IBM Adds New German Language IT Roles in Madgeburg Services Center

IBM has announced a new services center in the city of Magdeburg, Germany that will create up to 300 German language IT roles in the next three years. This enables IBM to deliver an industry leading range of technology services to German-speaking clients.

City of Madgeburg, Germany

City of Madgeburg, Germany

The new IBM Services Center: Magdeburg, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM, will provide German speaking IBM clients with high value application development, application maintenance and systems integration services that address the increasing demand for flexible software capability to harness the benefits of emerging Big Data, cloud and mobile business technologies.

The center will offer IBM’s German-speaking clients locally based skills and technical expertise to drive innovation and adoption of new technology, while working with IBM’s globally integrated capability network. Collaborating with the local government, it is anticipated that the center’s development will stimulate economic activity in the region.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.


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IBM Analytics Helps Mother Teresa Women’s University

BigDataCubeIBM has announced that Mother Teresa Women’s University is using IBM analytics solution to promote academic success by training its management students on predictive analysis and reporting solutions.

The use of analytics – or Big Data – has changed the realm of technology. Big Data today is requiring new skills and knowledge and new kinds of decision-making in every role and every profession.

The three-month long course, designed by IBM for the university, enables educators to teach effectively, helps management students gain critical analytical skills, and supports more accurate and insightful institutional research and decision-making.

Mother Teresa Women’s University, a public university established in 1984, offers consultancy services, and promotes research studies for women. The university is using IBM’s analytical software, SPSS (Statistical Products and Service Solutions), to train its management students on predictive analysis and reporting solutions to promote academic success.

IBM SPSS is a comprehensive, easy-to-use set of data and predictive analytics tools for users, analysts and programmers. The software offers flexible, affordable options colleges and universities can us to easily integrate statistical analysis, data and text mining and survey research instruction into the classroom. Read the complete article on

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IBM Helps Women’s Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable

Casablanca – Morocco: A team of IBM specialists, completing a month-long pro bono consulting assignment, recently presented business management strategies to Tangier-area non governmental organizations that promote economic development, cultural preservation and sustainable development.

IBM CSC promoting entrepreneurship for womenThe 9-person IBM team, from 8 countries, was the fourth group since 2010 to provide assistance to Morocco as part of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, which provides problem-solving support to educational institutions, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies in the developing world and emerging markets.

IBM CSC team working with women cooperative in Tangier

IBM CSC team working with women cooperative in Tangier

The IBM team worked with Tanger Med Foundation for Human Development (Fondation), which runs women’s cooperatives as part of its mission to promote development through education, vocational training and healthcare initiatives. IBM provided guidance for a Fondation women’s center to become more productive, self-sufficient and profitable by creating a clear business plan.

“The IBM team did a great job providing us with an adaptable business plan for more productive and self-sustainable cooperatives. We wish to replicate this successful experience they had with the women’s community center in El Haouma to many other cooperatives,” said Jamal Mikou, President of Tanger Med Foundation for Human Development. Read the rest of the story.

Technologista Film Series Takes Over IBM’s YouTube Channel

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– from Susan Puglia, VP, Global Sales Technical Leadership at IBM

They are the sirens of supercomputers. The princesses of patents. The empresses of invention. 

They are technologistas — leaders in innovation since IBM’s early days.

And this month, the IBM YouTube channel has been taken over by the Technologista Film Series, insights from today’s leading women in technology. Showcasing the disruptive technologies that ended the new normal, this series of films features curious students + accomplished technologistas, which adds up to Big Brains, Small Films. Watch them here.

You can also meet the IBM technologistas at IBMblr to find inspiration in their advice, listen to their stories and learn firsthand what a diversity of thought can bring to innovative culture.

And don’t miss the new prints, mobile wallpapers, and desktop wallpapers, too. Check it out now at IBMblr. 


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IBM’s Culture of Service: Finding Time to Participate

Kathy Pham on a project with Orlando fourth grader Tamara

The author with her protégé Tamara, a fourth-grader in Orlando.

In this essay at Citizen IBM, IBMer Kathy Pham shares what she’s learned about finding the time to forge connection and community while spending most of her weekdays traveling as an IBM “road warrior”.

See how Kathy – a Business Analytics and Optimization Senior Consultant with IBM Global Business Services – navigates the mobile lifestyle while still finding the time to be engaged in personally fulfilling projects. She’s happy to be part of a company that provides “so many unique opportunities for service,” said Kathy. Find out how she does it.



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Greater IBMer Julie Shore: A Volunteer SWOOPer

“…..SWOOP just goes in and totally transforms whatever they’re working on….70 women will descend on a property, and it’s transformation, what happens.”

…It’s like we just swoop in and when we leave, everything is dramatically different.”

Those words come from two women who are part of a Raleigh, N.C. organization called SWOOP: Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects. Does this sound like a group of women you’d like to know? Greater IBMer Julie Shore thinks so: an IBMer for 30 years, Julie has served her community as a member of SWOOP for 17 now.

Julie Shore

Julie Shore

Julie sat down with The Greater IBM Connection to share with us her story, and what it’s meant to her to be a part of SWOOP.

The Greater IBM Connection: How long have you worked at IBM?

Julie Shore: More than 30 years.

GIBM: What is your role today, and what are some other positions you’ve held?  

I’m in channel marketing in STG, working with independent software vendors (ISVs) to help them develop for, use and recommend IBM systems to their clients. I’ve also served a variety of roles in channel marketing in SWG, managing various marketing and certification programs and driving channel enablement for direct and indirect sellers.

GIBM: What does your typical day involve – what are some of the responsibilities of your role?

I’m now driving launch activities related to all indirect channels.  So my days are filled with keeping track and pushing progress with all aspects of launch preparation from the perspective of reseller, ISV and SI marketing teams.

GIBM: Tell us about your volunteering with SWOOP. How do you contribute?

I’ve volunteered with SWOOP since its founding in 1996. We have two key focus areas.  SWOOPin’ Saturdays are once-a-month workdays where we help agencies and individuals with large-scale, short-term projects, such as building playgrounds for at-risk kids, renovating a house for someone in a wheelchair, or painting low-income housing units.

A SWOOP ramp project in progress (Photo courtesy Julie Shore)

SWOOPers in action: a ramp project in progress (Photo courtesy Julie Shore)

I’m often a team leader on carpentry projects, and help with whatever else needs to be done when carpentry is not involved.

The other key focus is our “Ramp It Up!” initiative, which provides wheelchair ramps for people with urgent needs. We work with agencies to identify the projects.  We design and build wooden ramps, and also install removable aluminum ramps for shorter-term requirements.  Our executive director is also an architect and general contractor, so SWOOP brings design and construction expertise that agencies might not otherwise be able to access affordably.

It’s easy to sign up for either or both aspects through our Web site,

GIBM: How did SWOOP get started, and how did you become involved?

A couple of friends had lots of trees down from Hurricane Fran in 1996.  After cleaning up their own yards, they helped some friends do the same.  It occurred to them that a team of people could accomplish more than just one or two working independently, so the growing group started showing up at the houses of other friends – in fact, my house was SWOOPed in that crazy week after Fran, so I’ve been involved nearly from the beginning.

swooplogoOver time it got more organized, got an official name (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects) and logo, and was accorded 501(C)(3) nonprofit status in 2001.  We now have approximately 1,400 people on the membership roles.

GIBM: What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for you?

Going home with a great sense of accomplishment, and in awe of people’s ability to deal with challenges and crises of everyday life. I also enjoy the camaraderie among SWOOPers, and I always learn a ton and laugh a lot.

GIBM: Raleigh has a large IBM campus – are there other IBMers/Greater IBMers involved with SWOOP?

Yes, I know several IBMers who are current or past SWOOPers – Molly Walters, Sandy Campbell, Holly Tallon Hilbrands and Betty Lynch are some of the local IBMers who are active in SWOOP.  We’re on the local and national approved agency lists for the IBM Employees Charitable Contribution Campaign.

GIBM: Tell us how you use The Greater IBM Connection: what do you get out of it personally?

I access it through LinkedIn.  Mostly I look at the summary e-mails and follow links to interesting or relevant discussions.

GIBM: You mentioned that you’re retiring by the end of this year.  What do you plan to do with the extra time?

Not sure yet. I’m considering several possibilities.

GIBM: Do you plan to stay connected with your IBM friends and colleagues?


GIBM: What else do you do with your spare time?

Golf and woodworking are my outside-of-work passions.

GIBM: What does the future hold for you and what are you most looking forward to?

I want to finish my IBM career with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and go forward from there.


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Where is Your Internal Social Strategy?



The need for social strategy:

A friend of mine joined an organization recently and emailed to ask me to mentor him on use of social tools within the organization and also to help him create more robust SocialGlamor for him in the wider world.

While chatting with him, I asked, why does he need to use these tools – and his response stumped me! He said he wanted to use these tools to catch up with the people around him who are using them everyday. He did not know WHY he needed to become social. He also mentioned that he does not have time for it but his leadership wants him to become social. This is more dangerous that the Cloned Social concept!

Where are we heading?
What is StrategyThe use of social tools, like Twitter, Facebook, Connections, blogging., etc should make us more productive, is what i understood all along, but recently the pull-push marketing has made the use these tools just a fashion statement. “Because everyone is using it, you should,” is a fallacy and will make more fatigued employees and will defeat the purpose.
Read the complete post on SocialGlamor.

‘Our work is one of service’ leadership in action for Hurricane Sandy victims

Theresa Mohan, IBM Senior Regional Counsel (Photo credit:

Theresa Mohan, IBM Senior Regional Counsel (Photo credit:

Our leadership lesson #3 from Watson was “Our work is one of service.”, and IBMer Theresa Mohan, Senior Regional Counsel is doing just that.  After helping her mother clean out her house after Hurricane Sandy hit, Theresa realized that the residents needed help filing for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to lack of clarity to the process.  So Theresa recruited some fellow attorneys, set up a tent with computers and an Internet connection, and spent the next four weekends with her colleagues helping people get through the process.  She continues to work with a network of legal service providers and volunteers in coordinating and tracking assistance for Sandy victims, with the help of software donated by IBM.

Read the full story and more about IBM’s other pro bono legal assistance work below:

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


The January 2013 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ”leadership”, and The Greater IBM Connection will be sharing various tips, tools, and resources on this topic.

IBM Brazil Wins 30th Annual AmCham ECO Award — today on Citizen IBM

IBM Brasil Corporate Citizen team at the ECO Awards ceremony

IBM Brasil Corporate Citizen team at the ECO Awards ceremony

The American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil (AmCham Brasil) has recognized IBM with a 2012 ECO Award for “Strategy, Leadership, Innovation and Sustainability.” AmCham represents about 5,000 companies in Brazil and throughout the Americas, and called out IBM for its integrated Smarter Planet vision in addition to IBM’s global support of citizenship initiatives. Read more about how IBM’s values and practices speak directly to ECO Award’s principles of “company and community.”

Today’s article appears in English and Brazilian Portuguese.

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

IBM Centennial Grant supports movement for green schools in Singapore with SMART meters

singapore greenToday on Citizen IBM, Corporate Citizenship Manager and Singapore Green Building Council member Kok Chin (KC) Tay details how an IBM Centennial Grant is helping to support Singapore’s national movement for green schools. Specifically, a public-private partnership between IBM and Singapore’s Ministry of Education established Project Green Insights to help secondary and post-secondary students understand issues related to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability through education and hands-on projects.  Supported by an IBM Centennial Grant throughout 2012, this pilot program has developed strategies and activities to raise awareness around energy efficiency in 20 academic institutions in Singapore. Participating schools (19 secondary schools and one technical institute, the Institute of Technical Education College East) installed SMART meters to monitor live energy usage, and either created or strengthened their green clubs and developed “green ambassadors” among their student population to develop insights and actions based on the data from the meters projects.

Read more about it here:

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Institute of Technical Education College East, Singapore


IBM Centennial Grants have helped enable programs to improve access to public information in Latin America, connect India’s rural entrepreneurs to outside markets, provide computer training for Ireland’s older citizens, create better lives for Turkish children with disabilities, and help Vermont (US) residents manage energy better through a program similar to Singapore’s Project Green Insights.

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