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9 Spokes and Tapit win at SmartCamp Down Under with Cloud and Analytics!

September 9, 2014

A huge congratulations to 9 Spokes and Tapit for being named the winner and people’s choice winner, respectively, of the SmartCamp Sydney competition!

9 Spokes was the judges’ choice with its integrated software dashboard. They select apps through a rigorous accreditation program and then make them available to the user through a dashboard environment. No more sifting through thousands of apps trying to find the best match for your industry. They’ve already located them for you, and made it easy to access!

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Also, they use the power of the cloud! You can access 9 Spokes and all your apps from any Internet connected device. Everything is at your finger tips!

Tapit’s solution deploys, manages and analyses contactless technology, such as Near Field Communications tags, Beacons and QR codes. Using powerful Tapit visualization reporting, clients can easily make sense of how people are interacting with their Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time. Their solution provides an easy to use platform that instantly tells you how and where people are engaging with your content, as well as channel format and device.

With Tapit, it’s easy to see how people are interacting with your Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time.

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Great job to our winners and good show to the Sydney team!

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Social Media Marketing Lessons from my trip to Coney Island!

September 8, 2014

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Wumdrop’s MOBILE solution delivers a victory at the Entrepreneur SmartCamp Cape Town!

September 4, 2014

Congratulations to Wumdrop for winning the SmartCamp Cape Town competition!

 

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This year’s event in Cape Town had 5 outstanding startups competing for the win. Each startup had very different and unique solutions that included scalable transactional monitoring, ecommerce store builder, mobile identity, and even a micro-radar so a bicyclist can track automobiles for increased safety. I’d say the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cape Town is producing some very creative startup solutions!

Wumdrop’s mobile solution allows you to request shipping service at the click of a button. No more waiting in lines at the post office or shipping kiosk! What’s so impressive about their solution is that it furthers the notion of mobile solutions making daily tasks easier and faster to complete. This is a great resource for business and personal use!

And a big shout out to Tech4Africa! SmartCamp Cape Town ran in partnership with Tech4Africa. Every time they are involved in a SmartCamp event, it is huge success for everyone! So THANK YOU to Tech4Africa!

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London Welcomes Business Tech Trends! What are the European differences?

September 4, 2014

I will be in London this week for the Entrepreneur County event entitled “Follow the Entrepreneur!”with Julie Myers as well as spending a few days at Shoreditch … especially highlighting some Europe differences of our Business Tech Trend Study.

So in prep for Europe, I wanted to know the specific differences that we were seeing in Europe! Here’s the highlights! As a reference, European companies make up 47% of those who contributed to the study (primarily from UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia)

Differences:
Social adoption is lower in Europe:
64% of European enterprises have deployed social (vs. 70% of non-Europe enterprises)
Plans for increasing Big Data and Analytics investment are lower:
66% of European enterprises are planning to increase investment over next 2 years, vs. 75% non-Europe
Europeans report having the needed cloud skills needed:
63% Europe vs. 56% non-Europe
• European companies are less likely to be engaging academia and clients as a partner:
73% use for activities, vs. 81% of non-European enterprises

79% use clients for activities, vs. 84% of non-European enterprises

• They are less likely to use analytical insights in their decision making:
30% Europe vs. 43% non-Europe (vs. 7 in 10 Pacesetters)
• And Finally, European enterprises are less likely to report gaining major competitive advantage from their initiatives in these areas:

  • Mobile: 66% in Europe gain major comp. advantage (vs. 77% non-Europe)
  • Social: 63% in Europe (vs. 77% non-Europe)
  • BDA: 65% in Europe (vs. 82% non-Europe)
  • Cloud: 67% in Europe (vs. 82% non-Europe)

While here I found this cool app as well — for seeing the sights ..not that I will get to this trip but it is a fascinating app!
Googling Around London

 

 

Googling Around London [Infographic] by the team at Cheapflights

 

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IBM Navigator on Cloud: Try it for 30 days to Manage your content

September 3, 2014

Did you know that 2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created every day? And, that as much as 80 percent of that data is comprised of unstructured content such as contracts, claims forms, and permit applications.

The explosion of content, and more importantly new forms of it including tweets and posts to social media, has increased the need to use any type of information from nearly any source.

IBM Navigator on Cloud, available on the IBM Cloud marketplace and built on SoftLayer’s Cloud platform, is a SaaS offering that can help all businesses gain value from a huge amount of content. You can even interface to IBM Navigator on Cloud via open APIs. In addition to being a secure, scalable and reliable platform, IBM Navigator on Cloud is also easy to use and delivered through a modern user experience.

IBM Navigator on Cloud has put IBM as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. Also, the leading analyst firm IDC, for the 8th consecutive year, ranked IBM number one in worldwide market share for content management. It’s a great tool to use and manage your content and files!

To learn more about IBM Navigator on Cloud, check out the video below! You can also try IBM Navigator on Cloud for a 30-day trial period.

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Hootsuite Rocks the IBM Business Tech Trends!

September 3, 2014

From our Business Tech Trends study, we learned the 3 secrets that Pacesetters – those enterprises who stay ahead of the pack – are doing to create the most success. One of the secrets is integration of transformative technologies, such as cloud, analytics, mobile and social.

Kevin Zellmer of Hootsuite said during our August 21 webcast that at any one time, Hootsuite has at least a dozen integrations happening! And they’re happening internally and externally.

Hootsuite has a new feature that allows employees to share third party social media content on IBM Connections across their entire organization. HR isn’t just talking to HR and marketing isn’t just talking to marketing anymore. This kind of integration allows for organization-wide collaboration!

Want to learn more about Pacesetters? Want to better understand their 3 secrets? Check out our webcast replay and download the Business Tech Trends study.
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Here are two more great opportunities for you!

First, sign-up for the Watson Analytics Beta! This solution enables your business to put predictive capability into the hands of your business leaders, like CMOs, CHROs, and CSOs.

Second, join us for our Business Tech Trends/Bluemix App JAM! When you register for the App Jam, you’ll get access to download the data from the Business Tech Trends report, create your own Bluemix app with the data, and then share your insights with us!

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Social Influencers: 3 Things You Need to Know!

September 2, 2014
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