IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - (Page 13)

Q&A Direct from the source Removing Barriers Guru Rao explains how a better world begins with smarter computing By Mary Shacklett A smarter planet, while global by definition, happens on the industry level. It’s driven by forward-thinking organizations that share a common outlook: They see change as an opportunity, and they act on possibilities, instead of just reacting to problems. ¶ Recently, IBM Systems Magazine visited with Guru Rao, IBM Fellow and chief systems engineer, IBM Systems and Technology Group. Rao discussed IBM’s Smarter Planet* initiative, and what it means to enterprises. Q: Instrumentation, interconnection and intelligence are IBM’s three big ideas behind its Smarter Planet initiative. Why are these important, and what challenges will enterprises face in getting there? A: Every aspect of life can benefit from the instrumentation, interconnection and the infusion of intelligence into the world’s systems. Our clients, from municipal infrastructures to broad varieties of business, are transforming themselves. Cities are moving to smarter municipal infrastructure for traffic systems, water systems and public safety. Business processes are being transformed across every industry, from banking to manufacturing to transportation. It’s changing the way people live, because digital intelligence is being injected into the world’s physical systems through pervasive instrumentation and global interconnectivity. Powerful analytics can now improve decision making and guide business with newfound confidence. That’s generating an exponential increase in the volume, quality, variety and speed of data. Powerful technical innovations can now be harnessed to help reduce congestion and pollution and create new ways to communicate and collaborate. Many such innovations will be delivered through new cloud-based service delivery mechanisms. The instrumented, interconnected, intelligent world also poses a significant challenge to IT. Today, many IT organizations are unable to cope with these challenges because they have a rigid infrastructure and lack the ability to harness data from many relevant sources for effective decision making. Attempts to overcome these challenges through traditional IT approaches require significant additional investments resulting in a more sprawling and costly infrastructure. Such approaches lead to additional costs of labor, floor space, energy and technology. We’re finding that companies grappling with new business requirements to glean intelligence from data and deploy more workloads and capacity using traditional IT approaches face a barrier, due to the current economic pressures. They need a more flexible approach. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2 012 13 ILLUSTRATION BY JON KRAUSE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012
Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Simplicity Itself
IBM Perspective: The Changing Data Center
Insider: Solve the DevOps Challenge With Orchestrated IT
Q&A: Guru Rao Explains How a Better World Begins With Smarter Computing
Case Study: A Comfortable Place: Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent's backup and recovery solution
Cover Story: Smarter By Design: "That's the way to build capacity and hold costs flat," says IBM VP Doug Brown
Feature: Another Dimension: What sets the zEnterprise environment apart?
Tech Corner: How You Do What You Do When You're a z196 CPU
Tips & Techniques: Virtualization Reshapes How Data Is Stored
Solutions: CA Mainframe Application Turner - M4Workbench Eclipse - Virtual Machine Backup
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Through Three Generations, One Family's Story Shows That While Technology Has Changed, IBM's Fundamental Mission Hasn't
Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Mainframe

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012