Our Project is designed and created for basically mobile devices like mobile phones or tablets. In addition to this, we must use/connect database frequently in mobile application for working the system properly. There are some classic ways providing database service, but cost of realizing a server is not very cheap and also is complex.
We are luckily for IBM have a solution + service which name is BlueMix to solve these problems by providing cloud services . BlueMix is a platform in which user publish application and create database like Cloud Services with very friendly user interfaces and beta version is free of charge. BlueMix beta version gives 8 GB memory and max 20 services to use whatever what to do.
Codename: BlueMix includes not only java and databases but also has a lot of different services related to big data, data management or mobile applications.
First of all, we use SQLDB(a special DB2 version for BlueMix) and Liberty For Java ( a special WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile for BlueMix). We moved our project to Liberty For Java and increased instance number and define memory to 2 GB. Therefore we reached very high process capability and our project was easily migrated from local to BlueMix with WAR Packed. Also, we increased SQLDB’s memory, so was provided very strong database service.
When we migrate to BlueMix, we changed only connection information like hostname and password for SQLDB in web application and mobile application. Except for this, there is no need extra efforts to migrate the project to BlueMix.
Now, our project is easily accessed with database via URL and automatically is published on World Wide Web.
We continue to develop our project with RSA IDE in local and we will publish on BlueMix at the end of the project. Please do not forget, because of BlueMix restrictions you can not directly access BlueMix SQLDB with your personal computer. Bluemix SQLDB only accepts connection with applications published in BlueMix. To solve this problem, we design a web application and use this new application to get some information from database like notifications as a XML or JSON type.
This post was originally written and published by Michael Marinier, follow him on twitter @MarinierCom
South African-based Metropolitan Health is poised to launch the first commercial application of IBM Watson in Africa, taking advantage of IBM's cognitive technology to meet ever evolving customer needs.
Watson processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes. Metropolitan Health will use this capability to ingest medical records, learn and transform health advisory services to its customers. This significant move will enhance and personalize health services in South Africa as well as the rest of the African continent.
With the growth of mobile phones on the African continent this new platform will help many who in the past did not have access to enhanced health services. IBM Watson is helping to connect, support and develop Africa in ways that are unique culturally and individually. Over time, Watson will be taught to respond where possible, directly to customer enquiries, and the convenience of having access to health and wellness information 24/7 will be made possible thereby helping to reach more Africans every year.
Dylan Garnett, CEO of Metropolitan Health, says that health technology plays a critical role in connecting the access-affordability-outcomes priorities for better health services. “IBM Watson and cognitive computing are helping us do more than simply fix basic breakdowns in treatment paths; we’re “leapfrogging” to deliver a market leading health outcome to the public. We intend to transform every customer interaction with insightful data and deliver the best personalized services and care available”
Mike Rhodin, senior vice president, IBM Watson Group added to Garnett’s comment. “Metropolitan Health’s innovative application is a good example of how Watson’s cognitive intellect has the potential to empower individuals and organizations.”
Metropolitan is using IBM Watson to create an Engagement Advisor that will fundamentally transform how individuals and companies interact. The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor will be used by customer service agents or directly by customers, delivered through the cloud and via mobile devices with the ability to:
Meet growing customer expectations based on their past history.
Customers can engage when it suits them.
Gain insights from Big Data to make evidence-based, informed decisions.
The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor is being configured, trained and introduced into the Metropolitan Health customer services environment where there are more than 12 million client interactions handled each year.
This post was originally written and published by Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems on the blog http://securityintelligence.com. Follow him on twitter @IBMSecurity
As you’re reading this article and touching your mouse or mobile phone, a complex network of specialized cells inside your body is hard at work protecting you from infection-causing organisms such as bacteria and viruses. In simple terms, I’m describing your immune system, a remarkable collection of layered defenses. Skin provides a physical barrier to block and expel foreign organisms; a second line of protection detects and eliminates invaders with a cellular counterattack; and if unsuccessful, a third layer of tailored responses or antibodies quickly eliminate the threat based on intelligence from earlier infections. In order for this system to work successfully — protecting you from sickness or disease — immune cells must not only communicate, but also cooperate effectively. Individual defenses are no match for advanced diseases, but taken as a whole, you have an amazing protection system enabling your body to operate as intended.
Why the lesson in biology? With the introduction of the IBM Threat Protection System, we are going after the same level of end-to-end, coordinated defenses — in this case, with technology to limit the success of cyber attacks. The IBM Threat Protection System is the result of a laser-focused effort two years in the making, bringing together innovative security capabilities to prevent, detect and respond to advanced threats in a continuous and coordinated fashion. It’s designed to help disrupt the entire life cycle of an attack — from the initial break-in to the final exfiltration of sensitive data — with preemptive defenses, powerful analytics and open integrations. This is the level of protection required to stop today’s extremely motivated and well-trained attackers.
Up to now, many organizations have responded to security concerns by deploying separate new tools to address each new risk, and the heightened awareness caused by high-profile security breaches has only intensified this trend. I spoke to a government client recently that has 85 different security products across their environment. That alone is a security problem, not to mention the level of complexity as they try to make sense of dozens of disconnected solutions with limited views of the threat landscape. Adding more and more point solutions is unsustainable and, in many cases, has the opposite effect of what was intended. We call this “security sprawl,” and the IBM approach is designed to help drive this complexity down over time.
At the same time, organizations must also evolve their defenses to deal with new breeds of attack. To help our customers build an effective advanced threat protection strategy, the IBM Threat Protection System delivers unique capabilities in three integrated layers of defense:
Prevent even the most sophisticated attacks. Real-time prevention is essential to stop advanced attacks from penetrating the organization. This is no easy task, but with behavioral-based defenses working together, the IBM system can block the initial phases of an attack at the endpoint and network. An innovative new product called Trusteer Apex disrupts exploits leading to advanced malware on users’ computers, while IBM Security Network Protection (XGS) prevents attacks from reaching vulnerable hosts; they also work in tandem to block attackers from establishing external control channels. With new integrations linking these components to other IBM and third-party security technologies, we’re helping customers achieve coordinated defense today.
Detect advanced threats across the entire infrastructure. Even the strongest immune system cannot prevent 100 percent of invaders from getting inside, making it essential to quickly detect active threats before they cause damage. We solve this problem with data. Working as the central nervous system of our approach, the IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform includes new processing horsepower to combine massive amounts of data from network traffic, user behavior, security events and numerous other sources to automatically identify unknown or previously undetected threats. Real-time analytics find stealthy attackers lurking within the enterprise, while pre-attack analytics predict and prioritize security weaknesses before someone else does. This is the meaning of Security Intelligence.
Respond continuously to security incidents. Finally, in the event of a successful security breach, it’s important to quickly minimize its impact, understand exactly how the intrusion occurred and learn from findings to prevent another incident. This is exactly why we recently announced IBM Security QRadar Incident Forensics, a brand new offering enabling security teams to quickly retrace breaches step-by-step, often in hours instead of days. This new solution, coupled with the expertise of our IBM Emergency Response Services, helps organizations mount a strong and adaptive response to future occurrences of attack.
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IBM has announced the start of its Master the Mainframe competition in Nairobi, Kenya. The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, part of the company's System z Academic Initiative, lets students around the world take charge of world-class zEnterprise computing platforms and showcase their talents, while learning sought-after enterprise computing skills.
The competition, which is open to students from all Kenyan universities, has already attracted entries from students at local universities. As a three-part contest which is taking place in a number of countries, Master the Mainframe serves as an introduction to programming and application development and students require no initial mainframe experience to participate. Through the contest, students learn everything from how to log onto mainframe environments to developing code and problem solving.
“Mainframes have always been at the center of the global economy as well as the backbone of most cities infrastructures. Today, mainframes are growing in popularity as technology evolves, demanding more open, scalable and secure solutions and platforms for cloud, mobile and big data analytics,” said Felix Orondo, Team Leader for the Master the Mainframe initiative in Kenya.
The fact that 90 percent of the world’s data has been developed over the past few years will mean that advanced systems such as the mainframe continue to be critical tools of success for businesses, especially for those in growth markets such as Kenya.
The mainframe has been responsible for powering several key advances in technology in Africa. For example, the Ministry of Finance in Senegal brought all of its import and export processes from across the country on-line with System z, and is now recovering 30% of Gross National Product, which amounts to two billion Senegalese francs in customs revenue every day. Through the process, the Ministry increased the performance of its systems by 70%, reduced power consumption by 20% and cut operating costs by 30%.
Contestants in the Master the Mainframe competition will gain hands-on experience with a wide array of mainframe technologies, including REXX, Java and Linux on System z, among many others. As students complete each part of the contest, judges evaluate their results and reward those who move on to the next, more difficult phase. The goal of IBM’s Master the Mainframe Contest is to provide students with the mainframe skills necessary to find those unique and exciting jobs. In 2013, IBM trained over 59,000 students worldwide on the mainframe.
Students who enter the competition also have the opportunity to identify job opportunities supporting mainframe environments. To help in this process, IBM has created Systemzjobs.com. The job board is a resource to link IBM System z clients and partners with students and professionals seeking System z job opportunities and regularly features over 1,000 mainframe-related jobs.
The contest is open to students who are currently taking at least 3 school credits. Students and teachers can register for the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest by clicking here.
This post was originally written and published by Neha Patel, a "developerWorks" blogger.
Develop software in record time is the biggest benefit of cloud computing. Cost reduction is not the main advantage of cloud computing, but the speed that this model can give business by enabling IT to respond in short time to the demands of the company.
It is much faster to develop applications
to run in the cloud, the possibility of use of existing codes and functionality. Thus, the production time of a software program that would eight months for example, may drop to two weeks, depending on their complexity. That's the biggest gain of the model. Enables, for example, reduce the time to develop a solution for the sales team campaigning or getting a product to market.
Factors such as these are causing more companies wake up to this new concept. Coffee notes that the pace of adoption is faster in emerging countries such as India, which have fewer resources to invest in development.
Today we can hire applications for virtually all processes in the cloud computing model and not just for customer relationship (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). IT executives are more confident in the use of private networks. Two years ago, CIOs have asked about security issues and now they want to know how we can help them come into compliance with the standards.
With this change, many companies want to know how they can migrate legacy applications to the cloud, such as ERP, CRM and Business Intelligence
(BI) systems. Companies do not change what is working well, since cloud computing lets you leverage existing investments. The transfer should occur only if the service provider is not meeting the needs of the company.
Instead of focusing on migration, it is advised to embrace the cloud to new demands that cannot meet in day to-day requirements.
IT departments have on average 50 projects in the queue because they cannot develop them. They can avail the facilities of cloud computing to provide answers to business areas with more speed with web hosting
First of all, IBM started smarter planet corporate initiative in 2008. Since that day, IBM has developed and encouraged people to create smarter ideas for smarter planet to develop life standard for human who live all over the world.
Smarter Healthcare is one of the most important areas in this initiative. According to academic studies, people medicine use rate has increased and nearly every one of three elderly patient (in Turkey) take medicines wrong amount and /or in wrong time. Also, one study showed that medicine taking time notification and other technological reminders increase effectiveness of medicines. According to Glaxo Smith Kline, there are over 300 million Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients in all over the world.
Our Mobile Health project warns people for medicine intake time and increases effectiveness of medicine. Therefore community health will gain positive impact. Air pollution is a very popular problem especially in the big cities. People who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, are warned with hardware module which connect to mobile phone about air quality.
Furthermore our project focus on an effort for returning unused medicines to public service. There are a lot of unused medicines at the persons and our system easily shares and tracks these medicines to help patient who needs. So That, medicine waste will be decreased and especially poor people can access these medicines without paying money. Our main aim creates a subconscious about healthy life in the community.
At last but not least, our project follows and records daily activities in accordance with calorie information and create reports for doctor or dietitian and supplies a connection from doctor to patient with private messages.
When we design our project, we take into account what we have learned in our courses. This project is associated with three main courses which are Software Engineering, Database Management System and Internet and Mobile Programming at Computer Engineering. Therefore our study group can apply our own knowledge which are learned thanks to courses, on this project.
In this project, we use generally IBM technologies which are DB2 Express C as Database, Websphere Application Server as Application Server and RSA or Eclipse with Worklight as IDE, with Java Programming language except for hardware modules.
IBM provides very good opportunity to the student for making project like this with not only fund but also resources and advanced IBM programs with no cost via IBM academic alliance. Thanks to Wendy Murphy and ‘Students for Smarter Planet’ Family for very selfless helping.
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Our planet is becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. It is time to work together to address societal challenges and drive change. Join us for a community entrepreneurship event at Strathmore iLab & Business School Nairobi on 2nd July at 12 Noon and 3rd July 9AM. You will have the opportunity to hear from innovative startups as they present their business models and in 6 minutes, describe how their solutions will make our planet smarter.
Network and connect with startups, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organizations, angel investors, venture capitalists, and others who share a passion for entrepreneurship. Learn about the benefits of IBM Global Entrepreneur and get up to speed on partnering for success with your local IBM Innovation Center.
Register now to join us! This event is designed for early stage startups developing business ventures that align with IBM’s Smarter Planet vision. The event is also for IBM Global Entrepreneur partners interested in maximizing their relationship with IBM and for members of the community who support entrepreneurship.
Hear selected startups present their business models and in 6 minutes, describe how their innovative solutions will make our planet smarter.
Connect with local IBM sales and industry leaders and IBM Business Partners.
Network with startups, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organizations, angel investors, venture capitalists, and others who are passionate about entrepreneurship.
Get help setting priorities to stay on track through alignment with IBM solutions via a roadmap
Attention startups: Interested in pitching your company and receiving mentoring from industry experts? Apply to participate
Venue: Strathmore iLab & Business School
Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka
Date: July 2nd 12:00 Noon - 5pm
July 3rd 9am - 5pm
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This blog will serve to highlight the myriad resources and opportunities at the IBM Nairobi centre, which comprises an IBM Client centre co-located with an IBM Innovation centre. The new facility aims to help foster innovation and opportunity by serving as the heart of the East African technology community, providing unmatched solutions to clients, Business Partners, IT professionals, entrepreneurs, academics and more.
Although IBM has had a presence in Africa for many years (with centres in South Africa and Morocco), recent developments in East Africa -- including increased political stability and the emergence of several fast-growing economies -- have inspired new investor confidence in the region(see this recent CNN video for more details). And now IBM will help power the growth of that ecosystem with resources and know-how to facilitate innovation in a wide range of industries, including banking, government and telecommunications.
On May 8th, we'll be celebrating the launch of this new IBM centre: Dignitaries, IBM executives, and business and IT thought leaders will be on hand to help unveil the new facility and spotlight all that it has to offer.
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We look forward to bringing new opportunities to this fertile business ecosystem, and we hope you'll join us as we work to help build success throughout the region.
Keep watching this space!
All members of our IBM ecosystem are invited to join our third Entrepreneur Huddle Webcast to hear the results of the 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends study. You'll learn insights and trends around key technologies like cloud, big data & analytics, mobile and social. Most importantly, you'll learn three distinct characteristics exhibited by pacesetter organizations in the marketplace and how they are now finding the right skill sets needed to gain a competitive advantage.
Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager of Ecosystem Development
Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman at Constellation Research, Inc.
Susanne Hupfer, Client Insights Consultant, IBM Center for Applied Insights
IBM 2015 Middle East & Africa Master the Mainframe Student Contest #zMaster Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP
The IBM Master the Mainframe contest is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience using enterprise computing skills. Hosted at colleges and universities all over the world, this computing contest is designed to challenge student skills in a hands-on coding experience with programming languages like Java as well as Linux To compete in the Master the Mainframe contest, no experience with mainframes is necessary. Participation in Master the Mainframe contests could give students the career edge they need. The top banks, governments, aviation, utilities and energy business in Middle East & Africa run IBM Mainframe! Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP Kenya Power builds a better future with reliableFNB provides upward mobility for Africa through mobile bankingBusiness Connexion achieves the impossible with IBM Mainframe
Master the Mainframe – How it works! Part one: Breaking the ice IBM will provide contestants with screenshots and directions on what to do. This helps acquaint each contestant with navigating the mainframe user interface and introduce basic mainframe concepts Part two: Practical experience Perform programming (advanced commands, system setup, and advanced system navigation) and application developing tasks, as well as experience with multiple operating systems Part three: Real-world challenge Tasks from this stage are taken from real life situations encountered by systems programmers Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP Time: 1-2 Hours Prizes: The first 150 students in each region to achieve 100% will receive a backpack. Time: 10-20 Hours Contest is self paced! You can participate in one, two or all three stages and win exciting prizes after each stage! Prizes: The first 10 students in each region to achieve 100% will receive a Bluetooth speaker, Bluetooth headset, power bank and flash drive Prizes: - Top 3 students in each region: Smart Phones - Top 2 students in each region: All expense paid trip to Dubai to attend winners event (Sept 2015) - Featured in WW MTM Wall of Fame - Participate in WW Championship in 2016 (Details to follow!) Time: 10-20 Hours
MEA Master the Mainframe 2015 4 Regions: - MEP (UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi and Pakistan) - NA (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal) - CEWA (Kenya, Angola, Nigeria) - South Africa Key Dates: 1 April: Contest begins 29 May: Contest ends 1 June: Stage 3 judging begins 20 Jun: Stage 3 results out Sept TBD:Winners Events in Dubai Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP See what Middle East and Africa contestants in 2014 have to say about the contest
Register here: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP For inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Go social: #zMaster Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP
Register here: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP For inquiries contact: email@example.com Go social: #zMaster Terms and conditions apply – please refer to contest website for complete T’s and C’s: http://ibm.co/1FWiXZP
After 3 years we are delighted to report that the IBM Global Entrepreneurial Initiative has been gaining significant momentum in our region. Our goal has been to build relationships with quality Startups to help accelerate these partners to market quickly and cost effectively with a sustainable and profitable model. All this success has been achieved with thanks to your efforts through our partnerships.
This year is going to be even bigger and better. 2014 kicked off with a hugely successful IBM Entrepreneurial week where we held special events online and in over 40 locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the 2013 IBM SmartCamp Finals.
Please see dates below and we like to take the opportunity invite you to participate as a mentor, judge, speaker, sponsor or simply come join the audience at any of our SmartCamp events.
Please encourage any qualifying Startups in your network to apply to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program which is a prerequisite to participating in any IBM SmartCamp.
IBM Global Entrepreneur
IBM wants to team with entrepreneurs to make a positive and fundamental difference in the way we live and work by building a Smarter Planet. For startups developing solutions, the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative provides the support and resource to help you change the way the world works.
By registering to join this exciting entrepreneurial programme, startups can also be selected to participate in one of the prestigious SmartCamp events running in Africa in 2014.
At IBM SmartCamps, next-generation entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to network and connect with successful seal entrepreneurs, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organisations, associations, angel investors, venture capitalists and others who share a passion for entrepreneurship.
SmartCamps provide a venue to bring together select startups with innovative solutions aligned with IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative for mentoring and the opportunity to present their companies.
This post was originally written and published by Eric-Mark Huitema, Global Smarter Transportation Leader, IBM Smarter Cities, on the blog http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/09/driving-change.html. Follow him on twitter @SmarterPlanet
In order to transform transportation systems, we must first commit to fully understanding them and their millions of data points in constant motion.
Rebuilding the transportation infrastructure from scratch isn’t feasible. Rather we must improve upon existing systems using the multitude of data our industry generates; reconciling information such as what, where and when we move; how a particular model of vehicle performs in a variety of environments; and how many cars versus public transport options are on the road at any given location or any given time.
All of this must then by synchronized in real-time, no small task given that there are more than one billion vehicles on the road in the world today. That’s why while walking the show floor at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems this week I was encouraged to see a unified vision and passion to make every aspect of transportation more intelligent.
For cities and populations to really benefit from this sort of information, car manufacturers need to work with transportation agencies, emergency responders and city planners to collect, integrate and share data. If a car breaks down on the freeway, sensors installed in the vehicle could pick up on the problem and immediately notify traffic authorities of a possible slowdown. Other drivers on the road could be warned of traffic almost instantaneously, instead of waiting until they’re stuck in gridlock, after bypassing an alternative route.
Just as the Internet was first made up of a network of computers, a network of smart devices makes up the internet of things, and it will fundamentally change how we move, and more importantly, how we live. It probably sounds like a vision of the distant future, but in reality it’s just around the corner.
This week we announced an engagement with the Agência de Transporte do Estado de São Paulo (ARTESP), the regulatory agency that oversees public transportation for the State of São Paulo, to create the Information Control Center. The center will unify traffic data, incident management and service delivery to ensure safer and more efficient travel for a population of 20 million across 271 cities.
IBM’s Smarter Transportation technologies will help the agency improve supervision of nearly 4,000 miles of state highways, something previously done only through physical inspections.
The implications of gleaning unified and timely information are tremendous, and not just for traffic management. Insight from this data would improve road safety, likely saving countless lives. City planners and transit agencies could use the data to build new housing developments or public transportation routes; emergency responders and law enforcement officials could get a more accurate sense of how to use their resources.
The data would also be a boon for auto manufacturers, who would get a detailed understanding of how their cars perform in a variety of environments, since the devices could collect braking, acceleration and location-based data. There’s also a trickle-down effect for a wide range of industries, including airlines, airports, retailers or even healthcare providers, who could use blood pressure or heart rate data collected by the car through the seat belt, steering wheel, drivers’ seat and so on.
Making our industry more intelligent is a great aspiration. Now it’s time to take up the tools we need to make it more than just a vision, but a reality.
Big Data, Analytics and Mobile technologies are having an impact throughout our industry already, and unifying these capabilities will make Intelligent Transport Systems truly smart, and not in name only.
Let us go change the world with openness: Bluemix goes to the Africa Open Data Jam
This post was originally written and published by developerWorks authors.
When I started my new job, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be participating in the Africa Open Data Jam during the U.S.- Africa Leadership Summit . The jam was a very interactive discussion among Open Data leaders from across the U.S. government, several African nations, along with the private sector. I found it inspiring, thought-provoking, and sobering – yes, all at the same time.
I’ve been in plenty of open technology discussions for open standards and open source initiatives, but the potential of Open Data is almost mind-boggling. All the speakers were inspiring, and I loved Amadu Massally’s, Sierra Leone Open Government Partnership (OGP) Coordinator, closing statement: “Let us go change the world with openness”.
I admit I hadn’t been paying much attention to Open Data, and President Obama’s Executive Order “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information”, but this jam went way beyond just making data available. We were deep in how to more effectively use data, with ideas and experiences on crowdsourcing data collection and cleaning, and discussions on how to expand the reach of Open Data across all citizens.
We used IBM Bluemix to demonstrate a Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) solution that uses SMS to collect agricultural and nutrition data from farmers with survey questions and share back aggregate information as Open Data. Our purpose was to solicit feedback and inspire new solutions - and that we did.
You may be thinking an SMS demo isn’t very sexy ( OK, you’re right, it’s not), but this is where technology meets reality. We deliberately put an SMS, as well as voice, mobile front-end on our IBM Bluemix java application, and stored the Open Data in Cloudant NoSQL database ready for slicing and dicing. Given bandwidth in some African countries, SMS is one of the more effective approaches to reach the broader population. An attendee had a great example of helping banana growers with sick bananas through SMS. We also discussed our voice implementation and translation technologies for reaching those who cannot read. Even low-bandwidth mobile has its challenges in how to “market” the availability of an SMS application, and the costs still associated with SMS.
As a woman in technology, I’m not used to lines in the restroom, but I’ll take them any day to hear presentations from Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary US Department of Agriculture, Jeanne Holm, Data.gov Evangelist from US General Service Administration, and Kat Townsend, USAID, and hear insights from so many other women in Open Data.
I hope you all can sense the inspiring and thought-provoking parts of the discussion. As for sobering, there is nothing quite like understanding the Ebola situation directly from the Sierra Leone delegation, and discussing the role of technology in emergency response.
What an incredible event – and this is just the beginning. Read more about the event and join our follow-on activities at our Meetup event.
This post was originally written and published by Jim Claussen, IBM Manager Worldwide ISV Market Management, on his blog at www.jimclaussen.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JimClaussen. Thanks also to @LynnKesterson and @IBMEcosystem.
Buying groceries with micro payments, 29.7 million cell phones and governments investing in smarter cities… no this isn’t China or Brazil… this is Nairobi Kenya…. Africa.
On May 8, IBM will open the third IBM Innovation Center in Africa, in Nairobi Kenya. A first of it’s kind, the center will be a world class Research Lab, Client Center and IBM Innovation Center for partners.
The opportunities in Africa are larger and more interesting than you might expect. In fact, you should go to the opening for the Center and see for yourself. Why?… Because Africa is quietly rising as one of the last great untapped and underserved growth markets. There are challenges to solve and a growing consumer base leap frogging traditional industry maturation cycles, providing a great opportunity for all IBM partners worldwide.
Here, I want to share insights for partners around the top 3 industry and capability opportunities.
To provide key insights for ISV partners around the world, I invited Lynn Kesterson-Townes to join me to share inside perspectives on the opening event at the Center and opportunities for partners. Who is Lynn? Lynn is the project lead for the opening event, overseeing all aspects of the planning, content, executive engagement, partner participation and the like. From where she sits, Lynn has gained unique insights into the opportunities in Nairobi, in Kenya, and across East and Southern Africa.
The priority market opportunities I would like to highlight are:
Looking at greatest demand around industry solutions, we can see the top three areas are Banking, Government and Telco.
Looking at greatest demand around leadeship capabilities, we can see the top three areas are Smarter Cities (Traffic Management), Mobile and Big Data.
For partners with solutions focused around these three industries and these capabilities, I would encourage you to consider market expansion into Africa and to consider leveraging the IBM Innovation Center and our partner teams there as an entry point into the area.
For a deeper view into the Nairobi IBM Innovation Center, see this CNN video on the Center, highlighting some of the key challenges the Center is addressing, such as the incredible traffic congestion in Nairobi.
Recommendations – Top 3 Steps:
1. Engage with your IBM partners representative to sit down and discuss ‘landing’ opportunities in Africa – how you can leverage the center to expand into the broader Africa market.
2. Integrate this into you joint IBM business planning to outline your approach and target business outcomes – focus around the key capabilities.
3. Consider attending the launch event – better understand the opportunities and connect with the Center, worldwide executives, and regional partners and clients who will be attending the launch event.
As we get closer to the launch event, I will share additional information and recommendations on how to get connected in the area.
Related to an earlier post on leveraging the ecosystem peer-to-peer networks, I would also encourage ISV partners to think about connecting with IBM Distributors, Resellers and System Integrators in the region as additional channels to market.
Join IBM for the launch, May 8 2013.
Thank you Lynn for your time and your insights.
Follow Lynn on twitter (@LynnKesterson)
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