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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 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: 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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DDay – In Honor of my Uncle John

June 6, 2014

One of my fondest memories was coming up to Boston to visit all of my relatives (yes I had 8 aunts and uncles!) in the summer.   Even as a kid I loved the food (my Aunt Marie would have 5 courses minimum) and the stories.   Yes, the stories.

Uncle Johnny will forever be a part of our lives through those stories. I know he will forever be a part of my life.

Especially on D-Day.

What do I remember most when I think of Uncle Johnny?

First, I remember Johnny as a man of freedom.   He didn’t talk much about the war but I know that it did impact his entire life. He was drafted at age 18 into the Army during WW II and served in the Infantry. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he was bound for the coast of France in an LCI, Landing Craft Infantry, and was one of the last troops to descend into the waters at the beach at Normandy when he was struck by an enemy bullet in the left arm which caused him to fall backward into the LCI.  He received the Purple Heart Medal for his battle incurred injury and returned to Cambridge and Family. He lived the Purple Heart  and Medal of Bravery everyday even though we didn’t find the medals and the stories until after he died.   I thank Uncle Johnny for our freedom today.

Second, I remember a man of Faith. Yes, of course with his passion for the Patriots and Red Sox, having faith was required!   But I do remember his faith is His God. Uncle Johnny was part of the knights of Lithuania.  Uncle Johnny believed in His God but acted with God’s characteristics.   He used to give us kids change to go down to the corner store to buy candy, and even reward us with Silver Dollars. He showed us his faith.

Third, I remember Uncle Johnny as a man of Family.   My mom tells a story where Uncle Johnny brought home chocolates from his work for the family.   (Of course, mom always took the orange inside!) Auntie Helen always told me he was a great Big brother – throughout his life. He worked to support the family while Auntie Anna took care of their mother. And did you know that he took me to lunch almost weekly while I was at Harvard and he walked to meet me?   He and Anna had me over for every holiday that I couldn’t go home. He was my family in Boston.   He never forgot a birthday or Christmas.  And he always wrote us postcards from his trips – even if he did memorize the inscription!   And when my kids came, he loved them too. Because they were family.

There is a saying that goes “tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Uncle Johnny will live in my heart forever. He will live in my kids hearts forever. And I know he will live in your hearts forever. Uncle Johnny was a person of character, humble and respectful of each person’s dignity. He was never boastful nor do I recall him bragging of anything, including his purple heart and medal for bravery. He was a Man of Faith, Family and Freedom.


April’s Fool!

April 1, 2014



James Governor (RedMonk) on how cloud is redefining business!

March 8, 2014

It was great to catch up with James Governor, the founder of RedMonk, at IBM Pulse.

As you can see in this video, James talks about how cloud is redefining business and IT roles leading to a growing importance in trends like DevOps!

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to go check out RedMonk!


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO talks latest design trends at #SXSW

March 7, 2014

I’m sure many of you may be familiar with Tim Brown through his leadership of the ground-breaking IDEO design and consultancy firm. Well, SXSW offers many opportunities, including that to hear directly from luminaries such as Tim.

Phil Gilbert, General Manager for IBM Design recently caught up with Tim, who explained how design is impacting some of the most significant global trends: mobile and big data.

If you haven’t already, check out IDEO and if you are at SXSW, come see Tim speak later today!


How can you help more women enter IT? Reshma Saujani from Girls Who Code explains

March 5, 2014

I had a fascinating discussion recently with Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO for Girls Who Code. We discussed why so few women are embarking in careers in Computer Science and what we need to do to address this.

You will find Reshma speaking at the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin, TX.  


Handly Cameron from Prolifics talks employee collaboration and dev@Pulse!

February 23, 2014

Handly Cameron is an Enterprise Architect with Prolifics and an IBM Champion. I caught up with Handly at IBM Connect where he explained how employees are turning to mobile and cloud-based systems for collaboration in the workplace.

Handly explained why dev@Pulse, which starts today, is so relevant for all developers!


Come THROWDOWN your APP!!! Get Exposure at IBM Pulse!

February 11, 2014

We’re taking the App Throwdown to IBM Pulse 2014!

Calling all IBM Business Partners! Come and join us for IBM Pulse (Our Premier CLOUD event!) where we’ll be holding an App Throwdown! Compete with your best solution and be highlighted in front of Clients and IBM Sales teams during qualifying rounds. The winner will be on main stage on Day 3 in front of over 8,000 Re-sellers, Clients, and IBM Sellers – giving you the opportunity to reach a new and broad audience!

In addition to sharing your solution with the conference audience, we will be leveraging Mutual Minds to magnify the reach of your company and your solution. For example, during the main stage session of the AppThrowdown at our recent IBM Connect event, social impressions totalled over 21.7M! (read more about it here) and the winner already has more leads than they can handle!

The Details:

Is my solution eligible? Your need to demonstrate your solution’s use of our Cloud Solution show how your solution runs on SoftLayer or IBM BlueMix. OR integration with IBM Security or Smarter Infrastructure products.

What do I need to do to apply? Submit a 2-5 minute video demonstration of an application that you have built integrating with the solutions above.

How do I register? Click here to fill out this brief form. We’re waiting for your submissions!

Please join me there live!!


Social Content Curation with Hootsuite and IBM Connections! Woo Hoo!

December 5, 2013

Great news! HootSuite has now integrated into my favorite social platform, IBM Connections!

As you know, thousands of companies have deployed social software for their internal collaboration and/or to build and maintain relationships with their partners and customers.

To manage my own social presence on public social networks such as Twitter, I use HootSuite.

I’m not the only one who uses different tools to manage social within my company and outside of my company.  As I spoke with Forbes earlier this week (CLICK HERE), many companies are seeing the business value of social media and understanding that it’s imperative to bring social media and internal enterprise communications together in order to better serve customers and engage employees. This effective distribution of content both internally and externally to an organization is a component of a social content curation plan.

Today HootSuite announced (Announcement) the private Beta integration with IBM Connections platform.

Now with a couple of clicks, I can publish content into my IBM Connections status update and Community streams directly from the HootSuite dashboard.  Viola!  I can also view all my social media channels, including IBM Connections from within the HootSuite dashboard!


The HootSuite – IBM Connections Application is free for HootSuite Enterprise and IBM Connections customers.  Get started now!  Request the beta here


Powering the Omnichannel For The Holidays

November 27, 2013

Woo hoo!  I LOVE the holiday season.   And given I am a techy, I love seeing shoppers taking to their laptops and mobile phones as well as the malls and stores to fill their holiday gift lists.

Did you know that  ‘Click Frenzy’ Sales Jumped 16% this year.  Is this a preview to come for US’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Retailers who connect these dots into a true omni-channel experience will be the big winners.

This video shows how shoppers will do it this season!!!


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