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Highlights—June 28, 2014

  • Wall Street Journal:

    IBM, Lenovo Tackle Security Worries on Server Deal. By Spencer E. Ante. Excerpts: International Business Machines Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. are grappling with ways to resolve U.S. security concerns over IBM's proposed $2.3 billion sale of its computer-servers business to the Chinese company.

    The deal, struck in January, remains in limbo as the U.S. government investigates security issues around IBM's x86 servers, which are used in the nation's communications networks and in data centers that support the Pentagon's computer networks, say people familiar with the matter.

    U.S. security officials and members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.—a panel that screens deals with possible national-security implications—are worried the servers could be accessed remotely by Chinese spies or hackers or compromised through maintenance, said people familiar with the matter. ...

    Despite the concerns, the deal is likely to get approved, the people said. IBM and Lenovo are mainly trying to address CFIUS concerns about maintenance of the servers, the people said. The companies have said IBM will continue to provide maintenance on Lenovo's behalf "for an extended period" after the sale.

    CFIUS, however, is worried that if IBM's service contract for the servers lapses, the maintenance might fall to Lenovo, which they fear could leave the machines more vulnerable to being compromised by Chinese agents. Maintenance could range from remotely updating software to the physical upkeep of the hardware by a technician. ...

    After IBM sold its PC business to Lenovo in 2005, the U.S. Air Force received a shipment of Lenovo laptops but promptly returned them, said a former senior military cyber official with direct knowledge of the incident. During a test, officials discovered the machines were connecting to China, the official said. The purpose of the connection was unclear, but it concerned officials because it was unauthorized, the former official said. ...

    IBM x86 servers are widely used by the U.S. Air Force and in large data centers run by the Defense Information Systems Agency, which provides the computing and communications networks that support the military, said the former senior military cyber official.

    The servers also are embedded in the communications networks of U.S. phone carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., said people familiar with the matter.

  • EE Times:

    IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds. An IBM executive responds. In this second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker. By Rick Merritt. Excerpts: IBM declined to comment on reports in February that it is exploring a sale of one or both of its fabs. But a senior executive in IBM's chip group makes the case those fabs remain strategic

    "The latest Power 8 processors have four times more threads and twice the memory bandwidth of the desktop-derived processors [from Intel]. That gives us an advantage for the new workloads coming," says Arvind Krishna, general manager for the development and manufacturing unit in the IBM Systems and Technology Group.

    "To get those advantages we have to design our own microprocessors... and to build those processors we have to advance the state of process technology in areas like lithography and [circuit] characteristics."

    Unfortunately, Power system sales are in a significant decline. After reaching a plateau in about 2005 of $7.5 billion, sales started to slide and last year dropped more than 30% to $3.9 billion.

    In its 2013 annual report IBM said it "recognizes that the size of the Power platform will not return to prior revenue levels. The company will take action by right-sizing the business for the demand characteristics it expects." ...

    Neither Burlington nor East Fishkill could be economically upgraded, says G. Dan Hutcheson, chief executive of VLSI Research. Next-generation lithography machines will require special floors and taller rooms, he tells us.

    Nevertheless, several observers believe IBM could sell both fabs to foundries and continue to have its own chips made there. IBM could even continue to develop process technology at its T.J. Watson research center to differentiate future chip designs, transferring the processes to partner foundries. ...

    Arvind Krishna said he takes morale issues seriously, but he considers problems at IBM are in line with the rest of the industry.

    "As a leader for a very large engineering team, I am paranoid on morale... I am paranoid about opportunities that exist for our people; they tend to get hired away," says Kirshna, whose group includes 23,000 engineers and programmers.

    Selected reader comments follow:

    • The end is nigh. What did he say?
      "He said everyone was taking his people and he was sorry he could not keep them, so some of this is universal in the industry. People have a lot more options these days, and it's more acceptable to move around."

      You are joking, right? You kicked them out, they are not going and joining with some other company on their own. You forcefully sent them out and called it as Resource Action and you and your managers gave a sweet name to it as Operation Apollo. That is your fault. Don't put the blame on others. People who were laid off have already moved on and started earning for their families, they will not/can not keep chanting your company name forever.

      Don't tell me that junk excuse everyone in this industry is seeing loss so do I am. I will give you a PBC rating of 3 for that cheap excuse. If P8 saves you and your business that itself is a big miracle.

      Look who is talking- this company has lost the right to talk about ethics. Don't tell me that old joke- IBUmme

    • IBM is sandbagging. "East Fishkill can not be economically upgraded" say analysts...LOL this is a absolute nonsense.

      Intel is doing the bulk of its 14nm wafers at D1D Fab that is older than East Fishkill.

      Moreover East Fishkill Fab is fully equipped of immersion 193um steppers to manufacture the 22nm Power 8 SKUs. Strange enough these steppers are good even for 14nm and 10 nm nodes with multiple patterning.

      The real story is that IBM wants to exit from manufacturing as fast as it can, no matter how many people will lose their jobs and no matter the disruptive effect on Common Platform alliance.

    • Former IBMer speaks. Here's part of an email I got yesterday from a former IBMer responding to this article who asked to remain anonymous:
      "The job market for chip designers in Austin over the last two years has been amazing, with Apple, ARM and Qualcomm all recruiting very aggressively and successfully from IBM and other struggling chipmakers like AMD and Freescale. The IBM server development group in Austin has lost a huge amount of intellectual capital, as the best and brightest were drawn away to higher salaries and more promising opportunities. Design teams in Raleigh and Rochester have also suffered big losses.

      I was one of the ones voting with my feet and leaving IBM last year."

  • EE Times:

    IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point. A proud legacy. In this third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to this crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader. By Rick Merritt. Excerpts: Despite talk of a sale and declining morale, there's still plenty of pride among IBM's current and former semiconductor employees for a team that developed many technologies that laid a foundation for the whole industry.

    "It's a shame to see them talk about divesting -- it's a national resource," says Gary Bronner, an IBM veteran now at Rambus. "A lot of industry innovations were led by IBM."

    "Given their history, it would be a sad day if they really got out of semiconductors," says G. Dan Hutcheson, chief executive of VLSI Research. ...

    "IBM began producing discrete transistors in the mid-1950s for its products," says Rob Lineback, a senior analyst at IC Insights. "By 1959, the company had developed an automated transistor production process, allowing transistors to replace vacuum tubes in its mainframe computers."

    In 1978, IBM was one of the world's leading memory makers, from a technology perspective.

    "They were making 64 kbit DRAMs -- a full node ahead of everyone else -- and moving to 256 kbit parts while the rest of the industry struggled to get there and didn't make it until about 1981," says Hutcheson. ...

    IBM's focus on servers for businesses prevented it from seeing and responding to what one former employee calls "the biggest server buying spree in a decade." ...

    IBM's focus on services created a product mismatch, says Nathan Brookwood, principal of market watcher Insight64.

    "The mega-datacenter guys don't need and won't pay for services; they want lots of dense, low-cost servers. But IBM wants to sell beefier, pricier servers," Brookwood says. ...

    The former IBMer also criticizes the company for not doing enough to create software communities around its Cell and BlueGene processor architectures. He points to a lost supercomputer deal in Illinois as a sign of Intel's increasing dominance in that sector. ...

    "They almost tried too hard to be a leader, an anti-Intel. Now I think the path for IBM is to take their smart people and R&D and work hand-in-glove with the GlobalFoundries people."

  • Gaithersburg Gazette:

    New, familiar faces win delegate seats in Dist. 47. Residents list jobs and education among top concerns. By Alice Popovici. Excerpt: Jimmy Tarlau, a Mount Rainier City Councilman, and former Colmar Manor Mayor Diana Fennell were elected to the House of Delegates in District 47A. Tarlau received 26.70 percent, while Fennell received 23.4 percent. Incumbent Michael Summers earned 17.03 percent of the votes. ...

    At Mount Rainier Elementary School, Aaron Lavallee, 34, of Mount Rainier said he supported Tarlau because of his “solutions-oriented” approach to governing.

    “He played a leadership role on [the Mount Rainier City] Council,” Lavallee said of Tarlau. “I think that will be important for us in the Maryland legislature.”

    Editor's note: Congratulations to Jimmy Tarlau, a labor organizer who was instrumental in forming the Alliance@IBM and who played an active role in protests at several IBM shareholder meetings. We appreciate your service, Jimmy, and hope for your victory in the Maryland District 47 primary election.

  • Glassdoor IBM reviews. Note: At the time of this posting, Glassdoor's IBM reviews forums appears to be broken as the last review shown is dated March 28, 2014.
  • LinkedIn's IBM Official Alumni Group: The Greater IBM Connection:

    If you left IBM in last 3 years for voluntary reasons, share your reason kay@plantescompany.com. I'm writing article on Roadmap consequences. No names published unless I request @mkplantes. By (Mary) Kay Plantes, Ph.D. Selected responses follow:
    • It depends what you mean by "voluntary." Most of the people I know who left recently were forced out by announced changes to the pension plan that would have left them much worse off for the rest of their lives. Those of us who left earlier already suffer from deterioration of the plans, but at least the contractual elements of our pensions are protected.
    • (Mary) Kay Plantes: Thanks. Wow - what a terrible way to get rid of the experienced talent you need to train newcomers.
    • Yes, I left on my own in 2010 after 28 years…since I was on the new old retirement plan that maxed in Dec. 2007, I knew my retirement benefit regardless of how long I stayed after then. With the respect for the individual deteriorating if not, non existent, and no more opinion surveys since IBM is no longer concerned about its greatest asset, people, I felt it time and at 55, couldn't have made a better decision. My retirement is all about no stress and part time work, with both being accomplished with a consistent annual salary of what I left as a band 10…as most have said; IBM is not the same company that they hired in to.
    • I left at the end of last year after 27 years because I was tired of all the layoffs, the gloom of possibly being laid off myself, and issues bordering on unethical regarding attaining billable hours percentages (my last two years were in lab services).
    • Salary in IBM Egypt was too low compared to other multinational companies
    • I quit end of Jan 2014 to spend more time with my two young kids. I found it too hard in this day and age to "clock out" after 5pm to devote my time to the kids. When working with a global team, you are always working. With that said, I enjoyed my time at IBM but my life priorities have changed for right now. I hope to be back when the time is right.
    • There IS life after IBM, and a damn fine one too! I was downsized after 33 years service and had to sign a "I will not sue" paper just to get my reduced pension and med benefits. Oh yes, the paltry separation package would also be forfeit if you did not sign. Now IBM has dumped med benefits for older retirees and offers a cash reimbursement plan,but only if you utilize Extend Health. I now work a couple months out of the year to supplement SS and IBM pension plan (the original which was drastically reduced by forcing us to retire early).

      I am sooooo happy I don't have to work for a politically correct, faked diversity, minority ruled and outsourced products and services corporation that flushed the IBM 3 basic beliefs down the drain in favor of the almighty dollar. The IBM I worked for was the best of breed. The best products, the best people, the best management, etc. The work was hard, fun and full of challenge. We were a REAL team and we knew how to make things happen while still enjoying the freedom to pursue individual excellence.

    • I was in the wrong place at the wrong time in 2002, and despite a 15+ year record of superior performance, was laid off. (I refuse to use the term RA, it is too impersonal). I was hired back in 2006 and worked until 2012, when I had enough time and age to retire. I am still working, but I mainly left IBM because I wanted to go out on my terms, and it is always best to find a job when you already have a job.

      I left a job I really liked, working with system i business partners as a technical resource, but am glad I did because there have since been another two big layoffs in the area I worked, I am am pretty sure I would have been caught up in one of them. I sincerely believe that for every IBMer, that in terms of layoffs, it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when regardless of your talent, skills, or dedication.

    • Well said. I remember being inducted into the Quarter Century Club and receiving a red bulls eye target to wear on my back as a joke. It was no joke!
    • My group was basically downsized. I had stressed induced diabetes from my last IBM boss. Returned from a forced STD stint, I was downsized. I was later told by IBM colleagues that IBM was downsizing people over a certain age making a certain salary. During my STD, IBM sent me for a bunch of medical tests. After leaving IBM, I had heart surgery. During this episode the Head of Neurology at Canada's top hospital told me that I had a stroke prior to IBM having me do all the same medical tests. So the question is ... Did IBM know that I had a stroke and didn't tell me?

      Numerous cardiologists have told me that having a stroke increases the possibility of having a second fatal stroke. Luckily I had heart surgery to reduce the possibility of a second stroke. Was IBM negligent in not providing me with this health information? I am currently investigating the medical details. Once an IBMer, I would never go after IBM. But would go after their medical insurer (Manulife Canada).

    • I retired from IBM on December 31, 2012 after 42 years. Prior to IBM I worked at NSA, my first job after college (go Buckeyes!), for 4 years and 2 years in the Army including a tour of Vietnam in 1968-1969. This experience allowed me to observe different kinds of organizations - government, military, and private industry and also differing styles of management across all these organizations. Despite the prevailing attitudes in today's society, I've had military commanders that I would follow to the ends of the earth and civilian managers that were the worst of the worst.

      My experience at IBM was no different. I had managers, both male and female, that were positively outstanding, and others that were at the opposite end of the spectrum, to put it mildly.

      Unfortunately, over the past several years, I've seen the company change from one where employees were a valuable member of the overall company team and were treated as such, to one where EPS is the overriding consideration and employees are commodities to be used and dispensed with if quarterly targets are not met.

      Bottom line, I've experienced the best and the worst that IBM has to offer. However, I consider myself extremely lucky - I was able to retire on my own terms, when I wanted to, with enough resources to have a comfortable retirement. I retired because I was ready - ready to devote my time and energy to activities where I have established the priorities. I want to wish all of you out there, still working or retired, the best of luck, health, and prosperity in all your current and future endeavors.

    • I left a month ago after 13 years, voluntarily. I was tired of the tortured organizational alignments, felt limited in my ability to contribute and had a recruiter call at just the right time for me. Turns out others value my skills and experience more than IBM did and after a month, I feel like it was a great move for me. Scary for certain, but the one thing IBM did for me was create a level of confidence and courage I did not know I had until I reached for it. I am very appreciative of my time at big blue and who knows, one day I may go back, but for now, I am having fun making a difference for a small company with big ideas.
    • I left IBM voluntarily in December 2012 after 24.5 years. Primary reasons were: constant threat of layoffs, lack of opportunity for advancement, ineffective management, ridiculous PBC system, no sense of community (most people worked from home), contributions weren't valued or appreciated, ... I could go on.

      I was a second generation IBMer and expected I would spend my whole career there just like my father, but it just became an intolerable place to work. Sad.

    • I left IBM voluntarily in 2013 after close to 13 years , because I wasn't happy with the work environment and partly due to the pay. My experience in IBM India is that managers make or break teams and I feel care should be taken when a manager is appointed and done based on their aptitude as well as careful monitoring and mentoring followups.

      This may be a regional phenomena within IBM India but I feel that the implementation of the PBC system is unrealistic, sometimes exerting so much pressure on managers that they tend to drift off into wrong doing and arm twisting their reportees depending on how much influence they exercise (or don't) among their peers and higher-ups. So, individuals stuck with an incompetent manager are generally done for.

      I still value my IBM experience (especially the work with IBM Hursley labs) as the most valuable part of my career and probably would have stayed on had the work environment not become this intolerable in my last team, and the pay impractical to live with.

      I work for another company today , with a better pay , good work environment and better work life balance.

    • I left in 2013 after about 1.5 years because all the projects required me to either go on TAP or commute, which made the work-life balance awful, plus the salaries are way below the market avg, and the processes to move forward in your career are incredibly long.

  • Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert. This week's topics include:
    • Obama Picks Carolyn W. Colvin to Lead Social Security Administration
    • SAME Act Would Bring Equal Social Security Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses
    • Sign the Petition Calling for an End to the Abuse of “Observation Status”
    • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes Parts of State Budget in Medicaid Expansion Fight
    • Maryland/DC Alliance Holds First Annual Awards Luncheon
    • If Social Security Disability Insurance Made a Difference in Your Life, Tell us how!
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    • Maryland/DC Alliance Member James (“Jimmy”) Allen Passes Away
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  • Comment 06/22/14:

    I have been working 12 hrs day including most weekends and it's not enough to do all the work that is required. I have no time to even cook dinner on a Saturday for my family. I have no time to take care of basic items like medical appointments. I feel sad, frustrated and helpless and don't see any lights at the end of the tunnel. -helpless-
  • Comment 06/24/14:

    I worked in the Endicott Plant from 1981 to 1986 4 or 5 of those years were in Bldg 018. I left the Endicott area in 1992. How does one get included in the lawsuit? I was never notified of anything even though I was exposed to many dangerous chemicals in Bldg 018. -longtimebeemer-

    Alliance Reply: The lawsuit was originally setup on behalf of those that came forward from the Village of Endicott residents. It was not focused on the IBM employees. Some of the plaintiffs however, were former IBM employees AND they were also residents of the Village of Endicott. Alliance@IBM representatives made efforts to bring the NYS Dept of Health and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in, to study the effects on 35,000 IBM Endicott employees health records and IBM's industrial hygiene records. Those results were published and made public in January of 2014. If you were an employee of IBM Endicott between the years 1969 and 2002, then you were included in that study.

  • Comment 06/25/14:

    @helpless...do you need help updating your resume? No one on their deathbed ever said, "I wish I had worked more weekends and spent less time with my family." Ever. Change is scary—but the atmosphere of joyless forced labor camp you describe is even scarier. IMHO, time to move along...and if there is some way for us to find one another through the Alliance, I am sincerely offering to help with your resume. -fifteenyearsandcounting-
  • Comment 06/25/14:

    I'm wondering what happened to the rumors that there would be changed to the retirement plans to try and force US employees to retire. At one point, there were posts on here that said there would be changes announced that would ultimately force US employees to retire by year end 2014. Comment 06/25/14: I'm wondering what happened to the rumors that there would be changed to the retirement plans to try and force US employees to retire. At one point, there were posts on here that said there would be changes announced that would ultimately force US employees to retire by year end 2014. -Wondering-
  • Comment 06/26/14:

    Hearing rumblings, rumors in EFK about upcoming IBM announcement; happening next Wednesday, July 2. People are being asked to update their vacation plans, if they will be at work next week. Layoffs, GF deal; who knows. -endless-
  • Comment 06/26/14:

    -helpless-, don't be a puppet. Work your 40 hours then close the laptop. Take care of yourself and your family. IBM will bleed you dry and throw away the carcass. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 06/26/14:

    Sounds like everyone agrees, the 2015 roadmap is going to kill IBM US. Raising EPS is not a strategy, it is only results of a good strategy that obviously, we don't have. I'm not getting why Alliance as a union of the mother company in the US is not organizing a strike in sync with other unions World Wide to request that "Roadmap" to be cancelled, Ginni to be disembarked of course with no compensation has she made enough harm to that company already, and request an actual IBMer to be designated as CIO, so that he can put back our main resource that is IBMers in the heart of our strategy. Without this all what is said here is just verbiage and will not avoid our boat to continue sinking. TSS in France started a strike on their own, but obviously, 80 people on strike will not be enough in the balance, so quite useless. I know a strike is not in US citizen culture, not in mine either, but I don't see other ways. -Anonymous@fr.ibm.com-
  • Comment 06/26/14:

    Taking the T2R (Transition to Retirement). 3-day workweek starting 6/28. Boss said 3 days with 2 hours OT each working day = 30 hour workweek for me. Talked to others I know that are taking the T2R and they said it was stated to them it's three 8-hour days with two off and and anything over eight counts as hours owed back to you before you leave. Anyone else being told they need to work over the 24 hours a week they were told? -T2RTAKER-
  • Comment 06/26/14:

    I am slowly getting sick of my job as a dev in IBM. Everyday, we have client support issues. Fix this, fix that. That takes up 80% of my time. It's endless because:
    • We support one new version each quarter and the management didn't see fit to expand our manpower.
    • We have subpar developers who keep breaking things and their supervisors (who are in fact competent) not watching them closely enough
    • The upper management is hellbent to keep adding more and more to the product when the code is becoming increasingly unstable.

    I really am looking for an exit from this. It's a comfortable workplace but I joined the industry to be at the forefront of innovation and not to endlessly fix stupid bugs caused by half competent coders. By the way, does IBM management spy on SameTIme messages? -depressed-

  • Comment 06/26/14:

    It looks like Day 1 at Lenovo is on track for August 1. Lenovo has leased a new office space for x86 nearby in RTP. Anyone have an estimate for the remaining employee population at RTP? A site that once hosted 12,000+ IBMers is most certainly under 5,000 today. -RTP x86 to Lenovo-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    @depressed — The need to get something out the door to generate revenue no matter what the quality is is paramount. If and only when a customer reports a problem it is fixed. Time to stress test and debug products before being released causes delays in release. Because of self imposed loss of qualified technical staff by RAs or folks leaving there have been crisis meetings in SWG. -Anon-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    At the IBM East Fishkill Site we are seeing a lot of county officials and prospective real estate buyers who have been touring the site along with upper management. Also, the site property is being resurvey along with a host of surveyors. The latest is that there will be an upcoming announcement on who will own the EF site. Building 334 was been cleaned and is being converted into a major conference center which will support up to 4,000 people for the all hands on event! -Bring in the Chairs!-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    For those like me who used to work so hard, going above and beyond and putting in so much extra time but are now refusing to do so, or those that are taking T2R and trying to keep your work hours to a limited number, here is the answer. Just make sure to carefully document everything that you do during your work hours. If you ever get accused of being 'distracted' or not productive by your manager, just pull out your daily or weekly list of accomplishments. Just be more organized than your manager (usually not hard!) That's what has worked for me. -HelpYourself-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    -depressed- asked the same question I came here today thinking about: Does IBM management spy on SameTIme conversations? If so, I'm a goner. Co-workers and I constantly chat about the declining and sad state of affairs at IBM and our do-nothing FLM and SLM. -LetsBeFrank-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    -Depressed-. IBM has the right to track anything you do on your work computer or on the IBM network. There is no such thing as privacy in that context so basically don't say, send via text, SameTIme or email or post on a blog or anywhere else from inside the IBM firewall, ANYTHING you do not want them to be able to attribute to you because they can simply use it as a reason to fire you. Not that they need that any way, being 'at will' but why give them help! Even outside the firewall, one has to tread carefully because it's all ammunition for them if they chose to use it and trust me, some managers will. -Glad To Be Gone-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    T2RTAKER - I took the T2R last time and didn't know anyone who was told they needed to work more than the agreed upon 24 hours a week. That is not part of the program. Tell your manager that you will be there 3 days a week for 8 hours a day so he/she should plan the amount of work they intend to get from you accordingly. If you don't get satisfaction you can go to HR or just work 24 hours a week. They aren't going to fire you for adhering to the program and they can't lay you off. -longtimebeemer-
  • Comment 06/27/14:

    LOL @-depressed- Why don't you ask your manager to put you on the RA list then you can get a package and split. As for SameTime, no, they don't monitor chats. If they did I would have been gone a long time ago. They don't even have anyone supporting the SameTime servers. IBM wouldn't spend the $$ on monitoring it. The only time they might is if someone reported you as being abusive or something on chat. Even if someone wanted to look at the logs I don't think anyone in IBM would even know who to ask. -whatever-
  • Comment 06/28/14:

    Big moving event in Ottawa Cognos building. Workers who have longer years in the company used to get better cubicles. But this time many of them are assigned worse cubicles than less year workers (worker compare to worker, not worker compare to manager). A way to discourage, embarrass and push senior workers to leave without RA cost. -cognosriverside-
  • Comment 06/28/14:

    Don't believe for a minute there is no SameTime admin. I know for a fact IBM uses the same key word search that they use while watching your email. It's a constantly evolving algorithm. You can bet they have added "roadkill" "Ginni" and all the others that show up here in this forum. The software keeps count of the keywords and flags the highest counts. IBM even touted this about a year ago when they offered software to companies to monitor what their employees were saying about them in social media. (And don't use asterisks to cover up words like roadkil*, they get a high ranking in the flag count.) -sametime_admin-
  • Comment 06/28/14:

    @whatever and others. Any use of IBM internal network is subject to auditing or monitoring it's in the BCG you sign every year. ST messages can be analyzed for context via Kenexa offering for social media (IBM absorbed HR company) http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/category/SW333

    All external traffic goes through a transparent proxy. All internal site access that requires IIP credentials can be summarized. There is no group that spends their time looking 24x7, but in big data terms the information is there. -Ex IBM CIO Org Drone-

  • Comment 06/28/14:

    A big announcement next week, joint venture with Global Foundries for BTV. Will finish the year with IBM. Next year all Global Foundries. Loss of vacation pay, TDSP, plant to close by 2016. This is straight from a 3rd level manager. So sorry Vermont. -Joe-

IBM Retiree Issues Comments

  • Comment 06/27/14:

    So, I'm now 52 and change, mulling taking retirement at 55, January of 2017. I'd like to do as soft a landing as possible. I know that currently my department and other departments in my division periodically hire contractors who are ex-IBMers and/or retirees. I'd like to know if any of you have gone that route, what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing so? Also, how did you get back into IBM? Did you know the hiring manager or find another way through contract companies? -mullingretirement-
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