IBM and open innovation



 
 

You may have noticed that the pace of innovation has changed. Kwik-Fit certainly has.

Kwik-Fit is a Dutch business that specializes in car servicing and repairs. The company built and deployed an online system that allows customers to schedule roadworthiness inspections, sends notifications when their cars are due for service, and tracks needed parts and repairs for clients that lease fleets of vehicles. They were able to build this innovative system efficiently, and at low cost, by using open infrastructure (Linux servers) and open software (Java and the MySQL database). Read more about Kwik-Fit here.

As we interconnect more and more of the planet’s citizens with mobile devices and always-on data connections, the opportunities available to companies like Kwik-Fit will continue their exponential growth. These opportunities can only be seized with technology borne from open, collaborative innovation, because innovating in the open is the only way to keep up with the massive rate of change that exists in today’s world.

I was very excited to join the open source community at LinuxCon 2013 in New Orleans last week to hear more stories like this one. The event was hosted by The Linux Foundation, an incredible organization that leads the world’s biggest and most influential open source projects for the benefit of all.

It was particularly gratifying to hear Brad McCredie, an IBM Fellow and VP of Power Systems Development, share the exciting news around the new billion dollar investment IBM is pouring into Linux on Power Systems. While substantial, this announcement is hardly surprising. IBM is a founding member of the Linux Foundation, the OpenPOWER Consortium, the OpenStack Foundation, the Open Virtualization Alliance and many more communities. This investment reconfirms our commitment to collaborating within open ecosystems to develop the powerful data computation platforms needed by today’s innovators. I look forward to seeing how this will pay dividends for developers and our customers.

Linus Torvalds participated in a Q/A panel on the third day of LinuxCon, and I found one of his comments particularly interesting. He noted that we are quickly running out of opportunities to improve system performance simply by making the processor faster, and posited that in a few years, Linux may need to look elsewhere to find ways to improve workload speed and efficiency. New innovations in system design will no doubt be required to meet these challenges, which makes IBM’s major investment in Power Systems even more necessary as IT needs continue to shift.

Stay tuned…we’re just getting started. Please join Power GM Doug Balog and other key executives on October 8th to see what new enhancements we’ve been working on to make your cloud and analytics faster, easier and more efficient than ever before! Join the Power Systems conversation:


Anirban Chatterjee is a nomad within IBM, wandering from place to place while yelling incoherently and planting trees. In his current role, he is a market manager for IBM’s PowerLinux offerings. You can reach him on Twitter: @anirbahn.

 
 
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