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! Beijing 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... [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 prize from 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 number... [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: Fast -... [More]
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 one. ... [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 your application in the cloud place... [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 that your... [More]