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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
These 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 »
By Gerhard Pfau
How would you reinvent product design on a global scale?
If you’re a 103-year-old company like IBM, which does business in over 170 countries around the world, this is no small task.
Adam Cutler, IBM Design Studio Director, explored this very topic in his post on this blog, “Building an Environment for Innovative Design,” where he showcased the opening of IBM’s design studio in Austin, Texas, last year.
At that lab, design practitioners tap into the expertise of IBM design thinking through an educational program we call Designcamp. But it’s a relatively small program, and if we were to send every IBMer to Austin for Designcamp, it would take decades. Continue Reading »
By Maria Winans
We are living through what author Thomas Friedman has called a “Gutenberg-scale” moment, a technology-driven inflection point in history akin to the invention of moveable type. The pace of change today is dizzying – watch a TV show from just a decade ago and the technology seems quaint – but the impact on our world is even more so. And we’re just getting started.
We can’t literally see into the future, but we can imagine it, and in imaging it, we can take action to try to make our ideal future a reality. This is what separates our era from the past: our ability to reshape our world as it evolves. That ability will continue to grow – many of the technologies we are developing now will allow us to dream up even greater, more potent solutions to problems. As much as the world has changed, we are on the cusp of even bigger transformations. Continue Reading »
By Prashant Pradhan
India is a dynamic nation of extreme contrasts. As the second most populated country in the world, Indian cities are facing unprecedented growth in population due to rapid urbanization. Imagine this, every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave rural India to settle in urban areas.
At this pace, 350 million Indians will move to cities by 2030. The accelerated pace of urbanization in Indian cities is evident and the time to plan for this mass migration is now. Continue Reading »
Cancer is a formidable foe. Oncologists have long known that cancers arising in different body organs, or in the same organ in different patients, progress and respond differently to treatment. Profiling the alterations in molecular signaling (information) pathways responsible for these differences is revealing additional complexity with major implications for how cancer is diagnosed and treated.
Cancers can no longer be described based simply on site of origin. Rather, cancers occurring in the same organ are now known to comprise multiple cancer subtypes distinguished by distinct patterns of altered molecular signaling pathways. Continue Reading »
By Alistair Rennie
Just as programmable computing changed the human landscape over the past 60 years, IBM is defining a new era of computing that will dramatically transform the way people live, work and learn.
Organizations across industries can now capture and make sense of growing data volumes in real time while enabling more employees to make better and faster decisions anywhere, anytime. Continue Reading »
Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education system is in dire need of innovation. Education transformation is a journey that requires an evolution to more sophisticated technologies. It won’t take the latest gadget or app. Instead, it is time to harness a series of tools and solutions that focus on the learner’s needs.
The truth is that students learn differently today than they have in the past. They thrive in environments where they have the ability to use learning tools and resources that fit into their media-rich lives. And with this media-rich world evolving rapidly, the education industry should be a shepherd, not a diverging participant. Continue Reading »