Smart City Development

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-07-09 Print this article Print


Smart City Development

Meanwhile, IBM also is getting involved in the planning and development of smart city infrastructures.

At a SmarterCities forum in Berlin in June, IBM announced a new Smarter City Assessment Tool to help cities better understand and meet the new demands of an increasingly urbanized world. According to the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, the majority of the world's people live in cities. By 2050, 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities.

"Cities are in the midst of a realignment of power-with greater influence highlighted by greater responsibility," said Peter Korsten, global leader for the IBM Institute for Business Value, in a statement. "Aspects of a city's operations that city managers have previously been unable to measure-and therefore unable to influence-are increasingly being digitized, creating brand new data points. With the greater digitization of its core systems and the use of advanced analytic capabilities, cities can enhance decision making and improve urban planning."

However, delivering technology and services to help foster a smarter planet is not enough for IBM. The systems giant also is helping to prepare the work force that will manage and run the new smart systems. IBM has announced it is working with Nicholls State University to offer new curriculum in its information systems program designed to help students develop skills required to get jobs in emerging fields including electronic medical records, intelligent transportation systems, and smart energy and utilities.

Beginning in the fall 2009 semester, undergraduate, MBA and eMBA students at Nicholls will be able to take courses in IT Service Management that will provide them with the relevant skills to get the jobs in the evolving IT industry.

"With governments around the world investing in intelligent infrastructures from smart grids to new transportation systems, companies are under pressure to hire employees with an expansive set of skills that cross IT and business," said Paul Kontogiorgis, IT services curriculum program director for IBM Tivoli software, in a statement. "IBM is working with universities, like Nicholls, to better prepare a work force that is not only knowledgeable about the interconnection of IT and business, but able to apply these expansive skills across all industries and sectors."

"Nicholls is committed to building tomorrow's experts in IT today," said Neset Hikmet, Ph.D., a professor of information systems at Nicholls State University. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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