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

What’s The Buzz for September 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of September 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
Remote Workers More Engaged? – Believe It, Or Not? 27
Study:  IBM Telecommuters can handle 19 more hours of work 22
Your Professional Network – Does It Include Former Colleagues Beyond IBM? 14
Does anyone know how to get a certification card to prove that one is an IBM Retiree? 11
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
10 signs you’re being a jerk on social media – don’t let this happen to you! http://bit.ly/TJlX6f (with photo) 246
The most powerful woman in business, Big Blue’s own Ginni Rometty. http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/20/powerful-women-rometty-ibm/?iid=SF_F_River #IBM #Greater_IBM 101
The spectacular, mindblowing, very first single molecule image, brought to you by #IBMResearch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19584301 88
Big news from Mexico: #IBM opens major new data center in Guadalajara City. Get all the details at our new blog: http://bit.ly/PJ7Uqr #IBMalumni 83
“Your inbox is a perfect delivery mechanism for other people’s priorities. Work from your own list.”@chrisbrogan (with photo) 73
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Coffee Nation: How Caffeine Affects Your Creativity 87
IBM Opening Smarter Data Center in Guadalajara City, Mexico 49
Navigating LinkedIn Profiles – 10 Steps to Finding the Best Hires 45
Interview Body Language Mistakes that Can Cost You the Job 32
What social network do you use the most? (poll) 21, 144 votes
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
“Your inbox is a perfect delivery mechanism for other people’s priorities. Work from your own list.” @chrisbrogan 7
IBM’s new chairman of the board: CEO Ginni Rometty. Her new role begins Oct. 1 (art photo) 7
Polycom teams up with #IBMResearch on real-time video capabilities in the #cloud wp.me/p2kcos-kn 5
10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People inc.com/jeff-haden/10-… via @Inc 5
1-‘I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’ – Michael Jordan #greater_ibm, 2-IBM’s Mira supercomputer – the world’s 3rd fastest – aims to create a universe in two weeks, 3-The powers that be…look where @VanityFair magazine ranks #IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. vnty.fr/TsyVlE 4 each

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

Around the World with The Greater IBM Connection

In this issue:

  • IBM Champion Program – Nominations Close Oct. 15
  • The Center for CIO Leadership: Meet Chief Technologist Dr. Manish Gupta
  • New LinkedIn Subgroup Launched: Greater China

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IBM Champion Program – Nominations Close Oct. 15


If you’d like to be an IBM Champion or know someone you want to nominate, time is running out – you have until October 15 to nominate YOUR worthy candidate.

Here’s how it works: if you are an outstanding Lotus or WebSphere developer, or  an expert in System z or Power Systems, or if you blog, participate in online forums, etc., about these kinds of topics – in other words, if you’re an advocate of IBM’s capabilities – then you might make a great candidate to be an IBM Champion.

About the IBM Champion Program

Want to know more? Check out a Web lecture

Nomination form

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The Center for CIO Leadership: Meet Chief Technologist Dr. Manish Gupta

More than 400 CIOs and other company executives recently attended IBM’s Smarter Cities event in the Capital Region of India. The CIOs worked with city planners on ways to apply technology to solve some of the worst problems in the world’s population centers.

Dr. Manish Gupta

Dr. Gupta, IBM India

To mark the event, IBM’s Center for CIO Leadership interviewed Dr. Manish Gupta, IBM’s Chief Technologist for India and Asia and Director of the research laboratory developing new technology for governments and companies around the globe.

Read the interview

Smarter Cities

Smarter Planet Blog

People for a Smarter Planet on Facebook

Smarter Planet on Twitter

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New LinkedIn Subgroup Launched: Greater China

The Greater IBM Connection and IBM Greater China team are pleased to announce the launch of the Greater China LinkedIn subgroup of our community.

Internet users in China are unable to access many of the popular social networks in use today, including Facebook, Twitter, many blogs, YouTube, etc.  The new subgroup enables our community of fellow Greater IBMers to interact and network with the community in China. It also provides a place for users in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to communicate in Chinese.

To join this subgroup, you must must first join the global Greater IBM Connection group on LinkedIn. Please make sure to provide accurate information about your IBM employment on your profile in English, so that your membership can be approved for both communities.

Read more about the new subgroup

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Announcing IBM Alumni Greater China Subgroup

The Greater IBM Connection and IBM Greater China team is pleased to announce the launch of the Greater China LinkedIn subgroup for our community.  As you may know, China is not able to access many of the popular social networks today (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc.).  So we have launched this subgroup to establish a way that our community of fellow Greater IBMers could interact and network with the community in China, as well as provide a place where those countries (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) could communicate in the Chinese language as well.

We have partnered with an IBM communications team in China to launch the LinkedIn subgroup, and the country leader is JinHua Qi.

To join the Greater China group sub-community:

  • You must first join the global Greater IBM Connection community here.
  • Then request to join the Greater China Alumni group here.
  • Note: You must provide accurate information about your IBM employment on your profile in English so that your membership can be approved for both groups.

感谢您有兴趣参加在LinkedIn上面的全球IBMer群“The Greater IBM Connection”的大中华区子群“Greater China”。为了成为该子群的一员,您需要首先加入全球IBMer群“ Greater IBM Connection”,地址为 – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IBM-Official-Alumni-Group-Greater-1712(请务必以英文提供准确的个人雇员信息,以确保您的会员申请可以被两个群所通过)。

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

What’s The Buzz for August 2012

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

Greater IBM on LinkedInDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
Are You on Facebook?  Why Not? 34
Future of the light bulbs 33
I.B.M. Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World 30
You reach 65, do you need to work, want to work or do you retire? 13
Baby Boomers – What is your Social Media Strategy? 11
Greater IBM on FacebookPOSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”  Who said this in 1943? (+ historical computer photo) 344
One great photo from last year’s groundbreaking THINK Exhibit… 201
Greater IBMer Christie Hudson shares these original THINK pads belonging to her and to her grandparents (photo) 180
In the spotlight:  Forbes names IBM CEO among The World’s Most Powerful Women In Business 2012 (link) 178
IBM Memorabilia from Greater IBMers (photos) 92
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Author Walter Hehl on The Ominous Acceleration of Knowledge 60
Poll Results Are In – Announcing the New Greater IBM Connection Blog 19
China and Brazil Alumni Research Project 6
Contemplating a Major Career Change?  4 Things to Consider 4
Africa:  The Next Frontier for IBM Research Innovation 3

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