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  • - Session I: Smarter Planet. Smarter Industries

    Perspectives on a Smarter Planet
    Ginni Rometty, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategy

    Over the last ten years, business systems and social systems have evolved in ways that were unthinkable in the year 2000. During this period the planet has become increasingly instrumented, integrated and intelligent - the planet is becoming smarter.

    Ginni Rometty, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategy explores how technology and innovative management have enabled this transformation, and how we can better understand, manage and benefit from the system of systems that is emerging. She discusses how organizations are driving new levels of enterprise optimization to deliver new forms of growth.  She also addresses the serious leadership challenges associated with this evolution, the new skills required to thrive in this evolving environment and how to drive profitable business growth to create a sustainable future.

    Capitalizing on Complexity: Leading with Creativity Key Note and A Conversation with CEOs
    Frank Kern, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services

    In 2010 CEOs defined the biggest challenge that confronted them as the rapid growth in complexity and the degree to which the world is becoming more interconnected. These key findings from the study, Capitalizing on Complexity, made by IBM's Institute for Business Value, were based on more than 1500 interviews with top CEOs and public sector leaders worldwide which captured their concerns together with their growing conviction of the unique opportunities ahead.

    Frank Kern, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services discusses the implications of the current environment illustrating that global leaders can no longer simply manage through complexity but rather their success will depend on their ability to innovate. Frank is joined by a panel of senior leaders who have grappled with these challenges and are leading their organizations on a new path by mastering complexity to their own advantage.

    Panelists include:

  • - Session II: Smarter Industries in Action

    Smarter Analytics: Insight to Outcomes
    Insight: Analytics: The new path to value. A new IBM Study in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management Review
    Fred Balboni, Global Leader, Business Analytics and
    Optimization, Global Business Services, IBM Corporation
    Outcomes: Analytics in Action

    Robert Ashe, General Manager, Business Analytics, IBM Corporation

    Analytics enables companies to uncover key insights about their businesses, enabling entire organizations to make smarter decisions and outperform their competition.  IBM and MIT Sloan Management Review have just completed a new worldwide survey of nearly 2,600 respondents who leverage analytics in their businesses and organizations today.

    Fred Balboni, Global Leader Business Analytics and Optimization, IBM Global Services describes the results organizations are achieving, and the challenges organizations face as they move through the analytic evolutionary journey to become more advanced in their creation and use of analytics.

    Rob Ashe, General Manager, Business Analytics, IBM Corporation, discusses how organizations can easily begin their business analytics journey from a wide range of starting points. Learn how your company can apply analytics across the decision making spectrum to become an "Analytics Driven Organization."

    Art of the Possible: Innovation for Smarter Industries, Key Note and Panel Discussion
    Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Development and Manufacturing, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Corporation

    Smarter Planet is about the “art of the possible” – how together we can leverage the interconnectedness and instrumented nature of today's world and infuse intelligence into complex systems to create better business and societal outcomes.   Join Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Development and Manufacturing, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Corporation, and other innovators share insights on the emerging technologies and capabilities that will help accelerate smarter industry agendas over the coming years.

    Panel includes:

  • - Session III: Smarter Industries. Smarter Business. The Journey

    John Kao, Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation

    Join, John Kao, chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on innovation and author of numerous best-selling business books, as he brings his unique perspective to the Smarter Industries Symposium.

    A trusted advisor to businesses and governments on six continents, Kao is known for provocative and inspiring presentations that help leaders to envision the future of their organizations and to map strategies for capturing emerging opportunity.

    John will share new insight into how globalization and emerging technologies present challenges to traditional leaders while at the same time opening up new business models for established companies, entrepreneurs and governments. Even in a tough economic environment, Kao's upbeat message rings true: the future is yours to invent.

    Integrated Industry Solutions for Smarter Outcomes and a Client Panel of Transformational Stories

    Michael D. Rhodin, Senior Vice President, Software Solutions Group, IBM Corporation

    To succeed in a smarter planet means you need keep up with the pace of change and innovate to seek new sources of growth, no matter where they are. This exciting and challenging new business environment requires high-value, flexible and integrated business operations. Leaders in business and government are recognizing more and more that technology will play an important role in creating the business environments needed to succeed, while providing the clarity needed to make and execute informed business decisions. Companies today need solutions that solve the specific business problems they face in their industry; that deliver measurable business value and quantifiable outcomes. Applying integrated industry-based solutions to transform their businesses, clients can achieve a host of benefits: lower costs, reduced risk, increased agility and efficiency- and most importantly, growth.

    Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President of IBM's Software Solutions Group, discusses the ways in which IBM is working with clients across many industries to apply business and technology innovation to transform their organizations, effectively creating smarter industries- one business at a time. He is also joined by clients who have experienced this transformation firsthand.



Industry Exchange Sessions

Compelling Industry Content – supporting your business requirements

Leaders from your industry shared the measurable benefits and quantifiable outcomes that they are experiencing from making their businesses smarter.  Learn how they built the business cases needed to compel faster investment decisions.

We also invite you to draw inspiration from the successes and experiences of leaders from other industries to unlock creative new ideas for addressing existing challenges as well as breaking into adjacent new spaces.

Explore the industry content below to gain insight into proven approaches that can accelerate transformation and deliver tangible results.

Analytics: The new path to value
How the smartest organizations are embedding analytics to transform insights into action

The combination of an increasingly complex world, the vast proliferation of data, and the pressing need to stay one step ahead of the competition has sharpened focus on using analytics within organizations. To better understand how organizations are applying analytics today, prioritizing their future investments, and transforming insights into action, MIT Sloan Management Review in collaboration with the IBM Institute for Business Value, surveyed a global sample of nearly 3,000 executive managers and analysts. Based on our analysis of survey results, combined with
interviews with academic and subject matter experts, this study offers recommendations
on how organizations can bolster their analytics capabilities to achieve long-term advantage.

Compare your company's collaboration practices with the strategies, capabilities and technologies used by companies with best-in-class performance to advance your social business strategy. This interactive assessment provides quantitative results and actionable recommendations based on Aberdeen Group's primary research of over 450 organizations.

Apply the depth of IBM's industry expertise in both business and technology to help you create value in your organization.

Our Industry Virtual Briefing Centers provide a gateway to IBM's innovation, thought leadership and solutions for ten leading industries. Each Virtual Briefing Center contains webcasts - delivered by our top experts and practitioners – as well as case studies, white papers, solutions, videos and more.   We welcome you to join us as we share new ideas and creative approaches that can help your organization to manage and grow amid the many challenges facing your industry:  Visit our industry Virtual Briefing Centers.

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  • - Electronics, Automotive and Aerospace

    Electronics, automotive and aerospace companies are creating smarter products which are tightly interconnected and integrated with other products and systems. These smarter products are already transforming the world and the way in which we interact with it and are creating the opportunity for product makers to differentiate themselves and create new revenue streams through new services.

    Smarter product and service innovation requires redesigned business models and partnerships across ecosystems, new competencies in embedded software and systems development, the application of advanced analytics with product data, and the infrastructure to deliver new services.

    Please join us at IBM’s Smarter Industries Symposium where we will explore in depth how high technology and manufacturing companies can grow their business through the enormous potential of smarter products and services.

    At the IBM Smarter Industries Symposium, we explored how high technology and manufacturing companies can grow their business through the enormous potential of smarter products and services.

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  • - Government

    The past two years have demanded stronger leadership, creativity, and collaboration from governments than at any time in recent history. In September 2008, Governments around the world recognized the need for a coordinated response to the growing financial crisis and quickly agreed on a decisive set of actions that prevented the crisis from becoming a global depression. Since then, many programs have been implemented to set the stage for a recovery, and while much has been accomplished, many complex challenges still lie ahead. With government revenue down in this still weak economic environment, the demand for services and support has actually increased. Citizens and businesses still expect government leaders to improve key services and implement policies and plans that make a lasting contribution to the economic health and welfare of their communities.

    At the IBM Smarter Industries Symposium, we explored the opportunities for governments to become smarter and operate more effectively with the accountability and transparency that today’s engaged community expects.  We surfaced new ideas that have the potential to:

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  • - Oil and Gas

    The oil and gas industry is, in one sense, a very simple business: It's about extracting and producing large amounts of a small number of substances from the earth for use by consumers. But this conceptually straightforward task is risky, dangerous, extremely expensive and important to every person on the planet.

    It’s also an intricately related system of systems, ranging from the relentless geologic search operations, to the awesome engineering needed to capture resources miles beneath the ocean floor, to a supply chain of giant physical assets including pipelines, tankers, storage facilities and refineries. Add a number of catalysts, including dwindling productivity, the need for better visibility and growing environmental concerns – all driving significant transformation requiring new approaches to create value.

    At the IBM Smarter Industries Symposium, we explored the opportunities for oil and gas to become smarter, transforming into a system that more efficiently produces energy resources.

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