[LINK] IBM MD on a smarter economy
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Jun 10 13:03:00 EST 2009
Greetings from the National Press Club in Canberra, where Glen
Boreham, Managing Director IBM Australia is speaking on "Towards a
smarter economy" <http://www.npc.org.au/upcomingSpeakers.html>.
Glen started by explaining he would be talking about social, economic
and environmental issues, as well as technology. He touched on the
global financial crisis, water shortages and Australia's economic
ranking in the world.
IBM has a "Smarter Planet" initiative, with at its core the idea that
with more information smarter decisions can be made:
I would argue that better information is needed, not more, but IBM is
generally on the right track. Many of the examples Glen gave about
using information for traffic congestion, electricity and water use
require very small amounts of information and do not require
broadband systems. Many of the examples would work well with a low
bandwidth ubiquitous wireless network.
Mr. Boreham pointed out that the federal government is investing
heavily in physical infrastructure in transport, buildings and
utilities. These investments would deliver a far higher economic and
social return with the application of ICT to optimise their use.
The Australian government, through AusAid, is funding Australian
academics to help the governments and industries of other countries
build smarter government and commerce. I suggest it would be a good
idea to put some of the infrastructure investment into improving
governance and business processes in Australia through ICT. This is
only in part about technology, it is mostly about management skills
in how to make effective use of the technology.
Even technology companies need to learn effective use of technology.
IBM should lead by example by using smart systems, not just talk
about them. Having the Managing Director of IBM Australia talk to a
room of people in Canberra does not communicate the information very
effectively. Even the live TV broadcast does not reach many people.
It is disappointing that IBM did not offer any web pages or
multimedia to complement the presentation. This would not be new to
the Press Club as I gave the first multimedia address there in 1996
on: "Australia's 'Net Futures":
More on my blog at:
ps: Thanks to IBM for the lunch.
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