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Creating a culture of participation at IBM - along with travel, Chicago, and more

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My next chapter

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500

February 9, 2018: I'm leaving IBM at the end of next week. I'll have more to say on LinkedIn etc about my next chapter, later this month. But here's a thank you and a look back: I dreamed of being an IBM executive. A seed was planted during a family vacation at age 12, where I met an IBMer who ha ...

IBM Verse for IBMers, target achieved, finish line in sight at Connect 2016

Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:50:00 -0500

It has only been eight months since we announced the rollout of IBM Verse inside IBM. In that time we have exceeded our initial target - over 416,000 mailboxes were moved to IBM Verse and cloud email in 2015. About 40,000 IBMers remain in queue. We expect to complete that group in January, 2016. Whi ...

Verse and social at IBM, now at 150K users...MWLUG update

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:39:58 -0500

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the MWLUG event in Atlanta. It was a very well-run event and a great opportunity to catch up with some friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, I was slotted in a Friday morning time up against some very popular topics (looking at you, Tony Holder!), and onl ...

20,000 IBMers using IBM Verse in production

Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:30:00 +1100

About three months ago, my role within the IBM organization morphed from being focused on driving social business adoption internally, to an IT leadership role where I now also own the responsibility to deploy the social business platform. In our case, we are well underway with a major initiative to ...

IBM ConnectED 2015 recap and recollection

Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:08:19 -0500

I just returned from my 19th IBM-related January trip to Orlando in the last 20 years. Was this trip to IBM ConnectED 2015 the last one? I don't know. I'm no longer in the product organization connected to the event; this year, now that I report to the IBM CIO office, I was more client than vendor. ...

IBM Verse: A New Way to Work

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:11:10 +0200

Today in New York, IBM is launching A New Way To Work, featuring IBM Verse, the next generation of enterprise email. The announcement of IBM Verse is the culmination of a significant amount of IBM research, design, and client and marketplace understanding that answers the question - what if we cou ...

IBM ConnectED 2015: My session on IBM social adoption

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:38:12 -0500

It wouldn't be January without Orlando, the WDW Swan Hotel, and hundreds of my favorite geeks all in one place. IBM ConnectED 2015 will take place January 25 to 28 in Orlando at the WDW Swan. This is a more-technical conference than it has been in the recent past; an opportunity to refocus on pract ...

Trip report: TED@IBM

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:48:00 -0500

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the first-ever TED@IBM event at the San Francisco SF JAZZ center. I've watched a few TED talks, but it's far different being there in person with those big red TED letters sitting on the stage. About 500 people attended, a mix of IBM clients, partners, indu ...

ICON UK 2014: IBM’s Social Business Transformation

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:45:00 -0500

It has been a busy three months since my new position as Vice President, IBM Social Business Transformation was announced. Immediately after starting my new role, I left for Taiwan for a three-week assignment on an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge project team. The philanthropic experience was everythin ...

New role: Social Business Transformation at IBM

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:27:38 -0400

Earlier today, it was announced internally at IBM that I have taken on a new role. I am moving into our corporate organization as Vice President, Social Business Transformation. In this position, my team and I are responsible for advancing IBM's maturity as a social business, and continuing the deve ...

Time running out to enter the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:20:51 -0500

In my last blog entry, I covered the announcement of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. The Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is designed to catalyze mobile developers to explore the opportunity around mobile cognitive computing - bringing the power of Watson to a smartphone or other mobile ...

The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:04:20 -0400

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty delivered the Wednesday keynote last week at Mobile World Congress. The speech was wide-ranging and covered a number of key thoughts around data, cloud, and engagement as the three major trends in enterprise technology that will change the way we work. At the conclusion of her ...

Today at Mobile World Congress and Pulse, IBM has announced "Codename: Bluemix"

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:30:00 +0200

Today is a busy day for IBM MobileFirst. We started the day here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, a conference with 80,000 attendees from all over the world. IBM's presence at Mobile World Congress (#IBMMWC) starts with a magnificent trade show booth, continues with hundreds of meetings, acc ...

IBM Connect 2014: IBM MobileFirst report

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:54:51 -0400

I'm on my way home from my 18th trip to Orlando in January, leaving behind friends and memories from IBM Connect 2014. This was my first time at the event outside of the brand/division running it, and it definitely felt a little bit different. I didn't know what was being announced or previewed in t ...

IBM Connect 2014, PartnerWorld Leadership Conference, Mobile World Congress

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:31:10 -0500

What a difference a year makes. It's just over a week away from the start of IBM Connect 2014. Though this will be my 18th time in Orlando in January, my agenda is a bit different this time. My friend David Marshak and I are presenting SB303: The Mobile Enterprise: Business In Motion with IBM Mobil ...