June 13 Event: IBM Watson – Beyond Jeopardy!

Interested in Watson and the supercomputer’s future? Then Don’t miss this webinar Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 1 pm ET/12 noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/5 pm GMT.

In 2011, IBM introduced Watson, a computer system capable of quickly and precisely answering natural language questions with accurate confidence estimation. In February of that year, Watson won a victory against the world’s best Jeopardy! players in a formal contest that was aired on national television.
IBM WatsonThat public performance heralded a future where we can efficiently tap into the wealth of knowledge buried in text and other unstructured data sources. IBM is now exploring new applications of the Watson technology including clinical decision support in healthcare.

Thursday’s webinar will cover:

  • Architecture of the Watson Question Answering System
  • Using the Apache UIMA framework for building natural language processing systems
  • How IBM is addressing new challenges for Watson in the healthcare domain

Presenters are Adam Lally, Senior Technical Staff Member in the Watson Technologies department at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center; and Dr. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT. Learn more and register.



Watson at Your Service: The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future


- Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM Video Wins: Smarter Commerce = Better Business

IBM recently won a video-making contest by teaming with MOFILM, an organization that helps enable film-makers to create videos for big brands and social causes. Participants were charged with creating films that showcased the customer in context. Entries were voted on, via Twitter, by the audience at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit Nashville.

And the winner is…cookies! Check out the winning IBM video on how Smarter Commerce is working in the world. Here’s a hint: it’s all about the right approach:



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Conversations: Your Customer in Context

Smarter Commerce Global Summit



- Posted by Regan Kelly. Part of our May 2013 theme on emerging trends.

It’s Simple: Predictive Analytics = Higher Profitability

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George Makovic

Need a statistical sherpa to help you navigate the mountains of Big Data? Though predictive analytics can be a daunting discipline, companies who have adopted Predictive Analytics can see higher profitability than their competitors, says George Makovic, Senior Development Manager, IBM Business Analytics.

In his guest post at Business Analytics Blog, learn what you need to know about useful statistical analysis and data mining. Read more.

And coming up: don’t miss the IBM Business Analytics Virtual Launch event June 11 and see how IBM’s new analytics solution will make big data more accessible and serve as a catalyst to propagate the use of advanced analytics throughout the enterprise.

Details here.

Register for the event.:


How has the rise of Big Data affected your business? Let us know in the Leave a Reply field – share your story!



- Posted by Regan Kelly. Part of our May 2013 theme of emerging trends.

IBM Executives Broadcast May 15: Creating a Smarter Workforce

Mark your calendar – don’t miss this just-added broadcast with IBM executives and influential thought leader Patrick Wright of the Darla Moore School of Business, Wednesday, May 15 at 11 a.m. EDT. (When will this take place in my time zone?)

Register now for Creating a Smarter Workforce and learn about the IBM Smarter Workforce strategy, and how a smarter workforce can help you. Details:

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Register and attend!


- Posted by Regan Kelly

Twitter Chat April 25 4:30 EDT: Education and the THINK Exhibit

How do you inspire your students to be innovators in their daily lives? Join today’s discussion to chat about an effort underway to build an integrated educational experience that includes exhibitions, apps, and lesson plans. The IBM THINK exhibit, which recently opened at Epcot in Walt Disney World, extends globally into free, hands-on lesson plans for middle and high school teachers.

Photo credit: Terry Cuffel, Corporate Visual Services

Photo credit: Terry Cuffel, Corporate Visual Services

Using the IBM THINK app, students explore how progress is shaped through a five-step process and participate in hands-on lessons to help them become innovators in their own right and to take actions that can help them become forward-thinking citizens of the world. Get all the details, including Guest Experts and Topic List, for today’s event.


The THINK App (Flickr set of photos)


- Posted by Regan Kelly

New Webcast: Succeeding Faster with New Online Support

The new Service Request tool is here, and that means getting support from IBM has never been easier. To learn about using the SR tool create and track PMR in the Chinese language, be sure not to miss a new educational Webcast, April 19th: 4 a.m. EDT (New York).

The tool’s new online features can help users not only to locate the answers to known problems, but also to open a ticket faster and more easily. In fact, the tool enables users to summarize the problem, with details, and submit it – all through one single process. This means that IBM can perform a review of problem before contacting the user, and to involve other technical resources to help resolve more complex problems if necessary.

tivoliAttend this upcoming education to get the details you need on using these great new features of IBM Online Support. Let us help you succeed faster!

How Can Technology Help Conserve Water? Join Friday’s Chat

Water is one of our most essential resources. Of all the water on Earth, only 1 percent can be used by ecosystems and people. As the world’s population increases to an estimated 8 billion in 2025, the demand for water will rise too.

It’s time we get smarter about water.

Join in the Smarter Friday chat on World Water Day, March 22, as IBM Smarter Water Architect Eoin Lane discusses how technology can help us with water: http://on.fb.me/11iZe4q

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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty to Address the Council on Foreign Relations

On Thursday, March 7, Ginni Rometty will be addressing members of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Virginia Rometty

The event will be broadcast live on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. EST. Get the details and watch it here.

You can see a replay and read more about the speech on the Smarter Planet blog, where you can also join the conversation.


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

IBM Video Series Celebrates International Women’s Day

iwd_squareInternational Women’s Day is this week: March 8, 2013.

To coincide with this global event, 18 IBMers – of all ages, cultures, and stages of their careers – are talking about IBM values, corporate social responsibility, job opportunities, and flexibility. In these videos, they’re sharing why they love being part of a company that makes the world a better place, with its enduring commitment to diversity (including diversity of thought), and its rigorous focus on innovation.

Check out the video below from IBM Australia:

In this video from IBM Diversity, Sylvie speaks of the opportunities and amenities provided in her time with IBM to promote family and professional achievements. She also shares her insight on how leadership is demonstrated differently when it comes to gender, and says, “Women tend to collaborate more, which can be the signature of a strong leader.”

Some of the events IBM has or will be participating in for 2013 for International Women’s Day:

IBM has also had a long history of supporting and participating in this notable worldwide event. Here’s a few of the past stories and events:


Greater IBM: How do you plan to celebrate International Women’s Day?


Additional resources:


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

IBM THINK Exhibit Opens at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot

Exciting Educational Experience Extends Into Classrooms with Free Lesson Plans and Mobile Apps

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – 20 Feb 2013:  In celebration of National Engineers Week, IBM (NYSE: IBM) teamed up with Orlando-area high school teachers and students today to unveil IBM THINK, a new interactive experience in INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The 6,600 square-foot interactive exhibit is designed to showcase how the world can work better with the help of technology and innovation.  The THINK experience presented by IBM explores how technology transforms the way we live and work.

Lee Green, IBM VP Strategic Design and Brand Experience, at THINK presented by IBM in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.For more detail, visit www.ibm.com/thinkPhoto credit: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Lee Green, IBM VP Strategic Design and Brand Experience, at THINK presented by IBM in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Photo credit: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

To keep visitors inspired after experiencing the exhibit and encourage others to attend, IBM also announced free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lesson plans for middle and high school science teachers, along with a companion app for Apple iPads and 10” Android tablets. The lesson plans enable teachers to use the IBM THINK exhibit content to help students understand the process of innovation, while the THINK Exhibit app brings those lessons to life.

The THINK exhibit engages visitors through a unique combination of experiences. They include a 40-foot “gesture wall” that reveals the ebb and flow of data in our daily lives through colorful visualizations of information such as traffic, solar energy and air quality IBM is also providing game stations, an inspirational film about making the world work better, and a self-guided interactive tour.  The exhibit shows how progress is made possible by a combination of people and technology, and by the purposeful way humans have approached the process of innovation.

“During the past century, IBM has played a key role in making the world work better,” said

Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design at IBM. “The THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot guests from around the world.”

The new exhibit is based on IBM’s 2011 THINK pop-up exhibit at New York’s Lincoln Center, developed for the company’s Centennial.

STEM Lessons on Innovation

To put the concepts of IBM THINK into practice, IBM worked with the New York Hall of Science to develop STEM lessons plans, now available for free online on Teachers TryScience, to inspire students to act as innovators in their daily lives.  Their release intentionally coincides with Engineers Week, an annual program created by the National Engineers Week Foundation to inspire current and future generations to pursue study and careers in science and engineering.

The educational material is brought to life by apps based on the THINK exhibit. Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, the IBM Think exhibit app tells stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather prediction and medical advances.

The lesson plans and apps help students better understand some of the scientific concepts behind the THINK exhibit and inspire them to be innovators.

“The THINK lessons provide an engaging way to enable students to learn STEM concepts in a real-world context,” said Danielle Miller, Astronomy and Physical Science Teacher at University High School in Florida. “The THINK app and lessons have made my students see the process of innovation in a way they never have before. THINK has helped my students become scientists.”

Some of the THINK lessons include:

  • THINK:  The Process of Innovation – Provides an overview of the concept and process of innovation, using the THINK app
  • Fight the Flu — Introduces students to the science of epidemiology including factors associated with the spread and prevention of disease

The lessons are featured on Teachers Try Science, a free, critically acclaimed web site that provides middle and high school science educators with high quality lessons integrated with practical and engaging teaching techniques.  The process of discovery used in the material encourages students to see, map, understand, believe and act on knowledge. More lessons will be released in Spring 2013.


INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons.  Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire.  For more information on INNOVENTIONS, visit www.innoventions.disney.com.

For more information about the IBM THINK exhibit, visit: