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Laurence Guihard-Joly, General Manager, IBM Business Continuity and Resilience Services

Laurence Guihard-Joly, General Manager, IBM Business Continuity and Resilience Services

By Laurence Guihard-Joly

Every company needs electricity, but that doesn’t require building a power plant. Many organizations have reached the same conclusion about computing and storage needs. Why build out data centers if it’s not your core business? Plus it can be a costly proposition.

That’s basically the premise of cloud computing – turn to trusted partners for your computing needs so you can focus on the business. But when deciding on a cloud strategy, organizations should be careful not to simply focus on saving money.

To be sure, moving to the cloud is economical and brings greater efficiencies, but it’s also an opportunity to reexamine everything from finance systems to enterprise resource planning and even the helpdesk. It can be a means of improving business efficiency over every operation that runs on software. Adding redundancy and automating backup are two functions most cloud providers offer, with more or less sophistication. A cloud strategy – public, hybrid, private – is also an excellent place to rethink security and continuity strategy and options across the board. Continue Reading »

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April, 14th 2014

Sandy Carter, General Manager, Ecosystem Development, IBM

Sandy Carter,
General Manager, Ecosystem Development, IBM

By Sandy Carter

For centuries, playgrounds have provided children around the world with a place to explore, grow new skills and advance their mental, social and athletic abilities. Today, a new type of playground has emerged that is a bit different than your typical sandbox, monkey bars and tire swings.

This playground is the cloud and it has emerged as the ultimate developer playground, providing a platform for exploring new methods and quickly transforming an innovative idea into a reality.

The cloud offers the things developers crave most: simplicity, flexibility, scalability, collaboration and more. Tapping into software development tools through the cloud helps developers to eliminate complexity, quickly turn their ideas into shipped products, and lower their time-to-market by cutting application development and deployment times from months to days and hours. Additionally, cloud-based developer tools offer flexible capacity in terms of storage, bandwidth and processing power, while also handling back-end infrastructure needs. Continue Reading »

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April, 11th 2014

Jesse Dylan, founder and director, wondros

Jesse Dylan, Founder and Director, Wondros

By Jesse Dylan

In my work, I have had the opportunity to tell the stories of some of the most amazing, complex and innovative people and organizations helping to change the world.  By being allowed a window into their work, I can make clear why it matters.

These people and organizations inspire–from the MIT Media Lab to George Soros and the Open Society Foundations to TEDx to the Yes We Can video that captured the hopefulness of the Obama-for-president phenomenon of 2008.

When Steve Simpson, the chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather North America, invited me to work together on a project with IBM to show how technology serves to make lives better, it was an opportunity to learn how one of the most innovative companies in the world thinks about an ever-changing world. The project is Made With IBM.

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SP Masters iPadBy Rick Singer

Ever since Augusta National Golf Club hosted its first Invitational event in 1934, a commitment to history and tradition has permeated the fabric of the Masters Tournament, which begins play this week.

While the Masters has delivered many thrilling, magical moments among the Georgia pines of the Augusta National golf course, many people may not be aware of the Tournament’s unwavering dedication to enriching the game of golf. From playing 18 holes on each of the Tournament’s four days — instead of 36 holes on the third and final day, which was the standard 80 years ago — to introducing the first cumulative over/under scoring method, the Masters has consistently established innovative practices that became and remain standards in the sport. Continue Reading »

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Jon Iwata, IBM Sr. VP, Marketing & Communications

Jon Iwata, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, IBM

By Jon Iwata

In November 2008, with the world in the throes of a financial crisis, IBM offered companies and governments a bold invitation: “Let’s build a Smarter Planet.” We saw that the combination of instrumentation, interconnectivity and computer intelligence had created an unprecedented opportunity to make the world work better. We initiated a global conversation about the possibilities.

Today, most people see what we saw. We have engaged with thousands of clients to help them make their enterprises and industries smarter. And our belief in Smarter Planet has only grown stronger. It remains our point of view on the world and the future.

But the world doesn’t stand still, and neither have we. The technologies underpinning Smarter Planet—Big Data analytics (including IBM Watson), mobile, cloud, and new systems of engagement – are converging, and the transformation they are unleashing is accelerating. So IBM is moving beyond the “what” and “why” of Smarter Planet to the “how.”

We call this next phase “Made With IBM.” It is both a harvest of insights and an invitation to take this transformational journey with our company. We mean to show through hard evidence that IBM can be an essential partner in providing the technology and conceptual building blocks for the new world of work. We’re making a case for action.

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By Steve Hamm

IBM Researcher Stuart Parkin

IBM Researcher Stuart Parkin

A few years ago, when IBM Fellow Stuart Parkin first met Claudia Felser, a formidable scientist who is now his fiance, he risked offending her by dismissing some of  her ideas out of hand. “I told her the thing she was working on made no sense at all, but I’ve changed my mind,” he says. “I’m prone to make snap judgments. Sometimes I’m right; sometimes I’m wrong.”

In his own field, solid-state physics, he’s been right more often than not. In fact, he’s being recognized today with the Millennium Technology Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious science honors, by Technology Academy Finland. Previous recipients included Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Linus Torvalds, creator of the core elements of Linux, the popular open-source operating system. The Academy cited Stuart’s discoveries in disk drive technology, which have enabled a one-thousand fold increase in the storage capacity of disk drives over the past two decades. Continue Reading »

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Fifty years ago, IBM placed a big bet on the future of computing when it introduced System/360, the first integrated family of computers aimed at both scientific and business uses. In the subsequent years, the mainframe helped to transform industries and society. It was instrumental in the modernization of banking, retail, government, manufacturing and other activities. While only a few people actually touched a mainframe computer, it touches nearly everybody’s life in some way–from your ATM machine to your doctor’s office.

SP mainframe50IBM will officially celebrate the introduction of the mainframe with its Mainframe50 global event starting at 2:00 p.m. US Eastern Time today.  At the event, IBM will look at what new innovations are coming to the mainframe, real-world stories from mainframe users and officially announce the winner of the Global Master the Mainframe competition.

View the livestream video and Tweet to #Mainframe50.

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Mina Wallace, Worldwide Vice President, Risk Analytics, IBM

Mina Wallace, Worldwide Vice President, Risk Analytics, IBM

By Mina Wallace

You’ve seen the headlines. There are many stories in the media detailing how risk management failures can be hugely damaging – both in terms of direct losses and company reputation. Increasingly, the root causes of such losses are multi-dimensional. In fact, our research shows that 42 percent of the top losses since 2007 have been boundry events involving credit risk, market risk and operational risk.[1]

While some companies have been able to meet their risk and compliance challenges head on, many in financial services today are still struggling to move beyond traditional approaches and legacy systems to keep up with changing requirements. These clients are challenged to operate and perform sustainably in an environment that is increasingly complex, regulated and competitive yet still expected to generate a healthy bottom line.

This week at IBM’s ClientCenter in New York, we’ll demonstrate how Financial institutions today can build trust across organizational silos with a Smarter Risk approach, which brings together an interconnected view of risk across the enterprise. Continue Reading »

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Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

By Scott Megill

The demand for healthcare to go mobile is on the rise.

More and more physicians and patients are using an increasing number of mobile healthcare apps, healthcare apps which enable an almost unlimited range of health-related functions, from an individual patient controlling their diabetes, to monitoring diet & exercise and even, to tracking medical treatments and progress.

By 2017, half of the world’s more than 3.4 billion smart phone users will have downloaded health-related apps.

The rapid increase in mobile health app use is generating an enormous amount of patient data. Simultaneously, a plethora of data is being generated through individual patient’s medical records, which can easily cross multiple departments, physicians, and clinicians.

How can healthcare providers manage this influx of data and tap into the mobile opportunity to draw key insights and improve customer care? Continue Reading »

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By Chris Nay, IBM Research Communications

ASPcollege_hoopsEvery year, top U.S. men’s college basketball teams enter a month-long tournament for a chance to be crowned champion. And it always stirs up fan and pundit predictions to pick potential winners of all 63 games.

To really give the pot a stir this year, Berkshire Hathaway, Quicken Loans and Yahoo Sports teamed up to create the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Choose every match up correctly and win $1B.

While the odds of picking a perfect bracket in the challenge were steep, it didn’t put off millions of basketball fans everywhere from filling out brackets. However, it only took 48 hours, 25 games (and several upsets) for every bracket to be eliminated. (See an infographic that breaks down the bracket data.)

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