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IBM and Box will combine best-in-class technologies and resources from both companies. What does this mean for developers? IBM will integrate Box APIs into enterprise apps and web services, tying them to the Cloud Ecosystem and its developers.
Box APIs on Bluemix: Developers can integrate Box APIs into their enterprise apps on Bluemix.
New Content Rich Apps
and Solutions: Develop new content-rich web apps and mobile solutions.
Developers will be able to easily integrate Box APIs into their mobile apps through IBM Bluemix, with new content services in several upcoming IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps coming soon.
“This extensive alliance between Box and IBM opens up an exciting opportunity for both companies to reach new markets and deliver unified solutions and services that can redefine industries, advance secure collaboration and revolutionize enterprise mobility." − Aaron Levie,
Co-founder and CEO of
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, deployment and management.
Stephanie points out that the insurance industry is particularly interesting: there is the potential to cut down on paperwork and processing time, whilst maintaining a system of record through the use of electronic signatures.
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Today, there are two key trends in successful mobile strategies: the use of open source and the growing use of Swift. Open source is a core design principle of IBM Cloud’s offerings and mobile back-end integrations, while Swift creates new opportunities for developers to build smarter apps for the enterprise. Learn more here.
What is Swift?
Swift is a leading, rapidly growing development language that lets developers build amazing mobile client apps for iOS devices, and now other mobile operating systems. Swift enjoys widespread adoption and support across the technology market, and among developers and enterprises.
In the near future, organizations will benefit from a single language, Swift, being used to build applications on multiple client and server platforms. Collaboration across an open community of developers allows developers to share skills that will help them increase their productivity and allow them to focus more on the experiences they build with their apps.
What does this mean for developers and enterprises?
By investing in Swift, developers and enterprises can enjoy:
Increased productivity and delivery of best in class mobile applications
Enhanced skills for Enterprise development teams and the applications they build and seek
Limitless potential innovations that can come out of the move to open source from the community
The availability of Swift’s programming language as open source is great news for developers and business leaders alike by accelerating the path to mobile productivity.
Swift is safe, fast, and interactive. It’s easy to learn and use, thus lowering development time and the costs of employee training. With the release of open source, Swift developers have an opportunity to contribute to the language, create new packages, and expand its usage beyond just client-side devices into server side development.
Swift @ IBM
At IBM, we’ve experienced the value of working with Swift firsthand in creating industry-leading apps at a rapid pace. Today, over 500 IBM engineers are actively engaged in essential cloud open source efforts supporting the development of open cloud offerings and innovations.
IBM has one of the largest Swift development teams in the world. This team has been highly productive building some of the most compelling mobile user experiences, market-leading mobile applications in the world — all on Swift. We know firsthand the value that these skills have brought our own enterprise and our customers.
The IBM Cloud is open by design, supporting OpenStack, Docker, and Cloud Foundry aligned to our vision of the “Connected Cloud” for future usiness transformation. Participating in the Swift community continues IBM’s commitment to open source technologies, and to that end, we’ve launched a developerWorks community dedicated to best practices with Swift and more.
Mobile banking has two key challenges: providing secure access to information and providing easy visibility and access to that information on the limited real estate of a mobile device.
IBM MobileFirst offers a comprehensive set of mobile products and services to increase efficiencies and gain a competitive advantage. Security for mobile devices and applications is a critical challenge where voice based authentication can be used for increased speed and customer satisfaction.
IBM Worklight has been integrated with speech solutions from Nuance to bring exciting new features to mobile banking. Your users can securely access their accounts using their voice as a password. Using voice commands, users have a more natural and interactive way of accessing functions and information that may not be easily implemented or discovered on a mobile device.
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The explosive growth in mobile, IoT, and web applications demands that IT organizations innovate and modernize at the same time, balancing investment in new and existing resources.
With WebSphere on Cloud, you can create new applications and scalable APIs on hybrid cloud as the cornerstone for continuous business innovation. Enhance existing on-premises applications to increase their value. Optimize your entire environment and take advantage of “pay-as-you-go” pricing to lower overall costs
Create new applications quickly with the IBM Bluemix cloud platform, providing access to 100s of cloud services. Create scalable APIs that connect mobile, IoT and web apps to enterprise Java apps and much more.
Enhance your existing on-premises WebSphere applications to take advantage of hundreds of innovative cloud services optimized for industry, data, and cognitive needs.
Optimize existing Java applications by moving them to the cloud in minutes, not days. Pay as you go to gain savings up to 30% or more.
JavaOne is the premier conference for Java developers and the community to learn, network, and experience innovation first hand in technical sessions, hands-on labs, industry keynotes, and more.
The JavaOne conference draws together the Java Ecosystems of developers, architects, startups, University students, and the next generation of developers from local high schools. They all participate in a week long technology sandbox of technology learning and collaboration.
~7000 Java developers engaged during community keynote
12 Technical Sessions& 1 Hands-On Lab
Booth in the developer pavilion
IBM delivered the "Community Keynote" to thousands of Java developers, highlighting IBM's rich history of Java innovation and community support for 20 years, and detailing IBM's Cloud technology! Attendees experienced our robust cloud technology, Bluemix, and awareness of several our most interesting programs, including developerWorks Premium.
BMC Software helps businesses derive insights from the technologies they use.
As an example April Hickel from BMC explains how major US retailers use BMC solutions to monitor applications across the supply chain, whether that be communicating between a distribution center and head office, or getting information to a store and back. BMC can monitor the SLAs for those applications and ensure the applications are optimized and running efficiently.
April points out that they are particularly interested in the latest IBM MobileFirst announcements as “Everybody wants better access to their applications on their phone or iPad”.
BMC works across IBM’s mainframe and middleware stack covering everything from DataPower appliances to WebSphere Message Broker.
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 the Center and see for yourself. Why?… Because Africa is quietly rising as one of the last great untapped and underserved growth markets. There are challenges to solve and a growing consumer base leap frogging traditional industry maturation cycles, providing a great opportunity for all IBM partners worldwide.
Here, I want to share insights for partners around the top 3 industry and capability opportunities.
To provide key insights for ISV partners around the world, I invited Lynn Kesterson-Townes to join me to share inside perspectives on the opening event at the Center and opportunities for partners. Who is Lynn? Lynn is the project lead for the opening event, overseeing all aspects of the planning, content, executive engagement, partner participation and the like. From where she sits, Lynn has gained unique insights into the opportunities in Nairobi, in Kenya, and across East and Southern Africa.
The priority market opportunities to highlight are:
Looking at greatest demand around industry solutions, we can see the top three areas are Banking, Government and Telco.
Looking at greatest demand around leadeship capabilities, we can see the top three areas are Smarter Cities (Traffic Management), Mobile and Big Data.
For partners with solutions focused around these three industries and these capabilities, I would encourage you to consider market expansion into Africa and to consider leveraging the IBM Innovation Center and our partner teams there as an entry point into the area.
For a deeper view into the Nairobi IBM Innovation Center, see this CNN video on the Center, highlighting some of the key challenges the Center is addressing, such as the incredible traffic congestion in Nairobi.
Recommendations - Top 3 Steps:
Engage with your IBM partners representative to sit down and discuss ‘landing’ opportunities in Africa - how you can leverage the center to expand into the broader Africa market.
Integrate this into you joint IBM business planning to outline your approach and target business outcomes - focus around the key capabilities.
Consider attending the launch event - better understand the opportunities and connect with the Center, worldwide executives, and regional partners and clients who will be attending the launch event.
As we get closer to the launch event, I will share additional information and recommendations on how to get connected in the area.
Related to an earlier post on leveraging the ecosystem peer-to-peer networks, I would also encourage ISV partners to think about connecting with IBM Distributors, Resellers and System Integrators in the region as additional channels to market.
Selected from hundreds of submissions, these finalists stood out for their ability to tap into the powerful cognitive computing capabilities of Watson to build innovative mobile consumer and business apps that span health & fitness, healthcare, retail, and education.
On Monday, June 2nd, at IBM Innovate in Orlando the Top 5 finalists will present their ideas to judges in a live-streamed event that begins at 5:30 pm ET. If you can’t attend IBM Innovate, our live-stream feed is a great opportunity for you to watch the action! Then, on Tuesday, June 3rd, three of the finalists will be named the Grand Prize winners!