Musings from IBM Impact Keynote
- Wow the music was loud. And I never figured an IBM conference to be a place to hear Beyonce while waiting for the session to start. Not complaining, just pointing out a dichotomy.
- The smart planet messaging probably makes sense for an operation as big as IBM – and for the high level customers they pitch to. But for little guys like us, it just doesn’t resonate; I want results sooner, I can’t wait on the whole planet to get smarter :)
- The wireless just plain didn’t work. Oh, I got a signal. I had a security key. But the poor wireless infrastructure was overwhelmed, and as a result, no one could get an IP address or access to the outside world.
- The opening act – a band – definitely woke me up. I guess that was the point. Not a huge fan of blaring music in the morning – but I’m not sure what you do to get the attention of 6000 people at 8:30am Monday morning…
- The comedian was good. I know, not everyone appreciated him, and I saw a lot of tweets to the effect that his humor fell flat on folks not from the USA, but honestly, if there is a comedian that everyone thinks is funny, I haven’t met that one yet. He gets bonus points for making fun of snuggies.
- I wasn’t excited about Cantor’s presentation. I really get turned off by thought frameworks that start with the idea of putting the word “super” in front of another word… super-phone (Google), super-man (several times in history), super-corp (Cantor). It was pretty high flying and to me, doesn’t get to the meat of things. She also cited Second Life, which is so 2007.
- Kaiser Permanente’s David Yoo gave a great recap of what Kaiser is up to with process improvement and improving the quality of healthcare, and how technology plays into that. A friend and former colleague is at Kaiser working in the process improvement group, he would have been proud of the representation.
- I was impressed with Paul Nussbaum’s recap of Ford’s improvement efforts. I hope they don’t let up on the gas when it comes to the focus on quality, process improvement, and product. He gave a great endorsement of Lombardi Teamworks (now Websphere Lombardi Edition) in his talk as well. This was the first of many good mentions of the Lombardi brand within Impact.