Announcing IBM South Africa Alumni Group

The Greater IBM Connection and the IBM South Africa team are pleased to announce the launch of the new South Africa LinkedIn group of our community. We’re starting this group as a way for our community of Greater IBMers to interact and network with community members in India.

To do this, we’ve partnered with an IBM Recruiting team in South Africa, led by Natasha Pillay-Bemath.

To join the South Africa group sub-community:

  • You must first join the global Greater IBM Connection community here.
  • Then request to join the South Africa Alumni group here.
  • Note: You must provide accurate information about your IBM employment on your profile so that your membership can be approved for both groups.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to you joining today!

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

Women in Technology: Make A Difference by Joining IBM

IBMersJoin other exceptional women who are making a difference.

At IBM women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Today, women represent approximately 30 percent of IBM employees worldwide and more than 22% of our global executive population is made up of women, two-thirds of whom are working mothers.

Did you know?

Are you looking for a new challenge, inside a progressive organization that values and rewards collaboration, innovation and creativity?  If you want to focus on today’s most exciting technologies — Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud — the opportunities are endless and you can make a difference at IBM.

Learn more: Careers for Women at IBM

And apply for jobs:  Job Opportunities for Women in Technology

Why Work at IBM?

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Check out these hot jobs today, and be sure to stay tuned for more to come.

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

Some Wise Words for Your Career, Life and Destiny, from IBMer Rebecca Munyuki

Rebecca Munyuki, IBM South Africa

You’re the driver of your life, career, and destiny, says IBM South Africa’s Rebecca Munyuki. And smart, driven women always ask for directions.

Which transmission mode are YOU in today? Read her words of wisdom.

 

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Greater IBM, what would you add to Rebecca’s approach? Share your words of wisdom with your fellow community members!

 

- Posted by Regan Kelly

A Mobile App to Cut Down on Wasted Water: IBM Launches WaterWatchers in South Africa

In this blog post at Building a Smarter Planet, contributor Ahmed Simjee

Smarter Planet Leader Ahmed Simjee, IBM South Africa

details an initiative he is spearheading in South Africa – WaterWatchers – aimed at using mobile phones and crowdsourcing to cut down on leaks and wasted water.

gautengThe WaterWatchers app launched last month in Gauteng Province, home of Johannesburg and the capital city, Tshwane. With 12.3 million residents, the province represents 23% of South Africa’s population. The app launch was timed to coincide with the United Nations’ World Water Day, March 22. If you’re in South Africa, you can download the app.

Read the post

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World Water Day

The Big Bang, Big Data, and IBM: Supercomputing R&D for Radio Astronomy

This circuit board is covered with antennas geared to listen to radio signals of a frequency between about 450MHz and 1.5GHz. The Square Kilometer Array project aims to cover a square kilometer across the southern hemisphere of Earth with such antennas.

This circuit board is covered with antennas geared to listen to radio signals of a frequency between about 450MHz and 1.5GHz. The Square Kilometer Array project aims to cover a square kilometer across the southern hemisphere of Earth with such antennas. (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

(from cnet.com)

HANOVER, Germany — IBM is working to advance the supercomputing state of the art in memory, optical links, and processing with research stemming from a massive radio telescope project.

Called the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the telescope is to be built from 2016 to 2024 in southern Africa and Australia. Before that, IBM is working to develop the necessary computing technology through a five-year partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron).  The idea is to create computing systems that can handle the tremendous quantity of data from the radio telescope, said Ronald Luijten of IBM Research in Zurich. It will produce 14 exabytes of data each day — about 14 million times as much as an ordinary PC’s hard drive can hold. Read more / see the photo gallery.

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– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Getting to Know the Millenials – Q&A with IBM’s Abe Thomas

What can the recent IBM Global Student Study tell us about the leaders of tomorrow?

Abraham Thomas

Abraham Thomas

In this Q&A publsihed in Business Day Live, Abraham Thomas, IBM South Africa’s general manager, speaks to Margaret Harris about this, and the issues, differences, and challenges uncovered. Read more.

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Insights from the 2012 Study

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– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Addresses South Africa’s Business Leaders

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty speaks to more than 200 South African business leaders about IBM’s commitment to Africa at the IBM CIO Leadership Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 5, 2013.

(Graham Carlow/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

IBM been doing business in Africa for more than 90 years. Most recently, the company has been expanding its presence by focusing investments in more than 20 African countries.

Read more about Technology in Africa: Extracting Insights from Big Data in this Smarter Planet blog post by Steve Hamm.

Related:

Follow IBM South Africa on Twitter: @IBM_SouthAfrica

Imbizo! IBM South Africa and Its Leadership Team

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty Shares Her Leadership Philosophy

Ginni Rometty: The 100 Women Who Rule the World (Forbes.com)

The Center for CIO Leadership