IBM's "Smart Planet" Initiative to be Announced Today; You Heard It Here First

According to the Times, IBM's CEO Samuel Palisano will give a much-anticipated speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today on how to restart the economy by applying high-tech intelligence to the world's challenges.

According to the Times, IBM's CEO Samuel Palisano will give a much-anticipated speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today on how to restart the economy by applying high-tech intelligence to challenges in energy, transportation, food, water, even health care. 

Fast Company had a preview of some of these plans in our October issue in my piece "Attack of the Green Tech Geeks." In a previously unpublished part of the interview, Corporate Director of Earth, Air, Fire, and Wind Colin Harrison used water as an example of where intelligent management can expand capacity. "In the US alone there are over 60,000 water utilities. Every little village has its own pump and its own water processing station. With pervasive capabilities to connect, analyze, and model you can bring ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] to  areas like water management that have not really invested in it in the past." In other words, IBM is proposing to provide the same kind of "just-in-time" insight that Walmart has built into its supply chain to the delivery of the world's most precious resource. 

Palisano has compared the scale of these initiatives to the New Deal's massive rural electrification efforts under the Tennessee Valley Authority and to Eisenhower's construction of the national highway system. It's hard not to get excited about the application of what America does best--innovation and technology--to the economic and environmental problems that threaten not only the US, but the world. 

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  • Yeves Perez

    "I happen to deeply agree with the wisdom of Tom Friedman (that we cannot consume of way out of this mess and "Have you ever been to a revolution where nobody gets hurt?"). The fact is that the current economic conditions will cause a lot of companies to close their doors (websites too), and they will die off altogether due to lack of understanding the competitive (innovative) landscape. Just look at Detroit and the Big 3 for example! Those that will fight to stay alive will need to figure out — What's Next?

    I believe that the New Green Economy will include the Rise of Green Real Estate Markets paired with the continued success of Cleantech, Clean Energy Markets, and large scale shifts toward Clean Transportation, and the Greening of the IT Industries (plus a fourth quarter of record investment!!), which will lead to a boom in "American Made" Green Collar Jobs and the creation of new wealth. The trick is: "who will get it right??" Execution makes all the difference for most of these opportunities and green investors need to pay more attention to the items that management claim they can achieve." - Yeves Perez, Nov 2008

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