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Smaller, Flatter, Smarter
Bob Sutor
IBM
We are at a new inflection point in
the history of the IT industry, at a
 time when the world itself must
       undergo s...
Our industry needs to put together
 the pieces, place some big bets,
get smarter, and take the next big
               ste...
With the huge buildup of computing
and communication infrastructure,
 instrumentation, connectivity, and
processing power ...
From an estimated 2 billion
RFID tags in 2007, to
possibly 30 billion produced
globally in 2010.
By 2011, 1 trillion connected
devices and 2 billion people
on the Web.
In 2001, there were 60
million transistors for every
human on the planet ...
… by 2010 there will be 1
billion transistors...
This year, IBM’s Roadrunner
  supercomputer broke the
  “petaflop” barrier – one
  thousand trillion calculations
  per se...
So what do we with it?

Have we put it all to good use to
 solve the world’s problems?
Spreading the risk is not the
same as understanding,
tracking, and managing the
risk.
Inefficient electrical grids
around the world cause an
estimated 381 kilowatt hours
lost per person per year.
Forty-five percent of traffic
on some streets in New York
City is people circling the
block looking for parking.
Congested...
U.S. consumer product
goods companies and
retailers lose $40 billion
annually due to inefficient
supply chains.
We have the instrumentation, the
connectivity, and the processing
              power.

  We have the convergence of
    t...
Do we move from “full of potential”
    to “intelligent” or “smart”?

 Do we work to improve our lives
 and drive business...
Stockholm has deployed a
smarter traffic toll system
that reduced traffic 22%,
dropped emissions 12-40%,
and increased dai...
German retailer Metro AG is
using wireless tags to
measure how long meat sits
in refrigerated cases after it's
cut and sca...
The Beacon Institute for
Rivers and Estuaries is
creating a system that will
provide minute-to-minute
deep analysis of New...
IBM is working with partners
on several solar cell projects
including solar
magnification; flexible and
thin CIGS technolo...
We can and need to do projects
like these that require big bets and
public-private partnerships around
             the wo...
The new political administration
  coming to Washington is likely
 more open to help make ours a
“smarter planet” than any...
We need new kinds of leaders who
 can collaborate and cooperate
 globally and across disciplines.
We must deal with privacy and
security concerns at the same time
the smarter technology is built out.
Forget doing huge, integrated,
intelligent systems using strictly
       proprietary methods:
   open standards will be ke...
[This] “is a way of encapsulating
and conveying how IBMers think --
 their dedication to progress and
    grounding in cor...
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  1. 1. Smaller, Flatter, Smarter Bob Sutor IBM
  2. 2. We are at a new inflection point in the history of the IT industry, at a time when the world itself must undergo significant transformations.
  3. 3. Our industry needs to put together the pieces, place some big bets, get smarter, and take the next big steps.
  4. 4. With the huge buildup of computing and communication infrastructure, instrumentation, connectivity, and processing power are now a given.
  5. 5. From an estimated 2 billion RFID tags in 2007, to possibly 30 billion produced globally in 2010.
  6. 6. By 2011, 1 trillion connected devices and 2 billion people on the Web.
  7. 7. In 2001, there were 60 million transistors for every human on the planet ... … by 2010 there will be 1 billion transistors per human…
  8. 8. This year, IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer broke the “petaflop” barrier – one thousand trillion calculations per second. 1,000,000,000,000,000/sec
  9. 9. So what do we with it? Have we put it all to good use to solve the world’s problems?
  10. 10. Spreading the risk is not the same as understanding, tracking, and managing the risk.
  11. 11. Inefficient electrical grids around the world cause an estimated 381 kilowatt hours lost per person per year.
  12. 12. Forty-five percent of traffic on some streets in New York City is people circling the block looking for parking. Congested roadways cost $78 billion annually in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted gas.
  13. 13. U.S. consumer product goods companies and retailers lose $40 billion annually due to inefficient supply chains.
  14. 14. We have the instrumentation, the connectivity, and the processing power. We have the convergence of traditional and now IT infrastructures.
  15. 15. Do we move from “full of potential” to “intelligent” or “smart”? Do we work to improve our lives and drive business growth, while protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals?
  16. 16. Stockholm has deployed a smarter traffic toll system that reduced traffic 22%, dropped emissions 12-40%, and increased daily users of public transportation by 40,000.
  17. 17. German retailer Metro AG is using wireless tags to measure how long meat sits in refrigerated cases after it's cut and scanned. The tags constantly feed data to the market’s refrigeration area, letting workers know when the meat needs restocking.
  18. 18. The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is creating a system that will provide minute-to-minute deep analysis of New York’s Hudson River via an integrated network of sensors and computational technology distributed throughout its 315 miles, allowing smarter shared use of this resource.
  19. 19. IBM is working with partners on several solar cell projects including solar magnification; flexible and thin CIGS technology; and silicon recycling from waste integrated circuits.
  20. 20. We can and need to do projects like these that require big bets and public-private partnerships around the world.
  21. 21. The new political administration coming to Washington is likely more open to help make ours a “smarter planet” than any before.
  22. 22. We need new kinds of leaders who can collaborate and cooperate globally and across disciplines.
  23. 23. We must deal with privacy and security concerns at the same time the smarter technology is built out.
  24. 24. Forget doing huge, integrated, intelligent systems using strictly proprietary methods: open standards will be key.
  25. 25. [This] “is a way of encapsulating and conveying how IBMers think -- their dedication to progress and grounding in core values.” Sam Palmisano IBM Chairman and CEO ibm.com
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