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Global Innovation Outlook

ThinkPlace: Innovation from within

ThinkPlace ideas are out in the open -- anyone in the company can suggest ideas, comment on them, refine them, express support or even explain why the idea might not work. More importantly, the ideas that employees think have the greatest potential to grow the business, solve existing problems, or improve IBM's culture will automatically be considered.

alphaWorks emerging technology: A model for innovation at IBM

A key part of IBM's innovation engine is alphaWorks, an organization within the IBM Software Group that focuses on delivering emerging technologies to early adopters. alphaWorks promotes software innovation by allowing the technical community to preview some of IBM's latest research on its Web site. Visitors have the opportunity to download emerging technologies and to validate their usefulness.