IBM has become a leader in collaborative innovation, advocating a perspective on innovation that requires transparency, open collaboration and global accessibility.
We collaborate openly, in the marketplace and inside IBM, to work toward smarter solutions to today's problems. This external transformation has been highly visible, but what's just as, if not more, interesting is the internal transformation of IBM to a place where employees are encouraged to innovate collaboratively for themselves, for IBM and for our clients.
In the CIO Lab, the innovation arm of the CIO, we run two programs that promote collaborative innovation at IBM: the Technology Adoption Program and Innovation Hubs. These community-driven programs promote idea sharing and incubation, enabling employees to use their collective intelligence to solve problems for IBM and the world. They encourage collaboration and competition to vet out the best projects, letting community success (or failure) demonstrate business value and influence decision makers.
These programs have innovated how we innovate inside IBM. They support an innovative culture and encourage every IBMer to take part. This new model of innovation aligns with IBM's external collaboration, contributing to the open-source community, running programs to support entrepreneurs, and running “Jams” with clients to innovate in ways that matter to IBM and the world.
Mary M. Keough is Manager, CIO Lab Innovation Communities at IBM, responsible for the Technology Adoption program (TAP) and IBM's Innovation Hubs. These programs offer IBM employees around the globe the opportunity to drive innovation and change across the company through clearly defined processes. Previously, Mary led Extreme Blue, IBM's worldwide internship program offering top computer science, engineering and business students the opportunity to work on innovative projects. The program works to strengthen IBM's ability to attract and retain top developers and entrepreneurs while incubating leading-edge technology projects.
In her 30 year career with IBM, Mary has over 10 years’ experience in corporate innovation and a broad background of technical and management experience in I/T. She began her career as a programmer and has held numerous technical and management positions in the IBM Software Group, IBM Global Services, IBM CHQ and the Internet Division. She was a consultant for IBM Jams Collaborative Innovation offerings, and manager of the Webahead team responsible for exploring and applying emerging Internet technologies.
Outside of work, Mary enjoys tennis, skiing and traveling. Mary has an MS in Computer Science from Pace University and a BS in Mathematics from Le Moyne College. She can be reached at [email protected]
Ryan J. Hutton is Program Manager, Technology Adoption Program for the CIO Lab at IBM. TAP is an internal innovation program where employee innovators find a community, refine their projects with early adopters and prove their business value to decision makers. TAP has provided thousands of innovators with promotion, feedback and hosting, while bringing over 2,000 prototypes apps to IBMers around-the-globe. Under his guidance, TAP has grown by almost 50% in adoption and membership. Last year, TAP deployed a new social web catalog that combines social buzz, recommendations, and videos, which he creates. Currently, Ryan is focused on streamlining the TAP processes around application management and to formalize innovator recognition while continuing to make it easier to create, consume, and celebrate innovation at IBM.
Ryan has pursued his passion for photography for several years and his work has been featured in several publications. Ryan enjoys traveling and writing, and plays electric guitar and bass. He has a BA in Communication from Marist College and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY. Ryan can be reached at [email protected] Download presentation