Happy Earth Day: IBM Global Asset Recovery Services reaches significant milestone

In light of global Earth Day, we want to ask: were you aware that IBM Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS) provides IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment and asset disposal and buyback services to customers in more than 40 countries?


IBM Global Asset Recovery Services achieves 1 billion pound milestone in IT asset recovery processing *

In 2013, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services reached a significant milestone.  The combined remanufacturing and demanufacturing operations processed 1 billion pounds or 472,245 metric tons of product, parts and materials for the period of 2002 through 2013, the equivalent weight of approximately 1,000 Airbus A380-300 airplanes.**

Additional 2013 Asset Recovery / Re-manufacturing Milestones* :

  • In 2013, IBM’s re-manufacturing operations processed 807,000 units of IT equipment.  If only the laptops processed were placed on top of each other, the stack would extend 4.9 miles — or 7.8 kilometers — high into the sky, 90% of the height of Mt. Everest.
  • In total, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services remanufactured and demanufactured almost 27 thousand metric tons or nearly 59 million pounds of IT equipment — the equivalent weight of 1/2 of the RMS Titanic.+  Of all IT equipment and material that GARS processed in its demanufacturing centers, over 99% was recycled or reused.

IBM is a recognized leader in IT asset recovery services, with operations in more than 40 countries and most recently recognized by Gartner as a Leader in their 2013 Magic Quadrant for IT Asset Disposition, Worldwide.  Additionally, the GARS business holds eight patents on IT asset recovery processes.

* Source: all GARS data has been compiled and reported by GARS Operations
** Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A380#Specifications
*** Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest#Comparisons
+ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic

– Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Wins Global Leadership Award

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award (Photo Credit:  Feature Photo Service)

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award (Photo Credit: Feature Photo Service)

IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty (center) is presented with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 19th Annual Global Leadership Award by Institute board member Morris Offit (right) and president Jackson Janes (left) at the organization’s annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 11, 2013. The award recognizes business leaders who have helped strengthen the close partnership between Germany and the United States.

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

Virtual Job Fair for IBM Research Africa on Dec 5

The African continent accounts for 14 percent of the world’s population and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years, Africa is poised to become a leading source of innovation in a variety of industries. With this growth comes many challenges spanning traffic congestion to the delivery of fresh water.

If you have what it takes to help solve these grand challenges, the IBM Recruiting team invites professors, scientists and qualified university students to participate in a Research Virtual Recruiting Event for several open positions at our new lab in Nairobi, Kenya.  The event will take place on 5 December and you can participate in several ways.

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– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection via Chris Sciacca, IBM Research Communications

Africa: The Next Frontier for IBM Research Innovation

by Solomon Assefa, Research Scientist, IBM Research

The continent of Africa is emerging as one of the last great global growth markets and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years. Forecast this out and Africa will become a leading source of innovation and opportunity. As African countries prepare to advance their economic capabilities, IBM is committed to the region’s future with the opening of a new lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

IBM Research – Africa will be IBM’s 12th global laboratory and the first science and technology research lab on the continent conducting both applied and far-reaching exploratory research.

IBM has long had a foothold in Africa and its presence today spans 20 countries, including Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. IBM has also deployed several Corporate Service Corps groups, an employee volunteer program modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps, across Africa to make contributions to the communities in which it does business.

IBM’s new lab is a further nod and commitment to this important growth market. IBM has long recognized the possibilities that could be reached by research and collaboration, and IBM’s expanded presence in Kenya will encourage and strengthen innovation, engaging local entrepreneurs, universities, governments and innovators to develop solutions to the challenges faced by the people of Kenya and beyond.

Expanding in Africa requires a long-term outlook.  Before IBM can do business throughout the region, it must aid in strengthening the capacities of Africa’s people and institutions— including knowledge, technology infrastructure, business sophistication and governance.

There is enormous growth potential across the continent, but that potential won’t

be realized unless the underlying physical, economic and societal infrastructures that permit markets to develop and endure are in place. Success will only come through a patient, long-term approach. An example of this is IBM’s plans to lay a foundation for skills and innovation growth in Africa by establishing a resident scientist program aimed at attracting top Kenyan and other African talent to work side-by-side with IBM researchers. These applicants will be top-tier scientists and researcher from pre- and post-doctoral backgrounds as well as from academia, government or industry.

As for research focus areas, one particular issue across Africa is the challenge of multiple government organizations to communicate with one another and share information. To that end, IBM Research – Africa will work on Next-Generation Public Sector solutions so that information is automatically collected and analyzed from various sources to improve planning, scheduling and tactical decision making within and between agencies. Armed with the right information technology, government agencies can reduce the cost of social services, improve efficiency and productivity, deter fraud and abuse, improve citizen access to services and enable digital interaction between citizens and the public sector.

Smarter Cities is another area of focus. As the world’s second most populous continent with more than 955 million people, Africa’s urbanization rates are the highest in the world and more than half of all Africans will live in cities by 2030. IBM scientists will work on improving access to and quality of city services, initially focusing on smarter water systems and transportation solutions for the region.  For example, the use of predictive analytics has the potential to solve traffic congestion in Nairobi by using real-time insights to model and anticipate traffic jams. IBM’s recent global Computer Pain Survey of 15 cities ranked Nairobi as the fourth most congested in the world.

The goals of IBM Research – Africa underpin IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative where advances in sensors, networking, telecommunications and analytical software are enabling organizations to manage more complex systems.  In fact, Africa may have a big advantage. Due to the current nature of the physical, governmental and economic infrastructures, Smarter Planet solutions have the potential to produce even greater impacts than they have in more developed countries. Indeed, Africa has the potential to leapfrog some of the world’s more advanced economies. African countries have the opportunity to include instrumentation and information-gathering capabilities from the start as they build out new systems and services.

IBM stands ready to collaborate with African governments, universities and businesses to work jointly on research that will uncover new breakthroughs in science and technology and that build the platform for Africa’s future.

Join the conversation on Twitter:  #IBMAfrica


Womengatheringsm2_2We did it! Last Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Greater IBM women came together from around the world for our first Women’s Leadership Gathering. It was an online dialogue event hosted by my company’s Global Dialogue Center CONFERENCE CENTER. The theme for our first conversation was Leadership Lessons: Missteps, Miracles, and Milestones. Shara Sokol, Greater IBMer (1999-2004) from New York and president of s2 Creative Communications, joined me as co-host. We were also very blessed to have Nancy Margulies, who worked with us in the initial pilot (see "related article" below) and is well-know as "the godmother of graphic recording". She did live illustration to bring our dialogue to life. It wasn’t just the two-hour conversation experience we shared together, there was a magic in the preparation in the days leading up to the event that counted too.

As women from around the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, and from every region of the United States, made their way to the gathering, some were stepping up to put their fingerprints on our dialogue in meaningful ways long before the actual day. It started with three Greater IBM trailblazing women, who volunteered to serve as "conversation starters." Each of them found a unique way to share their thought-provoking messages.

Linda Griffin from Virginia started the dialogue by telling us, "I spent 30 wonderful years in my career with IBM. I loved my job!" She followed with her story of how she turned her experience into a leadership coaching career in 2006, as founder of ClearWind LLC. Her warm and generous sharing provided  "pearls of wisdom" for all of us to take home.

Orsoyla Selley, Greater IBMer from Hungary, wasn’t able to be with us for the event. However, she gave me the honor of carrying a message from her to the meeting. This demonstrated how even when we can come to an event, we can still make a contribution by sharing ourselves.

Jane Scandurra, Greater IBMer from New York, and contributing author to the Greater IBM BLOG, wrote to say she wouldn’t be able to attend as she was heading out on vacation — but this didn’t stop her from "being there" with us. You see, Jane Scandurra is owner of Go Pictures and Films, LLC with a new documentary film just launched, called "SINGLE". A few days before our Women’s Leadership Gathering, a video arrived in my email from Jane. As I watched her clever message — I was so touched at her efforts to support our first gathering. In the great tradition of IBMers, she "leaped over a few buildings" to deliver her brand of excellence as she talked with us via video at the event.

Here is a small sampling of the words Greater IBM women chose to share about the experience before leaving the event…

— "So refreshing to meet in a place where everyone had your best interest in mind."
— "Gave me lots of food for thought when I really needed it!"
— "Appreciate the experience so much. It was wonderful!"
— "Invaluable. Please continue. Taking home some great pieces of wisdom."
— "
A suprise due to the original and fun format!!
I will promote this forum!!!
— "Appreciate IBM offering us an opportunity to network with
IBM and IBM alumni women; we share a common link."

In one of my cherished books, I re-read this passage the week before our first Greater IBM Women’s Leadership Gathering: "…miracles always will happen if you believe them to be possible." This was truly a small miracle for which I am so grateful to have been apart.

We recorded the event to share with other Greater IBM women. It will be available shortly for replay with visuals, video and audio too! Watch for an announcement on Greater IBM on Xing; I will post on our forum. Most of all, there will be more! This was just a first in a series. Our next event Greater IBM Women’s Leadership Gathering will be announced shortly. It will have wonderful theme that emerged from ideas during our dialogue at the first event. You won’t want to miss it!

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Dkatdesk2Debbe Kennedy
Contributing Author
Greater IBM Connection
Founder, President & CEO
Global Dialogue Center and
Leadership Solutions Companies
author, Putting Our Differences to Work (Berrett-Koehler June 2008)
IBMer 1970 – 1991 L.A.; Anchorage; Seattle; San Francisco

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