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More cool IBM BlueMix apps! You have to check these out!

October 20, 2014

More cool Bluemix Apps!!!!

Bluemix is IBM’s Cloud Platform built on Cloud Foundry’s open technology, enabling businesses to rapidly adjust to customer needs by allowing developers to mix and match different interoperable app services and tools. Powered by SoftLayer’s global cloud footprint, Bluemix – unlike similar platforms – offers developers the cloud power they need to build without ever having to configure an infrastructure.

Bluemix addresses a growing demand to more easily build cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications – without needing a high-level of technical know-how.

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Join me on October 22nd for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out”!!!

October 14, 2014

Gang!   I would love to see you in NYC for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out!”   On October 22, 2014, IBM will be hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event for Digital.NYC at our offices at 590 Madison Avenue!

The event will be a fun filled night to build skills especially on our IBM BluemixTM cloud-based developer platform. We will also be offering hands-on labs for attendees to help them better understand the benefits of cloud-based development.  And of course, there will be fun and food!

If you are interested in attending this event visit www.ibm.biz/bluemixgnonyc where you can register now. If you are interested partnering with IBM to host a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event with your group, please contact my colleague Steve Johnston via email at johnstst@us.ibm.com.

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IBM BIg Data and Analytics App Throwdown!

October 14, 2014

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3 great European Entrepreneurs improving lives with mobile, 3D printing and retail in the cloud!

October 14, 2014

SmartCamp season is in full swing in Europe this month, and I’ve got some great news I want to share with you!

Let’s start in Warsaw, Poland!

Have you ever considered how convenient it would be to create a mobile app in under 24 hours? Kinetise has, and that’s why they won the IBM SmartCamp Warsaw event!

Kinetise is a SaaS solution for rapid and easy creation of mobile applications for small business, a great fit for IBM MobileFirst!

Even the most complex and advanced applications can be built with Kinetise because their development engine supports a wide variety of functionality, including design freedom, 2-way communication with external servers, user authentication, and integration with various popular APIs. Follow them @Kinetise.

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Next up is Berlin!

Tiramizoo won the SmartCamp Berlin event with their same-day delivery cloud solution!

Tiramizoo provides a same day delivery solution for local e-tailers and retailers, and it combines online- and offline-shopping while supporting every multi-channel concept.

With their Cloud-based solution, Tiramizoo is setting a new standard with the guarantee of a reliable, affordable and timely delivery from retail to the local customer. As a result, sales increase due to a better conversion rate and higher customer loyalty. It integrates the online shopping  with offline retail stores product availability to a real Smarter Commerce experience. The solution also considers optimal delivery routes and different vehicles, from e-bikes to trucks to reduce CO2 emission and traffic, which helps in building a smarter, and cleaner, planet! Follow them @tiramizoo.

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And now on to London!

Andiamo won the SmartCamp London event with their ground-breaking 3D scanning and printing orthotics service for disabled children. SalesGossip took the People’s Choice award.

Andiamo’s goal is to provide high quality orthotics and reduce waiting times. Think about the positive impact that can have on the patients and their families! And talk about smarter healthcare! Their solution can dramatically improve healthcare services, reduces costs for heathcare providers and touches the lives of disabled children globally. Follow them at @AndiamoHQ.

What an impressive bunch of startups from across Europe! Congratulations to all our winners! I can’t wait to see what happens at the SmartCamp Europe regional final!

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Helpful links:
Kinetise: https://www.kinetise.com/
Tiramizoo: https://www.tiramizoo.com/en
Andiamo: https://twitter.com/AndiamoHQ
SalesGossip: http://www.salesgossip.co.uk/

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Going Global: Top Bluemix Apps Outside the US!

October 13, 2014

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Bluemix Girls’ Night Out! Encourage and Empower Us Geeks!

October 9, 2014

Women in the workforce today face a number of challenges and pressures that make their experience unique. For women working in IT, that includes being outnumbered almost 3 to 1. And yet, the IT industry and computer related roles offer many of the benefits and flexibility that women seek.

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According to recent statistics, women hold 51% of positions in the workforce today, but only about 26% of positions in IT. Since 1985 the number of women receiving degrees in computer science has fallen from 37% to 18%.

As a woman, this is particularly frustrating, as the IT industry and IBM have provided me with a number of opportunities for success and development that are not available elsewhere. And there are so many other women who have been able to achieve success as well.

And with the advances in cloud, mobile and social, many of the barriers to create our own opportunities are being removed. Women are playing pivotal roles in startups as leaders, developers and decision makers.

With this in mind, IBM has developed our Bluemix Girls’ Night Out events. These events offer women opportunities for career mentoring and include a focus on enabling them on best practices for cloud-based development using PaaS such as IBM’s Bluemix platform.

Girls’ Night Out is meant to give women of all levels of experience and knowledge a place to come together to support each other, and help spur creativity and community. We are looking to partner with other local organizations to help host and execute them.

And in NYC, we are hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out partnering with Digital.NYC to bring this program to their members on October 22, at our facilities at 590 Madison Avenue.

Our goal is to help foster the next generation of women developers, leaders and entrepreneurs, Because our industry needs the talent and ideas to spur the next generation of technology to advance and change our business and lives.

And we have already seen the impact that these types of events can have. When you bring a group of talented women together, and empower them with support and knowledge the impact is almost immediate. And it only strengthens the communities, businesses and teams which they are a part of.

If you are interested in hosting, partnering or participating in one of these events, please let us know. We look forward to meeting the next generation of leaders, innovators and developers.

 

 

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The Watson Ecosystem Expansion on Bluemix and in multi Industries!

October 8, 2014

We (IBM) announced 7 new Watson API services available on BlueMix, enabling developers to use a wide variety of Watson capabilities. The first wave of Watson-powered apps is debuting in industries such as travel, retail, healthcare, and more. One example is a new company launched by Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and Kayak.com, aimed at reinventing the travel experience with Watson.

Transforming Travel

WayBlazer (Austin, TX), a new company led by travel visionary and entrepreneur Terry Jones — founder of Travelocity and founding chairman of Kayak.com, is looking to redefine the travel experience. Researching travel alternatives can be a near impossible chore. Even for travelers that know their destination and dates, the sheer breadth of options and overwhelming amount of data requires visiting 20 or more website to research, compare, and book a leisure holiday. Powered by the cognitive intellect of Watson, WayBlazer knows, engages, advises, and learns about a consumer with each interaction, using a visual and natural language interface to make sure optimal travel choices are made. The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is using a version of the new WayBlazer app. With the app, the organization hopes to improve convention bookings, increase hotel bookings and provide additional revenue streams from Ecosystem Partner and affiliate marketing opportunities. Watch WayBlazer “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Retail

Red Ant (London, UK) is helping retailers, including Three, a UK-based mobile company, ensure sales associates exceed customers’ expectations with its Sell Smart app built using Watson’s cognitive computing technology. The mobile app is a retail sales trainer that lets employees easily identify individual customers’ buying preferences by analyzing demographics, purchase history and wish lists, as well as product information, local pricing, customer reviews and tech specs. It uses voice or text input to enable a simple question-and-answer interface against the wealth of information available within a retail business, including product information, copybooks, manuals, customer reviews, and more. Red Ant is a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winner.

Reflexis (Dedham, MA) is working with Watson to enable retailers, Quick Serve Restaurants, hospitality, and other companies to uncover hidden demand triggers and provide the best possible customer experience. The company’s Watson interconnect module for the Reflexis StorePulse real-time execution application enables companies to drive best-practice actions in response to local events, social media buzz, news, weather, and other influences that affect customer demand. . Watch Reflexis “Unbox” their app here.

Sellpoints (Emeryville, CA), an e-commerce technology provider, is unveiling its Watson powered app called Natural Selection, which uses natural language to put the right products in front of the right shoppers at the exact moment they’re ready to buy. For example, when a shopper searches for a product using natural language, such as “My second grader needs help learning science basics,” the cognitive app returns product results sorted by relevance, which subsequently increases conversion rates for the retailer.

Transforming Non-Profit

Findability Sciences (Waltham, MA) is bringing a Watson app to the non-profit sector to enable funders and donors to ask questions using natural language and receive answers instantaneously. This enables funders to make smarter investing decisions and better work to maximize existing investments to deliver the most impact. Watch Findability Sciences “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Veterinary Care

LifeLearn (Guelph, Canada) is changing the way veterinarians practice medicine by empowering them with the new LifeLearn Sofie™ mobile app, which helps doctors research different treatment options for animals. LifeLearn’s beta client Animal Medical Center in New York is just one of the leading industry partners using LifeLearn Sofie™ to help improve patient outcomes. The Sofie app, built from scratch with Watson, crowdsources the expertise from the entire profession by analyzing data from text books, knowledge from doctors and teaching hospitals, and uses natural language Q&A to provide veterinarians immediate possibilities that equate to third and fourth professional opinions.  Watch LifeLearn “Unbox” their app here.

Transforming Healthcare

GenieMD (Pleasanton, CA) is using Watson’s cognitive intellect and data analysis to understand an individual’s personal health profile and asks Watson questions for the user so they don’t have to in times of concern. For example, the GenieMD mobile app analyzes a persons profile and sends push notifications to the user with information on how to manage their diabetes or how to prevent hypertension. GenieMD is a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winner.

Welltok (Denver, CO) is calling upon Watson’s unique ability to process massive volumes of health data and content within seconds. Building on Welltok’s health optimization platform, CaféWell Concierge dialogues with consumers and provides dynamic, personalized guidance to optimize their health. Watch Welltok “Unbox” their app here.

@Point of Care (Livingston, NJ), a service provider for the health care industry, is using Watson to help physicians support patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The physician-facing mobile app is helping the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America enable MS patients to better track and manage their symptoms easily from any device and will be rolled out across @Point of Care’s 15 other therapeutic areas.

Transforming Information IT

SparkCognition (Dallas, TX), the first cognitive security analytics company, has created a Cognitive Security Insights (CSI) app with Watson to process data to deliver advanced cyber threat defense. Unlike existing security solutions, the Watson powered CSI app thinks like a security expert and can help stop threats for an enterprise. Client ExamSoft, and early adopter, is currently using CSI to reduce the costs associated with false positives, incorporate automated learning systems in the organization that retain critical knowledge, and enable intelligent detection and remediation that can keep up with a rapidly growing number of threats.

CHIPS Technology Group (Syosset, NY), an IT help desk provider for small-to-mid-sized businesses, is using Watson to help their engineers revolutionize the way IT support service is delivered. Watson enables CHIPS engineers to quickly source and provide clients like IT Solutions, Inc. with a high level of customer service, whether working with a mainstream or proprietary app. By rapidly processing an extensive collection of disparate resources, including articles, white papers and manuals, Watson delivers the right tech support response to end users on the first try.

This announcement reinforces IBM’s strategy to fuel an ecosystem of innovators that are helping make cognitive computing the new standard of computing.

Helping Developers Create a New Class of Cognitive Apps

We also extended the reach of cognitive computing by introducing new cognitive services that will be available on IBM Bluemix,   As you know, Bluemix runs on SoftLayer, IBM’s global cloud infrastructure. Now with little to no barrier to entry to cognitive tools, Bluemix users can access an evolving set of APIs and content to build apps, powered by Watson, that help accelerate, enhance, and scale human expertise for confident decision making.

The new services available through Bluemix include:

  • User Modeling: Uses linguistic analytics to extract a set of personality and social traits from the way a person communicates. The service can analyze any public communication the user makes available such as their text messages, tweets, posts, email, and more. Users of the service can understand, connect, and communicate with people on a more personally tailored level by analyzing personality and social traits.
  • Machine Translation: Converts text input in one language into a destination language for the end user. Translation is available among English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and French.
  • Language Identification: detects the language in which text is written. This helps inform next steps such as translation, voice to text, or direct analysis. Today, the service can identify 15 languages.
  • Concept Expansion: Analyses text and interprets its meaning based on usage in other similar contexts. For example, it could interpret “The Big Apple” as meaning “New York City.” It can be used to create a dictionary of related words and concepts so that euphemisms, colloquialisms, or otherwise unclear phrases can be better understood and analyzed.
  • Message Resonance: Analyzes draft content and scores how well it is likely to be received by a specific target audience. Today, analysis can be done against people active in cloud computing or big data discussions but future versions will let users provide their own community data.
  • Relationship Extraction: Parses sentences into their various components and detects relationships between the components. The service maps the relationships between the components so that users or analytics engines can more easily understand the meaning of individual sentences and documents.
  • Question & Answer: Interprets and answers user questions directly based on primary data sources that have been selected and gathered into a body of data or “corpus.” The service returns candidate responses with associated confidence levels and links to supporting evidence. The current data corpora on Bluemix focus on the Travel and Healthcare industries.
  • Visualization Rendering: Takes input data and graphically renders it as an interactive visualization that can range from a common business chart to more advanced layouts. The visualizations can be easily modified to match user needs, visual styling, and types of data being analyzed.
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