I'm Kelly Smith, and I'm one of the voices behind the @developerWorks Twitter and Facebook accounts. I am thoroughly enjoying this role. Getting to share stuff with a bunch of wicked smart people is one of my favorite activities. So much so, in fact, that I thought I would start blogging again. :-)
I had a personal blog for several years, and launched and managed the Notes from Rational Support blog for a few years as well.... and both of them were great fun!
So, what can you expect here?
Anything that catches my fancy: Social business insights, developer events, links to fascinating stuff I learn about on t'interwebs, social tips and tricks, industry highlights and random musings.
It may not be much, but it'll be random. And hopefully entertaining and informative.
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Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in IBM?
My name is Kelly Smith, and I am the developerWorks social lead. I do knowledge sharing, collaboration, innovation, communities, hack day, and anything else shiny I can get my hands on.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
I've been working for Rational since 1997, and IBM since we were acquired (2003).
Have you had any other roles in Rational?
I started out doing testing on the Rational Rose 98 and 98i releases. I've subsequently been in test, development, technical support, and now practitioner outreach. :-)
What are you currently working on?
I am actively handling the day-to-day operations of our developerWorks social channels.
Describe a normal day for you.
I'm definitely a morning person, so I use my early morning time to make progress on my projects – which are varied and wide-ranging, dealing from internal collaboration enablers, communication, social networking, project management – before the parade of meetings starts. I love working on strategic initiatives and making things better.
What project are you the most proud of?
I think I'm most proud of the work we've done to adopt Knowledge-Centered Support best practices in Rational Client Support … building a robust knowledge base of our collective experience to date for our support engineers to draw on; encouraging and enabling our engineers to work content in the PMR workflow, and making our knowledge business agile. KCS is a journey, not a destination, and we are far enough down the road now that we are realizing the benefits of KCS, in both our organizational efficiency and in your ability to find the answers you need.
I love to see a plan come together.
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
I love gadgets, especially Apple ones.
What gadget, which you currently own, can you not live without?
My iPhone. I use it for EVERYTHING – email, web surfing, GPS, social networking, watching movies, reading books, playing games, and I love the utility apps: I have a spirit level app! Tellingly, my FATHER has just gotten his first smartphone and is rapidly becoming a convert to the technology.
How do you define success?
Making a difference. Go big, or go home.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
I am a serial hobbyist. I am interested in EVERYTHING. Well, almost everything. I recently taught myself how to knit socks and how to tat. Sadly, I've only produced one pair of socks.
What tools / skills have you acquired that you feel are vital to your success in this field?
Key to success here or anywhere is a healthy curiosity and desire to make things better. Seth Godin's Linchpin Manifesto (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/files/thelinchpinmanifesto.pdf) says “yesterday's innovation is today's standard”. Be curious, embrace change and uncertainty and be sure to sit in the driver's seat!
Have you worked on any projects that you feel were exceptionally exciting for you?
IBM's Hack Day, of course.. Hack Day is EXACTLY the kind of thing I love... grass-roots innovation and being just a little subversive.
Do you have any big plans for the future?
Well, I've already met my major life goal, which was to get the children out of the house before I died. Oh, you meant in my career? The best career advice I've heard recently is “do your best every single day, and your career will take care of itself”. And I think that's true. My career has taken me down some very interesting paths that I would have never considered as part of a life plan, but the opportunities appeared because of results I was able to achieve. So I focus on the work at hand, but remain open to new possibilities.
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading?
Oh, I love to read .... dead tree books, ebooks, the back of the cereal box. :-) I just finished Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and have just started The Golem and the Jinni.
What is your favorite technology that fizzled or failed to live up to the hype?
Well, it's probably just me, but while I love the GPS capabilities of my smartphone, I'm not really interested in sharing my every move with the world at large. I don't get Gowalla or 4Square, and in fact, I don't really care if you are the mayor of Peet's Coffee in Lexington. Of course, that could also be because the only places I'm likely to be mayor of are my own house and the IBM Mass Lab.
What future technology would make your life easier?
A replicator (a la Star Trek) to make dinner for me.
How do you grow your technical skills?
How are you using social networking today? It's part of my DNA. :-) It's my job, and my passion.
How could you see yourself using it in 5 years?
The playing field keeps evolving … all I know is I'll be playing along!
Are you a blogger in the blogosphere? ... Are you a YouTuber? ...Are you an Author? .... Do you Tweet? …
I've had a personal blog (which has sadly lapsed) and have been tweeting for several years as well. My resume is on LinkedIn, and I'm on Facebook. I've also launched the Notes from Rational Support blog in 2009, and helped establish Rational Client Support's web 2.0 presence.
What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
um.... developerWorks!! :-) My feed reader is stuffed full of fun stuff on the web … some of my favorites: Neatorama, Information is Beautiful, The Steampunk Workshop, and Productive Flourishing.
IBM developerWorks is hosting two of IBM's SIEM experts in a "crowd-sourced" video interview on the topic of "Anomaly detection challenges in SIEM". Rory Bray (IBM's security intelligence architect) and David Druker (security solutions architect) will be discussing your challenges and issues. Got a question you'd like to submit? Send your questions by email before September 3rd.
See http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/se-siem/index.html for details.
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The Watson Solutions team is hiring! Here are links to some great opportunities with most exciting team around.
* 3D Programmer Developer http://bit.ly/175Bz6m
* Natural Language Processing Algorithms Developer http://bit.ly/14lXCHd and http://bit.ly/175BKi3
* Software Developer http://bit.ly/14lXMhG
* Watson UI Developer 2D http://bit.ly/14lXNlT
* Watson Concept Designer http://bit.ly/175BWOd
New offering on the IBM SupportTV YouTube channel called "Roadmap to mobile web development."
Unit 1: Mobile web applications: an introduction http://youtu.be/AuESyiug5oM
Unit 2: Ajax web application architecture http://youtu.be/LpPIZZCGFXg
Unit 6: REST services: Server side applications http://youtu.be/HFqKNjLXQpc
Unit 7: Using CSS styles to create responsive mobile web experiences http://youtu.be/Fq6gr8D1xek
Unit 8: IBM Worklight Mobile Application platform http://youtu.be/QdxVloBnS1s
Demo 1. Dojo Toolkit and jQuery Mobile Web applications http://youtu.be/JS9HCMuZ0mM
Demo 2. Calling server applications with REST services http://youtu.be/yDLckrxcObc
Presented by: Warren Fung, IBM WebSphere Education
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Enjoying the long Labor Day weekend. See you all on Tuesday!
(No, this isn't my office, but it's wicked cool, isn't it?)
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I'm hating on hashtags these days. You?
Jason O'Donnell, who does Social Business for the Rational Client Support organization, has written several awesome blog posts on doing social business right, and one of his posts talks to this very subject:
Diminishing Returns: On Judicious Hashtagging
I don't attempt to measure my social business with hashtags, simply because I don't think they are ever static or consistently applied by the world at large.
What do you think? Do hashtags add value for you or are they just clutter? Inquiring minds want to know! :-)
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Congratulations to Jason O'Donnell (@acdntlpoet) and his Notes from Rational Support blog!
Notes from Rational Support is now the 4th most viewed blog on developerWorks, with over 4 million visits ... whoo HOO!
Rock on, Jason! :-)
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IBM X-Force: Ahead of the threat: http://ow.ly/pa9z8
X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report
The IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report reveals that successful tactics implemented by attackers continue to challenge enterprises to keep up with security basics, and social media has become a top target for attack. This report is created by the IBM X-Force Research and Development team and the IBM Security division.
Download the report today: http://ibm.co/18TAcX0
Michael Hamelin on the IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report
Michael Hamelin discusses the findings in the IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Risk and Trends Report. Learn about the "what's old is new" trends as well as the emerging trends in reputation stealing attacks and Android malware.
Read more: http://ow.ly/p9Z3M
X-Force Road Shows
Join world renowned experts from the IBM X-Force research team at our IBM X-Force Emerging Threats Road Show coming soon to a city near you. During these half day events we will dive into the findings of our latest X-Force Trend and Risk Report, see which attack trends you need to be prepared to address when writing code for application development and explore options to protect against these threats.
Register now for the #IBMSecurity Roadshows coming to a city near you! http://ow.ly/pa1Dv
There's something new on the dW home page today -- the new DevOps featured topic site has joined the lineup!
Organizations need to sustain rapid and innovative software releases for competitive advantage. Agile development and lean practices may not be enough if IT operations methods and tools cause a deployment bottleneck. IBM DevOps solutions can help you smooth and speed up the entire cycle. At developerWorks, connect with skilled developers who are adopting IBM DevOps approaches to application lifecycle management. Discover expert how-to articles, insightful blogs, and educational videos. Try free evaluation software. Learn how to apply key principles, best practices, IBM solutions, and open source software to achieve continuous software delivery for sustained innovation and competitive advantage.
Check it out HERE.
And let us know what you think! Thanks!
Time for a gut check .... are you getting what you need from developerWorks' social channels?
Are we sharing too much? Too little? Just right?
Are we sharing the content you want to see?
What do you want to see more of?
How can we improve?
Or are you pleased as punch with everything the way it is?
I can guess what you want, or you can tell me. I'm hoping you tell me :-)
And have a most awesome weekend!
Just to let you know.....
We have scheduled infrastructure maintenance which will require the entire site to be placed in maintenance mode tomorrow night. The scheduled change begins at Saturday Oct 19 9:00 PM ET and is scheduled to last up to 10 hours (until 7:00 AM ET Sunday Oct 20).
So, step away from the keyboard (or your mobile device), and go play. Go have fun, make a difference, be excellent to each other, and we'll be back before you know it.
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I find the coolest stuff on Twitter. :-)
Check it out! IBM Many Bills: A Visualization of US Congressional Legislation, an IBM Research project. Wicked cool!
Search, explore, and, with an IBM.com ID, contribute by identifying misfits.
Take the tour.
Incredibly insightful blog post from Tara Hunt @missrogue:
No, Social Media doesn't drive sales... but that's not the point
Read the whole article, but the part that really REALLY resonated with me is this:
You want to know the ROI of social media?
Number one. It’s the ability to listen. It’s priceless. Not with some damned tool that measures sentiment or finds influencers, either. Really listen.
Number two. Serendipity. It’s opening yourself up to constant and amazing opportunities to participate and by participating, you will find numerous opportunities to lead the conversation and make a great impression.
Number three. Community instead of merely customers. The difference is incredible. If you have patience and build a community instead of just a customer database, you will have finally tapped into that magical word of mouth network you wanted to buy a few months ago. But this time, it’s real and authentic and it spreads.
(and there are dozens more…but you get the point, right?)
I like to say that it's all about the peeps. And paying attention. But no matter how you say it, THAT is the joy of Being Social @developerWorks .... in a nutshell! :-)
Registration is now open to developers!
Introducing the first-ever dev@Pulse Conference, coming this February 24- 25th in Las Vegas. Set inside the Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand, the event features some of the industry’s leading thinkers in mobile, game design, AI, open technologies, front-end development, and more. dev@Pulse is an invitation to do more than just take in the sights and the speakers, of course. Developers are encouraged to join in talks, design camps, and code jams – where you’ll have access to tools and APIs that are being used to create the next wave of great platforms.
Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/snQsl
And stay tuned for more info!
April 23, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
IBM Innovation Center 11501 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas (refreshments will be served)
IBM Watson is powering a new generation of cognitive applications. Through the IBM Watson Ecosystem, we’re teaming with entrepreneurs and visionaries to bring cognitive computing to the market in transformative and inspiring ways.
Join us for a IBM Watson Ecosystem Meetup event. During this interactive session you’ll:
Find out what makes for a killer Watson app.
Learn about the Watson app development process
See how Watson is being put to work
Network with other cognitive computing developers & enthusiasts
To reserve your seat, email Alexa: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will YOU do with Watson?
If you are a developer with a top-notch IBM MobileFirst or IBM BlueMix solution—and attending IBM Impact—we want to see what you've got! Submit your video NOW to be a part of the IBM Mobile App Throwdown. We've just extended our submission deadline until Monday, 21 April.
The Mobile App Throwdown at Impact 2014
An App Throwdown is a fun, interactive event where we feature our ISVs and developers, and one of your solutions integrated with IBM MobileFirst portfolio or IBM BlueMix—we call it the IBM Mobile App Throwdown! This is an outstanding opportunity for you to demonstrate and promote your solution to an audience of 9,000+ IBM clients, sellers, Business Partners, and other ecosystem members at IBM Impact.
Are you interested? Submit your application for the IBM Mobile App Throwdown at Impact 2014 by 21 Apr 2014 — and be sure to register to attend IBM Impact 2014.
Here's what you need to do:
Submit a 2-4 minute video demonstrating your solution's use of IBM MobileFirst technology or IBM BlueMix.
Include a 500-word maximum abstract about how your solution works, the benefits it provides, and how it is integrated with the IBM MobileFirst portfolio or IBM BlueMix.
Submissions will be evaluated based on three main criteria:
Depth of integration and use of the IBM MobileFirst Portfolio or IBM Bluemix
Level of innovation
Demonstrable business value
After all submissions are in, a team of IBM MobileFirst, IBM BlueMix, and Ecosystem Development judges will evaluate the submissions against the submission criteria. Once that is completed, you will be notified if you are a finalist to demonstrate at IBM Impact.
The winner of the Cloud App Throwdown from IBM Pulse, MyMenu, has already received positive attention from an IBM VP. Now, MyMenu is working with IBM to roll out their solution at restaurants worldwide. This opportunity gave MyMenu massive exposure and huge business potential. Let us do the same for you!
Don't delay — sign up now. We look forward to hearing how your mobile app solution integrates with IBM, and seeing you at Impact!
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