With IBM’s annual THINK Conference now behind us, I’m remembering the people who drive the innovation and disruption we showcase there — the product of collective collaboration, individual leadership, and ideation from IBMers and other thinkers around the world. A perfect example within IBM Data and AI is Serge Bourbonnais, STSM, Database Replication, who has spent over three decades pushing teams to modernize the replication space.Read More
Every spring, IBM hosts our enormous Think Conference with days of lightning sessions, labs, workshops, presentations, and predictions from some of the smartest people in the world. Every year I come away amazed by what our customers are conceiving and achieving and by the role that we at IBM are able to play.
Watch my latest keynote from IBM Think 2019: Modernizing Your Data Estates for an AI and Multicloud World, where I talk about the path to data estate modernization, with David Bernert, VP Enterprise Architecture, Boeing.
Having grown up in India, in a culture that prized adherence to a rigid path over individual freedom, I felt for a long time the opposite was true, that being free to write my own rules would lead to the best life. Time gave me a new perspective, as well as two small, boisterous sons. I’ve learned to appreciate the tension between the measured approach I was raised with and the free-spirited West.Read More
The more we work in a focused way, the more connections we build between ideas, and the better we are at making progress. But making connections isn’t just a model of expertise. It’s a model for a life well-lived. The longer we live and work in one place and the more effort we put into our communities, the stronger and richer our connections to community become.Read More
For many of us who’ve been at IBM a while, the culture goes deep. It’s a culture of intelligence, respect, professionalism, and inclusion. And as an outgrowth of those things, it’s also a culture of generosity and altruism. Srini Bhagavanhas spent over 20 years at IBM, absorbing that culture. I like to think it’s part of why he’s now pursuing a PhD in computer science and bioinformatics, with the deliberate aim of saving lives.Read More
Most of us strive to be life-long learners, but what does that mean in practice? For some, it means going deeper and deeper into our chosen field, refining our expertise in chemistry, carpentry, or cognitive science. For others, it means always exploring in new directions.Read More
One of the great pleasures of connecting with our team is hearing about the endeavors and ideas people explore when they’re not at work. With Peter Plachta, that was a special treat. Peter’s interests range across physics, rock climbing, behavioral psychology, and the leadership that makes teams successful — at IBM and elsewhere.Read More
As life moves forward day by day, sometimes it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come — personally, professionally, or both. Consider Simao Liu who came from Beijing to San Francisco just seven years ago for a master’s program in computer science. In her second year, she joined IBM as a QA intern and has spent the last six years making remarkable progress through the organization.Read More
I love my trips to IBM’s Krakow Lab. The city’s Old Town is alive with music pouring out of cathedrals, students strolling the Main Square in the evenings, and rowing teams slicing through the Wisla River at dawn — all watched over by a 14thc. castle on Wawell Hill.Read More
There’s no one path to IBM, and no one path to becoming a designer. Whenever I travel to our labs and studios around the world, I meet employees who arrived at IBM from wildly unconventional backgrounds, using their unique pasts to inform the work they do every day. That’s been the case for Reena Ganga, a designer based out of SVL’s Design Studio, who spent the ten years before IBM working as a journalist and news anchor on Australian television. Over time, her impressive curiosity led her to the design field and a career at IBM.Read More
A few months ago, I was talking with the CTO of a major bank about machine learning. At one point he shook his head ruefully and said, “Dinesh, it only took me 3 weeks to develop a model. It’s been 11 months, and we still haven’t deployed it.”Read More
Db2 for z/OS is one the most business-critical products in the IBM portfolio and remains core to many transaction processing, advanced analytics, and machine learning initiatives.
Looking back…Read More
Imagine being able to arrive at your destination as much as 200 times quicker or being able to complete your most important tasks as much as 200 times faster than normal. That would be pretty impressive. What if you could get answers to your analytics queries that many times faster and run your machine learning algorithms with maximum efficiencies on your data by simply plugging in a pre-configured and pre-optimized system to your infrastructure? That’s what the IBM Integrated Analytics Systems (IIAS) is designed to do.Read More
I originally started the “You in the Private Cloud” series as a way to introduce our talented team to each other across our many geographies. I knew it was important for us to know each other as more than email addresses or voices during meetings.
But I didn’t realize at the time that it would become one of the favorite parts of my job. I truly love settling in for great conversations with the terrific people working on IBM Analytics offerings across the globe.Read More
As much as I love meeting long-time IBMers and hearing their perspective on our evolution over the years, it’s a special pleasure to visit with our newer team members and to hear their visions for IBM’s future. You’ll remember my conversations with Martyna Kuhlmann, Ketki Purandare, and Phu Truong.Read More
All tech companies draw international talent, but arguably none more so than IBM. Our Analytics Development team alone has labs in Canada, Germany, India, Japan, China, and the US. It’s fascinating for me to hear first-hand the different paths you took to IBM; we are richer for your talent and for the different ways of thinking and for being you and what bring to the team. From Martyna, I learned what it’s like to live in a tiny village in Poland, steeped in the intimacy of village life and in Poland’s tradition of excellence in mathematics.Read More
What a pleasure it was to meet Sebastian! He was recommended to me as a technical whiz with Python™ skills par excellence, but he impressed me just as much with his infectious, happy energy, his thinking on the advancement of society and technology, and how he chooses to spend his time sharing his passion for electronics and software with children and adults at his local community center.Read More
My most recent in-flight reading was Thank You for Being Late. In it, Thomas Friedman says risk of AI isn’t that it’s going to take over humanity, HAL-like, but that we as humans could become so entranced by technology that we’ll neglect to teach it human values. It’s not machines v. humans or technology v. creativity. The more technology develops, the greater the opportunity to add to it our kindness, our fairness, and our creativity.Read More
With many of the top banks, retailers, and insurance organizations using IBM® z Systems® , combined with tried and tested virtualization capabilities, EAL5+ security rating and the ability to handle billions of transactions a day, the platform becomes attractive as a private cloud for running advanced analytics as well as cloud managed services.Read More