h1

Birds in a V Formation — Enabled to Change Speed Quickly Based on the Lead Bird

July 2, 2015

Today, I was at the beach — my favorite place in the world!  As I was laying down I looked up and saw the birds positioning themselves into a new V formation.

vbirds
Some lessons I learned from the “V”:

  1.  Speed of change.  It’s amazing how quickly they can respond to any changes from the bird in front. The V enables them to sense each other’s movements especially the leader’s faster.
  2. Take Turns.  Birds take turns at the front.  Each then takes a turn at leading and following.
  3. By working together, a flock of birds is greater than the sum of its parts. By not being selfish, individual birds can reap the collective advantage of aerodynamic movements.

Is your team so in sync that they can respond with speed to the leader’s movements?

I’ve learned that much can be learned at the beach!!!!

 

 

h1

Megatrends for Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social

July 1, 2015
h1

Top 3 Factoids for Social Selling

June 30, 2015

1.  Leads developed through employee social marketing convert 7x more frequently than other leads (Source: IBM)

Wow!   Employees are becoming the new sellers!

2.  Sales reps using social media as part of their sales techniques outsell 78% of their peers (Source: Forbes)

Developing a relationship online makes a big difference!

3.  77% of buyers are more likely to buy from a company whose CEO uses social media (Source: MSLGroup)

It starts Top Down!

 

 

h1

Infographic: StartupDelta rocks the Netherlands with IBM support

June 29, 2015

sd_infographic_v1e

h1

Announcing startupdelta.org – the whole Dutch startup ecosystem connected on IBM Bluemix!

June 29, 2015

Today I’m excited to announce a partnership with StartupDelta, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and other partners from the Dutch entrepreneurial ecosystem, on the startupdelta.org digital platform. It connects 10+ innovation hubs in the Netherlands, which together form one of the largest and best-connected startup ecosystems in Europe, built by our developers at IBM Groningen on IBM Bluemix.

startup delta

From today, startups from all over the world have easy access to everything the Netherlands has to offer.

This StartupDelta announcement is an addition to IBM’s partnership with local government teams like Digital.NYC, Tech.London, Tech.Berlin and more!   The goal is to encourage the local ecosystem in their mission and to accelerate entrepreneurs growth in the market.

 

With StartupDelta, the Netherlands will attract entrepreneurs and investors, build an all-inclusive community, and offer the tools and services startups need to start strong and scale up in the Netherlands. Through this partnership, visitors to StartupDelta.org may access comprehensive information about startups, news, jobs, workspaces, events, meetups and much more.

This is an exciting event, as it’s the first time we’re seeing an entire country band together with such ambition in the tech realm. The Netherlands seeks to become the “west coast of Europe for awesome startups,” and we at IBM want to help them achieve that goal! While this is our first time partnering with a countrywide community, it confirms our strategy to help build and take part in entrepreneurial communities in leading cities and areas around the world.

Startups from all over the world will have easy access to everything the Netherlands has to offer. To that end, we’ve brought our best tools and services to the table, from our premier development platform, IBM Bluemix, to our IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud, which provides up to $120 in cloud credit to startups. And who can forget about our amazing Innovation Space located in B.Amsterdam, one of the largest startup communities in Amsterdam.

So welcome, startups, investors, and everyone in-between, to StartupDelta.org!

h1

Who Packed your Parachute?

June 26, 2015

I heard a story about a war hero who did amazing things for his country.  One day while having dinner, a man he didn’t know came up to him and asked if he was that “famous” hero  He replied yes, but how did the man know?

The man explained that he had packed the parachute used in that particular occasion.

The hero went home but was haunted by the young man’s comments.   Had he acknowledged this man when he passed him before?  Why didn’t he know who packed his parachute and prepared him for the adventure?

As I heard the story, I thought, do we acknowledge those who pack our parachute?   For example, our parents who prepare us for life our assistant who prepares us for the day, the VC who took a chance and funded us , or the developer who coded that great app you sold and the list goes on.

So on this wonderful Friday, I want each of you to thank one person who ‘packed your parachute’.

h1

Just for developers – a Quickie Guide to Why these partnerships matter! Box, Docker, and Apple

June 25, 2015

I am here in London at the Cloud Forum!   I had a great set of roundtables yesterday and got asked from many developers what do these announcements do for me!

So I took a stab at a high level view of the value!

Box

  • Existing Bluemix developers can now leverage the world class Box cloud storage API and services for their mobile and web apps! (Box API will join the rest of 100+ Enterprise developer service tile on our Bluemix service specifically made for develoeprs)
  • And existing Box developers can now enjoy the speed of creating new mobile and web apps integrating Box API on Bluemix developer cloud
  • What’s more, IBM has built an extensive Enterprise Content Management capabilities
    • content capture, extraction, analytics, case management and governance, that are complentary
    • these solutions were already deployed in many large enterprises,
    • now Box developers will be able to tap into these rich enterprise content

This is particularly interesting for developers want to get into a few specific high barrier-of-entry industries including healthcare and financial industry, because in the past, the data of these enterprises are held in a vault that is difficult to get.

For example, startups can create apps using IBM ECM API to extract contents data to feed into Watson, and then allow researchers to collaborate on Box platform using the insights generated from Watson.

Docker

By helping making Docker as the standard of “write code once, and take it anywhere“, it removes the lock in that many developers had to spent lots of time when they start their development on the cloud. (for example, it usually takes a couple of days to redeploy an app from developer’s own machine to AWS cloud)

Through this new partnership, IBM offers “IBM containers” for developers deploying their apps onto Bluemix (public cloud) and PureApp (private cloud) and the tools managing the containers,

For the large companies that are very picky on how/where apps get deployed, this new container eliminate the extra work developer need to spend to figure out how to deploy their apps into large enterprise’s private cloud.

Apple

To the iOS developers who wish to create enterprise apps which require server side data integration – the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions extends IBM’s strengths of providing services and middleware with back-end support.

For many iOS apps that requiring backend services, regardless it is nodejs, Ruby on Rails or Java, Bluemix on the other hand provides composable service side app creation and deployment capabilities in an open and common environment.

For Developers who live and work with Xcode (the standard iOS app development tool made by Apple), the Mobile first and Bluemix provides common services such as Enterprise Cloud storage (include Box), backend integration, and Analytics (Watson) right inside Xcode. (btw, this is how IBM created 100+ native iOS apps for IBM enterprise clients)!!

The key here is Bluemix bring enterprise level integrity to the apps created on open source platform such as Cloud Foundry and Docker.

 

h1

Have you seen the new IBM and Box Partnership?

June 24, 2015

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47185.wss

h1

Developers, we’re redefining development at DockerCon!

June 22, 2015

I’m very excited about the upcoming DockerCon event in San Francisco, CA on June 22-23. IBM is once again a platinum sponsor of this conference and I’m so excited about our showcase announcements coming up, including our support of Docker technology through tutorials, birds of a feather sessions, keynote appearances, social media promotions, and more.

I think the biggest news is the launch of IBM Containers on Bluemix!  These are production-ready containers with rich management capabilities for developers to build and run hybrid applications in the enterprise with confidence. Developers get automated monitoring and logging for the most visibility and control to Bluemix with full deployment lifecycle. IBM Containers on Bluemix scale elastically with auto-recovery to meet the needs of application demand. Developers can also utilize the wide ecosystem of services on Bluemix today such as devops tooling and integration services.

IBM Containers on Bluemix are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve expanded our use of Docker containers to run on Power Systems and z System. IBM is the first and only Docker partner to resell Docker Hub Enterprise and we’re now offering on-premise solutions sold with Urbancode Deploy and Pure Application.

Developers are under more pressure than ever to innovate, deliver, respond and react. These same pressures inspired us to create solutions like Bluemix and our thriving, developer-focused community, developerWorks. Despite all the APIs, runtimes, and tools today’s developers need, the Docker container stands out as an incredible solution for a difficult development landscape. We’ve just launched an all in one IBM Container Page on developerWorks to help developers get up to speed quickly on our containers. Check it out!

Through portable packaging, Docker enables a developer to build out the software required to support an application with lightning speed and ease. They can take that data anywhere, running it on a production environment, hybrid cloud, and more.

The conference is sold out, but even if you can’t attend, you can still stay up-to-date on all the excitement at developer.ibm.com/opentech

Contribute to the conversation with #DockerCon and #bluemix.

h1

Cloud and IOT: Making it real at the Imperial College of London

June 22, 2015
h1

Social Sentiment for Jurassic World! Fun with Watson!

June 17, 2015

We love to show the power of Watson!   And I loved the MOVIE!!!

So we  uploaded some Twitter data about Jurassic World into Watson Analytics, IBM’s natural-language cloud-based analytics service.

There were some interesting insights:

  • The country with the most tweets so far is Chile;
  • Women are tweeting more than men
  • Portugal has the highest number of positive tweets, but also the most negative.
  • Overall, sentiment for the movie was positive, which was to be expected. However, there was no appreciable change in the order of sentiment over time. Positive was highest for each day, followed by neutral, then negative and then ambivalent.
  • The global volume of all tweets (whether positive or negative) surged during the last five days of the month.

 

h1

Tech.London Video!

June 16, 2015

h1

Announcing Tech.London – a Digital Ecosystem for London built on IBM Bluemix!

June 15, 2015

Today I am proud to announce the partnership of IBM with the Mayor of London and Gust, on a new digital platform for the ecosystem called TECH.LONDON !!!!

TECH.LONDON is THE digital place for London startups, investors, influencers, and developers to collaborate on innovation and disruption.   tech.london

In one place it has:

  • All London Startups, VCs
  • News
  • Events
  • Meetups
  • Courses
  • Jobs
  • Funding
  • Open spaces

And more

It’s more than just a portal – it’s a digital community creating a World Class ecosystem that will enable the collaboration and innovation necessary for reinvention of today’s world.

There are 3 reasons why IBM has invested in this London Ecosystem NOW.

First, London is a city of Developers – the new King Makers.

There are over 18M developers worldwide — and a large cluster of them are right here in London.   This developer Skill is the key to the kingdom.

Second London is a start up magnet.

  • With the “startup explosion” of over 140K startups globally, London is in the Startup epicenter and was recently ranked one of the top cities in the WORLD where entrepreneurs want to meet up and #1 in Europe.  Did you know 34K digital and tech companies reside in London/

And third, London startups are global – they internationalize at a much faster rate than those around the world.  Over 1B pounds of investment goes into London Start-ups!

Tech.London is an essential resource to help connect and continue the strong growth of the London tech scene.

IBM’s investment in Tech.London is twofold:

First, with technology.   Tech.London is powered by IBM Cloud – our Bluemix platform that is the fastest growing developer platform in the world.

IBM’s sponsorship of Tech.London goes beyond being built on IBM Bluemix.

Tech.London is powered by the People and so IBM is ensuring the local IBM teams, who just rated IBM as one of their favorite employer in Europe, help to create this community.

  • With IBMers from South Bank to Level 39 and beyond, we are sharing our best employees to work Shoulder to Shoulder with the London Ecosystem. Knowhow, Kingdon, Monitise, and Push Technology are examples of IBM’s partnership locally.

Examples include:

  • Hackathons – like the one just last week at Wimbledon where we had teams deliver amazing Innovative solutions around Fan Experience.
  • Academics – like the partnerships at the Imperial College of London – where we are helping students use Cloud, IOT, and their imaginations to power a balloon to 30 kilometers to read information to have weather become Smarter.
  • Meetups with the Future of London in diversity. Diverse workteams drive innovation – so we are hosting meetups and events around Coding to help more women and girls select tech as a viable career choice.
  • Resources – like IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program that allows new companies to use up to 77K pounds free use of the IBM Cloud but more importantly Free Technical Support and GTM help.

Each of these types of activities will now be easily found by the local community by Tech.London to disrupt the WORLD!

This exciting public/private partnership between IBM, the Mayor of London, Gust and a wide range of local partners puts this powerful digital platform into the hands of the London community for the London community.

Tech.London will be a great value to innovation and disruption creating a launchpad for continued growth here in the capital.

TECH.LONDON – check it out!   tech.london

h1

Tech.London Infographic ! Announcing the Digital Ecosystem Powered by IBM Cloud

June 15, 2015

tl_infographic_v1e

h1

Wimbledon And Bluemix! The IBM Hackathon that disrupts the Fan experience!

June 14, 2015

I am live in London for the excitement in the developer and entrepreneur communities.   Monday June 15th kicks off London’s Tech Week!

But we have been busy ahead of time!

For two days, IBM invited developers to rapidly build new ways to create an even more exceptional experience for fans on site at Wimbledon.   The coders used IBM Bluemix,our Cloud platform that is the fastest growing developer platform in the world!

The winners were serial Box which was all about automating the ticket resale process!

hack winners wimbleton

Check it out!

https://storify.com/ibmevents/ibm

h1

TGIF: Don’t automate the personal touch!

June 12, 2015

Our Friday Short piece of Social Advice is Let your brand shine through!

I love this advice that came out of the Social Shakeup in Atlanta!  ” Never automate the personal touch, When you put out content, your personality and value comes in and you don’t want to automate that.”

You can automate amplifications, but you cannot automate relationships.

How do you let your personality shine through? Identify your power users and influencers, understand who they are and build real relationships with them.

 

 

h1

Cloud Expo welcomes the IBM Cloud and STEM focus! And IBM welcomes BlueBox

June 11, 2015

cexpo_infographic_v1

h1

Your Secret Weapon: Video is about engagement and retention!

June 10, 2015

I love video blogs!   Video is so trusted and engaging!  Now I know that retention is also stronger!

Use video whenever you can !

video rocks

h1

Hacks and apps! Cool apps emerging on IBM BlueMix!

June 9, 2015

h1

Join us at the Cloud Expo !

June 8, 2015

h1

AquaHacking?!

June 8, 2015

On May 30th, after months of preparation, the very first #AquaHacking in Canada came to a close! IBM was a large corporate sponsor of the Aquahacking event where teams submitted applications that would help improve and preserve the Ottawa River. This event involved presentations by environmental experts and government representatives, as well as a discussion by Alexandara Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary explorer, Jacques Cousteau, on water preservation benefits from the social tech/digital connections being established.

IBM has a history of involvement in water issues in Canada and has partnered across the country to implement smarter water solutions for many years. Lila Adamec, the IBM Ecosystem Toronto City Leader, was the key leader for this event from IBM, helping to establish the sponsorship and promotion of Bluemix (http://ibm.biz/Aquahacking) as part of the event. More than a dozen teams submitted applications as part of the AquaHacking event. Those teams that chose to use IBM’s Bluemix as their platform were awarded bonus points for their solution scoring. Environmental and technical experts worked closely with the coders on their applications and submissions. The applications were then evaluated by a jury of experts ranging from environmental and technical backgrounds.

The First place award for the AquaHacking was split between the My River team, who created an app enabling citizens to easily report water issues, allowing municipalities to resolve issues quickly and the River Ranger team, who built a geospatial social network, enabling members to view and share information with others based on shared geographic regions. The Aqua Radar team, led by IBM’s Nick Edgar, won the competition’s Future Star award for their app that looks at hydrometric data and lets users pull data based on locations. All of these solutions were built using IBM’s Bluemix platform (http://ibm.biz/Aquahacking).

The next coding competition will take place in Montreal! For more information visit: www.aquahacking.com
Twitter: @AquaHacking
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AquaHacking

For more coverage visit:

ITBusiness.ca: The Ottawa River is about to be hacked and that’s a good thing

CBC News: ‘Aquahacks’ design apps for Ottawa River

h1

Women in Technology Auction! Check it out!

June 7, 2015

WITI’s Executive Auction is a great opportunity to compete for a meeting with corporate executives that could potentially propel your career skyward. At the same time, you will be contributing to the Women in Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation which supports WITI’s Hall of Fame.  There is still plenty of time to place your BID on some amazing Executives, such as Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of Space X, CIO Paul Chapman of the GAP Inc., Esther Dyson, and the list goes on.  Click here to BID NOW.  Bidding Ends Wed, 10 Jun 2015

h1

3 Things I have learned from my daughters about Disruption and Social

June 4, 2015

Yes, my 2 daughters have shared with me

  1. Dude Perfect.   There are 5 guys who were friends at Texas (and a Panda) that have a cool and fun YouTube channel.   They started with basketball tricks and earned “endorsements” from their videos.   Now they do comedy like sterotypes and more sports tricks. Now they have added games, books, and more.    What I learned:  My daughters love the quirky video fun and can’t wait for the next episodes.  Their use of social is amazing and they have taken their passion and used it as a great example of the power of social and passion!
  2. Augmented reality (AR) art.   My daughters recently showed me 2 postcards with art on them that came alive with a small AR app on my phone.  Simply put — wow!  The art came alive with flames that were painted and then on the phone it was real!    What I learned:  The world is changing to such a visual experience.   My daughters expect an experience — whether it is AR or IoT sensors embedded to create an experience.  A good lesson to learn and experiment with!
  3. They want our help.   My daughters showed me today this note that a mom wrote to her son’s facebook friends.  They wanted to chat on it but it was interesting that they “liked” reluctantly what the mom had done.  What I learned:  Kids do like help on social.  My daughters AHA moment was her telling me that the accountability I have with her on Instagram helps her maintain “her” standards.   

 

 

 

h1

IBM Cloud Bootcamps and Badging! Join us!

June 2, 2015

b&b_infographic_v1e

h1

Live from Silicon Valley!

June 1, 2015

h1

Come and join me June 2nd in San Francisco – Step Away Entrepreneurs!

May 31, 2015

Register here!

invite

h1

“Upwardly Mobile”, with Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code

May 30, 2015

Register here!!

 

womens day

h1

Infographic: Power of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship

May 30, 2015

I love this Infographic of the Silicon Valley ranking of cities for entrepreneurship!!!

The top  5 scores were:

  • Menlo Park,
  • Mountain View,
  • Palo Alto,
  • Sunnyvale,
  • Redwood City

Did you see that there is a geographic dominance of Northern California?  The top 4 Silicon Valley cities in the MIT rankings possess 20 times the average start-up quality as California’s median city!!!!  WOW!

silicon valley

h1

TGIF: Millennial Mystery

May 29, 2015

Millennial-Mystery

h1

Digital Marketing Comes of Age

May 27, 2015

h1

New! IBM Innovation Space inspiring Cloud Innovation in Brazil!

May 26, 2015

bz_infographic_v1-01

h1

Honor and Thanks to all those who served

May 25, 2015

A very special thank you to all Veterans who are currently serving our country, who have served, and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  You are not forgotten and your sacrifices are appreciated.   A special call out to my Uncle Johnny, who served in WW II and was recognized for his service in D Day.  I wish you were still with us!

johnny

Our freedoms come at a high cost and we can never rest assuming that our freedoms will always be present, so it’s fitting that there is a day to say thank you to those who voluntarily serve and put themselves in harms way so that we can enjoy our freedom.

memorial day

h1

Unconscious Bias?! What is it and what do you do?

May 20, 2015

Today we hosted an incredible call about Unconscious Bias.   Everyone has them … based on your history, experiences, and context.   Take this test — it is a real eye opener!    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

What is UnConscious Bias?

A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment (Merriam-Webster)

Unconscious biases influence our judgment and decision-making, and because we are not aware of them, can be detrimental in certain circumstances such as what information to prioritize in decision-making, who to hire, promote, and reward, and where to allocate precious resources.

Why do we have these biases?

We work in everyday between the automatic pilot and thoughtful, reflective moments.   Most of us are on that automatic pilot most of the day — driving to work,  the feeling when wearing shoes, breathing, etc  but when we pause and do the slow thinking, we think about the facts and the basis of our decisions.    When you are in System 1 — intuitive — you make assumptions you don’t even know about!

system 1 system 2

Understand the Ladder of Influence:

We have a lot of filters that we need to be aware of.  I love this ladder from Chris on how much data we process automatically.   Alot of our conclusions are based on assumptions, based on a selective set of data.

ladder of influencer

What do you do?  Unconscious Bias:

  • Be willing to examine your own assumptions and experiences.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, say so.
  • Be willing to practice inquiry if you suspect unconscious bias in action: seek to understand.
  • Start from the assumption of good intentions.
h1

TieCon Explodes for IBM Cloud!

May 19, 2015

I love attending the TieCon conferece every year.   It is the world’s largest Enterpreneur Conference with over 4300 attendees, 35% women, and this year 20% women speakers.

The TieCon 50 are the top 50 Entrepreneurs who this year each received up to $120K of the IBM Cloud!   The results for these chosen few are amazing .. with over the past years over 114 successful exits!

tiecon stats

They focused on 8 tracks: 

  • Internet of Things
  • Data Economy
  • Cloud & Security
  • Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Education
  • Youth

I wanted to share many of the great moments from our Global Entrepreneurs!

Kick Sim:

GT Systems – a TieCon Power 50 Entrepreneur!

Airosense:

And the interest in the IBM Cloud was a long long line!   Thanks to all the entrepreneurs for your interest!  We will do our best to help you be successful!

 

the crowds

 

h1

4 Key Themes of social media across global organizations

May 18, 2015
h1

Woman Founders at Black Box Learn about IBM’s Bluemix

May 14, 2015

h1

Introducing the WITI Virtual Hackathon! Sign up now to show off your “entrepreneur” style!

May 13, 2015

witi

In 1935, three decades before the Equal Pay Act, IBM recruited its first women in the workforce. IBM’s founder, T.J. Watson Sr. promised women, “the same kind of work for equal pay.” Since then, IBM has been acknowledged as a world leader in its commitment to women both in and out of the workforce. In 2014, IBM was named one of the 諺Best Companies for Women”by Forbes.

women

It should come as no surprise that IBM has partnered with WITI (Women In Technology International), a powerhouse dedicated to women in tech, on their first ever Virtual Hackathon. WITI started in 1989 as The International Network of Women in Technology and, in 2001, evolved into The WITI Professional Association, the world’s leading trade association for tech-savvy women. Today, WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

I personally invite you to join Bluemix, IBM’s premier cloud development platform, and WITI for an international hackathon where developers, scientists, students, and entrepreneurs will gather virtually to build software, applications, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions focused on the Internet of Things and wearables. The hackathon runs throughout the month of May and is open to open to all.  

Follow these easy steps to get started and get hacking!

1.    Register for the hackathon at ibm.biz/witiregistration
2.    Register for your free Bluemix trial at ibm.biz/witihack
3.    Participate in Bluemix virtual education sessions and review technical resources here: ibm.biz/witihackathon
4.    Start building your app and submit it for review by May 27th.

Prizes include IBM Cloud Credit, a 1-hour virtual meeting with me, 2016 WITI Summit tickets, free WITI memberships and more.

best of

As a board member of WITI and mentor to several women in IBM, I am thrilled to see this type of collaboration and can’t wait to see the apps you come up with!

h1

Wearable IOT? !

May 11, 2015
h1

No Fear Friday – Take that Risk!!!

May 8, 2015

Our short and sassy Friday message is … take that Risk!

There’s no success without risk.   Everything good has some risk associated with it.  This does not mean you don’t look and evaluate reasons you might have challenges or even small failures along the way, but plan your journey with clear goals.

Make sure you are flexible in how you solve the minimal and big challenges along the way.   Don’t let them derail your overall ambitions!

Learn, learn, learn!!!   Each of these mistakes help you to learn.

I love Barbara Corcoran’s quote:  “Failure is what I’m best at.”   Of course, she is wildly successful because she learned from her failures!

h1

3 Internet of Things “Items” you need to know!

May 7, 2015

The cloud has allowed the IoT to emerge.  What is the IoT?   It is a term that describes the growing network of objects that can communicate with each other and complete tasks without any human involvement having to take place.  In November 2014, Gartner stated that there will be 4.9 billion connected “things” in use by the end of 2015,  Wow!

With all these connected devices, connectivity will be the biggest part of it.   5G is being called the smartest network ever and is required for IoT to be successful.

All of us will need to know about the IoT!  Here’s 3 items that are in all the IoT space! 

Internet of Everything.   ABI Research summed it up well by explaining that the IoE has three subsystems: IoT, the Internet of Humans (human input to machines in any form) and the Internet of Digital (generating data and communicating it on for further use).

The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

MQTT.   In order to allow IoT data to flow from producers (sensors on the field) to consumers (IT backends, web apps, etc.), MQTT is an OASIS standard that implements a publish-subscribe communication model. It has several QoS levels making it easy to find the perfect tradeoff between reliability and resources/bandwidth usage.

 

 

 

h1

What I learned from my Mom!

May 6, 2015

Today is my Mom’s birthday.    I don’t get to live close anymore, but we do talk daily.    As I was chatting with a friend who recently lost her mom, she reminded me to cherish each moment so I decided to write the Top 7 Things I love about my mom!

mom

  1. Gives without expecting anything in return.    My mom is the most giving person I know.  Of course to her children, but to all.  She extends herself without expecting anything in return.
  2. Leads by example.  Whether she is gardening, or doing Tax Returns,  my mom leads by example.  She never asks anyone to do anything that she isn’t willing to do herself.
  3. Chooses Attitude over circumstances.   One of the things my mom taught me is that you sometimes cannot change your circumstances, but your attitude you have control over.   Make sure you keep your attitude in check, and don’t let those circumstances control you!
  4. Exudes “Smart.”  My mom was valedictorian in High School but could not afford to go to college.  Yet, she still used her incredible intelligence to be so successful in life.   She is not just book smart, but life smart.
  5. Grows in faithfulness.   My mom is faithful in her faith and God.  She has a gentle and trusting spirit.
  6. Shares Encouragement.   I cannot remember a time when my mom didn’t encourage her friends, family, and even pets.   She is a natural encourager — go Mom Go!
  7. Exemplifies Love.   My mom loves unconditionally.   Her love is soft and gentle yet strong.

I know that Mother’s day is upcoming as well and I cannot be more thankful for the beautiful woman who is my mom.

She has taught me how to be a good mom and leader!

Celebrate your mom today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

h1

The Cloud Academic Program for Faculty! Changing the dynamics for student learning!

May 5, 2015

external ai_infographic_v1-01

h1

Holy Wow Monday! Top Tips for Entrepreneurs!

May 4, 2015
h1

Top 5 Personal Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs!

May 1, 2015

I was reading a few articles on entrepreneurship and the secrets of success of the entrepreneur themselves, vs just the company. Here’s the Top 5 Personal habits that I found in common across all the articles in both first time entrepreneurs and serial entrepreneurs as well!

  1. Prioritize!   81% of the top entrepreneurs (value of $3.2M or greater and successful exit) make one the night before for those priorities that are most important.
  2. The Early Riser!   44% get up and going an average of 3 hours before they officially start “work”
  3. Get Help!    77% of those who are successful have an adviser!
  4. Networked Connectors.    79% network 5 or more hours a month.
  5. Return that call.    86% return all their calls in the same week they were received.

Some great habits here that I will adopt as well !!!

h1

BlueMix Winners from the NASA Challenge!

April 30, 2015

During the NASA challenge, we named IBM BlueMix most Innovative solutions.    For the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix per City participating they received $12K of Cloud credit and if the winning team is a qualified startup, they will be granted up to $120K of Cloud credit in addition to up to 80 hours of technical support and assistance over 6 months by an senior IBM Bluemix developer.

Judging criteria
•    Application originality and uniqueness: 25%
•    Usage of Bluemix services and runtimes: 25%
•    Solution completeness: 25%
•    Business value: 25%

Drum roll please .. and the winners are:

Boston: Asteroid Heroes
Alex Huang, Korina Ysabel, and Mohib Hassan
They developed a solution to help classify asteroids.  Today this is a manual process requiring hundreds of hours from volunteers.  This solution provides an automated mechanism using pattern recognition on existing photometric data and then displays the results visually in a graph.  It should save countless hours of manual drudge work.  Used the Node.js runtime on Bluemix.

Carmel: Launch Window
Mr Jarvis works for Software Engineering Professionals service organization providing market research, software developers and operations professionals to clients.  His solution used the Ruby Sinatra runtime and the Mongodb service to provide a website hosting video (the SpaceX CRS-6 rocket launch from Nasa Public videos)) and a social media response mechanism to allow comments.

Glasgow- Tie! Two Winners: Icarus and Lost in Space
1.  Icarus (Javier Herrera) used the Python runtime to deploy a website that allows you to find the International Space Station from whatever location you choose, giving you the direction and inclination in the sky to find the station.

2.  Lost in Space  (Jamie Stevenson, student) also addressed the International Space Station.  They used the Ruby on Rails runtime with a PostgreSQL plug-in to get the Nasa data and returning a visual representation of the ISS orbiting the earth, allowing you to find and get more information on the various station modules.

Irvine: Water Matters
Quan Chau
Used the Node.js runtime and the MongoLab service to analyze data to help track water usage and drought conditions on the planet.

Instanbul: NTD – Natural Threat Determiners
Eray Hangul used the PHP runtime and the mysql service to display a catalog of earth hazards which you can view by type (atmosphere, land, etc) and date.

La Paz: Fanatic Code
Amilkar Shegrid Contreras Castro used the node.js runtime to display set of asteroids orbiting the sun at a distance that makes them a threat to earth.  If you move your mouse over an asteroid, you get details on the asteroid (name, orbital radius, period, etc) and comets that

London- Tie! Two Winners: Space Watch and The Great British Space Race
Space Watch used the Node.js runtime, MQ Light, Mobile Application Security and the Android SDK to deploy a mobile app that allows a user to find objects in the night sky.

The Great British Space Race used the Node.js runtime and wanted to use Cloudant to persist their data, but ran out of time.  Their solution allows you to compare your travel time to the speed of the New Horizons probe currently en route to Pluto (the fastest spacecraft ever launched from earth).

Madrid: Kepler Quest
Carlos Hayek used Node.js runtime, Push service and the sql database to create a game (similar to flappy birds) where you attempt to keep your spacecraft from running into various stellar objects.

Nairobi: eyeSpace
Nicolas Kisundu connected to a cloud hosting service which contained images and audio recordings and then used mysql and twilio services to do some twitter analysis and display all this on the screen.

New York City: FirstHand
Jesse Lee wrote a solution was using the Node.js runtime and the Node-RED service to gather sensor data from a special glove and its android controller.  They hope to expand their use of Bluemix to utilize some of our analytics services in the future.

Noordwijk: Load Interactive
Davide Ricardo, Joao Abrantes, Gil Filipe, Florian Olivera
Used the Node.js runtime, android sdk, watson speech to text personality insights, and the PHP runtime to analyze speech patterns of streamed nasa content (astronauts, launches, etc).

Pasadena: CatSat
Brian Cottrell created a game using the gamification service where you take a satellite view of the earth and identify and discover natural events as they occur in your field of view.

Sao Paulo: Maintaining Life in Space With The Most Important Ogranism Based on a Story From Rivers and Oceans
no details, on-site mentors awarded prize

And finally our Virtual Winner:
Kelana Jaya (Malaysia): canyousee created a game using the Node.js runtime, redis and mongolab to allow users to practice spotting special events (wildfires, volcanoes, etc) so they can then analyze real time feeds from NASA!

h1

Join me at the WITI Summit! From IoT, to speaker success tips, to millennials ….

April 29, 2015
h1

3 Surprises from Millennials on the Purchase Process

April 28, 2015

I love working with Millennials as well as understanding their purchasing habits.

From IBM’s Institute of Business Value’s study on Millennials, I had 3 Aha moments about how they like to purchase!

  • The world’s gone social!  Millennials meet with vendors face-to-face during the sales cycle, but they would much rather interact remotely during this initial phase
  • In God we trust, all others bring data.   Millennials place equal weight on data analysis and the opinion of family and friends when deciding whether or not to make a B2B purchase costing US$10,000 or more

buying

  • Millennials are eager to share positive experiences, but very reluctant to share disappointments

These 3 ahas, tell me that in order to meet their needs, we need to:

  • Be social in the sales cycle !  Since this social network scene makes the most sense to millennials, consider setting up an internal private social site to gain more input, and answer questions.
  • Share data and analytics to assist in the progression!   Since millennials want the data, share it!   Do your homework to make it valuable but don’t forget the “word of mouth” as well.
  • Make it easy to shout it from the mountain tops!   Since this new generation likes to share positive experiences, make it easy for them to do so.  This enables them to become your brand ambassadors!

example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

h1

IBM Ignites Developers and Entrepreneurs in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Amsterdam

April 27, 2015

europe_infographic_v1-01

h1

Weather Channel and IBM in the Cloud!

April 27, 2015
h1

The keys to monetizing the Internet of Things

July 2, 2015

The keys to monetizing the Internet of Things #IoT #bluemix


The keys to monetizing the Internet of Things


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

h1

Where is the Internet of Things being invented?…

July 2, 2015

Where is the Internet of Things being invented? Not in Silicon Valley #IoT #innovation


Where is the Internet of Things being invented?…

The emerging consensus view of humanity’s imminent future is that just about everything will soon be interconnected with just about everything else.


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

h1

Covering new geographies: e-SignLive expands…

July 1, 2015

Covering new geographies: e-SignLive expands with IBM Cloud #esignatures #authentication


Covering new geographies: e-SignLive expands…


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

h1

StartupDelta.org built and launched on IBM…

June 30, 2015

StartupDelta.org built & launched on IBM Bluemix for Dutch startups, entrepreneurs, & developers #thenetherlands #ibm #bluemix

StartupDelta.org built and launched on IBM…


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 33,655 other followers

%d bloggers like this: