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Jim Corgel

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It seems that every day we introduce a new technology and an easier way to use it. But over time this has created a problem—call it the skills gap. We are finding ourselves deeper and deeper in that gap due to the lag between the introduction of technology and our ability to train workers. We surveyed over 2,000 IT and business professionals, students and professors to find out what they consider the major trends and inhibitors that are in IT. Our 3rd Annual 2012 Tech Trends Report will reveal what they think is contributing to the growing skills gap around four emerging technologies. Stay tuned for the release, which can be found on the Tech Trends page. You'll also find more information on the Smarter Planet blog.

Social platforms aren't just about "liking" or tweeting. We now have the ability to tap into the power of social technologies and take hold of tangible business outcomes with our mutual clients. On January 27-31, IBM Connect 2013 is bringing together hundreds of Business Partners, thought leaders and technical professionals to discuss how to reach broader audiences and win in the marketplace. Business Partner Development Day focuses on you and will take place on the 27th. This sales and marketing kick-off event will help you lay out plans and programs to create opportunities and increase profitability. It will connect you with new and social audiences. Register now.

In early February we will announce our IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. We have hosted over 20 worldwide SmartCamp events this year to find the brightest and most innovative startups. Learn more about the chosen startups and how they align with IBM Smarter Planet initiatives.

We can't do what we do without you—our Business Partners. The PartnerWorld Leadership Conference showcases the valuable opportunities of a shared agenda to broaden your solutions portfolio. This will take place in Las Vegas on February 25-28. You'll hear from IBM executives and successful ISVs at general sessions and Leadership Exchanges on mobile, social, PureSystems, cloud, analytics and joint selling. These are the "hot topic" areas that stakeholders and decision makers are investing in. Registration is open and space is limited.

Have a great close to 2012 and I'll see you in Las Vegas.


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Jim Corgel
General manager, ISV and Developer Relations

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