Greetings from Sentosa Resort Island in Singapore.
The Republic of Singapore, a southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is 85 miles north of the Equator and is playing host to the IBM InterConnect event this week, which Turbo will be covering here in his blog and as part of IBM's InterConnect LiveStream video coverage.
What's past is present, except when you're traveling on business in Asia, when what's present is prologue. In the case of Singapore, that's likely to be the case in more ways than one.
Yes, earthlings of the West, I now come to you from the future, some 13 hours ahead of you here in this antiseptic, futuristic city-state, where broadband is plentiful and the world's global diaspora lands along with the beams of light helping Singapore to lead us all into the information future.
You've heard of the man with the plan? Well, Singapore is a country with the plan.
"Intelligent Nation 2015," a 10-year master plan by the government here to help Singapore realize the potential of "infocomm," is a blueprint for navigating the city-state's transition "into a global city, universally recognised as an enviable synthesis of technology, infrastructure, enterprise, and manpower."
If Singapore's future is in information communications, then it is only appropriate that IBM clients, business partners, employees, and others in the IBM ecosystem began landing here over the weekend to attend the IBM InterConnect event.
As we positioned the event on the Website, "In this era of interconnected industries, businesses and consumers, a new kind of leadership is required to turn opportunity into business outcomes. Smarter businesses are capitalizing on information as a bountiful resource and using technology as the catalyst for unleashing innovation."
Now, for a moment, just close your eyes and imagine the word cloud that is emerging in front of you: Interconnected. Opportunity. Smarter. Resource. Technology. Innovation. Outcomes.
Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th, we will begin exploring that word cloud in some depth -- "we" being IBM clients, business partners, execs, subject matter experts, and others.
First, we'll look at the 10 hot topics that address key business imperatives in this uncertain climate, helping organizations to unleash innovation while pacing the velocity of change.
Second, we'll share best-practices that have been learned directly from successful IBM clients and partners.
Third, as is always the case at our favorite IBM events, we'll foster a milieu for collaboration with business decision-making peers and other like-minded folks.
And we'll enable you to meet many of these decision makers and industry experts, face to face.
As for me, I'll be covering some of these sessions, in particular the keynotes, here in the Turbo blog.
I'll also be interviewing those numeourous thought leaders and partners and clients and IBM executives for our LiveStream video coverage.
So, keep your eye out here, and be sure to follow the #ibminterconnect hashtag on Twitter to get all the latest.
In future posts, I'll convey a little more about the city-state that is Singapore.