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Pinned topic IBM Midwest Academic Initiative February 2012 Update: Sam Palmisano Lisbon Council message, Focus Topic Cloud Computing Including Faculty Spotlights, Articles, Vidoes, Software, Knowledge Paths and Courseware Updates

‏2012-03-06T15:37:30Z |

Welcome to February 2012!  Fishermen in Italy use cloud computing to drive 25% increases in their income and a 70% reduction in time to market is an example of cloud computing being used around the world resulting in double digit supply-side and demand-side positive impacts.  For new higher education leaders who are receiving this update for the first time, welcome to the team as we leverage resources outlined in this update to investigate, update or create new curriculum based on topics like cloud computing.   For those who are used to getting this update every month, thank you for your feedback and use cases.  Now let's get into one leader's perspective on the need for these types of statements to be the "expected" results across economies.

I recently watched the 28 minute video of Sam Palmisano at the Lisbon Council.  I printed the transcript to share with University and business leaders in the midwest. I was even more encouraged when finishing a discussion with students last night they asked where they could listen to the entire speech. This video provides a viewpoint on what is needed by major markets such as Europe, North America and Japan to meet the "higher expectations for everything".  Here is the summary with the video:

Palmisano on 21st Century Innovation and Leadership February 2012
Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman of IBM, and one of the most iconic and visionary business leaders of our time, delivered The 2012 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture, the Lisbon Council’s flagship event on innovation. In his speech entitled Now It Gets Interesting: Global Integration Act II, he discussed ways in which innovation itself is changing, as well as the new kinds of leadership that it requires. He also explored how long-term management approaches and systems thinking can lay the foundation for Europe’s future growth. John Bell, head of cabinet of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation and science, and Robert Madelin, director-general for information society and media at the European Commission, served as discussants.

Samuel J. Palmisano at the Lisbon Council: The 2012 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture
Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman of IBM, delivers The 2012 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture to the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank, on "Now It Gets Interesting: Global Integration Act II." The full text of the lecture is available on the Lisbon Council website at .


To help keep this in perspective we have two faculty spotlight members this month highlighting  their use of incorporating Cloud Computing into their curriculum.  I have included a brief summary of each and the link for you to see the complete write-up of their use of Cloud Computing in their classrooms:

Spotlight on Dr. Eitel Lauria
More software to more students through cloud computing
Dr. Eitel Lauria

Associate Professor and Graduate Director of IS
School of Computer Science and Mathematics
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Dr. Lauria's areas of interest include Data Management, Information Decision Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Quality, Data Mining Statistical Machine Learning and probabilistic expert systems.  Right now, in his business intelligence and business analytics courses at Marist College, Dr. Lauria's students can use a wide variety of products —such as Cognos, Cognos TM1, SPSS Modeler, DB2, and Infosphere Warehouse — for their lab exercises. He credits the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), a cloud computing environment at Marist College, as the reason he has been able to provide so many state-of-the art, industry-strength tools to both on-campus and remote students.

Spotlight on Dr. Praveen Rao
Early adopter of cloud technologies
Dr. Praveen Rao

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Electrical Engineering
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri USA
Dr. Rao's research interests are in the areas of data management and health informatics.  Dr. Praveen Rao understands that cloud technology will play a significant role in the future of enterprise computing, and he believes it is important to train students with skills relevant to the industry and engage them early. Therefore, it is no surprise that Dr. Rao was one of the first professors to be accepted into the IBM Academic Skills Cloud pilot program.  Through this program, he has been able to incorporate an understanding of cloud technologies in his courses and, more importantly, provide his students with hands-on experience. He has designed projects in his graduate courses to use a cloud computing infrastructure and reports that his students "...are thrilled to learn the latest technologies that will prepare them for the software industry."

A new cloud computing teaching topic was added to the IBM Academic Initiative recently.   This provides a central location for of cloud computing resources to be used in the classroom.   From this one source faculty can learn about the cloud, teach the cloud curriculum as well as connect with others.

There are approximately 233 cloud computing articles/videos available from the above link to use as part of your cloud computing curriculum.  Here are three selected from that collection:

Cloud-based education, Part 2: High-performance computing for education--Economics, availability, architecture, and scale
So what does High Performance Computing(HPC) have to do with cloud computing? While there are many definitions of cloud computing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) notes that cloud computing must have on-demand self service, network access, pooling of resources, elasticity to scale up and down, and metered services. On-demand self service with elasticity to scale up resources for compute-intensive applications is why cloud-based HPC is catching on and removing barriers to entry for startup companies and researchers globally.

Turbotech: Top tech trends--Scott Laningham (, Podcast Editor, IBM developerWorks   (YouTube 23 minute video)
Scott Laningham talks to Todd (Turbotech) Watson about the top 10 tech trends. These include social biz, analytics, Angry Birds, cloud, and contextaware computing.
Scott, hosts developerWorks podcasts, was previously editor of developerWorks newsletters. Prior to IBM, he was an award-winning reporter and director for news programming featured on Public Radio International, a freelance writer for the American Communications Foundation and CBS Radio, and a songwriter/musician.

Secure virtual machine instances in the cloud--Security considerations when provisioning in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
The Internet is a very hostile place for a server to be running. Security is a crucial element of any deployment of compute resources within an enterprise and even more important when moving those resources beyond the physical walls of an enterprise. With the growth of cloud-based infrastructures, sometimes inexperienced or unaware users do not consider how important security is in a public cloud. In this article, the authors discuss some of the topics which need to be considered when a virtual machine (VM) is provisioned in IBM® SmartCloud Enterprise.

As we continue to hear more and more about cloud computing, below are three videos which give IBM clients perspective on why we are hearing so much and what is potentially meant to them:  

3:06 IBM Cloud Solutions -- Bari Fishing Industry by IBMCloud
4:29 eBioscience: Cloud Thought Leadership in Biotech by IBMCloud
2:50 IBM client testimonial: Sonus Networks by IBMCloud 2,180

I am including the below video as this month I have been getting more questions on the Services around the cloud environments being developed:
Learn about a client's experience using the foundational platform technologies that are used in IBM SmartCloud Application Services.

IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that enables you to quickly build and easily manage a low-touch, highly scalable cloud for your students to use. It runs on the Linux OS, can be deployed within hours, and includes automated provisioning, parallel scalability, integrated fault tolerance, comprehensive image management, and analytics capabilities.
Search for part number CRGF5ML in our Academic Initiative Software Catalog. The Information Center explains how to plan, install, configure, administer, and use this cloud solution.
Academic Initiative Software Catalog IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Information Center

In recent months, it has become more evident that students, professionals, students, university leaders, professionals and more individuals see the need for continued skills development.  With that in mind, IBM created KnowledgePaths as part of the IBM DeveloperWorks repository.   This link provides the Cloud Computing Knowledge Path(and below I provide additional details on even more topics covered in the IBM Knowledge Paths repository):
Cloud computing: Fundamentals--Concepts, benefits, risks, and considerations for moving to the cloud

Cloud computing: Introduction to Infrastructure as a Service

Cloud computing: Introduction to Platform as a Service

Cloud computing: Introduction to Software as a Service


(CLD01) Cloud Computing and Service Management 22 Mar 2010 Cloud Computing is an emerging paradigm for consumption and delivery of IT based services, based on concepts derived from consumer internet services, like self-service, apparently unlimited or elastic resources and flexible sourcing options. This course addresses the technical foundations of cloud computing, and the business models associated with it.  We will start by looking at virtualization and service management as the technical underpinnings, then examine infrastructure services and platform services, with a particular focus on emerging programming models for the cloud. This course addresses the trade-offs made between consistency and availability, as well as extensions to ‘traditional’ programming models. This course also looks at the life-cycle of applications in the cloud, as well as some of the challenges of Software as a Service, like multi-tenancy.
Skill Level:  Advanced
Format:       Other
Language:  English
(CLD02) Cloud Computing and Storage 15 Nov 2011 Cloud computing is a game changer in the IT industry, promising an optimum of flexibility and economy. It is high on the agenda of senior IT professionals and managers. But what is it really? Is it new technology, a new deployment method for IT, a new IT payment option, or a new service methodology? In fact, it is all of this, and even more. This module takes a close look at the technology enabling cloud computing, the organizational implications for IT providers and their customers, and the necessary steps to reach this fascinating goal.
Skill Level:  Introductory
Format:       Other
Language:  English
(WS009) Fundamentals of Cloud Computing 03 May 2011 This course teaches the basic concepts and terminology of cloud computing; the various service delivery models of a cloud computing architecture; and the differences between public, private, hybrid, and community cloud deployments. The course also covers the security challenges of cloud deployments, the IBM cloud computing architecture, and various IBM cloud offerings.
A number of self-running and hands-on demonstrations show how to access and use cloud-based instances, such as the IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud and the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst appliance.
Skill Level:  Introductory
Format:       Other
Language:  English

In creating the above, I recognized the need  to highlight this new area called KnowledgePaths that IBM has created to deliver on-line education to promote continuous learning.  This training can be used in by individuals or incorporated into a broader curriculum.   Knowledge paths are focused learning guides that bring together diverse training resources for IT professionals:
   How-to articles
   Free trial software
   Discussion forums
   Educational videos and podcasts
   Hands-on exercises
These resources are specifically chosen by subject matter experts, and arranged in sequence to guide you from conceptual awareness to task mastery. Here are the KnowledgePaths currently available:
Cloud computing skills
Industries skills
Java technology skills
Linux skills
Open source skills
Web development skills
XML skills
AIX and UNIX skills
Business Analytics skills
Information Management skills
Rational skills
WebSphere Application Server information roadmaps
WebSphere BPM and application connectivity information roadmaps
Other IBM Software information roadmaps

There are more cloud resources available.  This summary is intended to highlight key resources as a beginning point.  If you or members of your university want to discuss the IBM Academic Initiative Cloud resources in more details, please do give me a call. 

In visiting the so many universities in the midwest, I have seen a great deal of creative work being done everyday day by faculty and our university leaders. The two faculty highlighted at the top of this note represents two great examples of what has already been done in the current curriculum around cloud computing. 

As you continue to leverage these resources, this year we will be reintroducing more ways for IBM Academic Initiative faculty to share ideas, courseware, materials, etc.  Please do let me know if you want to be part the early team to participate in this collaborative next step.

Thank you for what you do each and every day in education.  As Sam says in his Libson Council speech,  everyday we meet people who are working hard to make a you.  Now if only Ginni would let me use Watson to find parking spots on campus!

I look forward to all my March and April campus visits already scheduled. See you on campus!

Valinda Scarbro Kennedy
IBM Academic Initiative
Relationship Manager
630-747-8807 (c)