Caterpillar on stage for IBM at #IBMImpact Day 1
Joe Heller, CIO of Caterpillar, gave an outstanding lesson in lasting business partnerships at IBM’s Impact conference on Day 1 (Monday, April 11th, 2011). Joe was highly quotable (“There is dirt in the wrong place all over the world, and we are there to put it in the right place”), but beneath these quotes is a deep sense of business value over time. And he wasn’t shy about sharing real dollar values in savings. I think David Brakoniecki sums it up best in his post:
83 years of Partnership – Caterpillar has had a relationship with IBM for 83 years. From a business perspective, I find this mind-blowing. Having worked the last 12 years in small businesses and start-ups, I’m lucky if I can point to a continuing business relationship that goes back 5 years. In recent times, the recession has claimed several major brands so it’s easy to forget that long-term business partnerships are not only possible but also worth having. It’s mpressive that the CIO of Caterpillar was willing to stand on stage and say that IBM has never disappointed him in his 38 years of working together.It is a pretty remarkable partnership. Other thoughts on Day 1’s General session:
- The video wall is truly massive. The room itself is massive. And I can’t imagine how they’ll fit more than 8000 people in one room next year.
- It is also interesting how cultural differences come out in a conference like this. At one point, Marie Weick, in the middle of a very well-delivered segment, repeated some advice once given to her: “In your career you can only move forward or fall behind”. From the perspective of someone outside the corporate ladder-climbing world, this sounds off – a career is more than two dimensions measured forward and back. I would wish for everyone to realize that early in their career rather than late.
- Dr. Burns has one of the most compelling cases for application of technology – pediatric care. It is well worth watching on the livestream video.
- It takes an immense amount of coffee to serve this many people. Don’t expect to find coffee at the coffee stations right outside the main event.
- Impact Day 1 kicked off on an odd note, with the opening musical performance. At some point three of the musicians switched from instruments to iPads to finish their musical number (and of course, you can’t tell if they’re actually playing or if it was all pre-recorded, but one wonders). It was an interesting choice to kick off the conference.
- No training to use
- Social Application, which helps scale social talk across the business
- Doc and discovery tool that is easy to use
- Automate simple processes
- the ability to move models from one corporate account to another (so that I can move drafts created in my sandbox to the customer’s BlueworksLive spaces).
- an expert BPMN diagramming mode that allows expert modelers to be more precise in their process definitions.
- more features like the “playback” feature that was introduced in the last BlueworksLive update.