Irving Wladawsky-Berger

VP Technology and Strategy, IBM Server Group

The Future of IT in an On-Demand World
39 minutes, 17.9mb, recorded 2005-04-06
Irving Wladawsky-Berger
The ability to innovate is at the core of every successful and enduring business. Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, head of IBM's e-business on demand initiative, delivers an engaging keynote address at OSBC 2005, on Innovation in an On Demand World. Irving sees innovation happening on many fronts but of particular interest is the innovation that is occurring at the technological, business and societal levels, which is causing a major shift in the way that businesses compete. No longer is everything proprietary or core to the business. To remain competitive the business must embrace innovation at the technological, business and societal levels.

At the technology level innovation in Web Services, Grid Computing and Autonomic Computing is having a significant impact on models for developing and delivering software and hardware solutions. Similarly, at the business level, innovations in Business Process Management, Business Process Outsourcing and Service Oriented Architectures are addressing the Business-IT disconnect and helping deliver complex business systems. In addition, at the societal level, business are innovating by adopting a collaboration model, pioneered by the open source community, to work with peers and solve complex, non-core problems.

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Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger has responsibility for key IBM initiatives that are critical to the future of the IT industry. In that capacity, he leads IBM's companywide e-business on demand initiative. The next major phase of the Internet and e-business, e-business on demand helps customers fuse their business processes with advanced IT capabilities to achieve whole new dimensions in productivity and innovation. "On Demand businesses" are more responsive in real-time to any threat or opportunity, more focused on their own core expertise, better able to implement a variable cost structure and -- being built on a resilient IT infrastructure - more available to their constituents.

In conjunction with this, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger leads IBM's participation in the movement toward open standards and open source software like Linux; and guides the company's Next Generation Internet efforts. In addition, he collaborates very closely on IBM's Grid and Autonomic Computing efforts to make the Internet a self-managing, distributed computing platform capable of delivering computing services on demand.


This program is from the Open Source Business Conference 2005 series.

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This free podcast is from our Open Source Business Conference series.