I attended Pulse 2009, the IBM service management conference, in Las Vegas during the week. To be perfectly frank, I didn’t know much about service management software before going to the event so my expectations of what to expect from the conference were low! However, IBM hit the Green ball out of the park at this conference. Almost every speaker who stood up to speak mentioned smart grids, energy or efficiency and Al Zollar, GM of Tivoli Software above, even had a slide on demand response!
The turnout for the event was around 5-6000 I’m told and I have no reason to doubt it as the general sessions were thronged.
It really is tremendous to see Oracle, SAP and IBM all heavily touting their Smart Grid software solutions – it looks like the dream of the intelligent energy network and the massive efficiencies which will accrue, is not far off.
I met a ton of interesting people there and video’d a couple of them so I’ll be posting more in upcoming posts.
[Disclosure: IBM paid my travel and expenses for this trip]
Tim Walker says
Good to know, Tom. I’ve been one of the chorus for a long time, saying that Green would ultimately translate very well to big business, not because big business would suddenly adopt a tree-hugging cultural ethos, but because it’s the right thing to do ethically *and* economically. Glad to see IBM (and others) proving this out!