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January 30, 2013

IBM Helps Organizations Work Smarter, More Flexibly and Securely

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

IBM is at ITEXPO (News - Alert) Miami this week talking about its Smarter Cities, SmartCloud, mobility and security offerings. TMCnet sat down yesterday with Naguib Attia, CTO of the industrial sector at IBM (News - Alert), to get an update on Big Blue’s activities on these fronts.

In the Smarter Cities arena, IBM is helping municipalities and other organizations better manner such things as pollution, roads, traffic, and water. Attia explains IBM does everything from modeling, to putting together hardware and software solutions, to offering business analytics solutions.

Amsterdam works with IBM to manage traffic. Rio tapped IBM to help it manage logistics for the Olympics. There are many cities in the Far East using IBM solutions in this vein. And both New York City and Washington, D.C., keep tabs on water-related infrastructure using an IBM solution that leverages probes to collect data on pipes, and the water that runs through them to do things like early detection when pipe replacement is necessary.

IBM’s SmartCloud initiative addresses how enterprises can work more efficiently via the cloud. That can be done both by enabling people to work and be cared for remotely, and by allowing organizations to monitor their assets – such as buildings, inventory, machines, etc.

Companies in the automotive, healthcare and public sectors are using IBM SmartCloud solutions.

IBM’s mobility strategy, meanwhile, is about giving business users everything they need for work via their wireless devices. IBM, according to Attia, is keenly aware of the need to enable employees to work from wherever they are, given the company itself has more than 400,000 employees.

And IBM is so focused on security it built a division especially to focus on this area. IBM takes security very seriously, protecting data every step of the way, from the end point to the data center. The software giant offers endpoint protection solutions that can do things like completely wipe an endpoint if needed. It also has a variety of data center security solutions, which go beyond common offerings to also look at things like pattern recognition, and monitoring the Internet and understanding what’s happening.

IBM is especially proud of its innovation in analytics, adds Attia, which is giving organizations new insight into how best to run their operations. The IBM website mentions that IBM Smarter Analytics can enable chief marketing officers to better know their company’s customers; allow chief financial officers to manage their financial performance; help chief risk officers mitigate risk; and assist chief operating officers in optimizing operations.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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