To ease the strain population growth places infrastructures and governments, IBM is combining business analytics with cloud computing and smart grid technologies to help urban systems operate more efficiently.
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IBM is bringing its Smarter Cities initiative, a part of its strategic Smarter Planet campaign, to locations in North America, Asia, and Europe. In this photo, IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano opens the Smarter Cities Berlin conference in June, 2009.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.