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Myung J. Lee, Executive Director of Cities of Service, based in Manhattan

Myung J. Lee, Executive Director of Cities of Service, based in Manhattan

By Myung J. Lee

When you read about governments using data today it’s often about how they’re using things like analytics to help national concerns such as health care, or public safety issues, such as the NYPD’s CompStat program. But mayors are becoming some of the biggest consumers of data, and cities are using analytics in innovative ways that never before seemed possible.

That convergence of government services and data is one of the things being discussed this week at the ThinkForum in Manhattan, where IBM is engaging with leaders from around the world to talk about how analytics can help change cities, countries and industries.

SP Think ForumMayors are working with nonprofits, local agencies, and others to engage and empower their citizens to solve real problems in their communities — with data, and despite fewer resources than ever before. The real stories are inspiring, and the possibilities for replication are endless. Continue Reading »

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Jane Snowden, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal

Jane Snowdon, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal

By Jane Snowdon

One of the greatest, if not the greatest innovator of the 20th Century, Albert Einstein, once said, “You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” And today that next level, especially for the federal government, is cloud.

“It’s all about cloud.” We hear in meetings, presentations, email pitches, articles, etc. Aside from the trend, cloud in the federal government is fueled by three essential truths:

  • * Agencies are seeking a Cloud First approach in their new technology investments;
    * They need to do more with existing or fewer resources, and;
    * Government leaders have a desire to fulfill citizens’ needs that demand more social and mobile channels to engage.

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Jamie Thomas, General Manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Systems

Jamie Thomas, General Manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Systems

By Jamie Thomas

Advances in cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security are contributing to the constant generation and sharing of digital information to the tune of 2.5 billion gigabytes per day.

The data deluge is disrupting the enterprise from technologies to process and pressuring more organizations to make real-time decisions based on this new-found natural resource. As a result, it’s causing many to rethink how it moves, stores and retrieves that information. For a growing number of clients, the days of simply adding hard drives and computers at increasing data challenges are over.

Enter the era of “software defined” and in particular, software defined storage.

This category describes a set of software capabilities that automatically manages data locally and globally, rather than the hardware on which it runs. Through this approach, organizations can achieve breakthrough speeds in data access and dramatically improve data management. Continue Reading »

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Steven KennerBy Frances West

Designing for the user experience is an important component to the success of any app or technology, but it’s critical when creating those intended to help students with disabilities overcome physical barriers.

According to the NationalCenter for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), there are 2.4 million American public school students identified with a learning disability, representing the largest segment of students receiving special education services. Continue Reading »

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Kareem Yusuf, Vice President, Development, IBM Software Group

Kareem Yusuf, Vice President, Development, IBM Software Group

By Kareem Yusuf

How do we re-examine brand images in a world of digital interactions?

We have certainly reexamined social interactions in the digital age. Emoticons and abbreviated languages such as “LOL” have altered how we communicate and interact with each other.

But as individuals, consumers, clients and employees, we continue to want more from our brands. As brand stewards, public relations professionals, marketers and Chief Experience Officers, we are focused on what it takes to make the right experience count for our brand’s image.SP Ted a tIBM logo

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Jessica Singleton, Digital Director, City of New York

Jessica Singleton, Digital Director, City of New York

Today, the City of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled digital.NYC, the world’s first comprehensive, digital hub for New York City’s thriving tech community and startup ecosystem. Powered by IBM Cloud and built on Bluemix, IBM’s platform for cloud-based mobile and web development, digital.NYC is a testament to how advanced technologies such as cloud can help drive economic growth and innovation.

The Smarter Planet blog sat down with Jessica Singleton, digital director for the City of New York, to learn a little bit more about the creation of digital.NYC, as well as her opinion around how the platform will help to skyrocket NYC’s already flourishing tech scene. Continue Reading »

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Oded Margalit, Computer Scientist, IBM Research - Haifa

Oded Margalit, Computer Scientist, IBM Research – Haifa

By Oded Margalit

By day I’m a mathematician working in cyber security at IBM Research-Haifa. But in my “copious” spare time, I’m also the puzzle master for IBM’s Ponder This puzzle, a position I’ve enjoyed since 2009.

The original puzzle master, Don Coppersmith, started the monthly challenge in May 1998 as part of an IBM booklet named Changing the World that challenged inventors to ponder a geometric puzzle when they were stuck on a problem at work.

Solving “Ponder This” puzzles is about being a part of a community of people curious about how to solve problems. Our “solvers” have backgrounds ranging from vice presidents of corporations to PhD students, analysts, post docs, and even my fellow IBM researchers. Some are also high school students and their teachers or parents. Some columnists and research institutes also link to our puzzles (like page 15 of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute publication.) Continue Reading »

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Members of The Nature Conservancy and IBM Corporate Services Corps in Belem, Brazil, for a joint project to slow the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

By Steve Hamm

A few months ago, when we began planning the IBM Corporate Service Corps engagement with The Nature Conservancy in the Amazon, the prospect of crowdsourcing solutions to deforestation was just the germ of an idea. Today, it’s a reality—and perhaps the start of something bigger.

The purpose of this pop-up Web site was to engage people in helping to preserve the rainforest. We threw a wide net, appealing to IBM’s global workforce, TNC’s staff and, really, anybody who was willing to pitch in with ideas. Tweet to #HelpCSCBrazil Continue Reading »

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Tommy Petrogiannis, CEO, Silanis

Tommy Petrogiannis, CEO, Silanis

By Tommy Petrogiannis

As businesses increasingly move more customer transactions to a completely electronic environment, cloud and document security continue to be top concerns for organizations evaluating e-signature solutions.

In fact, many organizations looking to adopt e-signatures are looking for assurance that the vendors they work with meet the necessary security requirements to keep their customer data safe and secure.

This year, we set a precedent as the first cloud-based e-signature solution to complete a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 attestation. SOC 2 was introduced in 2011 and is recognized as a stringent audit program for service organizations to attest to the security of a system. While other attestations such as SSAE 16/SOC 1 focus on controls over financial reporting, SOC 2 focuses on technology and the processes behind the security of the service. Continue Reading »

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Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Master Inventor, IBM

Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Master Inventor, IBM

By Lisa Seacat DeLuca

Patents are the proof of unique ideas, even if the everyday use of those ideas aren’t realized until well into the future.

For example, I have more than 150 patents in my name but many of them have not yet been productized. That’s fine, though, because all innovations start with a spark of an idea. Capturing those sparks is what’s critical to the process.

SP IBM TED logoThese days I get to work on the open source software project, Apache Cordova, as a committer, or a trusted member who can add to and/or approve the code that others submit. The growing adoption of open software development is allowing more and more developers inside and outside of organizations to share code and build off that code to create new things, especially in the realms of mobile and cloud computing.   Continue Reading »

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