IBM and Integration
IBMs vice president of technology and strategy, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, started out with a 20,000-foot view. "Society is in the beginning of a transition from the industrial age to the information age," he said. Wladawsky-Berger summarized his companys focus of "on demand computing" into three critical areas:
- "Integration at all levels based on open industry standards."
- "That integration causes an incredible possibility of innovative industry solutions, industry by industry by industry. But you need to focus, regardless of what business you are in, on how to involve your industry and transform yourself to take advantage of all these possibilities."
- "Society is now so incredibly dependent on the IT infrastructure that it has to work incredibly wellperformance, scalability, durability, availability. So, you need a really, really well-functioning IT infrastructure."