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Cloud is at a Tipping Point

Cloud is at a tipping point for business.

Anatomy of a cognitive startup – LIVE from SXSW

Every year, SXSW Interactive comes alive. Like a human body, all of these various systems of technology intermingle and create something magical for a few days here in Austin. Today, I had the chance to talk about some anatomy myself: The Anatomy of a Cognitive Startup.

On the outside, the anatomy of a cognitive startup is just like any other in the IBM Ecosystem: focused, innovative, and always forging the future of tech. The true difference comes when you examine the tools of the trade our cognitive startups leverage as they achieve their goals. The IBM Cloud offers a diverse set of software and services dedicated to maximizing developer and startup utilization of the defining tools of the Cognitive Era. When coupled with the laser-focused guidance of the IBM Developer Ecosystem,
Cognitive startups are utilizing IBM Watson visualization, trade-off analytics, personality insight, tone analysis and other cognitive services, with cutting-edge results. Atlanta-based Simple C uses both the IBM Cloud and cognitive systems to provide media-delivered therapies targeting the behavioral symptoms of dementia and related cognitive disorders, providing breakthroughs in the medical industry.

Look at FinTech startup Alpha Modus. By utilizing IBM Bluemix, they’re disrupting the entire investment management industry with tremendous results by using social media to analyze the market sentiment. In fact, their efforts won them the Beacon Award for Best New Application on IBM Cloud from an Entrepreneur at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016.

Stay tuned for so much more from SXSW Interactive as we dig deeper into the innovations and the people behind them that are truly defining Cloud, Cognitive, and social influences of the future.

Video Summary of Day 1 SXSW Interactive – My POV

I loved the first day of SXSW!


The Global Entrepreneur Program from IBM Rocks!

Find out more about our Global Entrepreneur Program while attending InterConnect 2016!



Introducing the Cloud Champion Program!

Want to be an IBM Champion? Find out more about becoming a champion – or a new Cloud Champion here!

DeveloperWorks Architecture Center – A MUST use!

IBM is so excited to announce the launch of developerWorks Architecture at InterConnect! Check out what Dirk Nicol has to say about it.



1 Minute Review of IBM Interconnect Messages!

ICICI Bank Launches Virtual Mobile Appathon with IBM Cloud

ICICI Bank launched a virtual mobile app development challenge hosted on the IBM Cloud platform. Its India’s largest mobile app development initiative by a bank. Christened ‘ICICI Appathon’, the programme aims to attract developers, technology companies, startups, technopreneurs and students to create the next generation of banking applications on mobile.

Hosted on the IBM Bluemix cloud based platform, ‘ICICI Appathon’ will offer a diverse set of over 50 APIs from ICICI Bank and its group companies namely ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and ICICI Securities. As a first, payment APIs from ‘Visa’ and the ‘Unified Payment Interface’ API from NPCI will also be available for the app development challenge. Using these APIs, participants will have to create innovative working prototypes of mobile applications that provides a superior customer experience.

Three ‘ICICI Appathon’ champions will be selected by a jury of eminent leaders from the BFSI segment and startups. All participants will be judged on five criteria that include uniqueness, functionality, business potential, user experience and scalability.

The top three winners will win prizes from a pool of over INR 20 lakh along with a potential engagement opportunity with ICICI Bank. They will also be given a chance to be mentored by the event partners. Additionally, winners of the ‘ICICI Appathon’, who apply to the ‘10,000 Startups’ of NASSCOM will get a fast tracked entry into it. Moreover, two members of the winning team shall also have access to the network and coworking community of 91springboard (a co-working community of freelancers, startups and established small to large businesses) across India.

Cloud has reached the tipping point as a platform for business, led by developers

IBM InterConnect 2016 is well underway, brimming with developers, entrepreneurs, startups, and a roster of truly revolutionary technologists, speakers and presenters! People from all occupations have gathered here and are focused on the future. Whether it’s the future of their craft or company, or the future of the Cloud, they can all agree that Cloud’s at a tipping point.

Right now, only 1% of developer teams today are utilizing cognitive in their apps. According to the IDC, that number will rise to over 50% by 2018, providing U.S. enterprises $60+ billion in annual savings by 2020! That’s a staggering change in the business landscape in such a short period, but not expected when you see the transformations and disruptions several industries are facing today. This is especially true when you consider the changes in Cloud.

80% of CxOs are thinking about, or experimenting with, different business models and 85% of hybrid leaders report that hybrid cloud is accelerating digital transformation in their organization. Cloud, mobile, and social are revolutionizing the way people deal with data, the way people interact with customers, and the way people go to market with their products. As a result, industries and their leaders realize we’re on the brink of a massive change in HOW we deal with this data.

That’s what InterConnect 2016 is all about, showcasing the latest and greatest in our mission to gather the best offerings and partnerships for you: The developers, startups, and entrepreneurs innovating tomorrow on the Cloud today! Here are just a couple examples of what startups in the IBM Developer Ecosystem are creating:

  • Alpha Modus is challenging the status quo, delivering alpha directly to end-users through a marketplace of investment technologies they call ‘mods.’
  • JKool uses a real-time operational intelligence SaaS with streaming log analytics, metrics and transactions so developers (and folks in DevOps alike) can observe Java transactions as they occur together with a consolidated visualization of all logs and metrics on a single pane of glass in real-time.

Stay tuned for more breaking news and partnerships that will continue IBM’s trend of shaping the future of Cloud developmental success.

Gobble Gobble! Get your Turkey Recipe Here! #cognitive power at play! #ibm

Yes, I am going to cook a Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Yeast Rolls, and to die for chocolate killer brownie cake!

But also I am trying tomorrow the Watson recommended appetizer !!!

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato-Hard Cider Sauce

Tomato-Hard Cider Sauce
Makes sauce for 18 meatballs
5 slices bacon (about 4 oz), finely diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 medium onion (about 6 oz), peeled and diced

14 oz canned chopped tomatoes

Salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

1 tsp lemon zest

Minced leaves from 2 sprigs oregano

14 fl. oz hard cider

1 tbsp sugar
In a pan over medium heat, sauté the bacon until brown. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the canned tomatoes, then season with salt and pepper, and add the lemon zest and oregano. Bring to a boil. Mix in the hard cider and sugar, adjust the seasoning, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Coarsely blend the sauce using a hand blender, and reserve.

Turkey Meatballs
Makes 18 meatballs
1 lb ground turkey

1 egg, beaten

1 garlic clove, peeled and minced

2 oz white mushrooms, finely diced

2 oz kale, finely diced

2 oz Swiss cheese, finely diced

0.5 oz panko breadcrumbs

2 oz hard cider

Leaves from 2 sprigs oregano, chopped
½ tsp ground cumin

Salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Heat the oven to 500 F. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure the mixture is generously seasoned. Scoop out the turkey mixture with a spoon, and form into balls (you should have about 18). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing at least 1” apart. Cook the meatballs in the oven for 12-14 minutes. Add the meatballs to the tomato- hard cider sauce, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.

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