Greater IBM Connections e-Newsletter: January

dec newsletter header Welcome to the Greater IBM Connections e-newsletter! We know that Greater IBMers, whether you worked for IBM in the past (or currently work at IBM) feel a connection to IBM that continues even if you’ve changed jobs or retired. This newsletter will help you keep up with the latest cutting-edge IBM innovations and industry trends, as well as stay in touch with your colleagues and friends. Have a suggestion or story idea? Feel free to send us as a comment to this post (be sure to include your email address, so we can reach you).

In this issue:

  • Featured Highlights
  • What’s The Buzz for the Month
  • IBM Alumni Stories + Tell Us Your Story
  • Join the Conversation

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Featured Highlights

tweetchat_logoFeb 6 Tweet Chat:  Don’t miss our upcoming Tweet Chat on Feb 6 from 11am-12pm ET with Dr. Dario de Judicibus, Fashion Industry Leader for IBM Europe, and Scott Duby, IBM Global Retail Solutions Lead.  Bookmark this link and save the date!

IBM News Roundup:  There were several major announcements in January about Watson, Cloud, Big Data and more.  Two major IBM studies as well as 2013 4Q and full year earnings were released.  Also, IBM Connect was held in late January, and February is bringing IBM’s first Entrepreneur Week (Feb 3-7) and dev@Pulse (Feb 24-25).  Here’s a roundup of the major IBM news, events, and study releases for Jan-Feb, in case you missed them – http://wp.me/p2kcos-4BS

IBM Alumni – Are You on Twitter?: We have started a Twitter list for IBM Alumni here (http://bit.ly/1kCTwhT). If you are an IBM Alumni and would like to be added to this list, please reply to this post with your Twitter ID–> http://linkd.in/1fneP6K ——————————————————-

top5v2What’s the Buzz for the Month

What have you been reading and talking about recently? Here’s your chance to catch up on the five most popular posts published in January on The Greater IBM Connection blog. Thanks for visiting and for your comments on the blog.

You can also check out the Top Five Posts across our other social channels here –> http://wp.me/p2kcos-4Ev

  1. IBM Infographic Cartoon: So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids)
  2. (Replay) IBM Launches New Watson Group in Silicon Alley
  3. IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work
  4. What Does IBM Watson Look Like?  Generated Art Face the Wave of the Future?
  5. How Many Times Should You Try Before Success? (Infographic) – No 1 Top Tweet

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IBM Alumni Stories + Tell Us Your Story

Gretchen Gottlich, Enterprise Information Executive

Gretchen Gottlich, Enterprise Information Executive

Our alumni story for January is about Big Data Expert, Gretchen Gottlich, also a former NASA Researcher who had the opportunity to meet Benoit Mandelbrot (the Father of Fractal Geometry) in person.  Check out her story and others at the links below!

We will be featuring IBM Alumni stories in the coming months, so please share your story with us in the LinkedIn discussion thread below, and we’ll be following up with the ones that seem the most interesting to our community for a further interview:

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Stay connected with The Greater IBM Connection by:

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

Greater IBM Connections e-Newsletter: December

dec newsletter header

Welcome to the Greater IBM Connections e-newsletter! We know that Greater IBMers, whether you worked for IBM in the past (or currently work at IBM) feel a connection to IBM that continues even if you’ve changed jobs or retired. This newsletter will help you keep up with the latest cutting-edge IBM innovations and industry trends, as well as stay in touch with your colleagues and friends. Have a suggestion or story idea? Feel free to send us as a comment to this post (be sure to include your email address, so we can reach you).

In this issue:

  • Featured Highlights
  • Best of Blog Roundup: Top 5 for November
  • IBM Alumni Stories + Tell Us Your Story
  • Join the Conversation

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Featured Highlights

5 in 5 - wideIBM’s 5 in 5 – In Five Years Everything Will Learn: On December 17, IBM unveiled the annual list of five innovations that have the potential to change the way people work.  The 5 in 5 is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s R&D labs around the world that can make these transformations possible.  This year’s 5 in 5 centered on Education, Retail, Healthcare, Security, and Cities.  To learn more – http://wp.me/p2kcos-430

Image Credit:  IBM Connect 2014

Image Credit: IBM Connect 2014

IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work (Jan 26-30):  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 will provide insights on how to apply these principles to your business.  As an added bonus for Dilbert fans, Dilbert creator Scott Adams will be speaking at the event.  To learn more – http://wp.me/p2kcos-4gA

IBM Alumni – Are You on Twitter?: We have started a Twitter list for IBM Alumni here (http://bit.ly/1kCTwhT). If you are an IBM Alumni and would like to be added to this list, please reply to this post with your Twitter ID–> http://linkd.in/1fneP6K

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top5v2Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts for December

What have you been reading and talking about recently? Here’s your chance to catch up on the five most popular posts published in December on The Greater IBM Connection blog. Thanks for visiting and for your comments on the blog.

  1. IBM’s 5 in 5:  In Five Years Everything Will Learn
  2. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Looking Ahead to the Smarter Enterprise
  3. IBM NanoMedicine Adventures:  Ninjas vs Superbugs (Movie + Infographic)
  4. Santa Uses Predictive Analytics for Toy Matching (Christmas Infographic)
  5. Santa is On His Way – How is Big Data Analytics Helping? (Infographic)

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IBM Alumni Stories + Tell Us Your Story

Teresa Golden, Vice President, Digital Transformation, for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS)

Teresa Golden, Vice President, Digital Transformation, for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS)

Our alumni story for December is about Teresa Golden, an innovative IBM Marketing Vice President who retired in December.  We also have a new place on our blog for IBM Alumni stories – check it out at the link below to catch up on all the great alumni stories that have been shared!

We will be featuring IBM Alumni stories in the coming months, so please share your story with us in the LinkedIn discussion thread below, and we’ll be following up with the ones that seem the most interesting to our community for a further interview:

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Stay connected with The Greater IBM Connection by:

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

IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work

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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.

Register now

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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

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

Get Social, Do Business: Why You Should Attend IBM Connect 2013

Why should you attend IBM Connect 2013, coming up soon? In this brief video, IBM’s Alistair Rennie (General Manager, social business) shares what he’s most looking forward to at this year’s event.

Register here.
See you there!

#socbiz #IBMConnect

IBM Connect 2013: Your MUST-Attend Event to Kick Off the New Year

Social business represents a significant transformational opportunity for organizations. If you want to learn more about what it takes, make your plans now for IBM’s Connect 2013 (Jan. 27 – 31 in Orlando, FL); it’s your must-attend event to kick off 2013.

Several companies have made inroads into social business by adopting external social media tactics, but that’s not enough. To gain a competitive advantage, companies must focus on making transformational shifts in how work is accomplished. These insight-driven shifts address the way a workforce interacts to deliver an exceptional digital experience throughout the entire business ecosystem — clients, employees, partners, and suppliers.

IBM Connect 2013 is a familiar event to many, but this year it comes with a whole new twist. IBM’s Lotusphere has a new name that reflects the broader story of IBM’s market leadership in Social Business. Whether you focus on business or IT, IBM Connect is an event you should not miss.

What to expect at IBM Connect 2013:

  • Hundreds of business and technology sessions – from panels to round tables, deep dives and best practices, client success stories to lively symposium-style discussions
  • Within the Lotusphere technical program, a rich array of technology sessions (exactly what you would expect if you’ve previously attended Lotusphere)
  • A Solutions Showcase, featuring real-world solutions from groundbreaking, innovative IBM Business Partners and IBM experts
  • Exclusive access to industry and IBM business and technical leaders, plus our product experts, engineers, architects, and developers
  • Social networking and brainstorming opportunities with peers and partners who are experiencing the real returns that come from being a social business

Register for this event and identify yourself as an IBM alumnus – we’ll let you know about special alumni networking opportunities at and around this event.

How to Register

When you register for IBM Connect 2013, you’ll be asked how you heard about the conference. Select “Other”, and then in the open field, be sure to include the code IBMALUM13. That’s all there is to it.

The IBM Connect 2013 IBM.com site

Need a Competitive Edge? Get a Mentor: 4 Things to Do

by Meica Hatters, The Labor Academy

We all have childhood heroes. Back when you were a kid it may have been a superhero.

I had a fascination with Wonder Woman. The qualities I admired in her were her stature, strength and virtue. When I look back now, although I didn’t realize then, she was my very first mentor.

Marvel Comics’ Wonder Woman

I wanted to possess the same qualities that she had – In effect, I wanted to be her. Now that I’m all grown up, I no longer desire to be Wonder Woman, but I still seek the guidance of an effective mentor. Although I never had a personal relationship with my comic book heroine – I still gleaned important lessons from her in those comics.

Today however, I realize that I need a more formal relationship with someone to take my career to the next level. And I’m not alone in that way of thinking.

The desire for effective mentoring is higher today than at any other point in our history. Individuals are looking for any edge they can use to succeed in their careers and their lives.

However, the operative word when it comes to mentoring is “effective”. The truth is that many mentor/protegé relationships don’t yield the desired results.

There are many reasons why these relationships fail to garner the expected outcomes. Some of the more common reasons include -

  • Failure to set expectations
  • Inconsistent communication
  • Lack of interest

These (and other issues) can kill a mentoring relationship before it even gets started.

However, there are things you can do to develop a fruitful and long-lasting mentor/protegé relationship -

1. Determine what you need

Determine what your goals are for a mentoring relationship. Decide the top three things you need to get out of the relationship for it be worthwhile. Also decide the type of person you’d want to work with. Is it an expert who can help with a specific problem—such as requesting a raise, enhancing your image, or how to network more effectively? Or maybe you need someone to be a sounding board to discuss general issues with. Determining these things upfront will help you narrow your pool of potential mentors.

2. Look for potential mentors in unexpected places

Instead of just looking mentors in your place of employment, why not first try the professional organizations that you’re a member of.  Professional organizations are rich in individuals that are experienced, committed and looking for ways to give back to their professional communities. Start by asking membership coordinator if your chapter offers formal mentorship programs where you can be paired up with a person interested in mentoring.  If your chapter doesn’t have a group, it might be a good idea to introduce yourself to other members and find someone you click with and ask them if you could contact them if you had questions regarding their area of expertise.

You may also want to try LinkedIn. Using functions such as the Advanced People Search will enable you to find people from your alma mater, or industries or other area interest that you can form relationships with. You can tailor your search to a specific location  so you can connect with someone nearby.

3. Know what to ask for

Don’t overstep the bounds with your mentor. Their job is to provide guidance while you do the actual work. They should only intercede for you in very specific and limited situations.  All that being said – you have to show them how they can best help you. If you have an immediate need, there is nothing wrong with a making request. It’s probably safe to assume that you’re mentor doesn’t know where to start to help you.  Start engaging them by simply asking for advice on one issue.

4. Express gratitude

Mentoring is big responsibility. It requires a commitment of significant time to be really effective. If you’ve done your homework – your mentor is really helping you to advance your career. Reciprocate their efforts by making yourself useful to them. Are there things that you can teach them or help someone close to them. Figure out ways give back to them and your relationship will become more meaningful and fruitful. Remember it’s a two-way street.

In the end, having a mentor to help guide your career is becoming more and more important.  It’s a great way to grow as a professional – because you have someone who can help you develop perspective on challenging situations in and outside the workplace.

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Do you have a mentor? What is your experience? Tell us in the comments.

About the author:

Meica Hatters is a contributor for The Labor Academy -Meica Hattersa career development learning community that helps professionals become successful employees and entrepreneurs.