keep up with all the Pulse-related announcements on this page here.
As for getting Tuesday off to a similarly roaring start, don’t forget this morning’s keynote session will be co-hosted by IBM Chief Privacy Officer and VP, Security Counsel, Harriet Pearson, and IBM System and Technology Group GM Helene Armitage.
Harriet and Helene will explore how integrated service management can meet the needs of a smarter planet, with a particular eye on the practical concerns of managing growth, reducing costs and ensuring security.
See you at the MGM Grand Arena!