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Grush brushes aside the competition to win SmartCamp Silicon Valley

August 22, 2014

On August 19th, we held our SmartCamp Silicon Valley event, and Grush stole the show! Congratulations to Grush for winning the Judges and People’s choice awards!!

As a parent, I can really appreciate how Grush is making a game-chaning solution in kids brushing their teeth. That’s right, I said kids brushing their teeth!

Grush transforms the chore of brushing into a fun and interactive game. They’ve developed an advanced Bluetooth motion-sensing toothbrush, coupled with interactive and instructive mobile games, to guide kids’ brushing and let parents track the results.

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Talk about the Internet of Things! The motion data is sent to Grush Apps in real-time. Grush Apps are interactive games and apps that receive motion data from Grush Brush and integrate it with a simulated image of teeth or a game theme.

It even has cloud technology! The Grush Cloud stores detailed brushing data of each user for tracking/monitoring. Detailed brushing statistical data can be provided to dentists to customize a treatment plan which could ultimately save in dental costs.

Anything that helps parents motivate their kids to brush their teeth is a winner in my book! Not only are these games fun for kids, they are also Dentist approved!

Nice job, Grush!

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60 Seconds on the 3 Pacesetter Secrets!

August 22, 2014

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Shhhh! The Top 3 Pacesetter Secrets Revealed!

August 21, 2014

View the IBM Tech Trends interactive dashboard
bit.ly/tt14dashboard

IBM Center for Applied Insights “Raising the game: The IBM Business Tech Trends Study”
ibm.com/ibmcai/biztechtrends

Learn more about being a Pacesetter
ibm.biz/IBMBTT14

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CAN-DO Honolulu
can-do.honolulu.gove/apps

Biz Tech Trends App Jam
ibm.biz/biztechjam

IBM Watson Analytics
analyticszone.com

Bluemix Free Trial
ibm.biz/bmtrial

SoftLayer Free Trial
ibm.biz/softtrial

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Learning is the new Black! A Must See Business Tech Trend Webcast Thursday!

August 20, 2014

Are you a user of Instagram? In preparation for the upcoming 2014 Business Tech Trends webcast on Thursday, Aug. 21st, my team at IBM has put together some really neat and useful Instagram videos that highlight some of the topics we will discuss during the webcast. Please check them out!

You don’t have to have an Instagram account to view the videos. But, if you do use Instagram, feel free to like and comment on them!

Register now and add the August 21st webcast to your calendar. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear about the secrets of successful companies! Join the thousands of individuals, enterprises (large and small!), academicians, and startups for our webcast!

I know you’ll learn and benefit from our conversation on the key characteristics of pacestting companies. It will be an hour well spent!

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10 Social Lessons in Infographic!

August 19, 2014

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Social Amplication! A Video Blog of Lessons!

August 18, 2014

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Namaste India… Happy Independence Day!

August 15, 2014

I wish all my friends from the land of innovation HAPPY INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Talking of innovation, if you want to see how the latest technologies set pacesetters apart, make sure you check out the August 21 webcast where I’ll be releasing the findings of our latest Business Tech Trends Study!

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Summer Jokes! Yes, an infographic your friends and kids will love!

August 13, 2014

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Geek Girls are Chic! 5 Career Hacks

August 13, 2014

Video overview

Presentation overview

http://www.slideshare.net/SandyCarter/geek-girls-are-chic-5-career

Vote here:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/31283

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Pacesetters — what do they do differently?

August 12, 2014

Exclusive 2014 Business Tech Trends study webcast: Do you know the key characteristics of Pacesetters?
By Sandy Carter

If you are like me, you are very intrigued with how successful people and companies do things. They are always one step ahead of everyone else! How do they know what to do to be successful?

These successful companies – called Pacesetters – have always intrigued the industry, and the IBM Center for Applied Insights decided to find out how they do it. They surveyed over 1,400 decision-makers in 15 industries across 5 continents to get a current global snapshot of how companies are using key technologies to stay ahead of the pack. They found that Pacesetters are using Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social to drive more business outcomes.

But how do they do this? How do they stay ahead of the fray when so many are using the same technologies?

On August 21st, we’ll reveal the findings during a webcast with the release of the 2014 Business Tech Trends study. We’ll share with you the key characteristics of Pacesetter companies. In addition, we’ll turn this information into actions and ideas that will help you approach the market more effectively.

Learn more about my webcast in this short video.

Joining me for the webcast will be Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman at Constellation Research, Inc., and Susanne Hupfer, Research Lead for the study from the IBM Center for Applied Insights. We’ll also hear from IBM Business Partners Pitney Bowes, Esri, Hootsuite, and Fiserv to get their point of view.

I know you will find this webcast to be very informative. Don’t forget to register and join me on August 21! Do not miss this great opportunity for valuable insight! Discover what it means to be a Pacesetter!

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Internet of Things Final Video Blog!

August 11, 2014

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IBM Hackfest – India’s biggest Virtual Hackathon – Code with Bluemix. Powered by Softlayer

August 10, 2014

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The IBM Cloud team has successfully launched the IBM Hackfest, India’s Biggest Virtual Hackthon. http://www.hackfestindia.com – It starts from 11th August. Code with Bluemix. Powered by Softlayer.

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Do you want to know the secrets of the Pacesetters? Social is one! An Infographic

August 7, 2014

Register for the webcast

https://ibm.biz/techhuddle

Use and follow #IBMBTT

https://ibm.biz/BdF42X

Video – Announcing the Entrepreneur Huddle webcast

https://ibm.biz/BdF424

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The Africa Open Data Jam: Open Goverment, Open Data, and IBM Bluemix as the technology enabler!

August 6, 2014

I am a very big believer in crowdsourcing as part of a strategy. The US Government this week is doing just that strategy! They are hosting an interactive and fun session taking place as we speak @ Open Gov Hub in Washington, DC and broadcasted to US Embassies and IBM locations in Africa.

Open Data is a transformational trend in Open Governance that is generating empowerment and economic growth. We are focused on huge volumes of Open Data that are published everywhere generating amazing opportunities to improve quality of lives from water consumption to agricultural enhancement and traffic optimization. Of course, these are all part of being a Smarter Planet.

In the opening from Nick Sinai – US Deputy Chief Technology Officer– he emphasized that data is the new natural resource and its role in governments for serving citizens. He also discussed IBM’s role with Bluemix as the base for the Jam!

We have unleashed social collaborations as the catalyst to drive this transformation! I am such a huge believer in Social Business and in government. This OpenJam is a great example.

As IBM and the US Goverment (USDA, Whitehouse, and USAID) host this one-day Open Data Jam as part of the US-African Leaders Summit, it enables a global sharing of experiences in Open Data publishing. These are real use cases that demonstrate growth and empowerment, develop skills and capabilities, and build a global community of Open Data developers who can help Africa become an Open Data leader. Data.gov is making more and more data available.

As we all know, data by itself is not valuable. You need apps, and analytics! Cell phone technology (SMS and Voice) is key in reaching masses in rural Africa for 2 way interactions; both for collecting data as well as providing knowledge back to citizens as well as for apps! This is where IBM Bluemix comes in — it is a cloud based platform that facilitates fast app building!

We know we can’t solve many problems in a day, but we think this will be an important first step towards building an international community who can work together to move Africa forward!

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Mobile initiatives create a competitive advantage for those who get onboard!

August 6, 2014

Pacesetters are gaining a huge competitive advantage using mobile as part of their daily lives. They are about 4 to 10 times more likely to be doing all the right things!! What are the right things? What are the key characteristics they exhibit to stay ahead of everyone else? Is your enterprise ready to be a Pacesetter?

I answer all these questions and more during my August 21st webcast. I’ll share with you the findings and next-steps based on the 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends study.

Register now for my webcast! It’s time for you to find out what it means to be a Pacesetter!.

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Is your enterprise on par to invest in cloud with pacesetting organizations?

August 5, 2014

How much are enterprise companies planning to increase their investment in cloud technologies two years from now? Is your enterprise planning accordingly or do you need to rethink your strategy to stay competitive?!

The IBM Center for Applied Insights surveyed over 1,400 decision-makers in 15 industries across 5 continents to get a current global snapshot of how companies are using key technologies, like cloud, to stay ahead of the pack. And we’re ready to share with you what they learned! Register now for my webcast where I will reveal the answers to these questions and so much more. Join us on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST.

You DO NOT want to miss this webcast! Register now!

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Internet of Things: Video Series – The Right Solutions!

August 4, 2014

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TD Bank’s “Automated Thanking Machine” – Social at its best!

July 31, 2014

TD Bank is highly creative in their support of their clients.

They have been a leader in building and launching innovative social media programs and platform. A few years ago, TD bank introduced IBM Connections as its enterprise social media internally to employees, and recent years have seen the successful launch of programs like TD Helps, an online financial advice community, a North American Social Customer Service program on Twitter, and, last spring, the TD Aeroplan Customer Community.
 
On July 25th TD Bank rocked Client Service with a new FIRST!

They released another first among the banks, a video capturing customers and employees sharing some great moments as they surprise people with the “Automated Thanking Machine.” The Automated Thanking Machine thanked customers across the country in personal and unique ways, from a memorable encounter with a sports idol to a dream vacation for a young family, and many other moments big and small. Later the same day, at 2pm, they celebrated customer appreciation day by thanking customers on the phone, online and in all of branches with an envelope containing $20.  

The video has generated millions of views in a very short time and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.  Check out the comments on Youtube or twitter to get a flavor.

We are delighted that people have embraced #TDThanksYou in the spirit it was intended – as a heartfelt show of appreciation —  with a message about the power of a thank you and how that can change someone’s day.

Looking ahead, they’re even more encouraged to continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what a bank, indeed a brand, can do on social to connect with customers and employees.

Hats off to the entire TD Bank team including one of the best marketeers in the business, Wendy Arnott!!!!

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The 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends report: Raising the game

July 30, 2014

We can all see that cloud, big data & analytics, mobile, and social are becoming more and more important to businesses, but certain companies are using these transformative technologies to truly thrive and stay ahead of the pack! If you are like me, I’m sure that you are curious about the secret ingredients that make these companies successful while others might struggle.

The 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends report examines these successful companies – called Pacesetters – and looks at the key characteristics that they exhibit. And here’s the good news: I’m hosting a webcast for the public release of the Business Tech Trends report on August 21st, and you are invited!

Watch my video for further details:

Joining me for the webcast will be Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman at Constellation Research, Inc., and Susanne Hupfer, Research Lead for the study from the IBM Center for Applied Insights. We’ll also hear from IBM Business Partners Pitney Bowes, Esri, Hootsuite, and Fiserv to get their point of view. This will be a great webcast with tons of info!

Register now for the webcast. I know you’ll learn valuable info and discover the secrets of becoming a Pacesetter!

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Content creators for Digital Assets — More Creative in the “green”

July 30, 2014

I was fascinated by an article I just read about the impacts of colors on your mood. In particular, the article had strong insight into the color green on your creativity. Lately, several companies have been asking me how to inspire their team’s creativity especially for digital content.

As companies become more social, organizations are increasingly looking for digital content and media skills. In the digital age, content is becoming king and so digital content creators are the new kingmakers! With $135bn being spent on digital content, CMO’s see custom content as the future of marketing.

So is this one idea, to sit these new kingmakers in green rooms? Is this why actors room up in a “green room?”

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Internet of Things – Part 2 – Where should you focus? A Vblog

July 28, 2014

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TGIF: Rosie powers through to win SmartCamp Cambridge with mobile and predictive!

July 25, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that Rosie is the winner of the SmartCamp Cambridge event!

Rosie is a leading SaaS provider of predictive online and mobile shopping applications to local merchants. Their solution is aimed at improving the grocery store shopping experience by predicting the grocery items shoppers need before they run out, at the lowest price from local grocers and online retailers.

What does their solution do for grocery retailers? Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services. And for consumers, Rosie enables them to shop online for their favorite local stores for delivery or in-store pickup. No more running up and down the aisles looking for what you need! Rosie provides it in a mobile app!

And here’s another tidbit about Rosie: they’re focused on diversity with a workforce that is 50% women! Now that’s an ingredient for success!

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VacantBoards uses Big Data and Analytics for the SmartCamp Lagos win!

July 24, 2014

Imagine a company that uses big data and analytic software to capture data on the flow of traffic to determine the value of advertising on billboards. A solution like that could help small businesses, as well as enterprise-level businesses, maximize their advertising dollars when selecting the right billboard.

You don’t have to imagine that company, because we found them at a SmartCamp event! VacantBoards was announced the winner of SmartCamp Lagos!

VacantBoards developed the very solution I described above. Driven by big data and analytics, their solution is a game changer in the African advertising industry. And, even better, their solution is provided at the touch of your fingers through a mobile app! How powerful is that?!

Congratulations to VacantBoards and to the Lagos ecosystem for putting on another great SmartCamp!

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A New Video Blog Series on Internet of Things!

July 21, 2014

Today we start a full video coffee blog series on internet of things.

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Heading to BlogHer ’14 next week? Why Blogging is a gateway drug!

July 18, 2014

Sandy Carter:

BlogHer is one of my favorite content networks and events. So I was very excited to have the opportunity to talk to co-founders Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins.

We talked about developing more opportunities for women in tech, why when thinking mobile you need to think tablets, and how in certain markets every blogger needs to be a pinner.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out BlogHer!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

BlogHer 2014, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular women’s blogging network, kicks off next Thursday, July 24th in San Jose, California. There’s still time to register, and we hope you do — we’ll be there, too!

This year, along with a Happiness Bar offering in-person support for your WordPress sites, we’re hosting a series of short workshops on the topics you care about most. We’re also excited to welcome some of the amazing WordPress bloggers nominated as BlogHer Voices of The Year — they’ll join us for a series of informal panels where we can chat all things blogs and blogging.

Interested? Here’s the schedule:

Friday, July 25

  • 10 AM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
  • 11 AM: WordPress.com or Self-Hosted: Which One is Right for You?
  • 12:30 PM: Own Your Content: Tips for Switching Blog Platforms
  • 1:30 PM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
  • 2:30 PM: Getting Great…

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Internet of Things – Monday Coffee Break Video!

July 14, 2014

The internet of things is growing in importance, especially in a set of industries!

Today’s Coffee Break focuses on the Internet of things!

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Bluemix Girls Night out! Diversity improves performance and increases innovation

July 11, 2014

Organizations that are the most inclusive of women in top management achieve 35% higher return on equity (ROE) and 34% better total return to shareholders versus their peers – and research shows gender diversity to be particularly valuable where innovation is key, according to research conducted by Illuminate Ventures.

Despite women making up more than 50% of the population, women are conspicuously absent in IT. Only 3% of tech companies were founded by women, and, of venture-backed startups, only 1.3% have a female founder and only 6.5% have a woman CEO. Women make up half of all consumers, but by not having their voice included in the development of today’s new technology, the world is missing out on a wave of new technology and products that would appeal to both genders.

Women in IT has always been low, but today it is even lower than 30 years ago. Today, women represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37% of all computer science graduates.

Much of this has to do with exposure to computer science before college and during college. According to Code.org, nine out of ten schools don’t even offer computer science classes, and in 28 out of 50 states, computer science doesn’t count towards a math or science credit.

This is why I love the focus on more women in Computer Science!  Join our movement to get more women in Tech!

In Japan, our team hosted a great event for a “Girls Night Out” around the cloud!

If you are interested in hosting a “Bluemix Girls Night Out” in your region, please let me know!

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2014: Year of the Entrepreneur

July 10, 2014

Have you noticed the new energy around Entrepreneurship?

For instance, Shark Tank is one of the most popular family shows.  Families are teaching their kids about the potential and the feasibility of changing the world.

We now have Restaurant Start-up and even Walmart is running a “entrepreneur” event to gather new products for its US stores.

And more women are also joining the trend …. did you know that  nearly 20% of angels  invested in women-led businesses — the percentage grew more than 40% from the previous year, according to the Center of Venture Research.

Why is this the case?

1.   There is more access to capital and it costs less to start a business.   With new technologies like cloud, the cost to begin a start up is less, and areas like social enable businesses to market like the large companies for less.

2.  There is more “hope” now in the economy that in the past few years.   Yes, CNBC says we are in the period of overjoy, there are signs that our economy is improving — it’s a good time to start a business.

3.  Corporate America isn’t fulfilling the “need to show value” and to “change the world.” To attract and retain the best employees, companies should be more proactive and willing to invest in their workers’ future.   Many believe they have to create their own company to get that culture.

4.  Mentoring abounds.   I see IBM offering business and technology mentoring.  Virgin is focused on mentoring in the UK and the list goes on.   Mentoring provides confidence to get started!

5.  Support is pervasive.  Unlike in the past, support for start-ups exists in networking groups, meetups, and beyond.  For example, for women entrepreneurs, some groups are National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Toolbox, PBWC, WITI, and Women 2.0.

I love this time of Entrepreneur Energy and know 2014 will truly be the Year of the Entrepreneur!

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Announcing our newest BlueMix Garage: The Israel ALPHAZONE!

July 9, 2014

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Are you ready to accelerate your startup? Click here to access the IBM Alpha Zone: A Bluemix Garage!

Have questions? Check out our FAQ here!

Didn’t register for this semester? Click here to apply (Second semester registration starts October 2014).

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SmartCamp Entrepreneur Winners in France, Italy, and Africa!

July 8, 2014

We have more exciting news coming from SmartCamps in Africa and Europe!

Last week, we had SmartCamps in Milan, Lille and Nairobi. And at each location, the local entrepreneurial ecosystem was engaged and participated!

Congratulations to Social Bullgard (Italy), Seclud-IT (France) and Digital Vision East Africa (Nairobi)!

Social Bullgard gathers and structures social media content to help companies react quickly to requests and opportunities, as well as avoid and manage crisis efficiently.

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Seclud-IT’s solution, Elastic Security, brings to cloud infrastructure providers the ability to provide on-demand computing resources to their customers, without compromising with security.

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Digital Vision East Africa’s solution, Chamasoft, is a simple to use web and mobile application that automates all activities in an investment group. Their solution also promotes transparency and accountability within investment groups.

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What an impressive list of startups! And all that just from last week! There are more to come, as our SmartCamps are happening around the world. Find out more about a SmartCamp near you!

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Sheryl Root, Entrepreneur Goddess and Director at Carnegie Mellon Dishes on Innovation

July 7, 2014

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Two great opportunities: Big Data and Analytics whitepaper and webcast

July 3, 2014

Here’s an opportunity to 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.”

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=811716&sessionid=1&key=F6900898D2A03342B852882FA8B0BF81&sourcepage=register

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.

I hope you’ll join me for the webcast. It will be an hour well spent!

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2 Polls: Social Listening and Fav Summer Activity!

July 2, 2014

Today I have 2 questions for you!

First, a fun one.

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Bluemix GAs – WOW! The PaaS Power!

July 1, 2014

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A Tribute to 25 years of Women in Technology: Carolyn Leighton

June 30, 2014

WITI this year is celebrating 25 years of helping women in technology progress, grow, and network.

Here’s a snippet of the past and the future!

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Our NYC SmartCamp winner is announced: Yosko!

June 27, 2014

IBM SmartCamp season has begun, and we’ve already had some great SmartCamp events in Austin, Chicago, and Prague!

Earlier this week, we held a SmartCamp event in New York with a focus on Watson-related solutions. The winner was Yosko!

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With their mobile-based solutions, Yosko provides access to the electronic medical records, facilitates exchanges between physicians, and improves care team communication. Sounds like a great Watson for Healthcare solution!

As I said, SmartCamps are just getting started! Want to participate? Want to attend one? Check out our schedule of upcoming SmartCamps!

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Design is a huge competitive advantage!

June 25, 2014

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Social Busines Mythbusters! Happy Monday!

June 23, 2014

I love the Mythbuster Show — it is a great one to watch with your family and to challenge your thinking!

I hope you love this Social Business Coffee Break as much I did making it for you!

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Lights, camera, enterprise to ACTION!

June 22, 2014

With video we can engage like never before. With lightning-fast networks and the ease of viewing on mobile devices, you can build trust across global organizations in revolutionary new ways.

In this week’s Coffee Break I’ll share best practices and stories from Invodo, Qumu and DilogR.

I’d love to hear your stories on the varied power of this medium!

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For Developers – The Wimbledon Experience!

June 20, 2014

We are calling all Developers to get under the covers at Wimbledon 2014 and help take the experience to the next level.  

Background:

The Wimbledon website, with 19.7 million unique users last year, is being enhanced with more mobile functions where users are able to create a personalized feeds with news from their choice of players, countries and categories of match, from data updated up to 140,000 times a day.

A new addition this year is “Hill vs World” which will be polling the results questions asked of fans sitting on Henman Hill via the giant screen, and pitting them against those of the television and internet audience responding via social media.

An IBM Softlayer based analytics console known as Wimbledon Social Command Centre will allow the social media team to view engagement from users in real time and tailor content according to reaction. This could take the form of everything from a conversation about strawberries in the rain to which photo of Andy Murray is causing the most stir!!!

48 tennis analysts are stationed around the site to manually capture data from the courts and feed it into the IBM cloud, which then crunches it into the statistics and graphics for the TV coverage and the second screen Slamtracker service

IBM has uploaded years of analytics gathered from previous championships to its private cloud. The cloud server is scalable and will be ramped up during the fortnight to cope with demand. IBM’s Watson will be flexing its elastic data muscles to ensure that data supply and demand are always met, constantly analyzing information to ensure that pertinent data is at the front of the cloud’s ‘mind’

Now it is your turn!

And the innovation doesn’t stop there! – What would you do to make the Wimbledon experience even better?

Now it’s your chance to create a prototype app which uses, creates, consumes, or analyses data in and around The Championships to enhance the fans’ experience on-site. Your code will create, consume, or analyze data in and around The Championships (either previously generated or real-time) to enhance the fans’ experience on-site.

You can also contribute your own data if you like. Don’t have any? That’s okay. There’s some on the website to download

We will have prizes for the Best mobile app and Best Data Insights.

To take part, upload your app to BlueMix and send us a 2-4 minute video demonstrating your solution’s use of IBM technology and include a 500 word max abstract.

We are starting this to run from October 24 – November 6.

The best apps will be invited to pitch in front of a live audience at IBM BusinessConnect from which we will pick our category winners, and the overall winner

  • Prizes – Two show court tickets for The Wimbledon Championship 2015 and the opportunity to work with IBM Interactive Experience team in the UK, to explore how your solution might be incorporated into the official Wimbledon mobile app for the 2015 Championships.

http://www.ibm.com/uk/wimbledon_innovation_challenge/

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Social vs Risk-averse Enterprises: Is it possible to be both

June 19, 2014

I had a webcast today https://www.brighttalk.com/r/jsw with Kailash Ambwani, CEO of Actiance, to talk about how to become a social enterprise. You don’t want to miss this! If you are considering how to become a social business, and you are concerned about exposure, then this webcast is for you!

You may wonder is it possible to be a social enterprise and risk-averse? That’s the fundamental question Kailash and I will address today. I know that if you’ll listen in, you’ll see how we get to a resounding “Yes!” to that question.

I’ll also give my insights on the value of being a social enterprise, the range of benefits that are available to all organizations, and show you examples of where you can see success.

Kailash will speak to key corporate responsibilities and how organizations can keep confidential information confidential. He’ll also give us some core examples of organizations highlighting strong leadership and integration of social into business processes.

We’ll also answer the often asked question: “how do we get started?” Don’t miss out on this chance to get the inside scoop on how to become a social enterprise!

To attend the webcast, simply register at https://www.brighttalk.com/r/jsw

Date and Time: June 19 at 1pm PT / 4pm EST. Replay will be available!

 

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CNBC Top 50 Disruptors – Of the Top 20, 25% are Social

June 18, 2014

top diruptorsI love disruptors.   I love innovation and creative thinking.

So the CNBC Top 50 Disruptors was interesting.   (read the full story here  http://www.cnbc.com/id/100637276

I found it interested that ALL these companies are either based on Cloud, Social, Mobile, or Analytics.   All are based CAMS!

And of the Top 20, 25% are Social Business oriented.

Whose your favorite?  And what’s your biggest AHA on the list?

 

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B2B is Social! Infographic

June 14, 2014

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90% Of Companies don’t have an Innovation Culture

June 13, 2014

I was just out in Silicon Valley on a panel on intrapreneurship. As prep, I read that over the last 50 years the average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 has dropped from 61 years to 18 years (and is forecast to grow even shorter in the future).

Most of the articles said the failures were due to companies not keeping their innovative cultures.  In fact, Brandon Kelly, stated that 90% of organizations have no sustained commitment to innovation.

A great counter example to this is Telsa who today is opening its patents up to the industry to accelerate electric vehicle development. Innovation accelerates forward.

What is Innovation?   The classic definitions of innovation include:

So how can we embed innovation into a company’s culture?

Innovation is strongly correlated with value creation and is a key factor in financial outperformance. However, only 25% of organizations are good at generating and converting innovations.  These companies align innovation goals with business strategy.

Their efforts support the appropriate mix of product, operational and business model innovation that enables them to effectively grow and compete. And, their innovation activities are managed in a transparent program.

Organizations that strategize and manage innovation in a collaborative, open and continuous manner create a source of competitive advantage and economic benefit. Collaboration includes seamlessly engaging all employees in the innovation process and securely including external business partners and customers.

The top ten most innovative companies had two-year compound annual growth rates of 60 percent more than the overall Standard and Poors Global 1200.  For these companies, innovation is much more than a “big idea.”

Innovation is an ongoing process of creating value from something new, such as new ideas, new technologies, new products or new processes. For example, 75 percent of successful companies rely on social networks to vet new ideas for success.

They use them for:

  • Openly communicating strategy
  • Openly generating and prioritizing non-traditional ideas for new products and services 
  • Innovating operations by teaming with external specialists & business partner
  • Innovating business models by combining emerging technologies with biz imperatives to redefine value

Future innovation will be conducted in more open environments and CEOs interviewed for the IBM Global CEO study supported this point.  The Innovation Social Business Pattern is designed to increase innovation by providing a wider reach of ideas and to help organizations increase the success and speed of bringing innovation to market.

Primary business processes

The primary business processes for this pattern include research and development, product and service management, business strategy and operations transformation.

Key stakeholders

The key stakeholders are research and development, product development, line of business executives, CMOs, CIOs and CTOs.

Recommended actions

Some specific actions are:

  • Deploy collaboration tools for more open communication and to guide innovation toward delivering the type of value desired, such as product versus business model
  • Engage the crowd both internal and external to vet new ideas.

innovation

  • Deploy a portal that combines content, social and advanced mobile features to provide an exceptional digital experience for customers, partners, and employees while managing access by role.
  • Deploy social gamification and social influence reward techniques

How does your company drive Innovation?

 

 

 

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Austin SmartCamp – Start Up Winners Announced – BeehiveID & eyeQ

June 12, 2014

Two winners for SmartCamp Austin 2014 were selected yesterday: a nearly unanimous popular vote from the public audience for BeehiveID and a clear Mentors choice for eyeQ Insights.

Event Highlights:

  • Ground breaking new relationship through partnering with TechRanch.
  • Standing room only with 120+ attendees
  • Two winners selected: a nearly unanimous popular vote from the public audience for BeehiveID and a clear Mentors choice for eyeQ Insights.

The EcoD Designcamp Team joined for the grand finale !!!

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Aspera Live on Softlayer in 7 Hours!

June 11, 2014

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Design Camp with our IBM Partners Helping them with CAMS!

June 10, 2014

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