IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 40

STOP RUN

PHOTO COURTESY OF SANDY SHERRILL

Sandy Sherrill
offers her online
dating program,
From Readiness
to Relationship,
up to five times
a year.

Data Points to Love
IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise
to help others navigate online dating
Holly Eamon
is copy editor
at IBM Systems
Magazine.

D

uring her 29 years at
IBM, Sandy Sherrill,
worldwide market manager for IMS*, has worn several
hats, from technical writer to
release coordinator to program
manager. It's no different outside
of the office, where one of the
most rewarding roles she fulfills
is that of a life coach with an
online dating focus.
After receiving coaching services that led her to a successful
relationship nearly four years
ago, Sherrill wanted to pass her
newfound wisdom to others
struggling with similar issues.
"I started to weave spiritual
principles into that guidance,
and it evolved organically into
unique online dating advice,"
she recalls. "I was getting so
many questions from people, I
thought, 'Why don't I just bring

them all together and have a
salon-style discussion?' "
She began by hosting smallgroup meetings four to five
times a year, meeting weekly
for up to six weeks. "I found
that everybody wants a silver
bullet-the magical piece of
advice that will make everything
happen fast-but there is no
such thing," she says. Meetings
are supplemented with a formal
class and one-on-one sessions
with individuals.
Because so much dating
advice exists, Sherrill first helps
her clients unlearn specific
behaviors. "When they realize
that certain habits or beliefs
have systematically not worked
for them because those things
are not based in reality, they
have their 'aha! moment,' " she
explains. "It's great to see them

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shift and get more optimistic
about the whole process."
In slight contrast to her work in
the technology industry, one habit
she encourages clients to break
is their trust in dating websites'
matching algorithms. "They
assume these algorithms must be
right because companies spent
millions of dollars developing
them, but they still have to learn
about the person," Sherrill notes.
She compares the dating
process to IBM's continuous
reinvention of itself. "Technology
is one component of where we
are now, with respect to being a
cognitive company with cloud,
Bluemix*, etc.," she explains.
"On the cognitive side, all of these
data points are what IBM wants
our clients to leverage. You perform analytics on all of your data,
and I tell my clients to do the
same thing. After collecting data
points on an individual, do your
own analysis. And when you're
too focused on the silver bullet,
you miss all of those points. Even
on the IBM side, you can't lead
with technology-you have to
build a human relationship."
Because of this philosophy,
Sherrill discourages clients from
texting potential suitors. It's
difficult for some, but texting is the
worst tool for communicating with
someone new, she notes. Instead,
she advises them to talk on the
phone before meeting in person.
Sherrill isn't a certified life
coach but is investigating the
certification process to determine
if it's a logical step for her future.
Her long-term goal is to write a
book. For now, she's focused on
writing for online channels and
preparing for another six-week
course beginning this month.


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
Techbits:
Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Techbits:
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2017 - Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
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