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

IBM News Roundup (Jan-Feb) – Watson Group, Cloud Expansion, IBM Studies, 4Q Earnings, and more

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IBM News Roundup (Jan-Feb)

Here’s a roundup of some of the major IBM news, events, and study releases from the past few weeks, in case you missed them.

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

(Replay) IBM Launches New Watson Group in Silicon Alley

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51 Astor Avenue, NY (Image Credit: IBM)

On January 9, 2014, IBM announced the launch of the IBM Watson Group, a new business unit that will be focused on delivering cloud-based cognitive innovations. The move is part of IBM’s commitment to accelerating the marketplace for the era of cognitive computing and will include a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of Big Data.

As part of the announcement, IBM unveiled three new Watson services delivered over the cloud. The first, Watson Discovery Advisor, is designed to accelerate and strengthen research and development projects in industries such as pharmaceutical, publishing and biotechnology. The second, Watson Analytics, delivers visualized Big Data insights, based on questions posed in natural language by any business user. The third offering, IBM Watson Explorer, helps users across an enterprise uncover and share data-driven insights more easily, while empowering organizations launch Big Data initiatives faster.

IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, focusing on development and research and bringing cloud-delivered cognitive applications and services to market. This will include $100 million available for venture investments to support IBM’s recently launched ecosystem of start-ups and businesses that are building a new class of cognitive apps powered by Watson, in the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.

Replay of Launch Announcement Event on Jan 9

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

IBM’s 5 in 5: In Five Years Everything will Learn

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On December 17th, 2013 IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled the eighth annual “IBM 5 in 5″ (#ibm5in5) – a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years. This year’s 5 in 5 are:

Education:  The classroom will learn you (Story Map, Video, Article)
Retail:  Buying local will beat online (Story Map, Video, Article)
Healthcare: Doctors will use your DNA to keep you well (Story Map, Video, Article)
Security: A digital guardian will protect you online (Story Map, Video, Article)
Cities: The city will help you live in it (Story Map, Video, Article)

The IBM 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.

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

IBM News Roundup (October) – IOD, IBM Studies, President Obama, and 3Q Earnings

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IBM News Roundup (October)

Here’s a roundup of some of the major IBM news, events, and study releases from the past few weeks, in case you missed them.

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Related:

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

World’s First Hard Drive

IBM laboratory at 99 Notre Dame Street, San Jose, the birthplace of the world's first hard disk drive.

IBM laboratory at 99 Notre Dame Street, San Jose, the birthplace of the world’s first hard disk drive.

Walking in footsteps of IBM giants – very cool!  Sixty years ago, in 1952, IBM opened a small research lab in a small, non-descript building on a side street in downtown San Jose. Four years later, the work of the IBM team at 99 Notre Dame, led by Rey Johnson, resulted in the world’s first hard drive, revolutionizing computing and jump starting the storage industry.  Today 99 Notre Dame is a county court.  But the connection to its historic past is evident and celebrated. A plaque honoring that past on the sidewalk outside, and inside there’s a small but well done exhibit explaining the significance of the work that was done there. Interestingly, the current use of the structure means that in order to see the exhibit, visitors have to go through a metal detector – so you know the security there is top notch!

Early RAMAC prototype. Note the horizontal alignment of the disks.

Early RAMAC prototype. Note the horizontal alignment of the disks.

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The December 2012 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ‘corporate history’, and Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist, will be sharing with us some of the highlights from IBM’s history.

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Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

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IBM Connects Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Europe

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IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a project that will simplify electric vehicle (EV) charging and payment for consumers, regardless of their location. The operational demonstration, called the B2B Marketplace will allow energy providers, car manufacturers, and charging point owners to share and integrate services on one common IT platform. This will create a network of EV charging services that are compatible regionally in Europe with the aim of increasing electric vehicle adoption.

IBM is one of 43 partners in Europe involved in the Green eMotion project, including energy providers, electric car manufacturers, as well as cities and research institutions, working to enable electromobility across Europe. Similar to the recently announced project with ESB Networks IBM is helping to improve power grid reliability, encourage EV adoption amongst consumers, and address the challenges of financial and billing settlement – by combining cloud and analytic capabilities.

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

World’s First Smartphone = Apple or Android? Think again….

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IPhone and IBM Simon

Twenty years ago, a small team of IBM engineers from the IBM PC company’s advanced technology group in Boca Raton was assembled to create a new mobile device that combined a computer with a cell phone. It was called a personal communicator – we know it today as a smart phone. The team was given a very short deadline – less than four months. A true skunkworks project, they were freed from IBM’s normal product development processes. Even so, they were hard-pressed to meet the deadline, working 80 hours weeks. Somehow they made it, and the prototype debuted at Comdex that fall. The operational prototype, innovatively called the IBM Personal Communicator, was large and heavy – a first iteration of a new technology that embodied many technical compromises. But it worked, and was the hit of the show. Industry representatives lined up three deep to see it, and it made the front page of the next morning’s USA Today Money Section. The enthusiastic reception convinced IBM to turn the device into a product, which was marketed by Bell South in 1993 as the IBM Simon – the world’s first smart phone.

http://youtu.be/GUG7nwMmoUc

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The December 2012 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ‘corporate history’, and Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist, will be sharing with us some of the highlights from IBM’s history.

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Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

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For More Information:

IBM’s 5 in 5: Welcome To The Era of Cognitive Systems

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On December 17th, 2012 IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled the seventh annual “IBM 5 in 5″ (#ibm5in5) – a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years. This year’s 5 in 5 are:

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

The IBM 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.

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

Smarter Transformation: What I’ve Learned from a Decade of Change

Author Linda Sanford, Vice President, Enterprise Transformation

by Linda Sanford

Over the past decade, IBM has taken a systematic approach to transformation and has dramatically reshaped the company.

Since I’ve been helping lead that effort, I’m often asked by clients for advice on how to transform successfully. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but there are a few things that most organizations can start doing to create a smarter enterprise.

Read the rest of Linda Sanford’s post at Building a Smarter Planet. A Smarter Planet Blog.