IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work


Companies are changing the way they work today. The combination of social, collaborative and mobile technology infused with behavioral science and analytics is incredibly powerful – especially when it is delivered in the cloud.  IBM Connect 2014 will provide insights on how to apply these principles to your business.

dilbertAs an added bonus for Dilbert fans, Dilbert creator Scott Adams will be speaking at the event.

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Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President of Engineering Smarter Workforce at IBM, shares his thoughts on why you should attend IBM Connect 2014

And if you aren’t able to be in Orlando, don’t let that stop you from joining in the conversation – learn more about how to get social



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

Santa Uses Predictive Analytics for Toy Matching (Christmas Infographic)

Image from IBM Big Data Hub

Image from IBM Big Data Hub

Santa’s use of data has gone from reactive to predictive with his toy-matching engine code-named YULELOG.  By using data above and below the 85th parallel, including the letters from children, pout score, and toy build time, Santa can analyze what toys are trending and work to match these toys to all the boys and girls.


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

Santa is On His Way – How is Big Data Analytics Helping? (Infographic)

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Santa is on his way, but retailers know they cannot rely on holiday magic alone to make the year’s busiest shopping season a success.  They are engaging with customers in new ways and using the power of analytics and a multi-channel approach to make the season bright.


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

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Looking Ahead to The Smarter Enterprise

Photo:  IBM

Photo: IBM

IBM President and CEO, Ginni Rometty ranks #1 shares her views on the year ahead with The Economist for The World in 2014.  Citing a historic convergence of major technology shifts, where the world has become pervasively interconnected, she notes that there are more than a trillion interconnected and intelligent objects and organisms – including a billion transistors for every person on the planet.  Speaking of Big Data, she also mentions that, by one estimate, there will be 5,200 gigabytes of data for every human on the planet by 2020.  This will begin to transform the enterprise and give rise to a new model of the firm called ‘The Smarter Enterprise’.  There are three ways the Smarter Enterprise will differ from the traditional model:

  1. Use Predictive Analytics to make decisions
  2. Infuse intelligence into products and how they are made
  3. Deliver value to individuals rather than demographic segments

Read the full story below:

(The Economist, Nov 18, 2013) The Year of the Smarter Enterprise



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

Coffee, Conversations and Commerce with IBM Midsize Business


IBM Midsize Business: IBM Coffee + Conversation

How often have you met a colleague to discuss something related to work over a cup of coffee?  There’s something about a coffee shop that seems conducive to business, networking, and understanding complex subjects – it seems more personal and approachable.  In this video series, IBM Midsize Business shares some coffee house conversations on business topics pertinent to mid-size businesses, such as cloud, social business, mobile, and analytics.  Learn more at Midsize Insider:  Coffee, Conversations, and Commerce.

About Midsize Insider

Midsize Insider is a valuable repository of expert content tailored for small-to-midsized business owners and IT decision makers. Expert insights and perspectives in the Midsize Insider are gleaned from actionable business experiences and will assist readers in creating efficiencies, cutting costs and delivering results.



- By Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

The US Open: IBM Technologies Changing the Game

For two weeks in August and September every year, the United States Tennis Association welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators to New York City’s Flushing Meadows for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

US OpenMillions more around the world visit to follow the action, watching live-streamed tennis matches and getting scores, stats, and news thanks to IBM technologies.

Today, those technologies are transforming the fan experience at the U.S. Open. For more than 20 years, IBM and the United States Tennis Association have collaborated to connect fans to every serve, volley and point throughout the event. The immersive and interactive digital US Open experience is enabled by a combination of IBM analytics, cloud computing, mobile and social technologies that go far beyond basic scores and stats to provide real-time insights into the action on the courts.

Discover how IBM is changing tennis, and businesses, worldwide with analytics,
cloud, and mobile capabilities.


Smarter Planet blog post on IBM and the US Open, by IBM Storyteller Stephen Hamm

Gallery of images

Join the conversation on Twitter: #ibmsports #usopen #gamechangersibm


- Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM Big Data Solution Enables Wroclaw University Library to Preserve European Heritage, Open Digital Archives to the World

IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland have announced a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of distinctive European manuscripts, books, and maps dating back to the Middle Ages. The materials have rarely been accessible to the public – until now.


IBM’s solution is helping the Wroclaw University Library Poland digitize, manage and provide fast online access to rare manuscripts, books and maps, many dating back to the Middle Ages, with a total capacity of 300 terabytes.
Shown here is one of Europe’s six surviving copies of this particular medieval illuminated encyclopedia, the Thomas Cantimpratensis “Liber de nature rerum” from the second half of the fifteenth century. (Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland)


The project creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. It uses a solution consisting of IBM System x servers and Storage disk and SAN solutions to address the Big Data challenge of managing and providing fast search and retrieval services for up to 300 terabytes of information.

“The Wroclaw University Library’s mission is to protect, preserve and ensure broader access to Polish cultural heritage,” said Adam Zurek, Head of the Department of Scientific Documentation of Cultural Heritage, Wroclaw University Library. “We selected IBM to help us identify, choose and implement a solution in line with our goals of digitizing the library’s documents and making them available to the broader public online.Read the rest of the story.

See images from the digitized library


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Bank on analytics for understanding customers better

IBM logoEver since the commercialization of the internet, and the advent of social media, customer-centricity has become a norm across industries. For banks in particular, this extends new customer touch points, implying the opportunity to relook at segmentation, channels and pricing. For example, banks can adopt a needs-based and behavior-based segmentation strategy by keeping a tab on client interactions over its channels. It is easier said than done. Banks will have to first understand how people bank, how often they bank and what products and services they seek when banking. Thanks to the power of analytics, it is no more a challenge for banks. Take the example of Central Bank of India. It recently announced the adoption of analytics solution in order to uncover new sources of customer value. Analytics, according to the bank’s spokesperson provides great levers for it to identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities and increase customer wallet share.

Read the complete article in IndiaOnwards

The Role of the Data Scientist: More Critical Than Ever

The rise of the data scientist in the Smarter Planet

James Kobielus, Senior Program Director, Big Data Evangelist, IBM

IBM’s James Kobielus

Big Data is a little like the solar system, says James Kobielus, Senior Program Director, Big Data Evangelist, IBM. It’s a brilliant system of information and analysis that emerges from the inchoate mass of gas, dust, rocks and crystals known as “data.” And to continue the analogy, cloud computing is the galaxy in which the stars, rocks, and particles exist and interact.

That makes data scientists the astronomers, exploring the spinning, interconnected system, much of which consists of scattered matter that we call “unstructured.” But what exactly is a data scientist? Simply put, the data scientist is among the most important developer in Big Data.

What do data scientists do? What does it take? And how can you unlock the full value of Big Data for your business? Read more to find out.



A Smarter Planet

What is Big Data?

The IBM Big Data Portfolio

IBM Big Data on LinkedIn

- Posted by Regan Kelly

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

- Posted by Khalid Raza