So day two is over. Sitting at the hotel chamber typing this I realise that a lot happened today. We had seen lots of IBM stuff this day and are still discovering what the trend is.
The keynote provided an insight in the PureApplication proposition of IBM presented by Walter Isaacson. A closet full of server hardware, well sort of. It also contained all the software needed for monitoring and deployment. It was so advanced that you could just tell the machine what it should deploy and what the pattern would be of the application. It then automagically deployed your application and database onto the servers needed. And if a server would fail it can automatically bring up another server and deploy your application on this backup server. Nothing else needed. Was really wicked to see this proposal. Seems like another answer towards having a private cloud. A ready machine cluster to just deploy your application onto. Infrastructure specialist, you definitely need to check this out 🙂
Afterwards there was a nice round table session with some IBM fellows about trends in IT. Nothing new on that one. The importance of mobile in the upcoming years, linked data, dev -ops, lifecycle management and that sort of stuff. As a electronics hobbyist I was surprised a IBM fellow showed the RaspberryPi as a good example of how easy it is these days to create stuff (good publicity for the raspberry ;-).
Oh, and there is some nice work done at IBM by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines about Disciplined Agile Delivery. Something which seems to be the next thing for IBM after RUP. I bought the book (released this month) and will be presenting a bit about it back home. Reading it in the week after the conference at the beach of miami 😉
I also visited presentations about Requirements Composer and Rational Software Architect. Small improvements, nothing really big happening. Will be included in the presentation on the 20th.
Now it’s time to hit the bed after more then 12 hours of presentations, visits to the exhition area and discussions.