As posted here before I will be attending the IBM Forum 06, here in Wellington on the 9 October. I will be around all day, but here are the sessions that caught my interest and you are most likely to see me attending:
Introduction & Keynote
Intro by Katrina Troughton (Managing Director, IBM New Zealand). Keynote by David Skilling (Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute)
Keynote will focus on the challenges and opportunities to achieving a much stronger New Zealand - and how New Zealand leaders should respond.
The Global Innovation Outlook
Steve Bonnici (Managing Director, Urgent Couriers) who attended a GIO series in New Delhi.
At GIO 2.0, IBM brought together 248 thought leaders from 33 countries, representing 178 organisations, at five locations across four continents to discuss key emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in business and society. Hear what these conferences uncovered about the future of your World, from one of New Zealand's participants.
The evolution of digital communities
Rizwan Khaliq, Global Business Executive for IBM’s Digital Communities initiative.
The exploding growth of wireless access and the convergence of wireless voice, data and video are transforming the operations of local governments. Local and regional government agencies can leverage this new technology--and the solutions provided by it--to not only improve existing services but to also launch social and public safety services never before capable. Discover how major cities worldwide are deploying applications and community services over wireless broadband networks to help promote social, economic and educational development.
Security in the digital age - in the public and private sectors, and in the community
Maneesh Tripathi (Service Product Line Executive Global Technology Services, IBM Asia Pacific)
The digital age has fundamentally changed the meaning of security. Identity, authenticity, intrusion, theft, refutability, surveillance - all take on new meanings and bring new complications. To businesses, to individuals, and to society. Maneesh will talk about the social and economical (as well as technical) implications of security violations and identity fraud, the blurring lines between information and physical security (i.e. someone stealing a swipe card and then using it to break into a building), new threats created by our increasingly mobile environment, and also highlight some more sophisticated nature security breaches, which he says are increasingly originated by organised crime.
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) improves patient safety with wireless voice communications
Paul Gee (Emergency Physician, CDHB), Barb Nelson and Tracey Williams (Senior Nurses, Voicera Team, CDHB)
Effective communication between Christchurch Emergency Department's 150 employees was a huge challenge - putting significant pressure on nursing and medical staff. A voice-activated, wireless communication system has helped doctors locate the medical skills they need, improving work-flow and efficiency, decreasing delays and speeding delivery of care.
Unified Communications - Driving the Customer Experience
Roy Newbury (Manager, Unified Communications, Cisco Asia Pacific) and Alan Register (Enterprise Account Manager, Cisco New Zealand)
True innovation through converged communications improves agility and responsiveness to new challenges and opportunities. It unifies all of an organisation’s communications solutions, devices, resources, and aligns with business processes to make interaction with customers, partners, vendors, and employees smarter, more personal, and more effective. Learn how these innovations have become today's reality.
Sametime 7.5, the future of real-time collaboration
Chris Sparshott (Software Specialist, IBM NZ) and Kathy Staples (System Engineer, IBM Australia)
Instant Messaging, integrated audio-web conferencing, location awareness, social networking, integration with Microsoft® Outlook/Office and mobile devices, open standards-based for ease of integration - Lotus Sametime 7.5 is the future of real-time collaboration.