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Over on the IBM Software blog, post author Mark Scapicchio has outlined some great reasons why you would want to subscribe to IBM Software Newsletter. But let's not stop there, you can even follow the IBM Software Newsletter on Twitter!
Here's Mark's top ten list, as gleaned from his blog post. While these ARE Mark's words, I find I agree with them and likely can't have framed it any better myself:
Top 10 reasons to subscribe to the IBM Software Newsletter:
For any System z users: Subscribe by Friday, June 8 – and check the ‘System z Software’ interest on the subscription form – to make sure you receive our next System z Edition!
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It was recently announced that IBM My Notifications was successfully updated at the end of November. The release includes new features and improvements for you, our clients, to make the application more efficient and effective! The major call out for this release is noted below:
This update enables the translation of the web user interface, and notification messages to 9 languages ( including Japanese, Chinese – traditional & simplified, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish & Portugal – Brazil).
The translation capability is now included within:
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In IBM we know you likely have products across our expansive portfolio... and while we may be focused on Rational Support specifically here, we also recognize that you may also benefit from some of our counterparts across IBM support. To help you identify, follow, and engage with support across IBM, here are a few accounts you may not have known about:
And how about Facebook:
Let's not forget Youtube:
And of course, the blogs!
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It's a good day to be an IBMer! Today, IBM marks its centennial. Whoo hoo! Lots of good stuff marking the day over at http
Some external links as well:
IBM's First 100 Years: A Heavily Illustrated Timeline (The Atlantic)
For a pioneer of technology, 100 years of "Think" (Wall Street Journal)
100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones (Information Week)
And if you've not yet seen this 100x100 ... this is a great video marking the first 100 years:
p.s. it's also a good day to be a Boston Bruins fan.
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That's a powerful statement.
It's also one of IBM's Core Values, one that resonates particularly with me in regards to our social business initiatives… like this blog. Let me explain.
Think of what you might consider a traditional technical support organization. Fielding your questions and calls via email, phone and PMRs, we stand ready to assist you. As soon as you reach out to us.
Once a call is fielded, a solution provided, and a technote written and published, we hope that you (or others) will find the information when you need it.
Ok, that's a gross over
Now throw social business into the mix ...it's a game-changer.
By connecting with us via Twitter, Facebook, here on our developerWorks blog, on YouTube, LinkedIn and dW forums, we hope to be able to help you find the information you need to be successful with our IBM and Rational products BEFORE you need to file a support ticket. We can share the information we learn through our support calls with you and others who may need it, so that they don't have to call. By holding open mic calls to share information on relevant technical topics and field questions, we want to arm you with the information you need.
That's powerful. But it's also scary, particularly for comm
Fortunately, IBM is NOT one of those companies.
IBM as a corporation was in the vanguard of supporting employees' participation in social media, both personally and professionally, LONG before social media was cool. We have a set of Social Computing Guidelines, developed by IBMers all over the world.
IBM and Rational trusts that we will participate responsibly in these venues, and we work very hard to deserve that trust. No one has to vet or approve our Rational Client Support postings before publication, and no one tells us what to post. We are empowered to "do the right thing".
Sometimes I take that for granted and I shouldn't. Neither should you.
I feel very fortunate and am proud to work for a company that trusts their employees to "do the right thing". And I'm not just saying that to suck up.
However, I DO have an ulterior motive.
While we trust that we are doing the right thing and providing a valuable service with these programs; in effect, transforming our support organization, we struggle to identify our ROI (return on investment). Unlike marketing-driven social media programs, we can't measure lead generation or sales revenue derived from these initiatives. We HOPE that by reaching out to you proactively, we help you be successful with our products without having to call support - but, as you might imagine, measuring something that does not happen is a bit of a challenge.
Therefore, you can help us gauge the value of our social business efforts to YOU by answering 2-3 quick questions on our social media survey. It really is painless. We want to know who's following, and how valuable you find our various efforts. If you have an extra minute, you can provide some free-form comments to help us serve you better.
Because honestly, it doesn't matter what WE think ... YOUR opinion is the only one that really counts.
Pretty please? And thank you!
Link to survey
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