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IBM’s launches a new Information Led Transformation Initiative

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on October 26, 2009

I am in Las Vegas for the IBM Gold Consultant Briefing 2009 that is being held in conjunction with the IBM Information On Demand (IOD) 2009 conference. I am well into the Gold Briefing (4th day), and am suffering a wee bit from information overload as part of the IBM Information Led Transformation (ILT) initiative! 🙂 Today IBM announced its impressive ILT initiative which I see as another evolutionary step in the Information On Demand journey that was kicked off 4 years back. IBM certainly has made huge investments in this space over this period – $12B with $8B in some major acquisitions and $4B in organic R&D. And the IM portfolio certainly looks quite comprehensive with a broad range of capabilities.

The Information Stack in IBM’s words has the following pieces –

  • An Information Infrastructure comprised of software, servers, and storage that provides a foundation for your information.
  • Trusted Information gives you a single view of data through offerings that enable you to transform silos of information into a trusted, strategic asset that is shared across your organization.
  • Business Analytics and Performance Management enables you apply analytics to optimize your business through better decisions by providing planning, budgeting, forecasting, measuring, monitoring, reporting and analysis capabilities.

With IBM, you can never have enough brand names and enough churn in product names, to make staying on top of things a challenge! IBM has it all – the newer Optim, FileNet, InfoSphere, Cognos, SPSS, ILog solutions; the more traditional Db2, Informix, CMOD products; and the cloud and mashup buzzwords. I think technically very impressive but I sure do wish that it was easier to stay connected with all the brand/product names!

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Check out Project Zero!

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on October 16, 2007

I have been swamped lately and of course, my blogging has fallen by the way side. The last few days, I have been attending the “IBM Gold Consultant Briefing 2007” that is being held in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Information on Demand (IOD) conference. There have been a few key sessions with useful information – lots of SOA stuff, Web 2.0, and mash-ups. Something that I was vaguely familiar with earlier (i.e. had heard the name) but got more exposure to this week was Project Zero – this is a “community driven commercial development” project in IBM speak. Essentially that means that the user community has input on the project direction and functionality but it is built by IBM on a commercial basis. Also it is not free to use beyond a certain point – read more in the faqs.

Essentially Project Zero (lifted directly from the project site at http://www.projectzero.org) introduces a simple environment for creating, assembling and executing applications based on popular Web technologies. The Project Zero environment includes a scripting runtime for Groovy and PHP with application programming interfaces optimized for producing REST-style services, integration mash-ups and rich Web interfaces. This whole thing looks very cool and interesting. Jerry Cuomo who I have met at the IBM Gold Consultant Briefings before and who is an excellent presenter, is the lead sponsor for this project.

Definitely worth playing with “Project Zero” and additionally seeing how as the user community we can influence the project – seems like a powerful and rather radical idea for IBM to embrace, but one that in my opinion makes sense. The community input is certainly something that is core to success in the open source space and I believe that it can be used to advantage in a commercial setting.

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