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Listen to podcast interview with Maria Azua, VP, IBM Enterprise Initiatives about social networks

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 8, 2010

Maria Azua, vice president, IBM Enterprise Initiatives

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A podcast interview with Maria Azua, vice president of Cloud Computing Enablement, IBM Enterprise Initiatives, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, Maria discusses Latino culture in social networks and cloud computing with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Maria has deep technical skills and extensive experience in software development, managing new innovation projects, start-ups, acquisitions, solution delivery and process excellence. She is responsible for the technical implementation, deployment and operations of the Common Cloud Platform Living Lab share service, as well as the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud. She is also responsible for the creation of a community of independent software vendors, business partners, and technical community that fosters cloud computing IT methodologies and applications.

Maria is also the author of The Social Factor Innovate, Ignite, and Win Through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking (2009 IBM Press, Pearson Education), a book about social networking based on Maria’s leadership in social networking tools at IBM (see IBM Executive discusses social media business benefits).

Prior to her current role, Maria was vice president of Technology and Innovation, reporting to the IBM chief information officer. In that role, she focused on the development of innovative IT solutions and the integration of new technologies. She created and managed the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) innovation program, where more than 120,000 IBM employees participate to create innovations in a development community. Her responsibilities in the CIO office also included the creation of the first IBM Green Data Center.

Maria was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by People magazine in 2006. She has 50 patents and 39 patents pending that span a wide spectrum of technologies. In 2006, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) recognized Maria with The Star Award for her contributions and dedication to the Hispanic community.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Maria Azua,” click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the February 2010 section of the podcast archive.


Click here to buy The Social Factor