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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!