If you’re an IBM customer who has heard of, or attended our Pulse conference, odds are that you think of it a Service Management event that is about IBM’s SLM software from Tivoli. But this year’s event promises something different. Especially for customers who are interested in maximizing the performance of their enterprise hardware. After all don’t business analytics and lightening fast servers go together like Fred and Ginger? This year, IBM is highlighting a new theme called "Smarter Computing" at the conference.
Smarter Computing is the next evolution of IT that will enable your clients to optimize their systems with analytics and high-performance hardware. The powerful combination of IBM hardware plus IBM software enables clients to plan and manage their investments to achieve an optimized enterprise. Investments in emerging technologies such as cloud computing can be more predictable, resulting in savings of up to 40 percent of technology infrastructure expenses through balancing IT capacity with business growth. Click here to see the Smarter Computing agenda at Pulse. A series of sessions at the conference will highlight these aspects of Smarter Computing:
1. Service Delivery & Process Automation2. Service Availability & Performance Management3. Storage Management4. Service Design and Delivery
The Smarter Computing tracks will demonstrate how businesses all over the world can use integration, automation and transformation to dramatically improve the economics of IT. Highlights include:
The Smarter Computing Agenda. Sessions and demos covering the industry’s latest trends. If you attend, you’ll learn how IBM is applying Smarter Computing to data, systems and service to create efficient and innovative IT.
The Smarter Computing Zone. Demos featuring IBM’s industry-leading capabilities to help you better manage data explosion, rapidly changing workload requirements and customer demands for more flexible service models.
The Hardware Circle. All the latest IBM hardware innovations. You’ll see how flexible, centralized system designs are delivering superior IT economics.
If you’re interested in learning more,click on over to www.ibm.com/pulse. Did I mention the conference is in Las Vegas featuring Pulse Palooza? And you never know who might show up. In years past, Smash Mouth has rocked Pulse Palooza.
“If major cities are to survive the coming energy crunch, they will have to become more efficient. Enter the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, a just-announced initiative that will bring together green building technology companies with the building owners who want to test them out.
The center, a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY), will develop a membership structure that will allow building owners and technology companies to join for between $1,000 to $50,000 a year. IBM will offer up technology to help the center evaluate the performance of test products.
“IBM plans to collaborate with the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center to apply advanced computing technology—such as cloud computing, real-time analytics, and supercomputing, for example—to help make New York City a global leader in deploying smart-building technologies,” said Dr. Katherine Frase, Vice President, IBM Research, in a statement. “This approach will help building owners in the city increase the attractiveness, efficiency and sustainability of their real estate through significant improvements in how they use energy, water and other resources.”
Members will be asked to share the results of their research for further investigation. And ultimately, the center could serve as an independent evaluation center for green building products (i.e. energy-efficient windows or HVAC systems). This all depends, of course, on how many companies and test sites join the center. But with the green building market expected to balloon from $71.1 billion now to $173 billion by 2015, the center probably won’t lack for eager members.
Ariel Schwartz can be reached on Twitter or by email.”—A New Force for Green Building Projects | Fast Company
In it, I discuss the ramifications of IBM’s remarkable Watson software for Business in the next 10 years. It’s amazing to watch the videos of IBM’s Watson participating in Jeopardy rounds against the human champions. Watson answers faster and more accurately, and it seemingly knows everything. The mileau of information that has to be cataloged in order to have a shot at winning Jeaporday is vast and includes history, literature, politics, arts and entertainment, and science, not to mention algorithms capable of natural language reasoning to be able to decipher the question and arrive at a specific answer.
Imagine having a resource like Watson tirelessly available for your organization’s needs. Would it be the ultimate business intelligence tool? Ask any question, Jeopardy-style, and the machine could cross index every bit of data available in any datamart your corporation has for an answer. How much more effective would meetings be if you could ask such questions and quickly get answers?
Cloud computing offers a lot of advantages, but it has some disadvantages as well. Some of the most creative uses of cloud computing use a hybrid of cloud servers and conventional servers to provide the best of both worlds. But there are disadvantages to such an approach, so here’s how engineering organizations have designed hybrid architectures to counter issues.