#smallestmagazinecover Help set a Guinness World Records – Vote Now!

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#smallestmagazinecover Help set a Guinness World Records - Vote Now!

IBM scientists are partnering with National Geographic Kids to set a Guinness World Records title for the world’s smallest magazine cover. Read more: http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.in/2014/03/help-set-guinness-world-records-title.html?lnk=w3news

You can participate by voting for your favorite National Geographic Kids cover: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/guinness-world-record-smallest-magazine/

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

“Paperwork Explosion” by The Jim Henson Company

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Last week, WIRED Magazine dug up a video from IBM Archives fr an article :
Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch IBM’s Greatest Corporate Film, Directed by … Jim Henson?

Read the article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/tech-time-warp-henson-ibm/

IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa’s Challenges & Opportunities

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IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa’s Challenges & Opportunities

What happens when you ask an entire continent to illustrate its challenges and opportunities in photos?

That’s exactly what IBM’s newest research lab wanted to find out. Jonathan Batty, IBM Communications, Global Labs, shares how the World is Our Lab – Africa picture project was born: a three-month competition that asked participants to use cameras and smartphones to capture images that illustrate the continent’s grand challenges, city systems and examples of innovation. Learn more at: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/03/photowinner-ibm-africa.html

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

Bharti Airtel signs new 5-year contract with IBM

ibm-262x174Bharti Airtel and IBM on Wednesday announced a new agreement to manage Airtel’s infrastructure and application services in India over the next five years. Analysts estimate the order to be between $500 million and $600 million.

The agreement extends the pioneering 10-year outsourcing relationship that the two have had and which ended on March 31. But unlike earlier, when Airtel literally outsourced its entire IT, the company is now talking of building in-house capabilities in certain areas.

Under the contract signed in 2004, IBM took over the management of Airtel’s IT infrastructure and worked to transform its processes and integrate channels. The contract is said to have grown to $2 billion as Airtel expanded into other regions, including Africa.

Sources in both companies said there wasn’t any significant change in the size of the new contract. “IBM has been running that portion of Airtel’s business for years, and they know it so well and the business is so big that there was no way Airtel could risk moving a large portion suddenly to somebody else,” sources close to Airtel said.

There were reports earlier that India’s leading mobile operator might move significant portions of the contract to companies like TCS and Tech Mahindra. However, it looks like at least 80% of Airtel’s total IT outsourcing is still with IBM, and the rest is shared by companies including Tech Mahindra, Infosys, Wipro and Cisco.

Sources in IBM said the company’s analytics capabilities in particular and the fact that IBM helped Bharti extend into Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Africa had contributed to IBM retaining most of the contract.

Read the complete article on timesofindia.indiatimes.com | Posted by Khalid Raza

#IBMFoodTruck – What’s cooking?

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What's cooking?

Help decide! Cast your vote for what the cognitive computer-powered food truck will make next. Cooking starts March 7. http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/cognitivecooking/?ce=ISM0457&ct=chq&cmp=ibmsocial&cm=h&cr=crossbrand&ccy=us

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

15 Amazing Mobile Growth Trends (#IBMMWC)

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Global mobile data traffic reached 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013, up from 820 petabytes per month at the end of 2012 (Image Credit: IBM MWC)

Check out these amazing statistics and trends on mobile growth from IBM@Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:

  1. Global mobile data traffic grew 81 percent in 2013
  2. 25% of enterprises will have an enterprise app store by 2017
  3. By 2018, the average smartphone will generate 500% more data than today
  4. Over 40% of Youtube views come from mobile
  5. By 2017, 90% of the enterprise apps will be both desktop and mobile (up from 20% in 2013)
  6. Mobile commerce is expected to double in the next 4 years
  7. Over half a billion mobile devices were added in 2013
  8. 75 Billion Devices Will Be Connected To The Internet Of Things By 2020 (Morgan Stanley)
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    Mobile traffic as a percentage of global Internet traffic is projected to hit 25% by December of 2014

  10. By 2018, 70% of the workforce will use a tablet or tablet hybrid (Gartner)
  11. By 2018, tablets will generate 2x the data of all mobile in 2013
  12. Mobile app downloads to pass 200 billion annually by 2017
  13. By 2018, global mobile traffic will increase 1100%, reaching 17,000,000,000 GB every month
  14. 25% of all emails are opened on an iPhone
  15. Active mobile subscriptions globally now equates to 93% of the world’s population

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection