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Carolyn Pampino, Design Director of Collaboration Solutions, IBM

Carolyn Pampino, Design Director of Collaboration Solutions, IBM

By Carolyn Pampino

We may be drowning in a deluge of email, but our research has found that email is not dead. The tools we use to access our email, however, are outdated and were invented before the word “Internet” became a household name. Instead of our managing email, what we need is a better way to communicate, which is focused on deeper engagement and better outcomes.

Social tools, and mobile and cloud technologies have significantly changed the expectations of consumers about mail, social interaction and other collaboration tools. We bring these expectations to the workplace. While at work, many of us experience significant information overload from disconnected applications built for an earlier era. Continue Reading »

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Greg Godbout, 18F Executive Director

Greg Godbout, 18F Executive Director

18F, an organization within the General Services Administration (GSA), was launched in 2014 to help drive innovation across government. Along with its sister organization, the U.S. Digital Service, 18F is transforming government in new ways using a combination of cloud, mobile and agile services. 

Greg Godbout, Executive Director at 18F, and a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, helped start the organization and led the team responsible for its success. Next month, Godbout is stepping down from his role to take on new challenges at another government agency. The Smarter Planet blog caught up with him at a recent IBM-sponsored Government Executive federal cloud event to get his perspectives on the roles of cloud and innovation. Below are excerpts. Continue Reading »

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March 25th, 2015
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Ajay Royyuru

Ajay Royyuru, PhD and Director, Computational Biology Center at IBM Research

By Ajay Royyuru

A physician once told me that “your genes load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”

We were talking about how genetics play a role in the likelihood of a disease manifesting itself – and how the way we live also influences that likelihood. And it’s getting easier and faster for doctors and scientists to precisely understand which genes influence which diseases, and by how much.

This improved access and understanding of the genome, though, brings up challenges to the notion of ownership, consent, and privacy. Should a patient ask her siblings, parents and grandparents for permission to reveal genetic information? How much of a person’s genome should be tested, disclosed, or archived, per analysis? Continue Reading »

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March 24th, 2015
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Kirill Korniliev, General Manager, IBM East Europe/Asia (Russia & CIS)

Kirill Korniliev, General Manager, IBM East Europe/Asia (Russia & CIS)

By Kirill Korniliev

Financial institutions are beginning to fully grasp the banking habits of millennials and are rethinking their customer experience to better engage with a generation that uses their smartphones for everything – the first true digital natives.

Millennials do have financial needs, but their goals are altered by the cultural shifts of their generation – more social, more eco-sensitive, and maybe less focused on accumulating wealth.

Their goals include experiences and contributions as much or more than mortgages and financial planning. They haven’t had time for long standing financial relationships. And when it comes to technology, mobility and convenience, millennials have high expectations that financial institutions will need to fulfill if they hope to maintain relevance with this target market and capture a huge market opportunity.  Continue Reading »

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Robert-Jans Sips and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, head into the Gobi desert on their Russia-Central Asia trek to combat water problems.

Robert-Jans Sips and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, head into the Gobi desert on their Russia-Central Asia trek to combat water problems.

By Robert-Jan Sips

Last September, I left Amsterdam by car with friend and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, to embark on the Poseidon Project – a community effort to fight the root causes of regional water problems with Internet of Things, cloud and analytics technology.

The epic journey took us across Russia and Central Asia to some of the most climate-challenged regions in the world. By the end, we had clocked a grand total of 34,000 kilometers.

Of all the Central-Asian water concerns, one of the most visible is the decline of the Aral Sea, lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. As recently as 1960, this inland sea occupied the same amount of area as Ireland. But since that time, is has gradually dried out and in 2014, it almost disappeared completely. Continue Reading »

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Wayne Balta, VP, Environmental Affairs, IBM

Wayne Balta, VP, Environmental Affairs, IBM

By Wayne Balta

Today, IBM is participating in a White House roundtable on greenhouse gas reductions, which spotlights leadership by IBM and other large Federal suppliers who are committing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

IBM has long taken environmental sustainability seriously, and we have been making aggressive moves for 25 years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Today IBM is announcing new goals for the use of renewable energy and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions, this marks the company’s third generation goal.

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By Alistair Rennie

Leaders at a global food service company wanted to understand more precisely the types of people who visit their stores throughout a typical day. The goal: To spot hidden patterns that could help them market to specific customers more successfully.

With IBM’s help, they began incorporating Twitter streams into their analysis of loyalty-program data. The exercise quickly produced surprising insights. For instance, they learned that people with similar tastes in food and drinks tended to come in at specific times of day. One time-constrained  type of customer, for instance, visits the stores nearly every morning, purchases food and beverages to go, and even buys their lunch during their morning visit. Continue Reading »

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March 16th, 2015
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Florian, center, with ICE chefs Michael Laiskonis, left, and James Briscione, right

Florian, center, with ICE chefs Michael Laiskonis, left, and James Briscione, right

By Florian Pinel
Co-creator, Chef Watson

I love cookbooks. I must have 200 of them packed in a bookcase in my family’s apartment in East Harlem, N.Y. They’re from all over the world, in English, my native French, Russian, Hungarian and German. Soon there will be a new one: Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education.

This latest addition to my collection is a result of IBM’s successful collaboration with the Institute of Culinary Education to pair the recipe expertise of world-class chefs with the cognitive power of Watson to generate novel and tasty dishes.

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George Dannecker, CEO, Senet Inc.

George Dannecker, CEO, Senet Inc.

By George Dannecker

For years we’ve talked about how the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change our world, but the challenges have always been battery life, short distances, high costs and difficulty to deploy. But these challenges didn’t stop, Senet Inc, formerly known as EnerTrac, from building its own private long range and low cost IoT network four years ago.

You may ask, why build up our own? Well, the major telecom operators are focused on cell based networks, which is necessary to facilitate high data rate applications, but is too expensive and energy demanding for the types of IoT applications we had in mind.

So we decided to become America’s first Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. In a way, a NaaS really isn’t much different then a telecommunications operator, where we essentially rent out our wireless infrastructure to clients — the first ones coming from the heating industry, more specifically delivering oil and propane heating to residences and businesses. Continue Reading »

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By Carolyn Baird

The Millennial generation, which prioritizes transparency, relevancy and engagement from consumer brands, has had a profound impact on consumer marketing practices. But will this fast-growing group, which is rapidly ascending to leadership positions within their organizations do the same for business-to-business (B2B) marketing?

In a just-released report by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) on the power of Millennials, the study reveals that Millennials’ high expectations as consumers are indeed impacting their expectations for their B2B client experiences. Continue Reading »

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