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Day 3 @ IOD

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Good morning, Las Vegas!

I hope you enjoyed the indoor beach party.

What decade did you hang out in?

No decade?  You don’t know what I’m talking about because you hung out in your room?

Well I can completely understand…gathering all that new intelligence was exhausting, but I have to say, I woke up today feeling much smarter, both about myself and the planet, and am very much looking forward today to Malcolm Gladwell’s keynote.

If you don’t know Malcolm’s work, you’re missing some key insights into the human condition, investigations driven by Malcolm’s sifting through lots of data, and relationships between data, to better understand ourselves and our world.

His talk kicks off at 8:15 AM this morning, and shortly after his talk he’ll be signing copies of his books at the IOD bookstore.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day…keep an eye here on the Turbo blog for further IOD session recaps.


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October 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Turbo Video Dispatch #4: Turbo Finds Some New Intelligence

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No jokes about the headline, please.  I’ve always been a little slow, so I need as much new intelligence as I can get.

Before you click on the video, a quick housekeeping tip: Tonight’s networking event is being moved indoors to Baynote rooms A, B, and C (not the Mandalay B rooms A, B, C, as I reported in the video).

As if it makes any difference…by the time I figure out how to navigate this place, it’ll be time to leave!

Enjoy the video update!

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October 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet

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Steve Mills kicked off today’s keynote session at the Information on Demand Conference here in Vegas with a look at how we can build “New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet.”

As an IBMer myself, I’ve followed the evolution of this initiative (I hesitate to call it a “campaign”) with great fascination, both as a marketer but also as a student of the world.

For me, the essence of smarter planet is this: We on the globe face some substantial challenges, but if we do things smarter, and if we better gather and use information and data that is everywhere around us, we can make some substantial forward progress, save lives and resources, and create a better world.

It’s a hard value proposition to argue with.

Yes, we believe IBM technology can, and already is, playing an integral role in facilitating this evolution towards a smarter planet. Specifically to this conference, IBM Software and Information Management software.

Steve started his discussion with a few thousand attendees this morning by articulating some of these pressing problems: We live in an incredibly fast changing world, we have enormous inefficiencies, there are loads of opportunities to change things for the better.

By way of example, he mentioned that fresh water is soon to be the scarcest commodity on the planet, but that if we work smarter, not harder, we can improve our use of the limited water resources we do have.

He explained that a smarter planet is one that is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.

Instrumented meaning the opportunity to measure inputs and outputs in ways previously unimaginable, to the end of obtaining new and invaluable data.

Interconnected meaning everything, including people, objects, pipelines…use your imagination…are connected one to the other.

And intelligent, meaning we use the instrumentation and interconnectedness to derive new value and insights about the world around us.

Sounds easy, but with the information explosion we’re witnessing, we generate and collect more data than we take advantage of.

Steve informed us that 52% of users say they don’t even have confidence in their everyday information.

All of which leads many to pose the question: What does it mean, and what does it take, to be smarter?

And to provide an answer, Steve then discussed a number of IBM customers who are already well on their way to creating new intelligence (with some assistance by a distinguished panel of several of the IBM customers featured):

  • Galway Bay, Ireland, for example, which is creating a smarter water management system.
  • Geisinger Health System, which uses IBM InfoSphere Information Server to help doctors deliver better case through evidence-based medicine.
  • The New York City Police Department, which built a crime-information system using Cognos 8 Business Intelligence software and which has criminals in NYC running for the exits
  • HRAFN, a food producer in Norway using IBM Sensor and Actuator technology to track food through its lifecycle and ensure its safety and compliance with regulatory bodies

If you’ve not read the overview of what constitutes a new intelligence for a smarter planet, you can do so here, and just below you can click to watch the TV spot we recently produced to highlight the importance of fostering this new intelligence.

Putting data into action!

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October 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Tuesday AM @ IOD

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Hey there, IODers…the full tent is in full swing here in the Mandalay Bay H, the Zippers have just left the stage, and we’re now watching a video about Smarter Cities.

Speaking of which, a quick announcement: Tonight’s networking event is being moved indoors to Baynote rooms A, B, and C.

Hope to see you there!

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October 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

IOD 2009 Opening Session Debrief: Information-Led Transformations…by Winston the Turtle?

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The Information on Demand Conference has finally kicked off this morning, and just in time, too.

I had a nice chat over breakfast with a Filenet guru from God’s Country (Montana).  It was just she and about 6,000 other folks (check the IOD group on Flickr, surely somebody took a picture of that).

Now, we’re situated in the main Mandalay Arena, where earlier things were kicked off by four ladies playing upbeat string music, and then the Black-Eyed Peas Wannabes.

Then, singing ventriloquist (You heard me…No, really, that was me!) Terry Fator brought out Winston the Turtle to share a few strolls down memory lane, including Roy Orbison’s “Crying.”

Then, IBM Information Management general manager Ambuj Goyal sauntered in to the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” and explained that just a few short years ago we were gathered talking about data and content management, but that much had changed since.

For instance, $8B in acquisitions, including Filenet, Cognos, and SPSS (in that order, I do believe).  The economic climate.  Continued data and information proliferation.

And as IBM engaged in thousands of customer engagements, we kept hearing over and over from line of business execs: If I only had the right information at the right time, I could make better decisions.

And so many IT executives exclaiming, if only I could work better with IT.

IBM Global Business Services senior VP Frank Kern joined Ambuj to say the vision was compelling: What would it take to create a predictive capability for business decision makers?

Which is why IBM is investing in deep analytics, to help companies reduce risk and put greater certainty around the decisions they have to make

To answer one simple question: What if?

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October 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Turbo Video Dispatch #2: How to Grok IOD

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October 25, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Turbo Information on Demand Conference 2009 — Video Dispatch #1: Too Much Frickin’ Information

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October 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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