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Agents of Change: IBM

Jack Loo | Jan. 29, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have IBM.

In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.

Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space are talking about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.

In the ninth part of a regular feature, IBM is talking about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Foong Sew Bun, Chief Technologist and Distinguished Engineer, IBM ASEAN.

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Big Data

Organisations are reaching far beyond the structured tables of databases. They are analysing the streaming, unstructured data generated by events as they occur in the world, and acting upon those insights-from customer preferences or patient outcomes, to process inefficiencies or safety-in real time. They are integrating analytics into the way they work.

IBM has the world's deepest portfolio of analytics solutions and software; a leading position in powerful optimised systems; and the business and industry expertise of almost 9,000 business analytics and optimisation consultants, 400 researchers and eight analytics solution centres. IBM has acquired 28 companies to build targeted analytics and information expertise since 2005. We have generated hundreds of patents a year in analytics, and invented breakthrough technologies like IBM Watson, a learning system that answers questions in natural language, and InfoSphere Streams, software that can correlate and analyse thousands of real-time data sources.

Mazda Motor Corporation collaborated with IBM analytics, data modelling and traffic simulation experts to reduce human error in driving. The result was an early warning system using IBM analytics software that identifies accident-prone areas, warns drivers of danger and learns as conditions change.

Guangdong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine worked with IBM Research to understand the effectiveness of traditional Chinese and Western treatments of chronic kidney disease. IBM information management and analytics software helps the hospital correlate patient information with demographics, such as age and gender, and relevant anonymised cases to improve outcomes, boost quality of care and reduce costs.

Cloud Computing

Cloud, which delivers business and IT services over the network, is transforming the way data centres are designed and software is developed, providing far more efficiency and flexibility. That has the potential to change the way many industries work. But it requires addressing important issues of security and privacy. So, enterprises seek not just clouds, but smarter clouds.


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