Jeff Smith is an old buddy of mine, so its good to see him leading an IBM vertical play that aims to make asset and service management an awful lot more efficient in the utilities industries. Jeff has a solid background in automation from his time at Tivoli, IBM’s management systems management arm, so he knows this stuff pretty much down cold. To deliver smart grids, that allow for more effective energy use and management, we’re going to need much more effective network automation, instrumentation and orchestration. The US government just announced the winners of a $3.4bn smart grid grants/stimulus package, so IBM’s timing couldn’t really be better. I have written at length about alignment between IBM and Obama’s agendas.
For obvious reasons Greenmonk is pretty fired up about this stuff, but given Jeff lives in Austin it made sense to have our very own Michael Coté do an interview and demo. You should watch them.
or here is the extended version
but what you really want to see is a demo, right? Well you’re in luck!
disclosure: IBM sponsored these videos. IBM is also a RedMonk subscription client.