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Infographic: Podcasts are rocking learning!

November 27, 2014

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Content transformation and Fire fighting: Two startups make it to Global Finals!

November 26, 2014

What do two startups, one with a solution in content transformation and the other with a solution in fighting forest fires, have in common? They are both heading to the SmartCamp Global Finals! Stelae Technologies and Insight Robotics won our SmartCamp Asia Pacific Regional!

Stelae Technologies, winner of SmartCamp India, has an automated solution that enables an end-to-end workflow for information management. With at least 70% of cost savings over current solutions, theirs is one platform for multiple file types (PDF, Word, ASCII, etc.) and enables rapid turnaround times for converting files into multiple output formats (XML, S1000d, XBRL, etc.).

So, imagine if you had access to a single platform that enabled you to create, manage, and convert multiple file formats. That would be a huge time and money saver!

And I really love what Insight Robotics, winner of SmartCamp China, is doing to prevent forest fires. Just last year in the United States, over 9.3 million acres of forest were lost to fires! Just think of how many acres globally are lost! Thankfully, Insight Robotics has a solution to address this global problem.

Using thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology, Insight Robotics solution allows fire fighters to quickly locate a forest fire, giving them a jump at extinguishing the flames. So precise is their solution that is can spot fires as small as an area of 2m x 1m within 5km radius!

Congratulations to Stelae Technologies and Insight Robotics! I’ll see you both at the SmartCamp Global Finals!

Helpful links:
Stelae Technologies -> http://www.stelae-technologies.com/
Insight Robotics -> http://www.insightrobotics.com/

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Video: Be thankful!!! Pay it forward with Social Business!

November 25, 2014
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Infographic: IBM Digital Analytics Predictions for Black Friday!

November 24, 2014

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Bluemix Girl’s Nights Creating a Powerful Network of Women Developers!

November 21, 2014

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Take back control of your work day!!! My Top 3 Work Transformations!

November 21, 2014

Today work is changing! There are 3 things that I see as significant changes in the work day:
1.  Prioritization is critical in the new work world due to information overload.  I get over 500 emails a day! I have to be able to prioritize the most important work. This makes me think of what Gandhi once said, “Action expresses priorities.”

So, everyday I have a list and cross off those items that don’t make the cut! This is one reason I love IBM Verse! With help from analytics, my inbox is now organized and prioritized, showing the top five actions that I owe or that I am owed, and when they are due! Sweet!!!

2.  Sharing is now more powerful than hoarding information

When I went to school, it was all about memorizing information.  But today true value is in sharing information.   My daughter, in a recent assignment at school, was asked to find the answer to questions through googling.  But she had to ensure that the information came from a trusted source.

With this new IBM announcement of IBM Verse, it enables my sharing.    I can share a file or conversation in just two clicks. Chat and meeting functions are built in, so collaboration is fluid. It’s easier than ever to share information and build great relationships. How cool is that?!

3.  Work when you want but not all the time!  

I love being able to work at any moment, but don’t like having to work at every moment.  Today, a mobile device is freeing …..and is the new style of work.  Doing your mail while waiting to pick up your kids!

With IBM Verse, my team now has integrated business communications even when on the road, and I love it! Sharing is fast and easy. Chat and meeting functions are built in, so collaboration is fluid. And I no longer get lectures from IT about security and cost.”
Here’s a quick video that shows you even more ways IBM Verse is designed to help you get your work done more efficiently!

Sign up for IBM Verse now!

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2 Latin America Start-ups to watch! They Won Their Regional Finals by transforming industries!

November 20, 2014

Two Latin American startups changing the way brands and bands interact with their fans!  These change moments will help to transform an entire industry!

Have you ever stood in line to hear your favorite local band? From my experience, that seems to be a universal thing to have to do to hear your favorite band perform. But what if you could just watch them live from your living room couch? What if you could participate to more personal performance delivered through an app?

That’s exactly what Netshow.me does! Winner and Judge’s choice of our SmartCamp Latin America Regional Finals, Netshow.me is a live-media channel for online marketing, promotion and performing! Their solution can literally strengthening the relationship between broadcasters and performers with their fan base! Live streaming broadcasts can give bands total freedom and autonomy to perform whenever and wherever they want. Very cool! Follow them on Twitter @Netshowme.

The People’s Choice award went to Store Level, a provider of real time in-store execution monitoring using crowd sourcing and mobile technology. Store Level’s mobile app allows consumers to execute social media-type missions based on the brands’ needs.

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In exchange for their work, they can receive cash rewards! Think about the possibilities! Using Store Level, you could actually get paid helping out the brands you enjoy most! Simultaneously, brands can analyze the results directly from their cloud-based dashboard. Talk about a mobile workforce!

Congrats to our two winners, and we look forward to seeing Netshow.me at the SmartCamp Global Finals!

Helpful links:
Netshow.me -> https://netshow.me/
Store Level -> http://storelevel.com/

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Social Business Is Growing and Morphing !

November 18, 2014

I was re reading the recent ibm.biz/SocStudy on social business impact!  If you haven’t read it, please take the time to comb through it!

Some things that struck me! 

First, enterprises are rapidly adopting, investing in and achieving business outcomes from social.  In fact, Pacesetters, those who are exceeding in the market, are 4x more likely to embed social into both their internal and external processes!   43% of the best embed social into their processes but we need more to think this way!  Social is not a channel, but a more effective and efficient ways to transform business processes!

But how do they approach social?   Organizations tend to deploy clusters of capabilities together, each aimed at achieving a specific goal.  Most are driving both internal and external collaboration but the #1 social entry point for most organizations deploying is on a client engagement mobile app.

To ensure success, these organizations are building, educating and protecting the workforce.  82% of these companies also recruit their employees via social networks.

However, most of these organizations are using social analytics to support their decisions, not for making decisions.   For instance, 70% of those who are deploying social analytics still DO NOT USE THEM to influence marketing decisions – still rely on gut feel!!!!

Employees are critical in the battle for mindshare and relationships online!  43% of those deploying rely on employee evangelists to spread the word

Visit ibm.biz/SocStudy to read the full study and start driving your social business impact!

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Why keep cloud in the garage? Entrepreneurs love it in San Fran!

November 17, 2014
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IBM Loves Developers! Video on our community so far!

November 14, 2014

We created this video from all the cool things we have been working with Developers!

Take a peek!

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Digital tip of the week – #TwitterAcademy webinars

November 14, 2014

If you are interested in learning more about Twitter for Business?

#TwitterAcademy offers free webinars on topics such as how to increase your follower base. You can register here: https://twitter.twimg.com/TwitterAcademy.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and it ends with a live Q&A session.

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Vaadin adopts Bluemix and is the first Third Party Boilerplate!

November 12, 2014

The first 3rd party boilerplate inside IBM® Bluemix™. A Bluemix boilerplate is a runtime and an example application which in Vaadin’s case is a fullstack example app with a CRUD view, statistics view, map view and all persisted through EJB services via JPA to DB2 and running on WebSphere Liberty. We’d like to believe this example app is one of the nicest complete Vaadin apps out there.

Go and check it out in order to get a solid start for your Vaadin project.

 

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Are Entrepreneurs Happier? Yes! Intrapreneurs too? Yes!

November 11, 2014

I was flying back from our announcement in San Francisco to provide Start-ups help from IBM to grow and innovate and reading a new book from HBS.  In the book, I read that that those working in organizations of less than 1000 employees are 25% happier (this is per the research from the Zappos “Delivering Happiness at Work”) and entrepreneurs that happiest of ALL!!!  And yes that does include “intrapreneurs” — a great one for me — an Intrapreneur at IBM!

How great since we were just with a set of great start-ups and entrepreneurs!   As a recap, we have been building on our partnership with thousands of start-ups.   Last month we launched of Digital.nyc with the City of New York and Gust.

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Yesterday, we launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups: unmatched in the industry and providing streamlined ways for your start-up to access the IBM Cloud!  We are the first to assist you, as a visionary entrepreneur, assistance on all needed levels.  To assist with the experimentation and development of world class products, we are offering up to $120K of Cloud credits. In addition, 43 local Innovation Centers and 2 Bluemix Garages provide world class technical assistance and training.

This program also included support of a big area we know is critical for start-ups  — go-to-market (GTM)! We have listened to our entrepreneurs all over the world and are pleased to announce two very unique offerings. First, connection to enterprise clients. During InterConnect 2015 we will host ‘CIO meet the entrepreneur’ events and will host meetups and get-togethers locally and globally to make these connections. We are also establishing a GTM Advisory Council to provide assistance and advice on all things entrepreneurial. Building on the world-renowned SmartCamps, business and marketing mentoring is an incredible benefit to entrepreneurs.

In summary, IBM’s new Global Entrepreneur for Cloud Startups includes the following 4 benefits:
1.    Up to $120K of free IBM Cloud services
2.    Technical support from Innovation Centers and Garages all over the world
3.    Linkage to Enterprise Clients
4.    GTM and business mentoring through SmartCamps and a GTM advisory board

 

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Infographic: IBM Announcement on Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups!

November 10, 2014

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I love Entrepreneurs! We love Entrepreneurs!

November 9, 2014

Entrepreneurs are the soul of global innovation!!

And today, start-ups are rocking our world.

According to CB Insight, over $4.6B has been invested by VCs into Cloud Computing over the last year, representing a 113% YOY funding growth!  And this year in particular has been incredible.

  • Q1 2014 was the biggest funding quarter over the last 5 years

I am on the plane right now heading to San Fran and Silicon Valley to spend time with our most valued natural resource:  The Start-Up.   And with Silicon Valley is driving 42% of the cloud deals this year, the adventure of listening, helping, and announcing is my favorite part of my role!!

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Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Join me Monday! A Great Announcement for Startups!

November 8, 2014

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IBM Dynamic Cloud Security: Securing enterprises for the Cloud

November 6, 2014

I have HUGE news to share from the IBM Cloud team! The IBM Dynamic Cloud Security portfolio has been announced!

IBM Dynamic Cloud Security is the industry’s first software and services portfolio designed specifically for securing enterprises across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. This announcement represents the very best of IBM Cloud and IBM Security!

So why is security important to a Cloud strategy? First, we know that Cloud is the infrastructure of choice for data analysis and management. Second, companies need a Cloud solution to remain competitive in the marketplace. With all that data in the Cloud, it has got to be secure!

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So what differentiates IBM Cloud Security? The obvious answer is IBM SoftLayer and Bluemix! Both provide a security-rich environment, whether you are talking about single-sign on, security access, identity managing, or data monitoring.

Here’s further proof that IBM is uniquely positioned to offer security for Cloud!
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To learn more about IBM Dynamic Cloud Security, visit the IBM Cloud Security web site. There you will find more information about the product, services and resource, such as a training video and registration to a forum discussion.

Helpful link:
IBM Dynamic Cloud Security -> http://www.ibm.com/security/cloud/

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Awards season for IBM Business Partners – Apply now!!!

November 5, 2014

It’s awards season!!! No, I’m not talking about the Oscars or the Golden Globes – I’m talking about the IBM Beacon Awards!! Business Partners, it’s up to you to nominate yourselves for these prestigious annual awards!

I hope to see all of our IBMPartnerWorld members and Business Partners nominate themselves for the fantastic solutions they’ve created using IBM products and services! It’s so easy to nominate yourself and the outcome is well worth the time it takes to fill out the nomination form.

Finalists and winners of the 2015 IBM Beacon Awards will gain great exposure to IBM clients and the industry, it’s a great way to differentiate yourself from your competitors, and ultimately it will help you sell, sell, sell! Awards will be presented at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference.

Finalists and winners will receive one complimentary registration to the conference as well as promotion at the conference and on our PartnerWorld website.

Nominations close November 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST so get started on the application ASAP!

I think this is better than a Golden Globe, don’t you?

Get started here!   http://ibm.biz/EcoDBeacon

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Entrepreneurs Win with Augmented reality ! Check this out!

November 5, 2014

Imagine being able to see a printed car advertisement turned into 3D with your smartphone or mobile device. Or better yet, what if with your wearable device a board game came to life as a three-dimensional gaming experience? These scenarios are not fantasy; this is the world of WakingApp!

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WakingApp, winner of SmartCamp Tel Aviv, is a startup that has developed solutions and a platform for creating advanced, interactive augmented reality with multi-user interaction, live data feeds, personalization, social activities, and live 3D games.

Here’s what is really cool about their platform: it will enable anyone to create augmented reality! With their “drag & drop” platform, it is easy for anyone to start creating a 3D experience!

Already, WakingApp is working on a variety of augmented reality apps for different clients’ marketing campaigns, including Nestle, Isuzu’s interactive newspaper campaign, and Interactive AR books and board games.

I say WakingApp just might change the way we approach ads and games for good! Congratulations to WakingApp! Follow them on Twitter @WakingApp.

Check it out!    http://www.wakingapp.com/

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Empowering the consumer: Two Spanish startups shine in Madrid!

November 4, 2014

When was the last time you got your utility or energy bill and were pleasantly surprised? If you’re like me, you dread even opening the bill — especially in the winter in NY!!!!

Now, imagine getting that same bill and knowing what to expect, no ugly surprises. This is what Green momit, winner of SmartCamp Madrid, offers in their solution!

Green momit can enable significant energy savings in your home. Their solution learns from user behavior, comparing and improving the use of energy control systems, and adapting the devices to the customer’s habits. So, not only can it learn from your energy usage habits, but it can also save you money on your energy bill!

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How do they do this? Their solution uses Big Data and Analytics to crunch the math for predictable outcomes and actionable plans. They also use Cloud to deliver and securely store all this data. They’ve got the key ingredients for success!

Already, they have thousands of users and are developing agreements with utilities and other industries to provide this great service! Congratulations to Green momit on their SmartCamp victory! Follow them on Twitter @greenmomit.

The People’s Choice Award winner, Weplan, has a mobile solution aimed at informing consumers about mobile phone plans that best fit their needs. Their free mobile app analyzes phone calls, data, and text expenditures directly from your smartphone.

Managing all this information provides Weplan with a complete picture of your telecommunications needs, as well as providing telcos with business intelligence that will allow them to better understand both their customers and their competitors.

Weplan is hoping to be in 30 countries in Europe and Latin America before year end. I’d say they’re on the right track to educate consumers and industry, alike! Congratulations to Weplan! Follow them on Twitter @weplanapp.

Helpful links:
Green momit -> http://greenmomit.com/
Weplan -> http://weplan-app.com/en/

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Mobile and DevOps – A Winning Combo!

November 3, 2014

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Digital tip of the week – How to change your Twitter handle

October 31, 2014

Digital tip of the week  – How to change your Twitter handle

Yes, you created your Twitter handle a few years ago, without knowing so well what you were doing. And now you want to change it to a more professional looking name. You can do it easily by going to Settings and then “Username.” If your new name is available, you can change it, and instantly you will be @NewName, without losing a single follower.

All your Twitter posts, both new and old, will be rebranded with the new name. But any tweet or retweet you were mentioned in will still be under your old name, and will no longer be linked to your account, so think twice before you change your handle, because there is no step back once you do that.

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Big shout out to Verint, our IBM Big Data and Analytics App Throwdown winner at IBM Insight!

October 29, 2014

Big shout out to Verint, our IBM Big Data & Analytics App Throwdown winner at IBM Insight! Their innovative cloud-based software and services offering captures, analyzes and correlates customer interactions, behaviors and journeys across all channels, so anyone can gain a single view of the customer experience, pinpoint areas of opportunity and deficiency and develop strategies to address them. Check out their video!

Link: http://youtu.be/fnbcDSNQTuc
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Landmark partnership for Cloud-based analytics! IBM and Twitter!

October 29, 2014

A partnership has just been announced  between IBM and Twitter!

This alliance brings together Twitter data together with IBM cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services.

The collaboration will focus on IBM analytics services on the cloud, a new set of applications providing data-intensive capabilities for the enterprise, and  specialized enterprise consulting.

Entrepreneurs and software developers will also be able to integrate Twitter data into new cloud services they are building with IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud or IBM Bluemix platform-as-a-service.

Check out Twitter’s blog!   https://blog.twitter.com/ibm

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Here’s one way to win a SmartCamp event: create a pattern for IBM PureApplication System!

October 28, 2014

That’s how Jelastic differentiated themselves from the competition at SmartCamp Moscow! A true MSP in the making, Jelastic has already committed itself to taking full advantage of their IBM partnership!

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So what is it that their software solution does? Their Platform-as-Infrastructure solution combines the flexibility of IaaS and the ease of use of PaaS within a single platform for a fraction of the cost of existing virtualized environments.

But here’s the really cool part. The pattern for PureApplication System they created turns a PureApplication System into a cloud-ready PaaS solution! Just like that! With the Jelastic pattern, IBM can offer a turn-key PaaS platform for PureApplication System on premises or in the Cloud!

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That’s a great way to make a big impact at SmartCamp! Congratulations, Jelastic! Follow them on Twitter @Jelastic.

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Happy Halloween! The Mask of Mobile !

October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween!!! Have fun with Mobile!

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Big Data and Analytics doesn’t have to be Scary!!! Learn more!

October 26, 2014

Here’s a non frightening way to learn about Big Data and Analytics!   Hear from IDC analysts in a webcast as they share insight from the whitepaper they authored, “The Big Opportunity for IBM Business Partners in Big Data and Analytics.”

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And, just as a teaser, here’s a sneak preview about the IDC findings:

  • Projected revenue of over $32 billion by 2017
  • Focus on Line of Business Decision Makers for sales
  • Big Data and Analytics as a profitable “fast turn” business – potential of sales cycles lasting fewer than 90 days

The IDC whitepaper (requires IBM ID and password) includes the story of three IBM Business Partners (YaData, Aginity, and eCapital Advisors) as they approach the Big Data and Analytics market with their solutions.

This is such an important opportunity, that we’ve dedicated a webcast for this whitepaper. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you attend the webcast to learn more about the market opportunities with Big Data and Analytics.

 

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Big Data helps to Alleviate Diabetes with companies like Diabetizer

October 26, 2014

My brother has Diabetes.   He has had it since he was young so I grew up with this disease in my family.

But a  cure for diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics.

Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation.

It could eventually mean the end of daily insulin injections for the 347 million people globally living with Type 1 diabetes and it will provide new forms of treatment for those suffering with Type 2 diabetes.

In the meantime, take a listen to this set of BlueMix apps — one of which is Diabetizer using “data” to help people with this disease.  ( http://www.diabetizer.com/?lang=en )

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Digital tip of the week – How to write a perfect LinkedIn summary

October 24, 2014

The summary section on your LinkedIn profile is your presentation letter to the world and the way you can encourage people to read on. Simplicity is key to have a good summary that will reflect and summarize the rest of your profile. Here are some recommendations:

  • It should be detailed, but concise. But try to use the 2,000 characters available leveraging key words and phrases related to the role and the business.
  • Be organized: try to not have your summary look too cluttered, instead break it up with Subheads and make it easy to read.
  • Include your contact information. Make it easy for people to find you.
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Digital tip of the week – How to Import your email contacts as connections in LinkedIn

October 24, 2014

Digital tip of the week  – How to Import your email contacts as connections in LinkedIn

You can connect with most people you’ve done business through your email. LinkedIn allows you to search through your email contacts to find anyone who might have slipped your mind or works in a different industry now.

To import your address book:

  • Click the Add Connections icon in the top right of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Click the button for the email provider you use. If you don’t see your provider, click the Any Email button.
  • Enter your information.
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Introducing the new Big Data and Analytics Days!!!

October 22, 2014

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Direct from India: Content Transformation on steroids!

October 21, 2014

Imagine if you had access to a single platform that enabled you to create, manage, and convert multiple file formats. Think of it as content transformation on steroids!  One could literally save untold amounts of time and even resources with such a platform tool!

The SmartCamp India winner, Stelae Technologies, has such a solution!

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Stelae Technologies’ solution, Khemeia, is an automated solution (secure on the cloud and on premises) that enables an end-to-end workflow for information management. With at least 70% of cost savings over current solutions, Khemeia is one platform for multiple file types (PDF, Word, ASCII, etc) and enables rapid turnaround times for converting files into multiple output formats (XML, S1000d, XBRL, etc.).

Stelae Technologies has many recognizable clients, such as Indian Air Force, Rolls Royce Aerospace, Wolters Kluwer, DCNS, Deutsche Bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Follow them @arunasch. I’d say they are already off to a great start!

Congratulations to Stelae Technologies!

Helpful link: Stelae Technologies -> http://www.stelae-technologies.com/

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More cool IBM BlueMix apps! You have to check these out!

October 20, 2014

More cool Bluemix Apps!!!!

Bluemix is IBM’s Cloud Platform built on Cloud Foundry’s open technology, enabling businesses to rapidly adjust to customer needs by allowing developers to mix and match different interoperable app services and tools. Powered by SoftLayer’s global cloud footprint, Bluemix – unlike similar platforms – offers developers the cloud power they need to build without ever having to configure an infrastructure.

Bluemix addresses a growing demand to more easily build cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications – without needing a high-level of technical know-how.

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Digital tip of the week – How to block/unblock a contact in LinkedIn

October 17, 2014

Spam is a reality in LinkedIn too. Even if you have the choice to select your connections, you might allow someone by mistake. Sometimes a fake or misused profile can fill your inbox with unwanted promotions or spam that is not really necessary, apart that they would have access to some of your personal data.
To block a member for viewing your profile, go to his or her profile and move your cursor over the down arrow next to the button in the top section, select Block or report, and then click Block and Continue. The final step would be to click Agree to confirm your action.

The blocked member won’t receive any notification but you would need to add this person again to your network if you decide to unblock him. All their endorsements and recommendations from your profile will also be removed permanently.

You can unblock a member in the Privacy & Setting section, under “Manage who you’re blocking”.

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Two Danish startups could disrupt the financial trading and telecomm industries!

October 16, 2014

Venner, jeg har store nyheder fra Danmark! (That’s Danish for “Friends, I have great news from Denmark!”)

Recently, SmartCamp Nordic was held in Copenhagen in connection with the IBM BusinessConnect Denmark event, ensuring some top-level SmartCamp finalists! Magick was announced as the winner, beating out 5 other finalists!

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Magick is a software development company specializing in cloud-based financial trading technology. Their solution specializes in foreign exchange trade automation and is easily configured by the user with an intuitive client interface that runs on any Web browser. Their solution has the added security of the cloud making it easier for traders to access their data from any computer, tablet or mobile device!

No longer are clients of foreign exchange trading required to do programming to automate their trading. With Magick, it is fast and easy to start trading! Follow them on Twitter @MAGICKnu.

Did you know that in Europe, 94% of mobile phone subscribers limit their usage when traveling and that 28% turn off their mobile phone entirely? Hello World Mobile, winner of the People’s Choice Award, is aware of this problem, and they have a solution!

Hello World Mobile, winner of 4 previous competitions, has a scalable technology platform solution capable of recognizing a single local identity across different mobile networks with a seamless user experience. Their solution enables telecom providers to offer roaming free international subscriptions.

This means no more roaming fees when you are out of your telecom’s network! No wonder they were the crowd favorite! Follow them on Twitter @HeWoMo.

Tillykke til vinderne! Congratulations to the winners!

Helpful links:
Magick -> http://www.magick.nu/
Hello World Mobile -> http://helloworldmobile.com/

 

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Join me on October 22nd for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out”!!!

October 14, 2014

Gang!   I would love to see you in NYC for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out!”   On October 22, 2014, IBM will be hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event for Digital.NYC at our offices at 590 Madison Avenue!

The event will be a fun filled night to build skills especially on our IBM BluemixTM cloud-based developer platform. We will also be offering hands-on labs for attendees to help them better understand the benefits of cloud-based development.  And of course, there will be fun and food!

If you are interested in attending this event visit www.ibm.biz/bluemixgnonyc where you can register now. If you are interested partnering with IBM to host a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event with your group, please contact my colleague Steve Johnston via email at johnstst@us.ibm.com.

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IBM BIg Data and Analytics App Throwdown!

October 14, 2014

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3 great European Entrepreneurs improving lives with mobile, 3D printing and retail in the cloud!

October 14, 2014

SmartCamp season is in full swing in Europe this month, and I’ve got some great news I want to share with you!

Let’s start in Warsaw, Poland!

Have you ever considered how convenient it would be to create a mobile app in under 24 hours? Kinetise has, and that’s why they won the IBM SmartCamp Warsaw event!

Kinetise is a SaaS solution for rapid and easy creation of mobile applications for small business, a great fit for IBM MobileFirst!

Even the most complex and advanced applications can be built with Kinetise because their development engine supports a wide variety of functionality, including design freedom, 2-way communication with external servers, user authentication, and integration with various popular APIs. Follow them @Kinetise.

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Next up is Berlin!

Tiramizoo won the SmartCamp Berlin event with their same-day delivery cloud solution!

Tiramizoo provides a same day delivery solution for local e-tailers and retailers, and it combines online- and offline-shopping while supporting every multi-channel concept.

With their Cloud-based solution, Tiramizoo is setting a new standard with the guarantee of a reliable, affordable and timely delivery from retail to the local customer. As a result, sales increase due to a better conversion rate and higher customer loyalty. It integrates the online shopping  with offline retail stores product availability to a real Smarter Commerce experience. The solution also considers optimal delivery routes and different vehicles, from e-bikes to trucks to reduce CO2 emission and traffic, which helps in building a smarter, and cleaner, planet! Follow them @tiramizoo.

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And now on to London!

Andiamo won the SmartCamp London event with their ground-breaking 3D scanning and printing orthotics service for disabled children. SalesGossip took the People’s Choice award.

Andiamo’s goal is to provide high quality orthotics and reduce waiting times. Think about the positive impact that can have on the patients and their families! And talk about smarter healthcare! Their solution can dramatically improve healthcare services, reduces costs for heathcare providers and touches the lives of disabled children globally. Follow them at @AndiamoHQ.

What an impressive bunch of startups from across Europe! Congratulations to all our winners! I can’t wait to see what happens at the SmartCamp Europe regional final!

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Helpful links:
Kinetise: https://www.kinetise.com/
Tiramizoo: https://www.tiramizoo.com/en
Andiamo: https://twitter.com/AndiamoHQ
SalesGossip: http://www.salesgossip.co.uk/

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Going Global: Top Bluemix Apps Outside the US!

October 13, 2014

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Digital Tip of the Week: Who’s talking about you or your company in Social Networks? Measure it!

October 10, 2014

Digital tip of the week  – Are you aware of who’s talking about you or your company in Social Networks? Measure it!

There are several free tools that can help you track the mentions of you or your brand in Social Networks. One of them is Social Mention, a social media search and analysis platform that allows you to easily track and measure what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time.

The tool tracks the strength of your brand (likelihood that your brand is discussed in social media), sentiment (ratio of mentions that are positive to those that are negative), passion (likelihood that individuals talking about your brand will do so repeatedly) and reach (measure of the range of influence.

 

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Bluemix Girls’ Night Out! Encourage and Empower Us Geeks!

October 9, 2014

Women in the workforce today face a number of challenges and pressures that make their experience unique. For women working in IT, that includes being outnumbered almost 3 to 1. And yet, the IT industry and computer related roles offer many of the benefits and flexibility that women seek.

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According to recent statistics, women hold 51% of positions in the workforce today, but only about 26% of positions in IT. Since 1985 the number of women receiving degrees in computer science has fallen from 37% to 18%.

As a woman, this is particularly frustrating, as the IT industry and IBM have provided me with a number of opportunities for success and development that are not available elsewhere. And there are so many other women who have been able to achieve success as well.

And with the advances in cloud, mobile and social, many of the barriers to create our own opportunities are being removed. Women are playing pivotal roles in startups as leaders, developers and decision makers.

With this in mind, IBM has developed our Bluemix Girls’ Night Out events. These events offer women opportunities for career mentoring and include a focus on enabling them on best practices for cloud-based development using PaaS such as IBM’s Bluemix platform.

Girls’ Night Out is meant to give women of all levels of experience and knowledge a place to come together to support each other, and help spur creativity and community. We are looking to partner with other local organizations to help host and execute them.

And in NYC, we are hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out partnering with Digital.NYC to bring this program to their members on October 22, at our facilities at 590 Madison Avenue.

Our goal is to help foster the next generation of women developers, leaders and entrepreneurs, Because our industry needs the talent and ideas to spur the next generation of technology to advance and change our business and lives.

And we have already seen the impact that these types of events can have. When you bring a group of talented women together, and empower them with support and knowledge the impact is almost immediate. And it only strengthens the communities, businesses and teams which they are a part of.

If you are interested in hosting, partnering or participating in one of these events, please let us know. We look forward to meeting the next generation of leaders, innovators and developers.

 

 

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IBM and Xamarin: Value for the Mobile Developer Ecosystem

October 8, 2014

I just love it when we  can help developer with their Mobile Development!

What was announced!
Today,  Xamarin is announcing a partnership with IBM that expands Xamarin’s enterprise mobile developer ecosystem by simplifying the development of native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices to easily connect to enterprise data and systems through the IBM MobileFirst Platform. More than 750,000 developers use Xamarin to accelerate native app development for multiple platforms; with IBM’s backend capabilities now those developers will have enterprise grade scale, security and management at their fingertips.

This collaboration will expand IBM’s reach to C# and .NET developer communities.  This will help close the skills gap for software application developers by giving them the tools to quickly develop mobile apps.  With this collaboration, 6 million+ C# and  .NET developers will now have the tools at their fingertips to create both engaging user experiences and deliver secure mobile apps with speed and at enterprise scale.

The Facts:
According to Gartner, 70% of the mobile workforce will have a smartphone by 2016 and 90% of enterprises will have two or more device platforms to support. That’s why it is so important for a mobile app solution to be able to scale!

Consider the challenge for today’s developer; they have to meet the ever-increasing demand for secure, connected and sophisticated mobile apps. The relationship with Xamarin expands IBM’s support for first class native development that allows millions of developers to focus more on innovation and driving business value through mobile!

This is GREAT for Developers!
Users in every category have an ever-expanding need to consume and contribute data via mobile devices.  Enterprises must build and manage high-performance apps with a device-optimized user experience that securely integrates into the enterprise environment.   The companies have created an enterprise mobile solution for C# developers that combines Xamarin’s fully native mobile development platform for iOS, Android and Windows Phone with the IBM Worklight platform for highly secure cloud-based data services.

The IBM MobileFirst Platform SDK and IBM MobileFirst Platform studio add-ons are available immediately at http://xamarin.com/ibm for the thousands of partners and millions of developers in the combined ecosystems of Xamarin and IBM.

Here’s what Nat Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Xamarin, had to say:

“Together, Xamarin and IBM are creating an end-to-end foundation for developers to more effectively mobilize mission-critical enterprise data in their apps. The combined Xamarin and IBM solution gives millions of app developers a powerful enterprise mobile opportunity they have never had before.”

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I couldn’t agree more! Xamarin and IBM developers will now have the tools to create engaging user experiences and deliver secure mobile apps with speed at enterprise scale!

To find out more about Xamarin, and to download the IBM MobileFirst Platform SDK and IBM MobileFirst Platform studio add-ons, go to  http://xamarin.com/ibm

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#IBMEnterpriseApp Throwdown: and the winner is… Information Builders!

October 8, 2014

Congrats to Information Builders on winning the IBM Enterprise App Throwdown for their app stress-testing Linux on Power highlighting just how scalable this platform is!

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The Watson Ecosystem Expansion on Bluemix and in multi Industries!

October 8, 2014

We (IBM) announced 7 new Watson API services available on BlueMix, enabling developers to use a wide variety of Watson capabilities. The first wave of Watson-powered apps is debuting in industries such as travel, retail, healthcare, and more. One example is a new company launched by Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and Kayak.com, aimed at reinventing the travel experience with Watson.

Transforming Travel

WayBlazer (Austin, TX), a new company led by travel visionary and entrepreneur Terry Jones — founder of Travelocity and founding chairman of Kayak.com, is looking to redefine the travel experience. Researching travel alternatives can be a near impossible chore. Even for travelers that know their destination and dates, the sheer breadth of options and overwhelming amount of data requires visiting 20 or more website to research, compare, and book a leisure holiday. Powered by the cognitive intellect of Watson, WayBlazer knows, engages, advises, and learns about a consumer with each interaction, using a visual and natural language interface to make sure optimal travel choices are made. The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is using a version of the new WayBlazer app. With the app, the organization hopes to improve convention bookings, increase hotel bookings and provide additional revenue streams from Ecosystem Partner and affiliate marketing opportunities. Watch WayBlazer “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Retail

Red Ant (London, UK) is helping retailers, including Three, a UK-based mobile company, ensure sales associates exceed customers’ expectations with its Sell Smart app built using Watson’s cognitive computing technology. The mobile app is a retail sales trainer that lets employees easily identify individual customers’ buying preferences by analyzing demographics, purchase history and wish lists, as well as product information, local pricing, customer reviews and tech specs. It uses voice or text input to enable a simple question-and-answer interface against the wealth of information available within a retail business, including product information, copybooks, manuals, customer reviews, and more. Red Ant is a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winner.

Reflexis (Dedham, MA) is working with Watson to enable retailers, Quick Serve Restaurants, hospitality, and other companies to uncover hidden demand triggers and provide the best possible customer experience. The company’s Watson interconnect module for the Reflexis StorePulse real-time execution application enables companies to drive best-practice actions in response to local events, social media buzz, news, weather, and other influences that affect customer demand. . Watch Reflexis “Unbox” their app here.

Sellpoints (Emeryville, CA), an e-commerce technology provider, is unveiling its Watson powered app called Natural Selection, which uses natural language to put the right products in front of the right shoppers at the exact moment they’re ready to buy. For example, when a shopper searches for a product using natural language, such as “My second grader needs help learning science basics,” the cognitive app returns product results sorted by relevance, which subsequently increases conversion rates for the retailer.

Transforming Non-Profit

Findability Sciences (Waltham, MA) is bringing a Watson app to the non-profit sector to enable funders and donors to ask questions using natural language and receive answers instantaneously. This enables funders to make smarter investing decisions and better work to maximize existing investments to deliver the most impact. Watch Findability Sciences “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Veterinary Care

LifeLearn (Guelph, Canada) is changing the way veterinarians practice medicine by empowering them with the new LifeLearn Sofie™ mobile app, which helps doctors research different treatment options for animals. LifeLearn’s beta client Animal Medical Center in New York is just one of the leading industry partners using LifeLearn Sofie™ to help improve patient outcomes. The Sofie app, built from scratch with Watson, crowdsources the expertise from the entire profession by analyzing data from text books, knowledge from doctors and teaching hospitals, and uses natural language Q&A to provide veterinarians immediate possibilities that equate to third and fourth professional opinions.  Watch LifeLearn “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Healthcare

GenieMD (Pleasanton, CA) is using Watson’s cognitive intellect and data analysis to understand an individual’s personal health profile and asks Watson questions for the user so they don’t have to in times of concern. For example, the GenieMD mobile app analyzes a persons profile and sends push notifications to the user with information on how to manage their diabetes or how to prevent hypertension. GenieMD is a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winner.

Welltok (Denver, CO) is calling upon Watson’s unique ability to process massive volumes of health data and content within seconds. Building on Welltok’s health optimization platform, CaféWell Concierge dialogues with consumers and provides dynamic, personalized guidance to optimize their health. Watch Welltok “Unbox” their app here.

@Point of Care (Livingston, NJ), a service provider for the health care industry, is using Watson to help physicians support patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The physician-facing mobile app is helping the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America enable MS patients to better track and manage their symptoms easily from any device and will be rolled out across @Point of Care’s 15 other therapeutic areas.

Transforming Information IT

SparkCognition (Dallas, TX), the first cognitive security analytics company, has created a Cognitive Security Insights (CSI) app with Watson to process data to deliver advanced cyber threat defense. Unlike existing security solutions, the Watson powered CSI app thinks like a security expert and can help stop threats for an enterprise. Client ExamSoft, and early adopter, is currently using CSI to reduce the costs associated with false positives, incorporate automated learning systems in the organization that retain critical knowledge, and enable intelligent detection and remediation that can keep up with a rapidly growing number of threats.

CHIPS Technology Group (Syosset, NY), an IT help desk provider for small-to-mid-sized businesses, is using Watson to help their engineers revolutionize the way IT support service is delivered. Watson enables CHIPS engineers to quickly source and provide clients like IT Solutions, Inc. with a high level of customer service, whether working with a mainstream or proprietary app. By rapidly processing an extensive collection of disparate resources, including articles, white papers and manuals, Watson delivers the right tech support response to end users on the first try.

This announcement reinforces IBM’s strategy to fuel an ecosystem of innovators that are helping make cognitive computing the new standard of computing.

Helping Developers Create a New Class of Cognitive Apps

We also extended the reach of cognitive computing by introducing new cognitive services that will be available on IBM Bluemix,   As you know, Bluemix runs on SoftLayer, IBM’s global cloud infrastructure. Now with little to no barrier to entry to cognitive tools, Bluemix users can access an evolving set of APIs and content to build apps, powered by Watson, that help accelerate, enhance, and scale human expertise for confident decision making.

The new services available through Bluemix include:

  • User Modeling: Uses linguistic analytics to extract a set of personality and social traits from the way a person communicates. The service can analyze any public communication the user makes available such as their text messages, tweets, posts, email, and more. Users of the service can understand, connect, and communicate with people on a more personally tailored level by analyzing personality and social traits.
  • Machine Translation: Converts text input in one language into a destination language for the end user. Translation is available among English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and French.
  • Language Identification: detects the language in which text is written. This helps inform next steps such as translation, voice to text, or direct analysis. Today, the service can identify 15 languages.
  • Concept Expansion: Analyses text and interprets its meaning based on usage in other similar contexts. For example, it could interpret “The Big Apple” as meaning “New York City.” It can be used to create a dictionary of related words and concepts so that euphemisms, colloquialisms, or otherwise unclear phrases can be better understood and analyzed.
  • Message Resonance: Analyzes draft content and scores how well it is likely to be received by a specific target audience. Today, analysis can be done against people active in cloud computing or big data discussions but future versions will let users provide their own community data.
  • Relationship Extraction: Parses sentences into their various components and detects relationships between the components. The service maps the relationships between the components so that users or analytics engines can more easily understand the meaning of individual sentences and documents.
  • Question & Answer: Interprets and answers user questions directly based on primary data sources that have been selected and gathered into a body of data or “corpus.” The service returns candidate responses with associated confidence levels and links to supporting evidence. The current data corpora on Bluemix focus on the Travel and Healthcare industries.
  • Visualization Rendering: Takes input data and graphically renders it as an interactive visualization that can range from a common business chart to more advanced layouts. The visualizations can be easily modified to match user needs, visual styling, and types of data being analyzed.
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Wharton and IBM Announce a First of a Kind Exec Program for CMO and CCOs!

October 8, 2014

Wow!

Did you see the CMO announcement from IBM and Wharton?   Wharton Executive Ed and IBM announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind executive program to help Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Customer Officers (CCOs) prepare for and capitalize on the current explosion of customer data.

The course is 2 weeks long and is titled “The CMO Advantage: Evolving Beyond the Digital Revolution.”  It will explore the increasing importance of the CMO in leading customer engagement innovations in the C-Suite.

What does the course look like?

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the transformative impact of the connected consumer on enterprise value propositions and marketing practices;
  • Enhance the role and influence of the CMO and Chief Customer Officer in the C-suite, including rallying and orchestrating the wider organization to align in support of the brand promise;
  • Achieve personal transformation and challenge mental models by applying lessons through live simulations and rapid feedback;
  • Improve the performance of the marketing organization, including nimble organizational design, marketing return measurement, partner ecosystems, and winning the talent war; and
    Join a collaborative network of executive peers for continuous learning.

I believe strongly that the CMO needs to have credibility and authority to influence customer interactions across the organization, not just within the marketing department.

But our facts show something different — the IBM Global CMO Study of more than 500 CMOs around the world showed that 82% of CMOs say their organizations are underprepared to capitalize with advanced analytics on the explosion of customer data.

Since most CMOs believe the complexity of data-driven marketing will accelerate over the next five years, less than half feel prepared for that (and, their confidence is eroding … 70% reportedly felt they were prepared just three years earlier).

Clearly, the time to develop the acumen required to harvest insights and apply them to reinventing brand engagement is now!

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As you finish up homework — loved these points! What **really** matters!

October 7, 2014

Last night I was reading an article on “Harvard and kids” …. and it focused on what’s really important that we teach our kids.

What does this have to do with social?

Well, read below and you will see that being a person focused on relationships and others is what really matters — just as it does in social media!   What are you teaching your kids?

 

  • Does your child have a healthy dose of intellectual curiosity?
  • Is your child resourceful and independent?
  • Is your child happy with who she is?
  • Can your child creatively problem-solve?
  • Is your child passionate about anything?
  • Can your child sit with himself and enjoy his own company?

“By embracing what makes THEM happy, and by seeing them as the creative beings that they are, we can stop competing with each other, and they can enjoy, flourish and even love this one life they have.”

 

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The Rise of Silicon Alley – NYC Entrepreneurship Digital.NYC

October 6, 2014

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Join me on Oct 6, 2pm ET for #IBMDigitalNYC Tweetchat!

October 3, 2014

We launched the Digital.NYC platform on October 1 with City of New York Mayor Bill De Blasio. As he pointed out, we made history that day: bringing the ultimate resource to the city with the fastest growing startup scene in the US!

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I will be holding a #IBMDigitalNYC tweetchat on Monday October 6 at 2pm – 3pm ET to discuss questions such as:

Why/how does IBM partner with the startup community?
How will Digital.NYC continue to evolve with New York?
What is the plan to roll this out to other cities?

Come armed with your own questions and comments to this open discussion!

Register now to receive a reminder or add this to your calendar – I look forward to hearing from you on Monday on #IBMDigitalNYC!

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TGIF: My TOP 3 From Digital.NYC – Check out the video!

October 3, 2014

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