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Posted by Ted Schadler on November 20, 2008
[dateline] Stamford, CT
IBM CEO Sam Palmisano gave a speech to the Council on Foreign Affairs in New York City on November 6, 2008. In the speech, he added his voice that that of Al Gore, Jeff Immelt, and Barack Obama to declare that the US can lead the world to prosperity (and out of this financial quagmire). He called his vision building a "smarter planet."
Here's how I see the smarter planet:
The Payoff Is Lower Costs, Less Waste, Faster Turnaround, And More Agility
What IBM has correctly identified is that information technology can make entire systems and industries, not just single firms or business processes, more efficient. To achieve those efficiencies will require embedding IT -- data, computing, and networks -- into every part of that system. And IBM is probably the company with the necessary IT assets -- hardware, software, networks, partnerships, services, and processes -- to drive this effort. HP is the next closest alternative.
Challenges To Building A Smarter Planet
There are of course big challenges to becoming a company on a smarter planet:
What Must Change To Thrive On A Smarter Planet
Of course, none of this will happen unless companies, their suppliers, and their governments make fundamental changes in their expectations and operations.
Disagree? Have thoughts to share? Please comment and let me know.
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