In part one of this series, I introduced two major components of Smarter Cities Cloud: Cloud Platform and Smarter City Applications. Now let’s have a look how it works.
The benefit to the Smarter Cities Cloud architecture is the alignment of this repeatable model with the effort to build an “IBM – Business Partners – Government ecosystem”. Even if IBM was the recognized IT industry leader, IBM had to work with Business Partners to help China’s tier two and tier three cities complete the business transformation from manufacturing-only to multiple industries, including IT. This is because it is very difficult for IBM to register as a development sub company in small cities but IBM local business partners have no such limitation. The designed platform and solutions are implemented by the local business partners with assistance from IBM Lab Based Services. The local business partners do most of the service activities because they are established in the city and committed to helping the city build the new IT industry.
In the first step in the process, one or two business partners will help to build the cloud platform. After implementation, they continue working as service providers to manage and operate the cloud platform. Other business partners might provide their Smarter City solutions, such as Smarter healthcare, Internet Of Things applications, Smarter logistics and others. IBM is also able to provide some Smarter City applications and solutions such as Business Analytics, eCommerce, Social and BPM.
Supporting the “IBM – Business Partners – Government” model to achieve city IT business transformation is a proven success model for Chinese tier two and three cities.
Usually, Business Partners will include one software development or software outsourcing company that have skills to build and support the IBM Cloud platform, one or two application development companies, one telecommunication service provider to work with on network and hardware infrastructure and/or one university to provide students and laborers. The ecosystem is the way to help city government to do the necessary business transformation and IBM is the leader to do it. Currently IBM is the only leader in China who can lead this ecosystem to do the transformation. That means IBM has the capability to build the total solution based on IBM’s best products for the solution. Pure Systems will be best choice for this solution in the future.
Since Smarter City, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) are the most important and hottest three things each city should work on, IBM will suggest to each city to get provincial and state support on the funding and future projects which will ultimately be running in the Cloud. This makes the ecosystem more stable.
Consequently, not only does the componentized architecture I developed support the integration of IBM products to develop a point solution based on the requirements of each city and their transformation goals, it supports:
- the ability to “snap in” offerings from Business Partners
- support for implementation by Business Partners and outsourcing companies
- skilling by IBM in support of the transformation
- benefit to companies who provide network and hardware infrastructure support
- workforce opportunities for university students and others.
The benefit of this componentized architecture as an ecosystem is depicted below:
The solution for Liaoyuan city is shown below:
And here is the products mapping: