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One hundred years ago, this company was founded in New York City as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. And it was cool.
That's right: IBM is cool
. And I'm not just saying that because we're celebrating our Centennial
this week (although that is
pretty awesome). I'm saying it because this is the company that pioneered the salaried workforce, discovered fractal geometry, created the first high-level programming language, invested $1 billion in Linux, and developed a computer that can understand natural language (and win game shows) -- among many, many other things. You can pack a whole lot of cool into a hundred years. Check out the IBM 100 Icons of Progress
page for a more complete catalog of what IBM and IBMers have accomplished -- or read this blog post
to see a list of software-specific milestones. (And have you seen Errol Morris' new short film
about IBM? Cool indeed!)
So how do we wrap up a century of doing cool stuff? By serving our communities, of course! (What could be more cool than that?) IBM's Celebration of Service
is a year-long global initiative that encourages IBM employees, partners, and friends to contribute their time and skills to worthwhile projects in their communities. Join us, won't you? Find out how you can take part
in this unique worldwide initiative -- and then tell us about it on the developerWorks community!
Naturally, we've got a whole lot planned for our second century -- and we'll need your help to make it happen. Because, let's face it: None of this would be half as cool without you.
Let's do this!
and the developerWorks editorial team
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In the early 90's after IBM had developed OS/2 as well as the flexible REXX programming language, I joined IBM partner world for Developers and they provided great support to enable me to create lestec.com.au providing a visual front end (Modular And Integrated Design) for REXX and OS/2 and received the IBM trophy for OS/2 applications. After the demise of OS/2 converted the front end to windows. I then created additional email REXX based applications as well as REXX libraries.
To this day (20 years later) IBM REXX is still supported and providing users with a useful easy interface to achieve what they want without much effort. Happy Birthday to IBM and thanks for all the great and continued support for 20 years.
If you're reading this, then you've probably aware of our IBM 100 Icons of Progress
page, the ongoing series that highlights the milestones of IBM's first century. You'll find plenty of fascinating stories here, and I
recommend reading them all -- but for those of you who may not have time to dig through them for topics with a strong software connection, here are a few specific icons that might catch your interest:
Happy 100th, IBM!!
My personal story with IBM began 25 years ago - I had to change the chain of an IBM 1403 chain printer. A few years later I was part of AD/Cycle - IBM´s first framework for software development. Part of AD/Cycle was CSP - a 4GL created in 1981 intended to create online systems on IBM's mainframe platforms. EGL, IBM´s newest business language, is the grandchild of that language. We are still in the process of migrating old CSP based applications to EGL and generate them now into Java. That´s IBM - you can take a program written in the late eighties and migrate it with minimum effort into a modern browser based application based on AJAX, web services and all the new cool stuff!
Here at ISL - IBM INdia Software Lab - several of us got together to celebrate IBM's Centennial year.
We watched several IBM 100 videos on W3 and also clicked photos of IBM campus.
One such innovative Photo posted below -
And another one, indicating IBM's 100 years of Innovation ..
Thank you IBM for continuing to ensure that developerworks is an active site and one of the best resources out there for professional IT folks.
Compare the hardware and software patents of IBM with other companies and you will find the true value of the creative ideas of the people who work and have worked with this organization. Companies come and companies go. Many measure themselves by short term quarterly profits. The true value that IBM brings to customers is the innovation that allows us to do things that would have been impossible 10 years ago. For example, we are now able to support 104 terabytes of information in a data warehouse database and store this information in 54 terabytes. We are also able to manage workloads in a way that allows us to have all of our users sharing this one corporate repository of information. We have been able to keep performance at acceptable levels thanks to advances in the P-Series hardware and the DB2 LUW software. Concepts like vertical and horizontal parallel processing with the ability to grow in both directions with hardware and software make it possible for us to support multi-terabyte databases today and look forward to supporting petabyte databases and beyond as our companies need for information grows.
We will be able to look forward to doing business over the internet grid both visually and verbally in the near future and the information processing and storage requirements to support this type of business and to retain information for legal transaction purposes will be possible and the size of our databases will make today's data warehouse databases look small. Only with truely creative innovations in hardware and software documented by patents from people who work with companies like IBM will customers like us be able to look forward to doing business in a competitive way in the future.
Thanks IBM. I appreciate and value the creative ideas that can be measured in the quantity and quality of the patents that you develop every year. Other people have always followed your lead and so long as you continue to invest in the people and the research and development that they do, you will have a chance to remain a viable company. I hope IBM is here 100 years from now and investing in the creative ideas of people around the world as they do today.
From the web site of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
"Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2009-2010, the Food Bank distributed more than 41.5 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies.
Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. Nearly 29 percent of the people served by the Food Bank's network are children
, and another 8 percent are elderly. Thirty percent of the families served are the "working poor" people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing."
Given these sobering statistics, it's not difficult to muster the motivation to volunteer at the Food Bank. Today, Debra Hayley, Jack Pizzolato, Janet Willis, and I sorted sweet potatoes, gleaning the good from the bad and bagging them up to be distributed to families in need. (Interesting fact: North Carolina produces about 45% of all sweet potatoes grown in the U.S.) We had a blast, working outside under the shade of a big tree, with a cool breeze blowing most of the morning. We talked about our families, vacation plans, and how we really need to volunteer more often....while we filled two 27 cubic foot containers with perfectly edible potatoes....potatoes that otherwise would have rotted under the sun because they weren't large enough, or "pretty" enough for grocery store stock.
As we neared the bottom of the container we were picking from, it became more difficult for some of us (well, OK, for Janet) to reach the potatoes. Of course, this being Janet, she was not about to give up. Nope. She climbed right in the container and helped us fill our bags!
From left to right: Debra, Janet (who's still IN the container), Jack, Tom:
My Day of Service efforts have been in support of The Foundation For Tomorrow
, a Tanzanian NGO focused on providing quality education to some
of the millions of orphaned and abandoned children in Africa. I think
it's quite fitting that my association with the Foundation has had a
"centennial" or at least a "hundreds" theme on many fronts. I first
started working with the Foundation in December 2009. In 2010, I spent
100 consecutive days training for RideTZ, a 400 mile endurance bike ride
from the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro to Pangani, TZ (a small coastal town on the India Ocean). Unfortunately on the 100th day of my
training while I was attempting to complete a 100 mile bike ride, I was
hit head on by a car while I was stopped at a stop sign. I was very relieved to survived the crash with just a few injuries (mainly two
cracked vertebrae), and I was thrilled to be able to make the journey to Tanzania just 3 weeks
later. Our RideTZ team managed to create great awareness regarding the tremendous need for quality education in Africa and raised over $100,000 toward
scholarships to African orphans to quality primary and secondary boarding schools in Tanzania.
Here are some of my favorite photos from my RideTZ adventure.
This year, I am pledging 100 hours of service to The Foundation For Tomorrow, so far my 2011 efforts have not included any bike riding! As a member of the Board of Directors, I've been having a great time this year working on social media marketing, fund-raising, event planning and grant development. I am also working on
a exciting proposal with The Foundation to build the first ever Interactive Learning Center in Arusha, TZ.
Happy 100 Year Birthday IBM. Thanks for supporting IBMers around the world in their small steps to make a difference in this world.
As part of my celebration of IBM's Centennial, I spent a couple hours this morning getting trained by GLSEN
on their "No Name Calling Week" project
. The project was inspired by a book about a group of seventh graders, just trying to survive the school year in the face of the taunting and bullying that goes on in too many of our schools.
GLSEN has partnered with IBM
to create special lesson plans for IBMers to use, to visit their local public schools and talk about the importance of being respectful, and about creating and nurturing positive relationships. This kind of outreach isn't new to IBM; our participation in events such as eWeek
is legendary... but instead of talking about science, I'm excited to be talking about one of our IBM values
: trust and personal responsibility. It's also a venue that's near and dear to me, because my partner is a middle school teacher!
So in the fall, when schools are back in session, I'll be teaming up with some local IBMers to visit the Arlington Central School District
in Poughkeepsie and Lagrangeville, NY. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it definitely makes me proud to be an IBMer.
Sharing photographs of the Celebration of Service that I had volunteered for about 2 weekends ago.
As part of this service, IBMers collaborated with a local group to help plant several saplings and contribute towards a greener city and green environment.
The tree platations happened at the hills of Baner, in Pune City, India.
IBM WAS V7 讲习班
IBM 正在推动使世界的运作以及个人、企业、组织、政府及人造系统的互动具有更高水平的智慧。每次互动都代表将事情做得更好、更高效和富有成效的一个机会。“智慧的地球”概念强调采用智能化、新颖和不同方案所带来的最优化和敏捷性。IBM 天工计划(Project Mason)，意取“共同雕琢，巧夺天工”，是由 IBM ISV 团队发起，联合 IBM Power 及 WebSphere 产品部，IBM 渠道大学及 IBM 中国实验室，与应用开发商的能工巧匠们一起，通过 ISV 应用移植，调优，培训及行业用户市场推广等方法，共同向用户推广基于 WebSphere 及 Power 云技术标准的数据/应用/接入三层负载一体化应用部署模式。
在目前的全球经济形势下， 您的企业面临着艰巨的挑战。竞争变得日益激烈。 仅仅实现可通过网络访问的内容和应用程序已经跟不上市场发展的步伐。您的企业需要为面向服务架构(SOA)提供一个敏捷的、 灵活的、 可靠的基础， 使业务和IT保持一致的步调。IBM WebSphere Application Server系列为开发人员和IT架构师提供了一种基于性能的创新平台，可以在其上构建和部署业务关键型应用程序、 企业级应用程序， 甚至最小型的部门级应用程序等所有类型的SOA应用程序和服务。
通过交付完整的Java EE 5支持和证书、Web服务增强和Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0、 Web 2.0 Feature Pack支持，以及一系列有助于提高生产力和效率的特性， IBM WebSphere Server V7对早前的版本进行了扩展。新的管理和治理特性通过运行时配置和灵活的管理实现了应用程序控制并提高了效率。继承了早先版本所拥有的行业领先性能， WebSphere Application Server V7通过工作负载整合提高了数据中心的效率， 进一步增强了性能。 针对开发人员的特性简化了开发环境并提高了开发人员生产力。 增强的安全性加强了处理安全隐患的能力。
- WebSphere Application Server V7产品新特性
- 具有面向对象程序架构、系统和语言的一般知识，尤其是 Java
- 熟悉 Eclipse 程序架构也会有帮助，但并不是必需
IBM WAS V7 讲习班
培训时间：2011年6月23-24日（共2天）， 9：00am- 5：00pm
为帮助合作伙伴提升软件开发管理与协作水平，IBM创新中心特别邀请Rational资深专家,共同举办IBM Rational技术体验日, 让您实际体验Team Concert管理工具，一起分享IBM在软件开发管理方面的最佳实践经验。
IBM Rational Team Concert简介
IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)是构建在JAZZ创新平台上的一个团队协作式的软件开发环境，它集成了源代码控制（Source Code Control）、工作项管理（Work Item Management）和构建管理（Build Management）等软件生命周期管理功能。IBM Rational Team Concert可以提高开发协作效率，提升软件交付品质。
Rational Team Concert简介与互动体验
体验IBM Rational Team Concert提供的协作开发能力
第1部分：加入团队（Setting up the Team）
第2部分：计划工作（Planning Your Work）
第3部分：跟踪工作（Keeping Track of All Our Work）
第 4部分：完成与共享工作（Performing and Sharing Your Work）
第 5部分：配置管理基础（Remembering Well Known SCM Configurations）
第 6部分：构建管理基础（User’s View of Build）
第 7部分：体验变更与追踪能力（Exploring Changes and Traceability）
第 8部分：结束迭代和一个更严格的过程（Endgame and a Tightened Process）
Is there such a thing as coincidence?
At this point I'm not so sure. A few days ago I found myself drawn to an article by Thomas DeLong in the Harvard Business Review claiming that no matter how successful you get, there's always someone higher up the ladder who can make you feel small:
"Comparing is a trap that permeates our lives, especially if we're high-need-for-achievement professionals. No matter how successful we are and how many goals we achieve, this trap causes us to recalibrate our accomplishments and reset the bar for how we define success."
I have to admit this resonated and got me thinking about how to deal with this.
Next thing I know, Friday comes around and I find myself railing against deadlines and conference calls to clear enough space in my schedule for a day of volunteering: my elected Celebration of Service in honor of 100 years of IBM. I get in my car and compete with the rest of the early commute traffic through ever-decreasing approach lanes up to the metering lights, silently pleading for my release onto the Bay Bridge, into San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood where Project Homeless Connect (PHC) awaits me. By the time I arrive and meet the rest of the IBM crew, I confess there's just one thing on my mind: coffee. Bless the PHC organizers, for somewhere amidst the health tents, housing and shelter information, food banks and book giveaways are canteens of filter coffee and within minutes I'm somewhat human and ready for action.
In this case 'action' is the service of helping poor and homeless folk find the DMV, legal and substance abuse counseling on offer at the far end of the site. As Project Homeless Connect is a quarterly city-sponsored event bringing together over twenty services, it sprawls across a couple of blocks and so navigation between services can become an issue. From our centrally-located table, we do our best to help people find the service that can best help them.
I quickly realize that’s not always straightforward.
For instance, what if you're a single mother with a couple of kids and what little you have burns down in a house fire (including your ID)? Or if you've been on-and-off methadone and in and out of rehab so many times that you can educate the drugs councilors? What if you've had to quit your job to care for an arthritic mother and suddenly your taxes have gone up effectively halving your monthly check?
Life can be tough, but finding available help can be even tougher. That's where PHC comes in. Whilst many of the services provide the basics we need in life, such as food and medicine, there are more esoteric offerings too: a photo project aimed at sharing portraits with loved ones, and in a similar vein a voicemail service for those without access to telecommunications.
It would be optimistic to assume all problems can be sorted out in a day. And also a little naive to take all stories at face value: surely some stories did have layers of hyperbole and half-truths. But seeing the look of relief on an individual’s face, returning clutching a priceless ID - their ticket out of the shadows - more than validated the whole exercise. Indeed, the federal government’s Interagency Council on Homelessness has declared Project Homeless Connect a national best practice model, which has led to PHC being replicated in over 260 cities across the United States.
By lunchtime, I confess that the conference calls and my ever-expanding Inbox awaiting for me back at the office had drifted far from my mind. By the end of the day, gone were any comparisons with my more successful colleagues. All I could think of were a bunch of people pretty much the same as me (often more eloquent, lucid and vibrant) but who for whatever reason had been denied the same life-chances I’ve had.
The intrepid IBM team (left to right): Kristin Hansen, Daryl Pereira, Tracy Birdsall, Jeff Anderson, Arun Ramanna
Awaiting sign-up into Project Homeless Connect
Pet care: one of the many services on offer
An estimated 6,000-12,000 people are homeless on any given night in San Francisco.
Since 2004, more than 32,462 homeless and poor San Franciscans have received services through Project Homeless Connect.
Learn more about Project Homeless Connect
I grew up in Endicott, New York, often referred to as the birthplace of IBM. I remember thinking that IBM was the only company in the world because all my friends' fathers worked for IBM. And so did mine. I never thought about working for any other company. I wanted to be a writer and I loved the Think magazine that was delivered to our house every month, so I decided that's what I would do, grow up to work for IBM as a writer for Think magazine. I did become a writer, a technical writer. And I did come to work for IBM, right out of college. I never got to work on Think magazine, but I developed many technical manuals for IBM system software products, and I am now an editor at developerWorks.
One of my favorite memories of working for IBM dates back to my summer as an intern at what was then IBM's Federal Systems Division plant in Owego, New York. An announcement came over the PA system announcing a successful test of one of the early space shuttles (Enterprise maybe?). The IBMers at the Owego plant had built the onboard computers and the Input/Output Processors for that space shuttle. I remember a collective cheer resonating through the plant when that announcement came over the PA system. Everyone stood up at their desk and shouted for joy and with tremendous pride.
I eventually came to work on IBM software development projects and I must say, I never experienced any PA announcements or collective cheers when we announced a new release of WebSphere. It's just not the same. Those days of IBM's involvement in the space program were really special. When I visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and see the IBM shirts hanging on the backs of the chairs in the mission control room and stand inside the big ring that was the Instrument Unit (IU) for the Saturn V rocket, I feel a tremendous sense of pride. It occurs to me that I was beginning my IBM career in the early days of the space shuttle program and now in the later years of my career with IBM, I will experience the last space shuttle flight. What a run!
Me inside the IU (built by IBM) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
June 16 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of IBM.
To celebrate this event, the company is running a year-long global initiative to engage with business leaders, academia, clients, and local communities. IBMers are asked to volunteer their services to the community under the Celebration of Service. Icons of Progress chart the significant innovation IBM has brought to many walks of life. Events are being organized across the globe to bring together the IBM ecosystem to commemorate this auspicious milestone.
We are opening this blog on developerWorks as one avenue to share stories and activities from the IBM Centennial. You may use this in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or any of the other social networks where you have a presence.
In order to post to this blog, follow these easy steps:
- Join this group (you will be prompted to create a developerWorks account if you don't already have one)
- Create a new blog entry using the appropriate tag (see below)
- Click 'Publish' when you are done and share the link (particularly with any people/organizations you reference)
Channels on this blog supporting the Centennial:
Celebration of Service
IBM's Celebration of Service honors employees, retirees, families and friends in their commitment to volunteer service. If you are actively involved in the Celebration of Service, write a post to explain more about what you are doing and the organization you are helping. This can take the form of a write-up, posting of photos, videos, or any other creative way in which you wish to tell the story.
If, like me, you occasionally suffer from writer's block, you could start by answering these questions and see where that leads...
Why did you pick a particular organization?
What did you expect to get from your contribution?
What actually happened?
Who did you meet, what did you see?
What did you take away from your involvement in the day?
What can people do to find out more or get involved themselves? (remember to provide a link!)
Make sure you use 'celebration_of_service' as one of your tags.
Remember that in addition you can share any photos you have on the IBM100 site (see the link half way down on the left).
If you are involved in an event to mark the Centennial, use this blog to promote the event and explain what you are doing and provide details on how people can attend. Following the event, post any content you have - photos, video, or a good old fashioned write-up.
Use the 'centennial_event' tag to group this content.
What IBM means to you
In the span of a century, IBM has grown from a small business that made scales, time clocks and tabulating machines to a global enterprise with more than 400,000 employees and a strong vision for the future. The stories that have emerged throughout IBM's history are complex tales of big risks, lessons learned and discoveries that have transformed the way we work and live. Do you have a story to share? Perhaps a unique perspective on the 100 Icons of Progress that have shaped the company and the world.
Use the 'what_ibm_means' tag for these posts.
Learn more about the IBM Centennial
The IBM 100 site contains a wealth of information on the importance of the Centennial and the activities that support it.
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Attendees at this week's Innovate 2011
conference are having to make some tough choices. Not only are there hundreds of conference-related events to choose from (sessions, keynotes, receptions, etc.), but it's all taking place in Orlando, Florida -- arguably the theme-park capital of the world.
And yet, the new IBM Rational solutions we're announcing at the conference can actually make your life easier
. As you know, the challenges of software development -- technological, financial, and market-related (to name a few) -- are growing more intense all the time. Overcoming these realities can be harder than catching all the rides at Walt Disney World in a single day.
That's why you should check out the new and enhanced capabilities in IBM Rational software
, which enable software-driven innovation through tighter integration across the lifecycle and better collaboration among stakeholders. Want a closer look? Neil Patterson's new article shows you how to cut complexity with Collaborative Design Management
, while our upcoming webcast, "Secrets of software-driven innovation
," provides more specifics on these Rational announcements. You might also want to connect with our newly anointed Rational champions
-- non-IBMers who use their Rational expertise to lead and mentor others.
For those of you spending the week in Orlando, I'm afraid you'll still have to wait in line for the Summit Plummet. That we can't change.
Until next week,
and the developerWorks editorial team
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Software conferences aren't what they used to be. Some of you may recall the days when you'd send your registration by mail, check letter boards for schedule changes, wait days (or weeks) to find out what happened in the sessions you couldn't attend, and wake up early to stoke the fire in your hotel room. (OK, that last one predates most of you.) If for some reason you didn't make it to the conference, well ... you missed the conference.
Fortunately, things have changed, and we've got some first-rate resources for keeping you apprised of all the action at next week's Innovate 2011 conference
. You can start with our new Innovate conversations
tool, which provides a bird's-eye view of all the social media goings-on around the event -- tweets, blogs, photos, livestream broadcasts, and more -- so you can follow the buzz at Innovate regardless of whether your wagon train makes it to Orlando. Read Rebecca Lalez's excellent blog entry to find out more about getting social at #ibminnovate
And if you're still planning to catch the conference (which -- hello!
-- starts in two days), then fill out our registration form
, a web-based tool that does not involve the U.S. Postal Service. (Kids, ask your parents.)
Until next week,
and the developerWorks editorial team
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