IBM Impact 2012 – Day 3

This year I visit one of most promised enterprise IT conferences in Las Vegas – IBM Impact. There are my impressions and take-aways from world-wide IT industry hardware, software and IT consulting monster – IBM.

Day 3 is more impacting then previous.

Keynote – social, extended enterprise, gamefication. From keynote interesting talks about bigsheets application, analysis of 900,000 tweets by student in 1 night, and awesome talk by Jane McGonigal about Gamefication – one of emerging trends of this century. 1.3 billion players of angry birds – what if this power could do something more than just kicking birds? Gaming produce positive emotions. Kids that play video games are 40% smarter (but are there side effects?). Mass thumb wrestling proves the point about positive emotions.

BPM Methodology. Then I switched to roundtables – it appear that such format with 10-20 people allows better and more concrete communication. On BPM methodology got another argument about agile and fixed price. Most talks about BPM methodology are about tight interaction and engagement between business and IT.

Agile is about trust. Business people know that they have IT team tat will do maximum possible they can. IT people know that business people will dedicate maximum possible time to project and let them know all possible information to get faster and better results.For fixed price projects this isn’t gonna work. Client need to know what he gets for some amount of many from start and sign all deliverables. How to implement fixed price BPM projects – instead of signing specification in contract – sign business goals (what ROI and automation extent is expected). Also business should be engaged in process from the very start and provide process owners for every process.

Mobile security. On security in mobility talked about AppScan and extension of this tool to mobiles (iOS is planned to be supported in next releases). The AppScan itself provides combination of static (white box) and dynamic (black box) app analysis, which is most powerful – it reduces false positives and also allow to do static analysis for dynamically generated code (e.g. JavaScript generated by JSF or GWT). IBM treats mobile security as security extended to new type of devices:

1. Device security – covered by IBM Endpoint Manager and recent aquisition – Worklight, as MDM solution. Really, enterpises managed employee devices for long time, there are just some specific features (e.g. remote wipe and notifications) and protocols (e.g. iOS device management API).

2. Application security – AppScan provides code analysis for mobile platforms.

3. Access management via Tivoli products.

4. Mobile Analytics via QRadar. Gathering information about mobile devices usage and forensics.

Portal and WCM. Overview of not yet introduced portal v8, with greatly improved UX for content authoring. Participated (and likely impacted) in brainstorming session of what should be in which way.

Computing the Human Experience. Finally, insight from legendary Grady Booch (I used his books to learn OOD 15 years ago) into history and future of computing.

The drivers for such revolutionary improvements from algebra and first computing to today’s smartphones and nanotechnologies are human curiosity and (more important) – conflicts.

Almost all to-date revolutions in computing were in military. Telescope invented by Galileo in order to see enemy troops from far distances. Logarithm for ballistics. First computing machines to decode Enigma machine. Von Neumann, Bell, Turing, cold war, Apollo mission, GPS, DARPA, video view of streets just like Google street view, but a lot earlier.

People always wanted to drive a ware while being more far away from the war. And modern robotics allow next war to be between machines with IP addresses.

Very interesting talk (hope it will be online soon), as one of episodes for Grady Booch and his wife documentary series about computing history, future and limits.

5 Comments on “IBM Impact 2012 – Day 3”

  1. Vasyl Mylko says:

    did you teach Grady some modern things we invented in our R&D?!

  2. Well, in terms of computing technology, our vision is the same – m2m and robotics is near (10-50 years) future of computing history.

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