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Business Agility with Mobile, BPM, SOA and WebSphere

Executive viewpoint

Kristen LauriaI can’t imagine getting through my workday without my smartphone and laptop to bring my office to me anywhere, anytime. So it is easy for me to rally around the idea that IT is being transformed by the proliferation of mobile devices and requires enterprise-level mobile technologies.

To support customers and employees using multiple mobile platforms, we need mobile technologies that help us not just build mobile solutions, but also connect to back-end systems, manage devices and secure our mobile business. To help us understand this new challenge and the IBM mobile enterprise strategy, we asked Bob Sutor, vice president of IBM Mobile, to provide his insights. In our interview, he outlines the mobile landscape, its opportunities for business, and how to get a good start with standards and security controls.

We felt it was time for Heather Kreger, IBM CTO of International Standards, to give us another update on SOA standards, including the recent announcement by The Open Group of the SOA Reference Architecture Standard, based on IBM submissions. She explains how this new standard can help reduce cost, risk and time-to-value, as well as improve the quality of SOA solutions. Kreger also describes the status of the international SOA standards efforts that she is helping to lead.

The BodyMedia FITCoach product received a huge response when it was demonstrated at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. I understand why there’s a keen interest in getting fit and healthy, especially when setting resolutions for the new year. The high interest in the FITCoach also stems from the technology approach behind the personalized fitness guidance provided to users when their data is run through BodyMedia’s business rules. Read more about how operational decision management makes the FITCoach like a personal trainer, and how event processing can advance the value of this solution.

Please join me at Impact 2012 April 29 to May 4 in Las Vegas, where we will demonstrate the latest technologies for mobile enterprise, SOA, operational decision management and much more. Come and share your best practices with more than 9,000 business and IT leaders.

Hope to see you at Impact,