IBM Insight and the Business of Making Businesses Smarter (1of3)

Nearly six years ago, ’s then-CEO Sam Palmisano addressed the Council on Foreign Relations and outlined a new company initiative he called “” which aimed to help nations, organizations and individuals become “more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.”

Palmisano’s plan was decidedly bold – at the time, the U.S. and much of the rest of the world were struggling with the largest financial meltdown since the Great Depression. Not too surprisingly, some considered IBM’s plan little more than a frivolous techno-trifle during a time of global crisis. But the continuing evolution and uptake of powerful, increasingly mobile technologies and their overwhelming impact on individuals and organizations proved those attitudes to be shortsighted in the extreme.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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