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Sumit Gupta, GM, Tesla Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA

Sumit Gupta, GM, Tesla Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA

By Sumit Gupta

Last week, while on a road trip to southern California with my family, I had one of those moments that parents treasure. I impressed my kids with what I do for a living.

They wanted to know what song was playing on the radio, so I ran the song through the Shazam music app on my phone. I proudly told my kids that Shazam uses a type of high-performance computer processor from my group at NVIDIA to rapidly search and identify songs from its 27-million track database. That lightning-quick computing task took place in a far-off data center in the cloud, but, for the kids, it seemed like magic happening in the palm of my hand. “Cool, dad!”

The moment was especially thrilling for me because I foresee an explosion of innovation taking place in cloud data centers. One of the forces fueling this phenomenon is an initiative called the OpenPOWER Foundation.

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Jack Cochran, MD, Executive Director of The Permanente Federation

Jack Cochran, MD, Executive Director of The Permanente Federation

By Jack Cochran, MD

In today’s health care field, technology has enabled the unprecedented ability to gather and share information and support physicians in ways that could only be imagined in recent decades. Electronic health records, smart phones, and intelligence like IBM’s Watson are accelerating the rate of information sharing and redefining the “office visit” for patients and physicians alike.

This powerful shift has taken us from the Industrial Age to the Information Age where our questions have evolved from, “How often should you see a patient?” to “What’s the best way to monitor a condition?” and, “How can we encourage patients to follow prevention protocols?” to, “How can we create systems that increase preventative outcomes?” Continue Reading »

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sp earth day 2014By Richard Dicks

Businesses today are stepping up their investments in exciting technologies such as mobile, cloud, big data and social. In fact, over the next three years, cloud’s strategic importance to business users is expected to double from 34 percent to 72 percent, even surpassing their IT counterparts at 58 percent. *

As companies execute on these strategies, what becomes of the existing IT equipment? In a number of cases this equipment has value – value that may also help fund these transformational projects.

So, what’s the right approach? Getting the greatest value from your used IT and ensuring that equipment that can’t be reused is recycled in a responsible way requires the right IT asset recovery provider. Continue Reading »

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Kent Deverell, CEO, Fluid Inc.

Kent Deverell, CEO, Fluid Inc.

By Kent Deverell

After a long, cold winter, spring is finally arriving – meaning shoppers will be out in full force looking for the latest in warm weather fashions.

As consumers begin the process of researching these products, they’ll be looking for the most complete, immediately available source of information. So it’s very likely their visits to a retailer’s store will segue into visits online. Of course, retailers want that brick and mortar experience to transition to their websites; close the loop, make the sale.

But, consumers’ online shopping experiences don’t always compare to what they’ve come to expect when entering a retail store. Online, is there a helpful rep to guide consumers to the right products, based on asking the right questions and taking into account your unique needs? Continue Reading »

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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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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. Continue Reading »

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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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