IBM Torque Conference Australia: Summary

I returned home to Connecticut after a successful business trip to Australia for the IBM Torque conference.  Highlights:
  • The focus of the external conference was cloud, mobile and security and took place over the course of a week in three Australian cities: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  There were over 100 participants for each of the three sessions.
  • I led a panel discussion on mobile at each of the three events.  Key observations: Few enterprises have a mobile enterprise strategy in place.   Security and lack of skills are key concerns.  Enterprises are looking to partner to gain new skills and expertise.  Few clients have deployed Mobile Device Management (MDM) software and most are overwhelmed by "Bring Your Own Device."
  • Noted futurist, Tim Longhurst delivered an outstanding keynote session on how the world is changing.  See the  #IBMTorque hashtag on Twitter for key quotes and links to videos and collateral Tim shared. 
  • While in Australia, I took advantage of the opportunity to meet with IBM colleagues, visit the IBM Cumberland Forest location outside Sydney and meet with clients and vendors.
  • I also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Sydney including visiting the Tarongo Zoo, walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony (Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, visiting The Rocks for St. Patrick's Day and visiting the Star Casino.
Twitter hash tag: #IBMTorque
Photos: Picasa

Update 31 July 2013: Based on feedback obtained from the Torque event, IBM has published "Truth Behind the Trends: Mobility, Cloud and Security."