Posts Tagged 'ibm'

Talking Innovation and Technology /w IBM Research

Just returned from a very unique gathering, held by IBM HRL (Haifa Research Labs) and IBM GTU (Global Technology Unit). The 2 divisions teamed up and invited local bloggers (~25) to an evening of technology and innovation, coupled with food & wine of course. The purpose of the event was to expose some of the work HRL researchers are doing at the various locations in Israel and what applications and services have been deployed internally, towards a future IBM Product or Service.

Coming from Big Blue I was no stranger to the innovative thinking and the endless possibilities HRL researchers posses. No wonder IBM invests $6B annually in R&D. The presentations were more like short pitches, 10-15min each, covering 3 topics:

  • Do smarter people make smarter search engines?
  • Is it all about context?
  • Shouldn’t non-techies be able to create online applications?

The crowd was very involved in the pitch, questioning possible applications and services, how metadata is gathered and filtered, and more. As a research facility, HRL are quite lucky to have a testing population of some 350,000 employees – which definitely helps shorten development cycles.Obviously I felt a strong connection to the 1st topic, being an advocate for corporate collaboration and knowledge management (E2.0). I think my 1,000+ social bookmarks are still part of IBM’s internal knowledge base (Dogear), available at the company’s intranet (w3).

In short, great event, interesting discussions and awesome people to brainstorm with.

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Nokia Launches the E72

Nokia released a successor to the highly recommended E71 business phone – the E72. On top of sporting a slightly different look, with the ‘Intuitive Optical Navi Key’ (navigation button/mouse), the biggest improvements for me are the new 5MP camera and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Until now I was somewhat discouraged to upgrade my N95 to the E71 because of those 2 features – I love my N95 camera, and with 30fps it puts out above average video as well. With the new 5MP camera onboard the E72 (although only 15fps in video), I feel ready for the upgrade, and won’t have to carry the ac adaptor with me (because the battery life of the N95 is very poor). On the business-end, I’m thrilled to see Lotus Notes Traveler pre-installed, the first mobile phone to offer this application.

So, Cellcom – whenever you plan on bringing the E72, give me a call and we’ll talk.

I just hope Nokia remembered to fix the alarm clock snooze problem

Nokia Announcement
Nokia E72 (Europe)
Ed Brill
Nokia E72 review (Hebrew)

Corporate Identity Management on Facebook

I read the following deck from Joshua Scribner over at Luis Suarez, and although it refers to IBMers, the general idea can be adopted to any employee considering opening a facebook profile and has some privacy concerns.

Luis and Joshua are the top 2 BlueIQ ambassadors, an internal IBM program that aims at helping IBMers understand and reap the benefits of social media – internally and externally. Before leaving IBM I was such an ambassador, preaching the social word locally and working with colleagues around the globe. Now others are following in my footsteps.

If you or your company are looking at the business benefits of social networks such as facebook, evaluating ROI/ROV of such solutions but want to be on top in terms of privacy and preserving the corporate identity, Joshua’s deck is your answer. And thanks again to Josh for sharing this publicly.

Caving under the questions with 1938media

My BFF Ezra Butler videotaped this video, and it’s a good thing I’m leaving IBM, or I’ll have to answer to my bosses… 😉 Ezra came to IBM Israel for the Innovation Forum held last Thursday, and we managed to sqeeze this short interview before the event started.

Ezra is the new dude of 1938media in Israel and Europe and I wish him all the best.

Talking about IBM Social Media with SeoVice

TheMarker Com.Vention was an excellent event for business networking, and as a result I have some 20 new twitter followers, not to mention facebook and LinkedIn invitations.

Out on the grass, before the group picture, Oren Todoros (SeoVice) caught me for a 3min video, talking about social media adoption, why should any business consider deploying such a solution and the most important question of all – where’s the ROI? Head over to SeoVice for his full post.

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