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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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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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Bluemix GAs – WOW! The PaaS Power!

July 1, 2014

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TiEcon: 4K startups, Watson, BlueMix, IoT and more!

May 21, 2014

I really had a great time at TiEcon this past week. What an event! From my Internet of Things keynote to the Watson presence and BlueMix workshop, the largest entrepreneur conference in the world was packed with a phenomenal array of business and thought leaders from across the planet!

More on TiEcon

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Upcoming Cloud Webcasts!

May 13, 2014

I want you to be aware of some great opportunities on Codename: BlueMix and SoftLayer coming up in a matter of days. There are two webcasts you can attend to learn about our new and exciting cloud-based solutions!

BlueMix is fantastic for building, managing and running apps and services of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). The May 15th webcast will benefit developers and Business Partners alike on hearing how BlueMix offers a low-risk, secure, cost sensitive environment—using new capabilities and technologies geared towards the cloud.

Here’s a brand new video to help you get up to speed on the power and potential of what BlueMix has done for others and what it can do for you!

SoftLayer provides a robust, scalable and secure platform for born-on-the-cloud applications. The May 22nd webcast will provide an introduction to SoftLayer and cover the business strategy for Business Partners, the value proposition, and the subscription model.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to sign up for both webcasts. You don’t want to miss them!

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Who will win the Mobile App Throwdown at IBM Impact? You decide!

April 27, 2014

Voting for our Mobile App Throwdown finalists has started, and I need your help in determining who wins!

I’ve listed them all below, together with their video submissions. All you’ll need to do is watch the finalists’ videos and then vote for your favorite finalists. I’ve included a handy-dandy link at the bottom of each video for you to vote!

We will announce the winner during the IBM Impact keynote on Wednesday, April 30th. Here’s the finalists:

Arxan

Arxan provides advanced software security technology to the market place and delivers superior customer satisfaction.

Vote for Arxan!

 

ClickSoftware

ClickSoftware delivers a complete end-to-end mobile workforce solution that meets the vital needs of the field service industry.

Vote for ClickSoftware!

 

Exigen Insurance

Exigen Insurance Solutions provides core system software to insurers of every size to help them achieve outcomes that matter – revenue growth, cost efficiency, and market and channel expansion.

Vote for Exigen!

 

PointSource

PointSource has evolved from a dynamic IT firm specializing business process management to a pioneer in transforming businesses with mobile.

Vote for PointSource!

 

Stay tuned: the winner of the IBM Impact Mobile App Throwdown will be announced on April 30!

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By 2019, Most Developers in the World will live in India! IBM Loves India INNOVATION!

April 21, 2014

Today, the developer ecosystem in India is the second largest in the world, and by 2019, it will be the largest in the world. 

There are about 18.2 million software developers worldwide, a number that is due to rise to 26.4 million by 2019, a 45% increase, says Evans Data Corp. in its latest Global Developer Population and Demographic Study.

Today, the U.S. leads the world in software developers, with about 3.6 million. India has about 2.75 million. But by 2018, India will have 5.2 million developers, a nearly 90% increase, versus 4.5 million in the U.S., a 25% increase though that period, Evans Data projects.

India is ready and Social!   It is the land of Creativity, Bollywood and rich Social Networks!

India is land with rich cultural heritage, creativity and vibrancy. Bollywood is a testimony of that.  Last time I was in India, it was my birthday and we celebrated in style with the great music and people!  The soft power of India is visible on the world map. The nation of young developers has risen to the opportunity that a smarter planet can offer them.

In preparation for a business trip to India, I tweeted about my excitement and energy to spend some time in India as I’ve seen it grow as an emerging and innovative country. I have visited India before, meeting with customers and being the keynote speaker at industry leading events. I arrived in India after a long flight and nightmare experience in baggage claim. The hotel seemed like a reprise and all thoughts were focused on collapsing into sleep.

When I arrived at the hotel around 11 p.m., the hotel general manager told me that he had put the “group” waiting for me in a conference room, because it had become too large for the lobby. I was not expecting any group and made sure I told the IBMers from the region to greet me in the morning as to not take them away from their families so late at night. After completing the check-in process, I turned to the conference room where the hotel had directed me, not realizing that my “tweet” had become a connection point.

Here in Mumbai, thousands of miles away from my home in the United States, was a group of people who knew me only by my blogs, LinkedIn groups, and tweets. They trusted my expertise and were anxiously waiting to greet and talk to me about Social Business. Through that one tweet, some of the most dedicated followers in India had determined which conference I was speaking at, and therefore at which hotel I would be staying. They had also determined the flight by asking the front desk for the “expected time of arrival,” so they gathered and hoped for some time with me, which I gladly gave to my new “friends.”

I was amazed that this tweet had truly been heard across the world, and trusted by thousands of people. My connectedness had engaged this group. While social media’s growth in India will be largely dependent on the penetration of broadband, this “group” was proof that the global connectedness had extended to the Indian people from one person to another and one business to another.

We believe that Developers from this part of the world can change the game for a Global Impact

There is transformation happening the world over. In a smarter planet everything is connected. People and devices. There are millions lines of codes in a fighter aircraft. Software development and deployment is not only impacting human lives but is re writing a whole generation. BlueMix is  a level playing field for enterprise and individual developers

Codename : BlueMix is an enterprise-grade platform that allows you to build Apps as if you are playing in a sandbox! You can now create Apps with the efficiency of a cold-blooded cyborg with a single solution environment with instant services, runtimes, and infrastructure you need to push your future ideas into the present.

IBM Brings the Bluemix days in 10 Indian Cities!!

To tap into the technology skills, the BlueMix days will travel to all top developer populated cites in India.   The vibrant startup ecosystem can jump start through these events and we are seeing that the valley is not anymore confined to valley anymore. Startups with intent to impact global technology are emerging from these cities. For example,  Ideas and prototypes around wearable devices are coming from places like, Startup Village ( a startup incubator) from Cochin, Kerala ( popularly known as God’s own country ).

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The Institute of Academic excellence and research can add value to our business – – India has invested in technology leadership and nurturing them from very beginning and world of technology is enjoying the fruits.   Cloud Foundry as an open source platform can be a game changer for Sis looking for the next big idea.

Bluemix makes you cool. – Have you tried bluemix.net ? Trust me hexagons are cool!!!!

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Close Encounters of the Mobile Kind! What’s coolest mobile app?

March 27, 2014

 

 

 

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BE THE CHANGE. Enjoy the joy experience of developing the apps on the go. Register – http://www.bluemix.net Demo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR_jDitw0Sc

 

Thank you being part of India’s Largest Technology Contest for Students. The last date for project submission for The Great Mind Challenge – Mobility Contest is 31st March 2014. What’s the coolest mobile app you have made ? Hurry submit your projects now. Submission details on http://www.facebook.com/thegreatmindchallenge

 

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Bluemix Days! Join us !

March 25, 2014

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Cambridge BlueMix Day Registration: http://www-304.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/register.action?meid=16628&ieid=9475

Silicon Valley BlueMix Day Registration: http://www-304.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/register.action?meid=16628&ieid=9478

Complete list of BlueMix Days: http://www-304.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/detail.action?meid=16628&ieid=9478&cmp=pw&cpb=pw&ct=pwrss&cr=pwiic&ccy=zz

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SXSW Interactive at the BlueMix Blast!!!

March 14, 2014

For the last 5 years I’ve had the opportunity to attend SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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More than 60,000 people annually attend the conference, which is consistently an overwhelmingly impressive display of up-and-coming technologies and inspirational industry thought leaders. This year, the two biggest highlights of the conference were enjoying creative culinary delights such as a burrito cooked by the Institute of Culinary Education chefs at the Watson Food Truck and having an opportunity to spend so much time with developers.

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If you had a chance to interact with more than 10,000 developers at once what would you ask them? I spoke with hundreds of developers and asked them to tell me about how they are using cloud, mobile, big data and analytics to innovate, address business pain points or create the next big consumer app. For example, wearable technology such as clothing that uses, sensors to help better manage an individual’s health.

During SXSW I first met with designers and front-end developers at our BlueMix Blast! See this amazing team below!

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In 2013, IBM unveiled a product design studio in Austin, which has brought together hundreds of designers and front-end developers to focus on how software is designed, developed and consumed by organizations around the globe. Next, I attended IBM’s BlueMix Party along with more than 400 developers looking for an opportunity to learn about BlueMix, IBM’s new platform-as-service (PaaS) that combines the strength of IBM software, third-party and open technologies.

What is BlueMix?

BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem partners and open source — all through an as-a-service model in the cloud. When thinking about BlueMix, imagine tapping into DevOps in the cloud — an open, integrated development experience that scales, helping developers, independent firms and enterprise teams get started to build enterprise applications more quickly and effectively.

If you are curious about how BlueMix can help a business, check out this video conversation I recently had with Michael Garel, CEO and Founder of eyeQ, about customer engagement and how BlueMix allowed them to simplify and improve their development process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7_UT02jVfQ

During my conversation with developers at SXSW three key points on the future of the developer and cloud ecosystem stood out to me:
1. It’s all about the tools.
Developers today are always on the look-out to tap into systems and tools that simplify and reduce the time needed to create an application and to provision it so that they can focus on what they do best—innovating and developing top quality applications. By using the right tools that eliminate complexity, developers can quickly turn their ideas into shipped products fast and lower their time-to-market by cutting application development and deployment times from months to days and hours.
2. Keep an open mind when it comes to open standards.
An open, flexible cloud environment connecting the enterprise and born-on-the-web developers using their choice of tools in a scalable model prevents vendor lock-in, accelerates innovation and fosters growth.
3. The developer community keeps growing in size and creativity.
According to Evans Data, there are more than 18 million software developers worldwide yet less than 25 percent are developing for the cloud today. The developer population is expected to grow to 26.4M by 2016 and the parentage of developers expected to develop in the cloud will grow by 44% to 12.5M by 2019.

With new tools, ideas and processes being brought to the table every day, it’s an incredibly exciting time for developers to jump into the sandbox of their choice and start creating! To start experimenting with Bluemix today visit: https://www.ibmdw.net/bluemix/

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