March 6, 2018

Join us in the IBM Cloud Garage at Think 2018

Think 2018 will feature all of IBM’s essential technologies in one place, including Cloud and data, Blockchain, infrastructure, and AI. The IBM Cloud Garage consultancy of cloud architects and solution engineers will be there as presenters, lab instructors, and consultants in the Cloud and Data Campus. This post highlights their sessions and discussions to help you plan your agenda!

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February 6, 2018

Working out how much a project will cost

When customers visit the IBM Cloud Garage to discuss a potential project, one of the most frequently asked questions is "how much is my project going to cost?".

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January 29, 2018

Chatbot Best Practices

One of the most frequent questions clients ask when visiting a Cloud Garage is "Can you build us a chatbot?" This question is reflective of an industry-wide trend towards more natural language in computerised interactions, and also more automation of interactions currently handled by humans. Today, there are currently more than 33,000 chatbots on Facebook Messenger alone. Many businesses are turning to Watson Conversation to help take out cost and improve user satisfaction. Our Hursley Labs colleague Simon Burns has written an excellent series of articles on how to write great Watson chatbots, which you should definitely go read. Think of this blog as a supplement, with our experiences from the field. To address this pressing question, I’ve compiled a set of considerations for you to address when deciding whether a chatbot is truly the solution to your business needs.

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January 24, 2018

Webinar: Deploying microservices apps in IBM Cloud Private

IBM Cloud Private brings flexible management from the public cloud with the application security and data isolation that you need in your corporate data center. Topics include how operations and developer roles are affected, typical paths for evolving existing applications to the cloud, and how to distribute workloads between public and private clouds.

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September 12, 2017

Learning how to monitor your first Bluemix application in Production (Part 3)

This is the last of three parts on preparing and deploying an MVP application

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September 6, 2017

Getting organized to take your first Bluemix application all the way into Production (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series we described the IBM Bluemix Garage’s approach to building a Cloud Foundry application and introduced the top ten steps to consider in an MVP Build-Up to ensure the application is production-ready.Below we elaborate and provide practical guidance on the basic steps to consider putting in place to establish a good foundation in preparation to going into production.

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August 9, 2017

Considerations in taking your first Bluemix application all the way into Production (Part 1)

This is the first of three blog posts describing how the IBM Bluemix Garage helps clients successfully deploy and manage their first application on IBM Bluemix.

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July 12, 2017

The IBM Garage expands to Data Science Insights

In the IBM Bluemix Garage, many things change day to day: the companies that come into our Garage locations, the innovative ideas that we are working on, developing, and testing, and so much more that goes on behind the scenes. As Savannah, one of our veteran developers in our San Francisco Garage once wrote, “To stay relevant, businesses,” including ours, “must learn how to keep up with the rapid growth of technology.” The Garages started with building apps on Bluemix, and since the beginning we have been expanding our scope, skills, and pulling in expertise from across IBM. We have expanded to focus on IoT, cognitive, and APIs. Our most well-known expansion is our extensive work on blockchain. Today I am pleased to announce that we are expanding and formalizing our focus on data science insights and analytics.

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May 15, 2017

Your cloud architecture questions answered

You don’t need to start with a blank sheet of paper. Based on years of consulting engagements, the IBM Cloud Garage Method distills a portfolio of practices and provides blueprints that address business challenges. The blueprints, or reference architectures, are based on proven solutions that combine compute infrastructure and cloud-based services. Here's how you get started.

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