Award-Winning Innovator Touts New Web Technology
IBM Leader Featured at SunTrust Center for Strategic Futures
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 27, 2010) - "Harnessing" the data needed for critical business decisions is not as complicated - or expensive - as it used to be, says Rod Smith, IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Emerging Internet Technologies. Smith spoke today at the SunTrust Center for Strategic Futures. The event, on Wake Tech's Main Campus, attracted about 500 students, staff, and faculty, as well as business and community leaders.
Smith told the crowd that Internet technology Web 2.0 is fast becoming vital to businesses of all kinds. He helps lead IBM's strategic planning around Web 2.0 and helps other companies realize what it can do for them. While research used to be costly and time consuming for companies, Smith says, new web-based analytics have made the process cheaper and faster. "Barriers to doing analytics of this kind are now very low," he said today, pointing out that business owners are best suited to know the value of the data they select for analysis.
Smith predicts that Information Technology careers of the future will focus on moving data and converting applications to a growing field of mobile devices. He also predicts that so-called "soft skills" for employees - communication, writing and presentation skills - will be more important than ever.
The SunTrust Center for Strategic Futures is designed to examine current conditions and future trends in workforce and economic development. The first event, held in September of 2009, focused on the future of money. In addition to helping the community adjust to economic trends, the Center is designed to help students better prepare for careers of the future. SunTrust Bank is contributing $50,000 over two years to help launch the Center and ensure its success. Information on future events can be found at http://futures.waketech.edu.