The inaugural Postgres Vision 2016 was took place this past October in San Francisco.
The event provided a forum and a voice for those who share a vision about data and open source data management.
Specifically, the vision is to unleash innovation through the use of Postgres and related technologies that come together in a consistent, optimized, and open way.
Many speakers discussed a common theme: The important role that business and IT leaders play in harnessing the disruptive potential of Postgres and turning that into a competitive advantage.
On the opening day of the event, Doug Balog, General Manager of IBM Power Systems, delivered a morning keynote.
In it, he described the path that IBM Power Systems has followed in embracing the open movement in general and Postgres in particular.
He also articulated IBM Power Systems' point of view on disruption and innovation.
Technology as a Disruptor
One key source of disruption in the enterprise, Balog observed, is technology.
In fact, he cited an IBM Institute for Business Value survey in which CXOs named technology as the first and most fundamental source of both disruption and innovation.
Recognizing the promise that technology represents, IBM Power Systems aims to ensure that technology drives not just disruption, but also disruptive innovation.
One example that Balog noted is IBM's work in technologies such as big data and analytics workloads.
The solutions that build upward from IBM Power Systems hardware combine to create acceleration technologies that help deliver revenue.
Collaboration as a Disruptor
Although technology is a primary driver of innovative disruption, it is not the only one.
Balog identified additional sources, including disruption driven by collaboration. The days of doing it all in-house have long since passed.
For example, the OpenPOWER Foundation, a collaboration between an ecosystem of hardware and software providers—including IBM Power Systems—has delivered open source packages and solutions that are helping to enable cognitive business.
To give you a feel for the scale of that collaborative effort, Balog reported these numbers:
- Over 30 reference configurations for solutions
- Some 250 OpenPOWER members
- More than 2,500 Linux ISV partners in the Power Ecosystem enabling Linux on Power
- More than 100,000 open source packages
Business Models as Disruptors
The third source of innovation that Balog described derives from business model perspective.
This encompasses a host of new business models, including software-as-a-service, pay-as-you-go and pay-as-you-grow models, and entirely new models with newly coined words like “freemium.”
What all of these innovative models have in common, Balog explained, is that they serve as new mechanisms for ways of bringing revenue into the enterprise.
These are paths that simply did not exist a few years ago.
They are the logical culmination of the disruptive innovation happening in technology, such as the rise and expansion of cloud computing and the emergence of big data and analytics stemming in part from cloud.
At the same time, they are also the result of innovation driven through collaboration, with cognitive business creating new potential models based on prescriptive analytics.
From the Power Systems point of view, as Balog observed, business model innovation manifests in hyperscale delivery and hybrid cloud with new ecomonics.
As he summarized his presentation, Balog reinforced the striking strategic change that IBM Power Systems marks from the traditional IBM approach.
While IBM has traditionally delivered value through tightly interwoven closed and proprietary systems, Power Systems embraces open source.
As a result, Power Systems has achieved a breadth of adoption that positions it to become a viable alternative to x86-based cloud solutions.
And that leadership role in cloud, in the long run, will be key to success for IBM Power Systems.