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Eric Lesser, Research Director, Institute for Business Value, IBM

By Bruce Fern and Eric Lesser

While in recent years many companies have strengthened their analytics capabilities in areas such as marketing, supply chain and finance, far fewer have become adept in applying analytics to unravel elusive workforce dynamics such as turnover, employee engagement and productivity.

In fact, less than 20 percent of organizations report being able to apply predictive analytics to address important people issues. However, an increasing number of executives are realizing the power of talent analytics and its ability to challenge conventional wisdom, influence behavior, guide decision-making and, ultimately, impact business outcomes.

A new IBM Institute for Business Value study, Unlock the People Equation: Using Workforce Analytics to Drive Business Results, captured the insights of more than 40 executives with responsibility for workforce analytics in 15 industries. Continue Reading »

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October 23rd, 2014

SP Garage 1 2014By Steve Robinson 

Today marks the official opening of our first ever Bluemix Garage, a place where developers, product managers and designers from the smallest startups to the largest companies can congregate, network and collaborate to build the cloud applications that will change how we live, work and interact with technology.

For the past few months, we’ve been working on pulling in our best resources, consultants and technologies to build out our Bluemix Garage, which is located in Galvanize, a launch pad for San Francisco’s thriving startup community. Continue Reading »

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Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group

Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group

By Meghan M. Biro

The way we work isn’t working.

Or at the very least, today’s workforce dynamics are evolving faster than most organizations can manage. We’re more likely to find a new job using social media, our mobile devices are rarely more than an arm’s reach away, and we want greater flexibility in our work environment. At the same time, the emergence of new technologies and workforce science is giving HR leaders access to tools and insight they never had before but a new IBM study revealed only 20 percent feel successful managing change.

The challenge for many is to better understand employees as unique individuals while also managing the transformational change required to unlock innovation and transform the workforce. Daniel Pink’s TED Talk, “The Puzzle of Motivation” and Simon Sinek’s TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” help address this challenge by focusing on the autonomy, mastery and purpose in motivating people to action. As Sinek says, “Don’t just hire people who need a job — hire people who believe what you believe.” Continue Reading »

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Kim Stephens, Co-author, Your Journey to Executive: Insights from IBM Women Executives; Diversity and Inclusion, IBM

Kim Stephens, Co-author, Your Journey to Executive: Insights from IBM Women Executives; Diversity and Inclusion, IBM

By Kim Stephens

It is no longer enough to recognize the value of women in the workplace, or even to encourage growth. To meet business objectives in the future, organizations of all sizes need to create an environment where women can thrive and build careers, where they have opportunities to stretch their skills and take on visible roles, and where they are encouraged to integrate work and life in a way that works for them.

We need to reach out to women early or mid-career to learn more about potential inhibitors and career development needs and desires. This is how we ensure we build a diverse leadership pipeline for the future. Continue Reading »

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Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President IBM Systems and Technology Group

Tom Rosamilia, Senior VP
IBM Systems and Technology Group

By Tom Rosamilia

Cloud computing offers businesses and individuals another way to do important work — on computers that they don’t always own or manage. The cloud transforms computing into a utility, like electricity or water. It’s all about speed and convenience.

Many organizations are operating large cloud data centers packed with hundreds of thousands of server computers, and their technologists are looking for ways to differentiate their services from their competitors while reducing complexity.  Today, many of them use technologies that originated in the personal computing era to power their data centers. It’s a one-size-fits-all approach that’s out of sync with the demands of the cloud era.  In addition, these organizations still face critical issues like system utilization and management complexity.  The ideal approach is a “lights out” model and technologies that support that model.

In an effort to progress cloud computing, IBM is announcing, today, the OpenPOWER Consortium – a new initiative aimed at expanding the technology choices available to modern IT developers. This is a big step for us—and for the tech industry. We hope it will usher in a new wave of innovation that will deliver great benefits to businesses and other users of cloud services. Continue Reading »

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Jeff Saperstein, Professor of Marketing, Hult International Business School

Jeff Saperstein, Professor of Marketing, Hult International Business School

By Jeff Saperstein & Hunter Hastings

Higher education has a well recognized crisis: the gap between what is taught in business schools and what is expected by managers in high growth industries of their incoming employees.

It is a chasm that leads to unemployment, underemployment, and disengagement for the Millennial workforce, and frustration for enterprises who cannot find and retain qualified employees for jobs unfilled.

Hunter Hastings, Professor of Marketing, Hult International Business School

Hunter Hastings, Professor of Marketing, Hult International Business School

Higher Education institutions tend to resist innovation. They are risk-averse, while being overly concerned with maintaining tradition. Frankly, it is easier for departments and professors to keep doing what they have been doing in prescriptive, conventional methods rather than find new ways to deliver education as a service in innovative and effective ways.

The disruptive solution is to engage students in active learning by applying the latest business research and enterprise architecture models to real business challenges. As a result of incorporating the use of social business, big data, mobility and cloud computing into the curriculum students leave prepared with the skills they’ll immediately use to service customers and collaborate with colleagues and partners in today’s global and digital economy.

This is exactly what Hult International Business School and IBM have partnered to do. Continue Reading »

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John Hearne, Head of IBM Cúram Solutions, IBM Software Group

John Hearne, Head of IBM Cúram Solutions, IBM Software Group

By John Hearne

I recently read a story about an elderly woman with a heart condition. She lives in a building without air conditioning and there was concern that a hot and humid day in July could easily put her health at risk and possibly lead to a costly ER visit.

As the story pointed out, the reality is that a few hundred dollars for an air conditioner could solve the problem before it ever happened.

Of course, to case workers at social services agencies around the world, the difficulty of identifying interventions before situations become critical is not news.

In a perfect system, an individual’s health needs would be understood not only medically, but also in the context of their lifestyle, living environment, family conditions and other social factors. Making this information readily available to health and case workers would help them spend more time in the field where they are needed the most. Continue Reading »

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Bob Sutor

Bob Sutor, Vice President of Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences, IBM Research

By Bob Sutor

Businesses are going social inside their firewalls. Whether buying a third party tool, or building their own, they’re sold on the idea that giving employees a way to share their knowledge will improve everything from morale to productivity.

The McKinsey Global Institute reported that these social tools can lead to a 25 percent increase in employee productivity. But what is the employer learning? How can it listen in and find ways to improve its processes and strategies?

All these social tools, including the return of the humble survey, create data that needs analysis. The volume of data might be more than the management staff can handle and make sense of by simply reading it. Continue Reading »

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Graham Kittle, Leader, Business Analytics, IBM

Graham Kittle, Leader, Business Analytics, IBM

By Graham Kittle

Today as more and more companies embrace Social Business they are quickly learning that social networks are more than the new water cooler where people congregate to talk about their weekend, share pictures of the kids and reviews of movies. These networks have the potential to be something far more powerful, a business’s new “production line” that is based around knowledge. However, instead of turning steel into aeroplanes we are turning ideas into innovation.

This picture of employees lined up on a production line, working together to develop the next great idea came to mind when I was reading a post by my colleague Jonathan Ferrar. The article, titled “The Hunt for Talent: How Social and Analytics are Reinventing the Art of HR” focuses on the never ending search to find the best of what looks to be a shrinking pool of talent.

As Jonathan states in the article, success today requires human resource leaders to trade in some outdated hiring practices in favor of new social business capabilities that have the power to quickly and easily identify the right people for the right jobs at precisely the right time to create the 21st Century Workforce.  Continue Reading »

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Ben Goldhirsh, CEO, GOOD

By Ben Goldhirsh

Cloud computing is the new mantra for small businesses looking to go green.

That’s important because IT’s carbon footprint has been expanding. Between 2011 and 2020, carbon emissions for worldwide information communication technology (ICT) equipment and services are expected to double from 2 percent to 4 percent of total emissions, according to market research firm Verdantix.

Becoming a green business means more than just eliminating paper. It is about eliminating waste and reducing energy consumption. One easy step towards “going green” and significantly decreasing your carbon footprint is to eliminate or reduce energy-consuming on-premises equipment and move your IT to the cloud. Continue Reading »

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