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IBM and Apple forge global partnership to transform enterprise mobility

Apple and Business Council member IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience,  hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction—faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“Mobility—combined with the phenomena of data and cloud—is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows. Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

For more information visit www.ibm.com/MobileFirstForiOS or www.apple.com/ipad/business.

New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium announced

Business Council members General Electric Co., IBM, and GlobalFoundries joined Governor Cuomo to announce the creation of the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium.

The consortium is expected to create jobs in New York, including 500 in the Capital Region and another 500 in the Rochester area.

The New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) is a public-private partnership of more than 100 companies and universities that will help develop the next generation of materials used on semiconductors at State-owned R&D facilities.  Managed through the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), this next generation of semiconductors will enable power devices to get smaller, faster and more efficient as the current material, silicon, has reached its entitlement.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, chief executive officer and officer in charge, SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT, said, “Partnering CNSE’s world-class research and development resources with the combined expertise of our corporate and university partners will provide tremendous advances for the business, technology and academic communities.”

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said, “GE is proud to support New York’s Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, which places New York at the forefront of the next revolution in power. By partnering, we are bringing breakthrough reliable technology to market faster and at lower cost so our customers and global industries see major productivity gains and operate at peak efficiency.”

The partnership is enabled by the START-UP NY tax free initiative, in addition to $135 million in New York State funds provided to CNSE for the establishment of the NY-PEMC facilities, which will attract $365 million in private funds for a total 5-year investment of $500 million.

Collaboration with CNSE will enable the expansion and growth of both major corporate partners and small and medium-sized enterprises within a vibrant power electronics device and systems integration eco-system.

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New leadership volunteers announced

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. and The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. recently announced the appointment of new members to their respective board of directors and board of trustees as well as appointees to The Business Council board’s executive committee.

“On behalf of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute, I am pleased to welcome our new board members, executive committee members, and trustees,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute.

New Business Council board of directors

Mary Ann Christopher,MSN, RN, FAAN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s president and CEO.  Ms. Christopher has served as president and CEO of the VNSNY, the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, since January 2012.  She is a leading national voice on a wide range of health care issues.

Charles Dorego, senior vice president and general counsel at Glenwood Management Corp.  Mr. Dorego brings over 30 years of diverse, hands-on, experience in all aspects of the real estate industry.  He joined Glenwood Management, one of New York City’s largest and most preeminent real estate development companies in September 2001,

Denise Gonick, president and CEO of MVP Health Care.  Ms. Gonick became president and CEO of MVP Health Care in December 2012.  She also served MVP in various positions over the years including president of operations, executive vice president, administrative services and chief legal officer.

Jeff Jacobson, executive vice president and president of Xerox Technology.  Mr. Jacobson leads the company’s technology business, which provides document technology products and services to customers ranging from small businesses to multinational enterprises.

John McAvoy, chairman, president and CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc.  Mr. McAvoy joined Con Edison in 1980, and has served in positions of increasing responsibility including as president and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

New Business Council executive committee members

Business Council Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns, Pfizer, Inc.’s vice president, business unit public affairs.  Ms. Boykin-Towns has built a reputation as a visionary and strategic results-driver in complex business and government environments with demonstrated success in healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs, communication, and proactive change management.  Ms. Towns’ career at Pfizer, Inc. spans 18 years.

Business Council Vice Chair Thomas F. Judson, Jr., chairman & CEO of The Pike Company, Inc. Mr. Judson began his career in construction working as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873.  In 1985, he established The Pike Company, Inc., one of New York State’s most respected and successful construction firms.

New Public Policy Institute board of trustees

 Sheila Appel, IBM’s U.S. regional director of corporate citizenship.  At IBM, Sheila Appel is responsible for leading the U.S. team — overseeing a range of programs helping to establish IBM as a leader in a new breed of corporate philanthropy — an approach that promotes systemic social improvement.

Michael J. Masse, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., senior vice president.  At HSBC, Mr. Masse leads the bank’s D.C.-based government and institutional banking team.  He previously led a number of teams within HSBC including commercial middle market banking in Central New York/Albany; public banking throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 



P-TECH high schools plan to go statewide


In the fall, eighteen new Pathways to Education in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) will open across New York state, meaning that ninth-graders starting in September will be able to pursue an educational path that lets them graduate in six years with an associate degree.

The sixteen P-TECH high schools will hold summer sessions in July, when students will be introduced to each other and gain a head start on project-based learning and other key elements of the P-TECH model.

Representatives of the schools met recently at a session in Albany to discuss program implementation. The event featured State Education Commissioner John King, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Stanley S. Litow (pictured above) , and Business Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. (pictured above).

Each school will have a curriculum based on workplace learning — designed to provide students with math, writing, collaboration and presentation skills — they’ll need to succeed in today’s business environment.

Each P-TECH school has a corporate partner and the students should graduate with skills that will qualify them to work at major companies like IBM, GlobalFoundries, Lockheed-Martin, GE Healthcare or Bombardier.

Graduating with the two-year college degrees will come at no cost to students in the program.

P-TECH schools were awarded shares of a $28 million state grant in a competition last year offered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The schools are all modeled after Brooklyn’s P-TECH High School that formed as a partnership between the New York City School District and IBM.

IBM’s Litow said the model was conceived as way for IBM to fill the growing need for middle-skills jobs that require more education than a high school diploma but not a four-year college degree.

Speaking to teams of educators and business leaders who are organizing the new schools, Litow said recently that the challenge they face is to bring to scale the successful Brooklyn model.

“Bringing great initiatives to scale is always the greatest challenge,” he said.

Businesses in New York state are projected to create one million jobs that require more education than a high school diploma but not a four-year college degree between 2008 and 2018, according to data compiled by Jobs for the Future and The Business Council of New York State.

Referred by the Brookings Institute as “the hidden STEM economy,” middle-skill jobs will make up 39 percent — the largest portion — of all jobs in New York state by 2018. Jobs requiring a four-year college degree will comprise 34 percent of the workforce while low-skill jobs, those requiring a high school diploma or less, will make up the remaining 27 percent of the workforce.

“The business community recognizes the urgency in closing the middle-skills gap, and that jobs in the STEM field play a major role in driving the state’s economy,” said Business Council President Briccetti.

Education reform a priority for The Business Council

Although last week the New York State Board of Regents approved measures to adjust Common Core implementation in New York state — the class of 2022, instead of the class of 2017, will be the first to be required to pass the more rigorous requirements — The Business Council continues to support implementation and the higher academic standards, without delay.

The truth is these standards are much needed to help close the skills gap that exists between recent high school graduates and good paying, in-demand jobs. The Business Council is not the only organization that knows this crucial need.

A recently New York Times editorial, The Common Core in New York, highlights that although the rollout has been bumpy, giving  students a better chance at a good education, is needed and that the state “cannot afford to let this project founder.”

The New York Post recently highlighted how Common Core can help New York students who currently “trail their counterparts in several Asian countries and Russia on math tests.” The article notes that their competitiveness on science exams is even worse.

State Education Commissioner John King also received a show of support from Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, chair of the state Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus. City and State quoted a joint statement from the legislators in an article who said, “While this has been an emotional debate with marked differences in public policy, there is no doubt that Commissioner King remains a public servant devoted to improving the education and welfare of New York’s kids. We will continue to work towards closing the achievement gap and other urgent issues with Commissioner King and other stakeholders.”

Governor Cuomo also recently announced a panel that will recommend improvements in the state’s rollout of the Common Core. The panel will be led by Business Council member Stan Litow, IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship & corporate affairs and president of IBM’s Foundation, who has also led the pioneering Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) concept.

The Business Council of New York State encourages all businesses to sign an open letter of support for Common Core Learning Standards. Heather C. Briccetti Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. recently said, “The Business Council of New York State strongly supports the higher academic standards in the Common Core and believes that the state must continue to implement the curriculum without delay.  We also recognize that several corrective actions must be taken in order to be sure that there is a smooth transition to these new, more rigorous standards.

In other education news, a pro-charter schools group, Families for Excellent Schools, launched a campaign opposing New York City Mayor de Blasio’s recent reduction of $210 million in capital as well as a new charter rent policy. The Business Council is a staunch advocate for school choice. Charter schools offer parents and students an alternative to poorly performing public schools. The new Mayor’s efforts to place a moratorium on co-location places city charter schools — most of which fall in high-needs districts — in a position of fiscal uncertainty.

Business Council member, Time Warner Cable News’ blog, State of Politics, recently quoted Rafael Lois, the father of two Girls Prep Bronx scholars who appears in a Families for Excellent Schools video, “The de Blasio administration has said parent voices matter to them, but they seem to be discounting ours. My daughters are receiving an excellent education, which is their moral and legal right, and I will do everything in my power to make sure they continue to have these opportunities.”


IBM reports Cyber Monday boost in sales

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Cyber Monday online sales for International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) rose by 21 percent.

The boost was driven mainly by strong growth in mobile sales and IBM said that overall sales in that area have grown 55 percent from a year earlier.

IBM also said Cyber Monday’s online sales were up 32 percent over Black Friday.

Read more on the Journal’s website.

P-TECH leaders meeting wrap up

The first meeting of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYS P-TECH) convened yesterday at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Technology with school, business and government officials from 16 communities statewide focusing on implementation of the innovative new educational model. New York is the first state in the nation to take P-TECH statewide and it is expected the public private partnerships will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs.

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy addressed the group, commending Governor Cuomo’s commitment to New York students, saying, “Utilizing public-private partnerships across the state, P-TECH’s highly innovative program will help our state’s students develop the skills and talents needed to excel in today’s economy. I thank all of our partners for their hard work to make certain that New Yorkers have access to a world-class education that does not put students or their families in significant debt.”

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council and Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship & corporate affairs and president, IBM Foundation spoke about the event on YNN’s Capitol Tonight. Watch their interview here (TWC ID required).


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NYS P-TECH Leaders to implement innovative educational model statewide

The first meeting of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYS P-TECH) convened Monday with school, business and government officials from 16 communities statewide focusing on implementation of the innovative new educational model. New York is the first state in the nation to take P-TECH statewide and it is expected the public private partnerships will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs.

More than $4 million in funding was approved in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget to support the formation of new P-TECH schools in each of New York’s 10 economic development regions. Each region’s program will replicate the successful P-TECH school model in Brooklyn, N.Y. and will include a local school district, university campus, and private business or businesses.

P-TECH, the first grades 9-14 school, launched in 2011 as a public/private partnership among IBM, the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, the New York City College of Technology. The educational model provides high school students with preparation for a high school diploma, a cost-free Associates degree and workplace and career training all at once.

In late August, Governor Cuomo announced the 16 winners who formed public-private partnerships to receive funding for NYS P-TECH. New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development.

IBM, The Business Council, the Governor’s office, the State Education Department, and the State University of New York joined together earlier this year to implement the program. Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

To read more about the P-TECH convening please click here.

Leader of IBM PC team, William C. Lowe dead at 72

The early years of desktop computing were dominated by Apple and at one point in the late 70s, it looked as if computer giant IBM would be lost in Apple’s desktop-dust. That’s when William C. Lowe pitched his bosses at IBM on new idea. He would assemble a team, to conceive, engineer and manufacture a product to compete with Apple in one year: Revolutionary thinking in a company that dominated the mainframe computer industry, but was not known for being nimble.

Lowe’s team bypassed IBM’s proprietary development model and instead used parts and software made by a growing industry of outsiders. These outsiders included a company from Washington State called Microsoft. The IBM Personal Computer or PC, ran on the Microsoft Disc Operating System (MS-DOS 1.0). The microprocessor for the PC was made by Intel. In August 1981, IBM unveiled the 5150 Personal Computer which sold for about $1,500 excluding the monitor. IBM sold the new product through retailers like Sears. The PC was born.

IBM and Microsoft agreed to manufacture software that would not be exclusive to IBM machines. This commitment to open architecture cleared the way for other companies like Compaq and Dell to manufacture IBM compatible PC clones. The PC industry was born.

Lowe left IBM in 1988 to take a position with Xerox. He helped the company expand its product line beyond copiers.

According to Lowe’s daughter, he died of a heart attack. He was 72.

NYS P-TECH partnerships announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State said, “NYS P-TECH offers an innovative approach to equip today’s students with the skills they’ll need to succeed. A highly skilled workforce is a critical element in local economic development. The Business Council and our members are pleased to be partners at the state level and in each local collaboration. We are eager to roll up our sleeves and start planning these new schools.”

Governor Cuomo said, “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

NYS P-TECH was announced as part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget and will receive additional funding and support through the State Education Department. The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.

Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

Click here to see the 16 NYS P-TECH partnerships.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said, “This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout the 10 economic development regions sets New York apart as the first state to ensure that rigorous academics in these schools are directly linked to great careers.”

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York said, “NYS P-TECH is an innovative program that connects high school, college, and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged, and excited.”