Mobile is redefining the way organizations engage with customers, reconfiguring how work is done, and redesigning products and solutions being offered today. In an environment where mobile technology is becoming increasingly prevalent, organizations need to become a mobile enterprise now.
Earlier this week, IBM announced the IBM MobileFirst portfolio of mobile solutions at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. IBM MobileFirst allows you to connect all your resources to offer end-to-end mobile solutions. This comprehensive portfolio offers mobile solutions that provide:
- Strategy & Design Services: explore, assess, plan - create a customized mobile platform to match your current and future business and technology needs
- Platform: designed to offer flexibility and support to improve speed and delivery of mobile apps and multichannel web experiences
- Management: manage your mobile devices, data, applications, expenses, and services
- Security: gain peace of mind about your network's security while offering your employees the flexibility of BYOD (bring your own device)
- Analytics: redefine the end-to-end mobile customer experience
- Development and Integration Services: develop, deploy, integrate, manage and optimize technology in your mobile enterprise
The annual IBM Tech Trends study results have been published by developerWorks
and the IBM Center for Applied Insights
. Last year, the results showed that analytics, mobile, cloud, and social were the key technologies being developed. The 2012 results represent responses from over 1,200 IT decision-makers and 700 academics (both educators and students).
- Information about the state of analytics, mobile, cloud and social technologies.
- Who is really embracing newer technologies.
- How companies respond to opportunities and risks from new technologies.
- Why hiring for key IT skills is becoming increasingly difficult.
- What are the skill gaps in technology.
About IBM developerWorksibm.com/developerworks
IBM developerWorks is an industry-leading, award-winning technical resource and professional network for the developer community. Four million IT professionals, faculty and students across 195 countries use developerWorks each month to learn about advances in IT and open standards, develop skills, solve problems and work collaboratively with experts and peers.
About the IBM Center for Applied Insightsibm.com/smarter/cai/value
The IBM Center for Applied Insights introduces new ways of thinking, working and leading. Through evidence-based research, the Center arms leaders with pragmatic guidance and the case for change.
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IBM MobileFirst Put your Business in Motion - Connect to Win
Based on nearly 1,000 customer engagements, 10 mobile-related acquisitions in the last four years, a team of thousands of mobile experts and 270 patents in wireless innovations, IBM MobileFirst offers an array of solutions that helps businesses connect, secure, manage and develop mobile networks, infrastructures and applications. By bringing our mobile portfolio under this new name, we're signaling IBM's unified approach to help our clients and partners to deliver best-in-class solutions, take advantage of more commercial opportunities, and provide superior customer service.
Join us in the IBM Innovation Center, located at 3600 Steeles Avenue East in Markham, Ontario on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to see IBM MobileFirst, a new portfolio of mobile products and services announced at the Mobile World Congress. We will review the new capabilities for developing and managing mobile applications, and how these can help you expand your business.
You will also discover how to:
Use mobile to create new revenue streams and a competitive advantage.
Build mobile applications to transform the client, partner and employee value chain.
Capitalize on every interaction, every device, everywhere -- and learn how to make the next interaction event smarter and "impactful".
Date : June12, 2013
Time: 09:00 a.m. - 01:30 p.m. EST
Address: 3600 Steeles Avenue East
IBM Canada , Auditorium 3600
REGISTER AT https://ibm.biz/BdxJvH
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Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on our extensive software portfolio.
In practical terms, this means that cloud applications built on Bluemix will:
Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning
Allow for flexible capacity
Help to address any lack of internal tech resources
Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Accelerate exploration of new workloads – social, mobile, big data
What can you create using Bluemix? Check out this Android App for World Cup 2014 Football Fantasy League
Want to learn more about Bluemix and how to build Apps on Bluemix?
Bluemix Advantage: Developers and business leaders alike will benefit from hearing how Bluemix and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, cost sensitive environment - using new capabilities and technologies geared towards the cloud. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to differentiate and leap-frog your competition with IBM Bluemix and SoftLayer.
Bluemix Hands-On Workshops: Take the opportunity to build and deploy applications and services like DevOps and Data in a matter of hours on Bluemix (built on SoftLayer)!
As part of this workshop you will be able to:
Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (Bluemix DevOps Services)
Work with Bluemix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
Help shape Bluemix with your input and feedback
Data Management Services hands-on lab
Bring your own simple application or use our sample labs and learn how to build and deploy on Bluemix.
Join us in the following locations:
Vancouver - July 24, 2014 - downtown venue TBC - Bluemix Advantage Workshop - http://ibm.co/1oCeJjL
Vancouver - July 24, 2014 - downtown venue TBC - Bluemix Hands-On Workshop - http://ibm.co/1obhbh3
Calgary - September 16, 2014 - 227 – 11th Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2R 1R9 - Bluemix Advantage Workshop http://ibm.co/1iaMLJh
Calgary - September 16, 2014 - 227 – 11th Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2R 1R9 - Bluemix Hands-On Workshop http://ibm.co/T7MCul
Edmonton - October 29, 2014 - 10044 - 108 St., Suite 141, Edmonton AB T5J 3S7 - Bluemix Advantage Workshop http://ibm.co/1jDBhZz
Edmonton - October 29, 2014 - 10044 - 108 St., Suite 141, Edmonton AB T5J 3S7 - Bluemix Hands-On Workshop http://ibm.co/1uL90pp
For an overview of all locations and all Bluemix events please visit - http://ibm.co/1pmS2Mv
For more information on IBM Bluemix please visit - http://ibm.co/1kBGhT8
What is the IBM Social Sentiment Index?
There are many forms of social data in today's world, blogs, online forums, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
This has allowed everyone to be able to share thoughts and data and to influence opinions on products and services.
IBM has established the IBM Social Sentiment Index to amass and gauge public opinion from a range of social media.
By applying analytics and natural processing technologies, anyone who needs to find out more about consumer preferences,
market trends and brand awareness can do so with the help of this Index.
Recently on April 2, 2013 there was a study done using the IBM Social Sentiment index on Analysis of Traffic in Five
Canadian Cities. It appears that twitter is a forum to cope with commuting stress for some drivers.
IBM used analytics technology and Big Data to analyze the information collected through twitter from a large number
of comments that will be able to help cities plan their infrastructure to cope with growing congestion.
To read more on the recent traffic study and on the IBM Social Sentiment Index visit: ibm.biz/Bdxppi
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Edge2013 will offer 4.5 days of world-class technical education for IT professionals and practitioners including:
350+ technical sessions and hands on labs geared for novices to experts, with the ability to test drive the latest technology.
Exciting general sessions focused on Smarter Computing innovations and real-world success stories.
World class certification available on-site to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions.
A comprehensive and expanded Solution Center giving you access to the latest storage, System x and PureSystems solutions from IBM and our sponsors.
There are 3 different tracks at Edge2013. General sessions are open to all conference attendees. ExecutiveEdge participation is by IBM nomination and approval. TechnicalEdge attendees may add ExecutiveEdge sessions to their agenda.
There is something for everyone.
Become a next generation MSP at Edge2013. An exclusive event for MSPs to learn, share and network.
The MSP Summit at IBM Edge2013 is a two-day session focused on specific business and technology topics important to an MSP’s success. This exclusive event is designed to create new business opportunities and accelerate your growth. Hear from IBM executives about new incentives, offerings, marketing programs and more. Share your business challenges and best practices in our many sessions and panel discussions. Network among your peers, clients, and IBMers.
IBM’s fast growing ecosystem of MSP partners includes VARs, ISVs, VADs, CSPs, Telcos, System Integrators, and more.
Get Certified at Edge2013 and Save!
Take advantage of certification testing at Edge2013 and save up to 50% versus the standard pricing offered at Prometric centers. The Professional Certification Program from IBM provides skilled sales and technical professionals an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in business solutions to the world. The program is designed to validate skills and proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Professional certification instills confidence in your employer. Your skills have been tested and demonstrated, enabling you to deliver higher levels of service and technical expertise than non-certified employees and move on a faster career track. Professional certification puts you in control of your career.
The Edge media center contains resources that help remind you of that key technique you learned or introduce you to breakthroughs you may have missed. All organized into the easy-to-browse libraries. To access the Media center ... http://www.ibm.com/systems/edge/mediacenter.html
IBM wants to team with entrepreneurs to build a smarter planet.
Are you an early stage startup?
Does your solution address issues enterprise customers are facing in the Smarter Planet industries? If so, IBM Global Entrepreneur can provide the support and resources to help you change the way the world works.
To find out more about our Global Entrepreneur Program visit us at http://ibm.co/1dQ3xuy
Here is a short video that talks about the SmartCamps which are a part of our Global Entrepreneur Program and the Mentoring sessions in general.
Throughout the summer there are many sporting events to both watch and participate in. One of my personal favourites is Tennis.
Wimbledon is one of the most well known tennis event. From a technical standpoint it was extremely well done and the IBM tools used to "make it happen" are being implemented in many businesses today. Watch how IBM uses Mobile, Cloud and Big Data Offerings to make the Wimbledon experience much richer for all involved.
Are you a pacesetter?
The 3 key take aways to help You become a pacesetter are:
Understanding the Pacesetters secrets. Download the picture book: https://ibm.biz/IBMBTT14
Leverage the data in the study and experiment Developing an App on Bluemix : https://ibm.biz/biztechjam
Register now for Watson Analytics Beta! This solution brings predictive capability to the non techy! http://www.watsonanalytics.com
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You are invited to SportsHack, on November 14-16, 2014, the first Wearable Technology Hackathon in Toronto where the main theme is Sports. Get inspired in this 3-day event by working with fellow hackers at the former home of hockey!
From one of the most iconic buildings in Toronto, the former Maple Leaf Gardens; IBM, Ryerson University, and We Are Wearables Toronto (WWTO) have joined forces to bring you SportsHack. This event will allow participants to work with the coolest wearable, Cloud and Analytics technologies applied in the world of sports.
Hack Sports with the Myo ( Thalmic Labs ), the Kiwi ( Kiwi Wearables ), and the Muse ( InteraXon ); three devices from local companies in Ontario driving innovation in the wearable space; or bring your own wearable and hack sports!
You will be able to rapidly develop your apps on the Cloud using IBM Bluemix ( bluemix ) Platform As a Service (PAAS), and integrate your solution with Big Data, Analytics, Mobile, and many more services available with this platform.
Register at http://www.sportshackweekend.org/
To learn more about the Myo, Kiwi, Muse and Bluemix before the day of the Hackaton join us on November 4th at the DMZ.
Register for this session at http://bit.ly/1Dfy11W
IBM Social Media Evangelist Sandy Carter on Business Transformation
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's 2013 and the start of a great new year. What are your new year's resolutions? Here at the IIC Toronto, we resolve to continue providing our Business Partners with the resources, training, and events to best assist you with your business and to build on our existing relationship with you.
We've got a busy year ahead with events and training built around the 2012 Tech Trends Report finding that the key areas of interest are analytics, mobile, cloud, and social. We'd love to hear from you, our Business Partners, on topics that are of particular interest to you, or if you are looking for more in-depth coverage of particular topics. Tell us how we can help you succeed in 2013!
Upcoming Events for IBM Business Partners
January 27 - 31
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Great Interview with the Design team on IBM Bluemix!!
In March 2014 at SXSW Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager for Ecosystem Development caught up with a number of the young rockstars from the Austin design studio, and asked them to explain the process for the design of IBM Bluemix.
To learn more about Bluemix and play in the Sandbox visit http://Bluemix.net
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an international 48-hour code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators gather to build applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions in four categories: Humans, Earth, Outer Space and Robotics.
This year on April 11-12, more than 10,000 developers are expected to participate across 138 cities and online through the virtual challenge.
IBM is offering Bluemix as a cloud development platform for the NASA Virtual Space App Challenge to help developers rapidly build applications for the challenge.
In addition to the prizes from NASA, IBM will award one prize per hackathon location for the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix. Selected winners will receive $12K of Cloud credit including high-level technical support.
For additional information on the challenge, please visit https://ibm.biz/spaceapp2015.
For participating cities (including Cambridge!), please visit the official Space Apps Challenge website ibm.biz/spaceapp15.
Check out what other cities are doing via Twitter: #spaceapps @spaceapps #bluemix
At this time of the year we just wanted to take the time to wish everyone all the best of the season!!
May your 2014 be as successful as you wish!
Thank you for reading our blog!
We look forward to being a part of your world next year.