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Namaste India… Happy Independence Day!

August 15, 2014

I wish all my friends from the land of innovation HAPPY INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Talking of innovation, if you want to see how the latest technologies set pacesetters apart, make sure you check out the August 21 webcast where I’ll be releasing the findings of our latest Business Tech Trends Study!


Summer Jokes! Yes, an infographic your friends and kids will love!

August 13, 2014

summer jokes


Pacesetters — what do they do differently?

August 12, 2014

Exclusive 2014 Business Tech Trends study webcast: Do you know the key characteristics of Pacesetters?
By Sandy Carter

If you are like me, you are very intrigued with how successful people and companies do things. They are always one step ahead of everyone else! How do they know what to do to be successful?

These successful companies – called Pacesetters – have always intrigued the industry, and the IBM Center for Applied Insights decided to find out how they do it. They surveyed over 1,400 decision-makers in 15 industries across 5 continents to get a current global snapshot of how companies are using key technologies to stay ahead of the pack. They found that Pacesetters are using Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social to drive more business outcomes.

But how do they do this? How do they stay ahead of the fray when so many are using the same technologies?

On August 21st, we’ll reveal the findings during a webcast with the release of the 2014 Business Tech Trends study. We’ll share with you the key characteristics of Pacesetter companies. In addition, we’ll turn this information into actions and ideas that will help you approach the market more effectively.

Learn more about my webcast in this short video.

Joining me for the webcast will be Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman at Constellation Research, Inc., and Susanne Hupfer, Research Lead for the study from the IBM Center for Applied Insights. We’ll also hear from IBM Business Partners Pitney Bowes, Esri, Hootsuite, and Fiserv to get their point of view.

I know you will find this webcast to be very informative. Don’t forget to register and join me on August 21! Do not miss this great opportunity for valuable insight! Discover what it means to be a Pacesetter!


Do you want to know the secrets of the Pacesetters? Social is one! An Infographic

August 7, 2014

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Video – Announcing the Entrepreneur Huddle webcast



The Africa Open Data Jam: Open Goverment, Open Data, and IBM Bluemix as the technology enabler!

August 6, 2014

I am a very big believer in crowdsourcing as part of a strategy. The US Government this week is doing just that strategy! They are hosting an interactive and fun session taking place as we speak @ Open Gov Hub in Washington, DC and broadcasted to US Embassies and IBM locations in Africa.

Open Data is a transformational trend in Open Governance that is generating empowerment and economic growth. We are focused on huge volumes of Open Data that are published everywhere generating amazing opportunities to improve quality of lives from water consumption to agricultural enhancement and traffic optimization. Of course, these are all part of being a Smarter Planet.

In the opening from Nick Sinai – US Deputy Chief Technology Officer– he emphasized that data is the new natural resource and its role in governments for serving citizens. He also discussed IBM’s role with Bluemix as the base for the Jam!

We have unleashed social collaborations as the catalyst to drive this transformation! I am such a huge believer in Social Business and in government. This OpenJam is a great example.

As IBM and the US Goverment (USDA, Whitehouse, and USAID) host this one-day Open Data Jam as part of the US-African Leaders Summit, it enables a global sharing of experiences in Open Data publishing. These are real use cases that demonstrate growth and empowerment, develop skills and capabilities, and build a global community of Open Data developers who can help Africa become an Open Data leader. is making more and more data available.

As we all know, data by itself is not valuable. You need apps, and analytics! Cell phone technology (SMS and Voice) is key in reaching masses in rural Africa for 2 way interactions; both for collecting data as well as providing knowledge back to citizens as well as for apps! This is where IBM Bluemix comes in — it is a cloud based platform that facilitates fast app building!

We know we can’t solve many problems in a day, but we think this will be an important first step towards building an international community who can work together to move Africa forward!


Heading to BlogHer ’14 next week? Why Blogging is a gateway drug!

July 18, 2014

Sandy Carter:

BlogHer is one of my favorite content networks and events. So I was very excited to have the opportunity to talk to co-founders Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins.

We talked about developing more opportunities for women in tech, why when thinking mobile you need to think tablets, and how in certain markets every blogger needs to be a pinner.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out BlogHer!

Originally posted on News:

BlogHer 2014, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular women’s blogging network, kicks off next Thursday, July 24th in San Jose, California. There’s still time to register, and we hope you do — we’ll be there, too!

This year, along with a Happiness Bar offering in-person support for your WordPress sites, we’re hosting a series of short workshops on the topics you care about most. We’re also excited to welcome some of the amazing WordPress bloggers nominated as BlogHer Voices of The Year — they’ll join us for a series of informal panels where we can chat all things blogs and blogging.

Interested? Here’s the schedule:

Friday, July 25

  • 10 AM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
  • 11 AM: or Self-Hosted: Which One is Right for You?
  • 12:30 PM: Own Your Content: Tips for Switching Blog Platforms
  • 1:30 PM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
  • 2:30 PM: Getting Great…

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DDay – In Honor of my Uncle John

June 6, 2014

One of my fondest memories was coming up to Boston to visit all of my relatives (yes I had 8 aunts and uncles!) in the summer.   Even as a kid I loved the food (my Aunt Marie would have 5 courses minimum) and the stories.   Yes, the stories.

Uncle Johnny will forever be a part of our lives through those stories. I know he will forever be a part of my life.

Especially on D-Day.

What do I remember most when I think of Uncle Johnny?

First, I remember Johnny as a man of freedom.   He didn’t talk much about the war but I know that it did impact his entire life. He was drafted at age 18 into the Army during WW II and served in the Infantry. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he was bound for the coast of France in an LCI, Landing Craft Infantry, and was one of the last troops to descend into the waters at the beach at Normandy when he was struck by an enemy bullet in the left arm which caused him to fall backward into the LCI.  He received the Purple Heart Medal for his battle incurred injury and returned to Cambridge and Family. He lived the Purple Heart  and Medal of Bravery everyday even though we didn’t find the medals and the stories until after he died.   I thank Uncle Johnny for our freedom today.

Second, I remember a man of Faith. Yes, of course with his passion for the Patriots and Red Sox, having faith was required!   But I do remember his faith is His God. Uncle Johnny was part of the knights of Lithuania.  Uncle Johnny believed in His God but acted with God’s characteristics.   He used to give us kids change to go down to the corner store to buy candy, and even reward us with Silver Dollars. He showed us his faith.

Third, I remember Uncle Johnny as a man of Family.   My mom tells a story where Uncle Johnny brought home chocolates from his work for the family.   (Of course, mom always took the orange inside!) Auntie Helen always told me he was a great Big brother – throughout his life. He worked to support the family while Auntie Anna took care of their mother. And did you know that he took me to lunch almost weekly while I was at Harvard and he walked to meet me?   He and Anna had me over for every holiday that I couldn’t go home. He was my family in Boston.   He never forgot a birthday or Christmas.  And he always wrote us postcards from his trips – even if he did memorize the inscription!   And when my kids came, he loved them too. Because they were family.

There is a saying that goes “tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Uncle Johnny will live in my heart forever. He will live in my kids hearts forever. And I know he will live in your hearts forever. Uncle Johnny was a person of character, humble and respectful of each person’s dignity. He was never boastful nor do I recall him bragging of anything, including his purple heart and medal for bravery. He was a Man of Faith, Family and Freedom.


April’s Fool!

April 1, 2014



James Governor (RedMonk) on how cloud is redefining business!

March 8, 2014

It was great to catch up with James Governor, the founder of RedMonk, at IBM Pulse.

As you can see in this video, James talks about how cloud is redefining business and IT roles leading to a growing importance in trends like DevOps!

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to go check out RedMonk!


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO talks latest design trends at #SXSW

March 7, 2014

I’m sure many of you may be familiar with Tim Brown through his leadership of the ground-breaking IDEO design and consultancy firm. Well, SXSW offers many opportunities, including that to hear directly from luminaries such as Tim.

Phil Gilbert, General Manager for IBM Design recently caught up with Tim, who explained how design is impacting some of the most significant global trends: mobile and big data.

If you haven’t already, check out IDEO and if you are at SXSW, come see Tim speak later today!


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