IBM Center for Applied Insights Launches New Blog! (#IBMCAI)


CAI_Y_avatarIn a world overflowing with data, there’s a lot to be discovered.  The IBM Center for Applied Insights (IBMCAI) uncovers new ways of thinking, working and leading through research and analytics.  IBMCAI studies pair strategic insights with practical lessons to help leaders deliver better results.

Now IBMCAI  has launched a new blog – check it out and let them know what you think in the Leave A Reply field.  You can also subscribe to the IBMCAI blog by visiting and clicking the ‘Follow Blog’ link on the right.


  • Insights by topic (Big Data, Cloud, Social, etc.) and role (Business Leader, IT Leader, Developer) in See Insights by
  • Datagrams, Quotes, Play With Numbers, and other fun in Coffee Break
  • Videos, Infographics, Podcasts, and Translated Insights in Resources
  • A number of ways to get involved, contribute, and connect in Get Involved
  • Global access to the blog in the Select Your Language


Original announcement posted on the IBMCAI blog here:

IBM Center for Applied Insights Launches New Blog! (#IBMCAI).

IBM in Africa: ‘We intend to grow rapidly’

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) met with His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, to commemorate the announcement of IBM’s first research lab in Africa, Monday, August 13, 2012.  Honorable Mwai Kibaki was President of Kenya through April 2013.

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) met with His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, to commemorate the announcement of IBM’s first research lab in Africa, Monday, August 13, 2012. Honorable Mwai Kibaki was President of Kenya through April 2013.

A year ago this month, IBM opened its 12th research lab in Nairobi, Kenya. This signals ongoing business and philanthropic commitment to the continent, according to Tim Docking, who leads the company’s Emerging Market Funding group.

“People should see that as a sign of our intention to not only invest in new ideas and innovation, but to also develop local ideas to solve local problems,” said Docking, adding that IBM’s business goals in Africa are “robust”. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty recently visited the continent, where IBM has offices in 20 different countries. Learn more about IBM in Africa (by Andrea Useem,


– Posted by Regan Kelly and Julie Yamamoto

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Speaks at the Lisbon Council in Brussels

In this newly released video, IBM CEO, Chairman and President Ginni Rometty talks about what it means to have competitive advantage in an era of innovation. The speech took place July 12 at the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank.



Virginia Rometty headshot

IBM’s Virginia Rometty

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty Shares Her Leadership Philosophy

Biography of Virginia Rometty

-Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future


IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (photo, Fortune Magazine)

In this interview from Fortune Magazine, IBM’s Ginni Rometty reveals what’s next for the company’s talking supercomputer Watson, including its future service.

In addition, she discusses what it means for IBM to be an innovation company at a scale of more than 400,000 employees, the five key pieces of continuous transformation, and more.

Fortune senior writer Jessi Hempel interviewed the IBM CEO last week at the National Venture Capital Association’s 40th anniversary conference, VentureScape.

Read the interview.


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– Posted by Regan Kelly   This post is part of The Greater IBM Connection’s May 2013 theme of emerging trends.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Touts Watson, New ‘Golden Era of Technology’

Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy!-winning supercomputer, is about to become an advisor to research-oriented industries, says IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Speaking in San Francisco this week to the annual meeting of the National Venture Capital Association, she said that Watson is part of a third era of technology, in which computers learn.

In fact, given today’s confluence of cloud, mobile, social and big data technologies, future historians may regard this era as “a golden era of technology,” she said, because the vast amount of information being generated will change how individuals make decisions and how companies work. Read what else she had to say, in this article by Deborah Gage at The Wall Street Journal.


What did you think of this article and what’s next for Watson? Let us know in the Leave a Reply field below.

1st Quarter 2013 Earnings: How Did IBM Do?

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IBM today announced first-quarter 2013 diluted earnings of $2.70 per share, a year-to-year increase of 3 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $3.00 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $2.78 per share in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 8 percent.

First-quarter net income was $3.0 billion, down 1 percent year-to-year. Operating (non-GAAP) net income was $3.4 billion compared with $3.3 billion in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 3 percent.

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2013 of $23.4 billion were down 5 percent (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) from the first quarter of 2012.

“In the first quarter, we grew operating net income, earnings per share and expanded operating margins but we did not achieve all of our goals in the period. Despite a solid start and good client demand we did not close a number of software and mainframe transactions that have moved into the second quarter.  The services business performed as expected with strong profit growth and significant new business in the quarter,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Virginia Rometty, IBM President & CEO

Virginia Rometty, IBM President & CEO

“Looking ahead, in addition to closing those transactions, we expect to benefit from investments we are making in our growth initiatives and from the actions we are taking to improve under-performing parts of the business.  We remain confident in this model of continuous transformation and in our ability to deliver our full-year 2013 operating earnings per share expectation of at least $16.70.”

Read more in the official press release.


– Posted by Regan Kelly

50 Years of Innovation: IBM Honors 2013 Fellows

Program celebrates its 50th anniversary as eight new fellows join a distinguished tradition of excellence and innovation

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty today marked the 50th anniversary of the IBM Fellows program by honoring eight new 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.

Slideshow: Meet the 2013 Fellows

“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.

“Like all IBM Fellows, members of the class of 2013 are recognized leaders in the global technical community. In 2013, this leadership will be focused on IBM growth markets, where each of this year’s fellows will serve as an ambassador and resource to a different country.”  These countries include Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa.

Infographic: The IBM Fellows Program, 50 Years of Innovation

In the past, IBM Fellows, a group that includes five Nobel Prize winners, fostered some of the company’s most stunning technical breakthroughs – from the Fortran computing language to the systems that helped put the first man on the moon to the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, the first instrument to image atoms.

There is no canned formula for generating ideas. Inspiration can strike anyone anywhere, anytime.

– Dinesh Verma, IBM Research

In announcing the program 50 years ago, Thomas Watson Jr. said, “We want to recognize outstanding scientific, engineering, programming and systems people who have made a record over a long period of time for sustained achievement. ”   The class of 2013 reflects Watson’s vision. Together, they are adding to IBM’s legacy of innovation leadership and laying the foundation for a smarter planet.

Learn more about the IBM Fellows, class of 2013

Read the press release

Gardiner Tucker

Dr. Gardiner Tucker

A Smarter Planet blog post by IBM Fellows founder Dr. Gardiner Tucker

Posted by Regan Kelly