What’s The Buzz for January 2014

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of January 2014. Top five discussions/posts on our blog,Twitter, and Facebook.

BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF VIEWS/ COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM Infographic Cartoon: So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 1260
(Replay) IBM Launches New Watson Group in Silicon Alley 293
IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work 266
What Does IBM Watson Look Like?  Generated Art Face the Wave of the Future? 174
How Many Times Should You Try Before Success? (Infographic) – No 1 Top Tweet 161
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
Jan 11 – 3 Things You Never Knew About #IBM #Creativity – #Games , #Art , and #Music 14
Jan 14 – #IBM led the world in #patent issuances for the 21st year in a row #infographic 12
(Tie) Jan 4 – #Coffee #Personality – What Does Your Favorite Coffee Say About You? #Infographic, Jan 4 – The no. 1 use of the #internet is #social & 94% go to #learn, Jan 19 – #Teamwork is the mother of invention 10 each
Jan 23 – No. 2 most popular Facebook post: #IBM conference call #cartoon 9
(Tie) Jan 3 – Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do – Amelia Earhart quote, Jan 12 – RT/ @TheRealFredrikG: How to #work fast #infographic via @EntMagazine 8 each
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Jan 7 – No. 4 on the @Greater_IBM 2013 countdown – Why IS #IBM Called Big Blue? The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname 72
Jan 9 – No. 2 on the @Greater_IBM countdown for 2013: #Infographic – How to Identify an #IBMer 72
Jan 23 – Greater IBMers, do you have a conference call today? The number 2 most popular Facebook post from 2013: #IBM conference call #cartoon 72
Jan 15 – IBM CEO Ginni Rometty keynote speech at NRF (photo) 47
Jan 10 – #‎IBM‬ ‪#‎Infographic‬ ‪#‎Cartoon‬ for ‪#‎FridayFun‬ – So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 43

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

2013 Top Posts – The Greater IBM Connection

Here’s a quick summary of all our top 2013 posts across our blog, Twitter, and Facebook – thanks Greater IBMers!

BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF VIEWS
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Shares Her Leadership Philosophy (Jan 10) 4782
Infographic:  How to Identify An IBMer (June 17) 4589
Video Tour:  Capturing the Character of the IBM Brand (March 21) 3424
Why IS IBM Called Big Blue?  The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname (Jan 17) 3286
 50 Years of Innovation:  IBM Honors 2013 Fellows (April 3) 2193
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
How many times should you try before #success? #infographic (Dec 8) – (blog post link) 20
Top 10 #skills to #succeed in the 21st century #workplace #Infographic (Dec 29) – (blog post link) 14
How a 1995 #IBM decision changed your internet life today – reflections by Irving Wladawsky-Berger #tech (Apr 17) – (blog post link) 12
How will technology improve our lives in the next 5 years #IBM5in5 (Dec 17) – (blog post link) 11
 Tie:  Women in Technology: Consider Joining IBM #IBMjobs #hotjobs #tech (May 24) – (blog post link), #IBM is #4 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Brands – http://onforb.es/P8Bk63 (Nov 9) 10 each
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM Smarter pumpkin (Oct 31 – Photo) 454
Have a few calls today, Greater IBM? (Aug 21 – Conference Call Cartoon Photo) 444
“Develop your own initiative. Do something no one else has done.” — Thomas J Watson, Sr (Jan 4 – Photo Quote) 289
Of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York 2013, as voted by Crain’s New York, look who is in the top spot (June 24 – Photo + Link) 287
50 years of innovation: IBM honors eight new Fellows (Apr 3 – Photo + Link) 247

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

LinkedIn Group Engagement Strategy? Here’s Our All-Time Top Posts

(Graphic credit:  Brafton)

(Graphic credit: Brafton)

Thinking about how to better engage your group members on LinkedIn?  This may help.  It’s an overview of the all-time most popular posts for The Greater IBM Connection, one of the largest business networking groups on LinkedIn.  Initially we were going to pull a list just for 2012 but thought this list yields a bit more insight into what works well for engaging LinkedIn group members.  Here’s an overview of the all-time top ten LinkedIn discussions, by number of likes/comments/votes.  For the most part, questions about affiliation to IBM or career did the best.  It’s also worth mentioning the #11 most popular post since it fell off this list but does tie in well with our January theme of ‘leadership’.  It was “Who was the greatest IBM President and CEO of the last century?  Why?  Your Story?” posted in Aug 2011 with 103 comments/likes.

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION
NUMBER OF COMMENTS/LIKES
1 – Lessons Learned – …What’s one lesson YOU learned at IBM that you use in the rest of your life? (Mar 2011) 542
2 – What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life?  What’s one fascinating thing about you that has nothing to do with IBM? (Feb 2012 and Oct 2012) 266 combined
3 – Whom would return to IBM? poll (Dec 2011) 232 votes, 39 comments/likes
4 – What was the project you were involved/participated in at IBM that you will always remember? (Mar 2011) 219
5 – What motivates you at work, beyond the paycheck? poll(Mar 2012) 194 votes, 42 comments/likes
6 – Just for a laugh….How to spot an old IBMer (Apr 2012) 156
7 – Looking to return to IBM?(May 2012) 154
8 – Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? (June 2012) 132
9 – Greater IBMers:  What’s your most productive time of day?  poll (Nov 2012) 110 votes, 8 comments
10 – CHALLENGE:  Describe the purpose of IT governance in no more than a 160 characters SMS message… (Feb 2010) 108

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

What’s The Buzz for December 2012

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

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? 58 (Dec), 128 all time
IBM Leader in Gutting 401(k)s – Forbes 34 (Dec), 39 all time
Has IBM lost the I…apparently in job postings!…(all job adverts are USA…) 33
Lotus No More 27
Great article….Passing of Zig Ziglar 21
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has won a place in a BIG year-end list (Ginni Rometty photo and link to CNN story) 228
Green for the holidays! Read about how an IBM Centennial Grant supports the movement for green schools in Singapore (Photo and link to blog story) 112
It’s a matter of subtraction, not addition – try NOT doing these 10 things and see how your work life and happiness levels can improve (link to blog post) 44
#IBMAlumni, here’s another short history quiz for you – who invented the world’s first hard drive? (Photo and link to blog story) 44
#ibm #ibmsimon GreaterIBMers, did you think that the world’s first #Smartphone = #Apple or #Android? Think again… (Photo and link to blog story) 42
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Innovation Breakthrough: IBM Chip to Use LIGHT to Significantly Accelerate Your Internet 88
Be Happier at Work: Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now 88
Are You on the Fast Track? New Tech Trends Study Out Now 50
World’s First Smartphone = Apple or Android? Think again… 46
IBM’s 5 in 5: Welcome To The Era of Cognitive Systems 28
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg 5
Infographic: what the 2012 #IBMTechTrends results can tell us about skill gaps in technology. 4
#ibm #bigdata #smarteranalytics Free Webcast 12/6 at 11am ET – Leveraging Analytics for Competitive Advantage 4
Factoid: We Spent 121 Billion Minutes on Social Media in One Month 4
(too many to list) 3 each

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

New Year’s Resolution: Get Social?

get socialPer the IBM 2012 CEO Study, 1700 CEOs in 64 countries predict a 256% increase in use of social media as a customer interaction method – are you ready?  Learn more about how to create an exceptional customer experience, socially, at IBM Connect 2013.

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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-

4 each

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

CIOs and CMOs Partner To Become Co-Designers of the Customer Experience

Expert Interview: Jon Iwata, with the Center for CIO Leadership

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Mr. Jon Iwata

Jon Iwata is IBM’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications. He spoke to the Center for CIO Leadership about why close collaboration between Chief Information Officers and Chief Marketing Officers gives the best companies an edge in the marketplace.

Center for CIO Leadership: Our CIO members tell us they are facing an explosion of data from an increasing number of sources, including Social Media, and sometimes struggle to make sense of it all. How does the availability of so much data impact the marketing arena?

Jon Iwata: Essentially, we have discovered an extremely valuable natural resource — data. Marketers today recognize this. More than 1,700 CMOs interviewed by IBM said that the top three forces changing marketing are, in order of importance, the data explosion, the rise of social media, and new choices of channels and devices.

For marketers, the so-called “Big Data” phenomenon holds tremendous promise. Using analytics to extract insights from all the data, we can better understand our customers. We can market to individuals instead of to segments. We can use real-time information to predict what they’ll do or buy next. Forward-looking CMOs are beginning to move in this direction. They are changing the practice of marketing.

However, the CMOs we surveyed also said they are least prepared for these shifts. They lack the capabilities, skills and tools required to address them. As CMO of IBM, I can relate. I see the same challenges.

Center for CIO Leadership: What is driving the move toward predictive analysis of data?

Jon Iwata: Traditionally, marketers have made decisions based on historic data – what was sold, what market research told us, how campaigns performed. Today we have the tools to take advantage of real-time data – what is selling right now, how campaigns are performing right now. I would say that for most CMOs, this is where we are – somewhere between using backward-looking data and real-time data. But as we get our arms around all the data available to us – data in our enterprise systems and the vast, unstructured data outside the enterprise – we can apply analytic tools to predict customer needs and wants. You hear about this when marketers talk about “next best action” and “next best offer” and “buyer propensity” models. We are excited about this capability because it will deliver great ROI on marketing investments. And, from the perspective of the customer, we will be much more relevant and personalized when we touch them with information, an offer, an answer. They will experience marketing as a service rather than noise.

Center for CIO Leadership: Doesn’t this new capability to analyze data — and advise the other members of the C-Suite about business performance — fundamentally change the role of the CIO?

Jon Iwata: Yes, most definitely. As technology moves to the front office, the CIO will be expected to help the CMO, the CHRO, the CFO and line-of-business leaders take full advantage of these new capabilities. The CIO may not need to be a deep expert in marketing, for example, but certainly they will need to understand what CMOs are trying to build and deliver for the company. The CIO will be a partner as we build out these new capabilities – what some are calling ‘systems of engagement’ – and ensure that these systems are integrated with the rest of the company’s enterprise systems.

Center for CIO Leadership: It sounds like CIOs have to develop their business skills, as well as their technical acumen, to help lead change at their companies. What would you say are the most important qualities required from leaders today?

Jon Iwata: Great leaders must be good listeners to start with. In today’s world, they need to be role models for collaboration, bringing teams together and overcoming historical or other reasons for working in isolation. The solution to most of our business problems today relies on a strong ability to integrate — to see the bigger picture, and the perspective others bring to the table — outside one’s own domain. Very often, that collaboration opens new paths to innovate and to provide value to the organization that a single function or group can not deliver by themselves.

Center for CIO Leadership: You will be giving the keynote address at the upcoming forum in Paris where IBM invited CIOs to bring their Chief Marketing Officers along. What’s behind the new partnership between CIOs and CMOs?

Jon Iwata: Our worlds are converging. Technology is transforming how marketing is understood, practiced and led. And marketing is changing how IT will be used in the company. So, CIOs and CMOs need to work together on major initiatives like a master data management strategy, social media, and building these systems of engagement so we can reach customers through the channel or device of their choice. CIOs and CMOs will be the co-designers of their company’s total customer experience.

Center for CIO Leadership: What advice might you have for a CIO interested in forging a strong partnership with the CMO?

Jon Iwata: Seek to understand – and shape — the CMO’s agenda for transformation. Help the CMO understand where to start – for example, a master data management strategy that results in a single, accurate view of the customer as an individual. Help the CMO know what he or she doesn’t know – about security, standards and the importance of integrating marketing systems with e-commerce, CRM and other critical business systems. Understand the need for speed. CMOs and their teams operate in both short-term and long-term cycles. They will want innovative ideas from the CIO on how to deploy capabilities and iterate very quickly.

At IBM, the marketing and CIO teams are working to gather information from virtually every interaction, transaction and situation involving our clients. We want to be able to monitor what individual customers and our competition are saying about our company and our brand. In our company and in our customers’ companies, we’ve seen great success when IT experts are actually embedded in marketing organizations so that the two groups of professionals can better communicate and collaborate.

Center for CIO Leadership: You talk about the “authentic enterprise.” What do you mean by that?

Jon Iwata: One of my colleagues says that in this world of near total transparency, “how you are is who you are.” Customers, neighbors, suppliers, employees can share with the whole world what they see and experience. Of course, their first-hand experience with your brand has far more influence over people’s opinions and perceptions than any formal communication or interaction we can put into the world. An authentic enterprise, therefore, is a company that truly lives what it stands for. This is not about ethics. This is about what makes IBM, IBM – and ensuring that we are actually living up to that in every corner of our company.

Center for CIO Leadership: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us.

Jon Iwata: My pleasure.

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Related:

Social Business at IBM: The Global Social Media Summit – The Authentic Social Enterprise London, 10/3  (Blog post by Joerg Winkelman)

Understanding Big Data – Get the eBook

Insights from the IBM Global CMO Study

What are your thoughts on CIO/CMO collaboration in this age of the data explosion? Tell us in the Comments.

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

What social network do you use the most?

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