IBM Cloud

Cloud Functions: Easy Database Setup the Serverless Way

A tutorial I wrote, featuring a database-backed Slack chatbot, is now live. It uses Db2 as database system to store event data. The client accessing the database is written in Node.js and is implement with IBM Cloud Functions in a serverless way. During the development of that tutorial I faced the question on how to perform the database setup. Should I guide users through the user interface to create a table and insert data? Should they install a Db2 client and execute a script locally? I solved the problem in a serverless fashion. Here are the details.

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Database-driven Slack chatbot with Conversation service

Ever wanted to build a Slackbot, a chatbot integrated into Slack, on your own? I am going to show you how easy it is to integrate Slack or Facebook Messenger with the IBM Watson Conversation service. As a bonus, the bot is going to access a Db2 database to store and retrieve data. The code in the tutorial uses a serverless fashion with IBM Cloud Functions.

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Chatbots: Some tricks with slots in conversations

If you follow my private blog you might remember that I have been using the IBM Watson Conversation service and DB2. My goal was to write a database-driven Slackbot, a Slack app that serves as chat interface to data stored in Db2. I will write more about that entire Slackbot soon, but today I wanted to share some chatbot tricks I learned. How to gather input data, perform checks and clean up the processing environment.

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First steps towards advanced monitoring for Db2 Warehouse on Cloud

Our colleagues at IBM recently announced the availability of Data Server Manager (DSM) 2.1.5. For those of you that don’t know, DSM is a fan-favorite way to connect to, monitor and generally administer your on-premises Db2 instance. It’s a fantastic product. It works really well. And, they just released a new version that’s available for immediate download.

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IBM Cloud Push Notifications – Pricing Changes

Push Notification Service provides unified API's to send real time notifications to mobile and web applications at scale. You can leverage an intuitive dashboard and/or rich set of REST API's to send notifications to segment of users, individual user or all users

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Mobile Analytics – Pricing Changes

Mobile Analytics on IBM Cloud can help app developers & business stakeholders gain insights on app performance and usage.

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IBM Cloud Push Notification – Now available in Washington Region

We are pleased to announce the availability of Push Notification Service in US- East Washington region. This service is already available in US-South Dallas, EU-GB London, EU-DE Frankfurt & AU-SYD regions.

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IBM Lift hits a major milestone

Today, Lift hits a significant milestone and opens a new chapter in our relentless journey to help our customers migrate to the IBM Cloud. Since our September-end launch, the IBM Lift CLI has helped countless customers migrate their large, on-premises data warehouses to our flagship Cloud data warehouse, Db2 Warehouse on Cloud. The reception has been outstanding. The feedback, overwhelmingly positive.

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Experimental service for MQ on IBM Cloud is here

I’m proud to announce that IBM MQ is now available “as a service” on IBM Cloud. It’s not something you can buy just yet, but you can currently try it out as an experimental service today, and whet your appetite for the very near future.

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