40th Seminar PMI Wroclaw – Pizza as a Service in the Cloud Computing World
On 28 September, 2016 PMI Wroclaw Chapter graciously hosted the 40th Wrocław Seminar which was sponsored by IBM – an innovations company and a global leader in transformation. The Seminar was held at the Conference Centre of Wroclaw Industrial Park. We are particularly proud of the efforts to reach out to project management community in Wrocław, with more than 150 project managers attending. A big number of managers have not had yet chance to work at cloud projects.
The Seminar marked a major milestone on the road to cognitive systems and showed that it is by no means certain cognitive systems are coming and will transform our daily work. The questions ‘How and to what extent they will affect us?’ were posed to Monika Kromolowska and Marko Radovic – IBM Cloud managers. They presented to the audience customised enterprise solutions in terms of cognitive capabilities, industry focus and scale the cognitive business needs.
The first part of Seminar, conducted by Monika Kromolowska, aimed at approximating and explaining clearly how business environment may benefit from using Cloud solutions. The idea was based on the excellent metaphor of presenting Cloud foundation of cognitive business conception in regard to the example of pizza as a service. The lecturer distinguished four categories:
- Traditional on-premises (On Premi) – Pizza made at home – You buy all necessary ingredients, make the dough and prepare a pizza at home
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – Take and bake – You purchase some of the ingredients and buy pre-packaged dough.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Pizza delivered – You have a pizza delivered to your home.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – Dinned out – You simply order a pizza at a local restaurant.
In each case we can have a pizza but in some cases it appears a tempting opportunity to have other people to do the work for us. The example in a simple way illustrates which elements are managed by a vendor and which are left for us.
Subsequently, the audience could have a chance to focus on Cloud project management. The lecturer commented on the most common distinguishing features of Cloud projects and tried to answer the question how to be able to successfully drive a project to completion knowing that landscape may change overnight, delivery is on demand and our business partner has an opportunity to change vendor in 15 minutes. It seems that being successful at managing Cloud projects relies heavily on efficient, effective and clear communication, flexibility and adaptability. We should be prepared that requirements, priorities and deadlines can change at a moment’s notice but the key is being able to react to those changing conditions. Change of mindset and approach, negotiations are mechanisms that may help you to quickly refocus and take action. To enable to conduct those processes more efficiently IBM offers Project Portfolio Management tools, which is IBM Program Work Center (IPWC). Link
This is an innovative and collaborative program and project management solution, offered as a SaaS application, that takes the risk and complexity out of running large-scale projects, programs, initiatives, and transformations. Thanks to this innovative tool that provides real-time visibility through dashboards and live reports team members, project managers and executives are kept up to date so that they could react in time and redirect resources to problem areas.
The second part of Seminar by Marko Radovic was devoted to reinventing Project Management Cognitive Standards. The second lecturer argued that nowadays project managers are flooded with information that swamps them daily. Tones of documentation is made to ensure that a project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone else is doing their job properly. Apart from that project managers oversee the project to ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and stakeholders are satisfied.
With faster implementation, higher quality, stronger control over scope, cost and schedule current projects seem to bring no problems. But really aren’t they? How to analyze and ingest large volumes of data? Are we able to ‘remove’ or delegate repetitive processes?
It is believed that PMI has set the golden standards in Project Management but the era of fast changing processes, limited data analysis and vast unused knowledge calls for creating agile environments with dynamic teams to whom cognitive systems may come to the rescue.
The questions are: ‘How in fact to reinvent project management area and tools?’ and ‘How to get better over the time?’ The solution may be accessed in a few mouse clicks:
The IBM Watson Developer Cloud (WDC) offers a variety of services for developing cognitive applications. Each Watson service provides a Representational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API) for interacting with the service. Some services, such as the Speech to Text service, provide additional interfaces.
IBM Bluemix is the Cloud platform in which you deploy applications that you develop with Watson Developer Cloud services. The Watson Developer Cloud documentation provides information for developing applications with Watson services in Bluemix. Link
Building your business with such solutions like the IBM Watson™ Developer Cloud means enabling cognitive computing features in your app using IBM Watson‘s Language, Vision, Speech and Data APIs.
What it can do? Discovers, understands, and revises the language tones in texts (emotions, social tendencies, and a language style). How we can use it? Automatically react on Clients sentiment and/ or controls and improves your own communication with Clients.
Retrieve and Rank
What it can do? Enhances information retrieval with machine learning. How we can use it? Find appropriate lessons learned phases (and generate actions based on with other APIs) and/ or the best fitting resources for your project.
What it can do? Helps users to make better choices and meet multiple conflicting goals. How we can use it? Decide about risk response by identifying the best option with available data.
The Seminar was a considerable learning experience that opened up an exciting world of possibilities for those who would like to step in the area of Cloud computing world. Hence, PMI Wrocław Branch would like to give a shout-out to IMB speakers for bringing in an extremely approachable way to light all solutions that may facilitate our daily work. We are very pleased that IBM treated everyone at the Seminar not only to a great portion of knowledge but also coffee and delicious treats. We are glad we could share it with all of you and provide a small bit of thanks for all of your contributions to this fantastic Seminar!