Calling All Thinkers and Creators – Help Your City Get Smarter (#P4SC)

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Are you a doer, thinker, problem solver, creator or dreamer? Help your city get smarter.

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Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Plastic Bottles in Czech Republic

IBM is helping cities around the world use the vast amount of data, analytics, and information already available to fuel more effective solution ideas from citizens.  In turn, they are helping their city leaders transform their communities.
IBM’s new global People for Smarter Cities site is a place where residents can conduct meaningful online conversations and contribute original ideas about how to make their cities work smarter.

One idea that’s been contributed from Paris, France is for interactive trash bins that encourage Metro passengers to recycle their subway tickets instead of throwing them on the floor.  A little imagination and fun is helping keep the station clean.

Ready to change cities for the better? Join P4SC and start making a difference!  Share YOUR ideas and join the conversation on the site or on Twitter at #P4SC.

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

The IBM Jobs Blog Just Launched!

IBM Recruitment has launched its new blog – IBMJobs Blog – to provide jobseekers with information about careers, latest news, and worldwide jobs at IBM.

IBM Jobs logoVisit the blog today and find out what it means to be an IBMer and how we work together to change the way the world works. We hope you enjoy the blog and share it with others, and we hope it helps you to expand your own thoughts on how to reach your career potential with IBM.

Subscribe to IBMjobs blog by visiting http://blog.ibm.jobs/

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- Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM, Where the Ideal of Corporate Citizenship Thrives

At IBM, concepts of corporate citizenship run deep. Legendary IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson, Sr., made sure of that. Watson understood the deep connection between a company and the communities it operated in. He understood too the positive impact that a company could have on a community. These were lessons he learned early in his business career, when as an executive at National Cash Register, he was a part of the NCR response team that helped the Cash’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio, weather a devastating flood.

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IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Sr., receives the Migel Medal from Helen Keller on behalf of the American Foundation for the Blind. Keller was a noted American author and political activist, and reportedly was the first deaf-blind person to receive a bachelor’s degree. The Migel Medal remains today the highest honor in the field of blindness. 1952

Watson took that civic-mindedness with him when he joined IBM in 1914, and he quickly instilled it into the company’s culture. “As citizens of the world, he once said, “we owe an obligation beyond the limits of our own business.” For the next four decades, he drove home this principled position by word and deed. “I know from past experience,” he said, “that the more people do in connection with outside affairs, civic and national affairs, the better job they are able to do in this business or in whatever business they are engaged. If we live just for ourselves, we are never able to get anything worthwhile out of life.”

To that end, it was a point of special pride for Watson that IBMers took to corporate social responsibility like wild ducks to water.  “I would like to pay special tribute to my associates in the IBM as citizens. Wherever I have gone I have found that they stand for good citizenship, every individual endeavoring to contribute something toward helping the country in which he lives.” In fact, Watson saw IBM as a role model for the world. “We [IBM] have organizations in 79 countries, practically all the countries of the world, and when we are able to maintain peace and cooperation among our people, it seems to me that the same thing could be accomplished among nations.”

Watson didn’t just talk the talk – he walked it. “The keynote of Mr. Watson’s life is service,” recollected Frederick Fuller, one of IBM’s leading inventors in the days before computers. “No one who knows him even slightly can doubt that. I don’t think there is a man alive who is more eager to better the common lot of mankind, regardless of race, creed, or color.”

As inspirational as he himself was to those who knew him, Watson himself found inspiration in the words of another. “George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘We must all share in the evils of the world or move to another planet,’” Watson once recalled. “Since I first heard that I have grown to feel that I am a part of all the evils of the world. And I am going to remain a part of them until I have exhausted all my energy, ability and resources in trying to correct them.” The depth of his personal commitment ranged from playing leading roles in organizations like the Red Cross and the NAACP to sending money to old acquaintances that had fallen on hard times. And he never hesitated to throw IBM’s resources behind good causes, like developing prosthetics for wounded veterans to manufacturing pocket-sized Braille printers and selling them at cost to designing and building the world’s first successful heart lung machine for free.

“A long time ago we ceased to think of IBM as a business,” Watson once reflected. “We hope that all IBM people will keep in mind that they have a duty to perform outside of the boundaries of IBM. Some of us must do things outside of our regular vocations, in order to develop this civilization to the point where we believe it ought to be.” He would be happy to know that today’s IBM remains just as committed to corporate citizenship as he was.

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by Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

by Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist
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For more on IBM History:  http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history

For more on IBM at 100 Years:  http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/

For more on IBM’s History of Innovation:  http://www.research.ibm.com/featured/history/

This post is part of The Greater IBM Connection’s July theme of Corporate Citizenship.

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.

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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 Indiainfoline.com.

- Posted by Khalid Raza

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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- Posted by Regan Kelly