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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Looking Ahead to The Smarter Enterprise

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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

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Wins Global Leadership Award

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award (Photo Credit:  Feature Photo Service)

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award (Photo Credit: Feature Photo Service)

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award by Institute board member Morris Offit (right) and president Jackson Janes (left) at the organization’s annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 11, 2013. The award recognizes business leaders who have helped strengthen the close partnership between Germany and the United States.

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Story Roundup

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (Photo Credit:  IBM)

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (Photo Credit: IBM)

Here’s a roundup of the stories on IBM CEO Ginni Rometty that we’ve run, in case you missed them.

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Shares Her Approach To Innovation

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Photo Credit: Fortune

At Fortune’s recent Most Powerful Women summit, it was clear that many of the executives of the world’s most admired companies are making innovation a priority, as they talked about their willingness to embrace change as part of their strategies for staying ahead.  During the conference, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, shared her approach to innovation.  She spoke about IBM’s 102 year history of transition, starting in the business of cheese slicers and time clocks, which is very different from today, where the business is 80% software and services.  She said,

“When I think of IBM, I don’t define it by a product – and I think that’s one of the reasons that it’s 102 years old. If you think of yourself as a product, you’ll miss the trends, you’ll miss the shifts. And you’ll miss dangerous ones, like business models.”

When asked how a company can continue to stay innovative and ‘look around the curves’, Ginni shared the following five avenues that a company of any size, as well as an individual, can leverage to help them look ahead and stay innovative:

  1. Original research
  2. Working with universities around the world
  3. Talking with clients to get their ideas
  4. Venture capital community
  5. Social within the enterprise (internal ideation)

Read the full story and watch the interview below:

(Fortune, 2013) – Ginni Rometty on Research, Social and Watson

(Video Credit:  Fortune)

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty #1 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for 2nd Year in a Row

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IBM President and CEO, Ginni Rometty, ranks #1 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list for the 2nd year in a row.   The Most Powerful Women in Business list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career (resume and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence.  This is the second year in a row that Ginni has ranked #1.  In 2011, she was ranked #7.

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You may want to also read the earlier post about Ginni sharing her leadership philosophy at the 2012 Most Powerful Women Summit here if you missed it.

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IBM in Africa: ‘We intend to grow rapidly’

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) met with His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, to commemorate the announcement of IBM’s first research lab in Africa, Monday, August 13, 2012.  Honorable Mwai Kibaki was President of Kenya through April 2013.

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) met with His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, to commemorate the announcement of IBM’s first research lab in Africa, Monday, August 13, 2012. Honorable Mwai Kibaki was President of Kenya through April 2013.

A year ago this month, IBM opened its 12th research lab in Nairobi, Kenya. This signals ongoing business and philanthropic commitment to the continent, according to Tim Docking, who leads the company’s Emerging Market Funding group.

“People should see that as a sign of our intention to not only invest in new ideas and innovation, but to also develop local ideas to solve local problems,” said Docking, adding that IBM’s business goals in Africa are “robust”. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty recently visited the continent, where IBM has offices in 20 different countries. Learn more about IBM in Africa (by Andrea Useem, devex.com)

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Speaks at the Lisbon Council in Brussels

In this newly released video, IBM CEO, Chairman and President Ginni Rometty talks about what it means to have competitive advantage in an era of innovation. The speech took place July 12 at the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank.

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IBM To Open Watson to Indian Startup Ecosystem

IBM will open its powerful cognitive computing system, Watson, to startups in India and the world soon. IBM Watson

Watson is the artificial intelligence computing system that rose to fame in 2011 when it beat the best of human competitors in the complex quiz show Jeopardy! in the US. The computer uses natural language processing capabilities, machine learning , and the vast quantities of data fed into it to directly and precisely answer questions posed in everyday human diction in seconds.

Speaking to TOI in Bangalore , Manoj Saxena general manager for Watson solutions at IBM, said, “We are opening up Watson for other people to write applications and sell the apps as their own. We want to build an ecosystem around Watson. IBM’s India Software Lab has initiated talks with some startups. India has a huge developer community, so our initial focus will be the US and India.” Last year, IBM established a Watson software and services team in its Bangalore facility, the first such outside the US.

Read the complete article on Times on India.

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IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (photo, Fortune Magazine)

In this interview from Fortune Magazine, IBM’s Ginni Rometty reveals what’s next for the company’s talking supercomputer Watson, including its future service.

In addition, she discusses what it means for IBM to be an innovation company at a scale of more than 400,000 employees, the five key pieces of continuous transformation, and more.

Fortune senior writer Jessi Hempel interviewed the IBM CEO last week at the National Venture Capital Association’s 40th anniversary conference, VentureScape.

Read the interview.

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- Posted by Regan Kelly   This post is part of The Greater IBM Connection’s May 2013 theme of emerging trends.