IBM InterConnect: New Cloud Tech, Celebs Take the Stage

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-02-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IBM InterConnect: New Cloud Tech, Celebs Take the Stage

    by Darryl K. Taft
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    2 - Mario Armstrong
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    Mario Armstrong

    IBM tapped Mario Armstrong, an Emmy Award-winning radio and television talk show host, focusing in the areas of technology and digital lifestyle. Armstrong appears as a digital lifestyle expert regularly on NBC's "TODAY" show.
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    3 - Robert LeBlanc
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    Robert LeBlanc

    Robert LeBlanc kicked off the IBM InterConnect 2015 event with a discussion of the importance of hybrid cloud. He said IBM is working to "break down the barriers between clouds and on-premise IT systems, providing clients with control, visibility and security as they use the public clouds. Data location across an ever-growing number of clouds is an increasing concern for customers, and we are unveiling new application portability and developer services to make this easier to manage."
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    4 - Airbus
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    Airbus

    LeBlanc talked with Pascal Eymery, vice president of strategy and business development at Airbus, about the aircraft maker's use of IBM's cloud technology. Eymery said Airbus uses IBM's cloud services for big data and analytics, including pulling information on more than 20,000 operational metrics for each flight.
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    5 - Hybrid Cloud Challenges
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    Hybrid Cloud Challenges

    Although IBM is all about the cloud and sees hybrid cloud as where it's at, the company acknowledges challenges that need to be mastered, including handling business processes that span multiple environments.
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    6 - Developer Productivity
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    Developer Productivity

    IBM introduced a number of new developer productivity tools and services, including a local flavor of its Bluemix PaaS, an API discovery solution known as API Harmony and a self-service security solution in the Secure Passport Gateway.
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    7 - Citigroup
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    Citigroup

    Heather Cox, chief client experience, digital and marketing officer at Citi, came to the stage to shed light on the Citi Mobile Challenge, a global development competition where IBM will offer mentorship tutorials and access to Bluemix.
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    8 - Jerry Cuomo
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    Jerry Cuomo

    Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow and vice president of WebSphere Strategy and WebSphere CTO, took the stage to give a futuristic look at what developers can do with tools like Bluemix and DevOps environments to create IoT apps, among other things.
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    9 - IBM, Citi Team for Developers
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    IBM, Citi Team for Developers

    IBM's Cuomo and Citi's Cox discussed details of the Citi Mobile Challenge and IBM's involvement. Citi will host its Citi Mobile Challenge APIs on SoftLayer's global cloud infrastructure. And IBM will also award the "Most Innovative use of Bluemix" to entrepreneurs qualifying for the IBM Global Entrepreneur Cloud program.
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    10 - Mike Rhodin
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    Mike Rhodin

    Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group, discussed how the Watson cognitive computing technology is helping transform industries and is gaining traction with developers, particularly Bluemix developers.
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    11 - Mayo Clinic
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    Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Steven Alberts, chairman of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic, talks about how Watson helps with clinical trials and matching patients to trials by extracting info from clinical records. Only about 5 percent of cancer patients ever enroll in a clinical trial, he said. Watson is helping to up those numbers.
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    12 - Watson Zone on Bluemix
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    Watson Zone on Bluemix

    At InterConnect 2015, IBM announced the launch of Watson Zone within Bluemix—a center of information and capabilities that brings together partners, customers, cognitive services from Watson, sample code and case studies to inspire and guide users.
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    IBM MobileFirst

    IBM touts leadership rankings for its MobileFirst platform. For instance, Gartner named IBM a leader in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms.
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    Hybrid Cloud Rankings

    IBM also touts leadership in the hybrid cloud space. The company reported revenue of $7 billion from cloud computing for 2014. IBM continues to build out its SoftLayer infrastructure. IBM execs said the cloud space is growing rapidly, up 60 percent last year.
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    Insight Economy

    Bob Picciano, senior vice president for IBM Analytics, discussed what he refers to as the "insight economy," where data is currency. "Data is the what, cloud is the how and engagement is the why" in this world, he said.
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    IBM and Juniper Networks

    IBM's Picciano and Ahmed Guetari, vice president of product management for Juniper Networks, discussed their companies' partnership to provide real-time network behavior insights to help customers dramatically improve mobile experiences.
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    Shark Tank

    The cast of "Shark Tank," sans Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, grilled entrepreneurs in IBM's entrepreneur program during a mini "Shark Tank" episode at InterConnect 2015.
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    'Dancing With the Stars'

    Shark Tanker Robert Herjavec, who will be a contestant on the next season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" competition starting next month, called his dance partner, Kym Johnson, to the stage to show off a bit of his dance skills.
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    IBM's Most Prolific Woman Inventor

    Lisa Seacat DeLuca, an IBM Master Inventor and IBM OmniChannel Mobile Technology Strategist, talks about her thirst for creating new things and how she made her first invention at the age of 8. In her relatively short time at IBM, DeLuca has delivered 375 inventions … and counting.
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    Selfie Time

    Hamming it up at the end of Day One of IBM InterConnect 2015, Mario Armstrong gets IBM cloud honcho Robert LeBlanc to let loose with a fun-loving selfie. Armstrong then proceeded on a selfie spree for the rest of the conference, including several Ellen-at-the-Oscars-like group selfies (complete with Selfie Stick in tow). Ellen's selfie broke Twitter records, but Armstrong's helped break a bit of IBM's stodgy, corporate image—if only for a minute or two.
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    Aerosmith

    Aerosmith rocks out at IBM InterConnect 2015. 
 

LAS VEGAS—Big Blue held the first IBM InterConnect conference this week. The event, which drew more than 21,000 people, combined three previously separate conferences: IBM Pulse, IBM Innovate and IBM Impact. To address the increasingly worrisome issue of data sprawl, IBM introduced a series of new cloud computing technologies and investments to help enterprises securely connect apps, data and services across many traditional systems and clouds. IBM said it has dedicated more than half its cloud development team to this effort, including more than 1,000 developers focused on delivering hybrid cloud innovations based on open technology. IBM is delivering a series of technologies and services on the IBM Cloud that will extend users' control, visibility, security and governance of their private cloud or traditional IT systems to the public cloud, also offering increased data portability across environments and making it easier for developers to work across cloud and non-cloud environments. "Today, we are launching a new class of cloud innovations that extend open-standards capabilities for the enterprise," Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud, said in a statement. eWEEK offers highlights from the conference.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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