Come learn about IBM's new cloud development platform: Codename: BlueMix.
BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps and services of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem partners and open source — all through an as-a-service model in the cloud.
BlueMix Meetups:Participants can relax, network and listen to IBM experts provide an overview and live demo of Codename: BlueMix.
BlueMix Advantage: Developers and business leadersalike will benefit from hearing how BlueMix and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, cost sensitive environment - using new capabilities and technologies geared towards the cloud. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to differentiate and leap-frog your competition with IBM BlueMix and SoftLayer.
BlueMix Hands-On Workshops: Take the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on BlueMix (built on SoftLayer)!
As part of this workshop you will be able to:
Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (BlueMix DevOps Services)
Work with BlueMix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
IBM is the recipient of the 2013 Chairman's Award for its Smarter Cities Challenge. The award was accepted by Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive officer of IBM on behalf of the company. This video was played at the 2013 CECP Summit - June 4th and 5th. Way to go IBM!!
In 2010, IBM Citizenship created the Smarter Cities Challenge to help 100 cities over a three-year period to address some of the critical challenges facing cities. We do this by contributing the time and expertise of our top experts from different business units and geographies, putting them on the ground for three weeks to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make the city smarter and more effective.
Select IBM Business Partners are eligible for IBM Co-Marketing materials and funds. IBM Co-Marketing provides:
Guidance on how to use Co-Marketing tools to optimize Mid-Market campaigns
Direct links to Co-Marketing assets, incentives and enablement
Access to the latest Sales Plays and hot new Mid-Market solutions
RTE Marketing Campaigns This resource provides you with over 130 "ready to execute" campaign materials for Software Group, Systems Technology Group, and Midmarket that are easy to customize. These assets include:
Follow these blueprints to build and execute a campaign, access enablement resources, demand generation assets, and marketing offers.
Mid-Market Asset Gallery
Current IBM marketing materials to help you sell to your Mid-Market customers.
IBM Paid, Owned, Earned Guide
Learn from best practices for your customer-facing initiatives.
Access to PartnerWorld marketing programs.
IBM Co-Marketing Funding Select Business Partners are also eligible for IBM co-marketing funds to help you execute your campaign.
Did you attend the first quarter kickoff for IBM Business Analytics? This call was targeted for IBM Business Partners and covered the latest news and developments around Business Analytics. Speakers discussed:
strategic market outlook
new products and offerings
new Business Partner programs
how Business Partners can continue to grow business and profitability
If you missed the session, the replay and slide deck are available online - click here.
What is Big Data? It's one of those keywords that has become increasingly prevalent as our use and consumption of information has become more demanding and all-encompassing. In an attempt to keep up to date on the ever changing areas of technology, I've been reading up on the topic. Here's a summary of what I've found to be the basics.
"The term Big Data applies to information that can't be processed or analyzed using traditional processes or tools."
IBM defines Big Data by three characteristics: volume, variety, and velocity. What does this mean?
Volume: The sheer amount of information collected on a daily or even hourly basis by organizations is massive, reaching to petabytes. Imagine having to analyze and sift through for nuggets of relevant data.
Variety: Data is being collected from a whole range of sources, from sensors to smart devices, emails to documents, social media forums, etc. Combined, these data generators bring in both traditional and raw data that may or may not be structured.
Velocity: How fast is the data flowing? It's not enough to know how quickly it is being produced, stored, analyzed, but we also need to know how quickly the data will become obsolete.
As I continue to read up on the topic, I'll share my insights and discoveries with you. One of my key go-to sources is a fellow IBM-er, Lennart Frantzell, who writes for the Silicon Valley IBM Innovation Center blog. Also, keep up-to-date on IBM's Big Data products and strategy by watching the videos at IBM Big Data on Youtube.
This year the Smart Camp finals take place in San Francisco on Thursday, February 6th as a part of Global Entrepreneur Week. Eric Ries will be speaking. He is an inspiration to many startups and budding entrepreneurs alike! Lean is mean!
Check out the agenda for the event. Not only will there be a rapid fire pitchfest where 8 of the top startups will compete for the big win but there will also be a great opportunity to network with investors and serial entrepreneurs, academic leaders, industry experts and others who are passionate about entrepreneurship. It's all free! Hope to see you there. http://ibmsmartcamp.com/2014/01/24/come-one-come-all-ibm-smartcamp-global-finals/
Mobile is redefining the way organizations engage with customers, reconfiguring how work is done, and redesigning products and solutions being offered today. In an environment where mobile technology is becoming increasingly prevalent, organizations need to become a mobile enterprise now.
Earlier this week, IBM announced the IBM MobileFirst portfolio of mobile solutions at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. IBM MobileFirst allows you to connect all your resources to offer end-to-end mobile solutions. This comprehensive portfolio offers mobile solutions that provide:
Strategy & Design Services: explore, assess, plan - create a customized mobile platform to match your current and future business and technology needs
Platform: designed to offer flexibility and support to improve speed and delivery of mobile apps and multichannel web experiences
Management: manage your mobile devices, data, applications, expenses, and services
Security: gain peace of mind about your network's security while offering your employees the flexibility of BYOD (bring your own device)
Analytics: redefine the end-to-end mobile customer experience
Development and Integration Services: develop, deploy, integrate, manage and optimize technology in your mobile enterprise
Watson can transform the way people interact with companies and other organizations over the lifetime of their relationship. IBM Watson Engagement Advisor is the industry's first consumer facing cognitive computing breakthrough.
IBM Business Partners come from many different backgrounds, and each of you shares a vital relationship with IBM, so we like to do our best to invest in your success.
Registering to become an IBM Business Partner is easy. Simply visit ibm.com/partnerworld/join
to sign up. At the Member level, we provide resources for five
categories: Marketing, Selling, Technical, Training, and Collaboration.
Each is designed to support your needs. By building your company's
skills, revenue, client references and customer satisfaction, you can
move up to the Advanced and Premier levels where you will receive
additional benefits and resources. Once you're an IBM Business Partner, you can begin using one of our Business Partner marks to identify your relationship.
Build and maintain your PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) profile to ensure you are receiving the right benefits and resources. Keep your profile up-to-date so that potential customers, IBM sales teams and other Business Partners can see your relationship with IBM and see what skills and capabilities you offer. Just remember to opt in on your PPS profile to allow others to pull up your company on the Business Partner Locator tool. (Have you looked your company up to see what your profile looks like to others?)
Got a solution you're proud of and are ready to market? Submit your solution on the Global Solutions Directory so that others can read about it.
There are a lot of resources available to IBM Business Partners on PartnerWorld, so don't miss out.
IBM wants to team with entrepreneurs to build a smarter planet.
Are you an early stage startup?
Does your solution address issues enterprise customers are facing in the Smarter Planet industries? If so, IBM Global Entrepreneur can provide the support and resources to help you change the way the world works.
Here is a short video that talks about the SmartCamps which are a part of our Global Entrepreneur Program and the Mentoring sessions in general.
What is SmartCamp?
SmartCamp is an exclusive global program bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet. SmartCamp provides access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.
Join us for the IBM InfoSphere Guardium Workshop in Markham, Ontario.
IBM InfoSphere Guardium is a highly scalable, database activity monitoring system that is able to collect audit information on databases at an extremely fine grained level of detail with almost no performance impact for the database. InfoSphere Guardium's architecture also ensure a true separation of duties, and can prevent data leaks both from internal and external threats. InfoSphere Guardium is also able to detect vulnerabilities within databases, helping prevent leaks before they occur. Finally, InfoSphere Guardium integrates with the enterprise and supports a wide variety of database management systems, reducing the complexity of enterprise compliance systems.
This technical workshop is for IBM business partners who are currently working with or are interested in working with IBM InfoSphere Guardium Database Activity Monitoring system. Detailed presentations and hands-on labs on InfoSphere Guardium v8 are included where attendees will gain in-depth knowledge on topics including:
InfoSphere Guardium Product Overview
InfoSphere Guardium installation concepts, planning, and configuration
Auditing data servers with the InfoSphere Guardium System
Monitoring for unusual traffic
S-GATE and S-TAP Terminate Functions
Enhanced Enforcement Actions
And much more
Learn how IBM InfoSphere Guardium can help add value to your solutions and extend your market opportunities. Business partners working in the consulting industry who are currently working with or plan to work with InfoSphere Guardium are also welcome to attend.
Date: October 28-31, 2013
Time: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: 3600 Steeles Avenue East
November seems to be the month for Big Data here in the Markham office. There are several events targeted towards IBM Business Partners coming up in the next month. If you haven't already heard about them, here they are:
Big Data Fundamentals Bootcamp November 13 - 16, 2012
This bootcamp covers Big Data fundamentals, with focus on InfoSphere BigInsights. Learn how a Hadoop-based solution complements existing IM products and how BigInsights can be integrated into an existing enterprise environment. This session will also touch on the basics and fundamentals of other IM Big Data portfolio products such as InfoSphere Streams and Vivisimo Velocity.
What is Big Data to IBM
How to use Hadoop technology and related tools that are provided by InfoSphere BigInsights
How to process streaming data to do real-time analysis and decision-making
How IBM provides extensive enterprise class capabilities, security, performance, development and user tools
NOTE: This bootcamp is for IBM Business Partners only.
Participate in an exclusive Big Data Developer Day hosted by the IBM Big Data Development team. Experience IBM’s enterprise-class big data platform that allows you to address the full spectrum of big data business challenges. The morning will include interactive discussions and live demonstrations of big data for social media and log analytics, then get hands on with Hadoop scripting and text analytics with guidance from development experts. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills and learn about exciting technologies and techniques that you can immediately take back to your organization.
Partnering with IBM Big Data to Grow Your Business November 27, 2012
In today’s world there is an ever increasing amount of data. Estimates point to data growing at 50 percent a year, or more than doubling every two years. It’s not just more streams of data, but entirely new ones. Businesses and government agencies are confronted with three dimensions of this Big Data challenge—volume, variety, and velocity. Of course, Big Data is more than a challenge; it is an opportunity to find insight in new and emerging types of data, to make your business more agile.
According to IDC, the market for Big Data technology and services will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, up from $3.2 billion in 2010. That is a 40 percent-a-year growth rate — about seven times the estimated growth rate for the overall information technology and communications business. Join us at the Toronto IBM Innovation Center to learn about the IBM Big Data solution portfolio and how you can take advantage of the great market opportunity highlighted by this IDC report. Learn how you can grow your business by integrating your solutions with IBM Big Data platforms and by creating practices around IBM Big Data solutions.
In a series of fact-filled presentations and demonstrations at this event, you will:
Learn IBM’s Big Data strategy and platform
See Big Data use cases
Understand how IBM develops Big Data Partner ecosystem and the mutual benefits by partnering with IBM Big Data