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!


– 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

Follow us on Twitter @IBMJobsGlobal


What do you think of the newly launched blog? Let us know in the Leave a Reply field.

- Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM Watson Ads Are a Hit During US Open

In 2011, Watson won Jeopardy!. Now, it’s answering bigger questions.

Tennis ball over the net imageIf you’ve been paying attention to The US Open, then you’ve probably been enjoying the IBM Watson 15-second ads like this one:

We’re happy to report there are four more! All of them are posted here, at IBM’s YouTube Channel.

Take a look, share this with your friends, let us know what you think.


- Posted by Regan Kelly

New Online Store for IBM Alumni and Retirees!

IBM alumni and retirees: get savings of up to 25% on laptops, desktops, monitors, and parts and accessories

The IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment team, a division of IBM Global Financing, is pleased to announce its new online store for IBM alumni and retirees.

If you’re an IBM alumnus or an IBM retiree, you can enjoy significant savings of up to 25% off regular online prices on a wide selection of laptops, desktops, monitors, and other parts and accessories.

The new site offers products from vendors including Apple, Lenovo, HP, and more. In addition, free standard shipping and free one year extended product warranties are offered standard with all purchases. Get fully refurbished PCs at a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Visit the site now


Let us know what you think of the new site, Greater IBM!

- Posted by Regan Kelly

Infographic: How to Identify an IBMer

What do you think, IBM alumni? Which is the giveaway?

is this person an ibmer

(Cartoon by IBM’s Jessica W. Ramirez,  user experience designer. Check out what Jessica has to say on her personal blog.)


- Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM to Acquire SoftLayer to Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Computing in the Enterprise

IBM to Form New Cloud Services Division

IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., the world’s largest privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider. The acquisition will strengthen IBM’s leadership position in cloud computing and will help speed business adoption of public and private cloud solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“As businesses add public cloud capabilities to their on-premise IT systems, they need enterprise-grade reliability, security and management. To address this opportunity, IBM has built a portfolio of high-value private, public and hybrid cloud offerings, as well as software-as-a-service business solutions,” said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. “With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings to drive business innovation.”

Why did IBM make the move to acquire SoftLayer? Get the story.

Infographic: Smart Cloud Milestones

cloud milestone


About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud- based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions and a network of global delivery centers.

For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow on Twitter at and on the blog at


- Posted by Regan Kelly

Technologista Film Series Takes Over IBM’s YouTube Channel

“Don’t underestimate your abilities.” Susan Puglia, VP, Global Sales Technical Leadership at IBMDownload the printMobile WallpapersiPhone 4 | iPhone 5 | iPadDesktop Wallpapers2560 x 1440 | 1920 x 12001680 x 1050 | 1440 x 9001280 x 800

– 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. 


Thinking of joining IBM and want to know more? Read this.

Let us know what you think in the Leave a Reply field below.

- Posted by Regan Kelly

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:



sc logoSmarter Commerce

Smarter Commerce Solutions

Conversations: Your Customer in Context

Smarter Commerce Global Summit



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