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IBM and Galvanize Partner to Deliver Hands-on AI Skills Training in NYC

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Developers and data scientists in the Big Apple, be forewarned!

IBM and Galvanize are hosting a three-day Cognitive Builder Faire in New York City this weekend which will include workshops, tutorials and hands-on labs delivered through IBM’s Data Science Experience.

The technology industry is facing a shortage of experienced developers and data scientists to address the growing demand for cognitive and AI development. IDC predicts that by 2018 75 percent of all developers will embed cognitive technology in their applications. IBM and Galvanize are partnering to bring cognitive skills and data science curriculum to individuals interested in some of the most lucrative careers in technology.

“The cognitive skills that developers and data scientists gain during this event will empower them to lead the next generation of discovery in AI,” said Jim Deters, CEO of Galvanize. “As demand surges for talent with this skillset, IBM’s commitment to ‘new collar’ jobs aligns with our mission to provide world-class technical training to anyone with the smarts and grit to transform their lives through technology.”

Throughout the weekend, developers, data scientists and technology enthusiasts will have an opportunity to build cognition solutions with various Watson APIs available on the IBM Bluemix cloud platform, including Watson Conversation Service, as well as the data science Foursquare API. Tutorials will also cover Node.js and machine learning fundamentals with Python/R. The Watson APIs simplify the process of building tools that rely on language, speech and vision analysis, and discovery.

If you are interested, you can register for the event online.

For more information on the tools, resources, courses and code provided by IBM, visit: www.ibm.com/developer

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE & TIME: 6 p.m. EST, Friday, May 12 – 3:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, May 14

LOCATION: Galvanize, 315 Hudson St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY

SPEAKERS:

  • Kelcey Gosserand, Evangelist, Galvanize
  • Matt Kamen, VP of Engineering, Foursquare
  • Polong Lin, Lead Data Science Advocate, IBM
  • Chyld Medford, Software Engineer, Galvanize
  • Jean-Francois Omhover, Senior Data Scientist, Galvanize
  • Cecelia Shao, Associate Offering Manager, IBM

Written by turbotodd

May 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

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Waiting For The New iPhone 5?

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So tomorrow’s the day.

We find out what the Apple iPhone 5 is all about.

Before we discover what the details behind the new Apple smartphone are, I thought it might be interesting to provide a quick glimpse at the state of the mobile marketplace here in the U.S.

I unearthed a blog post from TechCrunch from September 4th, citing the “latest data” from comScore that suggests Apple’s smartphone market share has grown to just over 33 percent, up 2 percent since April of this year.

That study surveyed over 30,000 U.S. mobile phone subscribers, which revealed that Google’s Android continues to keep the pace, holding 52 percent share, a 1.4 percent increase since April.

RIM, the maker of the BlackBerry, decline some 2.1 percent, down from 11.6 percent to 9.5 percent.

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform also saw a 0.4 percent decline in the same data, dropping from 4.0 percent to 3.6 percent.

And Symbian brings up the rear, down 0.5 percent, from 1.3 percent to 0.8 percent.

Despite the recent patent verdict, device maker Samsung is holding steady for smartphone device share at 25.6 percent in the latest period while Apple stood at 16.3 percent.

So what does Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5 portend for the device market?

AppleInsider’s Neil Hughes wrote earlier today that the new iPhone will have “major implications throughout the personal electronics markets,” suggesting that existing LTE smartphones will come to be seen as “bulky and subpar” while stealing share not only from other smartphone makers, but also from PC makers like Dell and HP.

Hughes also cites J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskovitz in suggesting that the iPhone 5 “will offer better battery performance in a smaller form factor.”

In finding its way to new customers, Apple is also moving away from existing GPS service providers, and will instead transition to the new Maps application for iOS 6.

But will extended battery life and an Apple-owned GPS service be enough to lure loyal iPhone users to the new device, never mind Android loyalists happy with their current devices?

The answer to that question probably lies more in the emergence of new cloud and application offerings than the device characteristics themselves.

More interesting to me this past week, for example, was the report from The Wall Street Journal that Apple was looking to build its own streaming radio service, a move that seems to have helped drive Pandora’s share price down from a recent $12 high to just under $10.

Or consider the expectation Apple will introduce further synchronization between its iCloud offerings into the iOS mobile sphere, apps like Reminders, Notes, Mail, Calendar, and a new “Lost Mode,” which helps itinerant iPhone users find their lost phones.

I know I’ve found that Web-based services like Evernote and Remember the Milk, which synch across multiple devices and/or computers, provide much more utility than those dependent upon a single platform or device.

Whatever the details of the iPhone 5, the world will be watching closely, but my recommendation as one who’s used smartphones across the range of top competitors, including Apple, Android, and RIM, is to look beyond the device and underneath that larger intersection of IP-based services which transcend platform and help unearth the riches of true and unbound universal computing.

Enhanced IBM Cloud Test Environment

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Clouds moved into the Austin area overnight.  Just in time for my flight to Las Vegas tomorrow.

What happens can’t stay in Vegas if I can’t even get there.

But clouds also continue to permeate the IBM milieu, this time with an announcement around cloud testing.

According to a recent IBM survey of 2,000 IT pros worldwide, cloud computing and mobile have emerged as the most in-demand platform for software application development and IT delivery over the next five years.

With yesterday’s announcements, IBM is extending its environment to allow more enterprise developers to take advantage of the cloud for development and testing.

Specifically, IBM expanded its Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud with support for Windows and with new enhancements to better serve teams of developers.

IBM also introduced an integrated development and test environment, along with new software and services, to allow developers to improve quality and speed across the application life cycle.

Announced earlier this year, the IBM Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud allows enterprise clients to expand and enhance internal development and test processes with instant access to resources through IBM’s secure, scalable cloud delivery model.

The multi-tenant open cloud now includes support for Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Data Center Editions. The enhanced environment also includes additional performance and resiliency and features, allowing developers to:

  • Rapidly configure environments and easily share them across development teams for more consistent application deployment
  • Assign multiple internet protocol (IP) addresses to a single virtual instance, so they can implement security zones and enhance availability in the IBM Cloud
  • Attach combinations of storage sizes to a virtual instance at the time of provisioning, ensuring higher performance and resiliency.

New Integrated Development and Test Environment for Cloud

IBM also introduced an Integrated Development and Test Environment, an end-to-end solution approach that integrates tools, processes and cloud infrastructure to enable clients to conduct more robust and complex testing earlier in the application development life cycle, while also reducing the cost of identifying and fixing software defects.

The following software and services are now available in North America and Europe on the IBM Cloud:

  • IBM Testing Services for Cloud – application virtualization: Clients rapidly create multiple virtual test environments customized for each development and testing team.  By providing testing teams with 24/7 availability without dependencies on back-end systems and data stores, the service gives testing teams the ability to test more thoroughly throughout the life cycle without worrying about data or service availability. A North American company using this service experienced a 22 percent reduction in the Function and System Test cycle and a 100 percent return in ROI within 90 days.
  • IBM Testing Services for Cloud – performance testing: Brings together automation and performance testing tools to significantly reduce time by as much as 50 percent, the service provides flexible, utility-based testing that delivers on-demand performance testing, and offers robust, large-scale performance testing services to enterprises, via Cloud hosting.  This service identifies defects earlier in the cycle where they are less expensive to fix and eliminates performance-related bottlenecks.
  • IBM Rational Load Testing on the IBM Cloud: Helping to address issues with infrastructure acquisition, maintenance and configuration for large scale performance testing by leveraging the IBM Cloud, IBM is announcing a technical preview of IBM Rational Load Testing on the IBM Cloud. The solution allows testers using IBM Rational Performance Tester to automatically provision virtual test agents and generate virtual users on IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud on a pay-as-you-go basis, significantly reducing infrastructure, software and test set up costs.
  • IBM Deployment Planning and Automation: Taking advantage of existing IBM Rational and IBM Tivoli software tools, the new solution manages the automation and planning of software deployments into the cloud and other environments. Designed for organizations that need to deploy applications in a consistent manner, the suite of software supports the entire deployment lifecycle from environment discovery through deployment planning, to deployment automation and governance.

New Partners and Developer Resources

IBM is continuing to build an ecosystem of partners to deliver the most complete and comprehensive cloud computing solutions to clients. This ecosystem comprises existing and new cloud partners: Cohesive Flexible Technologies Corp (Cohesive FT) allows customer controlled networking in a cloud, Servoy provides a rapid application development and deployment environment for creating and building high-end enterprise applications on the cloud.

“Cloud users have been waiting for an enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure from a recognizable and trusted vendor.  IBM is clearly the answer.  Now customers can take advantage of application layer network control and security with VPN-Cubed inside the IBM’s Smart Business Development and Test Cloud,” said Patrick Kerpan, CTO of CohesiveFT.

IBM has also added online workshops, skills tutorials, cloud computing technical resources and social networking tools that enable users to build online relationships, share content, and grow a worldwide network of peers to drive innovation.  Visit here to learn more.

Details and availability

Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud allows clients to work with their own images as well as images from across IBM Software Group including exciting offerings from the Rational, Information Management, WebSphere, Lotus and Tivoli brands, available in a variety of flexible licensing models.

Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud is now available in North America and Europe with the Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and Ehningen, Germany data centers supporting the IBM clouds.

Visit here for more information on IBM’s cloud services.

Visit here to get more information on Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud.

Written by turbotodd

October 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey: All About The Mobile And Cloud

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I’ve been in NYC much of this week attending IBM meetings as well as meeting with key IBM partners.

I had the opportunity to attend a Google Tech event at the NYC Googleplex on Wednesday, and got the lowdown on their view of the current interactive marketplace, including the continued and ridiculous growth of the smartphone market.

One Google exec indicated that 200,000 Android smartphones are being sold every day, and that Google had witnessed a 50% increase in mobile search queries in the first half of this year alone.

Well, it seems as if an audience of you IT professionals out there are agreeing on the growth and importance of mobile (among other key areas) in a new survey IBM developerWorks recently conducted, the 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey.

The headlines? Mobile and cloud computing will emerge as the most in-demand platforms for software application development and IT delivery over the next five years.

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Developers and IT specialists polled by IBM around the globe indicated that the mobile market would emerge as the hottest software development realm by 2015.

And The Survey Says…

The 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey provides insight into the most significant enterprise technology and industry trends based on responses from 2,000 IT developers and specialists across 87 countries.

According to the survey, more than half of all IT professionals – 55 percent — expect mobile software application development for devices such as iPhone and Android, and even tablet PCs like iPad and PlayBook, will surpass application development on all other traditional computing platforms by 2015.

With the proliferation of mobile devices, industry analysts are predicting mobile applications sales will undergo massive growth over the next three years (as if they haven’t already!), with estimates of mobile application revenues expanding from $6.2 billion this year to nearly $30 billion by 2013!

Supporting the growing number of software developers creating new applications for mobile devices, IBM now offers no-cost mobile computing technology resources, through IBM developerWorks, for application development on mobile platforms such as iPhone, iPad, HTML5 and Android.

IBM also today launched the first developerWorks mobile application for the Apple iPhone, providing developers around the world with mobile access to build skills and network with colleagues using the professional social networking platform, My developerWorks, built on IBM Lotus Connections.

Additional headlines from the IBM Tech Trends Survey include:

  • 91 percent anticipate cloud computing will overtake on-premise computing as the primary way organizations acquire IT over the next five years
  • Mobile and cloud computing are followed by social media, business analytics and industry-specific technologies as the hottest IT career opportunities beginning in 2011
  • 90 percent believe it is important to possess vertical industry-specific skills for their jobs, yet 63 percent admit they are lacking the industry knowledge needed to remain competitive
  • Telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, and energy and utilities rank as the top four industries in which respondents identify as having the greatest opportunity to expand their careers.

The online survey, conducted by IBM developerWorks of its eight million registered users in August and September 2010, includes responses from IT professionals with expertise in areas such as enterprise and web application development, system and network administration, and software testing and architecture.

IBM developerWorks Announces New Resources for IT Professionals

IBM today announced additional resources, through IBM developerWorks, to help professionals build skills to prepare for the next generation of IT and application development opportunities. The no-charge resources include:

  • New cloud computing resources including online workshops, skills tutorials, cloud computing technical resources, and social networking tools that enable users to build online relationships, share content, and grow a worldwide network of peers to drive innovation.
  • Cloud Computing for Developers virtual events this October, with four dates when IT professionals can learn how to solve business and technical challenges in the cloud. Through real-world examples of specific challenges and solutions as well as live demos of techniques and products, attendees can learn more about how to use and build cloud-based applications such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using IBM and open technologies.
  • An online Industry Resource Site that provides technical resources, collaboration forums, articles, podcasts and tutorials on key IBM and open technologies-based best practices in banking, energy and utilities, healthcare, government and chemical and petroleum industries
  • Technical information on the IBM Industry Frameworks, a combination of software and hardware that bridges the gap between general purpose middleware and industry specific business applications to help organizations apply technology more easily to their unique industry.

Today, developerWorks is the largest and most visited global site to gain technology skills.

Over four million IT professionals visit developerWorks each month to gain no-cost access to software tools and code, IT standards and best practices across various industries. Users also tap skills training in IBM software and open technologies including Linux, Java, XML and cloud computing.

I am proud to say I’ve personally been affiliated with developerWorks for several years now through my blogging efforts, and in my partner podcasts with developerWorks podcasting guru and all-around media star, Scott Laningham.

You can go here to learn more about IBM developerWorks, which, by the way, just celebrated its 11th birthday.

Happy birthday, developerWorks!

Written by turbotodd

October 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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