Like all Innovation Centers, the one in Toronto works with business partners, startup companies, developers, and universities to help them adopt IBM hardware and software.
IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley
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is one of around 40 IBM Innovation Centers around the world.
Like all Innovation Centers, the one in Toronto works with business partners, startup companies, developers, and universities to help them adopt IBM hardware and software.
The Innovation Centers are a great source for up to the minute information and expertise about IBM technology.
So a good way to contact the IBM Innovation Center in Toronto is just to comment on their brand new blog. Our Canadian colleagues will take it from there.
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Case Management is becoming big in Healthcare, and IBM's Advanced Case Management for Healthcare enable healthcare providers and enterprises to consolidate and streamline complex cases which leads to faster, more efficient case outcomes. The additional benefits of Advanced Case Management can enable your organization to:
Healthcare providers need to manage incidents such as errors or disputes to improve patient care while protecting the business if escalations occur. Advanced case management provides enhanced service and risk management throughout the lifecycle of a case.
Management needs better tools to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for case handling. Outcomes are the driving force for cases; therefore, tools to drive optimal outcomes are needed. In addition, workers in all areas of the business, faced with fewer and fewer resources, need better tools to support the way they work. Often this requires the input and management of paper-based documents such as written orders, charts, patient histories, lab reports, faxes, and so on, in addition to electronic information to provide an allencompassing view of the case. Advanced case management supports worker efficiency and effectiveness to help control
IBM products involved in IBM's Advanced Case Management for Healthcare
Core case management is based on IBM ECM capabilities including unified content and process management.
Advanced case management scenarios can include rules, business event processing, work management, collaboration and activity monitoring. BPM customers – from starting points such as FileNet BPM, WebSphere Process Server and Lombardi Teamworks – can extend their implementations to support advanced case management.
Lotus real-time collaboration, social software capabilities, and managed activities enhance the case process and provide tools for the case worker to leverage enterprise knowledge and experience – in context. It also allows case interaction directly from office productivity tools such as Microsoft Office or Lotus Symphony.
Content Analytics helps organizations discover and leverage content to derive unexpected business insights, take action, and share with other users and systems.
Business analytics software from Cognos and SPSS provides a full spectrum of business intelligence and performance management capabilities – from real-time activity monitoring to reporting, analysis and dashboards to predictive analytics – to help case workers analyze information and improve case outcomes.
Rules can be authored and abstracted using the WebSphere ILOG Business Rule Management Systems, automating and improving integral decisions such as eligibility, pricing and assignment.
modeling features enable non-analysts to produce accurate
SPSS (originally, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) was released in its first version in 1968. IBM acquired SPSS in 2009 and today it is an important part of the IBM Business Analytics portfolio.
One of the SPSS products, SPSS Modeler Professional, is popular with analysts and business users alike. Its automated data preparation and
models quickly and easily without specialized skills.
The screen capture on the left shows a typical SPSS Modeler script, all graphical with icons that are dragged and dropped onto the canvas and then connected with a couple of mouse clicks.
Data sources are connected to the input nodes and the overall result is a reusable data mining model of great sophistication.
SPSS demo in this YouTube clip.
IBM Worklight provides an open, comprehensive and advanced mobile application platform for smartphones and tablets, helping organizations of all sizes to efficiently develop, connect, run and manage HTML5, hybrid and native applications
Leveraging standards-based technologies and tools, the platform ships with a comprehensive development environment, mobile-optimized middleware, and an integrated management, and analytics console, supported by a variety of security mechanisms.
IBM Worklight enables the creation of rich, cross-platform apps without the use of code translation, proprietary interpreters or unpopular scripting languages, while reducing the time to market, cost and complexity of development and enabling a better user experiences across a variety of mobile devices.
IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is planning an introductory class in WorkLight in August. If you are interested in participating, let us know.
In the meantime, here is a link to the product page,
and here is a good tutorial: Working with Worklight, Part 1: Getting started with your first WorkLight application
Setting up an application for iOS and Android
Innovate 2012: Building mobile apps with IBM Worklight:
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IBM Pure Systems allows you to do rapid deployment of virtual images to a private cloud.
Since we do a lot of deployments for our business partners in our data center here at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley we decided to put the system to the test.
We are working with Big Data and IBM BigInsights, and so we thought why not eat our own dog food.
The result has been exceedingly positive. Instead of provisioning physical servers, we just set up virtual images in Pure Systems. Then when a business partner of our own team needs an image, we deploy them to our private cloud and we're done.
We can configure memory and disk dynamically and to the end user the image look just like they dig before. Especially since the users all access them via VPN anyway.
Let us know if you're interested in a demo. Dog food actually tasted pretty good when it can enable super-fast provisioning of images.
And here is the Bignsights console up and running in Pure Systems.
IBM Pure Systems has a web console with a catalog of available images.You select your image(s), configure it in the console by adding memory, CPU's and disks. You add an install script, and then you deploy the image(s) to the private cloud. That;'s it!
Now creating the original deployment packages takes a little bit longer time but not much.
This is app deployment at its best.
We'll document all the steps here on the blog in the weeks to come,
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中关村软件园, or Zpark is Beijings version of Silicon Valley, an IT-city Located in north-western Beijing. Zhongguncun Software Park was founded in 2000
Some 18,000 companies operate in Z-Park, including more than 1,500 foreign firms.
BusinessWeek has written about ZPark: In nurturing Z-Park, the government has played a key role in designing an environment in which high-tech ventures and high-growth enterprises can flourish (or die). Entry is regulated, driven by a set of conditions stipulating that 50% of revenues must be from high-tech projects, while R&D expenditure cannot be less than 3% of total revenue. In addition, at least 20% of employees must have a college degree.
The park is adjacent to China’s top tiered universities and science academies and is supported by a state-of-the-art data center. In addition to the office space, the complex has residential dwellings, a hotel, conference spaces and greenery not seen elsewhere in bustling and explosively growing Beijing.Also nestled in the ZPark is a government-funded software incubator that is home to 96 companies and more than 1,400 employees. The incubator has a mission to attract students who study abroad and ensure they return, giving them the tools, support, capital and mentorship opportunities to build software companies. The location also ensures incubator participants have exposure to multinational software companies and talent in science, engineering and computing.
And IBM is well represented in the business park.
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GitHub, Launchpad and BitBucket, how today's distributed version control systems are fueling the unprecendented global open source revolution
At the core of most open-source project sites were centralized source-code management systems (SCM) such as CVS and later on Subversion. At the same time a new breed of SCMs was emerging, called distributed (or decentralized) version (or revision) control system (DVCS). The core idea of DVCS is that rather than having a central, canonical source tree, you have a system of multiple working copies. This means that multiple developers can collaborate on a project even if they are but sporadically connected.
The interactions between these distributed working copies is a bit reminiscent of the interactions between personae in social networks. Therefore project hosting sites naturally grew up around concepts of DVCS with social features in concordance with the code-sharing model. Some of the most popular DVCS at present are Mercurial, Git, and Bazaar, and each has a closely associated, well-known service, respectively BitBucket , GitHub, and Launchpad.
Uche Ogbuji has the fully story on IBM's developerWorks: Social Networks meets open-source project hosting
On top of these source code repositories global open source teams are then creating projects using highly productive languages like Ruby on Rails, Python, Node.js, Sinatra , PHP, Pearl (Yes Pearl is still alive and kicking) and even C, C++ and of course Objective C
The key concept behind this global code explosion is forking, taking one open source project, forking it and continuing along a new branch, towards a new goal. This is highly reminiscent of the Cambrian Explosion 530 million years ago, when a plethora of new life forms appeared within a comparatively speaking very short time.
IBM's BigInsights, which is based on Apache Hadoop, as well as IBM's Watson which makes use of Apache's UIMA-technology show the influence of open source on a global scale.
Integration at the Hadoop level: IBM's BigInsights now supports Cloudera. IBM's Vivisimo acquisition
IBM is expanding its big data platform to run on other distributions of Hadoop, beginning with Cloudera. Cloudera is a top contributor to the Hadoop development community, and an early provider of Hadoop-based systems to clients across a broad range of industries including financial services, government, telecommunications, media, retail, energy and healthcare.
As a result, Cloudera Hadoop clients can now take advantage of IBM's big data platform to perform complex analytics and build a new generation of software applications.
IBM has the industry's broadest portfolio of big data capabilities with software, hardware, services, and innovations developed by IBM Research such as the Watson system. Over 100 IBM Business Partners have adopted IBM's big data platform, bringing a new class of solutions to market and extending the reach of IBM analytics offerings for clients.
In addition,has acquired Vivisimo, a leading provider of federated discovery and navigation software that helps organizations access and analyze big data across the enterprise. Vivisimo is a privately held company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Vivisimo software excels in capturing and delivering quality information across the broadest range of data sources, no matter what format it is, or where it resides. The software automates the discovery of data and helps employees navigate it with a single view across the enterprise, providing valuable insights that drive better decision-making for solving all operational challenges.
Today's news accelerates IBM's big data analytics initiatives with advanced federated capabilities allowing organizations to access, navigate, and analyze the full variety, velocity and volume of structured and unstructured data without having to move it. See the above link for more details.
The IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is running BigInsights in our data center and is also supporting the IBM Analytics portfolio. Big Data, BigInsights and Analytics are parts of the same story around how to manage and manipulate very large amounts of data and then gain actionable insights.
More on Visimo's technology on this link
The IBM View on healthcare: The value of building sustainable health systems Capturing the benefits of health plan transformation
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Few issues draw more attention than the ongoing debate over healthcare.
Annual spending is expected to grow faster than the economy by more than a full percentage point for the next several years.
Demand will increase as 77 million baby boomers reach retirement age by 2020.2
Most would agree that the current system is unsustainable.
Now, with major changes from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) already in effect and more on the way, it is clear that the health insurance industry can no longer do business as usual. Some of the new rules pose major challenges to U.S. health plans.
Standards like the International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD10) mandate may increase administrative costs.3 At the same time, stricter medical loss ratio provisions in the PPACA penalize payers for spending too much on administration relative to care. Health plans are caught in the middle, forced to make significant improvements in efficiency.
Traditionally, U.S. health plans have dealt directly with employers, leaving consumers with very little real choice. Today, people are more likely to “shop” for insurance. Over time, that will force business models to become more consumer-focused, requiring health plans to compete in a new marketplace where the customer experience is an important differentiator.
Read the the full report from the IBM Center for Applied Insights on this link
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The IBM world-wide Innovation Centers regularly schedule meetings with our business partners to help them "Maximize their Relationships with IBM.'
The informal sessions typically last two hours and give our business partners a chance to learn more about the practical aspects of working with IBM.
We cover everything from how to find resources in Partner World, how to leverage the global Innovation Centers as well as the latest IBM technology initiatives.
Below is a list of the URLs to IBM resources we typically walk thru during these sessions, where we usually spend a lot more time in round-table discussions than in presentations. ( Picture from recent event at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley)
See also the developerWorks page:IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley Grand Reopening Event on Wednesday, May 9, 2011
Among the host of IBM executives at the recent opening of the Innovation Center in Silicon Valley was Jim Corgel, General Manager for ISV and Developer Relations. In his opening speech, Jim explains the strong relationship between IBM and Silicon Valley as well as touching on growth initiatives such as analytics and IBM PureSystems.
Guests share ideas and business cards at the networking session
IBM experts explain the latest technologies
See also the developerWorks page:IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley Grand Reopening Event on Wednesday, May 9, 2011
Raj Nataraj is CEO and founder of AptMobility: a mobile software and services provider that has a strong focus in the healthcare space.
In this interview at the reopening of the Silicon Valley IBM Innovation Center, Raj explains how 'mobility is becoming the desktop platform'.
Given the efficiencies mobile apps bring, there is demand from field services to patient communication and support. Analytics has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the functionality of mobile apps meets the needs of the end user.
Luis H Rodriguez, Director of IBM Innovation Centers (IIC), explains the importance of the reopening of the IIC in Silicon Valley, the main purpose of the centers and why he finds his role so exciting.
See also the developerWorks page:IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley Grand Reopening Event on Wednesday, May 9, 2011
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Director, IBM Innovation Centers Luis Rodriguez talks about the world-wide innovation centers serving the worldwide partner and developer
Anjul Bhambhri, IBM Vice President, Big Data, discusses IBM's BigInsights product and IBM's strategy for Big Data
Panel discusses the promises of Smarter Anmalytics in a Big Data world
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Cutting the ribbon, on the left, the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley manager Nina Paolo and IBM Director of Innovation Centers Luis Rodriguez. In the background Jim Corgel, IBM General Manager ISV & Developer Relations - Software Group. To the right, professor Stephen Kwan, San Jose State University.
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Water management in the rain-poor California is always an important issue. By applying smart analytics in conjunction with smart water management IBM has helped Sonoma County better manage pressure in the water distribution system, a key problem in water management.
Sarah Rich writes in Government Technology: Water District Takes Plunge into Pressure Analytics
Too little water pressure from the shower or a burst water pipe can be a hassle. Sonoma County, Calif., is counting on analytics to prevent those inconveniences.
The Valley of the Moon Water District in Sonoma County began the early stages of deploying water pressure analytics technology last November through a partnership with IBM and the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) developed more than a year ago. The water district — a government entity — purchases water from the water agency and is the water supplier to 23,000 customers in the Sonoma Valley.
Krishna Kumar, the water district’s general manager, said the analytics technology was deployed to better manage pressure in the water distribution system. California requires that minimum water pressure for customers must be 20 pounds per square inch (psi). In the area the district serves, water pressure ranges from 20 to 70 psi.
IBM Smarter Water Program Director Michael Sullivan said in a statement that the company’s technology will help the SWCA and the Valley of the Moon Water District more efficiently analyze data and predict problems. The ability to track water at such a granular level helps SCWA and Valley of the Moon make informed decisions about how to manage — and conserve — water along its entire life cycle,” Sullivan said.
For more information about Smarter Water and IBM analytics, check the links below:
IBM helps clients capture and understand data that can help them make informed decisions about allocating water resources. http://ibm.co/IBTh6J
Technologies such as analytics and cloud computing provide insight into water use, identifying leaks, waste and opportunities for better water management. http://ibm.co/Hyvwx3
The Business Times of Singapore discusses why data analytics is crucial to understanding and improving water management. http://bit.ly/IuNamm
Government Technology reports on IBM's water analytics collaboration with the Sonoma County Water District. http://bit.ly/IJCLy8
Environmental Leader covers how business are cutting back on water use http://bit.ly/HV4mhK
Join the conversation on Twitter
Join the IBM water discussion on LinkedIn http://linkd.in/IlZeCq
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What services does the IBM Innovation in Silicon Valley offer to Business Partners, students and the local technical community here in Silicon Valley? Click on this link to learn of the many ways that you can gain access to our services.
At the Silicon Valley center, we understand the community’s opportunities and the best paths to success. Experts at the center work with Business Partners, entrepreneurs, academia, and IT professionals to build the solutions and skills needed for success.
We take Business Partners and entrepreneurs from planning, to technically enabling their solution, to ultimately driving demand for it. Work with local universities ensures their curricula meets the demands of enterprises and that students have access to and guidance on IBM hardware and software. We also work with IT professionals to build and validate expertise on in-demand skills and to stay abreast of enterprises’ ever-changing needs.
As one in a growing network of 40 centers worldwide dedicated to building a smarter planet with you, the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is also your doorway to support around the world. Whether you need to make local connections across the world, or simply access technical expertise at a far-away location, the worldwide IBM Innovation Centers are able to assist you.
Read this brochure by clicking on the link above to better understand how the center can help.
And let us know if you have any questions.
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Installing IBM InfoSphere BigInsights on Linux is described in the BigInsights InfoCenter.
It is a straightforward process that quickly can get BigInsights installed on a Linux RedHat server in less than half an hour. No extra downloads. no complicated configuration parameters, just click your way thru the graphic install script and you're done.
Now the nice thing with BigInsights enterprise is that if you have any questions they will be promptly answered by a group of very attentive support people. As I discovered myself when I didn't follow the simple instructions.
The InfoSphere BigInsights Forum is a great resource for information about the product, even if you do follow the install instructions.
Here are some of the tricks and tips that I found out in working with the product.
The two files
located in the directory where you untarred the installation tarball will tell you all about your install.
If things aren't working as expected what do you do, well the obvious, check what version of Linux you're using, is it one of the one's supported.
Also, how much physical memory do you have on the box (check by running 'free -m' command)
And if you have to or want to do a clean re-install, what do you do:
Here are the instructions thanx to the support forum:
Manually remove the following directories:
Useful information to have and a really great forum that one can learn a whole lot from.
In addition, Bradley Steinfeld has a great video on how to install BigInsights 1.3. The installation of the basic and enterprise editions are very similar.
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Data Journalism is becoming a hot subject for many newspapers who use Big Data and analytics tools to create a whole new type of data-intensive stories.
Now a group of journalists have published The Data Journalism Handbook an on-line book on their trade and the tools they use to create data-based stories.
They define Data Journalism like this:
Data journalism can help a journalist tell a complex story through engaging infographics. Hans Rosling’s spectacular talks on visualizing world poverty with Gapminder, for example, have attracted millions of views across the world. And David McCandless’s popular work in distilling big numbers — such as putting public spending into context, or the pollution generated and prevented by the Icelandic volcano — shows the importance of clear design at Information is Beautiful.
One of the newspapers who have taken a lead in this field is the British Guardian, who in it's toolset is using IBM's ManyEyes
IBM's MayEyes is web-based with a website where users can upload datasets, select a visualization type and then visualize the data..
This is a good example of the new world of Big Data and data analytics, driven from data-marts with large numbers of cloud-based and increasingly complex data sets, on which we can apply sophisticated visualization tools, like IBM's ManyEyes.
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The IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders at a single event for a transformative learning opportunity. Now more than ever, it is imperative that organizations learn how world-class technologies can help turn change and complexity into advantages.
Industry leaders will be on-hand to provide
insights on how technology can help drive better business results.
Technical sessions focused on the latest IBM technologies, including WebSphere, BPM, SOA, expert integrated systems, cloud, mobile
Most importantly, a wealth of opportunities – ranging from networking with technical and business experts to career-advancing certifications – await attendees to this year's event.
You can follow the conference day by day, hour by hour on the developerWorks blog.
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IBM and San Jose State University is collaborating around Social Busiess, teaching business students how social networking and media technologies can be used at businesses around the world..
This new academic program provides students with the opportunity to deepen technical and business skills in the emerging arena of social business, while learning to adapt their knowledge to real-world business challenges. According to Forrester Research, the market opportunity for social enterprise apps is expected to grow at a rate of 61 percent through 2016, reaching $6.4 billion, compared with $600 million last year.*
Under the direction of Professor Larry Gee, SJSU students assess the social networking capabilities of an IBM Business Partner organization as a way of learning about the characteristics of a social business while helping to apply social networking technologies to business operations for more efficient collaboration and faster innovation. As part of their coursework, the students are mentored by IBM experts and learn about internal and external use of social business solutions.
Organized by IBM's Social Business guru Daryl Pereira (second from the right in the picture) the event was a big success with intensive discussions between the students from professor Larry Gee's class and IBM experts.
From left to right in the picture: Fabian Divito, IBM, Nanci P Knight, IBM, professor LarryGee, SJSU, Daryl Pereira, IBM, Jeff G Cohen, IBM.
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IBM is looking to team with smart entrepreneurs to help build a Smarter Planet. Does your solution address problems the world is facing in energy, healthcare, telecommunications or any of the other areas of Smarter Planet? If that sounds like your company and it is less than 5 years old, privately held and has a solution to make our planet smarter, please apply to participate in one of the following events!
IBM is hosting two, industry focused SmartCamp kickstart events and one Smarter Planet NA SmartCamp:
SmartCamp kickstart Miami - May 15, 2012
This event is aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing healthcare business ventures that align with the IBM's Smarter Healthcare vision. Apply by April 27, 2012 to participate.
SmartCamp kicksStart - New York - May 24, 2012
This event is aimed at identifying early state entrepreneurs who are developing enterprise business ventures that align with IBM's Smarter Cities vision. Apply by May 4, 2012 to participate.
SmartCamp Kickstart Participants will have the chance to advance to SmartCamp Boston and will receive:
Opportunity to profile their company in front of the local industry and investment community
Mentorship from world class investors and advisors
Exposure to IBM Industry Executive Leadership and Business Development Leaders
SmartCamp Boston - June 20 & 21, 2012. Apply by May 24th to participate
The winners of SmartCamp Boston will take part in a three-month mentorship with IBM and will be invited to attend the SmartCamp Global Finals. "SmartCamp was an incredible experience which connected us with an A-list of investors, advisors and industry experts” says Albert Santalo, CEO of Miami based CareCloud, a disruptive cloud-based healthcare IT company. Since being announced as 2010 SmartCamp Silicon Valley winner, CareCloud raised over $20M in Series A funding. Just one example of SmartCamp winners, worldwide, who have received venture capital investment and are making impacts in the marketplace. Who will be next?
SmartCamp is a part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative. To join and learn more, visit ibm.com/isv/startup. For questions, please contact Eric Apse at firstname.lastname@example.org
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BigData is everywhere these days and if you want to learn more about how to run Hadoop and IBM's BigInsights on the IBM SmartCloud BigDataUniversity has a really good online course that we can recommend.
The combination of Big Data, Hadoop and the Cloud is as exciting and useful as anything these days, and this course will get you up and running with a minimal fuss or headaches.
We're planning to hold a similar course on the premises here at the Innovation Center and if anyone is inetrested let us know.
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IBM PureSystems is the first offering in a brand new system category from IBM — a new class of systems known as "Expert Integrated Systems." The technology is designed to get IT organizations up and running in as little as four hours, cutting months off the time required to deploy new applications. IBM PureSystems combines the flexibility of a general-purpose system, the elasticity of the cloud, and the simplicity of an appliance. This introduction explains further and describes how application development tools and the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) complement IBM PureSystems to provide a streamlined application development, test, and production environment.
To learn more, start at the PureSystems homepage Then head over to the IBM Smarter Computing channel on YouTube to see video interviews with the IBM experts.
And then for an in-depth view into why IBM PureSystems are so important, read Steve Abrams and Timuthy Hahns article on developerWorks.
IBM Innovation Silicon Valley has expertise in IBM PureSystems so if you have any questions just let us know.
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The IBM Global Entrepreneur program is designed for early startups who get access to software, knowledgeable people, and promotion support.
Think of it as an accelerator or incubator. It's like adding more people to your business and extending the size and reach of your company.
The difference between the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and ordinary accelerators is that we give you an entry point into the world of enterprise software.
For questions, just comment on this blogpost or contact the IBM Silicon Valley Innovation Center. And if you don't already live in Silico Valley, move. :-)
The social network around IBM Smarter Healthcare on LinkedIn is a great way to follow IBM's numerous healthcare initiatives.
It is also a great way to link up with IBM'ers working in this very exciting field.
Other relevant links about IBM Healthcare:
IBM Director of Healthcare Transformation Dr. Paul Grundy offers his prescription for paying doctors to keep people healthy. http://ibm.co/wtS1lO
Forbes investigates Watson's potential as a game changer for the healthcare industry. http://onforb.es/Awz2c3
The New York Times reports that Watson technology has the potential to be a "profound enabler of the transformation of health care. http://nyti.ms/zB4M0Y
Also on Twitter: #IBMHealthcare
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Here are some key links:
IBM Smarter Healthcare,
Legend: The picture shows the IBM Smarter Healthcare display at the IBM Innovation Center in Stockholm, Sweden
For questions about the IBM Smarter Healthcare initiative, just append a comment to this post.
Superhappy Block Party in Palo Alto this Saturday.
Bridging the worlds of software developers, artists and the City of Palo Alto, the inaugural Super Happy Block Party Hackathon takes place in downtown Palo Alto on March 31, 2012 from 1pm – 1am.
Innovation Endeavors, Talenthouse and Institute for the Future will open their doors to the community in the spirit of innovation.
The City of Palo Alto will block off High Street between University and Hamilton to enable people to meet on the street to collaborate and innovate.
iPad owners can download a really slick Cognos Mobile app for the iPad that allows you to show Cognos reports, like the one to the left.
The iPad is the perfect way to display Cognos Reports in a mobile environment. You can point the app to various repositories of Cognos BI Reports and with the iPad's 4G network support quickly deploy them anywhere..
The iPad has become incredibly popular in the healthcare sector as well as most industry sectors, and as the iPad Mobile app shows, it allows professionals on the go to access the latest reports wherever they are.
Here is more information about the Cognos Mobile app:
Receives Cognos reports, dashboards, scorecards, analysis and other information in a secure environment
Supports Apple iPhone and iPad and BlackBerry and PlayBook with a choice of native or web clients
Supports Android, Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian operating systems with web-based access
Features full interactivity with business intelligence (BI) content, including drilling up, down and through and zooming in and out
Ensures up-to-date BI content with regularly scheduled report distributions
Provides centralized management, including security, with a single authoring environment Includes IBM Cognos Active Report for interaction with BI content offline
The IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley, now in new digs in Foster City, has started an Image Gallery in our Twitter Feed with geotagged snapshots of our daily lives.
Just let us know if you are or want to become an IBM business partner. It is free and comes with good benefits. In the meantime you can check out our image gallery, not only from Foster City but also from events we attend all over Silicon Valley. Like the Hadoop Meetup yesterday.
You may not be aware that IBM's Infosphere Big Insights is an implementation of Hadoop, with added enterprise functionality. The basic edition is free and there is also an enterprise edition.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applying Watson Technology to Help Oncologists
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The next frontier in healthcare is focused on advanced analytics of unstructured data, as Bloomberg New notes: IBM’s Watson to Help Memorial Sloan-Kettering With Cancer
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s Watson computer, which beat champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!” last year and is starting to be sold to insurers and banks, is to provide help to doctors and patients on diagnosis and treatment for cancer.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and IBM have agreed to collaborate on the development of a Watson-based service that will assist the hospital group’s doctors with the diagnosis of cancer and suggest treatment options by mining the most current and comprehensive information available, the two parties said in a joint statement today.
Combining Watson with Sloan-Kettering’s clinical knowledge, as well as with the latest cancer research, will make the service a “decision support tool,” Armonk, New York-based IBM and Memorial Sloan-Kettering said.For more information about Watson for Healthcare, just contact the nearest IBM Innovation Center.
Here is the Press Release:
New York City, March 22, 2012 – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have agreed to collaborate on the development of a powerful tool built upon IBM Watson in order to provide medical professionals with improved access to current and comprehensive cancer data and practices. The resulting decision support tool will help doctors everywhere create individualized cancer diagnostic and treatment recommendations for their patients based on current evidence.
The initiative will combine the computational power of IBM Watson and its natural language processing ability with MSKCC’s clinical knowledge, existing molecular and genomic data and vast repository of cancer case histories, in order to create an outcome and evidence-based decision support system. The goal is to give oncologists located anywhere the ability to obtain detailed diagnostic and treatment options based on updated research that will help them decide how best to care for an individual patient.
The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! It can interpret queries in natural language and uses statistical analysis, advanced analytics and a powerful array of processors to search millions of pages in seconds and deliver evidence-based statistically-ranked responses.
MSKCC’s world-renowned oncologists will assist in developing IBM Watson to use a patient’s medical information and synthesize a vast array of continuously updated and vetted treatment guidelines, published research and insights gleaned from the deep experience of MSKCC clinicians to provide an individualized recommendation to physicians. The tool will also provide users with a detailed record of the data and evidence used to reach the recommendations.The need for such an advanced technology arises from the steadily increasing complexity of oncology treatment. Cancers are the second most common cause of death in the U.S., second only to heart disease, and the American Cancer Society projects that 1.6 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year* with outcomes varying widely across the country. Cancer is not one disease but some hundreds of sub-types, each with a different genetic fingerprint. Significant discoveries in molecular biology and genetics in the past two decades have delivered new insights into cancer biology and strategies for targeting specific molecular alterations in tumors, but these advances have also ratcheted up the complexity of diagnosing and treating each case. Oncologists and physicians who do not specialize in specific sub-types of cancer face a significant challenge in keeping up with the magnitude of rapidly changing information.
“The combination of transformational technologies found in Watson with our cancer analytics and decision-making process has the potential to revolutionize the accessibility of information for the treatment of cancer in communities across the country and around the world,” said MSKCC President and CEO Craig B. Thompson. “Consistent with our mission, the vision is to help better identify and personalize cancer therapies for each individual patient, no matter where that patient may be receiving care. We also expect tremendous new research opportunities to emerge from this collaboration.”
“Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s evidence-based clinical approach, scientific acumen, and vast database make it the ideal partner in this ambitious project,” said Dr. Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist, IBM. “Cancer care is profoundly complex with continuous clinical and scientific advancements to consider. This field of clinical information, given its importance on both a human and economic level, is exactly the type of grand challenge IBM Watson can help address.”“This comprehensive, evidence-based approach will profoundly enhance cancer care by accelerating the dissemination of practice-changing research at an unprecedented pace,” said Dr. Mark G. Kris, Chief, Thoracic Oncology Service at MSKCC and one of the clinicians leading the development effort. He noted that 85 percent of patients with cancer are not treated at specialized medical centers and it can take years for the latest developments in oncology to reach all practice settings.
Development work is already underway for the first applications, which include lung, breast and prostate cancers. The objective is to begin piloting the solutions to a select group of oncologists in late 2012, with wider distribution planned for late 2013. This collaboration complements an earlier announcement by IBM and WellPoint that the parties will focus on putting Watson to work on oncology solutions.
About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private institution devoted to prevention, patient care, research, and education in cancer. Our scientists and clinicians generate innovative approaches to better understand, diagnose, and treat cancer. Memorial Sloan-Kettering specialists are leaders in biomedical research and in translating the latest research to advance the standard of cancer care worldwide. For more information, go to www.mskcc.org
Dr. Eric Topol at the Scripps institute at La Jolla in southern California has in a relatively short time become the leading proponent of the DNA- and smart-phone-based medical revolution that is sweeping the world. I had the pleasure to attend his very impressive talk at HIMSS in Las Vegas, where I took this picture.
What makes this picture truly amazing is that the advanced health-monitor that displays Eric Topol's vital signs is actually running in real time on his iPhone and then from there displayed on large screens in the auditorium.
The fact that it is possible to carry around this kind of monitoring technology on one's smartphone today is truly staggering.
Andrew Keen has a good video interview with Eric Topol on TechCrunch:
The IBM Health Integration Framework is IBM's entry in this very exciting world of smart health.
At the HIMSS 2012 conference in Las Vegas last week, Todd Y Park, who is Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Health and Human Service gave a fire and brimstone talk:The Health Data Initiative: Unleashing the Power of Open Data and Innovation to Improve Healthcare, about www.data.gov/communities/health and the Health Data Initiative,
a major new public-private effort that aims to help Americans understand health and health care performance in their communities -- and to help spark and facilitate action to improve performance.
The fundamental approach being taken by the initiative is to catalyze the advent of a network of community health data suppliers (starting with HHS) and “data appliers” who utilize that data to create applications that (1) raise awareness of community health performance, (2) increase pressure on decision makers to improve performance, and (3) help facilitate and inform action to improve performance.
This initiative is leading entrepreneurs in the healthcare space to write apps to access and manipulate the government healthcare data in many new and innovative ways.
The next logical step is for IBM business partners to use the IBM Health Integration Framework http://www-304.ibm.com/isv/tech/validation/framework/hif.html for this kind of data-intensive integrations.
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Underlying the by now world-famous IBM Watson is the symmetric multiprocessing iBM Power Systems 7 hardware
IBM's Power Systems architecture is based on symmetric multiprocessing, available with 4, 6, or 8 cores.. This makes each core's performance higher which is important for workloads which require the fastest cores possible. TurboCore mode can reduce "software costs in half for those applications that are licensed per core, while increasing per core performance from that software..The new IBM Power 780 scalable, high-end servers featuring the new TurboCore workload optimizing mode and delivering up to double performance per core of POWER6 based systems.
Each core is capable of four-way simultaneous multithreading (SMT). The POWER7 has approximately 1.2 billion transistors and is 567 mm large fabricated on a 45 nm process. A notable difference from POWER6 is that the POWER7 executes instructions out-of-order instead of in-order. Despite the decrease in maximum frequency compared to POWER6 (4.25 GHz vs 5.0 GHz), each core has higher performance than the POWER6, while having up to 4 times the number of cores.
IBM Business Partners can get access to dedicated IBM Power 7 Systems by visiting the IBM Silicon Valley Website and filling out an engagement request.
Manhattan Associates, one of IBM's business partners, recently completed a complex performance engagement on Power 7 at the IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley. Manhattan Associates wanted to prove the scalability of Warehouse Management System (WMS) 2010 on IBM POWER7 with IBM AIX 7.1, IBM WebSphere 7 and IBM DB2 9.7 software. Each of these software versions is optimized to take advantage of the latest scalability features of the POWER7 processor.
For more information, see this link.
A typical engagement at the innovation center lasts two to three weeks, and includes power systems setup, configuration and storage as well as a secure network. IBM provides IBM middleware, typically WebSphere and DB2, but also other products from the IBM software portfolio.
IBM technical consultants are also available to assist.
Social media are one of the hottest trends here in Silicon Valley, with Facebook's IPO on everyone's lips.
The upcoming Social Media Week is the perfect place to catch up with the latest trends, and listen to knowledgeable and exciting speakers.
IBM is participating on social commerce and crowdsourcing
With its enterprise focus the IBM presentations, from IBM Research, sould be especially interesting with their focus on how social business applies to enterprise computing.
Today Social Media Week us hosted in all of 21 cities all around the globe:
including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Istanbul, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Glasgow, Berlin, Moscow, Beirut and Hong Kong. Starting in 2012, SMW is adding Tokyo, Singapore, DC and Miami.
The place to be for everyone who is interested in social media.
For more on social commerce from IBM, check this link
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As healthcare becomes smarter and adopts things like Electronic Healthcare Records, DNA testing and analytics, like IBM's Watson for Healthcare we are entering a whole new ear of IT- and science-based healthcare.
Among the most common reasons why people come to an emergency room are bouts of heart failure or pneumonia. Sometimes they have a touch of both.
Over the past decade, the way that doctors approach this common clinical dilemma has been transformed with a simple innovation.
A blood test for B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP), which is secreted by weakened heart muscle, can help distinguish between the two conditions.
Another improvement in recent years: Doctors are replacing their stethoscopes with inexpensive, hand-held ultrasound scanners that can detect a failing heart right in the ER. Such innovations are just the beginning of a transformation of medicine, says Eric Topol in “The Creative Destruction of Medicine.”
Dr. Topol, a prominent cardiologist and geneticist, envisions a technology-enhanced future where new tools are integrated into diagnosing and treating patients, transforming the handling of common medical problems.
An interesting description of a future that is mirrored in the IBM Health Integration Framework.
From From IBM SmartCamp, a startup that has come of age
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.
So who will be named this years IBM Global Entrepreneur? Check the The IBM LiveStream Channel to find out!
The NoSQL movement is gathering steam here in Silicon Valley and MongoDB is one of the most popular of the NoSQL databases.
IBM DeveloperWorks has had several articles about MongoDB: An Introduction to MongoDB, and
Explore MongoDB Learn why this database management system is so popular,
and also Java Development 2.0: MongoDB: A NoSQL datastore with (all the right) RDBMS moves
Steven Francias, he is Chief Solutions Architect at 10gen, MongoDB and PHP Document-Oriented Data for Web Developers, just published, is a good introduction to using MongoDB with PHP.
It goes from installation and simple use to MapReduce, replication, and sharding.
For more advanced use of MongoDB, please refer to the following IBM article:
Domain-model persistence with Morphia and MongoDB Use Morphia to persist, load, delete, and query a Java domain model mapped to MongoDB
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.
Cloud Computing is bigger than ever among developers in Silicon Valley, as one can see from the close to 6000 members of the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing group
The IBM SmartCloud is one of the major players in this very competitive spaces, both for public and private clouds.
Giga Om's Barb Darrow interviews Capgemini’s CTO for North America, Joe Coyle on cloud computing, who has this to say about the IBM SmartCloud:
IBM is cloudier than you think.
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.
This link has more information on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
So all systems go for cloud in 2012.
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 application layer.
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 usability.
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 Meetup scene here in Silicon Valley has been going thru the roof the last year, a sign of how Silicon Valley is booming right now.
One of the largest of the IT Meetup groups is the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, with close to 6000 members.
Last nights meetup at Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto drew around 600 attendees, so many that the meeting had to be held in a hotel.
Like all Meetup groups, The Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group meets once a month, has great speakers and is squarely focused on developers.
And since most open source development here in Silicon Valley today involves the cloud, this Meetup group is clearly the place to be, to mingle and to learn.
In fact, the meetups are growing so large and are getting so much leverage that they more and more replacing the yearly tech conferences.
Technology blogs have long played an important role in Silicoin Valley.
Now Sarah Lacy,, who left TechCrunch, is starting her own blog Pando Daily which seeks to be the " blog of record" for the startup scene here in Silicon Valley.
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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.
Case Manager can be used with IBM's IBM's DataCap
So, we start with existing documents and images which we can convert to digital format with DataCap.
We can then feed the resulting data into the IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare popularly known as Watson.
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.
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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 organizations.
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 or provider:"
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.
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The IBM Web Sphere Message Broker Connecivity Pack for healthcare provides out-of-the-box integration capabilities that address the specific needs of healthcare providers.
Minimize your clinical risks and improve quality of care by making patient information available where you need it, when you need it, and in the format you need it in.
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Use the IBM Health Plan Datamodel in conjunction with the IBM InfoSphere porfolio to:
OverviewThe Health Plan Data Model is part of the IBM InfoSphere software portfolio. It delivers: