December 22, 2015

Digital Water and Bluemix analyze vast amounts of data to help refugees find safe water

When presented with the facts on the global water crisis, you can’t help but feel the tug to get involved at some level to drive change. According to the World Health Organization, 10% of the world population still lacks access to safe water and every 90 seconds, a child dies from water-related disease. But what if this could change using technology? The team at Digital Water spends time thinking about how to impact communities far beyond the U.S., by leveraging its cloud-based asset monitoring platform to provide access to real-time water data.

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December 21, 2015

Self-directed learning is easy with developerWorks Premium

Who has time for attending an onsite class or getting travel approval these days? Besides, today’s IT professionals are expected to learn on the fly, on the job, of their own initiative. That’s where self-directed learning comes in. One of the many benefits of developerWorks Premium is access to a plethora of online books by premiere publisher, Safari Books Online.

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December 21, 2015

Installing Docker: Fixes for common problems

Bluemix includes support for running Docker containers. However, if you're developing on a Windows platform, you may encounter some problems getting the Docker runtime installed and running successfully. This post describes problems I discovered when installing Docker on Windows, how I found advice for fixing those problems, and what I did that successfully resolved them.

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December 18, 2015

Use The Force – Move a Star Wars droid BB-8 with Your Mind

With the release of the new Star Wars film moviegoers everywhere are being re-introduced to The Force and its power. More than a few people may even walk out imagining what life would be like in a world inhabited by The Force. While we may never be able to control each other’s minds, the ability to manipulate the physical world through our speech, and even our thoughts, is very much a reality today. It is a reality being made more possible all the time by advances in technology like Natural Language Processing, sensors and IoT. Today, it is even possible to move a BB-8 Droid with your mind.

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December 18, 2015

Test Reappt on IBM Bluemix

With Reappt, you can build reactive apps with extreme speed and scale. Getting started with Reappt is easy, once you are signed up, it is time to test it out. The quickest way to create topics and publish to them is by using the TEST CLIENT tab on the Reappt Dashboard. This tutorial will walk you through the steps using a simple example.

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December 18, 2015

IBM and Cupenya help Bluemix users focus on core competencies

Building an enterprise software startup comes with a major handicap. When your core user is a so-called “elephant” – an old, stoic, and mighty corporation, risk averse and resistant to rapid change – selling “the next big thing” is quite the challenge. For us at Cupenya, an operational intelligence software company in Amsterdam, this was exactly the case. We faced an uphill battle building trust. We needed to persuade large corporate clients to embrace transformation and adopt, not only a new software solution, but also a new methodology in the way they operate. Luckily, at the time we were undergoing several technology integration and validation procedures with IBM for SoftLayer and PureSystems. It was then that we were first made aware of IBM’s plans for the application development platform, Bluemix.

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December 17, 2015

IBM Watson Document Conversion Service is now available!

The IBM Watson Document Conversion Service is a straightforward service with one objective: to convert documents from HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word formats, into Normalized HTML, Plain Text, or Answer Units JSON that can be used to ingest into other Watson services, such as the Watson Retrieve and Rank Service. This straightforward service, in combination with the Watson Retrieve and Rank Service, solves a big problem.

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December 17, 2015

Vaadin Challenge winners announced

The V​aadin Challenge​ came to a successful close, and we have our winners!

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December 17, 2015

Getting started with the Bluemix API Management Service

APIs are rapidly becoming one of an organization's most important assets. Enabling customers and developers to consume APIs through their own applications and services provides a compelling system for innovation and monetization. IBM API Management delivers a powerful mechanism for controlling API access, managing multiple versions of an API, establishing rate limits, and ultimately tracking the performance metrics and analytics of each API in your portfolio. Combined with Bluemix--IBM's signature platform-as-a-service--we enable one-stop shopping and management of APIs from anywhere. If you're new to our API Management tools, this article will help you get quickly up to speed.

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