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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” – Sherlock Holmes
As part of my job with the IBM Center for Applied Insights, I often spend hours on end –days even – with my head deep in data. I like to call it “data spelunking” – like a miner deep in underground caves, I explore, perform repeated analyses, and chisel away until data sets reveal their precious gems. The latest study undertaken by my team, The 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends Study, offered no end of data to examine. We surveyed over 1400 global IT and business leaders to uncover adoption and investment trends in cloud, analytics, mobile, and social. But it’s the deeper findings relating to big data and analytics that I find the most exciting.
We all know that dreaded sight when you return from vacation: the imminent swelling number of emails in your inbox. Now imagine 6 months of unread emails. I was fortunate to have the support of my IBM team to take a leave of absence to pursue an opportunity as a volunteer consultant for an NGO called TechnoServe in Tanzania. Yet in the midst of the 1000+ emails, there was one email that caught my eye and energized my spirit. The subject read Learn about IBM in Africa and highlighted IBM’s strategic focus in Africa in 2014.
“Initiate something that no one expects you to do and really try.” – Jon Iwata, IBM Sr VP, Marketing and Communications
Leslieanne John, P-TECH student and IBM CAI intern, is conducting a series of executive interview posts exploring topics such as the technical skills necessary for business today and preparing students for the future. She’ll also be looking into technical skills gaps and how technology integrates with education. Her third interview was with Jon Iwata, IBM Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications.
(All graphics courtesy of IBM Ecosystem Development)
Learn more about IBM Business Tech Trends
Watch the webcast (replay available until Nov 19, 2014)
–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Social Media Strategist, IBM Center for Applied Insights