Many of my friends ask me what I do at IBM and I tell them that as an IT specialist I focus on Storage Systems. They immediately think of the warehouse self-storage businesses that are used to save grandma's extra furniture.
I explain to them it's not that type of storage. It's the type of storage that keeps their music, pictures, videos and social networking messages safe, accessible and reasonably priced. Once I explain that to them, they get it. Their expectation is that they can share their photos anytime, won't have... [More]
Whether you're a multimillion dollar enterprise with a team of social media experts or a startup of 5 trying to grow your brand, you are not immune to the pitfalls of a social media crisis. Crises can range from customer complaints to marketing mishaps, both big and small and everything in between. The way you handle a crisis can ultimately strengthen or weaken your brand image.
Here's a list of 10 must-have tips to manage a social media crisis that I walked away with from Marketing and Social Media professor Kimberly Legoki, who... [More]
IBM PowerVC version 1.2.1 became available in Jun, 2014 includes significant enhancements for current and new clients.
PowerVC™ is the new advanced virtualization management offering, built on OpenStack, that delivers advanced virtualization management for IBM AIX® and Linux environments on IBM Power® Systems. PowerVC has quick time to value and low total cost of ownership, as the focus of this offering is simplicity and ease of use. IBM Power Systems servers now including POWER8 processors which, along with PowerVC... [More]
Customer centric organizations require new tools to deliver better on-line customer experiences, for users today who expect better service. To gain competitive advantage, on-line marketers need to quickly analyze web and customer issues in order to provide a better web and mobile customer experience.
IBM Tealeaf solutions are such tools. By capturing and recording digital customer interactions on a website in near real time, Tealeaf allows companies to visualize customer visits to understand user actions, and any... [More]
Smarter Commerce, up to just recently, has been kind of a nebulous term to me. Hard to actually define. In effect, it is using up to date new tools, such as mobile technology, social technologies, analytics, and cloud technologies to build applications that a few years ago were unheard of, or probably impossible to construct due to lack of computing power or tools to execute them.
I recently experienced "smarter commerce" first hand, which brought home to me the power of these new applications and... [More]
On the evening of July 10th the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley held an event with Roya Mahboob, a world-renown Afghan woman entrepreneur who is on the list of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/roya-mahboob/
Roya Mahboob is CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company and co-founder of the Womens Annex Foundation (womensannexfoundation.org), whose mission is "womens digital literacy for social good".
Infrastructure matters because business outcomes matter and new outcomes entail new infrastructure demands.
With new workloads, such as, cloud, analytics, mobile and social placing additional demands on the server, sever virtualization management tool and storage systems we are currently utilizing - the right infrastructure matters, and the right infrastructure needs to be fast, flexible, reliable, secure, and manageable.
Come learn how the... [More]
IBM BlueMix is IBM's new PaaS environment.
Learn more on this link . And if you want to do some background reading on PaaS and how it is revolutioinazing app development in the cloud, what better book to read than Lucas Carlson's Programming for Paas.?
If you have any questions about IBM BlueMix just reach out to your neighborhood IBM Innovation Center or let us here at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley know.
The 100 BlueMix Days - Hands-On Workshop at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley on Friday March 28 drew a full house of IBM business partners.
IBM BlueMix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on our extensive software... [More]
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, a team from the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley attended the 2014 Harker Research Symposium to introduce IBM programs and technologies of interest to the tech-savy students.
The Harker School is a private, co-educational, non-profit college preparatory school in San Jose, California, United States. Founded in 1893, with its own incubator and students who already have their own startup companies. The Research Symposium drew a large croud of students to the IBM booth.
What is BlueMix?
For businesses , we wanted to create a system which allows line-of-business users to easily create applications without needing a high level of technical know-how, reduce the total cost of ownership by introducing cost savings inherent in the cloud, and enable businesses to rapidly adjust to their customer and client needs by leveraging the flexibility cloud applications provide--instant updates, new features deployed automatically (high responsiveness from the end-user's perspective).
By doing all of... [More]
The starting point is that we have a Windows 7 computer with or without Java already installed.
Step One: Install Java unless it has already been installed
If we don't already have Java installed, we will begin by installing 64 bit Java: h ttp://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html . We will use the install defaults.
If we already have Java installed, Eclipse should pick that up automatically. So then we wouldn't have to install Java a second time.
The IBM MobileFirst portfolio is made up of a rapidly growing number of products. Let's go thru the portfolio one by one to learn how we can use each individual product, either alone or together with other products, to create innovative mobile solutions.
We'll start with Xtify which delivers cloud-based mobile push messaging and digital wallet/passbook capabilities, enabling businesses to deliver rich, engaging, personalized content to on-the-go consumers anytime, anywhere.
After many years and much hype the Internet of Things is finally here and IBM is already a key player in this important technology that aims to connect not people but billions of instrumented things.
The Internet of Things represents an evolution in which objects are capable of interacting with other objects. Hospitals can monitor and regulate pacemakers long distance, factories can automatically address production line issues and hotels can adjust temperature and lighting according to a guest's preferences, to... [More]
Architecting mobile solutions is much more than just writing an app and hope for the best.
There is the mobile client which is written in IBM Worklight , and which communicates with the IBM Worklight Server ,
which is a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform of MEAP. But what sits at the other end of the Worklight Server.
Well for commerce apps the obvious choice is the WebSphere Commerce
As this presentation shows
Hybrid Applications with WebSphere commerce and... [More]
DevOps is the backend of Agile Development, a process for continuous software delivery that is changing the enterprise.
The IBM DevOps approach speeds up and sustains the software-driven innovation you're planning, developing, testing, and delivering. Regardless of whether your focus is in mobile development, cloud hosting, big data analysis, or social business, you can continuously release better software and services faster, at lower cost and with less risk.
IBM DevOps works by... [More]
IBM's Worklight 6.1 has now been released with a number of new important features:
Easier IT operations with mobile application upgrade independent of server upgrades, new server deployment without mobile application rebuild, improved license usage management, device de-provisioning, and Application Center enhanced resilience on 2-G networks
Improved developer productivity with new UI-based automated SOAP and SAP service discovery, custom patterns and instant application previews
The IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is hosting an event around IBM's MobileFirst portfolio of products during the first quarter of 2014 at our facilities in Foster City.
A Connect to Win is an executive event where you will meet with peers from IBM and other Business Partners to help uncover new opportunities. This session facilitates the creation of successful business connections to drive sales through technology integration, joint marketing, and engagements with the IBM and RSI, ISV and/or... [More]
In the one corner the mighty IBM mainframe, also knows as System z, in the other the tiny smartphone. Can the two co-exist? The answer is yes, thanx to IBM Worklight and the CICS Transaction Server Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions.
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Ideal for companies that wish to build mobile applications to exploit existing... [More]
Everything you wanted to know about the IBM Worklight Server in a single tweet:
— IBMSiliconValley (@IBMSValley) November 20, 2013
The famous mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot began working for IBM in 1958, where he stayed for 35 years and became an IBM Fellow , the highest technical rank in IBM.
As Wikipedia writes:
Because of his access to IBM's computers, Mandelbrot was one of the first to use computer graphics to create and display fractal geometric images, leading to his discovering the Mandelbrot set in 1979.
IBM and http://IBMblr.Tumblr.com celebrate the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal... [More]
Recently there have been a lot of new developments in the realm of Power Systems IBM i storage options. Historically, IBM i users have gravitated to Internal storage for a variety of reasons. However, some strategic influencers are driving more and more use of external SAN based storage. Those would include, Power HA and backup considerations; Live Partition Mobility, Lower costs (of SAN storage); Improved connection capabilities; and Improved utilization via cloud technologies.
IBM i supports... [More]
The "Mobile First" Practitioners of Silicon Valley is hosting a mobile workshop where you can get hands experience on with the IBM Worklight product.
The event is held from 9am - 4pm at 425 Market St. in San Francisco. This is a golden opportunity to learn how to program mobile apps in HTML5 and native code with IBM's Eclipsed-based Worklight, Studio, and then deploy them to the enterprise-grade Worklight Server.
If interested please register on this Meetup link.
And while we... [More]
On Monday November 11 SVForum’s Venture Finance and Startup SIG and the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley co-hosted an interactive panel discussion about what really goes on between a VC and a startup company before, during and after the financing negotiations.
The panelists shared negotiating tactics, discussed their experiences, and provided insight into the process of closing a venture capital financing.
Speakers include Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners, David Greenbaum, Co-Founder &... [More]
IBM is moving with extreme speed on the mobile front, acquiring a steady stream of mobile companies. Trusteer, Xtify and Urban Code, and now Fiberlink. A sign of how important IBM considers the mobile space for the enterprise.
IBM clearly intends to play the same revolutionary role it played in the PC revolution and before that with System 360. Now that the enterprise is moving to mobile, IBM intents to lead the massive movement to mobile in the global enterprise space.
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In a truly audacious move, IBM has just announced that it is rolling out its cognitive supercomputer Watson into the cloud, making it available to users all over the world. Quentin Hardy writes in the New York Times
Companies, academics and individual software developers will be able to use it at a small fraction of the previous cost, drawing on IBM’s specialists in fields like computational linguistics to build machines that can interpret complex data and better interact with... [More]
SSD drives and Flash storage are becoming crucial technologies to our business partners around the world. Larry Garibay explains how we at the innovation center in Silicon Valley are working with these technologies in the enterprise space, and how you as business partners can make use of our services.
If you are interested in these technologies, just reach out to us or comment on this blog post.
IBM's Watson has introduced cognitive computing to the world, not only winning the game of Jeopardy but also allowing doctors to make sense of the tsunami of data that is generated in the medical field.
Up until now, doctors have been able to access Watson from traditional desktop computers. But they will now be able to do so from their smartphones. Thanx to a pilot project out of IBM Research that has leveraged IBM's innovative Worklight mobile technology together with Watson.
Ton Ngo, Simon Leung and Winnie... [More]