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This week IBM announced its intent to acquire Boston-based Cloudant, privately held database as a service provider (DBaaS) that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps.
This news reinforces IBM's BlueMix announcement today, which is a new platform-as-a-service that enables developers to create apps in the cloud. Cloudant's database services will be offered via BlueMix.
The acquisition of Cloudant sits squarely at the intersection of three important areas for IBM -- Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile.
Big Data and Analytics: Cloudant complements IBM’s Big Data and Analytics portfolio beyond traditional data management by providing a database as a DBaaS that enables clients to simplify and accelerate the development of scalable mobile and web apps.
Cloud Computing: The acquisition of Cloudant will also strengthen IBM's cloud solutions by providing developers with the tools and resources to build, test, deploy and scale cloud apps on a variety of hosting layers. Cloudant runs on the IBM SoftLayer platform today.
Mobile: Cloudant also is integral to IBM's MobileFirst solutions and enables developers who use Worklight to quickly create flexible, reliable and scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data.
Cloudant will sit within IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group, led by Senior Vice President, Bob Picciano. As you already know, expanding its Big Data & Analytics solutions is not a new focus for IBM. In addition to a strong heritage in organic growth through R&D, IBM has already invested more than $17 billion in 30+ acquisitions. These investments are clearly paying off -- business analytics is now nearly a $16 billion business for IBM. You may recall that was the original target for 2015, but IBM has already taken our 2015 objective for business analytics revenue up to $20 billion.
Press Release - http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43238.wss
For the first time, IBM will open up Watson as a development platform in the Cloud to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software app providers who will bring forward a new generation of applications infused with Watson's cognitive computing intelligence.
Learn more about this and more here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/industry-solution-partners/entry/put_the_power_of_watson_behind_your_apps?lang=en
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Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer..... but plenty of opportunities for learning and networking this summer and in to the fall with the local IBM team.
Bluemix Hands on Workshop, August 4th, @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
Hack night and back to basics lab for beginners!
Build a Cloud App over Lunch : Bluemix Virtual Workshop, August 7th
Partnering with MassTLC : Containers, DevOps and the Cloud, August 12th, Littleton
Bluemix Meetup: DevOps, August 19th @WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston
Bluemix Hands on Workshop, Sept 3rd @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
Details will be posted soon at:
Partnering with WITI Boston: Exerting Influence Without Authority - What's in Your Toolbox?, September 9th, @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
IBM SmartCamp startup competition!
Save the date – September 21st , Bluemix Bootcamp!
To see an ongoing calendar and links to IBM Cloud Ecosystem resources, please visit: www.ibm.biz/cloudboston
MassTLC held their annual unconference on Nov 1st at the Hynes Convention Center. Very well structured for a conference that is NOT at all about structure! My first time at the agenda creation and was thoroughly impressed by the energy, ideas and expertise all in one room. Within 45 mins of starting the agenda creation the boards were filled with ideas and presenters promising to be a very valuable day!
One of the sessions on mapping the healthcare big data spaces by Richard Dale. He facilitated a great conversation around consumers of big data, the users, plethora of data sources, exciting innovations and opportunities in this space. IBM Watson was one of the innovations that sparked a good discussion in this area.
"Building Skills in the Ecosystem" led by Kelly Smith and Patty Orben of IBM Developerworks helped uncover the different ways people are using to train themselves or their employees in the tech skills. "You need to know what you don't know!". Common theme for the discussion was how important it is to get the skills development to begin really early, even as early as K-5!
"Partnering with Strategics" session made startups think about how they should be asking the hard questions about their strategic partnerships. What is the win for the large corporation so you align well to get the maximum benefit? Eric Apse and Lisa from IBM Venture capital group helped facilitate that discussion to share examples of how this is done with IBM global entrepreneur partners.
"Going Global" brought together ideas and insights on what kind of challenges do businesses face when trying to expand globally...be it cultural, economical or political. Interesting perspectives from students, entrepreneurs, influencers on how important it is to be leveraging local ecosystems, no matter where you are in the world...coz frankly you can't do this alone!
Along with the amazing energy of audience throughout the day, there was also incredible energy from different IBMers who came together for this event. The IBM exhibitor table also brought together our IBM colleagues from developerWorks, Rational, General Business(GB), Netezza and Ecosystem Development.
Through the various levels of expertise represented at the booth we were able to touch entrepreneurs, developers, business owners and IT Practitioners. Luis Cuneo from GB Market Development enjoyed being part of the creative energy at the unconference and realized that through this effort we have been successful in creating whole new brand awareness of IBM in the developer community.
As if all this excitement was not enough.....there was a constant drumbeat of seasoned entrepreneurs mentoring new and upcoming startups! A perfect showcase of how the community gives back in the form of experiences, feedback and insights to nurture the next generation of startups. Janet Powers, CEO of Women's Toolbox and an IBM Business Partner, was one of the mentors at the event. She was able to provider her experience and expertise to help this new breed of startups. In addition she also facilitated a session on "How to publish your blog on major media" - one of the hot topics of today.
Overall a very well executed event which resulted in a multitude of connections on many different levels!
IBM Innovation Center – Cambridge
November/December Event Schedule
11.3.14 Mobile Monday Boston: Internet of Things
Join Mobile Monday for an event on the intersection of Internet of Things and the mobile industry. See live demos and listen to expert speakers from Boston area startups who are pioneering this space. Register: ibm.biz/BdE2pW
11.12.14 Bluemix Meetup
Geared towards developers, architects and all Bluemix enthusiasts we will be discussing and demo-ing the newly released Watson services on Bluemix Register: ibm.biz/BdE28E Register for your free trial today!
11.12.14 The Latest Trend for Agility and Rapid Development: DevOps
Join IBM and MassTLC in discussing what DevOps means for your organization and the strategies for getting the most out of it. Expect to discuss: the upsides and downsides of bringing it to your organization, the impact on security and how to stay secure, how to manage the change in culture to your organization, and tips for making the change successfully and tools to enforce best practices. NOTE: This event takes place at IBM Littleton. Register: ibm.biz/BdE28B
12.4.14 Bluemix Workshop
Take the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on Bluemix (built on SoftLayer). Bring your own simple application or use our sample labs and learn how to build and deploy on Bluemix.Register: ibm.biz/BdE28H
12.11.14 Big Data and Analytics Workshop
Learn all about the key capabilities in the IBM Big Data & Analytics portfolio (including Watson Analytics), how to get started via Bluemix and how these offerings can solve real business problems. See how a real life IoT application showcases these key capabilities. Register: ibm.biz/BdE2N9
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Since the Watson system first competed and won on Jeopardy in 2011, IBM has been working with select industries and partners to introduce a new generation of applications and systems built on cognitive technology. Now IBM is taking the next step and announcing the release of the first betas of Watson services onto Bluemix for the entire world of interested developers to use in their own applications!
The new services available through Bluemix include:
User Modeling: Uses linguistic analytics to extract a set of personality and social traits from the way a person communicates. The service can analyze any communication the user makes available such as their text messages, tweets, posts, email, and more. Users of the service can understand, connect, and communicate with people on a more personally tailored level by analyzing personality and social traits.
Machine Translation: Converts text input in one language into a destination language for the end user. Translation is available among English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Language Identification: detects the language in which text is written. This helps inform next steps such as translation, voice to text, or direct analysis. Today, the service can identify 15 languages.
Concept Expansion: Analyses text and interprets its meaning based on usage in other similar contexts. For example, it could interpret “The Big Apple” as meaning “New York City.” It can be used to create a dictionary of related words and concepts so that euphemisms, colloquialisms, or otherwise unclear phrases can be better understood and analyzed.
Message Resonance: Analyzes draft content and scores how well it is likely to be received by a specific target audience. Today, analysis can be done against people active in cloud computing or big data discussions but future versions will let users provide their own community data.
Relationship Extraction: Parses sentences into their various components and detects relationships between the components. The service maps the relationships between the components so that users or analytics engines can more easily understand the meaning of individual sentences and documents.
Question & Answer: Interprets and answers user questions directly based on primary data sources that have been selected and gathered into a body of data or “corpus.” The service returns candidate responses with associated confidence levels and links to supporting evidence. The current data corpora on Bluemix focus on the Travel and Healthcare industries.
Visualization Rendering: Takes input data and graphically renders it as an interactive visualization which can range from a common business chart to more advanced layouts. The visualizations can be easily modified to match user needs, visual styling, and types of data being analyzed.
To learn more about the recent announcement with additional videos/link, check out Natha Vega's blog here.
Happy New Year!
Looking forward to a great year for IBM cloud in the cognitive era. Connect with us online, in Cambridge or Boston to learn more.
Join the Global City Teams Challenge!
Learn more about IoT and Bluemix! Virtual event!
Are you interested in using Bluemix for the Global City Teams Challenge? Need information on how to get started?
Join us for an Introduction to Bluemix and Internet of Things Foundation education session
Title: Introduction to Bluemix and Internet of Things Foundation
Date: Thursday, January 14th
Time: 12:00 PM Central Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
More Information visit http://ibm.biz/gctcinfo
Hands-On Tutorial: Cloud Native Application Delivery with Cloud Foundry
Cloud Foundry, the popular open source cloud computing Platform as a Service (PaaS), is the ideal foundation on which to build and deliver modern cloud native application on any IaaS including OpenStack, vSphere and Amazon Web Services. The goal of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is to build software intended for public, private and managed clouds and to enable DevOps on the cloud for speed, safety and security.
Modeled after the popular rendition of this tutorial at JavaOne 2015, this hands-on-tutorial will discuss the motivation behind PaaS, look at PaaS architectures and common functionality, and explore the integration points between PaaS and IaaS. Attend this session for a quick technical overview of Cloud Foundry and to be able to deploy a variety of applications on the platform that handle requirements such as HA, scaling, logging, monitoring, debugging, security, etc.
Date: Tuesday, January 19th
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Place: IBM Innovation Center
One Rogers Street, Cambridge MA 02142
DevOps Overview and Adoption Strategies - Lunch and Learn
DevOps is an industry buzzword but means different things to different people. In this session, we will discuss the IBM and Industry Point of View (POV). This is a collaborative session utilizing a whiteboard presentation as a forum for discussion for participants to learn and exchange ideas on DevOps approaches.
Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Time: 11:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Place: IBM Boston Technical Exploration Center
One Rogers Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge MA 02142
Event registration required:
This event will be repeated on February 17th in Littleton, MA. Please contact Tom Poovakad (email@example.com) with any questions you may have.
Stay in touch, learn about cloud credits for startups and arrange cloud office hours via our team site: ibm.biz/cloudboston
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Boston SmartCamp was held over two days - September 10th and September 14th. On the first date, IBM Cloud Ecosystem team held our cloud office hours and mentoring session. Six finalists met in the morning with IBM cloud SMEs and spent the afternoon pitching and getting constructive feedback from our mentors. They made very good use of the feedback and came out very strong at our PitchFest, held on September 14th at MassChallenge. We had an enthusiastic judging panel consisting of two angel investors (Maia Heymann/CommonAngels and Praveen Tailam/TiE Angels) and two serial entrepreneurs (IBM GM Derek Schoettle, Cloud Data Services and Jack Danahy currently of Barkly, former CEO of OunceLabs, acquired by IBM Security div).
The winner selected was Feelter! Feelter is increasing sales for e-commerce websites by enhancing them with highly curated social reviews, mentions and insights and supporting customers' decisions. Despite significant investment made in ecommerce websites, the conversion rates are still very low. Feelter offers a revolutionary approach to social content harvesting, curation and monetization which can either replace or complement the solutions in the marketplace.
This approach treats the social media not as another arena for advertising and campaigning, but as a source for trustful information that using the right algorithms can support decisions regarding products and services.
Feelter principals have come to Boston from Israel to open their office here and participate in MassChallenge. Knowing that valuable information gets lost in the social media, within an ocean of selfies and cats, feelter's algorithms curates the most valuable social mentions and unlocks crowdsourced wisdom. They are responding to the clear need in the marketplace with crowd generated, personalized content and tools and information that support decision making when users are ready to convert.
They are delivering to customers today, have pilots underway and additional discussions to increase their pipeline. Their service is delivered to their customers via IBM SoftLayer.
Startups can engage with IBM via www.ibm.biz/bostonstartups
Please share this opportunity with your social networks and follow @IBMCloudBoston and @IBMGE to stay up to date on what's happening with IBM in the start up ecosystem.
We will continue to offer education and training over the summer. Please consider joining us if you're in town.
AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Boston, July 10 – July 11th ; See details under community, hackathons & register
IBM Bluemix and IoT Hands-on Workshop, July 14th @IBM Cambridge:
Innovate Faster with Secure and Managed APIs, July 15th @ IBM Westford Executive Briefing Center (morning event)
July IBM Bluemix Meetup: API Management, July 15th @ WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston (evening event):
The July Bluemix meetup will cover many of the same topics from the Innovate Faster with Secure and Managed APIs event being held the same day.
Build a Cloud App over Lunch : Bluemix Virtual Workshop, July 10th, 24th or August 7th register at: http://www.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/detail.action?meid=16628
IBM Bluemix Hands-on Workshop, August 4th @IBM Cambridge (details will be posted at this site, or join the meet up to receive notification):
August Bluemix Meetup: August 19th @ WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston (details will be posted at this site, or join the meet up to receive notification):
Stay in touch with the Boston Cloud Ecosystem team at https://developer.ibm.com/cities/locations/boston/
For IIC information and additional events visit: http://ibm.com/partnerworld/iic/Cambridge
Mark your calendars!
The time for dabbling is over--big data and analytics, cloud, mobile, and social are now mainstream, driving strategic opportunities for the startups. But how do you know how to invest your organization's money and time and navigate these critical technologies? How are leading companies staying out ahead when everybody is jumping into the fray? It turns out – according to an IBM Center for Applied Insights study involving more than 1,400 decision makers – Pacesetters exhibit three key characteristics that give them an edge.
Learn more about the results of this study by attending IBM's Entrepreneur Huddle webcast on Thursday, August 21 at 1:00 PM EST. This webcast will provide you with key insights and trends around key technologies and how it will impact your business. You will discover next steps on how you can use this information to sell more to your enterprise customers and turn this into business results.
Please share this news with your colleagues and invite them to join us!
Event: Entrepreneur Huddle webcast - The IBM Business Tech Trends Report
Date: Thursday, August 21
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Registration and more information: http://ibm.biz/techhuddle
See what GM Sandy Carter has to say about the webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb0Nb-UuUSs
2 amazing opportunities to get connected with world-class mentors and entrepreneurial community in Massachusetts!
Just the application process alone for both of these accelerators is a learning experience and helps you think about a lot of areas of your business. IBM has a great collaborative partnership with both MassChallenge and TiE Boston.
Top Startups Wanted: MassChallenge 2014
MassChallenge is the world's largest startup accelerator and the first to support entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Over $1.5 million in cash grants and $10 million of in-kind benefits are awarded annually, with no equity taken. Additional benefits of the four-month program include world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media attention, and more.
Applications are due by April 2 - Apply at masschallenge.org/apply. Use this refund code to reduce your application fee: IBM010
TiE Challenge: Where entrepreneurs accelerate entrepreneurs
TiE Challenge offers entrepreneurs help from top Boston entrepreneurs and access to capital. TiE Challenge 2014 is now accepting applications.
Twenty winning ideas will be chosen for year-long accelerator program
Winning ideas have an opportunity to present to TiE-Angels for potential investment of up to $1M.
Selected companies receive awards and opportunity to use shared office space in the heart of Kendall Square.
TiE Challenge Class of 2013 had phenomenal success. Click here to read about these companies or watch a video on TiE Challenge program here.
Apply to TiE Challenge 2014 - http://tinyurl.com/tiechallenge Open to companies of all stages, industries, and/or capital requirements.
April 30 – Last day to apply
May 15 – Winners announced
May 29 – Present to panel of judges @ TiECON East
May 30 – Winners showcased & Champions Announced
TiE Challenge program is run by experienced entrepreneurs, many of whom have taken companies public and had multi-billion dollar exits.
For more details about the TiE Challenge program please visit: https://boston.tie.org/initiative/9/tie-challenge
Good luck Applying!
IBM Innovation Center – Cambridge
January Event Schedule
1.13.15 Bluemix Workshop
Take the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on Bluemix (built on SoftLayer). Bring your own simple application or use our sample labs and learn how to build and deploy on Bluemix. ibm.biz/BdE28H
1.14.15 MassInno Night
It's a new year and we are ready to help you start it off right with some INNOVATION! Join local entrepreneurs and innovators as they launch their products at MassInno night. ibm.biz/BdEJYx
1.19.15 WAS Liberty Bootcamp
The Liberty profile is a lightweight, simple to use, yet powerful application server for increased productivity in a DevOps environment. It is both developer friendly & production ready for web, OSGi, & mobile applications. Extremely fast restart times coupled with a small footprint & ease of use make the Liberty profile a great option for building web applications that do not require the full Java EE environment of traditional enterprise application server profiles. ibm.biz/BdEJYR
1.22.15 The Capital Network: From Startup Rookie to MVP
Join TCN for a panel of women at the top of their game, mixed with area rookies, coming off the bench to say what it’s like to be in the startup game. Hear what they say about their winning strategy. ibm.biz/BdEJYs
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The Boston Cloud Services Meet Up (All things Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, XaaS) will meet at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Monday, April 6th. The topic will be Internet of Things (IoT). There will be an IoT workshop, including an in-depth drive into using IoT foundation, Node-Red and security. Seating will be limited so please register: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-cloud-services/
On March 31st, IBM announced that we will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new IoT unit. Read more:
For developers, explore IoT on Bluemix. https://console.ng.bluemix.net/solutions/iot
You can register for a free Bluemix 'sandbox' via ibm.biz/cloudboston
Join the conversation at #IoT.
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New England Systems (NES) held a customer event at The Capital Grille in Burlington MA on Feb 27th.
IBM & NES collaborated to assemble a group of customers willing to share their perspective and experience with Big Data technologies.
Jennifer Ely Carter from NES and Stewart Hanna from IBM helped moderated a panel of influencers in the BigData space. Customers on the panel included:
Chris Morkunas - Data Governance Manager : Safety Insurance
Chris Smith - Director of MIS : Safety Insurance
Tim O'Leary - VP of Technology Consulting: Epsilon
Joy Mukherjee - Sr Director BI,Data Warehousing, Testing, Services Integration and IT Solutions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA.
This Big Data round table was an opportunity for NES customers and IBM customers to share their insights as to how they are leveraging big data and analytics to achieve a competitive advantage. Customers representing a wide array of industries from all over New England participated in the event. Chris Morkunas, Data Governance Manager at Safety Insurance had this to say:
“It was my pleasure to serve as a panelist on IBM’s Big Data Round Table earlier this month. As somebody who has a decent grasp of the benefits available from the cultivation of big data, I enjoyed being able to share my insights with audience members and learn from the other panelists. All companies on the panel were at different stages in their integration of big data into their business processes. This diversity was also clearly present in the audience, as evidence by the numerous different types of questions asked. The whole experience was a refreshing contrast to the big data presentations that I have attended in the past, which mainly consist of an industry expert listing off all of the possible things that can be done with big data. This generally leaves heads spinning on the shoulders of those just diving into the topic. I would definitely attend an event like this again; as panelist or an audience member. I would encourage others to attend as panelists as well, even if they have not been working for ten or twenty years on projects centered around big data.”
NES, a premier IBM Business Partner, has been delivering IT solutions to customers throughout the Northeast for over 30 years. NES provides consulting for IT alignment with corporate business strategy; data governance; and technology solutions and services for data integration, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. The NES technical team has deep skills across all the major databases, various appliances, and the major BI tools. Given the long standing partnership with IBM, NES is highly skilled in IBM's information management portfolio.