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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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IBM Design Team Dishes on the creation of BLUEMIX!!!

October 3, 2014

I caught up with a number of young rockstars from our Austin design studio at SXSW, and asked them to explain the process for the design of IBM Bluemix. We had quite a discussion!

More on IBM Bluemix

More on IBM Design

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IBM Open Power App Throwdown at Enterprise 2014!

October 2, 2014

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Silicon REAL! Why London is HOT and Entrepreneurs are Cool!

October 2, 2014

Gang;  I was just in London and had a great time with the Silicon Real gang!

Take  a watch!

 https://siliconreal.squarespace.com/episodes/2014/9/22/sandy-carter-ibm-global-general-manager-of-ecosystem-development-social-business-evangelism

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Entrepreneur Fire! SmartCamp comes to Dallas, y’all! Visual Content and Conversion WON the Day!

September 30, 2014

The very first SmartCamp Dallas event was held recently, and there were PHENOMENAL startups competing to be a finalist in the event. Two startups stood out from all the rest: ImageVision and Digital Certainty!

Congratulations to ImageVision, the judges’ choice and winner of SmartCamp Dallas! And congratulations to Digital Certainty, the people’s choice award winner!

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By using image recognition and machine learning technology, ImageVision built a search system that helps web and social media companies monetize their visual content and automate the recognition and tagging of images and videos. Customers can tap into their visual search system using ImageVision’s web APIs.

Think of ImageVision as the watchdog for large web companies that deal with tens of thousands of images. ImageVision allows them to monitor and manage all those images and videos!

Digital Certainty’s solution designed to increase the conversion rate of your marketing plan. Turning web and mobile visitors into paying customers – faster than anyone else – is their goal!

Lastly, congratulations to the Dallas team! Nice job on your first SmartCamp event!

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Four Colorado Entrepreneurs stand out at Denver Startup Week!

September 29, 2014

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IBM is doing so many things with startups, it’s hard to keep up! I’ve blogged a lot about SmartCamps, so you probably think SmartCamps are the only things we have going for entrepreneurs. But nothing could be farther from the truth!

Case in point, IBM was recently a sponsor of the Denver Startup Week. There were 5,500+ startup community members and over 650 companies engaged in over 125 community-driven events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City!

And I’m thrilled to say that the event marked the first time IBM Global Entrepreneur was involved at an entrepreneurial event in Colorado. Something tells me, it won’t be the last!

The four winning startups were B&C Electronic Engineering, SPF Solutions, S’ync, and Enterprise Sentinel.

B&C Electronic Engineering has a solution that shares responding emergency vehicles locations with other emergency agencies (fire, police, ambulance). This is critical for first responders. We all know about the chaotic nature at the scene of an accident, add to that the multiple emergency vehicles that are arriving at the scene. B&C Electronic Engineering’s solution can reduce the chaos for the emergency vehicles by giving them critical information about the location of other emergency vehicles.

SPF Solutions’ mobile app is going to make your “take-out” experience better! SPF Solutions has created an app for customers that enables them to place their food order and then be notified when it is ready for pickup. With this kind of automation, fewer mistakes are made and it frees up the restaurant staff to do other tasks. Sounds like greater efficiency and better service to me!

S’ync is tackling a huge issue in the realm of smarter transportation. Their solution uses GPS location data to map traffic flow, rates, and conditions to synch traffic lights. Think of it! Improving the flow of traffic is a benefit to everyone!

Enterprise Sentinel monitors enterprise data from any source, providing transactional analytics as well as executing pre-emptive actions to prevent issues from occurring.  This predictive analytics capability plays very well in health monitoring as well as other industry use-cases.

Congratulations to these four startups! I know I look forward to hearing more about them in future SmartCamp events!

For more information:

B&C Electronic Engineering -> http://www.911eta.com/
SPF Solutions -> http://www.spfsolutions.biz/
Enterprise Sentinel-> http://enterprisesentinel.com/

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Entrepreneurs – Are you thinking & talking design?

September 29, 2014

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Digital tip of the week – Create customize LindedIn invitations for better engagement

September 26, 2014
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Come to a Hackathon!!!! Infographic

September 25, 2014

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Loving this Infographic on the Social CEO!

September 24, 2014

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Cherrio! The Social Business Circle of Trust!

September 23, 2014

This morning my daughter had her favorite cereal  — Cheerios!   And I was looking at the bowl,  I noticed the circles swirling and thought of the social business circle of trust that is required in Social.

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The “circle” of trust?   Yes!

The Circle of Trust

Every Social Business has to generate trust in its brand, employees, and products. I still remember the movie Meet the Parents, in which the father explained the concept of the “circle of trust” to his future son-in-law where trust in his family revolves from person to person. While we can laugh at the situations of this funny movie, the context of the message is one that is very real and very important.

Trust, while often overlooked, is crucial in the Social Business world. People want to do business with someone they trust, and with the social tools, all relationships depend on this concept. Our common sense tells us that trust is earned and not easily given. How do we survive in today’s business world in relation to trust? “Who do we trust” and “Who trusts our company” become critical questions to answer.

Trust Guards Your Social Business Digital Reputation

Trust guards your Social Business digital reputation. That digital reputation is how people view your company from the online content available in the blogosphere. This trust varies with the relationship, whether for employees, customers and partners. For example:

  • Employees build social capital through interactions that can happen naturally through work. The social environment can be provided by the company and built into work processes (hence the power of social enablement of business processes).

 

  • Building trust and a reputation with customers and prospects requires a different kind of thought and focus. There is no shared “platform” (although LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and so forth, are shared by all) that guarantees interaction. Targeting, use of analytics, and engaging with honesty and value are key. It’s not enough to simply focus on the customer’s interests, but trust is built by understanding where they spend time and their motivations. Trust and a digital reputation are built by making the customer successful.

 

  • Partners and channels have aspects of customers and employees. A business partner who has more than 50% of their business with your company might be deeply integrated into your core processes and have a social interaction pattern somewhat like a customer. Other partners, however, can also be hybrids[md]a bit of a competitor and customer. Their business relationship is not integrated into your business processes as deeply, so it takes on a different type of relationship.

 

Below is an example of trust at the highest level where every night my client is processing all the feedback from clients and making changes — trusting their clients with their innovation!

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Social Business leadership lessons from playing Candy Crush!

September 22, 2014

One of the funner videos on Social Business Lessons!

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SmartCamp Raleigh Showcases Entrepreneurs With “Change the World” solutions!

September 19, 2014

Two startups offer charity and educational solutions, win SmartCamp Raleigh!

Another week means another round of SmartCamp winners! Congratulations to Livitae and LikeCharity for winning SmartCamp Raleigh!

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Livitae, a woman-owned startup (go girl power!), has developed a mobile and cloud-based solution that offers academic institutions a single platform to centralize academic progress, performance, and planning by aggregating student information in a clear and secure manner. The system provides a customized academic roadmap for each student, simplifying degree and career planning by auditing and managing all aspects of the processes.

That means no more confusion for students about what classes to take or their grades! Think of it, even parents could be better informed about their kids’ academic performance!

LikeCharity enables you to donate to your favorite charities by simply sending a text message from your mobile phone. Donating via LikeCharity is a quick and easy way for you to help the charities that you really care about!

The power of this solution has the potential to increase donations by automating the entire process via their platform. I’d love to see that used for the Humane Society, one of my favorite charities!

Great ideas coming from Raleigh, North Carolina!

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Come see me at IBM Insight!

September 18, 2014

THE premier conference for big data & analytics is coming up in Las Vegas October 26-30!

See you there?

Register now if you haven’t already!

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Entrepreneur Country in Europe – Start-up Fever in London! Infographic

September 17, 2014

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Customer-Centric Leadership – One of my Picks for HBS Learnings!

September 16, 2014

At the end of this week I will be heading to Boston for my HBS Reunion!  I am so excited about seeing my friends and their families.

The other thing I love about our reunions are the case studies that drive new learnings.  One of the case studies I cannot wait for is on the Taj — in particular, the bravery and resourcefulness shown by the rank-and-file employees of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower luxury hotel during the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 26 2008.

It will be a lesson in customer-centric leadership including the hotel’s history, its approach to training, and the “guest is God” philosophy inherent in Indian culture.   It is interesting that the Taj employees stayed at their posts, jeopardizing their safety to save hotel guests.

Can this level of loyalty and dedication be replicated and scaled elsewhere?  I will learn their secrets!

View the case at http://courseware.hbs.edu/cases/taj

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Geek Girls are Chic! Selected by SXSW for a Session in 2015!

September 15, 2014

We are doing a session at SXSW — YEA! http://ht.ly/BvqyI ) entitled “Geek Girls are Chic – 5 Career Hacks!”.

So excited to share a sneak peek and we hope you join us at Southby!!!!

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Don’t go it alone: Create partnerships to prepare for the future A Chat with Ray Wang!

September 12, 2014

Ray Wang is one of the most visionary guys I’ve spoken to.  So I caught up with him on the Business Tech Trend report.   And his advice:   Don’t go it alone: Create partnerships to prepare for the future

Ray Wang, founder and chairman of Constellation Analytics, talked about this partnership idea during our launch of the Business Tech Trends webcast. He commented that what clients are looking for today are “system integrators, partners, and value-added resellers to co-innovate, co-create. They are looking for new ideas and the ability to transform.”
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Ray is absolutely right! Furthermore, we’re on the horizon of a digital business disruption. This disruption is more than just technology and networks talking to each other, it means a fundamental shift in business models. Ray went on to list seven elements of the digital disruption, which you can listen to on the webcast!

I suggest getting started on these three things:
1.  Pursue creative partnerships. Build partnerships that will help you create the next level of solutions.
2.  Increase analytics into your decision-making. Ray suggested that if 20% of your business isn’t built on insight patterns by 2020, your enterprise won’t survive. To start, register for the Watson Analytics Beta!  Watson Analytics Beta -> http://www.watsonanalytics.com
3.Re-imagine the hiring process. Your ideal candidate shouldn’t be one that already fits the mold of your business. You need candidates that are considered outside of the box that will help re-imagine your business model.

Learn more here!  http://ibm.biz/biztechhuddle

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Digital tip of the week – Twitter’s analytics dashboard now available for everyone

September 11, 2014

From our Business Tech Trends report, we found that Pacesetters leverage Analytics in all they do.

Check it out here!

Twitter has made its analytics dashboards available to all its users. You can now find data on how many people have seen and clicked on tweets from your account and get real-time information on engagement, retweets, replies, favorites and clicks for a tweet.

The tool also provides information that only third-party applications could serve until now, such as statistics on number of followers gathered over a two-year period, as well as detailing their sex, interests and location.

This feature was at first only available for advertisers and verified users and there is a help guide and FAQ on its Help Centre website. To access the services, you would need to login with your Twitter details on https://analytics.twitter.com/about .

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9 Spokes and Tapit win at SmartCamp Down Under with Cloud and Analytics!

September 9, 2014

A huge congratulations to 9 Spokes and Tapit for being named the winner and people’s choice winner, respectively, of the SmartCamp Sydney competition!

9 Spokes was the judges’ choice with its integrated software dashboard. They select apps through a rigorous accreditation program and then make them available to the user through a dashboard environment. No more sifting through thousands of apps trying to find the best match for your industry. They’ve already located them for you, and made it easy to access!

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Also, they use the power of the cloud! You can access 9 Spokes and all your apps from any Internet connected device. Everything is at your finger tips!

Tapit’s solution deploys, manages and analyses contactless technology, such as Near Field Communications tags, Beacons and QR codes. Using powerful Tapit visualization reporting, clients can easily make sense of how people are interacting with their Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time. Their solution provides an easy to use platform that instantly tells you how and where people are engaging with your content, as well as channel format and device.

With Tapit, it’s easy to see how people are interacting with your Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time.

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Great job to our winners and good show to the Sydney team!

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Social Media Marketing Lessons from my trip to Coney Island!

September 8, 2014

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Wumdrop’s MOBILE solution delivers a victory at the Entrepreneur SmartCamp Cape Town!

September 4, 2014

Congratulations to Wumdrop for winning the SmartCamp Cape Town competition!

 

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This year’s event in Cape Town had 5 outstanding startups competing for the win. Each startup had very different and unique solutions that included scalable transactional monitoring, ecommerce store builder, mobile identity, and even a micro-radar so a bicyclist can track automobiles for increased safety. I’d say the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cape Town is producing some very creative startup solutions!

Wumdrop’s mobile solution allows you to request shipping service at the click of a button. No more waiting in lines at the post office or shipping kiosk! What’s so impressive about their solution is that it furthers the notion of mobile solutions making daily tasks easier and faster to complete. This is a great resource for business and personal use!

And a big shout out to Tech4Africa! SmartCamp Cape Town ran in partnership with Tech4Africa. Every time they are involved in a SmartCamp event, it is huge success for everyone! So THANK YOU to Tech4Africa!

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London Welcomes Business Tech Trends! What are the European differences?

September 4, 2014

I will be in London this week for the Entrepreneur County event entitled “Follow the Entrepreneur!”with Julie Myers as well as spending a few days at Shoreditch … especially highlighting some Europe differences of our Business Tech Trend Study.

So in prep for Europe, I wanted to know the specific differences that we were seeing in Europe! Here’s the highlights! As a reference, European companies make up 47% of those who contributed to the study (primarily from UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia)

Differences:
Social adoption is lower in Europe:
64% of European enterprises have deployed social (vs. 70% of non-Europe enterprises)
Plans for increasing Big Data and Analytics investment are lower:
66% of European enterprises are planning to increase investment over next 2 years, vs. 75% non-Europe
Europeans report having the needed cloud skills needed:
63% Europe vs. 56% non-Europe
• European companies are less likely to be engaging academia and clients as a partner:
73% use for activities, vs. 81% of non-European enterprises

79% use clients for activities, vs. 84% of non-European enterprises

• They are less likely to use analytical insights in their decision making:
30% Europe vs. 43% non-Europe (vs. 7 in 10 Pacesetters)
• And Finally, European enterprises are less likely to report gaining major competitive advantage from their initiatives in these areas:

  • Mobile: 66% in Europe gain major comp. advantage (vs. 77% non-Europe)
  • Social: 63% in Europe (vs. 77% non-Europe)
  • BDA: 65% in Europe (vs. 82% non-Europe)
  • Cloud: 67% in Europe (vs. 82% non-Europe)

While here I found this cool app as well — for seeing the sights ..not that I will get to this trip but it is a fascinating app!
Googling Around London

 

 

Googling Around London [Infographic] by the team at Cheapflights

 

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IBM Navigator on Cloud: Try it for 30 days to Manage your content

September 3, 2014

Did you know that 2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created every day? And, that as much as 80 percent of that data is comprised of unstructured content such as contracts, claims forms, and permit applications.

The explosion of content, and more importantly new forms of it including tweets and posts to social media, has increased the need to use any type of information from nearly any source.

IBM Navigator on Cloud, available on the IBM Cloud marketplace and built on SoftLayer’s Cloud platform, is a SaaS offering that can help all businesses gain value from a huge amount of content. You can even interface to IBM Navigator on Cloud via open APIs. In addition to being a secure, scalable and reliable platform, IBM Navigator on Cloud is also easy to use and delivered through a modern user experience.

IBM Navigator on Cloud has put IBM as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. Also, the leading analyst firm IDC, for the 8th consecutive year, ranked IBM number one in worldwide market share for content management. It’s a great tool to use and manage your content and files!

To learn more about IBM Navigator on Cloud, check out the video below! You can also try IBM Navigator on Cloud for a 30-day trial period.

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Hootsuite Rocks the IBM Business Tech Trends!

September 3, 2014

From our Business Tech Trends study, we learned the 3 secrets that Pacesetters – those enterprises who stay ahead of the pack – are doing to create the most success. One of the secrets is integration of transformative technologies, such as cloud, analytics, mobile and social.

Kevin Zellmer of Hootsuite said during our August 21 webcast that at any one time, Hootsuite has at least a dozen integrations happening! And they’re happening internally and externally.

Hootsuite has a new feature that allows employees to share third party social media content on IBM Connections across their entire organization. HR isn’t just talking to HR and marketing isn’t just talking to marketing anymore. This kind of integration allows for organization-wide collaboration!

Want to learn more about Pacesetters? Want to better understand their 3 secrets? Check out our webcast replay and download the Business Tech Trends study.
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Here are two more great opportunities for you!

First, sign-up for the Watson Analytics Beta! This solution enables your business to put predictive capability into the hands of your business leaders, like CMOs, CHROs, and CSOs.

Second, join us for our Business Tech Trends/Bluemix App JAM! When you register for the App Jam, you’ll get access to download the data from the Business Tech Trends report, create your own Bluemix app with the data, and then share your insights with us!

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Social Influencers: 3 Things You Need to Know!

September 2, 2014
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Pacesetters are 2X more likely to leverage a Start-Up Partner for Innovation

September 1, 2014

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To get the full study: ibm.biz/IBMBTT14

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