Infographic The Millennial Experience! Why it is important!

December 18, 2014





The Millennial Experience

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3 Core Social Business Learnings and Aha moments!

December 17, 2014

Last night I was at a holiday party, and my colleague asked me “what are you going to blog on tomorrow?”  So I told him I didn’t know but as the night went on, and he asked me questions, he received a lot of value from a few simple learnings so I thought I’d share with you and hope I deliver value to you as well!

1.   #IWillRideWithYou    The tragedy that occurred in Sydney Australia broke my heart.  But one thing that came out was a powerful and positive use of social media.   After the tragedy, there were some women from certain faiths that were fearful about the repercussions to them.  So a group started the hashtag that assured that “I will ride with you!” to support them.  This use of social was a reinforcement that social is a positive force!

2.  Social Selling.   I was struck this week by 2 phrases that I heard from major Fortune 100 companies and start-ups.   The first was that ABC is now not Always Be Selling but now it is Always be connecting.   The second was your Networth is your Network.  Powerful Tidbits!

3.  Images are currency.  Images have surpassed text as the currency of choice in social conversations.   This week alone in numerous conversations I heard about how companies are using emojis, emoticons, and stickers as integral parts of their social media conversations.  Have you heard of the Unicode Consortium ?   I just learned about them and found over 200 new symbols.  And from my techy meetings, I learned that  emojis are “code”, not images, so metrics can be driven through textual tools.

What were your AHAs this week?  Please share!


Kids Code!: The smell of pizza and the sounds of coding in Austin Texas!

December 16, 2014


Early education is so important! That’s why I blogged recently about teaching binary code to toddlers (see my video blog post at http://socialbusinesssandy.com/2014/12/08/video-blog-teaching-binary-to-toddlers-is-it-important-for-all-to-code/). And I believe we should be encouraging kids of all ages to learn how to code and create software that serves a purpose.

What we learned recently is that if you combine pizza with Bluemix, what you get is a room full of students who are ready to create and deploy mobile apps!

At the IBM Innovation Center in Austin, we had 24 middle school and high school students, plus their parents, attend a Kids Code! event. The room was filled with eager students excited about creating their own web-based mobile apps! As they worked on their projects, hands would eagerly go up whenever the students had a question. Everyone was working patiently and diligently! And their parents were engaged, too, as they assisted and worked closely with their students to finish the coding task.


Every now and then, you could hear sounds of delight as students one by one were deploying their first mobile app! It was such a great learning atmosphere!

One of the more fascinating things was the tools each student would use to code with Bluemix. Some were using laptops, some using tablets, while others were using smartphones! I think that is so wonderful because these are the tools of today!

IBM will host more events like this around the globe. However, if you are interested in getting your student involved in coding now, there are great resources online to help you get started. Coderdojo, Code.org and Hour of Code are all great resources you can use to expose your student to the fun and creativity of coding! It might start a lifetime of software creation!

Helpful links:
Coderdojo -> https://coderdojo.com/
Code.org -> http://code.org/
Hour of Code -> http://hourofcode.com/us


Vblog: If there was only one (well 3!) thing to know about LinkedIn ….

December 15, 2014


IBM Cloud Cool Announcements for the Ecosystem – including Docker ..

December 11, 2014

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Internet of Things: Inventors and Operators

December 10, 2014

IoT operators and makers

As a continuation of the Internal of Things discussion yesterday, our second key idea I’d like to discuss is that there are two basic groups of IoT use cases. One is centered around enterprises and entrepreneurs looking to invent new IoT products or services, and the other focused on those looking to optimize their operations. And the truth is that many of our clients, the businesses who stand to gain or lose the most based on their IoT strategy, represent both roles. They are inventors, and they are operators as well.

Let’s say you’re looking to invent new IoT offerings. You must invent and innovate and improve products with interconnections in mind. Think about the type of data those products are generating or are capable of generating.

What new connections are you making, and how will you capitalize on those connections? How will you use the data? What insights are you able to uncover, and how will you leverage them to do what you do better? What new capabilities will the data enable?

There’s a new app, one of the winners of our SportsHack Challenge this year at Impact, that is capable of mapping crime data to create safe run routes, allowing runners to determine where the safest nearby areas are to run, anywhere in the world. Clever stuff.

And to be clear, all innovations or inventions are not focused on an app or product or service itself. Some of the better, more significant innovations over the last few years are focused on evolving or transforming the way people interact with those things. Or on how products and services interact with other devices or organizations.

An example is how Yarra Trams is using IBM big data, mobile, analytics and cloud technology to improve service reliability and get passengers where they need to be, faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Or maybe you are focused on optimizing your operations, bringing things together to create new value. Doesn’t matter if it’s a global supply chain, a production line, a fleet of rental cars or a server farm. And the irony is that today, a fleet of cars actually isn’t that different from a server farm—just on wheels.

Being an operator is about creating the system using technology from multiple vendors and then analyzing, synthesizing and optimizing, fighting to make it work better, more seamlessly, more fluidly.

The new connected car IBM will be working on with Toyota is an excellent example, where these guys are transforming everyday vehicles to gather all sorts of data that can adjust the suspension to accommodate road conditions, send drivers text alerts in real time about inclement weather and so much more.

As an example, we (IBM) helped the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA) integrate advanced analytics with asset management software to reduce downtime with predictive maintenance on its aging infrastructure. DC WASA instrumented thousands of water meters with automated meter reading technology that enables the Authority to use data to create a deeper understanding of usage patterns to provide citizens with more sophisticated pricing and demand response options.

Or maybe you’re both an inventor and an operator.

The point is simply that it’s important to understand the primary IoT use cases, and it’s also important that you know exactly how you or your clients fit into those use cases to build the right strategy for optimizing the IoT.

Tomorrow I will discuss the level of relationship and hierarchy around technology. But really, this point is less about prioritization and more about understanding how the pieces of your infrastructure puzzle fit together to bring you the best big picture the IoT has to offer.  The IoT is the next concentric circle around the cloud. And of course, it is populated by things. But it’s also populated with people.



3 Thoughts on Internet of Things

December 9, 2014


Now, I’m no Einstein, but I do want to offer you three thoughts in the spirit of this quote. Three key ideas to keep in mind when developing or optimizing your strategy for the Internet of Things.

First, the IOT is both like, and unlike, the Internet. Based on our experience across a diverse set of industries and clients, …

… there is an approximately 70 percent overlap between the two. So there is no question that if you have a highly effective Internet strategy, you’re far ahead of those who don’t. Because that Internet strategy proves that you’re already well equipped for the majority of what the IoT will throw at you.

But it also means there is a 30 percent piece that is unique.

And like most things, the devil of the IoT is in the details. In other words, to be successful moving forward, we must focus on the unique aspects of the IoT. And the truth is that if we don’t respect those differences, failure is inevitable.

OK, then what are the aspects of the IoT that make it unique from the Internet? For simplicity, we’ve categorized those things into four primary areas.

1. Different devices.  And more of them. And new ones being invented virtually every day. It is within those devices that the potential to create this common language of the IoT begins; that is the genesis point for unity.

2. Different protocols.  Different rules for data exchange between different systems. Again, if we think about the Tower of Babel analogy, the potential exists with the IoT, but if we aren’t speaking the same language, or at least using protocols that are compatible, what good is it to us?

3. Different types of analysis.  And of course, different types of data that are all growing at an exponential rate. And then there’s all the historical data, ripe with value, that has yet to be tapped. How will it be analyzed? How can you refine your focus and make this now seemingly unmanageable task manageable once again?

4.  And different partners.  Yes, of course it is good to be strong in business processes and operations. But achieving IoT success means having the skills and capabilities that neither IT organizations nor industrial organizations have alone. It will require the right kind of partnerships, the right teams coming and working together to achieve a common goal.

So that’s the first key idea, the importance of focusing on that which differentiates the IoT from the Internet and refining your expertise, skills and partnerships to capitalize on those differences. To transform those technical challenges into business opportunities.

We’ll see the other 2 ideas tomorrow!!!


Video Blog: Teaching binary to Toddlers! Is it important for all to Code?

December 8, 2014

Why are fewer people graduating with a technical degree (12% today vs 37% in 1984)?  Why should you care?

Listen to this video blog to see how people are starting to train their kids earlier on how to code because of the upcoming importance to ALL on the power of coding!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!


As a social tool, LinkedIn is growing in Influence

December 5, 2014

I love the research from the Global Web Index and today’s aha moment was around LinkedIn.   As outlined in our GWI Social report, LinkedIn’s active user figure has increased by 50% in the las6 months.

Did you know that 30% of online 16-64s have an account on LinkedIn?  And 1 in 8 have said they have actively used LinkedIn within the last month.

In fact, 1 in 10 online 45-64s are active on LinkedIn – making it the second oldest network in terms of its age profile and giving it a user base which is similar to Facebook’s.

What’s more, a quarter of LinkedIn’s active users are in the top income quartile, while almost half say they tend to buy brands they see advertised. In both cases, this puts LinkedIn ahead of Facebook – giving some indication as to why the social networking giant is after a bigger slice of this premium audience.


Easier mobile app development tools take over SmartCamp Europe Regionals

December 4, 2014

Our final SmartCamp Regional event for the year was held last week in London. We had 9 startup finalists; that’s the largest SmartCamp Regional we’ve ever had! Eight countries across Europe, including Israel, were represented. It was a truly amazing event!

Watch this short video about the SmartCamp Europe Regional!

The results produced two winners who will be going on to the SmartCamp Global Finals: Kinetise and WakingApp. Congratulations to these two startups for winning what proved to be one of the most competitive SmartCamps ever!

There is a common thread between these two startups. Both are native digital app companies with mobile solutions that allow anyone to create a mobile app, even if they don’t have hardcore programming skills. Drag and drop features are evident in both solutions, making it much easier and faster to deploy the features you want and need into your mobile app.

But why make mobile app development easier for non-developers? According to Piotr Pawlak, CEO of Kinetise, it is “because of the developer shortage. There is simply not enough engineers in the market” to keep up with demand.

Kinetise and WakingApp have tapped into the future of mobile app development, and I couldn’t be more excited to have them compete at our Global Finals! You can follow them on Twitter @Kinetise and @WakingApp.

The People’s Choice Award went to Magick, winner of SmartCamp Nordics. It’s clear to see why they are so popular since their mobile, browser-based financial trading solution makes it so much easier to perform financial trades, especially in the foreign currency exchange trade. Something tells me you’ll be hearing more about Magick, like in financial magazines! You can follow them on Twitter @MAGICKnu.

And I’m so thrilled that Andiamo, one of my favorite startups, received a Special Mention during the event. Andiamo, our SmartCamp London winner, has a solution that uses 3D scanning and printing technology to create orthotics for children in a fraction of the time it took with previous methods… and cheaper, too! They are literally improving the lives of so many children and their families with this innovative solution. Congratulations to Andiamo and continued success! Follow them on Twitter @AndiamoHQ.

Follow my blog post for more on the upcoming SmartCamp Global Finals for 2014!


The 3-D Ultrasound Medical Scanner That Runs On Your Smartphone

December 2, 2014

Imagine that every doctor’s office – perhaps even every pharmacy – had a low cost imaging device running on a smartphone.  The scanner would be able to provide instant, real-time pictures inside damaged limbs and inside other parts of the body, significantly reducing the time taken for diagnosis.

No referrals, no hospital visits and faster treatments.
Several low-cost medical imaging devices driven by smartphones are now arriving. One of the most interesting approaches is from the Butterfly Network which proposes to make a small ultrasound scanner able to run on a variety of smartphones.
One issue with low-cost portable scanners is that family doctors and pharmacists will need training to interpret scan results.  But scanner makers are also likely to offer a real-time on-line interpretation service to assist.  And for a fee.  Compliments of Ray Hammond — a true futrologist!


Taking Government to the Cloud: The CalCloud Story

December 1, 2014

Great Black Friday Retail Analytics – compliments of IBM!

November 29, 2014

Our mega Black Friday wrap report is now out and it’s chalked full of data goodness. So grab a cup of coffee, fire up the analystics machine, and start the day off right with our Benchmark.

The headline: Black Friday drove a 9.5% sales increase from last year!


While Thanksgiving is starting to eat into sales, Black Friday continues to pay dividend for online retailers with a 9.5% sales jump vs. last year according to IBM’s real-time analytics.

Mobile shopping makes its mark on Black Friday as nearly half of online retail traffic came from mobile devices after beating the 50% mobile traffic mark on Thanksgiving. Black Friday mobile sales reached nearly 27.9% of all online sales, an increase of 28.2% last year.

New York City shoppers topped all online shoppers in Black Friday sales, according to the IBM data. New York was followed by Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago.

In the battle of mobile devices, smartphone users were driving the most traffic on Black Friday, but it was tablet users who converted more sales.

Health & Beauty and Home Good online outlets were among the big winners on Black Friday according to IBM data analytics reports. Health & Beauty sales surged 56.9% while Home Goods built a 43.2% increase.

Facebook users coverted orders at nearly four times as many sales than Pinterest on Black Friday. Facebook also drove a higher average order value ($109.94) compared to Pinterest ($100.24)

Summarized — Here’s other Top 8 Factoids:

  1. Mobile drives over 49.6% of all online retail traffic on BlackFriday
  2. Mobile drives more than 1/2 of all online retail traffic for 1st time on Thanksgiving
  3. NYC is the #1 shopping city!  Top cities for online retail sales on BlackFriday: NYC, DC, Atlanta, Los Angelos, Chicago
  4. Smartphones drive clicks but tablets drive cha-chings on #BlackFriday
  5. Retailers get more targeted with the #BlackFriday email promotions sending 11% fewer messages
  6. Apple iOS takes nearly 4x bigger bite of #BlackFriday mobile shopping sales vs. Android
  7. Apple devices drive more than 2x traffic to online retailers than Android  and Apple iOS shoppers spend $121.86 per order vs. $98.07 for Androd – a 24% difference!!
  8. Facebook users convert sales at more than 2x rate of Pinterest on #BlackFriday

The evolution of retail: EyeQ and RosieApp from North America Regionals move on to SmartCamp Global Finals

November 28, 2014

We’re seeing an incredible transformation in retail right now driven by Cloud-Analytics-Mobile-Social (CAMS)! Nowhere was this more evident than at the US Regional SmartCamp Finals recently. The winners chosen by our crack judging team of VCs and startup experts both had something in common: they are transforming the customer experience for retailers and brands.

eyeQ gathers data about in-store customers to help retailers understand how purchase decisions are made at the shelf. How does the customer react to a given product? What role does gender bias play? How much time are they taking to make a purchase decision? eyeQ collects all this information on the Bluemix cloud platform, giving brands better customer insight. (Follow them on Twitter @eyeQinsights)

Likewise, Rosie makes it possible for small and medium-sized brick-and-mortar stores to offer a robust online shopping experience for their customers. They collect data on a shopper’s buying habits and then translate that into an enhanced online shopping experience. Their platform brings together the whole retail supply chain to deliver exceptional customer experience. The mobile-based RosieApp lets customers keep control of when their key groceries run out and order and deliver them automatically! A powerful recommendation engine suggests relevant products. (Follow them on Twitter @RosieApp)

Winning their second People’s Choice Award, BeehiveID’s solution for authenticating online identities clearly has a popular following of supporters and customers. Their solution is a critical service in our increasingly mobile and online lives! (Follow them on Twitter @BeehiveID)

Congrats to all our winners! And we look forward to seeing eyeQ and Rosie at our SmartCamp Global Finals!

Helpful links:
eyeQ -> http://www.eyeqinsights.com/
Rosie -> https://www.rosieapp.com/
BeehiveID -> http://beehiveid.com/


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/


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

November 25, 2014

Infographic: IBM Digital Analytics Predictions for Black Friday!

November 24, 2014



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IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark Hub

Holiday Shopping Predictions Report


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

November 21, 2014



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!


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.


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/


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!


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

November 17, 2014

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!


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.


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.



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



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

November 10, 2014



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!!


Hope to see you there!




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/


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


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!


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/


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!


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/


Mobile and DevOps – A Winning Combo!

November 3, 2014


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.


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


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


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!

russia jelastic

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


Happy Halloween! The Mask of Mobile !

October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween!!! Have fun with Mobile!


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.”


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.



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 )


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.

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.

Introducing the new Big Data and Analytics Days!!!

October 22, 2014



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!


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/


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.


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”.


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!


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/



Internet of Things The Foundation of Success!

December 12, 2014

This blog is my third on Internet of Things.

I began by discussing how the IOT is both like, and unlike, the Internet. It is critical that you focus on that which differentiates the IoT from the Internet and refineyour expertise, skills and partnerships to capitalize on those differences.

Then we discussed the innovators and the operators.  There are two basic groups of IoT use cases. One is centered around enterprises and entrepreneurs looking to invent new IoT products or services, and the other focused on those looking to optimize their operations

The third concept I’d like to share is one that starts to create some level of relationship and hierarchy around technology. But really, this point is less about prioritization and more about understanding how the pieces of your infrastructure puzzle fit together to bring you the best big picture the IoT has to offer.


The IoT is the next concentric circle around the cloud. And of course, it is populated by things. But it’s also populated with people.

All the work we are doing now in the cloud, analytics and mobile is significant, and there is immediate business impact for all of it. And we typically have a very clear perspective on why we do it, how we justify the investment. And until now, the reason for why we have done it hasn’t been immediately focused on the IoT.

But the truth is, whether we know it or not, when we make those investments in cloud, analytics and mobile infrastructure, we’re laying the foundation for the IoT.

And that foundation work is vital, if often under appreciated, because everything else depends on the stability of that layer. Ask any architect, and she’ll tell you how important a solid foundation is to the overall integrity of the structure, to the whole. Everything else depends on it.

And we have evidence all around us that poorly established foundations will ultimately unsettle even the most beautifully designed architecture.

So when we build our Internet of Things, we must build it on a robust and highly secure foundation. In other words, we need to balance our focus on “things” with an equal focus on the people who use those things.

And if we don’t, we can expect the structure to ultimately crumble.

Without the right foundation, the right infrastructure, our Internet of Things is a house of cards waiting for a puff of wind to come along and rip it apart. But with a strong, stable foundation, we give our IoT structure the opportunity to stand straight and tall as a beacon for those that follow in our tracks.

Now where does all of this leave us today?

We must have the courage to undertake the journey, to be bold in our actions.  (Yes, I did write a book called “Get Bold”)  There’s no question that we’ll need to adjust course, optimize, iterate. We also know that we’ll need to have the right partners with the right level of expertise and experience and broad level of capabilities.

And we’ll need to keep moving down this path. And when there is no path, we must be willing and able to forge the way and blaze our own.

Because while the IoT is arguably defined, at least in part, by the new treasure troves of data now being generated and made available to us…

… it’s also certainly defined by a constant, unforgiving and irrefutable demand for innovation.

And the key today is that, as your competitors arrive at your milestone of innovation, you’ve already moved again. Because you never stopped innovating. You are, and must be, absolutely relentless in your pursuit of innovation.

We must all learn to translate this ever-growing global network of data and ideas and “things” into something that makes your business more profitable—and then make sure we’re in a position to accommodate it. Something that helps your city run more smoothly. Helps you save more lives. Helps us all answer that question, “why bother listening?”

So let me know your approach to IoT!!!


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