Monday, February 16, 2015

Can't make it out to Las Vegas for IBM InterConnect 2015? Check out InterConnectGO, the FREE interactive digital platform for the Premiere Cloud and Mobile Conference!

See the Premier Cloud & Mobile Conference in a whole new way with InterConnectGO, the digital interactive platform and second screening experience for InterConnect 2015. Wherever your interests lie - cloud, mobile, DevOps, security - we've got you covered, no matter where you are.

InterConnectGO, hosted by popular gamer and video star Veronica Belmont, will feature three full days of live streaming video that you can access on your laptop or mobile device anywhere, anytime, including:
  • General sessions and keynotes on the Main Tent Channel
  • In-depth interviews with experts and influencers
  • dev@ sessions and Ignite talks
  • theCUBE live interviews with InterConnect tech athletes
  • Product demos straight from the Expo floor
  • Check the Schedule Pages for updates throughout InterConnect.

InterConnectGO is powered by the CrowdChat Platform, featuring social content from the InterConnect community, piped real-time by the CrowdChat API to your laptop or mobile device. The Go Social page features Trending Hashtags, Trending Stories and a Leaderboard, which are all dynamic, on-the-fly data feeds created specifically for IBM InterConnect.

Do you have colleagues who cannot attend? Encourage them to register for InterConnectGO for the free digital experience.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Five Reasons to be Excited about IBM InterConnect 2015

The following was originally published on BM's Expert Integrated Systems Blog
by Sergio Varga.  30 January 2015.
This February, one of the major worldwide IT conferences will be held in Las Vegas - IBM InterConnect 2015.

The conference will feature state of the art technologies and solutions, from IBM z Systems to cognitive computing. There will be live experiences, along with proof of concepts, a huge number of specialists, live demonstrations and presentations from experts and clients. There will also be labs and hands-on activities, including panel discussions and more.

That sounds like it will be amazing! I think you should be as excited as I am. Here are five reasons that I can think of:
  1. Heterogeneous technology. IBM is one of the biggest companies that bases its portfolio on a huge heterogeneuos set of technology. At InterConnect, you can learn, watch, discuss and play with IBM z Systems, IBM Power Systems, IBM PureSystems offerings, cognitive computing, DevOps, mobile, security, and a whole lot more. It will be a great opportunity to visit the PureSystems booth #400 and learn more about how to combine simplicity, data and the cloud.
  2. Broad customer presentations and solutions. A number of customers in the various areas of technology and business will be there presenting their solutions and how they used technology to fulfill their business needs. You can discuss benefits, lessons learned and experiences with the technologies they worked with.
  3. Cutting-edge technology. State of the art technology will be presented, and you will be able to discuss it with specialists. This can help assuage your doubts and give you the opportunity to decide between potential solutions. It may even help you gain a better understanding of the trends in the industry, the future of IT and the next generation of technology.
  4. Targeted for all audiences. The conference is targeted for a broad audience, including specialists, architects, IT Managers, CIOs and more. Chances are that everyone can find something there.
  5. Las Vegas. Who doesn’t want to visit Vegas? You don’t need to be an IBM enthusiast, but simply a technology enthusiast. If you’re looking for solutions, a new way to solve a business problem or to learn about advances in IT, you should plan on being at the MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on February 22 through 26.
I am excited for the conference. What about you? Let me know your thoughts and follow me on Twitter @varga_sergio.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

IBM Workload Automation Webcast (Wed, Feb 4)

Dreaming of Dashboards: Workload Dashboard 2.0
Wednesday, February 04, 2015, Noon to 1pm Eastern Time

New Year, New Priorities! Is IT Cost reduction one of your top priorities in 2015? Do you envision a world where you can double or triple the productivity in the workplace? There is an easy solution: Automation.

IBM Workload Automation, also known as TWS (Tivoli Workload Scheduler) is your solution for these challenges. Available both on-premises and also as a service subscription with the new SaaS offering, IBM Workload Automation provides all organizations with the best fit solution for their business.

In this session we will focus on one of the main feature that will be released with the upcoming TWA release: the new Workload Dashboard 2.0! The new Workload Dashboard helps you monitor and manage your entire workload from a single point of access. Using it enables you to monitor jobs, workstations, critical jobs and much more from one or several engines (distributed and z/OS), with a single view. With the live demo included in the webcast, you will see all of these new features come to life. 

Register HERE to find out more about how IBM Workload Automation
is constantly evolving to match your needs.

Gabriele Barboni.  Gabriele is currently a Software Engineer and Developer for IBM Workload Automation . He has a background in computer science technologies. Gabriele specializes in design and development of web-oriented interfaces, in particular, during his experience in IBM, he gained strong skills on IBM Workload Scheduler, IBM Dynamic Workload Console and IBM Application Lab.

Monday, January 12, 2015

IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record in 2014

First Company to Exceed 7,000 Patents in a Year #1 on U.S. Patent List for 22nd Consecutive Year

ARMONK, N.Y. - 12 Jan 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014 -- marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

IBM inventors earned an average of more than 20 patents per day in 2014, propelling the company to become the first to surpass more than 7,000 patents in a single year.

“IBM's continued investment in research and development is key to driving the transformation of our company, as we look to capture the emerging opportunities represented by cloud, big data and analytics, security, social and mobile," said Ginni Rometty, IBM's chairman, president and CEO. "IBM's patent leadership over more than two decades demonstrates our enduring commitment to the kind of fundamental R&D that can solve the most daunting challenges facing our clients and the world.”

The company’s record-setting 2014 patent output was led by more than 3,000 patents – 40% of its annual total – covering a range of cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security inventions. Over the past five years, IBM has more than doubled its output of patents within these strategic growth areas and was the leading recipient of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security patents during this period.

IBM inventors also received more than 500 patents for inventions that will usher in the era of cognitive systems, including new Watson related cognitive technologies.

During IBM’s 22 years atop the patent list (1993-2014), the company’s inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

The Top Ten list of 2014 U.S. patent recipients* includes:
The company's 2014 patent count exceeded the combined totals of Accenture, Amazon, Google, HP, Intel and Oracle.

More than 8,500 IBMers residing in 46 states and territories and 43 countries are responsible for IBM's record breaking 2014 patent tally. IBM inventors who reside outside the U.S. contributed to more than 34% of the company's 2014 patents.

IBM's record-breaking 2014 patent output features thousands of inventions that will enable important cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security advancements, such as:
  • U.S. Patent #8,661,132: Enabling service virtualization in a cloud
  • U.S. Patent #8,874,638: Interactive analytics processing 
  • U.S. Patent #8,903,360: Mobile device validation 
  • U.S. Patent #8,706,648: Assessing social risk due to exposure from linked contacts
  • U.S. Patent #8,869,274: Identifying whether an application is malicious 
  • U.S. Patent #8,639,497: Natural language processing (‘NLP’)

For more information about IBM's patent leadership and some of the young inventors who contributed to the company’s 2014 patent production, please see:

Click here for a SlideShow.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Biological Bad Luck Blamed in Two-Thirds of Cancer Cases

The following was originally published by Reuters on January 1st, 2015.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking.

The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division are the prime culprits behind many cancer types.

They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian and brain cancer, could be explained largely by these random mutations - essentially biological bad luck.
The other nine types, including colorectal cancer, skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma and smoking-related lung cancer, were more heavily influenced by heredity and environmental factors like risky behavior or exposure to carcinogens.

Overall, they attributed 65 percent of cancer incidence to random mutations in genes that can drive cancer growth.
"When someone gets cancer, immediately people want to know why," said oncologist Dr. Bert Vogelstein of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who conducted the study published in the journal Science with Johns Hopkins biomathematician Cristian Tomasetti.

"They like to believe there's a reason. And the real reason in many cases is not because you didn't behave well or were exposed to some bad environmental influence, it's just because that person was unlucky. It's losing the lottery."

Tomasetti said harmful mutations occur for "no particular reason other than randomness" as the body's master cells, called stem cells, divide in various tissues.

Tomasetti said the study indicates that changing one's lifestyle and habits like smoking to avoid cancer risks may help prevent certain cancers, but may not be as effective for others.

"Thus, we should focus more research and resources on finding ways to detect such cancers at early, curable stages," Tomasetti added.

The researchers charted the cumulative number of lifetime divisions in the stem cells of a given tissue - for example, lungs or colon - and compared that to the lifetime cancer risk in that tissue.

Generally speaking, tissues that undergo more divisions - thus increasing the probability of random mutations - were more prone to tumors.

The study did not cover all cancer types. Breast and prostate cancer were excluded because the researchers were unable to ascertain reliable stem cell division rates.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very merry Christmas
and a happy, healthy New Year.

Happy Holidays from IBM

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unified Endpoint Management at IBM InterConnect 2015

InterConnect is IBM’s premier cloud and mobile conference in Las Vegas happening at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand from February 22 – 26, 2015. Explore the latest in Unified Endpoint Management with IBM Endpoint Manager and IBM MobileFirst Protect (MaaS360). We have a number of educational sessions planned for you including technical discussions, case-studies, hands-on labs and live demos.
Coca-Cola, Schlumberger, Stanford University, Motorola, Kroger and Bancroft are just a few of the many case studies that will be featured. Click Here to view the complete agenda by searching for “Cloud Infrastructure & IT Optimization” Stream and the “Unified Endpoint Management” Track. To view our MobileFirst Protect (MaaS360) sessions, search for "Mobile Enterprise" Stream and the "Protect & Manage Mobile Infrastructure" Track.  You can also view a .pdf here.

In addition to hearing your peers share their success with Unified Endpoint Management, you'll network with more than 20,000 attendees, industry experts, and IBM thought leaders at the event. This is your chance to build your industry expertise, enhance your portfolio of industry thought leaders and advance your career as an IT leader.

When you attend, you can earn a year's worth of professional education with more than 1,500 in-depth business and technical training sessions, 200+ hands-on labs, and hundreds of certifications spanning the entire IT lifecycle.

Save with the Early Bird discount!
Register by December 31 to save US$200 with the Early Bird discount.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apple & IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

Big Data Analytics & Security Capabilities Arrive on iPhone & iPad

CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York - 10 Dec 2014: Apple and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
"What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business — smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “Our collaboration combines IBM’s industry expertise and unmatched position in enterprise computing, with Apple’s legendary user experience and excellence in product design to lift the performance of a new generation of business professionals.”

“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done.”

In targeting key opportunities and priorities within industries, IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps take enterprise mobility a level deeper, helping employees access their company’s full capabilities wherever they interact with clients — faster, easier and more securely than ever before.

Built exclusively for iPhone and iPad, IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are delivered in a secure environment, embedded with analytics and linked to core enterprise processes. The apps can be customized for any organization and easily deployed, managed and upgraded via cloud services from IBM specifically for iOS devices, with security across the data, app and device. This first suite of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available across multiple industries, with additional apps being continuously designed and developed:

  • Plan Flight (Travel and Transportation) addresses the major expense of all airlines -- fuel -- permitting pilots to view flight schedules, flight plans, and crew manifests ahead of time, report issues in-flight to ground crews, and make more informed decisions about discretionary fuel.
  • Passenger+ (Travel and Transportation) empowers flight crews to offer an unmatched level of personalized services to passengers in-flight – including special offers, re-booking, and baggage information.
  • Advise & Grow (Banking and Financial Markets) puts bankers on premise with their small business clients, with secure authorization to access client profiles and competitive analyses, gather analytics-driven insights to make personalized recommendations, and complete secure transactions.
  • Trusted Advice (Banking and Financial Markets) allows advisors to access and manage client portfolios, gain insight from powerful predictive analytics -- in the client's kitchen or at the local coffee shop, rather than the advisor's office -- with full ability to test recommendations with sophisticated modeling tools all the way to complete, secure transactions.
  • Retention (Insurance) empowers agents with access to customers’ profiles and history, including an analytics-driven retention risk score as well as smart alerts, reminders, and recommendations on next best steps and facilitation of key transactions like collection of e-signatures and premiums.
  • Case Advice (Government) addresses the issue of workload and support among caseworkers who are making critical decisions, one family or situation at a time, on the go. The solution adjusts case priorities based on real-time analytics-driven insights, and assesses risk based on predictive analysis.
  • Incident Aware (Government) converts an iPhone into a vital crime prevention asset, presenting law enforcement officers with real-time access to maps and video-feeds of incident locations; information about victim status, escalation risk, and crime history; and improved ability to call for back-up and supporting services.
  • Sales Assist (Retail) enables associates to connect with customer profiles, make suggestions based on previous purchases and current selections, check inventory, locate items in-store, and ship out-of-store items.
  • Pick & Pack (Retail) combines proximity-based technology with back-end inventory systems for transformed order fulfillment.
  • Expert Tech (Telecommunications) taps into native iOS capabilities including FaceTime for easy access to expertise and location services for route optimization to deliver superior on-site service, more effective issue resolution and productivity as well as improved customer satisfaction.

"Mobile innovations are driving profound impact on how Citi delivers superior client experiences, particularly those that extend our enterprise expertise all the way to the point of customer contact,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “There’s terrific energy in our collaboration with IBM and Apple around the goal of equipping our professionals with mobile capability that will create new competitive advantage and enable us to re-imagine how we share our knowledge to improve the quality of life for our clients.

To supplement the IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, the partnership between Apple and IBM offers business customers additional levels of capability integrated for enterprise mobility, including:

  • Mobile Platform and Enterprise Integration – Leveraging IBM’s global industry consulting expertise, client experience design and enterprise systems integration from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix—IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.
  • Supply, activate and manage – Streamlined end-to-end procurement, deployment and lifecycle management -- at scale; along with cloud solutions for enterprise security, device management, and data and process integration. IBM Global Financing leasing options and services to allow organizations to keep pace with latest device releases.
  • AppleCare for the Enterprise  – Providing IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance for their devices from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM. 

For more information regarding the new Apple and IBM solutions, please visit or

About Apple

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

About IBM MobileFirst

IBM’s 6,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. Through IBM's partnership with Apple, the two organizations are transforming enterprise mobility with a new class of industry specific business apps. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

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