What’s The Buzz for January 2014

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of January 2014. Top five discussions/posts on our blog,Twitter, and Facebook.

BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF VIEWS/ COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM Infographic Cartoon: So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 1260
(Replay) IBM Launches New Watson Group in Silicon Alley 293
IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work 266
What Does IBM Watson Look Like?  Generated Art Face the Wave of the Future? 174
How Many Times Should You Try Before Success? (Infographic) – No 1 Top Tweet 161
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
Jan 11 – 3 Things You Never Knew About #IBM #Creativity – #Games , #Art , and #Music 14
Jan 14 – #IBM led the world in #patent issuances for the 21st year in a row #infographic 12
(Tie) Jan 4 – #Coffee #Personality – What Does Your Favorite Coffee Say About You? #Infographic, Jan 4 – The no. 1 use of the #internet is #social & 94% go to #learn, Jan 19 – #Teamwork is the mother of invention 10 each
Jan 23 – No. 2 most popular Facebook post: #IBM conference call #cartoon 9
(Tie) Jan 3 – Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do – Amelia Earhart quote, Jan 12 – RT/ @TheRealFredrikG: How to #work fast #infographic via @EntMagazine 8 each
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Jan 7 – No. 4 on the @Greater_IBM 2013 countdown – Why IS #IBM Called Big Blue? The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname 72
Jan 9 - No. 2 on the @Greater_IBM countdown for 2013: #Infographic – How to Identify an #IBMer 72
Jan 23 – Greater IBMers, do you have a conference call today? The number 2 most popular Facebook post from 2013: #IBM conference call #cartoon 72
Jan 15 – IBM CEO Ginni Rometty keynote speech at NRF (photo) 47
Jan 10 – #‎IBM‬ ‪#‎Infographic‬ ‪#‎Cartoon‬ for ‪#‎FridayFun‬ – So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 43

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

2013 Top Posts – The Greater IBM Connection

Here’s a quick summary of all our top 2013 posts across our blog, Twitter, and Facebook – thanks Greater IBMers!

BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF VIEWS
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Shares Her Leadership Philosophy (Jan 10) 4782
Infographic:  How to Identify An IBMer (June 17) 4589
Video Tour:  Capturing the Character of the IBM Brand (March 21) 3424
Why IS IBM Called Big Blue?  The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname (Jan 17) 3286
 50 Years of Innovation:  IBM Honors 2013 Fellows (April 3) 2193
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
How many times should you try before #success? #infographic (Dec 8) – (blog post link) 20
Top 10 #skills to #succeed in the 21st century #workplace #Infographic (Dec 29) – (blog post link) 14
How a 1995 #IBM decision changed your internet life today – reflections by Irving Wladawsky-Berger #tech (Apr 17) – (blog post link) 12
How will technology improve our lives in the next 5 years #IBM5in5 (Dec 17) – (blog post link) 11
 Tie:  Women in Technology: Consider Joining IBM #IBMjobs #hotjobs #tech (May 24) – (blog post link), #IBM is #4 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Brands – http://onforb.es/P8Bk63 (Nov 9) 10 each
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM Smarter pumpkin (Oct 31 – Photo) 454
Have a few calls today, Greater IBM? (Aug 21 – Conference Call Cartoon Photo) 444
“Develop your own initiative. Do something no one else has done.” — Thomas J Watson, Sr (Jan 4 – Photo Quote) 289
Of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York 2013, as voted by Crain’s New York, look who is in the top spot (June 24 – Photo + Link) 287
50 years of innovation: IBM honors eight new Fellows (Apr 3 – Photo + Link) 247

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

Virtual Job Fair for IBM Research Africa on Dec 5

The African continent accounts for 14 percent of the world’s population and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years, Africa is poised to become a leading source of innovation in a variety of industries. With this growth comes many challenges spanning traffic congestion to the delivery of fresh water.

If you have what it takes to help solve these grand challenges, the IBM Recruiting team invites professors, scientists and qualified university students to participate in a Research Virtual Recruiting Event for several open positions at our new lab in Nairobi, Kenya.  The event will take place on 5 December and you can participate in several ways.

For details visit:

http://www.research.ibm.com/labs/africa/recruiting/

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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection via Chris Sciacca, IBM Research Communications

2 Steps To Understanding Your Hard and Soft Skills

Social Presence is about putting your best foot forward… but you need to know which foot that is.  Only when you are clear on what skills you possess can you really paint a good picture of yourself online.

Lorian Lipton

Lorian Lipton

Greater IBMer and Social Butterfly, Lorian Lipton, discusses the two types of skills that are critical to your success in business: HARD and SOFT skills. This post, complete with homework, will help you hone in on your top 10, so that you will be able to highlight them in your online profiles.

“It may be your hard skills that get you the interview, but it is your soft skills that get you the job.” (SearchCIO).  Read Lorian Lipton’s 2 Steps To Understanding Your Hard and Soft Skills, from her blog The Digital Attitude: Becoming Eminent.

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Greater IBM, what would you add to these? Have you got any tips to share?

- Posted by Lorian Lipton

Announcing IBM Alumni India LinkedIn Group

The Greater IBM Connection and the IBM India team are pleased to announce the launch of the new India 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 social business team in India, led by Khalid Raza.

To join the India group sub-community: 

  • You must first join the global Greater IBM Connection community here.
  • Then request to join the India 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!

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

Greater IBM Blog: Could Have Powered 7 Film Festivals?

2012blogKind of amazing, but here’s a snippet from The Greater IBM Connection 2012 blogging report – if each blog view were a film, this blog could have powered 7 Film Festivals.  Not bad, considering that the blog was only re-launched in late August.  Here’s an overview of the top ten posts, by number of views, for the year.

BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF VIEWS
1 – In Focus: Aetna Plans for IBM Retirees Available through Retiree Health Access® (Oct 2012) 1,417
2 – Are You on the Fast Track? New Tech Trends Study Out Now (Dec 2012) 1,143
3 – 9 Bad Work Habits – and How to Break Them (Nov 2012) 1,065
4 – Author Walter Hehl on The Ominous Acceleration of Knowledge (Aug 2012) 954
5 – The One Key that Helped Drive the Computer Revolution – Thanks to IBM (Oct 2012) 812
6 – Did You Know About the IBM Gift Advisor? (Dec 2012) 788
7 – Five Things You Should Stop Doing – Your To-Ignore List (Sept 2012) 679
8 – Be Happier at Work: Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now (Dec 2012) 614
9 – Coffee Nation: How Caffeine Affects Your Creativity (Sept 2012) 595
10 – 5 Top Tips to Starting a Successful Business, by Richard Branson (Oct 2012) 583

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

What’s The Buzz for December 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of December 2012. Top five discussions/posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, our blog, and Twitter

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? 58 (Dec), 128 all time
IBM Leader in Gutting 401(k)s – Forbes 34 (Dec), 39 all time
Has IBM lost the I…apparently in job postings!…(all job adverts are USA…) 33
Lotus No More 27
Great article….Passing of Zig Ziglar 21
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has won a place in a BIG year-end list (Ginni Rometty photo and link to CNN story) 228
Green for the holidays! Read about how an IBM Centennial Grant supports the movement for green schools in Singapore (Photo and link to blog story) 112
It’s a matter of subtraction, not addition – try NOT doing these 10 things and see how your work life and happiness levels can improve (link to blog post) 44
#IBMAlumni, here’s another short history quiz for you – who invented the world’s first hard drive? (Photo and link to blog story) 44
#ibm #ibmsimon GreaterIBMers, did you think that the world’s first #Smartphone = #Apple or #Android? Think again… (Photo and link to blog story) 42
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Innovation Breakthrough: IBM Chip to Use LIGHT to Significantly Accelerate Your Internet 88
Be Happier at Work: Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now 88
Are You on the Fast Track? New Tech Trends Study Out Now 50
World’s First Smartphone = Apple or Android? Think again… 46
IBM’s 5 in 5: Welcome To The Era of Cognitive Systems 28
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg 5
Infographic: what the 2012 #IBMTechTrends results can tell us about skill gaps in technology. 4
#ibm #bigdata #smarteranalytics Free Webcast 12/6 at 11am ET – Leveraging Analytics for Competitive Advantage 4
Factoid: We Spent 121 Billion Minutes on Social Media in One Month 4
(too many to list) 3 each

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

Looking Backwards and Forwards

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In this issue:

  • Backwards – World’s First Smartphone, Music from Mainframes
  • Forwards – IBM 5 in 5, The Era of Cognitive Computing
  • Forwards – IBM’s Green Initiatives

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Looking Backwards – World’s First Smartphone, Music from Mainframes

Our December theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ‘corporate history’, and Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist, has shared with us some very interesting highlights from IBM’s history such as the fact that IBM invented the world’s first smartphone.  It was also fascinating to learn of the musical compositions done from mainframes, perhaps the forerunner of the digital music trend of today.  Here are the some of the highlights from looking backwards:

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Looking Forwards – IBM 5 in 5, The Era of Cognitive Computing

Each December, IBM unveils the 5 in 5 — five predictions about technology innovations that will change the way we work, live and play within the next five years. The ideas come from the thousands of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and medical physicians in our Research labs around the world — IBM has the world’s largest industrial research organization.

In the next five years, computers will begin to mimic and augment the senses, helping us become more aware and more productive.  Today, we see the beginnings of sensing machines in things like self-parking cars–and the future is wide open.  From the company that built Watson, the Jeopardy!-winning computer, here are five upcoming technology advances that will change your world:

Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone
Sight: A pixel will be worth a thousands words
Hearing: Computers will hear what matters
Taste: Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter
Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell

Read more about it here:  http://wp.me/p2kcos-Bp

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Looking Forwards – IBM’s Green Initiatives

Building a Smarter Planet is a fundamental part of who IBM is as a company, and green initiatives are a key part of the focus for the present and future.  Here are a few highlights from the past week:

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

What’s The Buzz for November 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of November 2012. Top five discussions/posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, our blog, and Twitter

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life? 32 (Nov), 266 all time (posted twice)
Baby Boomer Retirement – What Happened? 29 (Nov), 70 all time
Lotus No More 21
Have You Endorsed Anyone w/ LinkedIn’s 1-Click Endorsements? 19
Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? 15 (Nov), 104 all time
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Guess who’s at the White House to meet with President Obama today? (Ginni Rometty photo) 634
“Remember the difference between a boss & a leader: A boss says ‘Go!’, a leader says ‘Let’s go!’ ” – E.M. Kelly (quote) 199
Read how an IBM Centennial Grant enabled the public-private partnership of IBM and the Drishtee Foundation to transform poor, isolated Indian villages into instrumented, interconnected and intelligent communities. #IBMvolunteers (link to Citizen IBM story) 129
It’s not your job (entirely). It’s you. But you can get a big boost in your performance and happiness by quitting these bad habits. (link to blog story) 101
12 of the nation’s CEOs – including IBM’s Ginni Rometty – are reportedly feeling optimistic after meeting this week with President Obama at the White House (Ginni Rometty photo) 81
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
9 Bad Work Habits – and How to Break Them 152
“Marketing is dead”: The Rise of the Social Business Imperative 43
CEOs, Including IBM’s Ginni Rometty, Optimistic after Meeting with President Obama 42
If You’re Ready to Lead, Why Not Join IBM? 29
The Most Common Hiding Places for Work Passwords – Don’t Do This 26
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
#IBM has been ranked America’s Most Community-Minded Company: read why Big Blue is #1 13
Remember the difference between a boss & a leader: A boss says ‘Go!’, a leader says ‘Let’s go!’ – E.M. Kelly 8
We all know the #IBM logo….but it wasn’t always this way. From globes to stripes – see its long evolution 7
Women in IT: How deep is the bench? (and we know who’s at the top of the game…) 6
1 – CEOs including IBM’s Ginni Rometty are optimistic after meeting this week w/ President #BarackObama, 2- ‘Success Secrets of The World’s Most Powerful Women’ – don’t miss this! 6 each

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

What’s The Buzz for October 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of October 2012. Top five discussions/posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, our blog, and Twitter

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life? 45
Baby Boomer Retirement – What Happened? 41
Greater IBMers:  What’s your most productive time of day? (Poll) 24 votes, 1 comment
What is the best way for ex-employees to rejoin IBM? 19
Lessons Learned:…What’s one lesson YOU learned at IBM that you use in the rest of your life? 18 Oct, 542 all time
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Click like if you’ve ever seen this clock in a classroom or on a wall at IBM (photo of clock) 247
Here’s how an IBM mobile employee looked in the late 1950s (photo) 109
That line between your work life and your home life:  is it a thing of the past?  (link to story on work-life balance) 77
Go Big Blue!  #IBM stock is now trading at its all-time high. (link to story) 66
#GreaterIBM:  is Facebook now the first thing you do in the mornings? (link to story) 54
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Today It’s Not Work-Life-Balance, but Work-Life Blend 119
The One Key that Helped Drive the Computer Revolution – Thanks to IBM 99
CIOs and CMOs Partner To Become Co-Designers of the Customer Experience 78
Newsweek Votes IBM Greenest Company in the US 76
5 Top Tips to Starting a Successful Business, by Richard Branson 63
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” -Dale Carnegie 10
What is PaaS and why should I care?  IBM CAI has an idea 5
“Culture is what people do when no one is looking.” Ginni Rometty @IBM 5
Big Blue voted the greenest U.S. co. for the 2nd year in a row. Congratulations on the win, #IBM! wp.me/p2kcos-sa #green 5
1 -IBM Master Inventor @andysc tweeted his way to lower energy bills. Join him at #P4SPcha, Oct31 noon ET bit.ly/VmbLf6 @smarterplanet, 2- #IBM Reports Nanotube Chip Breakthrough nyti.ms/QOqvU0 massive!, 3 -What does big data mean for marketing? Interview w/ IBM CMO Jon Iwata on CIOs, CMOs, & the customer experience, 4-Grad schools add bigdata analytics degrees ow.ly/ekycY (from @Computerworld) #ibmanalytics, 5-

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