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Pat Toole, IBM General Manager, System z, and University of Central Florida student Jovanna Marquez at IBM Enterprise 2013.

By Pat Toole

Jovanna Marquez was a Florida high school student who was contemplating a career in criminal justice when a teacher convinced her to take a computer science class and then introduced her to IBM’s Master the Mainframe Contest.

It changed her life. Ms. Marquez is now studying computer science at the University of Central Florida and credits Master the Mainframe with helping her develop technical chops and find her true career path. Call it “Millennials Meet the Mainframe.” Or, “zEnterprise for Generation Z.” It’s a story about how a new generation of students are finding great career opportunities working with the IBM mainframe, which continues to advance as one of the world’s most dynamic and vital computing platforms. Continue Reading »

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Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group

Claudia Fan Munce,
Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group

By Claudia Fan Munce

IBM has long had a keen interest in tech startups. For nearly two decades, behind the scenes, we forged relationships with venture capitalists to learn about their portfolio companies with an eye to acquiring some of the best of them when the time was right. That strategy served us well. Over the past decade, we have acquired more than 120 companies for a total of more than $34 billion dollars in critically strategic areas such as cloud computing, digital marketing and data analytics.

But oh how our world is changing.

Today, IBM is emerging as a major player in the startup economy. We continue to pursue our acquisition strategy, but now we’re doing much more. We have begun to invest directly in startups, we offer cloud services for thousands of born-on-the-Web companies, and we’re working with startups to help them build services powered by Watson, the cognitive computing system that shook up the world by beating two former grand-champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. Continue Reading »

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By Steve Hamm

Joshua Krammes, Dir., Catalyst Program, IBM SoftLayer

Joshua Krammes, Dir., Catalyst Program, IBM SoftLayer

All Samar Birwadker and Subbu Balakrishnan had was the germ of an idea for a product when they attended a startup workshop in San Francisco in April of 2012. But they met Joshua Krammes there, and he helped them think through the intricacies of turning their idea into a company—Good.Co Inc., which is now in the later stages of creating a cloud service for matching the personalities of job candidates with the cultures of companies they’re interested in working for.

Krammes advised them to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship in the TechStars program, and, later, after they launched the company, he helped out with a host of business issues. But Krammes isn’t a startup consultant or venture capitalist, like you’d expect. He’s an evangelist at IBM SoftLayer who runs the Catalyst program for startups. Continue Reading »

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Rob High, CTO, IBM Watson Group

Rob High, CTO, IBM Watson Group

By Rob High

My hometown of Austin, Texas, is food truck heaven. The city boasts more than 1000 trucks serving up an incredible variety of fare—everything from potato-chip-flavored ice cream sandwiches to Japanese deep fried octopus meatballs. When hordes of technorati and live music fans gather here for the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival next week, they’ll have plenty of culinary treats to choose from. But we have something really different to bring to the table — IBM’s Watson food truck.

truck-img-x2You’ve probably watched Watson compete on TV, but now for the first time you can see, taste and smell the results of its creativity.

The bright orange truck will serve up exotic delicacies including Indian Tumeric Paella, Italian Grilled Lobster and Ecuadorian Strawberry Dessert. Unlike the menus of the other trucks, these dishes were created through a collaboration between Watson, a cognitive computer, and award-winning chefs at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2014

Martin Cooper, inventor of the original mobile phone

Martin Cooper, Chairman and co-founder of incubator, Dyna LLC; inventor of the original mobile phone

By Martin Cooper

After decades of existence, the mobile phone is finally beginning to hint at its potential to address some of society’s most important challenges.

As the mobile industry grows out of its vapid obsession with pixels, apps, and bling, recognition of one of the mobile phone’s higher callings is getting attention. This emerging focus on the phone as a device for transferring personalized health information to and from an individual sets society up for revolutionary improvements in healthcare.

Just imagine a society in which diseases, and the pain and suffering they cause, simply do not exist—in which people are healthy until end-of-life. Such a society is within the realm of scientific possibilities, but only if we change our approaches to healthcare. Smarter use of data, enabled by mobile phones, can help as we switch from curing diseases that have already struck to anticipating and preventing the diseases before they strike. Continue Reading »

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Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM x86 and PureSystems Solutions, IBM

Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM x86 and PureSystems Solutions, IBM

By Adalio Sanchez

Forward-thinking academic institutions rely on advanced technology systems to support internal research programs and to improve their own IT operations. Just as importantly, the practical application of these technologies in the academic world plays a critical role in promoting the development and education of students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Throughout my career as a technologist, I’ve witnessed firsthand how the right technology solutions have the power to foster and advance STEM education and make our education systems smarter – from turning ideas into useful knowledge and practical business technologies that can benefit our economy and society, to filling the employment pipeline with workers equipped with the skills necessary to make them competitive and successful. Continue Reading »

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Stephen Gold, VP, IBM Watson Group

Stephen Gold, VP, IBM Watson Group

By Stephen Gold

Ever since the early days of personal computing, scientists, sci-fi mavens and movie makers have envisioned a time when people would interact with pocket-sized intelligent digital assistants that would help them organize their lives and get things done.

Like flying cars, those intelligent digital assistants always seem to be off in the future.

Except that’s not so anymore. Today, scientists and engineers at IBM are designing cognitive systems that will ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason, and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us.

Very soon, you’ll have all of the power of Watson, the Jeopardy-winning computer, delivered in the palm of your hand. In fact, some early adopters are already trying out test versions of the technology.

Many people think of Watson as a room-sized supercomputer. Today’s reality is quite different. The computing power of the original Watson has been squeezed into a space the size of three pizza boxes, and, thanks to the cloud, Watson’s intelligence can be accessed on your smart phone or tablet wherever and whenever you want it.

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February 26th, 2014

IBM Watson Avatar

IBM Watson Avatar

By Steve Hamm

Tired of fiddling with mobile apps that do little more than entertain people with too much slack time on their hands? Here’s a chance to help change the world. IBM today launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first-of-its-kind worldwide competition to promote development of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson, a cognitive computing breakthrough.

Cognitive computers are smart machines that ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. While the original Watson was trained to compete with humans on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, today’s Watson is designed to provide advice and insights to business leaders, professionals and individuals anywhere and any time—thanks to cloud and mobile computing.

To learn more about IBM’s Mobile Watson strategy, see IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s keynote speech today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Tweet to #IBMWatson and #MWC14 Continue Reading »

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Andy Daudelin, Vice President, Security Services, AT&T Business Solutions

Andy Daudelin, Vice President, Security Services, AT&T Business Solutions

By Andy Daudelin

Among the 10 most stressful C-Suite roles of 2014 in business today is the role of chief information security officer (CISO). These IT security leaders set the strategy for the way a company protects itself from constantly evolving cyber threats – and they must implement these strategies without disrupting the speed of the business or its ability to innovate.

The threat landscape today is fraught with risk. IBM’s most recent Cyber Security Intelligence Index confirms that the average company faces 1.57 million security events per week, with 1,400 of those identified as actual attacks. And earlier this year, I discussed how new security threats and regulations will make 2014 a critical year for compliance and audit demands, and organizations need to be better prepared.    

Cloud and mobile technologies are an excellent example of the balance CISOs must strike as they strive to protect the IT infrastructure while incorporating emerging technologies. Many companies are finding cloud an ideal platform for emerging business applications and are integrating those cloud-based services with their traditional technology platforms. It’s the CISO’s mission to secure all of this – and its underlying data – as a single seamless service. Continue Reading »

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February 24th, 2014

Robert LeBlanc, Sr. VP, IBM

Robert LeBlanc, Sr. Vice President, IBM

By Robert LeBlanc

As companies evolve, they sometimes struggle with lagging perceptions. Their customers and the public think of them as one thing long after they have morphed into something else. There are some who still think of IBM as purely a computer hardware company even though, for many years, it has been steadily building a broad portfolio of software and services. Now it’s time for yet another reassessment: IBM as a cloud company.

This shift to cloud– where hardware, software, and services meld into one, represents the most significant change in IBM’s go-to-market strategy since it built a large blue-suited sales force to cater to businesses in the 1950s and ‘60s. It’s a fundamental reinvention of the company—how IBM operates and how it delivers value to clients and society.

The shift has been underway for several years. IBM has built up a large array of cloud services and software applications delivered via the cloud. It’s already the global leader in making cloud services available to large businesses. Today, however, marks a major advance. We’re announcing a set of initiatives that signal the emergence of an expanded cloud strategy. Put simply, we’re offering “IBM as a Service.” Continue Reading »

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