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Five reasons to thank your Chief Data Officer

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thankful for cdoFor those of you fortunate enough to have a Chief Data Officer (CDO) in your organization – whether pegged with that formal title or operating under a similar pseudonym – it’s time to give thanks.  Data has become a new natural resource for enterprises. And businesses that can effectively architect, analyze and act on it are finding new ways to compete. Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings from the cloud – IT Director Postcard #CloudBound Quote

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To:  Organizations that outsource, Greetings from the cloud from a Director of Finance & IT Operations

As part of a #MondayMotivation series, we will be sharing one postcard quote per week from the IBM Cloud bound study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents sharing advice for companies that outsource and are incorporating cloud into their IT mix.

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IoT (Internet of Things) will go nowhere without cloud computing and big data analytics

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This is part of Bill’s series of posts on the Internet of Things (IoT) topic

In my last post on this topic, I discussed how advances in connectivity and networks and in sensor and microprocessor design are helping to make the future of the Internet of Things a reality. In this post, I’ll cover two other important technology trends that are enabling the Internet of Things: cloud computing and big data/analytics.

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[Infographic] Confident and Careful in the Cloud

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Early insights from the 2014 CISO Assessment by the IBM Center for Applied Insights.

Confident and Careful: CISOs are building their cloud security strategy with confidence
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[Datagram] How to make IT decisions #IBMBTT

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Leading companies are 2.5x more likely to engage start-ups for their IT decisions.

As part of a #TechTuesday series, we will be sharing one datagram per week from the IBM Business Tech Trends study.  These are actual data facts from the study.  And how do YOU make IT decisions?

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[QUOTES] Greetings from the cloud – CIO Postcard #CloudBound

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To:  Organizations that outsource, Greetings from the cloud from a CIO

As part of a #MondayMotivation series, we will be sharing one postcard quote per week from the IBM Cloud bound study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents sharing advice for companies that outsource and are incorporating cloud into their IT mix.

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Excellence Is Never an Accident: Building a Smarter Workforce [IBM Social Business post]

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Every summer I work with my neighbors gearing up for our neighborhood charity event BCC Rally for the Cure benefiting the Susan G Komen foundation. My neighborhood started this 10 years ago with one event – a women’s golf outing – and now it spans seven major events over the course of a week. As the BCC Rally expanded so did our need for great workers. We needed workers who could be brought on board and trained quickly to assist with various functions. We wanted to make this so much fun that people would want to come back year after year. These workers felt a sense of purpose and community and more important they felt a sense of worth.  Companies today are facing these same struggles. How do they train and protect their workforce? How do they ensure these workers do a good job and feel like they are contributing? Read the rest of this entry »

[Memes] Cloud Computing Cartoon Quotes #IBMBTT

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–See the #IBMBTTCartoon tag to download the individual cartoons and their PDF versions

IBM Executive Interview, Mike Rhodin [Biz Leader Latte]

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Mike Rhodin, Sr VP, IBM Watson Group (Image credit: IBM)

“Watson can achieve in nine minutes what it would take 30 doctors a month to do…we’re actually revolutionizing entire industries and professions with Watson” – Mike Rhodin, Sr VP, IBM Watson Group

Leslieanne John, P-TECH student and IBM CAI intern, conducted a series of executive interview posts exploring topics such as the technical skills necessary for business today and preparing students for the future.  She also looked into technical skills gaps and how technology integrates with education.  Her fourth interview was with Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson Group.

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It’s not what you know, it’s what you share [IBM Social Business post]

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SB_Ill_CollaborationIBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty has often said, “in a social enterprise, your value will not be what you know; it will be what you share.”  In an atmosphere where your value is defined by your ability to share your expertise rather than safeguard it, collaboration is crucial. In our recent Center for Applied Insights study, Charting the social universe, we learned that organizations don’t become ‘social businesses’ overnight. They tend to adopt groups of capabilities together, to achieve a particular business goal. One of these five groups, or “social ambitions”, was to drive internal and external collaboration.  Read more to learn some additional insights about organizations focused on collaboration.

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