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Co-Locating On-Site: Ibm Gets Rid Of Its Work-From-Home Policy

IBM is considered an innovator with its work-from-home policies that started in the 1980s. The company has saved hundreds of millions of dollars every year for allowing their employees to work from a convenient location. However this year, IBM is co-locating its employees in an office space.

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The IT company announced in February its plans of co-locating thousands of its marketing department employees to work from one of the six offices in the country. With this new adjustment, employees will have to relocate to a place near the offices to be able to work. But it’s not just the marketing team that’s making an office comeback.A few years ago, the design, procurement, security, and IT departments of IBM were also called to co-locate. While numerous studies have shown that working remotely can help employees become more productive, other experts say that the company needs innovation—in terms of teamwork.

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Not a lot of employees agree with the company’s sudden move, and a lot of them will have to rebuild their lives with the changes.A lot of the company’s employees have been working remotely for decades.Others think that it’s the company’s way of downsizing its employees. IBM, however, has shown growth as it called its clients back to the office, with the teams working on Watson and other projects doing successful work together.
Rene Bostic  is the Vice President for Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. Follow this Twitter account for more updates about the company.

A Brief History Of Cloud Computing

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It would be rare now to see a company not use any form of cloud computing to store, manage or process data. As everything can easily be connected now, cloud computing has become more practical than ever.

However, a common misconception about cloud computing is that the technology is an idea that had been conceptualized in the 21st century. The truth is that the concept has been in existence for several decades now.

As early as the 1950s, the building block of cloud computing had already been established through the development of mainframe computing. The system was designed to allow multiple users to gain physical access to the central computer through dumb terminals. While it still had a long way to go before becoming what it is today, a foundation had been set.

The evolution of cloud computing had its first breakthrough in the 1970s when virtual machines started to enter the scene. This technology enabled multiple distinct computing environments to have their own memory, CPU, and hard drives while sharing the mainframe resources.

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By early 2000s, the dot-com bubble burst ushered in a new level of communication and information technology. There came increased availability of high-capacity networks and low-cost computers that can be allotted with significant bandwidths, which are some of the key resources needed for the cloud computing technology that is used now.

Rene Bostic has spent years of employment at IBM Corporation, where she has held various positions in the leadership, sales, and support fields. Currently, she is the VP for Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. To read more about the cloud technology, follow this Facebook page.

Debunking Three Myths On Cloud Computing

The dramatic growth of cloud computing and its associated services have brought forth a series of myths about the industry. These myths may initially seem harmless, but a misguided and misinformed view about the market can prevent people from fully taking advantage of the service; one that has already benefit numerous local and international brands. Listed below are the three most common myths on cloud computing.

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Move everything to the cloud: It is true that cloud computing has many advantages. However, this does not suggest that every solution is a “cloud-fits-all.” Business owners must recognize that cloud computing is a tool that must be used judiciously. And like any tool, it is effective only when it is used properly. Some industries still need a physical hardware rather than a virtual one. It is best to speak with an expert on cloud computing to determine the percentage of business that should be transferred to an online environment.

Cloud is only used to save money: There are other reasons to transition to the cloud platform other than just saving money. Cloud computing is one, for example. The technology simplifies routine tasks and handles computations in a more precise manner. The varied features of the cloud significantly reduce the chances of mistakes. In fact, the ease of use, accessibility, and technological efficiency are just some of the very good reasons to move to the cloud. That said, it is still important to determine how one’s specific business and industry will benefit from a transition to the cloud.

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Only a private cloud can manage critical applications: This really depends on what the word “critical” means to a business. If there are systems that require applications that are scaled in a very reliable way, then yes, a private cloud would be best served for this purpose. However, if “critical” means having enough storage space or functioning e-mail server, there are public or even hybrid cloud apps to consider.

The most important tip is to scale one’s projects with a trusted cloud developer. Regardless of how much of the business is transferred to cloud, the system itself must be from a reputable brand.

Rene Bostic is IBM’s VP for Cloud Technical Sales. More technology insights here.

For Small Businesses, Use Of The Cloud Is On The Horizon

The perceived costs of implementation, privacy issues, and overall lack of familiarity are the primary reasons small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are hesitant about cloud computing. That, however, may soon change. Notwithstanding primary concerns, the majority of organizations want to run computing services in the cloud with their IT systems already working at capacity. Moreover, with service delivery enhancements and greater competition among cloud computing outfits, the technology is becoming more affordable and accessible to SMBs.

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Many young companies grew rapidly by operating almost entirely in the cloud. Dropbox, Uber, and Airbnb are shining beacons of what success might meet startups by taking advantage of cloud computing. Because of the promise of cost reduction, operational efficiency, and increased profitability, reports show that many organizations are seeking advice from cloud firms on how to revamp traditional IT systems.

With gradual adoption of cloud services across the board, it is anticipated that by 2020,close to 80 percent of all businesses would partly or wholly operate on the cloud, the majority of which are for back-office work such as accounting and marketing.

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Cloud computing, emerging technologies, and disruptive innovations are the expertise of Rene Bostic. At IBM North America, she has held various leadership positions in sales and support, and now sits as the vice president for cloud technical sales. For more news on cloud computing and IT, follow this Twitter account.

IBM Past 100: The Many Historic Firsts Of a Trailblazing Company

Today known for its many significant contributions to the development of the Information age, IBM pre-dates much of the very technology that made it a household name by several years, with roots spanning more than 100 years.

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Although the company was incorporated in 1911, its origins stretch as far back as the 1880s. What would later be known as IBM brought together elements of various predecessor businesses, including one created by Dr. Alexander Dey, inventor of the first dial recorder.

Even in its distant youth, the company had blazed new trails and pioneered ideas in both technology and the workplace long before they became standard. Shortly after incorporation in 1914, the nascent IBM hired its first employee with disabilities, a full 76 years before the enactment of the U.S. Disabilities Act. It would continue this tradition of providing opportunities (and optimizing their own products) for individuals with disabilities.

IBM had also been one of the many companies that pioneered workplace equality, having had a female vice president in 1943 and hiring its first African American sales representative a full 18 years ahead of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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In addition to being responsible for huge strides in computer technology, IBM and its researchers have made significant contributions to mathematics and science. IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot, for instance, laid the foundation for modern fractal mathematics and even lent his name to a set of fractals. Today, the company continues to foster innovation through initiatives like the World Community Grid and the Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities programs.

Rene Bostic has been with IBM for several years and currently serves as the Vice President of Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. For more reads about IBM and information technology, visit this blog.

Meet IBM’s First Chief Marketing Officer

IBM has been in the business for quite some time, but it’s the first time for the company to appoint a CMO or chief marketing officer. Michelle Peluso is the first to occupy this designation in the tech company. Peluso came to the company from Technology Crossover Ventures, where she served as a venture partner. She was also the former CEO of Gilt, a sales sate. She also previously worked as the CEO of Travelocity and co-founded Site59, a startup travel company.

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Michelle Peluso will be under the supervision of Jon Iwata, IBM’s senior vice president for marketing and communications. Iwata will continue to oversee the brand’s overall strategy even with Peluso in the picture.

IBM’s appointment of a chief marketing officer was meant to accelerate the company’s marketing transformation. This includes their aim to invest in digital skills, use data to understand client needs, and develop better consumer experience.

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The company has been seen more on advertising other technology greats, like Watson, which was one of the frontrunners of AI. IBM has also acquired different marketing agencies, as well as design firms.

Rene Bostic currently serves as the vice president for Cloud Technical Sales for IBM North America. She is an expert in hybrid cloud integration, emerging technologies, and other tech innovations. Learn more about her work by visiting this page.

Of Trailblazers And Giants: The History Of Ibm

It would be an understatement to call International Business Machines, more popularly known as IBM, a giant in the technology industry. IBM is nothing short of a global leader in manufacturing computer hardware and software, as well as infrastructure construction and consultancy. It employs over 400,000 people from more than 170 countries. It also has 12 major research facilities in the world. However, IBM came from humble beginnings.

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Back in 1890, Herman Hollerith invented a card tabulator that was successfully used in the 1890 U.S. Census. It only took Hollerith’s invention six weeks to count 62 million individuals. This would be the prototype of a machine that came 16 years later. In 1906, the said counting machine had an auto-feed for cards and a control panel. This new machine is what many technology scholars recognize as the ancestor of the modern computer.

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Five years later, Charles Flint organized a merger between The Tabulating Machine Company, the Computing Scale Company, the Bundy Manufacturing Company, and the International Time Recording Company. Thomas Watson Sr. came in in 1914 to take control of the mega-company and led it to unprecedented success.

One of the most important programs the company introduced was education for its employees. People under the consolidated companies began to learn about management and technology.

On Feb. 14, 1924, Watson changed the name of the company into International Business Machines Corporation or IBM.

Rene Bostic has worked for IBM for almost three decades. To learn more about her and her work, visit this LinkedIn account.