More details on what Smart Planet means for the Systems group at IBM.
Following this mornings general sessions, the afternoon brought more detail to the hardware meets Smart Planet vision-scape. There was more discussion of “growth markets,” a fun customer sit-down with Visa’s CTO Matt Quinlan, breakouts for the various server types, System Director talk, and then Q & A.
Here are some highlights:
- IBM says China continues to be a big, new market for them. They highlighted the big project types as: smarter rails, healthcare, banking modernization, Smart Grid. IBM’s Vinodh Swaminathan did the growth market presentation, and was interesting to note the lessening of the term “BRIC” and more emphasis on China, India, and Eastern Europe. ICEE, anyone?
- Tom Rosamilia, GM of System z (mainframes) hosted a “fireside chat” with Visa’s CTO Matt Quinlan. As customer talks go, this one was pretty good: it spoke both to technical details and the vision du jour, Smart Planet. As Matt summarized some Visa videos (making payments with a mobile phone and getting debit cards instead of checks for child support), these are “kind of our version in reality of Smart(er) Planet.”