How The Cloud Can Help SMBs: A Conversation

June 30th, 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to be a panelist on IBM’s first virtual influencer event on Spreecast, (a great new platform that connects you with people through video conversation) about how the cloud can help small and medium businesses (SMBs) to build their businesses … Continue reading

New Patterns Emerge: IBM PureApplication Service Takes to the Cloud

March 4th, 2014

Earlier this week, I attended IBM Pulse along with a crowd of about 11,000 other customer, partner, press, influencer and analyst attendees. Historically, Pulse has been the IBM event that focuses on service management and infrastructure. This year, the vendor … Continue reading

Can IBM Make the Collaboration Connection With SMBs?

February 5th, 2014

Last week, I made my annual pilgrimage to IBM Connect to learn about the latest and greatest developments in the company’s collaboration and talent solutions. Over the years, IBM has transformed its former Lotusphere conference to Connect, grown a portfolio … Continue reading

SMB Spotlight: IBM’s New Midmarket GM Talks About the SoftLayer Acquisition

October 23rd, 2013

Laurie:  Hi, this Laurie McCabe from the SMB Group, and in today’s SMB Spotlight I’m speaking with John Mason, who is IBM’s new General Manager and VP for Midmarket. Hi John. Thanks for joining me on this two-part discussion about … Continue reading

How Zoos and Museums Use Big Data to Refresh and Reset Visitor Experience

July 11th, 2013

For most of us, a trip to the zoo, museum or an aquarium is a fun and interesting way to learn about animals, history, art and other cultural experiences first hand. Behind the scenes, however, these organizations must work hard … Continue reading

How Zoos and Museums Use Big Data to Refresh and Reset Visitor Experience

July 11th, 2013

For most of us, a trip to the zoo, museum or an aquarium is a fun and interesting way to learn about animals, history, art and other cultural experiences first hand. Behind the scenes, however, these organizations must work hard … Continue reading

Charting Your Big Data Journey

May 30th, 2013

In the first post in this series, I examined the underlying trends driving the buzz around big data and its relevance for SMBs. In the second, I discussed how three IBM business partners (FYI Solutions, LPA Systems, Inc. and Waypoint … Continue reading

Is Big Data Relevant for SMBs?

April 30th, 2013

There’s little doubt that “big data” is the latest “big thing” in the IT industry. But for many small and medium business (SMB) decision-makers, big data is a somewhat fuzzy term. Ask any number of them what big data means, … Continue reading

Is Big Data Relevant for SMBs?

April 30th, 2013

There’s little doubt that “big data” is the latest “big thing” in the IT industry. But for many small and medium business (SMB) decision-makers, big data is a somewhat fuzzy term. Ask any number of them what big data means, … Continue reading

CollaborHaitian: How CIC Uses Social Business to Crowd Source Medical Care in Haiti

April 26th, 2013

When small business owners and entrepreneurs think of IBM, they often mistakenly assume that IBM’s sophisticated solutions are only affordable by large corporations. And IBM sometimes lags the competition in garnering SMB mind share. But some of its offerings are … Continue reading