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

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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto

August Roundup: What We’re Talking About

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In this issue:

  • The US Open: IBM Technologies Changing the Game
  • Into the Blue Galaxy
  • Best of the Blog: Your Top 5 for August
  • Join the Conversation

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The US Open: IBM Technologies Changing the Game

For two weeks every summer, the United States Tennis Association welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators to NYCs Flushing Meadows for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. US OpenMillions more online follow the action at USOpen.org, watching live-streamed tennis matches and getting scores, stats, and news thanks to IBM technologies.

Today, those technologies are transforming the fan experience at the US Open, with a combination of IBM analytics, cloud computing, mobile and social technologies that go far beyond basic scores and stats to provide real-time insights into the action.  Discover how IBM is changing tennis, and businesses, worldwide with analytics, cloud, and mobile capabilities.

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Into the Blue Galaxy

Marketplace shifts like mobile and cloud, and new delivery and pricing models, have increased the power of individual practitioners. With their technological knowledge, they  influence purchasing decisions like never before.  To reach them, IBM has launched ‘Blue Galaxy’, an exciting cross-IBM initiative to show software developers, architects, administrators, and other practitioners that IBM is their rocket ship to success.  Learn more about how IBM is unleashing the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm of IBM’s global technical community, across all brands and disciplines, to reach out and engage the world’s practitioners through this initiative and how you can participate as well.

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Best of the Blog: Your Top 5 for August

foveFor the month of August, here are the five most popular posts on The Greater IBM Connection blog. If you missed any, now’s your chance to catch up.

Thank you for visiting and for your comments on the blog, as always.

  1. 12 Things Successful Women Do Differently
  2. New Online Store for IBM Alumni and Retirees
  3. Working from Home? Avoid the Distractions
  4. 10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day
  5. Don’t Get This Wrong: What Your LinkedIn Profile Pic Says about You

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- Posted by Regan Kelly and Julie Yamamoto

July Roundup – What We’re Talking About

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In this issue:

  • Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for July
  • Technologista Takeover of YouTube Continues, with New Films Added Regularly
  • Join the Conversation

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- Posted by Regan Kelly

The Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for July

foveFor the month of July, here are the five most popular posts on The Greater IBM Connection blog. Did you miss any? Here’s your chance to catch up.

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments on the blog, as always.

  1. 10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day
  2. Working from Home? Avoid the Distractions
  3. Getting Things Done: Your Problem Isn’t Lack of Time – It’s Lack Of…
  4. IBM, Where the Ideal of Corporate Citizenship Thrives
  5. IBM Reports 2013 Second-Quarter Results

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Technologista Takeover of YouTube Continues with New Films Added Regularly

Women have been part of some of the most important innovations throughout IBM’s history.

The Techonologista Series – which recently took over IBM’s YouTube channel with Big Brains, Small Films – celebrates these accomplishments by showcasing 10 technical women at IBM today. Follow the series to gain valuable insights about the unique culture of IBM as well as a chance to meet the women behind the innovations that have changed our world.

Learn more.

Are YOU ready to become an IBM Technologista? See ibm.com/technologistas.

Don’t forget to follow IBMblr.tumblr.com for inspiring original content that celebrates these women.

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June Roundup: What We’re Talking About

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In this issue:

  • Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for June
  • Technologista Takeover
  • Join the Conversation

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The Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for June

foveFor the month of June, here are the five most popular posts on The Greater IBM Connection blog. Did you miss any? Catch up now!

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments on the blog, as always.

  1. Infographic: How to Identify an IBMer: http://bit.ly/15fsx5z
  2. 5 Email Habits That Wreck Your Productivity: http://bit.ly/12ArQFD
  3. IBM Making City Life a Little Easier, Winning Big at Cannes: http://bit.ly/12AnnTa
  4. Women in Technology, Consider Joining IBM: http://bit.ly/15ftRW5
  5. How IBM Is Planning to Rule Mobile – 5 Things You Need to Know: http://bit.ly/12AnMFs

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Technologista Takeover!

Women have been part of some of the most important innovations throughout IBM’s history. The Technologista Series, featured now at IBM’s YouTube channel, celebrates these accomplishments by showcasing 10 technical women at IBM today. Follow the series to gain valuable insights about the unique culture of IBM as well as a chance to meet the women behind the innovations that have changed our world.

Learn more.

Ready to become an IBM Technologista? See ibm.com/technologistas.

And follow IBMblr.tumblr.com for inspiring original content that celebrates these women.

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April Roundup – What We Were Talking About

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In this issue:

  • Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for April
  • IBM Research Makes History with the World’s Smallest Movie
  • Join the Conversation

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The Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for April

foveFor the month of April, here are the five most popular posts on The Greater IBM Connection blog:

  1. 50 Years of Innovation: IBM Honors 2013 Fellows
  2. Just for Fun: Vintage Social Networking
  3. Video Tour: Capturing the Character of the IBM Brand
  4. 1st Quarter 2013 Earnings: How Did IBM Do?
  5. 10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments on the blog, as always.

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IBM Research Makes History with The World’s Smallest Movie

Scientists at IBM have created the world’s smallest stop-motion film. The extraordinary 90-second breakthrough, titled “A Boy and His Atom“, stars carbon atoms that were moved by a scanning tunneling microscope.

boy andThe Guinness Book of World Records has certified this breakthrough feat, a showpiece for IBM’s work in data storage solutions based on single atoms. Learn more and see the film now!

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What You’re Talking About This Month

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In this issue:

  • Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for March
  • IBM Honors Eight New Fellows: Congratulations to the Class of 2013
  • Join the Conversation

Best of the Blog: Your Top Five for March

6For the month of March, here are the five most popular blog posts at The Greater IBM Connection blog. In order:

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments on the blog!

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IBM Honors Eight New Fellows: Congratulations to the Class of 2013

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty this week marked the 50th anniversary of the IBM Fellows Program by honoring eight IBMers with the company’s highest technical distinction. Only 246 individuals have earned this designation in the company’s history, 85 of whom are active employees.

The Class of 2013

The Class of 2013

“As we have for half a century, IBM is today honoring its most outstanding technologists and their contributions to computing and society,” said Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The eight new fellows – read about them here – join a distinguished tradition of excellence and innovation. Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

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Join the Conversation

One benefit of membership in The Greater IBM Connection group at LinkedIn is the opportunity to take part in – and learn from – the many lively conversations among our 80,000+ members. Ongoing discussions today include:

  • When You Left IBM How Did It Change Your Life – Or Not?
  • How Will Big Data and Social Media Change the Nature of Project Management?
  • Ever Wonder How to Be of Higher Value?

What do you think? You can reply to these and many more – or start your own discussion – if you’re a member of The Greater IBM Connection group of LinkedIn. (Note: The Greater IBM Connection on LinkedIn is not open to contractors.)

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