Startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business leaders will gather in San Francisco for the IBM SmartCamp competition world finals next week (Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2.)
IBM doesn’t invest directly in startups, but we’re heavily involved in the startup community. We acquire 15-20 companies a year. We are investors in the funds of many of the leading VC firms.
We believed we could help passionate entrepreneurs succeed by connecting them with individuals who had built or invested in great companies.
SmartCamp started life as an internal startup. It was a night and weekend activity for a small group of us.
We had no resources and no budget. However it’s amazing how many people wanted to help these early stage companies grow.
The Health Technology Meetup group, which alternates between San Francisco and SIlicon Valley, is the perfect place to learn about the latest developments in innovative healthcare technologies
With 1000 members and rapidly growing, it is one of the larger Meetup groups in Silicon Valley. The group counts physicians, IT-people, inventors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, experts on HIPAA, gadgeteers and nurses among its members, and indeed anyone interested in modernizing the healthcare industry.
New healthcare-related startups seem to be popping up like mushrooms after the rain in Silicon Valley and San Francisco these days and this is the place to be for everyone who wants to keep a finger on the pulse of the very latest developments.
Pizza and drinks are included, the meetings start promply on time, the speakers are first class and the mingling before the talks is where you build up your social network.
And if you are new to this space, it is the perfect place to learn what is hot and what is not.
Big Blue has a pretty potent set of cloud options
but it’s going about its business very cleverly. Given it’s big-iron
heritage, IBM rarely talks about the hardware component of its cloud
portfolio, Coyle said.
“They’re attacking this from a software perspective. They’ve taken
Tivoli and are building this software umbrella so that you can take
whatever you’re running in your data center now and put all or part of
it in a public or private cloud,” he noted. IBM’s 2010 acquisition of Cast Iron also give it a slick appliance that lets customers integrate in-house apps with SaaS applications running outside.
He doesn’t see IBM cloud penetrating a ton of new smaller businesses,
but for many existing IBM shops — and there are a ton of them — IBM
cloud is a no brainer.
To this we we can add that 80% of the Fortune 500 companies already use IBM cloud computing capabilities.
Bay Area Hadoop USer Group, with close to 3000 members ,is one of the top-flight Meetup groups here in Silicon Valley that any programmer or technologigcally interested person simply must attend.
Apache Hadoop, as everyone knows, is an open source software project that enables the
distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of commodity
servers. It is designed to scale up from a single server to thousands of
machines, with a very high degree of fault tolerance. Rather than
relying on high-end hardware, the resiliency of these clusters comes
from the software’s ability to detect and handle failures at the
Also, Hadoop is supplemented by an ecosystem of Apache projects, such as Pig,
Hive and Zookeeper, that extend the value of Hadoop and improves its
Now, Hadoop is a key component of the Big Data story: Everyday, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data–so much that 90% of
the data in the world today has been created in the last two years
alone. This data comes from everywhere: from sensors used to gather
climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and
videos posted online, transaction records of online purchases, and from
cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is big data.
IBM has a very strong position i n Big Data and is also building on the Hadoop Technology with our BigInsights product.
Because of the importance of Big Data and Hadoop, the Bay Area Hadoop User Group is a key place to be once a month, to learn the latest about the rapid development of Hadoop and the eco system that is rapidly being developed around Hadoop.
The discussions at the meetup are usually very informative and the venue in Yahoo!'s cafeteria is great.
It is also important to point out that the Meetup group does not only discuss Hadoop, but also related technologies.
So join and become part of the world of Hadoop and Big Data.
The IBM Case Manager offering is a smarter, more integrated way for businesses to handle growing, increasingly complex workloads in areas such as insurance claims management,
complex credit granting and dispute management, healthcare coordination, identification and management of at-risk students, government benefits management, fraud identification and resolution, incident management, complex loan origination, and contract execution.
This is a very powerful architecture that promises to revolutionize traditional Case Management in a significant way.
IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare is the first solution to help healthcare organizations transform information into insight by:
Integrating structured and unstructured data. Applying predictive root cause analysis, natural language processing – like that at the core of IBM Watson –and built-in medical terminology support and Identifying trends, patterns and deviations revealing clinical and operational insights.
For more information on this solution, either click on the URLs above or append a question to this blog post.
To quote from the Wikipedia, "at a basic level, MDM seeks to ensure that an organization does not use
multiple (potentially inconsistent) versions of the same master data in
different parts of its operations, which can occur in large
A common example of poor MDM is the scenario of a bank at
which a customer has taken out a mortgage
and the bank begins to send mortgage solicitations to that customer,
ignoring the fact that the person already has a mortgage account
relationship with the bank."
MDM is perhaps even more important in healthcare. and the IBM Infosphere Master Data Management "helps make healthcare smarter. MDM enables healthcare organizations to
connect disparate pieces of patient, provider and member information
across hospitals, clinics and lines of business, into a single,
actionable view. Armed with a complete picture of the patient, member
Care providers can improve
care by consistently sharing information with the hospitals, labs and
specialists they refer to without compromising patient confidentiality
Healthcare organizations can implement advanced analytics, to pinpoint emerging opportunities for better patient care
Hospitals and insurance plans can ensure a consistent patient experience, whether in person, online, or by mobile phone
Health insurance plans can craft targeted product bundles and encourage treatment protocols based on demonstrated outcomes
agencies and HIEs can establish an infrastructure that encourages
transparency and accountability for improved care delivery
Healthcare organizations can speed systems rationalization projects after mergers and acquisitions
We can think of MDM as smart data, where a hospital has instant access to a patient's history and personal information so that it doesn't suggest tests that have already been taken or recommends a pregnancy test to a man who has recently gained a lot of weight. Data about patients are shared in a secure network without providing more personal information than a department needs.
A typical example is that demographic information may be changed without divulging the person's name, social security number or address.