Podcast: What Is IBM Doing To Fight The Growing Skills Gap

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In response to the growing technical skills gap revealed by IBM’s 2012 Tech Trends study, and to help professionals and students learn more about cyber security best practices, IBM rolled out the largest expansion of its Academic Initiative to date earlier this month. For the first time, IBM will offer access to pre-packaged curriculum and training resources on IT security, helping students understand enterprise challenges, do in-depth analysis of trends uncovered in the IBM X-Force report, and gain market-ready cyber security skills.

Check out this podcast to hear Dan Hauenstein, a global lead on IBM’s skills programs, discuss how these new initiatives in cyber security and other advanced technologies will help to solve the global skills epidemic. http://bit.ly/XK6uiF

The Tech Trends of 2012, and Looking Ahead to 2013

In this issue:

  • IBM’s 2012 Tech Trends report – It’s about skills
  • New Web lecture, Social Business: Moving from Liking to Leading
  • Connect 2013 – Last few days to get discounted pricing

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IBM Tech Trends report: It’s about skills

You can now see the results of IBM’s groundbreaking 2012 Tech Trends study. And the report’s major finding is a crucial one: IT skills are lacking badly.

In fact, only one in 10 organizations has the skills required today in four critical areas: mobile, business analytics, cloud, and social business. Not only that, but almost 3/4 of students and educators also report moderate to major skill gaps in these key areas.

See the full report, an interactive infographic, and videos on the study’s findings, here. http://bit.ly/SB7Egj

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New Web lecture, Social Business: Moving from Liking to Leading

We have a new Web lecture available, on “IBM Social Business: From Liking to Leading”.

Enterprises today are at the beginning of the era of the social business. The integration of social computing into enterprise design represents an enormous shift in the landscape. And the organizations that successfully transform into social business can reap the benefits – including workforce optimization and deeper customer relationships.

This new Web lecture, free to all and available anytime, is hosted by Scott Neuman, Director, Global Marketing Strategy for Social Business.

Watch it here anytime.  http://bit.ly/YjxBWg

Note: Accessing the lecture library might require a one-time login. (Your login credentials will be remembered when you return.)

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Connect 2013 – Last few days to get discounted pricing

We’re just eight weeks away from Connect 2013, a premiere IBM event and a can’t-miss way to kick off your 2013. A reminder to previous attendees: these are the last few days to get discounted pricing, available until Monday, December 10.

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Attention former IBM employees: Let us know you’re attending!

Registration instructions:

When you register, you will be asked how you heard about the conference. Please select “Other” from the list, and then in the open field,  use the code IBMALUM13. That way, we’ll be able to let you know about special Greater IBMer alumni networking opportunities at and around the event.
register birdRegister now to save:  http://ibm.co/SB3UeL

IBM has announced several speakers for the event, including Alistair Rennie, General Manager, IBM Social Business; Sandy Carter, Vice President of IBM Social Business Sales; and Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President of the IBM Software Solutions Group. More will be announced soon.

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Are You on the Fast Track? New Tech Trends Study Out Now

The latest Tech Trends study is here! Check out the report, interactive infographic and videos involved with this year’s study.

For 2012, IBM delved deeper into four technologies that dominated last year’s results: mobile, analytics, cloud, and social business. To fuel the research, IBM developerWorks collaborated with the IBM Center for Applied Insights (CAI) to analyze survey responses from more than 1,200 professionals who make technology decisions for their organizations – IT managers, business professionals and IT practitioners from 16 different industries and 13 countries.

To read about adoption rates, investment levels and how elite organizations are outpacing their competitors, download the study report: Fast track to the future (.PDF, 2KB).

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