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With its massive investment in rolling stock, infrastructure, real-estate and facilities, the railway industry is unlike any other. Increased competition due to low-cost air and bus carriers, and deregulation1 in Europe have brought significant complications to European railways and rail infrastructure operating organizations. They are now challenged to:

  1. Provide uninterrupted and safe operations and services at all times
  2. Increase asset performance and reducing risks with an aging workforce and infrastructure
  3. Manage cost pressure and budget constraints
  4. Prepare for upcoming technologies like battery-powered trains particularly within cities as well as self-driving trains
  5. Prepare for new business models and great customer experience

A recent analysis by Markets & Markets2 suggests that railway companies focus their investments to reduce operation and maintenance cost, and invest in innovation through monitoring. They should also invest in IoT for predictive maintenance analytics.

Some railways are employing IoT and AI to innovate and improve operations

In order to remain competitive and successful, railway organizations can take specific actions:

  1. Invest in efficient technologies
  2. Deploy IoT for data and predictive analytics for rolling stock and infrastructure
  3. Deliver intelligent asset health monitoring, management and optimization
  4. Deliver new client experiences

For example, French railway SNCF accelerated innovation using IoT data for predictive maintenance.

Canadian National Railway saved millions of dollars and kept trains on time by speeding up analytics.

Apply for a complimentary ticket to European Maximo Railway Summit

If you’re in the railway industry and face similar challenges, the following event has to be on your schedule:

European Maximo Railway Summit 2019
hosted by Slovenian Railways
9-10 October 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Click here to learn more about the European Maximo® Railway Summit event, and to apply for complimentary attendance.

 

1 EU-directive 2016/2370 of the European Parliament and Council) and technological changes like the adoption of the European Train Control System (ETCS)

2 Rolling Stock Management Market – Global Forecast to 2025, Markets and Markets, March 2019

 

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Organizations that extract full value from the data they capture are making strides in virtually every industry. They’re claiming leadership position against their competitors. You don’t want to be left behind. That’s why I urge you to attend IBM IoT Exchange, an intensive conference dedicated to leaders in operations, buildings and product engineering. Experts from around the globe will present how the effective use of data and AI is transforming business operations.

An event designed to help you realize value—now

With over 40 seminars in three academies at IoT Exchange, you’ll find many presentations specifically geared to your industry, your issues, and your goals. Acclaimed IBM speaker, Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., will conduct a keynote address in which he presents industry experts and asks them about the technologies and trends that are transforming organizations.

Keynote speaker, Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., General Manager, Watson IoT, IBM

Keynote to host experts in operational transformation

IoT data and AI are helping businesses operate more efficiently and effectively and innovate quickly at a lower cost. Kareem Yusuf will discuss how these new technologies are changing the way we maintain, operate and engineer physical assets to optimize performance, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge. Additionally, he’ll introduce and ask questions of experts in three key areas: enterprise asset management (EAM), facilities operation, and engineering.

Global experts reveal how IoT data and AI are driving change

During these keynote discussions, you’ll learn how enterprise asset management (EAM) is evolving, why companies need to think about maintenance differently, and how they can balance costs with risks and performance. You’ll also learn why so many companies are over-maintaining their assets, and how it negatively affects their operational performance.

Then, an expert in facilities operations will discuss why energy consumption and optimization has become so important for facilities, and how global costs and regulations make real-time analytics for facilities management so important to every organization. When companies are spending in excess of 18K AUD per employee for space, optimization becomes essential.

Finally, you’ll hear how consumer demand is forcing engineers to create connected products that are meaningful to Millennials. Software-centric products with embedded systems are changing the development process, and organizations must now rely on IoT and AI to keep up with market expectations.

This keynote address will provide timely information about trends and introduce solutions you’ll learn more about in sessions in our three academies: Engineering Academy, TRIRIGA® Academy and Maximo® Academy.

Choose your specific area of interest, and feel free to switch tracks

When you register, you can select an academy specifically suited to a specific IoT and AI solution, or you can change lanes and attend any seminars you choose. Your single registration gives you access to three carefully curated academies:

Engineering lifecycle management (Engineering Academy)

The Engineering Academy at IoT Exchange offers engaging sessions, demonstrations, case studies and discussions by experts in the field. Learn how technology is changing the world of design and development. And find out how you can adopt new practices to improve your organization and your performance. Topics covered will include:

  • AI and lifecycle optimization
  • Requirements management
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Quality and test management
  • Agile development
  • Deployment and Saas
Enterprise asset management (Maximo Academy)

Every organization wants to get the most from its assets – to reduce replacement costs, improve quality, and eliminate unnecessary maintenance calls. Maximo Academy will present how you can optimize assets, operations and people with high-performance Maximo® solutions with next-gen analytics capabilities.

Real estate and facilities management (TRIRIGA Academy)

TRIRIGA Academy at IoT Exchange offers a comprehensive curriculum where you’ll learn about current practices that can help you transform your facilities management:

  • Implementation, configuration and upgrades of TRIRIGA®
  • Best practices and operational excellence
  • Workplace experience and digital transformation
  • Products and technology

With the advent of IoT, important data can be obtained from machine and device sensors remotely situated throughout the world. By connecting and collecting this great wealth of data securely in the cloud, organizations can begin their transformation. At IBM IoT Exchange, you’ll learn how you can improve your data management and decision making with the IBM IoT Platform.

Register now to attend IoT Exchange in Sydney

Visit our event page to learn more about the IoT Exchange near you, the Academies, and to register. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we’ll release additional details about what you’ll experience at the IBM IoT Exchange. For more detailed session information, refer to this blog.

Register now for IoT Exchange at the Sydney Hilton, Sydney, July 23-24, 2019

Stay informed of events and activities at IoT Exchange

Be sure to follow this blog, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter  for regular updates about keynote speakers, demonstrations, and social events. #IoTexchange

To nominate yourself for a COMPLIMENTARY PASS register here.

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Your business demands that you increase operational efficiency and improve the effectiveness of your physical assets. Your building occupants demand to have workspaces that improve their daily experience. And your customers demand that you provide reliable, intelligent products. Meanwhile, your bottom line demands that you reduce the cost of operations. The IBM® IoT Exchange will help you meet these demands by showing you how to unlock the value of data from IoT and AI.

Join us in Sydney, 23-24 July 2019

The IBM IoT Exchange is for leaders and hands-on domain experts in asset management, operations and buildings as well as product engineering. The conference features executive insights, deep domain expert presentations and an exhibition where IBM and leading IBM Business Partners showcase examples of how the effective use of data and AI are transforming business operations today.

The IBM IoT Exchange is organized into three academies that are connected through main stage presentations by IoT thought leaders and IBM customers. Your single conference pass opens the door to a curated, personalized curriculum across:

  • Enterprise asset management (Maximo® Academy)
  • Real estate and facilities management (TRIRIGA® Academy)
  • Engineering lifecycle management (Engineering Academy)
You’ll have access to experts and solutions at the IBM IoT Exchange

These three solution-specific academies, including expert sessions and evening networking events. So you’ll get exposure to industry-tested solutions from IBM and our Business Partners, who are addressing some of the most critical IoT challenges facing companies today.

The event is carefully crafted to enable you to:

  • Explore transformative client stories and best practices.
  • Understand the latest product innovations and roadmaps.
  • Learn about new use cases and business value accelerators.
  • Network with thought leaders, peers and practitioners.
Join us soon in Sydney

Visit our event page to learn more about the IoT Exchange near you, the Academies, and to register. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we’ll release additional details about what you’ll experience at the IBM IoT Exchange. For more detailed session information, refer to this blog.

Register now for IoT Exchange at the Sydney Hilton, Sydney, July 23-24, 2019

Stay informed of events and activities at IoT Exchange

Be sure to follow this blog, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter  for regular updates about keynote speakers, demonstrations, and social events. #IoTexchange

Check out the highlights from IoT Exchange Orlando: Day 1 and Day 2

To nominate yourself for a COMPLIMENTARY PASS register here.

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With the recent earthquakes in California, we’re reminded that planet Earth is an active, living environment. It trembles and shakes. It erupts and quakes with forces that often cause cataclysmic damage to lives and property. A group of us at IBM in Toronto, Canada have developed a solution to assist those who live in volatile areas. Frida, an end-to-end solution for natural disasters, also brings support to first responders and others who provide much needed relief when disaster strikes. We’re now asking that developers from around the globe join us. With your help we can continue our work on this innovative tool that has the potential to save thousands of lives.

What is Frida?

Frida is an open source solution that mitigates natural disasters by combining emergency data with AI technology using IBM® IoT platform, Watson® Studio, and Watson Services. It consists of two offerings – a mobile AI-enabled application and an IoT device with a gyroscope sensor, a heat sensor, and a camera. Connecting the two offerings is the IBM Cloud.

Originally created for the IBM 2018 Call for Code, Frida won first place in the internal company competition. Initially, it was designed for schools to provide earthquake preparation, guide people through drills, predict the magnitude of earthquakes based on sensor data, identify the best escape routes during earthquakes, and detect people trapped in damaged classrooms. It’s a first-of-a-kind complete solution for providing data collection, monitoring, notifications, and guidance before, during, and after a disaster.

Today we’re looking for developer volunteers to help continue our work on Frida. We need your help to make this earthquake preparation solution available to the general population anywhere in the world.

Our roadmap for the future

 With the help of additional volunteers, we plan to add more functionality to Frida. This includes applying a visual recognition model to show damaged buildings and finding trapped victims, showing escape routes on a map through AI functions. It also includes using a Jupyter notebook to predict earthquake magnitude, and applying a blockchain for fundraising transparency in a web application. For this solution, we’re currently focusing on earthquake preparation and schools. However, our kit can be expanded to handle other types of natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The IoT device can be manufactured in large scale and deployed into institutions.

Anyone who lives in tectonically active areas, or cares about the people who do live in dangerous zones, will immediately understand the need for a device that can provide information and guidance during catastrophic events. I urge you to join us in our efforts to bring Frida to communities throughout the world.

IBM intern Sebastian Alvarado, Lin Ju, Senior Manager, Watson Studio and Simar Singh, a Watson Studio software developer.

Only 20 days remain! Enter the IBM Call for Code Global Challenge before July 29, 2019

If you’re a developer who has your own ideas about how to make the world a better place, I urge you to learn about the Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge. It’s a worldwide developer competition that seeks technology solutions for natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The IBM Code and Response initiative supports Call for Code. This initiative is a multi-year program that helps create and deploy open source technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Its beneficiaries include United Nations Human Rights and The American Red Cross. The competition is open to developers throughout the world. The winning concept receives $200,000 in support from the Linux Foundation. You’ll want to take action right away because entries close on July 29.

Learn about the $200,000 prize

Please help us save lives

Learn more about Frida, earthquake preparation and how you can help us mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters. If you have any questions, contact me directly, and I’ll be happy to provide you with information. And if you’d like to learn more about me and my Watson Studio team, please read this previous blog.

Be sure to learn more about Frida on Github

Also, join the Call for Code group on Facebook

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The IBM IoT Exchanges in Orlando, London, Paris and Berlin have brought thousands of technology professionals together to learn about developments in engineering lifecycle management. At each event, highly engaged attendees participated in an intensive educational experience through IBM’s Engineering Academy, and acquired hands-on experience with several new products. Many of the attendees who spoke to us afterward told us that they acquired information about innovations in end-to-end engineering lifecycle that will immediately help them perform more effectively in their own roles. They indicated that others, like themselves, might appreciate the opportunity to gain from our expertise through similar events throughout the country.

We listened. And then we took action.

Today, I’m happy to announce that IBM is sponsoring learning opportunities throughout the country. We’re calling our new program, Engineering Academy Comes to You. I’m going to tell you about the first event, and will provide updates as more dates and places become available.

Join us at no cost in Huntsville, AL, July 9-11

Our upcoming Engineering Academy Comes to You event in Huntsville, AL gives IBM clients the opportunity to interact with those who deeply understand how to unlock the value of data using IoT, AI and agile techniques. Attendees will be able to speak to, and ask questions of IBM offering and product managers, and technical development leads who really know their stuff. You’ll also have the chance to speak to and network with other clients from across the IBM Engineering community.

The program is ideal for engineers, and quality and product managers. It’s been designed to demonstrate how the latest AI technologies and agile techniques within product lifecycle management are being applied to transform the end-to-end engineering lifecycle.

This no-cost, info-packed 2½ day event features IBM SMEs who will demonstrate our latest technologies in Model Based Systems Engineering and Engineering Lifecycle Management. Symposium topics will include:

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) – July 9, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • MBSE – Sharing Models with Stakeholders
  • MBSE Solution for Aviation Safety- Critical Software Development
  • Rhapsody Model Manager Overview
  • Engineering Insights
Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) solutions – July 10, 2019, 9:00AM – 1:00 PM
  • Beyond Requirements Engineering: Solving the really hard problems in engineering and development
  • Requirements Verification with Test Management
  • Requirements Management for the Lifecycle
  • Agile Planning – Software Development and SAFe
  • Federal Self-Serve Reporting with Jazz Reporting Service

Each afternoon, and on the morning of the final day, July 11, participants can participate in labs most suited to their own roles and interests:

  • Requirements Management
  • Design Management
  • Continuous Engineering
  • Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM)
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Report Management
Space for Engineering Academy Comes To You is limited. Register today.

Our first Engineering Academy Comes To You event in Huntsville, AL promises to be very popular, so we urge you to register quickly to assure your place at the conference.

Brockwell Technologies, Inc.
4970 Corporate Dr. NW Ste 110
Huntsville, AL. 35805
July 9 – July 11, 2019
9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Register today

Mark your calendar

Additional Engineering Academy Comes To You events will be occurring throughout the country. Watch for more information about:

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Requirements Management
Annapolis Junction, MD
August 20 – 22, 2019

Requirements Quality Assistant (RQA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
San Ramon, CA
August 28, 2019

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Requirements Management
Washington, DC
September 17 – 18, 2019

We’re proud to be able to offer our new series of events throughout the country. I hope to see you at Engineering Academy Comes to You in one of our host cities very soon.

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Have you ever walked into an office and thought “I would love to work here every day”? When that happens, you’re experiencing an office that is designed to be modern, comfortable, easy to navigate, and hassle free. Simply put, it’s a great workplace experience. And that experience can mean the difference between happy, productive employees, and a company facing high turnover. Of course, it’s important to treat employees like the valuable assets they are. But it can also mean real revenue to a company.

Did you know: companies that rank high in employee engagement are 21% more productive and have 37% less absenteeism. They also have up to 59% less turnover than their less-engaged counterparts. Although the ultimate cost of employee turnover may be hard to measure, organizations can spend up to 2x the base salary to hire a new person. So every productive, engaged employee you keep is a win for the bottom line. That’s why today, we’ll focus on the workplace experience: what you need and how to achieve it.

Who are you going to hire?

It’s a fact that there’s a looming labor shortage. According to Gartner’s latest Emerging Risks Survey, “staff shortages” is the top concern organizations face globally. Unemployment rates are also at an all-time low. The fight for top talent will get only get fiercer, and organizations – public and private alike – need to find new ways to attract and retain their employees.

Another interesting phenomenon is that as digital natives join the workforce, they’re redefining what it means to be “a great place to work.” Yet it’s not just Millennials who have higher expectations these days. Many employees now want the same type of frictionless technology experience they have in their homes. And if you organization can’t compete on salaries, like the government and public-sector, or you’re searching for specialized or hard-to-find employees, then creating a space that addresses the physical and emotional well-being of its occupants matters even more.

Getting started: how to create that new experience

So how do you get started? If you’re ready to upgrade your workplace experience, you first have to understand the three components of which it’s comprised: space management, workplace services and user interactions.

Understanding space management

Real Estate is typically the second highest expense for most organizations. That’s why optimizing and right-sizing your space is so critical. Too much space and you’re wasting money. Not enough space and workers may be too crowded to be productive. That’s why you need to have an enterprise-wide, easy-to-access view of all your spaces. And it’s not just the cubicles. You need insights into every space you manage, from data centers to cafeterias and everything in between.

Having the right mix of space can keep employees more engaged and productive.

You also need to understand the needs of each business unit within your organization. Collaboration is key to knowing how you can optimize your space while helping others meet their objectives, too. For example, does everyone in each unit need to come into the office every day, or do you have flexible options? What about the kind of space you have? Do you need a mix of both dedicated and collaborative areas or more private options? Does that model stay reasonably static, or do you need to be able too constantly adjust for your workforce? Ultimately, you need data that’s both trusted and easy to access to understand how, where and when to best optimize your space.

Delivering the right workplace services

If you’re old enough to remember when there were more offices than cubicles, then you know how much the modern workplace has changed. Now, the services and amenities you offer an employee can be just as important as the actual space someone occupies. Let’s start with meetings. Booking that meeting shouldn’t be the hardest part of someone’s day. Yet, 70% of employees said “finding a place to meet is one of the biggest time wasters for workers”, and report 15 minutes lost per day. Run the numbers on your employees, and you can see how much more productive and profitable it is to make these common tasks easier. You need to provide frictionless technology so that employees can easily do things like schedule catering and meeting rooms, report and request maintenance, and control comfort settings.

What’s the user experience

Last but certainly not least, a better workplace experience means a better user experience. That means identifying the things that matter most to your employees. Amenities that address physical and emotional health – like relaxed seating options, beverages and snacks, a game area or yoga classes – help build community and boost creativity. And you’ll need to offer technology options that simplify tasks. So consider offering customizable apps, responsive design and better calendar integration.

The bottom line: improving your bottom line

The bottom line: creating aworkplace environment that appeals to all your workers is no longer a “nice to have” – it’s a corporate requirement. It’s also why savvy companies are breaking down the traditional silos and creating a broader set of stakeholders. The ideal group includes real estate, facility management, HR, CIO and business area. Fortunately, you’ll all be working toward the same goal: developing a new, engaging workplace experience for a modern workforce.

If you would like to learn more about creating a more engaging workplace experience, attend our new webinar dedicated exclusively to the topic.

Photos by Proxyclick Visitor Management System on Unsplash

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IBM® IoT Exchange Europe is now over and we were delighted to welcome thousands of IBM Business Partners and clients from throughout the region. Systems engineers, business managers, and many others joined IBM executives and solution experts in three cities. There, they enjoyed several days of  learning, networking and participation in hands-on demonstrations.

Premiering in London on 11 June, the event began with a full day of seminars, discussions, and time to socialize. Then we traveled to Paris for a one-day event on 13 June. Berlin hosted the final event with two days of intensive learning on 18-19 June.

If you attended IoT Exchange Europe, you’ll want to read this recap. And if were unable to participate, you’ll want to know the highlights so you can plan to register for our next conference series.

In Berlin, IoT Exchange participants were invited to test drive a BMW.

Unlock new value from data with IoT and AI

The theme of our program was also the promise that underscored all our activities. Our intent was to provide current information about AI and demonstrate how better performance can be achieved with the analytic power of Watson IoT. Our three Academies – Engineering Academy, Maximo® Academy and TRIRIGA® Academy – emphasized the competitive advantages that can be achieved using this technology. Informative demonstrations showed the solutions in action, and many even provided hands-on opportunities to see how effectively they performed.

Opening Keynote: IoT Data + AI: Driving Your Operational Transformation

The event’s keynote addresses were provided by IBM executives. They’re recognized experts in the changes driven by Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). Because they deal directly with global organizations, they know the operational challenges in a competitive marketplace. These speakers shared valuable experiences and insights that their audiences were eager to hear.

Joe Berti, VP Offering Management, IBM Watson IOT

In all three cities, Joe Berti, VP Offering Management, Watson IOT, discussed how IoT and AI are at the center of helping transform operations in asset intensive industries. Developments in these fields are helping  businesses operate more efficiently and effectively, and innovate quickly at a lower cost. It’s the asset of the future, he told an attentive audience.

Andrew Bennett, WW Sales Leader, IBM Watson IoT

Andrew Bennett, WW Sales Leader, IBM Watson IoT, shared how IBM, our clients, and Business Partners use AI to transform operations today. Additionally, he discussed how they will continue to do so in the future. In a Quick Bytes episode, created at IoT Exchange in Berlin, Andy spoke about asset performance management (APM), and suggested that viewers conduct their own online APM self assessment.

Dibbe Edwards, Vice President, IBM Watson IoT Offering Management

During her keynote presentation, Dibbe Edwards, Vice President, IBM Watson IoT Offering Management gave some alarming numbers to support the need for better engineering management, “80 percent of churn and 50 percent of defects in engineering projects are due to poor requirements. IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management can make your process and models better and better with AI.”

IBM clients delivered compelling stories about the advantages of Watson IoT

There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing our customers speak about how Watson AI-powered solutions enabled them to improve their productivity and performance. In all three countries, we hosted representatives from organizations that have benefited from our services, and who were happy to share their experiences with others.

In London, attendees heard from a representative from Rolls Royce who spoke to a packed room about how they use IBM Maximo in their aviation division. Other IBM clients who presented their stories in London included Defence Infrastructure Organization, and Visteon. We cannot thank them enough for their participation, and for the experiences they shared with IoT Exchange Europe attendees.

In Paris, we featured several clients who also participated in the London event. They were joined by L’Oreal, Michelin, KONE, Enocean, Accorinvest, Sigfox and Sanofi. Their info-packed presentations provided real-world examples of how the innovative application of AI can impact such areas as asset performance and organizational outcomes.

Berlin provided the opportunity to host two days of events, and included many more clients who had compelling stories to share. Among them were such notable organizations as Depuy Synthes, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Sodexo, Bombardier, Waternet, Hella, Enav and AVM.

Dr. Bernhard Rieger of Continental Tire gave an informative presentation in which he said, “Continental is building a Chassis and Safety Holistic Engineering Platform — and IBM is at the core of the whole thing. We are enabling collaboration for 10,000 engineers.” He also added, “With cloud, we went from idea to ‘minimum viable service’ in six months with IBM.”

One of our esteemed clients, Karantis 360, provided stimulating presentations at IoT Exchange events in all three European cities! We thank them – and all those who joined us – for their tremendous support.

IoT Exchange Europe: Quotes to contemplate

Throughout the events, we heard some lively discussions about IoT and AI – from guests, and our client presenters. I’d like to share with you a few particularly poignant statements.

Matthias Hartmann, GM of IBM in Germany, Switzerland and Austria said, “Technology in and of itself is not the answer. “ He added, “It starts with a culture and drive for innovation.”

Claudia Heussen of IBM told her audience, “Data ownership enables the freedom to act. This is the cornerstone of how IBM thinks about and approaches cloud and IoT.”

Andrew Bennett advised, “You don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘I need some more IoT!’ You are running critical parts of business; and technology is an enabler for efficient operations.”

The common current running through these thoughts is that technology is simply a means to the end. The ultimate goal is greater efficiency and better performance for people and operations.

Next stop for IoT Exchange is Sydney, Australia

In summary, we were honored to host so many people eager to learn more about IoT, AI and how they can extract greater value from their data. We hope it was an interesting, enlightening and rewarding experience for all our guests.

If you’re in the Pacific region, you won’t want to miss our next two-day IoT Exchange, in Sydney on 23-24 July, 2019. We’ll be featuring three info-packed academies (Engineering Academy, TRIRIGA Academy, and Maximo Academy) plus three inspirational keynote addresses. Learn more about our event in Sydney and register today.

To nominate yourself for a COMPLIMENTARY PASS register here.Learn more about the Watson IoT solutions

Follow IBM Watson IoT on LinkedIn  and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IBMIoT) to discover new stories as they come out.

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Business environments have become more demanding, ratcheting up the pressure on leaders who are already grappling with a world in transformation. Executives and shareholders demand a greater return on investment. Your staff demands more efficient workplaces and streamlined processes that make their jobs more productive and rewarding. And customers expect products that aren’t just keeping pace with new technology, but that are continuously introducing innovative enhancements. These challenges might seem formidable. But you can achieve these goals by extracting the full value from data using AI and IoT. We’re going to show you how at IoT Exchange Sydney at the end of July.

Your job could get a lot more interesting

IBM IoT Exchange is an educational event designed to teach and inspire attendees with the latest innovations and thinking. It will introduce you to techniques you may not already know, and innovations that can enhance your organization’s performance. This carefully curated event will show you how to unlock the power of data with AI and IoT so you can better develop, differentiate and drive your business to success.

At IoT Exchange, you’ll learn from leaders in operations, buildings and product engineering who have used AI and IoT to their own competitive advantage. You’ll see showcase examples of how the effective use of data and AI are transforming business operations today. You’ll get hands-on experience with advanced solutions that incorporate the latest technologies.

Thought-provoking keynotes. Three intensive academies.

IBM IoT Exchange Sydney offers three academies that are connected through main stage presentations by IoT thought leaders. Choose a specific academy or attend seminars across all three disciplines. Your one registration allows you to select whichever tracks or presentations are best suited to your business objectives.

Enterprise Asset Management & Asset Performance Management (Maximo Academy)

Today’s enterprise assets are connected in a complex ecosystem, pulling in reams of interconnected data. Maximo® Academy will present how you can optimize assets, operations and people with high-performance Maximo solutions. Sessions will cover the nuts-and-bolts of implementation, deployment, configuration and upgrades. You’ll also hear from experts how Maximo for enterprise asset management with AI can help your organization reduce costs while instituting predictive maintenance, ensuring worker safety, and applying next-gen analytics.

Presentations include:

Supercharge your Assets with Maximo– Leaders of the IBM Maximo team will discuss how to apply IoT data and AI to more efficiently and effectively manage the assets. Learn how you can predict asset failure, optimize production, extend asset lifecycles, and improve worker safety.

The Future of Asset Management – Addressing the Asset Performance Conundrum with APM – Digital re-invention is changing operating models in disruptive ways and driving companies to change to remain competitive. Learn how IBM is helping clients leverage AI and IoT to digitally transform their organizations.

Roadmap session with focus on EAM and APM – Get a deeper view of IBM’s investments across the Maximo portfolio. See how the focus on user experience and the availability of new intuitive tools will help improve asset maintenance practices, increase first time fix rates, improve asset uptime and highlight asset reliability and performance.

Real estate and facilities management (TRIRIGA Academy)

With the growth of smart buildings, facilities managers may worry about more than roofs and boilers. TRIRIGA® Academy at IoT Exchange offers a comprehensive curriculum for real estate and facilities professionals in several key areas. Learn how to drive greater operational efficiency and create more engaging workplace experiences with sessions like:

IBM TRIRIGA Portfolio Roadmap & Workplace Experience – With data, AI and IoT, business leaders can not only reduce operating costs, but gain more actionable insights on building performance and across all aspects of their real estate portfolio. See the TRIRIGA portfolio roadmap and get an early glimpse into upcoming capabilities that will help clients continue to drive operational excellence and create workplaces that matter.

Future of Workspace Optimization with IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights – Many organizations embrace the “work where you are and where you’re needed” principle. Learn how space optimization can help you provide state-of-the-art facilities and see how IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights adds value by providing insights and answers for today’s workspace planners, all without having to write single line of code.

Creating the Digital Twin with Building Information Management – Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides a mechanism for defining and maintaining a Digital Twin of a facility, which can then be integrated with TRIRIGA to provide rich information and visualization essential for delivering a variety of facility services. Paul Lacey will show how TRIRIGA Connector for BIM pushes and synchronizes location and asset data with TRIRIGA and provides 2D geometry, and rich 3D models for use in TRIRIGA applications. Existing function and plans for future will be discussed.

Engineering Lifecycle Management (Engineering Academy)

Today’s engineering teams are facing greater pressures to reduce time to market while battling the crushing data complexity that comes with developing feature-rich, connected products. These demands are magnified by an ever-expanding skill gap that industry leaders are solving with AI.

The Engineering Academy at IoT Exchange offers engaging sessions, demonstrations, case studies and discussions by experts in the field. You’ll learn about the latest advancements for engineering teams to combat complexity and leverage AI. You’ll attend informative VoiCE sessions featuring IBM clients and business partners. And you’ll hear transformational stories and best practices by peers who’ve triumphed over the challenge of change. Among the topics  are:

  • AI and lifecycle optimization
  • Requirements management
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Quality and test management
  • Engineering collaboration and workflow
  • Agile development
  • Deployment and SaaS

Among the sessions we’ll be offering are:

What’s New in ELM – A review of the new features/futures of ELM portfolio– A review of the new features/futures in the ELM portfolio.

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization– Pursuing a management process that optimizes your product or software development.

Join us at the Hilton Sydney, July 23-24, 2019

We know the critical challenges you’re facing today. And we know that others are facing them, too. IBM IoT Exchange offers three solution-specific academies and networking opportunities, so you can meet with those who have overcome these challenges. Learn about industry-tested solutions to address some of the most critical IoT challenges facing companies today.

The IoT Exchange enables you to:

  • Explore transformative client stories and best practices
  • Understand the latest product innovations and roadmaps
  • Learn about new use cases and business value accelerators
  • Complete technical certifications and hands-on labs
  • Network with thought leaders, peers and practitioners

Visit our event page to learn more about the IoT Exchange, the Academies, and to register. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we’ll release additional details on what you’ll experience at the IBM IoT Exchange.

To nominate yourself for a COMPLIMENTARY PASS register here. Stay informed of events and activities at IoT Exchange

Be sure to follow this blog, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter  for regular updates about keynote speakers, demonstrations, and social events. #IoTexchange

Check out the highlights from IoT Exchange Orlando: Day 1 and Day 2

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Millions of executives, operators and technicians begin their work day by opening their CMMS or EAM system. More of them will open IBM Maximo® than any other EAM solution on the market. Why? Because they know that IBM Maximo can be trusted to ensure the integrity and efficiency of the assets that drive their businesses. Not only do our users recognize the superiority of the IBM Maximo asset management solution, I am very proud to announce that the IDC MarketScape has recognized our platform as a leader in the cloud-enabled, asset-intensive EAM applications.

IDC MarketScape positions IBM a worldwide Leader for SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Asset-Intensive EAM Applications

The recent report, IDC MarketScape: SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Asset-Intensive EAM Applications1, indicated that innovation played an important role in the assessments of 11 prominent EAM providers. I believe that no organization is more committed to innovation than we are. In 2018, we were awarded a record 9,100 patents2, more than any other organization in the world. Additionally, we spent an impressive $5.38 billion on R&D3. We are proud of our continuing investments in the technology, resources and embedded knowledge that drive the Maximo platform.

The IDC MarketScape report also recognized the specific industry solutions that have made IBM Maximo the choice for many of the world’s most asset-intensive organizations. As they indicated, “In addition to meeting the requirements for manufacturing and facilities with core Maximo, IBM has developed specific industry solutions, which are all available as SaaS offerings, for key asset-intensive industries: utilities, oil and gas, nuclear power, transportation, aviation, and life sciences.”4

IBM continues to invest in Maximo

The IDC MarketScape also noted IBM’s ability to support and strengthen the Maximo application that has served our customers well for over 30 years. Here is an excerpt from the report:

  • Size/access to resources: One of IBM Maximo’s most important benefits is that it is a part of an $80 billion company, which gives IBM Maximo product management access to innovative technologies from within IBM for cloud, cognitive, analytics, and mobile.
  • Brand/industry experience: IBM Maximo has been at the forefront of EAM software for nearly three decades. As a result, IBM has developed a large and fervent client base that it can tap into for product development. Over the years, IBM has collected a large ecosystem of EAM business partners that have deep industry/domain expertise.5

IBM has invested in this critical platform for the past ten years, and we continue to do so. In 2015, we combined Maximo and other key capabilities to create the Watson IoT Business unit. Additionally, in the last few years, we have expanded and hardened those capabilities to fully support our industry clients – on the cloud and in-house.

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons.

IBM is a leader in strategies and capabilities

IDC MarketScape positions vendors on two axes: capabilities and strategies. Several criteria influence both positionings. The strength of the strategy and the value of the capabilities each respectively drive half of the placement.

In terms of strategic strength, the IDC MarketScape recognized that IBM helps clients understand how IBM Maximo and the IoT can help extend and transform their businesses and business models. The IDC MarketScape indicated that IBM provides pragmatic offerings that use artificial intelligence (AI) to solve real-world industrial challenges in the asset management arena.

The IDC MarketScape suggested that organizations in asset-intensive industries consider IBM for their EAM solution. “You are likely looking for an EAM system with deep functionality and from a company with deep experience in the industry.”6

Whatever industry you are in, IBM is that company.

EAM is as important as your assets

Industrial businesses continue to digitally transform their enterprises. Their decision makers realize that the foundation of successful transformation is the intersection of multiple technologies. Enterprise grade clouds and IoT platforms have become critical as organizations expand their operational technology (OT). They now stretch beyond core hardware to include workflows and process specific applications. Nowhere has this become more apparent than in the asset-intensive realms. CMMS and EAM systems are relied upon each day to connect the dots of various components with legacy software. These solutions protect and ensure optimized performance for billions of dollars in assets. So they must operate in utmost security, and more and more often in concert.

This is where IBM cloud helps you elevate, and migrate, your applications with features that support and complement the Maximo solution, including:

  • Security
  • Scalability
  • High availability using a modern Devops approach
  • Extensibility to bring apps, AI
  • Multi-tenant, dedicated and hybrid options

Whether you’re interested in SaaS, MaaS, PaaS, Dedicated or Hybrid, IBM Maximo includes the benefits of a powerful AI engine, Watson, and offers multiple methods to deliver our award-winning capabilities to your users.  Our powerful Cloud Platform is ideally suited to your organization’s specific requirements, regardless of your size or the industry in which you conduct business.

Thanks to our clients who have made IBM Maximo their choice for EAM

I would like to thank all our clients and partners who use IBM Maximo to manage and maintain their assets. They have helped us achieve leadership. And they are critical to helping us shape how the market will use enterprise asset management in the future. I would also like to thank all of you who attend the Maximo User Groups, IBM IoT Exchange, and the upcoming MaximoWorld, hosted by our partners at ReliabilityWeb. Your input and feedback is invaluable.

This recognition by the IDC MarketScape is a reflection of the trust you have placed in our organization. Additionally, it is a tribute to our continuing commitment to quality and innovation. We could not be more proud of what we have been able to achieve together.

Read the full report.

Learn more about IBM Maximo.

SOURCES1, 4, 5, 6 IDC MarketScape: SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Asset-Intensive EAM Applications (Software Vendors) 2019 Vendor Assessment (doc #. #US44891419, March 2019).

2 https://newsroom.ibm.com/2019-01-08-IBM-Earns-Record-9-100-Patents-in-2018-Tops-U-S-Patent-List

3 https://www.statista.com/statistics/274821/ibms-expenditure-on-research-and-development-since-2005/

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Summer heralds the start of warm weather and brings with it opportunities for the public to savor the outdoors. But the season creates problems for public utilities, as the blossoming trees, plants and brushes present concerns about vegetation management.

Overgrowth near utility equipment is no idle worry. Extreme weather events stretch from spring until fall, and any excess of dry vegetation near equipment increases the risk of spreading wildfires. Utilities are on the hot seat for their role in spreading wildfires: Equipment owned by California’s three largest utilities, for example, ignited more than 2,000 fires between 2014 and 2017, the Los Angeles Times reports. Many large utilities are facing lawsuits, regulatory fines and compulsory government oversight, and they need to quickly and drastically improve the way they handle nature.

Utilities should look to artificial intelligence to modernize their vegetation management efforts. AI-based technologies can pinpoint troublesome vegetation areas near utility equipment, and merge historic and real-time weather data to offer clear snapshots of otherwise obscure trouble spots. But AI goes beyond utility management by providing predictive analytics that can reveal impending supply and demands issues and potential equipment failures.

By implementing AI, utilities can have the comprehensive insight they’ll need to satisfy customers and regulators, better manage their equipment and preserve assets, and handle the whims of nature.

Rich insight improves the management of vegetation

Consider the Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California’s largest electric utility, which has been named in a string of lawsuits concerning recent Northern California wildfires. A California Public Utilities Commission report from February 2019 found that nearly half of the fires attributed to PG&E were caused by vegetation coming into contact with power lines. PG&E said that it would remove 375,000 trees and maintain 2,450 circuit miles of vegetation in 2019, but in April, the CPUC said the utility should use more metrics to analyze the effectiveness of its vegetation management and wildfire prevention efforts.

The struggles of utilities companies are a stark reminder that all utilities could follow the CPUC’s suggestion and use analytics to address risk, particularly during the spring and summer, when vegetation growth can most efficiently be maintained before typically stormy fall.

Utilities are relying on human observation and drone imaging to stay ahead of vegetation growth, but neither can effectively reach every square inch of flora. AI-based visual recognition technology can analyze satellite imagery to determine the height and width of vegetation and how wet or dry it is. It can also be used to assess how close vegetation is to equipment, allowing utilities to judge the risk of a fire or if overhanging branches could cause an outage during a severe wind event. By receiving this data in increments as short as 15 minutes, companies can act fast to prevent trouble, enacting operational safeguards and alerting incident management teams, customers and, if necessary, emergency response units.

AI enhances distributed resource management

AI can do more than detect and help prevent the risks of unmanaged vegetation. It can also empower utilities to rely on several energy sources and be in the best possible position to ensure that customers’ diverse demands do not exceed supply.

Many utilities want to move beyond a reliance on fossil-fuel energy and generate energy through renewable sources such as wind and solar power. But distributed energy generation is tricky. When businesses and residences generate their electricity using renewable sources, utilities absorb whatever isn’t used. It can be challenging for utilities to get a clear reading of how much energy is available to offset customer demand, however, due to the lack of analytical power in their current systems.

AI-driven analytics can assess in real time the expected output of renewable energy sources, then combine that data with output from traditional sources to forecast short- and long-term demand. AI can also evaluate detailed weather forecasts to predict voltage fluctuations on a circuit-by-circuit basis and review historical data to make sense of usage patterns. This comprehensive study of supply and demand would enable utilities to automatically and confidently move power through the grid and consistently satisfy customer expectations.

Data reveals ways to optimize equipment and infrastructure

AI can also help clarify another operational aspect that’s difficult to assess: equipment reliability. To keep energy flowing and customers happy, utilities must consistently optimize the performance of their assets. But it’s not easy to detect wear and tear on equipment and infrastructure, nor is it easy to glean the cause of seemingly inexplicable failures of new technologies. By outfitting equipment with AI-driven tools such as IoT sensors, utilities can continuously monitor equipment to stay ahead of deterioration and developing problems. Many utilities are already relying on data algorithms to spot unusual patterns in combustion turbines in energy plants and outdoor wind turbines. The algorithms compare industry failure rates for specific equipment with actual usage and other factors, such as exposure to weather.

Long-term usage analysis also lays out ways that equipment can be more efficiently managed, which reduces the chance of failure and widespread outages. Knowing that a turbine might fail in five years allows a utility to budget and plan for eventual repair and replacement.

The insight gleaned from data generated by AI-supported technologies enables utilities to make the most of workflow, maintenance and portfolio management. By improving vegetation management, distributed resource management and asset optimization, utilities can be more responsive to customer demands and take the necessary steps to avoid the types of systemic failures that have plagued some companies.

Check out our infographic on utility management, and learn more about IBM’s AI servicesIoT services and and IoT asset management solution for energy and utilities.

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