Making connections at IBM Connect 2016

In a few short days, I’ll be taking part in my first IBM Connect event, IBM’s annual social business conference and expo that attracts business partners, clients, exhibitors, IBMers and more. It’s my first public outing, as it were, since I joined IBM at the beginning of January. And what an event to be part of! IBM Connect 2016 takes place in Orlando, Florida, from January 31 to February 3 – four days of experiences to listen, learn, discuss and…

Drone racing: the next big participatory spectator sport?

  It’s utterly nuts but, wow, what fun! Imagine the virtual participations, immersive spectating via the net, seeing the race through the lens of the drone’s video camera stream. Well, it’s coming to a venue in the USA soon. Check this out: Is drone racing the sport of the future?Welcome to the multimillion-dollar Drone Racing League. It feels like pod racing from Star Wars, but could very well become the first sport of the 21st century. Posted by Quartz on…

Still waiting for the smartwatch tipping point

If I left my smartwatch at home one day, I wouldn’t drive back to get it, says Walt Mossberg in his weekly column in Re/code. It’s a statement that I’m sure would be reflected by many smartwatch owners, me included. Why? Because all the things that current smartwatches can do – messages from Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, for instance; or monitoring your heart rate and how many steps you’ve done today; perhaps streaming music from your phone; taking and making…

Open is better than closed

Who can predict what will happen in today’s fast-moving world, asks CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. […] I don’t know where all this goes but in periods like it, open systems like America’s will do better than closed ones. The US often looks like a dysfunctional country because all its problems are on display and debated daily. Everthing – economic strategy, monetary policy, homeland security, police practices, infrastructure – is out there, open for constant criticism. But this transparency means that people…

The journey of Convergence

Recently, I wrote about email as one of the elements in transforming an organization into a social, collaborative enterprise. A classic example is the role Atos’ zero-email program plays in such an exercise. While I cited Atos in my post as part of the concluding point I wanted to make that email is (or can be) an enabler for social business – and which must have the “it depends…” filter added – the conclusion isn’t the key point here. What…

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