IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work

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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 2014 will provide insights on how to apply these principles to your business.

dilbertAs an added bonus for Dilbert fans, Dilbert creator Scott Adams will be speaking at the event.

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Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President of Engineering Smarter Workforce at IBM, shares his thoughts on why you should attend IBM Connect 2014

And if you aren’t able to be in Orlando, don’t let that stop you from joining in the conversation – learn more about how to get social

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

Coffee Break Cartoon: Polly Wants A Hashtag (by IBM Alumni)

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The cartoon is courtesy of Devon Wickens, who is an IBM Alumni.  During her time at IBM, she was an Executive Producer of the IBM/TALK corporate radio series.  In 2011, she founded BabyBummers cartoons, which are cartoons about what is trending now.  In addition to her BabyBummers initiative, she also works as a Business Content writer at the Gaming Corporation.  To learn more:

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

IBM Mobile App Round-Up

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Here’s a round-up of IBM Mobile Apps. Do you know of any others? Submit your comment to let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.  Learn more about IBM Mobile First.

Mobile App
Category Description Download
Minds of Modern Mathematics Education Interactive journey on the timeline of the history of math based on IBM’s 1964 World’s Fair exhibit ‘Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond’ designed by Charles and Ray Eames.  The app offers biographies, milestones and images of artifacts culled from the Mathematica exhibit as well as a high-resolution image of the original timeline poster.
IBM Think App Education Shows how early tools have evolved into modern advances that make the world work better — healthier populations, greener energy and safer, less congested cities. The app is for people of all ages who love science, history and technology — think of it as an “innovation time machine.
IBM Smarter Planet Mobile Apps Business, Content Download these new apps to keep information, links and multimedia related to Smarter Planet—and our new initiative The Social Business—always at your fingertips. The apps include content optimized for your device from ibm.com, the Smarter Planet blog, our Tumblr sites, YouTube, the IBM Centennial Icons of Progress project and more.

  • Smarter Planet
  • The Social Business
  • Creek Watch
IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) app Business, Research, Content In this application you will have access to the latest thought leadership from the IBM Institute for Business Value, including our C-suite Study series, business function and industry papers. You will be able to download and maintain your own library of content important to you, and will have access to regular content updates. Select C-suite Studies feature enhanced content, including industry and country points of view, videos featuring C-level executive insights, additional data, and links to relevant IBM capabilities.
IBM Mobile First Apps Business, Productivity, Communications These mobile apps are built around mobile interfaces to help you get the most from your IBM solutions. Collaborate or access your system anytime from your mobile device. Engage the right people, drive innovation, and deliver results. Manage your hardware remotely, gain faster access to your PC email, calendar, contacts, and more.

  • IBM Connections
  • IBM Sametime
  • IBM Flex System Manager
  • IBM Cognos Mobile
  • IBM Business Process Manager
  • IBM Content Navigator
  • IBM Notes Traveler
  • IBM Smartcloud Meetings
  • IBM Lotus Symphony
  • IBM Digital Analytics
  • IBM Sterling Control Center Mobile
  • IBM Sterling Document Tracking Mobile
  • IBM Sterling InFlight Data Mgmt Mobile
  • IBM Sterling Integrator Mobile

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

Coffee, Conversations and Commerce with IBM Midsize Business

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IBM Midsize Business: IBM Coffee + Conversation

How often have you met a colleague to discuss something related to work over a cup of coffee?  There’s something about a coffee shop that seems conducive to business, networking, and understanding complex subjects – it seems more personal and approachable.  In this video series, IBM Midsize Business shares some coffee house conversations on business topics pertinent to mid-size businesses, such as cloud, social business, mobile, and analytics.  Learn more at Midsize Insider:  Coffee, Conversations, and Commerce.

About Midsize Insider

Midsize Insider is a valuable repository of expert content tailored for small-to-midsized business owners and IT decision makers. Expert insights and perspectives in the Midsize Insider are gleaned from actionable business experiences and will assist readers in creating efficiencies, cutting costs and delivering results.

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

IBM Tweet Chats

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Here’s a round-up of some IBM Tweet Chats. Do you know of any others?  Submit your comment to let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.  All times are shown in US ET.

Tweet Chat
Time Topic Area
Hashtag
People for a Smarter Planet Thurs 12-1pm as scheduled IBM Smarter Planet, IBM Strategic Themes #P4SPchat
IBM Smarter Workforce Every other Friday 1-2pm Smarter Workforce for HR Leaders and Practioners #IBMSWChat
IBM Cloud 2nd Thurs monthly from 4-5pm Cloud Computing #cloudchat
IBM Blu Every other Wed 1-2pm Big Data #ibmblu
CXO Mon 12-1pm Big Data Customer Experience Optimization #CXO

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

Mobile Workers Expected to Grow to 5 Billion+ by 2016 – IT Leaders, Are You Ready? (Infographic)

Graphic Credit:  IDC graphic overlay in the YouTube video

Graphic Credit: IDC graphic overlay on YouTube

Mobile computing is dramatically changing the way people work and the way organizations do business.  IDC believes that by 2016, employee owned
smartphones, tablets and PCs in the workplace will
grow from 2 billion to more than 5.25 billion.  IT leaders who are ready will reap the benefits since they will be 2x as likely to see revenue growth of at least 10%.  Find out the best practices of more than 360 study participants in the IBM Global IT Study on Mobile Infrastructure, and learn the four key actions mobile technology leaders are taking to increase revenue, ROI and customer satisfaction.

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

Get Smarter with IBM Virtual Events Coming Up

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Here’s a round-up of some of the cool IBM virtual events coming up.  Check them out!

 Event Date Area Link
(Virtual Event) Energizing Life’s Work/Re-inventing work with IBM Social Business and MIT  9/18/13  Social Business   ibm.com/reinventwork
(Tweetchat) Smarter Planet Tweetchat:  How the convergence of Social, Mobile & Cloud has energized life’s work (#P4SPChat)  9/19/13  Social, Mobile, Cloud  bit.ly/1dmpnlj
(Tweetchat) #IBMSWChat Tweetchat:  From Boomers to Millenials – Making the Generation Gap work  9/20/13  Smarter Workforce  bit.ly/15AMFlU
(Webcast) Transforming Customer Experiences at Southern California Edison  9/25/13  Digital Experience  bit.ly/1dmy2UI
(Webcast) Expertise & Knowledge Sharing:  Your Company’s Top Differentiators  9/25/13  Social Business, Smarter Workforce  bit.ly/19btT2V

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

Into the Blue Galaxy

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Operation Blue Galaxy
Shifts in the market, like mobile and cloud, and new delivery and pricing models, have increased the power of individual practitioners. They know the technology, and influence purchasing decisions like never before.  To reach them, IBM has launched ‘Blue Galaxy’, an exciting cross-IBM initiative to show the universe of software developers, architects, administrators, and other practitioners that IBM is their rocket ship to success.

What is Blue Galaxy?
It’s a project, it’s a community, it’s a movement within and beyond IBM.  The best part of IBM is the people — the technical experts and practitioners across IBM.  The Blue Galaxy mission is enabling and unleashing the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm of the IBM technical community, across all brands and disciplines, and from across the globe, to reach out and engage the world’s practitioners.  Whether it be via events, content, or social media networks, the goal is simple – develop relationships, learn from our audience, and show our expertise.

It’s not about messaging
It’s about the power of connections, with a small c.  It’s people connecting with people via social media: IBMers, IBM Alumni, IBM Business Partners, clients, prospective clients, and the merely curious. Our goal is to help you to build those connections in social networks, growing your digital eminence, sharing knowledge, and becoming part of the larger conversation that is already occurring.

It’s about you
It’s about sharing your voice, your thoughts, your content, your work, and your ideas with other developers, inside and outside of IBM.  Developers trust the opinions of other developers.  By connecting with developers, you have the ability to shape their opinions and thoughts about IBM products and services.  You are in charge of your digital social presence, and the difference it makes for both your personal goals and the goals of IBM. Growing your digital eminence, sharing your knowledge, expanding your network both inside and outside of IBM…. the actions you take now will have long-lasting positive effects on your career.

iconNoCommunityPhoto155.pngSo, how do you get started with Blue Galaxy?
Here are some ways that all Greater IBMers can get involved:

  1. Create or contribute to a conversation:
    You can write a blog post, create a presentation or a video that showcases your thought leadership and technical expertise — the topics of focus are IBM’s technical leadership in Agile, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile Development, and Security.  Even if you can’t create new material, you can comment on an article, tweet (microblog) about it to promote cool content you like and strengthen existing conversations that are highlighting IBM technical leadership in the market.
  2. Connect and interact
    Connect, share, and collaborate on the developerWorks community where you can contribute to forums, download free product trials and share what you like about them with your networks.  You may also want to check out related communities Jazz.net (Agile Transformation) and Service Management Connect.
  3. Meet and follow Blue Galaxy stars
    Some of our technical experts have been on their social journeys for a while. They are our social role models, folks engaging both internally and externally, with dedicated followings. Some are blogging on official IBM blogs and communities, others are contributing through their individual blogs or in other organizations’ communities.  You can find and follow them on Twitter here.
  4. Try Blue Galaxy featured downloads and give feedback
    Some of product trial downloads have been featured by Blue Galaxy because we are especially interested in feedback on these.  Check them out and leave your feedback in the comments section on that post.
  5. Become a Blue Galaxy star
    There are several ways to become a Blue Galaxy star.  First, if you undertake any of the missions noted above, tell us about them – share a comment below telling us what you did.  Since stars are innovative thought leaders who have distinguished themselves in one or more social channels, you could be selected to be featured as a Blue Galaxy star.  Here are some other opportunities:

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

Blue Galaxy Featured Downloads

Blue Galaxy spotlights product downloads each month as we are especially interested in feedback on these.  Check out these featured downloads from Aug-Sept 2013 and let us know what you think!  Leave your feedback in the comments below, and share it with your networks too.

DOWNLOAD/TRIAL URL HASHTAGS
Infosphere BigInsights Quick Start Edition  ow.ly/oa6PX #bigdata #hadoop
IBM DB2 Technology Preview  ow.ly/ohYzQ  #json #db2
Rational Team Concert  ow.ly/oCbHF  #rtc
Worklight Developer Edition 6.0  ow.ly/nIBP7  #ibmmobile
Jazz Hub  ow.ly/nIBFw  #jazzhub
Worklight on the IBM SmartCloud  ow.ly/nIC0g  #ibmmobile

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