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What I learned from my Mom!

May 6, 2015

Today is my Mom’s birthday.    I don’t get to live close anymore, but we do talk daily.    As I was chatting with a friend who recently lost her mom, she reminded me to cherish each moment so I decided to write the Top 7 Things I love about my mom!

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  1. Gives without expecting anything in return.    My mom is the most giving person I know.  Of course to her children, but to all.  She extends herself without expecting anything in return.
  2. Leads by example.  Whether she is gardening, or doing Tax Returns,  my mom leads by example.  She never asks anyone to do anything that she isn’t willing to do herself.
  3. Chooses Attitude over circumstances.   One of the things my mom taught me is that you sometimes cannot change your circumstances, but your attitude you have control over.   Make sure you keep your attitude in check, and don’t let those circumstances control you!
  4. Exudes “Smart.”  My mom was valedictorian in High School but could not afford to go to college.  Yet, she still used her incredible intelligence to be so successful in life.   She is not just book smart, but life smart.
  5. Grows in faithfulness.   My mom is faithful in her faith and God.  She has a gentle and trusting spirit.
  6. Shares Encouragement.   I cannot remember a time when my mom didn’t encourage her friends, family, and even pets.   She is a natural encourager — go Mom Go!
  7. Exemplifies Love.   My mom loves unconditionally.   Her love is soft and gentle yet strong.

I know that Mother’s day is upcoming as well and I cannot be more thankful for the beautiful woman who is my mom.

She has taught me how to be a good mom and leader!

Celebrate your mom today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cloud Academic Program for Faculty! Changing the dynamics for student learning!

May 5, 2015

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3 Surprises from Millennials on the Purchase Process

April 28, 2015

I love working with Millennials as well as understanding their purchasing habits.

From IBM’s Institute of Business Value’s study on Millennials, I had 3 Aha moments about how they like to purchase!

  • The world’s gone social!  Millennials meet with vendors face-to-face during the sales cycle, but they would much rather interact remotely during this initial phase
  • In God we trust, all others bring data.   Millennials place equal weight on data analysis and the opinion of family and friends when deciding whether or not to make a B2B purchase costing US$10,000 or more

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  • Millennials are eager to share positive experiences, but very reluctant to share disappointments

These 3 ahas, tell me that in order to meet their needs, we need to:

  • Be social in the sales cycle !  Since this social network scene makes the most sense to millennials, consider setting up an internal private social site to gain more input, and answer questions.
  • Share data and analytics to assist in the progression!   Since millennials want the data, share it!   Do your homework to make it valuable but don’t forget the “word of mouth” as well.
  • Make it easy to shout it from the mountain tops!   Since this new generation likes to share positive experiences, make it easy for them to do so.  This enables them to become your brand ambassadors!

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IBM Ignites Developers and Entrepreneurs in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Amsterdam

April 27, 2015

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Internet of Things Foosball on BlueMix With Social Linkage!

April 23, 2015

Yes, the students have done it!  This is an Internet of Things Foosball Table designed by Fabian Eitel and Marcel Seibold.  In this picture, they are the 2 gentlemen playing against me !!

thumb_IMG_0357_1024This table with sensors throughout does the following: 

  • It tweets the scores.
  • It rates the probability of the winning team (my team was not rated high — even though I did score one point!)
  • Others can tweet to cheer you on!

Here you can find our final result in Twitter as a little souvenir.   https://twitter.com/TischkickerEhn/status/590534529464467456)

It is a very innovative way to showcase the value of the Cloud.   Marcel and Fabian are not hard core coders but were able to get this up and coming quickly because of Bluemix.

How does it work?

Sensors capture the “game” and then send the results to the cloud, where the data is analyzed and stored.   Then based on the game, Tweets are automatically sent and the probablity of a Winner Calculated!

What fun!

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Top 5 Quotes to inspire and challenge you to innovate

April 15, 2015

I love quotes and wanted to share my fav 5 for this week!

1.  Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  But it is wisdom that knows not to put a tomato into a fruit salad.  Informs Conference

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2.  In GOD we trust.   All others bring data.

3.  Don’t get distracted by every squirrel that runs by.

4.  People lose their way when they lose their why.  Focus on your goals.

5.  Never sacrifice 3 things:  your family, your heart, or your dignity.

 

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NASA Apps Rock This World and OuterSpace!!!

April 14, 2015

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