IBM Watson Can Discern if Your EMAIL is Too Passive Aggressive


We’ve all written emails, texts and blog posts we regret. We thought they would be interpreted one way, but instead they sparked fights. New test-interpreting artificial intelligence technology from IBM Watson could help protect you from yourself. IBM introduced instant Tone Analyzer this week, which uses cloud-based linguistic analysis to tell if that email, blog […]

How IBM is Answering CIO’s Calls for Workers with Mainframe Skills

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There are a variety of reasons why some businesses continue to rely on the mainframe’s superior performance and reliability. Mainframes process 30 billion business transactions daily and up to 150,000 transactions a second in peak loads; they also run the world’s financial systems, and are a platform of choice for other transaction-intensive industries such as […]

IBM Acquires Merge Healthcare

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IBM has announced plans to acquire Merge Healthcare, a provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance healthcare quality and efficiency for $1 billion. The acquisition will bring IBM Watson’s advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare medical imaging management platform to surface new insights […]

How IBM Learned to Love Open Technology


When Lou Gerstner first arrived at IBM as CEO in 1993, he brought a gripe with him from his time running American Express, one of Big Blue’s largest customers.  As he wrote in his memoir, Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance<img style=”border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;” src=”″ alt=”” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ />, it became central […]

In Memoriam-Jack Barrett

Jack Barrett passed away on August 13th with his three loving children, Brenda, Scott and Brett, and his wonderful wife Mickey by his side. As many of you know, Jack was instrumental in building IBM’s EDS team at the IBM Turtle Creek Branch Office in the mid-80’s and following. Our thoughts and prayers are with family […]

IBM Community Channels


Join The Greater IBM Connection community on a variety of social networks. You also can share The Greater IBM Connection with your networks by posting a link to the community and using the hashtags #greateribm or #ibmalumni in your posts. 1. LinkedIn: Join the LinkedIn group to participate in the latest discussions and to connect […]

Report from The Greater IBM Connection

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Thanks so much to those of you who participated in a series of experiments among IBM alumni this summer. We enjoyed testing out some new ideas and hearing from you about what worked and what didn’t. Below are some high level findings from those experiments, along with a big shout out to each of you […]

In Memoriam-Ron Swift


Ron Swift, 70 years old, of St. Lucie West, lost his courageous battle with lymphoma on August 11 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Ron was born in New York City to parents of Hungarian decent, Roszy Pogany and Stephen Swift. Ron’s love for Budapest and his Hungarian heritage were with him always. Ron served 4 years in […]

IBM Offers Linux-Only Mainframes

While IBM (IBM +0.1%) has supported Linux on its System z mainframes for 15 years, its new LinuxONE systems are the first mainframes to exclusively run on the open-source OS, and thus eschew IBM’s proprietary z/OS. A high-end mainframe called LinuxONE Emperor (named after the penguin) supports up to 8K virtual machines or hundreds of […]

In Memoriam-John N. Booth, Sr.

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John N. Booth Sr., a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather left this world at the age of 86 on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Drive. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials: In lieu […]