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October 20th, 2014

Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President for Systems and Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain, IBM

Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, Systems and Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain, IBM

By Tom Rosamilia

IBM has always taken the long view of its business strategy, continuously reinventing – from  divesting its PC business to more recently its x86 business.

Today’s announcement that GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM’s global commercial semiconductor technology business is one more step in the company’s reinvention. The Agreement reinforces IBM’s clear path, commitment and vision for systems and hardware.

IBM’s proven model for success is driven by focusing on the high-value segments of our systems portfolio driven by the unique innovation that only IBM can bring. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ business model is to innovate through high-volume semiconductor manufacturing, which is enhanced by economies of scale.

If you’ve been following IBM’s hardware business closely, you’ve heard us talk about the need to continuously transform our business. OpenPOWER, Software-Defined Storage, Flash memory, connecting mobile and the mainframe and the sale of our x86 business to Lenovo are a few of the most recent examples. Continue Reading »

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Peter J. Korsten,  Global Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value

Peter J. Korsten, Global Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value

By Peter J. Korsten

From high profile security breaches to technology failing in major product launches, CIOs are being pulled into the world of customer experience and engagement. CIOs formerly were “masters of the back office” making sure computers that didn’t crash, networks were fast and supply chains that didn’t lose products. That’s all changed as much of that day-to-day IT functionality has been automated and mastered. In fact, 66 percent of CIOs think their IT departments have mastered the basics of tech according to a new IBM report.

With customers gaining a virtual seat at the board room table over 60 percent of CIOs intend to focus more heavily on improving the customer experience and getting closer to customers. The study reveals that there is no distinction between business strategy and the customer experienceContinue Reading »

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IBM's Pat Toole and University of Central Florida student Jovanna Marquez at

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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Sanjay Rishi, Managing Partner, IBM Cloud Consulting Services

Sanjay Rishi, Managing Partner, IBM Cloud Consulting Services

By Sanjay Rishi

Cloud is enabling more than just opportunities to improve IT operations. It’s enabling organizations to transform entire business strategies.

According to a recent IBM survey, over the next three years cloud computing’s strategic importance to top decision makers across virtually every area of business is expected to more than double from 34 percent to 72 percent – leapfrogging competing IT concerns by 58 percent.

In this new reality, the cloud is the ultimate source of connectivity, helping smarter enterprises rise above the competition. In many ways, cloud is the new dial tone, becoming as seamless and reliable to business as the dial tone of the telephone. Continue Reading »

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Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

By Michael Dixon

Cities have never been more attractive, with people all over the world migrating to them from near and far.

However, with them comes a range of significant challenges that city leaders must tackle. A new report from Frost and Sullivan looks at smart cities as a mega trend set to drive urban development for the next decade. It predicts that 26 global cities will be considered smart cities in 2025, more than 50 percent of which will be in Europe and North America.

In Barcelona last week, city leaders from around the world gathered at the Smart City Expo World Congress to discuss the best strategies for dealing with this population shift. As IBM met with mayors, CIOs and civic leaders, it was clear to all that a new level of instrumentation and interconnection within governments was needed to deal with the challenge. Continue Reading »

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August 27th, 2013

Martin Fleming, , Vice President, Business Performance Services, Chief Economist, IBM

Martin Fleming, Vice President, Business Performance Services, Chief Economist, IBM

By Martin Fleming

In a recent New York Times article, reporter James Glanz asks: “Is Big Data an Economic Dud?” Mr. Glanz seems to answer his own question skeptically. The “data era,” he suggests, will not match the earlier revolutions in manufacturing, domestic life and transportation.

In addition, the Wall Street Journal posted a blog discussing that Big Data is at, or near the peak of the Gartner “hype cycle” and “big data technologies are now soon to be due for a fall into the ‘trough of disillusionment.’” Continue Reading »

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July 22nd, 2013

Beverly Macy, author

Beverly Macy, author

By Beverly Macy

As we look forward, one thing is clear –social business is no longer optional. From driving innovation, to providing essential client experiences, to enabling a dynamic and productive workforce, organizations are realizing they need to craft a social business strategy.

Even companies that have committed to using social technologies realize they are just scratching the surface in terms of the power of social business to transform the employee experience and the client/partner experience. They see the potential of tapping big data and turning that information into intelligence, so it’s easy to see why there’s a surge in innovation and new levels of productivity and creativity within the enterprise.

Here are three areas of focus to keep an eye on in the coming months:

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Thomas Malone, Prof. MIT

Thomas Malone, Prof. MIT

Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence,  is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead. His 2004 book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life, helped thousands of executives and would-be executives see their organizations, and themselves, in startling new ways. As a result, many organizations are becoming more collaborative and democratic. Now, Malone is exploring how social business, data analytics and cognitive computing will transform organizations once again. Here, he talks about the revolution that is coming.

IBM: In your book The Future of Work, you talked about society being on the verge of a new world of work, a key element of which is decentralization of the organization. Since then, the social networking phenomenon has emerged and is sweeping not just popular culture but business organizations as well. How has this explosion of social networking affected your thinking? Continue Reading »

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Jane Munn, Vice President and Business Line Executive, Cloud, IBM Systems & Technology Group

Jane Munn, Vice President and Business Line Executive, Cloud, IBM Systems & Technology Group

By Jane Munn

When mapping out a cloud infrastructure, one of the first things that becomes clear is the bifurcation between low-end, commoditized products and enterprise-class solutions.

But even within that second category, a quick look under the covers of certain solutions often shows a patchwork of proprietary products that lack integration and optimization – a little server virtualization here, some specialized apps there, and a little “something-as-a-service” somewhere else – with no real thought to the enterprise as a whole.

For clients to gain the full advantages of this technology, a strategic cloud solution should include virtualization, standardization and provisioning for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, ease of management and fast deployment. Just as important, that solution should cover software, servers and storage, with deep roots in open standards, to ensure that clients can take advantage of cloud’s benefits today while beating a path to the future. Continue Reading »

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Troy Kanter, COO of Kenexa, an IBM company

Troy Kanter, COO of Kenexa, an IBM company

By Troy Kanter

Successful organizations typically recognize three critical facets of their workforce. For these companies, it’s all about capability (what the workforce already knows); capacity (what it has the ability to learn); and culture (what it can do collectively).

Understanding the three C’s is just the first step in the process of creating a Smarter Workforce. In my experience, it’s critical to answer five key questions regarding the design of the workforce to help ensure success, both for the employee and the organization.

1. What are the core components that are critical to the success of your organization?

Much like buying a car, what feature or capability denotes a successful purchase? Is it safety, gas mileage, speed or something else? It’s the same with business. For some companies, they need their workforce to deliver tailored solutions for customers. For others, it’s important to deliver top-of-line customer service, or expertise or creative ideas. Continue Reading »

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