We have the opportunity to attend IBM Insight currently happening in Las Vegas, with over 12k+ attendees, Insight is the largest IBM conference, centering on BigData, Analytics, Content and of course Watson.

Here are my Top 3 takeaways of the Day 1 Keynote, lead by Bob Picciano, in a good mix of announcements, customer testimonials (Pratt & Whitney) and product demos.
  • Data Services for developers - Picciano announced a whole set of data services, available through BlueMix for developers. No surprise - it is running on SoftLayer. Even so not much time was spend on the topic, this to me was the key announcement as IBM needs developers to build next generation applications with its services, not only data services, but for the Insight audience it starts here. With DataWorks and dashDB IBM has two more new offerings for developer and business users. The developer services are key to enable the overall IBM vision of the API company.

  • Content Management - Enterprise Content Management is also part of the IBM portfolio at Insight and with Navigator IBM now has a content management option that is cloud based (of course SoftLayer - no surprise) and available across devices. 

  • Glue - A lot of integration and synergistic work is happening at IBM. Products are taking advantage of SoftLayer, integrate with Watson, acquisitions like Cloudant get expanded etc. Glue is probably to negative a term for the significant work that is happening behind the scenes, but its a good metaphor of the work that IBM needs to perform to achieve synergies across the vast and ever expanding product portfolio.



A good start of IBM Insight, giving a glimpse at all the work IBM is doing (and has to do) to create synergistic values across its product portfolio. The additions of ‘systems of insight’ to systems of record and systems of engagement is a clever marketing move, we will be interested to hear and see what is going on for the rest of the event.

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  • Progress Report - IBM BigData an Analytics have a lot of potential - time to show it - read here
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  • First Take - 3 Key Takeaways from IBM's Impact Conference - Day 1 Keynote - read here
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  • IBM kicks of cloud data center race in 2014 - read here
  • First Take - IBM Software Group's Analyst Insights - read here
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