“Paperwork Explosion” by The Jim Henson Company

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Last week, WIRED Magazine dug up a video from IBM Archives fr an article :
Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch IBM’s Greatest Corporate Film, Directed by … Jim Henson?

Read the article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/tech-time-warp-henson-ibm/

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

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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

Greater IBM Connections e-Newsletter: November

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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

athen-twitter-125x125Dec 4 Tweet Chat: Were you able to join the #Greater IBM Big Data/Data Science Career Tweet Chat on Dec 4 with guest experts Jim Kobielus and Tom Deutsch, Big Data Evangelists at IBM?  If not, be sure to catch the chat recap below and stay tuned for our next Tweet Chat.

IBM Ninja Polymers from IBM Infographic

IBM Ninja Polymers from IBM Infographic

IBM Ninjas vs Superbugs: Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA are one of the biggest health concerns of the 21st century, killing 23,000 Americans a year.  IBM scientists, in partnership with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, are working on a new type of nanomedicine polymer that can attack these superbugs at the physical level through the use of electrostatic charges.  Traditional antibiotics work by attacking bacteria at the chemical level, which opens the door for the bacteria to evolve and develop resistance. To learn more – http://wp.me/p2kcos-410

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 November

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

  1. #GreaterIBM Big Data Tweet Chat Preview: Is Data Science Your Next Career? on 12/4/13 
  2. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Story Roundup – (IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Wins Global Leadership Award also a top ranked story)
  3. IBM Fellow Irene Greif Retires – A Pioneer in Building a Workplace that Works
  4. 20% Off Holiday Savings for IBM Alumni and Retirees
  5. 3 Ways to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

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IBM Alumni Stories + Tell Us Your Story

We’ve had some great IBM alumni stories shared in the past month, so be sure to read them if you missed them the first time – thanks for sharing your story with us!

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

Greater IBM Connections e-Newsletter: October

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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:

  • October Highlights
  • Best of Blog Roundup: Top 5 for October
  • IBM Alumni, Tell Us Your Story
  • Join the Conversation

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October Highlights

athen-twitter-125x125Oct 31 Tweet Chat:  Were you able to join the Greater IBM and IBM Smarter Planet Cognitive Computing Tweet Chat on October 31 with guest experts Steve Hamm, co-author of Smart Machines and Dr. Dharmendra Modha, founder of IBM’s Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research?   If not, be sure to catch the chat recap below and stay tuned for our next Tweet Chat on Big Data and Analytics.

IBM News Roundup:  There were four major IBM studies released in October (C-Suite, Security, Cloud, and Analytics), President Obama visited IBM’s P-Tech school in New York, and 3Q Earnings were released.  Also the Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas is this week (Nov 3-7).  Here’s a roundup of the major IBM news, events, and study releases from October, in case you missed them – http://wp.me/p2kcos-30y

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top5v2Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts for October

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

  1. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Shares Her Approach To Innovation
  2. 5 Ways To Become an IBM Champion
  3. How To Tweet Chat
  4. The Origins of Cloud Computing – from the 1920s
  5. 3 Things You Never Knew About IBM Creativity – Games, Art, and Music

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IBM Alumni, Tell Us Your Story

You may have heard of one or two famous IBM alumni who have gone on to be CEOs or executives of major global brands and achieved some amazing things.  How about you?  Do you have a career story or achievement that you think would inspire others?  We know that IBM alumni often go on to achieve many great things in their career, and we’d like to hear your story. Please tell us what post-IBM achievement you are most proud of in your career, and how what you learned at IBM has helped you.  We’d like to feature some IBM Alumni in the coming months, so please share your story with us in the LinkedIn discussion thread below.  We’ve also included a few examples of stories we’ve run on alumni in the past to help get you started.

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Stay connected with The Greater IBM Connection by:

- Posted by Julie Yamamoto

September Roundup and Coming Up: Tweet Chat, IBM Champion, Smarter Cities

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In this issue:

  • Cognitive Computing Tweet Chat on Oct 31
  • 5 Ways to Become an IBM Champion (Deadline Oct 15)
  • Smarter Cities – Share Your Ideas
  • Best of the Blog: Your Top 5 for September
  • Join the Conversation

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Cognitive Computing Tweet Chat on Oct 31

athen-twitter-125x125Don’t miss our upcoming Tweet Chat on Oct 31 from 12-1pm ET with Steve Hamm, co-author of Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems and Dr. Dharmendra Modha, founder of IBM’s Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research.  Bookmark this link and save the date!

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5 Ways To Become an IBM Champion (Oct 15 Deadline)

An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who makes exceptional contributions to the technical community and influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services. The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voices and increasing their spheres of influence.  An IBM Champion is not an IBM employee. IBM Champions can live in any country.  Nominations are open until Oct 15.

5 Ways to Become An IBM Champion:  http://wp.me/p2kcos-2wm

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Smarter Cities – Share Your Ideas

Are you a doer, thinker, problem solver, creator or dreamer? Help your city get smarter!

As cities around the globe are confronted with growing populations, aging infrastructure, reduced budgets, and the challenge of doing more with less, IBM is helping to transform city operations to become more efficient with Smarter Cities solutions.  The new global People for Smarter Cities site is a place where YOU can conduct meaningful online conversations and contribute original ideas about how to make YOUR city work smarter.  Giant sculptures made from recycled plastic bottles, sustainable furniture made from discarded wood pallets, and a bicycle phone charger are among some of the ideas already submitted from around the world.  What’s YOUR idea?

Help Your City Get Smarter (#P4SC): http://wp.me/p2kcos-2ui

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top5v2Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts for September

  1. Dr. Dharmendra Modha – Building IBM’s Brain in a Box
  2. The IBM Jobs Blog Just Launched!
  3. (Tie) IBM Logo Store Now Open to IBM Alumni and Retirees Worldwide! and Coffee Break Cartoon:  Cloud Computing
  4. Women in Technology at IBM – Rejecting the ‘Expected’
  5. Mobile Workers Expected to Grow to 5 Billion+ by 2016

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Stay connected with The Greater IBM Connection by:

- Posted by Julie Yamamoto

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