Guest Post By Joseph Perry , Manager, IBM Innovation Center Cambridge
For nearly 100 years (since 1914), IBM has had a significant presence in Massachusetts. The largest IBM software development lab in North America is currently located in Littleton, Massachusetts. Additionally, IBM has acquired a number of Massachusetts-based companies, including Lotus and Unica and most recently Ounce Labs, Kenexa and Trusteer.
I am proud to announce today that IBM is enhancing its Massachusetts presence with a new IBM Client... [More]
First, there were 5 finalists: STEALTHbits , Redis Labs , SilverSky , CloudOne , and MyMenu . All of these IBM Business Partners have compelling cloud-based solutions. But one stood out from the rest, and that was MyMenu !
This early adopter of the IBM Bluemix beta is bringing a menu of cloud, big data and mobile to restaurants, at the same time helping to reduce ‘apathy’ induced by downloading a separate app for every restaurant visited.
What a fantastic idea and a creative cloud solution !
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Banks in Asia are becoming more mature, in part thanks to expansion in Chinese banks says Eli Shoshani, Senior Vice President of FundTech. In this conversation with Mark Hanny, IBM VP for Ecosystem Development, Eli suggests banks are now demanding an increasingly sophisticated infrastructure, for instance to cope with immediate transactions. The IBM PureApplication System allows Fundtech to support these offerings by cutting the time to value and provide a platform on which financial products can be imagined and prototyped before the build-up... [More]
Less than 10% of of sales communication makes it into typical CRM systems. So says Manish Goel, CEO of TrustSphere as he explains how their messaging intelligence solution can listen across email servers and social networks to build on the data from CRM systems to provide a more holistic view of key business processes. For instance, the marketing team can see which leads are not being followed up by the sales team and so drop them back into the nurturing pipeliine. In terms of their partnership with IBM, TrustSphere integrates into... [More]
In this video, Aviarc’s CEO Shane Mercer explains how their solutions improve time-to-market for applications by providing a platform for the codification of business user requirements.
For instance, user requirements for an app can be output directly as HTML5 which in turn can be used to develop Worklight applications.
Aviarc are partnering with IBM Puresystems to deliver their user experience solutions on this robust cloud technology.
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PointSource is an IT consulting firm that helps companies develop their enterprise mobility strategy. In this interview PointSource's Stephanie Trunzo explains the importance of design, which she suggests is just as important as an app's functionality.
When it comes to IBM's MobileFirst strategy, Stephanie states that a key selling point is that it spans the entire development lifecycle. This is a move away from the discussion around 'I need an app for X' towards thinking about application development, maintenance,... [More]
Buying groceries with micro payments, 29.7 million cell phones and governments investing in smarter cities… no this isn't China or Brazil… this is Nairobi Kenya…. Africa.
On May 8, IBM will open the third IBM Innovation Center in Africa, in Nairobi Kenya. A first of it's kind, the center will be a world class Research Lab, Client Center and IBM Innovation Center for partners.
The opportunities in Africa are larger and more interesting than you might expect. In fact, you should go to the opening for... [More]
A very solid case could be made for the term "Cloud" to be added to the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The term Cloud, referring to the benefits and approach associated with internet based computing, has long spread its wings beyond the vernacular of the IT industry for mainstream recognition amongst, well, most people at your next social gathering. While consumer recognition of the benefit of cloud services is high, my experience visiting enterprise clients throughout Asia Pacific, is that many organizations continue... [More]
Great example of how IBM + our partners are helping deliver real world outcomes for our customers. In this case, the location is Memphis, TN where the dedicated men and Womena of the Memphis PD have been able to reduce serious crime by 30% thanks to an analytics solution by IBM and Business Partner ESRI. See the full story here and share it with your customers! http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/leadership/memphispd/ In the city Memphis, violent crime was increasing at a rate of 2.5 percent, citizens were growing concerned and the police... [More]
At Connect 2014 Sandy Carter talks to Beverly Macy of Social Media Radio about key trends in 2014, the importance of an organization's Ecosystem and changes in the B2B space.
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Sandy Carter catches up with CEO Mark Fidelman of RaynForest at Connect 2014 to discuss trends, challenges and drivers for social business.
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Sandy Carter interviews Carolyn Pampino, Director IBM Design Team & Kelly Bailey, UX Designer, IBM Design Team at Connect2014. They discuss all topics about design and how it is driving innovation in IBM.
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Day 2 at HIMSS picked up where Day 1 ended: lots of Business Partner activity! Not only that, a group of our Business Partners displayed a true desire to show their association with IBM.
For example, Citius Tech hosted a networking breakfast and solution demo for IBM sellers to underscore the importance of enabling IBM teams on the value and positioning of the Citius Tech solution.
In addition, there were meetings with new partners Remedy Infomatics (Analytics/Cloud), @Point of Care (Potential GEP and Mobile) and CareMobile (GEP... [More]
It was an exciting first day at HIMSS with an overflow at the IBM booth from start to finish! There were 30 booth tours with 166 attendees. Awesome first day!
IBM Business Parters Aginity and CitiusTech showcased their solutions at the IBM booth. And the IBM demo teams directed customers to 16 partners booths showing integration with IBM technologies around the show floor.
There were four partner meetings with Net New partners Foliage (potential AppDev partner), Healarium (Mobile/Social), Cybera (Cloud/Security) and Wellsoft... [More]
Find out what SugarCRM's Larry Augustin has to say about building customer relationships, the Social App Throwndown at IBM Connect and more!
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Sandy Carter discusses with Avnet Services' Mike Ostrowski about his capabilities to help his clients become social businesses, develop successful strategies in adoption of a social mindset, and more!
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Guest post by Jeff Saperstein, co-author of Service Thinking and Hult Business School Professor
IBM introduced their Ecosystem Development Division during their Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp final presentations on February 6 in San Francisco. This newly formed Division is charged with providing considerable increased support for entrepreneurs. Here is the model for IBM Ecosystem Development.
Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Ecosystem Development & Social Business Evangelist, introduced herself and the Ecosystem Division... [More]
Calling all Developers and IBM Business Partners ! Come and join us at IBM Pulse 2014, our premier CLOUD event, where we’ll be holding an App Throwdown !
Compete with your best cloud solution and be highlighted in front of Clients and IBM Sales teams during qualifying rounds. The winner will be on the main stage on Day 3 in front of over 8,000 Re-sellers, Clients, and IBM Sellers – giving you the opportunity to reach a new and broad audience !
In addition to sharing your solution with the conference audience, we will... [More]
Guest post by Cecile Poyet who currently leads the worldwide marketing strategy for business partners in retail. She brings more than six years of industry marketing expertise for leading software companies, including in retail, banking, financial markets and government. You can find her on LinkedIn .
This January again, close to 30,000 retailers from around the world gathered in New York City for NRF, Retail’s BIG Show. What was different this year? If you believe Deloitte’s report, Global Powers of Retailing... [More]
Imagine if you could build the next-generation personalized shopping assistants to help consumers find exactly what they are looking for. Imagine if you could help doctors navigate the vast body of medical documents to find the better cure for patients. Imagine if you could help passengers better plan their trips by suggesting ideal routes and places to stay.
Imagine no more.
Today we’re proud to announce the launch of the Watson Ecosystem: a cloud-based platform that puts the power of the Watson technology into the hands of... [More]
One of the key challenges facing businesses today looking to activate their employees on social business is dealing with platform adoption. The more the platform is used, the more valuable it becomes. So how do you engage the workforce? As Ian Warner, Managing Director at ISW explains in this interview with IBM VP for Ecosystem Development Mark Hanny, they developed the Kudos Badges peer-to-peer recognition program to help organizations deal with this issue and inject an element of fun into enterprise social networking. For instance, if... [More]
Around 10 years ago, many organizations were looking to knowledge management to help employees leverage the intellectual capital of an organization. Now, with the latest developments in social business (the application of social networking in a business context), businesses are able to overcome some of the issues of rigidity and lack of engagement with knowledge management systems. So says Lim Swee Cheang, CEO of the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore, in conversation with Mark Hanny, IBM VP of Ecosystem... [More]
AWPL have taken their experience of working with insurance clients across Asia and boiled this into a solution which offers a layer of created processes, templates and integration points with IBM's BPM and FileNet product lines.
What is the value to the customer?
Deployments which would have taken 1 or 2 years to complete can now be wrapped up in as little as 5 weeks, explains Sunil Savara of AWPL in conversation with Mark Hanny, IBM VP of Ecosystem Development.
When it comes to partnering with IBM, Sunil points out that... [More]
By 2017, CMOs will spend more on technology than CIOs according to a recent Gartner study, says Joe Panella of SapientNitro in this discussion with IBM VP of Ecosystem Development, Mark Hanny. Customers now demand an increasingly sophisticated, personalized shopping experience, and its the job of the CMO to meet this need, which involves sourcing the right infrastructure. Experts such as SapientNitro help CMOs navigate the technology space by offering both digital agency and system integrator skills. For instance, IBM's SmarterCommerce... [More]
As Stefan Crisp, Product Marketing Manager at Pronto points out in this interview with Mark Hanny, IBM VP of Ecosystem Development, their solutions concentrate on taking enterprise-grade business intelligence such as IBM Cognos and making this available to smaller organizations that may not have been exposed to business intelligence before.
They simplify the installation process by offering out-of-the-box integration and data modeling which puts analytics into the hands of line-of-business managers, for instance to understand how much... [More]
In this fascinating discussion with IBM VP of Ecosystem Development Mark Hanny, Sunil Subramanian of EDC Creative explains how museums are moving away from static exhibits towards immersive experiences fueled by gestures and augmented reality that brings the subject to life using the latest technologies. For instance in the upcoming KSCA cricket Museum and Experience Center in Karnataka - India, EDC is proposing to create the first of its kind “Hall of Fame” with 3D holographic cricketing legends, allowing fans a degree of interaction not... [More]
The fact that we now have access to excellent connected digital devices, whether they be smartphones, PCs, tablets or other devices, has revolutionized healthcare, allowing us to receive treatment wherever we are. Therefore healthcare providers are turning to experts such as Napier Healthcare to help them create environments in which patients feel comfortable and secure using their digital technology to access healthcare services. For instance Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems make it easier for patients to know about their personal... [More]
How does a bank offer personalized offers to millions of customers on the fly? By leveraging the collective wisdom of the bank (all the knowledge across the institution that can contribute to picking the best offer for each customer) to deliver extreme real-time intelligence. Sound like the stuff of science fiction? As CustomerXPs CEO Rivi Varghese explained in conversation with Mark Hanny, IBM VP of Ecosystem Development, infrastructure such as the IBM PureApplication System has a major role to play. Older systems can be replaced or... [More]
Customer needs in banking are changing. Customers now expect warmth and personalized service when they enter a bank. Online this translates into an engaging omni-channel experience with personalized offers. Banks therefore need to have data on individual customer activity that they can access in real-time, says Pedro E. Morales of Grupo PISA. This level of service is transforming the business infrastructure which underpins core banking applications. So in spite of the regulation and compliance, banks are now beginning to look at the Cloud,... [More]
Clients in the analytics space are now maturing. Rather than just observing insights from an analytics package, they now want to see how those insights can be integrated into other applications to derive real, measurable benefits. So says Richard Johnson, Sales Director, Cortell New Zealand in conversation with Mark Hanny, IBM VP for Ecosystem Development. Cortell specialize in business intelligence solutions, adding value to enterprise packages such as Cognos TM1: offering documentation through their QUBEdocs package to supplement the... [More]