Jerry travels east
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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 both delivered inspiring messages to tje crowd about new opportunities regarding BlueMix, Mobile, Cloud and DevOps. I followed up with the "Composable busines in action" presentation highlighting @JerryCuomoTie, BlueMix, and Rapid apps. We had the opportunity to learn from customers like Softstone and Create who are using BlueMix today. The use cases include transportation management and inventory control.
The main tent was followed up by an Internet of Things (IOT) session, again standing room only, where Mark Parzygnat and I ran a demo for the audience, which went over very well, despite several (networking) hurdles. The demo was very simple, using a sensor communicating via bluetooth to a Raspberry pi connected to IBM's IOT, reporting via twitter every few seconds (configureable) the room temperature. This demo illustrated how easy it is to connect a "thing" into IBM BlueMix technology, using the existing boiler plates for IOT and the NodeRed. The demo can also be seen on youtube. Thanks Mihir Shah and Kostas Christidis for your help on the demo and backup plans B, C, and D.
This was followed up by conversation with the media, where we got some good questions around WebSphere, BlueMix and Internet of Things. On particular question that I enjoyed answers revolved around how do we differentiate our IoT services from others. We answered by showing the Internet of Things boilerplate in BlueMix which illustrates our IoT capability as part of a bigger cloud-based "rapid innovation" platform, where a wide range new applications could be easily composed.
I finished the day with the trem
First how 2014 feels very much like 1997, in the fact that in '97 the web was showing real signs of success with businesses moving and growing on the internet. Many eager folks, at the time, were will full "embrace" mode exploring how to use that new medium to connect to new users. However, not all people were convinced eBusiness was much more than a fad, spending their time and energy protecting legacy ways and systems. while ignoring new opportunity. In 2014, with Cloud + Mobile + BigData, which I refer to as 1997 opportunity multiplied by 3, we are seeing similarly strong signs of early growth and success. Yet, I still see too many folks worrying about protecting their legacy, versus embracing these technologies to drive new growth, and pull their proud legacy forward to new users.
The second message is what I label as the "triple threat" leader, who can think in 3D; across Design, Business and Technology. As technologists, we tend to think from the technology up. That view will no longer cut it. We must start with the view of the user, which is what design is all about. Think about the business surroundings and how buyers want to interact (e.g., new pay as you go models)... and then how technology supports design and business and differentiates along those lines.
IBM China Development Lab visit
Xin Sheng Mao and team are fully engaged on some key BlueMix projects. I was able to see first hand the well designed open lab space enabling more collaboration and teamwork across the team. I liked the look, feel and bold bright colors.
It was a pleasure to hear from Mark Yi, the PURE and the Rapid Apps teams continue to drive feature rich content and it was good to see all the progress they've made.
During the weekend Mark and I had the chance to visit the Great Wall of China, walking 5 miles through some pretty steep inclines. You all will be happy to know that we made it to the end of the tourist section and back. This means, according to our tour guide, that we are real men . We also had a chance to experience the silk market, and what an experience it was from the haggling to the begger that wouldn't let go of Mark. It was a time to be had for sure.
This was my first time in Taiwan. The first day I spent time with the lab talking with several groups regarding DataPower, Gamification, BlueMix, Security and more. The team was full of passion and excitement and generated new thought provoking ideas that energized me.
Raymund Lin and team on the Gamification work and thoughts of hackathons, meet ups and more to get the word out is a terrific idea. This came just after completing my blog
Jeffrey Liu, Libra and DataPower team's enthusiasm with all the new ideas to drive more customers to an already fantastic appliance set is very encouraging. Chenta and his work with cloud foundry, BlueMix and security. Plus all the other fantastic ideas for new business opportunities and growth was truly inspiring for me.
Thanks to Steven Jiang, Giant Tu, and Michael who made some saving repairs to the Jerry Cuomo mood tie while in Taipei so I could have my wearable at Developer Connect conference Friday. Good to have hardware guys available to fix things up when needed.
The final day was Developer Connect 2014 where Mark and I completed our last presentations on BlueMix, DevOps, composible business and IOT. This conference hosted about 300 clients and IBM folks.
Before heading to the airport and on our journey home, we were able to make a quick visit at 101 Taipei and Ginger and Matt took us to the museum to see the world famous jade cabbage and pot along with many more exhibits which were truly fascinating. I know my daughter Rose would be jealous.
It was a fantastic trip, well overdue for Taiwan. I left so inspired I want to buckle myself down to my office chair, roll up my sleeves and work with you all to deliver on all the of very exciting and thought provoking ideas you shared. Thank you for all of the wonderful hospitality and I can't wait to get back and see you all again soon. I think Taiwan is ready for me too since they are advertising my band.