Okay, I'll admit it... When I jumped on stage at the MGM Grand Arena, turned around and saw 21,000 people looking at me and my bow tie, I was a little freaked out. But that feeling passed quickly when I started to tell the story of CitiGroup's digital acceleration initiative and how IBM's Hybrid Cloud technologies were making it all possible. I love the idea of Citi acting kind of like a venture capital firm, using Mobile Challenges as a way to disrupt the way banks innovate. Heather Cox , CMO of Citi,... [More]
With Interconnect 2015 only a few days away... and given Hybrid Cloud is such a big topic of this conference, we thought it would be good to share this point of view.
This article provides the point of view that is driving IBM’s delivery of a Two Speed Integration Platform in 2015.
1. What is Two Speed IT?
The demands of the digital business have created and accelerated the notion of the “bi-modal” IT organization where one part, the Steady Speed, is responsible for delivering enterprise-strength IT... [More]
It’s time again for my reflection on the top tech trends. Each year I outline the major directions that I see driving our segment of the market. This year, one thing is abundantly clear. The influence of cloud, mobile and analytics are not just approaching – they are here today. And Middleware has a key role to play here. As customers build more cloud, mobile and analytics capabilities, technologies such as integration, process automation, events & rules, content management, devops, and security are more... [More]
Who needs connectors when we have Web APIs
by Robert Vila and Jerry Cuomo - November 2014
USB and Web APIs have something in common
If you’re like me, you remember having a drawer filled with different types of hardware connectors and adapters. Your keyboard, mouse, network adapter, phone and dozens of other peripherals had their own proprietary type of connectors. Each device was designed for a unique type of socket and worked with only one protocol. It was a mess. And then came USB. Suddenly, that... [More]
The new service, called the IBM Internet of Things Foundation , makes it possible for a developer to quickly and easily extend an Internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the cloud , build an application alongside the device to collect the data and send real-time insights back to the developer’s business.
The IoT Foundation service is part of IBM Bluemix , IBM’s leading cloud application platform. It delivers rapid access to, and provides valuable insights from, IoT device data coming from... [More]
I have to admit I was a little skeptical when our MQ team told me they were “jumping into cloud with both feet” and engineering a “Light” version… My eyebrow also went up when they told me that this version of MQ was going to appeal to developers, where Enterprise MQ really has its appeal in the operations scene. I have learned that a little healthy skepticism along with a little positive encouragement can produce great results. Yet again, our team has hit a home run, adding to the list of... [More]
I typically don't blog much about my travels, but I recently visited Beijing and Taipei and think this one is worth sharing... especially the pics!
The adventure began in Beijing and the "Mix with Tech 2014" conference. What an energetic, well attended conference with well over 5,000 attendees and standing room only. The conference started out with Matt Wang playing the role of rock star, tearing off his dress shirt revealing the conference T-shirt. Xin Sheng Mao, and Sal Vella... [More]
Here is a preview of an article that I've stated to write on Gamification, called:
Not just playing Games on Bluemix
Developing Mobile apps that keep users engaged with Gamification
Introduction: Green Stamps, Frequent Fliers and Mobile Apps.
Incentive programs have been around since the late 1800s. Growing up in NYC, I can remember my relatives seemingly possessed as they traded Green Stamps, collected from supermarkets, gas stations and department stores, for the ultimate goal of being able to earn a... [More]
Mobile technologies are opening up virtually limitless opportunities for organizations to create, iterate and manage new applications that engage users in nearly every aspect of their lives. From house hunting and fitness monitoring to managing business projects and communicating with colleagues, broadening access to application programming interfaces (APIs) has created an economy that is exploding with possibilities for new business development.
Many established organizations have been benefitting from the API economy for years, and the... [More]
At Dockercon14 , Andrew Spyker and I teamed up to talk about and demo what we are doing, in IBM and across the Industry, around a topic that I call the "borderless cloud". During the talk, I covered the concept of borderless cloud and how it relates to IBM's strategy. I also talked about how Docker is one of the erasers of the lines between various clouds with regards to openness. We discussed how, regardless of vendor, deployment option and location, we need to focus on the following things:
This talk & demo was part of the Cloud Track at IMPACT 2014 and was part of the kickoff keynote titled "Cloud as a Growth Engine for Business", hosted by Steve Robinson.
In this part, I introduce the role of the Developers as 1 of 3 key roles of cloud computing (the others being Business Leader and IT manager)...
During the session, I demonstrate IBM BlueMix as a service for developers to rapidly compose applications. The demo includes a special appearance from Kevin Whinnery of Twilio. Enjoy!
Last Wednesday, I presented a keynote at IMPACT 2014, where I outlined "Composable Business In Action". During the talk I introduce the process of building a composable business, using the example of "Wear2Rewards", which is an app that attempts to convert the trend of wear-ables into revenue. I also introduced my Internet of Things connected "Mood Tie", as the first in my line of designer wear-ables... Enjoy!
I’m really excited about the upcoming SportsHack challenge that we are kicking off. Starting today, developers will be able to access fitness data from a wide range of devices and services. We aggregate data from dozens of wearable devices, such as Fitbits, Nike FuelBands, and Jawbones as well as apps like RunKeeper and MapMyFitness. If you have one of these devices, you can contribute your data and compare your history with other participants.
The best part - the SportsHack is actually two challenges in... [More]
Here is an ideal that we are working towards this year... I've been calling it "the Borderless Cloud ".
Let's work to keep the cloud simple... So, let’s stop talking about public, private and hybrid... it's just CLOUD.
Open Cloud Standards have given us the ability to create clouds that speak each others “language”, allowing consistency and portability across “friendly” clouds places.
A borderless cloud allows you run and mange... [More]
The notion of compositional business is a byproduct of the API economy and is getting more and more real every day. Cloud development platforms, like I BM Bluemix , quickly demonstrate how new applications can be composed from an ever growing catalog of services and the APIs fronting those services.
Through experimentation, we are learning a great deal about how to perfect the design of these new cloud services and APIs. But one fact that we are learning fast is that you need to pay close attention to the data... [More]
“ A platform where developers can act like kids in a sandbox - except this box is enterprise-grade” …
a quote from the bluemix.net website.
I’m getting ready to head to Pulse 2014 in Las Vegas, which will usher in a new era for IBM as a steward of the Cloud. Front and center is an open beta of our next generation cloud developer platform, codenamed Bluemix . BlueMix is all about developing, running and managing apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices) in the cloud by composing... [More]
Each year I sit down and reflect on the top trends driving our industry. There is incredible opportunity being driven by cloud, mobile and analytics. And our customers are putting a premium on being ultra-fast and lean. A notion of “Composable Enterprise” is starting to resonate with me as the theme that ties these trends together, enabling users to leverage cloud, mobile and analytics to continually deliver the right solutions that anticipate the needs of their customers.
I will blog more about these... [More]
Last week I hosted a strategy kickoff session. I started the session with a few thoughts that I threw together (with Robert Vila) to help guild the spirit of the conversation and help focus our Software development activities in 2014. For some reason, when I wrote down these thoughts, they came out sounding more like a boyscout oath or creed rather then a simple set of guidelines - so I decided to go with it, and post it on my blog in that form (also was fooling around with Wordle.com and made a word cloud of it and will hang it on... [More]
Good news! Yesterday, IBM won the Netflix Open Source Software (OSS) Cloud Prize for the Best Cloud Application. It is fantastic to see the industry’s recognition of our leadership in innovating cloud native applications and the importance of open standards in driving high value cloud capabilities. Netflix launched this campaign in an effort to tap into an open developer ecosystem to enable cloud service innovation. The award was presented to, Andrew Spyker , from my team, at Amazon's re:Invent... [More]
An article by Jerry Cuomo (September 2013)
IBM Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Every 12 years or so, there is a renaissance in application development. In the early 2000s the “web boom” sparked an... [More]