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Smart Work for a Smarter Planet. I’m an IBMer, Too!

Gran Canaria - Driving on the CountrysideI am pretty sure that by now you may have heard / read plenty about the great things that are happening in Las Vegas at IBM‘s Impact 2009 event. Lots and lots of really interesting nuggets and knowledge snippets are coming through from various different places. However, there was one in particular that caught my attention earlier on today, when I bumped into it, since it reminded me very clearly of a recent blog post I put together under the title “Why I’m an IBMer“.

Yes, it is another interesting and enlightening video clip, in this case, spread around by my good friend, and fellow IBM colleague, Andy Piper‘s “Smart Work for a Smarter Planet. I’m an IBMer“, and which comes to reflect on the power of social networking and how it will shape our business relationships in the corporate world in the near future or right as we speak already for that matter!

The YouTube video lasts for nearly two minutes and it surely is a treat to go through. There are lots of very relevant tidbits on the topic of A Smarter Planet and how we, knowledge workers of the current knowledge economy we are engaging with, need to smarten up in order to get done more with less effort, i.e. keep improving our own productivity. In sort, work smarter, not necessarily harder… Does it ring a bell? (heh)

So I thought I would spend a few minutes today sharing that video clip with you folks over here. That way you can have a look on why I decided to chose the title of this blog post as what it is showing right now and why I’m still sold on the idea that social computing is going to change the business world as we know it by making it smaller, more human, more participative, less hierarchical, more authentic, more transparent and trustworthy. In short, the Enterprise of the Future!

Yes, indeed, I’m an IBMer, too!

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    1. Hi Andy! Thanks a bunch for dropping by, my friend! Specially when I can see how busy you have been all along throughout the event! I have been following your tweets, as well as those from other fellow colleagues and surely feel envious for not being there!

      And I could surely share that proud moment with you while the video was on the main screen on working for the same company! One of those precious moments that make events like IMPACT 2009 worth while attending!

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! Way cool!

  1. Luis,
    I am still waiting for the how we do it, who we use for it, where we can do it.
    the smart website does not lead to any actionable item.
    Just my 2 cents.
    By the way i liked this video over some others. but you still can’t you get kristen to smile though )

    1. Hi Keith! You bring in plenty of great points with those comments and must admit that all along I think the main key is going to be not relying on the technology nor the processes to make it happen, but on the people themselves; people willing to change things, habits, corporate cultures, adopting new models of engagement, new ways of exploring technology just beyond the next quarter and more in the medium and long term; those insights which will eventually have that necessary impact.

      It is happening with a bunch of different initiatives and projects currently on the way, but this is not something just being pushed by one business; the corporate world needs to come to terms with the fact that it’s now the time to make a difference, not only for themselves, but also for the world they try to “help”. Now is the perfect time for that “call to action” in the current econolypse we are living where things must go into the next level: one where caring for the environment, for ourselves and what we do will be the norm. Otherwise, it just doesn’t have a point to sustain itself…

      Yes, I agree with you on that one, too! She is just far too serious! 😉 heh

      1. I agree with you about not relying on technology. The problem is you and I are in a world where everyone has ideas, some better others not so practical, but we have them.
        Other people in the world just don’t have the ideas, so I was looking for where a college person, or one of the millions out of work, can sign up for this and work on the process.

        The premise then of the campaign, as I see it from your description, is to tell people what IBM or some other businesses are doing…yet I am an IBMer is the close tag line.

        So it still seems like IBM telling, not collaborating or truly becoming one with customers which is what social networking is about. You want to bring about change? Open up, smile some more, stop being so nebulous like the mythical Cloud.

        Which is why I am still looking for the signup link.
        Work with us, don’t tell us, we get told things everyday, no one listens anymore to what you are saying if you are telling. Note to myself remember this in client meeting tomorrow.

        Keep posting!

  2. Luis, thanks for sharing this — I had missed it in Andy’s stream. Either way, a great video — very cool to see some familiar faces!

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