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Digital tip of the week – #TwitterAcademy webinars

November 14, 2014

If you are interested in learning more about Twitter for Business?

#TwitterAcademy offers free webinars on topics such as how to increase your follower base. You can register here: https://twitter.twimg.com/TwitterAcademy.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and it ends with a live Q&A session.

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Vaadin adopts Bluemix and is the first Third Party Boilerplate!

November 12, 2014

The first 3rd party boilerplate inside IBM® Bluemix™. A Bluemix boilerplate is a runtime and an example application which in Vaadin’s case is a fullstack example app with a CRUD view, statistics view, map view and all persisted through EJB services via JPA to DB2 and running on WebSphere Liberty. We’d like to believe this example app is one of the nicest complete Vaadin apps out there.

Go and check it out in order to get a solid start for your Vaadin project.

 

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Are Entrepreneurs Happier? Yes! Intrapreneurs too? Yes!

November 11, 2014

I was flying back from our announcement in San Francisco to provide Start-ups help from IBM to grow and innovate and reading a new book from HBS.  In the book, I read that that those working in organizations of less than 1000 employees are 25% happier (this is per the research from the Zappos “Delivering Happiness at Work”) and entrepreneurs that happiest of ALL!!!  And yes that does include “intrapreneurs” — a great one for me — an Intrapreneur at IBM!

How great since we were just with a set of great start-ups and entrepreneurs!   As a recap, we have been building on our partnership with thousands of start-ups.   Last month we launched of Digital.nyc with the City of New York and Gust.

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Yesterday, we launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups: unmatched in the industry and providing streamlined ways for your start-up to access the IBM Cloud!  We are the first to assist you, as a visionary entrepreneur, assistance on all needed levels.  To assist with the experimentation and development of world class products, we are offering up to $120K of Cloud credits. In addition, 43 local Innovation Centers and 2 Bluemix Garages provide world class technical assistance and training.

This program also included support of a big area we know is critical for start-ups  — go-to-market (GTM)! We have listened to our entrepreneurs all over the world and are pleased to announce two very unique offerings. First, connection to enterprise clients. During InterConnect 2015 we will host ‘CIO meet the entrepreneur’ events and will host meetups and get-togethers locally and globally to make these connections. We are also establishing a GTM Advisory Council to provide assistance and advice on all things entrepreneurial. Building on the world-renowned SmartCamps, business and marketing mentoring is an incredible benefit to entrepreneurs.

In summary, IBM’s new Global Entrepreneur for Cloud Startups includes the following 4 benefits:
1.    Up to $120K of free IBM Cloud services
2.    Technical support from Innovation Centers and Garages all over the world
3.    Linkage to Enterprise Clients
4.    GTM and business mentoring through SmartCamps and a GTM advisory board

 

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Infographic: IBM Announcement on Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups!

November 10, 2014

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I love Entrepreneurs! We love Entrepreneurs!

November 9, 2014

Entrepreneurs are the soul of global innovation!!

And today, start-ups are rocking our world.

According to CB Insight, over $4.6B has been invested by VCs into Cloud Computing over the last year, representing a 113% YOY funding growth!  And this year in particular has been incredible.

  • Q1 2014 was the biggest funding quarter over the last 5 years

I am on the plane right now heading to San Fran and Silicon Valley to spend time with our most valued natural resource:  The Start-Up.   And with Silicon Valley is driving 42% of the cloud deals this year, the adventure of listening, helping, and announcing is my favorite part of my role!!

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Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Join me Monday! A Great Announcement for Startups!

November 8, 2014

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IBM Dynamic Cloud Security: Securing enterprises for the Cloud

November 6, 2014

I have HUGE news to share from the IBM Cloud team! The IBM Dynamic Cloud Security portfolio has been announced!

IBM Dynamic Cloud Security is the industry’s first software and services portfolio designed specifically for securing enterprises across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. This announcement represents the very best of IBM Cloud and IBM Security!

So why is security important to a Cloud strategy? First, we know that Cloud is the infrastructure of choice for data analysis and management. Second, companies need a Cloud solution to remain competitive in the marketplace. With all that data in the Cloud, it has got to be secure!

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So what differentiates IBM Cloud Security? The obvious answer is IBM SoftLayer and Bluemix! Both provide a security-rich environment, whether you are talking about single-sign on, security access, identity managing, or data monitoring.

Here’s further proof that IBM is uniquely positioned to offer security for Cloud!
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To learn more about IBM Dynamic Cloud Security, visit the IBM Cloud Security web site. There you will find more information about the product, services and resource, such as a training video and registration to a forum discussion.

Helpful link:
IBM Dynamic Cloud Security -> http://www.ibm.com/security/cloud/

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