Think Summit Frankfurt 2019, IBM’s annual festival of innovation, took place on 22nd October, welcoming business leaders, industry experts, and technology enthusiasts to this iconic event.
The overall theme was that, in a period of unprecedented change, staying connected to technology trends has never been more important.
IBM is channelling research and technology – including AI, blockchain, and quantum computing – into putting Smart to Work and helping to sustain and accelerate business growth around the world.
The summit was an ideal forum for innovators within the digital and AI industry to expand their networks as they joined peers, visionaries, and technologists to explore how to bring the latest insights and ideas into driving both their own and their clients’ businesses forward.
It was also the nearest you can get to a journey into the near future, allowing hands-on experience of advanced AI and computing, along with the very latest developments from IBM Research.
Structured around four campuses, the event gave attendees an invaluable opportunity to take in a wide variety of business and technical presentations along with expert-led demonstrations, while granting everyone a chance to share their views in topical and challenging debates.
The Security and Resiliency campus, for example, argued that, rather than being governed by fear, we should simply acknowledge that threats are part and parcel of the existence of organisations today. We need to ensure enterprises are ready to deal with that inevitable breach.
Other subjects covered by the campuses included Cloud and Infrastructure, Data and AI, and Shaping the Future.
Discussions were also being held elsewhere on how the speed of development increases the need to establish trust, increase transparency, and address social issues with good technology.
You can relive the event or find out more about the key points delivered at Frankfurt and other Think Summits by accessing the links provided below.
Originally prepared as the site setting out the agenda for the Frankfurt Think Summit, videos taken at the event will gradually be uploaded as they’re made available. It also contains key speeches delivered in 2018, allowing you to discover how organisations like yours are use cutting-edge technologies to transform their and their clients’ industries.
The conference may be over, but its innovation, inspiration, and insights live on. Access our collection of on-demand videos and session materials to continue learning how to build a smarter business.
IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty and some of the world’s top CEOs and leaders share their journeys to the Cognitive Enterprise.
Celerity, Craig Aston
Hybrid cloud is going to be king for a number of years in the enterprise space
Hybrid cloud was a running theme through IBM Think 2019, all flowing from stats such as “over 80% of data for enterprises still resides behind corporate firewalls”, which shows that although public cloud has become important and prevalent in the marketplace, most medium and larger organisations will have a combination of on-premise and a number of public cloud providers.
What does this mean; it means that legacy skills remain very important, and that on-premise solutions remain very relevant, but that offerings from the channel have to ensure that they support this Hybrid cloud proposition. For Celerity this supports the move we have made into offerings being “as a service”, which can be delivered on-premise, through the public cloud, or in most cases in a Hybrid Cloud.
Security in this Hybrid Cloud world is going to be the challenge of the next decade.
At this year’s Think 2019 the world was privy to many a critical lesson, inspiring story and valuable insight, and while the event of the year may now be wrapped up, journeys to becoming a more cognitive enterprise are almost certainly underway.
Fifty keynote speakers, 2000+ sessions and 180+ sponsors made the event a place of infinite ideas, one that played host to the innovation, insights and integrity essential to your clients’ and business partners’ transformation.
But it’s far from over, and the spotlight is not only on our technological future more than ever, but IBM itself.
A place where you can find a combination of IBM people, partners and clients all helping to drive innovation in business impacting the world in a positive way. Here you can listen in to important speeches you regretfully missed, an opportunity to catch up on valuable insights that could help boost your and your clients’ businesses.
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An unmissable event
In short, the event was an unmissable opportunity to sharpen skills, meet technologists and thought leaders, and get hands-on experience of the latest technology, while also taking part in new, extensive professional networks.
Did you miss a Think Summit you now wish you’d been able to attend?
There are still places available at Think Summits taking place elsewhere across Europe as well as globally.
There’s also next year to look forward to.
Think 2020 is set to be IBM’s largest ever global conference
Over four days from May 4th to the 7th, there will be a new Think Summit being held in San Francisco, California.
And you can sign up for the latest event updates, breaking news, exclusive announcements and more.
So make sure you join us at a flagship event being held in a city near you, and explore insights and innovations that are shaping the way the world works.
Then you can really begin to Put Smart to Work for your clients