Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IBM Positioned as a Mobile Application Development Platform Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant

ARMONK, N.Y. - 15 Sep 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM as a Leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms.1

For the report, Gartner evaluated the IBM MobileFirst application development portfolio that includes a complete range of tools for developers to create, deploy, manage and secure mobile apps, on-premise or in the cloud.

According to Gartner, “Leaders must represent a strong combination of ability to execute and completeness of vision. In the mobile application development platform (MADP) sector, this means that Leaders not only are good at cross-platform development, deployment and management across the full life cycle, but also have good vision of the multichannel enterprise, support for multiple architectures and standards, a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable channels and partnerships. Leaders must provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade, and which can connect to a range of back-end and cloud services, from the same vendor as well as third parties.”

A key component of the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, IBM recently announced several enhancements to the IBM Worklight platform to address the evolving needs of mobile app developers, including those increasingly incorporating analytics and cloud-based services to quickly build and deploy mobile apps. Other major components of the IBM MobileFirst portfolio include integrated software and services for mobile management, payments, security and engagement.

"The need for mobile apps that maximize the user experience and spur transactions is exploding. With that rising demand, organizations need to rapidly build, secure, manage and integrate those mobile apps with their back-end systems to drive better decision making," said Phil Buckellew, vice president, enterprise mobile, IBM. "We feel this recognition reinforces how IBM is redefining the mobile application development platform and putting a rich set of tools and cloud-based services into the hands of the world’s developers so they can focus on creating exceptional interactions.”

IBM Worklight allows enterprises to optimize mobile user experiences by supporting both native (via
SDKs) and hybrid development models as well as tracking user experience with sentiment analysis and crowd-sourced feedback submissions. The platform helps developers integrate analytics, workflow and back-end systems, and ensure greater enterprise security and version management. IBM Worklight features mobile management and security capabilities for scanning apps to identify vulnerabilities early in development cycles and assist with determining problems with apps that have already been deployed.

Earlier this year, the IBM MobileFirst portfolio was recognized as a Leader in both the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services (MMS)2 and the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites.3

About IBM MobileFirst
IBM’s 5,000 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 www.ibm.com/mobilefirst. Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

1 – Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms - Ray Valdes, Van L. Baker, Richard Marshall, Jason Wong, 2 September 2014
2 – Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services - Eric Goodness, Gianluca Tramacere, Katja Ruud, 24 July 2014
3 – Gartner, Magic Quadrant fo

Monday, September 15, 2014

Can't make the next MaaS 360 live Webinar? Check out these on-demand webinars...

iOS 8 Announcement: Enterprise Implications to Consider 
(http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/693)
  • Is your mobile enterprise ready for iOS 8? Your users will be upgrading fast and IBM MaaS360 will be ready for you to support them instantly! iOS 8  and MaaS360 make iPhones and iPads even better for work with features that enhance productivity, elevate security and ease management of devices, apps and content.  Join our Product Manager, Josh Lambert, as he discusses how you can leverage all the powerful new enterprise features in your business.

On-Demand Webinar:  Samsung Knox™ on Galaxy S®5 with MaaS360 for Business  
(http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/646)
  • Back by popular demand for our international audience! Securing enterprise data becomes more challenging with each new device. From smartphones and tablets to wearable technology, employees are demanding flexibility and privacy while corporate, regulatory, and legal imperatives require precise policy enforcement.
  • Join Mike Mogodam and Natalie Huynh from Samsung Mobile and Mobile MaaSter Jay Allen for a live, interactive webinar. In this session you will learn how Samsung Knox with enhancements on the Galaxy S5 and MaaS360 will deliver the mobile security you need, without compromising the privacy of your employees. Samsung devices have been validated through Common Criteria and FIPS and can be managed conveniently with MaaS360.

On-Demand Webinar: Wearable Applications for the Enterprise: Google Glass and Beyond 
(http://maas360.com/zf/IBM/656)
  • While Google Glass has yet to land on the heads of everyday consumers, it is already making inroads in the enterprise. For new and emerging technologies, there are infrastructure, security and deployment challenges. The intimate and highly personal nature of wearable computing also brings with it new demands for developers, designers and business managers.
  • Join BrickSimple as they share their experiences developing, deploying and managing wearable applications in corporate environments.

On-Demand Webinar: Microsoft Steps Up its EMM Game with Windows Phone 8.1 
(http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/640)
  • Join Windows Phone MaaSters Chuck Brown and Jimmy Tsang for an overview of the new features and controls on Windows Phone 8.1 such as Wi-Fi and VPN profile settings, device controls and restrictions (such as location, NFC, Bluetooth, camera and screen capture), enhanced application management including blacklist/whitelist and silent install and streamlining of the MaaS360 onboarding process.

On-Demand Training: Setting Up Your MaaS360 Portal 
(http://trials.maas360.com/forms/register_service_m.php?id=608&P=IBMMKT01)
  • Are you ready to start using MaaS360 for Mobile Device Management (MDM)? Let us show you how easy it is to have your devices up and running in minutes. After a few simple steps, you can securely manage iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices from the MaaS360 portal.

On-Demand Webinar: The Building Blocks of a Secure Mobile Strategy 
(http://trials.maas360.com/forms/register_service_m.php?id=616&P=IBMMKT01)
  • There's more to mobile security than meets the eye: user and device security, application security, document security, email security and network security. Set yourself up for success with a structured and proven approach to mobile security!  Join Fiberlink's Information Security Officer, David Lingenfelter, and special guest, IDC Analyst Stacy Crook as they describe best practices around mobile security in the enterprise, and outline a step-by-step process to help you develop a solid mobile security strategy. IDC will draw on current research from its Mobile Enterprise Software practice to highlight the current state of mobile security in the enterprise, best practices, gaps, and key trends.

Additional On-Demand Webinars available at: http://www.maas360.com/resources/webinars/

iOS 8: Are you ready? MaaS360 is! (Live Demo)

Join our upcoming live demo to learn about the tools available to help you manage the iOS devices (including iOS 8) on your corporate network.

Title: Live Demo: See iOS 8 and IBM MaaS360 in Action

Abstract:  iOS 8 is set to launch on September 17. Join us the next day to see how the powerful new management and security tools will help you:
  • Gain more visibility and control with iOS devices
  • Protect the flow of information on work devices
  • Boost productivity with enhanced access to content and apps
  • Make life easier for you and your user
Our Mobile MaaSters will take a deep dive during this tour of the IBM MaaS360 platform, optimized for iOS 8. Our experts will answer your questions about how to start supporting iOS 8 in your business.

Date and Time:  Thursday September 18th at 2pm Eastern -REGISTER HERE-

Friday, September 12, 2014

Call for Speakers for Interconnect 2015 is Now Open

Call for Speakers! Limited Spots Available!
Last date to submit your proposal - Oct 2nd!

Three extraordinary IBM conferences—Pulse, Impact, and Innovate—are joining forces to deliver one of the most comprehensive software events ever as IBM InterConnect 2015 on February 22 – 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Because you’re passionate about innovation, I want to extend an invitation for you to speak at the event and share your expertise on using IBM Endpoint Manager to transform your business.

We’re focusing on five major areas this year, and would like your presentation to align to one of these areas to tell a compelling story about how you use IBM Endpoint Manager inside your organization. Specifically, we’d like to know how you’ve been able to:
  • Cut costs and downtime of managing and securing datacenter and remote servers.
  • Ensure continuous security and compliance and keep your company out of the news for the wrong reasons.
  • Reduce cost, risk, and complexity of managing desktops, laptops, and other devices.
  • Maintain audit readiness and continuous license compliance with always-on Software Asset Management.
  • BYOD: Securely manage the mobile enterprise

What’s in it for you:
  • IBM InterConnect is among the biggest events of its kind — we’re expecting over 20,000 attendees—and have the opportunity to attend sessions, get professional education and technical certifications valued at over US $8,000.*
  • Unparalleled opportunities to network with literally thousands of industry experts, thought leaders, and colleagues in a venue focused on the kind of innovations that matter to you. 
  • Showcase your own skills and expertise and establish yourself as a thought leader in front of industry experts and cohorts from around the globe. Elevate your career by sharing how you’re using IBM Endpoint Manager to transform your business.

Follow this link to submit a proposal to speak at InterConnect today. Session proposals will be accepted from now until October 2nd. All accepted speakers may be eligible for free conference passes. Only a limited number of spots are available.
Paper requirements:  Your proposal must include a presentation title and a well-written abstract of approximately 100 words that reflects an organized description of what the presentation will cover.

Timeline for submissions:
  • Call for Speakers closes: 02 October 2014
  • Speakers will be notified: 20 October 2014
  • Presentation drafts due: 14 January 2015
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you at InterConnect!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Upcoming Endpoint & Mobility Management Webcast - Oct. 1st

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 @ 11:00 am Eastern

Heartbleed: How to avoid hemorrhaging data
by automating your data center

It's been a banner year for hackers, with security breaches appearing regularly in the news, causing
significant damage for a number of well-known companies. In a climate where budgets are decreasing and attacks are increasing in both number and sophistication, your servers (physical and virtual) located both within the data center and in remote geographic locations are a prime target for these hackers -- it provides the greatest ROI for a would-be attacker looking to exploit your vulnerabilities and security gaps.

How do you ensure your data centers are protected against these increasingly sophisticated attacks while dealing with decreasing budgets and resource constraints?

Join senior IBM expert, Mike Gare, to learn how you can take steps to protect your data center while using automation to streamline and cut operating costs thereby increasing efficiency and ensuring a more robust security posture.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fast, Easy, and Secure Mobile Device Management via SaaS

MaaS360 is an industry leading solution for supporting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) smartphone and tablet devices.  We have a solution flexible enough to meet any needs of your organization to better secure and manage any device any employee brings to the office.  Here is a Personal iPad converted into a fully-functional work device in less than 3 minutes.

If you would like to schedule a call to discuss how MaaS360 by IBM would help your organization better secure and manage your smartphone and tablet devices, please contact me and let me know when is best for a 30 minute meeting.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Lung Cancer on the Rise Among Women, Non-Smokers

by Dr. Patricia Thompson
Originally published on 23 August 2014 by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

As a medical oncologist, I treat patients battling a variety of cancers – from common types such as breast and prostate to rare cancers of the brain and bones. But of all the types of cancer I see, none causes patients as much fear and dread as lung cancer.

Such distress is understandable. The disease continues to be the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the U.S. More people die of lung cancer each year than the next three most common types of cancer – breast, colon and pancreatic – combined. According to the American Cancer Society (ACA), lung cancer is expected to claim the lives of nearly 160,000 Americans in 2014, accounting for 27 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths.

Another reason lung cancer is feared is that long-term survival rates are very low. Although five-year survival is more than 53 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized (within the lungs), it drops to less than 4 percent when diagnosed after tumors have spread to other organs. Unfortunately, because lung cancer can be difficult to detect, only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed at an early stage.

Although lung cancer rates are falling overall, the rate has been increasing among two groups in particular: women and non-smokers. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, over the past 36 years the rate of new lung cancer cases among men has dropped by nearly a quarter, while the rate among women has risen 100 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more women die of lung cancer than breast, uterine and ovarian cancers combined.

Another notable trend is the increase in lung cancer among healthy non-smokers. The ACA reports that between 16,000 and 24,000 Americans who have never smoked die from lung cancer every year. If lung cancer in non-smokers were its own category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the U.S. For reasons doctors don’t fully understand, most lung cancer cases among non-smokers occur in women.

The rise in lung cancer among non-smokers is one reason stigmatizing the disease is increasingly seen as inappropriate. While it’s true the majority of cases continue to be diagnosed among smokers or former smokers, lung cancer can also result from factors over which individuals have little control: genetic mutations, as well as exposure to radon gas, secondhand smoke, air pollution and asbestos, among others.

Much more important is to continue improving our methods of detection and treatment. Great progress is being made in both. For example, while chest X-rays are generally the first diagnostic imaging a patient might undergo when lung cancer is suspected, low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans are proving more effective at finding lung tumors earlier, when they are easier to treat.
The value of CT scans in early lung cancer detection is making such screening more common. Some medical organizations are now recommending routine lung screening for high-risk patients – defined as individuals 55 to 74 years old with at least a 30-year smoking history, and who currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years. These are also the patients that derive the most benefit from screening.

For patients diagnosed with lung cancer, advances in treatment options are offering more hope. In addition to new surgical techniques which no longer require full open-lung surgery, technological advances are making radiation therapy more precise than ever – targeting lung tumors and sparing healthy tissue. With brachytherapy, thin catheters carry radioactive ‘seeds’ to lung tumors to deliver high doses of radiation up close.

Chemotherapy is advancing too, with new drugs and medical technologies that can help increase lung cancer survival. One exciting development is immunotherapy, which uses antibodies and man-made proteins to bolster the immune system and train it to attack cancer cells. Ongoing research on human genes is also helping scientists develop therapies specifically targeting the genetic mutations that drive tumor growth.

What’s most important to remember about lung cancer is it’s largely preventable, but everyone has some risk. Given recent trends, women should be aware of the signs of lung cancer – a lingering or worsening cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, unexplained weight loss, hoarseness, among others – and not hesitate to seek medical care if concerned. Let’s raise awareness of this terrible disease because awareness helps find a cure.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Save the D8 for the iOS 8 Webinar with MaaS360

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT

The countdown to the next generation iPhone has begun and you need to ensure your organization is
ready to support the new iPhone features. Is your company ready for iOS 8? Learn how to leverage the newest Apple OS enterprise enhancements to gain more control over securing Apple devices and the information on them.

iOS 8 is Coming! Let IBM "Transl-8" What it Means for Your Company.


Join our Product Manager, Josh Lambert, as he discusses how you can leverage the powerful new enterprise features in your business including:
  • Security improvements to Apple provided apps such as Mail, Safari and Contacts
  • Management of key iOS features for enterprises
  • Exciting new productivity features for users of Mac and iOS
Can't make the time above? No problem! We're also holding another session at 10 am ET. You can register for the first showing here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stay Off the Data Breach List: Protect Your Data, Your Enterprise, and Your Customers

IBM is excited to announce a one of a kind webcast - show casing THREE of our industry leading security solutions:  Trusteer, MaaS360 and IBM Endpoint Manager.
Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014 at 12:00pm Eastern

Security breaches have become common headline news these days. It's often hard to keep track of who was hacked and what data was at stake. These incidents put companies in the limelight for all the wrong reasons--and in return they can suffer significant financial losses and damaged reputations. Given that a data breach on average goes undetected for about 8 months, getting access to real-time visibility into the status of your endpoints is crucial to ensuring your organization’s data hasn't been compromised. 

As BYOD and mobility increasingly become part of the standard way we do business, your security risk factor is even greater given the complex mix of mobile apps and devices in the workplace. You need a robust security strategy that secures and protects your data, devices and customers against advanced security threats and malicious code. 

Keep your name off the Data Breach List. Join this webcast discussion with senior security experts from Trusteer, MaaS360 and IBM Endpoint Manager to learn how you can ensure your enterprise data and customers are protected at all times with a comprehensive unified endpoint solution that provides real-time visibility and control to all your endpoints both on and off the network. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

IBM Seminar “Agility & Speed: The New Currency on Cloud” September 16th, Atlanta, GA


A recent survey found that 83% of IT Leaders don’t believe they can deliver services fast enough. Find out how you can get the speed you need to meet your customers’ expectations for fast delivery of services by providing automated, self-service delivery of software and infrastructure. 

Businesses today are operating and behaving very differently than what we’ve been used to in the past. Mobile, social and analytics technologies have changed how businesses interact with customers and have increased the expectations of business responsiveness. Customers now expect quick access to new services anytime and from anywhere.

Join IBM on September 16th in Atlanta, GA for a morning of discussion where industry leaders will share approaches on how you can use the latest cloud orchestration technology to deliver services fast.
This event will address:
  • Why speed is the new currency
  • The importance of Orchestration and Automation in achieving speed
  • How to automate development processes and eliminate waste 
  • How to efficiently build, deploy and manage applications
  • Quantifying the business value

Learn more about this event and register now through the event registration site: www.ibm.com/events/CloudSpeedSeminarAtlanta2014 

Do you know someone else who may be interested in this event?  Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues.

September 16, 2014; 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Live Demo, August 21st. MaaS360 Mobile Device Management. "My Mobile Office: Freedom and Full Access"

You are invited to join Fiberlink MaaS360's upcoming live demo to learn about the tools available to help you manage window devices on your corporate network.

Title: My Mobile Office: Freedom and Full Access

Abstract:  Employees are demanding access to more than just email, calendar and contacts from their mobile devices. They want the tools to access, view, edit, and synchronize their content across mobile devices. Compliance risks once created a barrier to granting your employees access to sensitive corporate content, but you can now provide total manageability and control in a secure, encrypted container.

Join Mobile Collaboration MaaSters John Nielsen and Jimmy Tsang as they discuss best practices to access public, cloud file stores as well as private, behind-the-firewall business resources, such as SharePoint, Windows File Share, Box and Google Drive. They’ll demonstrate how users can securely view, create, edit, save and sync Word, Excel, PowerPoint or text files on mobile devices.

They’ll also be discussing real world use cases across various industries, so you can see how your peers are securing content on mobile devices.

During this webinar we will cover key aspects of secure mobile collaboration in the enterprise such as:
  • Doc life-cycle management - manage and distribute documents across device and file types while accessing content through corporate file shares
  • Secure content editing and doc sync - create, edit and save content securely in an encrypted container while seamlessly syncing user content across managed devices
  • Doc security - secure sensitive data and enforce compliance with policy setting, authentication, encryption and restrictions
Date and time: 
Thursday August 21st at 10 am ET/3 pm BST - registration link -  http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/680
Thursday August 21st at 2pm ET/11 am PT - registration link - http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/681

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IBM "Watercooler" Webinar Series

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Several powerful forces are rapidly converging to help you better serve your customers and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace: cloud, analytics, mobility, social and security.

Join IBM, thought leaders and your peers to uncover how these forces help transform business and fuel your competitive advantage. Grab Lunch and collaborate with us to hear insights that are shaping business today and tomorrow.

In these short format, 30-minute webinars, you'll hear the top ways leading organizations are implementing strategies to combat business challenges across the business-Marketing, Procurement, IT Operations and Security. You will also hear directly about the benefits from thought leaders who are infusing flexible deployment solutions into their own operations.

Webcast Details: 12:30-1pm ET
  • August 27: Top 5 Ways SaaS is Fueling Competitive Advantage
  • September 10: Get a Hold on Your Infrastructure: Control and Optimization
  • September 17: Combating the Inevitable Attack: Intelligence & Endpoint are Critical
  • September 24: Transforming Procurement using the Cloud to Build Sustainable Savings
  • October 1: Mad Men to Money Ball: How Leading CMOs are Captivating the Connected Consumer

Sign up for the Webinar that suits your department needs - or sign up for the entire series.

Questions?  Contact me.  See you at the Watercooler!

Monday, August 18, 2014

#ALSIceBucketChallenge

Please donate today!

Lord knows there are VERY few people in this world are more cynical than me.  However, maybe that's why God invented children. Our kids had a lot of fun thinking about and doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was hard not to join in on their excitement.  

I get why some may find it annoying.  At another time/place I'm sure I would have, too. But, the results are irrefutable (> $15 million raised to date).  I recommend this article. It describes the success of the ALS Association effort, reassures us of the ALS Assocation's high-rating on Charity Navigator, and, most importantly reminds us of the HORRORS of the disease and the uphill battle they face.

As someone who is involved in raising awareness and money for a disease, I know first hand how INCREDIBLY hard it is.  Everyone has their own causes that are close to their hearts.  Getting them to part with some money for a cause that they may not have been personally been affected by is an extremely hard sell.  (And perfectly understandable - and relatable.)  So, seeing what the ALS Association has pulled off is truly amazing and should be applauded.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lung Cancer Matters, Too

Nobody deserves it. And, you do not have to smoke to get it.  It kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined.  Yet, lung cancer receives a mere fraction of the attention and research funding.

Check out forJoan.org for the facts, resources, information, and the latest news.