Social Software – Creating Value Today and Establishing Opportunity Tomorrow

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Social software isn’t just for college kids anymore. Connecting communities of business people – colleagues, customers, and business partners – has emerged as a key way to drive innovation, become more competitive, and work smarter. IBM and IBM customers are leading the charge to show how social software and collaboration can lead to more employee innovation, better document sharing, and closer customer relationships.

In this session, Jeff Schick (VP of Social Software at IBM) will describe how IBM customers are using social and team collaboration software to work smarter. Jeff will also share his perspective on the IBM view of the “Collaboration 2.0” future.

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Jeff Schick


Jeff Schick has been with IBM since 1988 and has held various roles in both development and the field.

Jeff started with IBM as a developer and invented the first TCP/IP interface to IBM’s transaction processing systems. The solution linked high performance Unix workstations to IBM’s CICS transaction processing systems on the mainframe directly for the first time. This capability is still the foundation today for IBM’s TCP/IP client server programming model used across banks and engineering companies worldwide.

With his strength in distributed computing and helping to drive IBM’s e-Business initiative, Jeff has also lead architecture and design for many large web based systems for the enterprise. Jeff was responsible for the IBM’s first large Websphere deployments which included leading the design for PaineWebber’ Retail solutions that spanned over 400 branches. Jeff also lead IBM‘s development of for the New York Stock Exchange.

From 2001 thru 2006, Jeff ran IBM’s Worldwide Content Management sales force. IBM’s leadership and growth in content management holds the market share leadership position in this area. Jeff has worked in designing some of the largest content collections worldwide at UBS, DTCC, NYSE, NFL, NBA, Sirius Satellite Radio, Viacom and many others. In this capacity he also worked the acquisitions of Filenet, Venetica (IICE), Green Pasture (Document Manager), Tarian (Record Manager), PureEdge (eForms) and Aptrix (WCM).

Jeff is currently the Vice President for IBM’s initiatives for social software and has overall responsibility for development, marketing, sales and services. In January 2007, IBM announced Lotus Connections, the first integrated social software platform for business. These capabilities are being used at IBM today as well as governments and businesses around the world.

In his capacity as an IBM Executive, Jeff has appeared on numerous news and technology programs including Sirius, CNBC and CNN as well as newspapers and trade publications around the globe including NY Times, WSJ, Financial Times, Business Week.

Jeff serves on the Advisory Board of the Film Foundation as the technology advisor. The Film Foundation is focused on the preservation of film and the education of visual arts in schools around the world. The Film Foundation is an organization that Martin Scorsese chairs and whose Board Directors also includes Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Clint Eastwood and other esteemed Directors.

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Bob Kosovsky
11/18/2009 5:13pm EST

Informative case study of what IBM does, but after about 30 minutes, became tiresome and didn’t go anywhere. It was just a litany of “we have this, we have that..” What Jeff should have done was showed how having all these tools really has helped IBM within and without foster better connections. Stories about people, not a list of software characteristics.

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