September 2, 2008: Seminar: C. Mohan:"Global Technology Outlook (GTO)"

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Computer Science

2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

IBM Fellow and IBM India Chief Scientist
September 15, 2008
11:00 a.m., 1000 SEO


The Global Technology Outlook (GTO) is IBM Research's vision of the future for information technology (IT) and its impact on industries that use IT. It highlights emerging software, hardware, and services technology trends that are expected to significantly impact the IT sector in the next 3-7 years. In particular, the GTO identifies technologies that may be disruptive to an existing business, have the potential to create new opportunity, and can provide new business value to our customers. A number of architectural changes are occurring - all of which are expected to evolve into a new enterprise environment with new ways to deploy information technology. The 2008 GTO focuses on five topics: Core Computer Architectures, Internet Scale Data Centers , Community Web Platforms, Real World Aware and Enterprise Mobile. In this talk, I will share the GTO 2008 findings with the audience. Following are some details on the five GTO 2008 topics.

Reinventing the way computer systems are built Core Computer Architectures examines the convergence of technology, hardware and software that will need to evolve to maintain peak computing performance and respond to the changing needs of today's - and tomorrow's - business environments. A significant evolution of systems and software across several market segments, cost and power optimized systems, high-end servers and specialized domains will have to occur to take full advantage of these new computer architectures.

Answering business needs with a "cloud" The engine rooms of our information - our data centers - are wildly distributed, siloed and sub-optimized around the world. New Internet Scale Data Centers are emerging to address this issue. These large data centers can expand and grow rapidly. They will be more efficient and more interconnected - inside and outside their companies - because they will have the ability to access applications from common infrastructures, often referred to as cloud computing. This will provide a tremendous increase in flexibility for large companies because they now will be able to quickly and easily take advantage of IT tools like web delivery, business analytics, and business process services to help grow their business and better serve their customers.

Social - and data - networking for the enterprise Community Web Platforms have introduced new forms of content contribution, leading to more users - because it's easier to share information through these new tools - and more data - because users are finding more value in the collaborative nature of these platforms. As these new business models evolve, additional new capabilities will emerge to help sustain and grow the features and functionality that companies will require to take advantage of these new technologies.

Real time information processing and analysis Real World Aware is all about a new class of applications that will move business beyond traditional analytics to a place where all data - past and present, from inside and outside a company - can be streamed, processed and analyzed in real time. New systems are emerging to support this trend, and business applications will need to be extended so companies can use these new technologies.

Doing business anywhere, anytime Business requirements and technology advances are driving tremendous change across the Enterprise Mobile space. In many regions, mobile devices are becoming an increasingly viable alternative to PCs. With the rapid rise of mobile business, companies will be able to do more than just give their employees the option to access email remotely. They will be able to give them access to critical data and applications - anywhere, anytime - because the infrastructure and security features will be there to support them.

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