A Smarter Planet

Apr 14

New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery | TechCrunch

IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more attractive to companies that remain skeptical.

One area the cloud excels in is disaster recovery because it stores your applications and data outside your data center. When a weather event, fire or other disaster strikes, your data is protected in the cloud and your operations can go on.

And that’s the idea behind IBM’s Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR), which will keep virtualized instances of your most critical applications and data in the SoftLayer cloud, regardless of whether your services are run primarily in SoftLayer or in your own data center or private cloud. As IBM, pointed out, downtime is expensive and if you have a virtualized cloud insurance policy, you could keep going even while your center was in tatters.

New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery | TechCrunch

IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more attractive to companies that remain skeptical.

One area the cloud excels in is disaster recovery because it stores your applications and data outside your data center. When a weather event, fire or other disaster strikes, your data is protected in the cloud and your operations can go on.

And that’s the idea behind IBM’s Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR), which will keep virtualized instances of your most critical applications and data in the SoftLayer cloud, regardless of whether your services are run primarily in SoftLayer or in your own data center or private cloud. As IBM, pointed out, downtime is expensive and if you have a virtualized cloud insurance policy, you could keep going even while your center was in tatters.

Neura gets $2M to bring AI to the internet of things
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com
With more than 26 bil­lion (or more) con­nect­ed devices antic­i­pat­ed by 2020, there’s a big ques­tion about how those devices will talk to one anoth­er. But the sci­en­tists behind Neura, a start­up that has offices in both Cal­i­for­nia and…

Neura gets $2M to bring AI to the internet of things
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com

With more than 26 bil­lion (or more) con­nect­ed devices antic­i­pat­ed by 2020, there’s a big ques­tion about how those devices will talk to one anoth­er. But the sci­en­tists behind Neura, a start­up that has offices in both Cal­i­for­nia and…

Apr 12

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Apr 05

smartercities:

Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian Tech
The Guardian Tech Desk offers an expert guide to some of the best mobile city apps on the market. Download and enjoy

smartercities:

Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian Tech

The Guardian Tech Desk offers an expert guide to some of the best mobile city apps on the market. Download and enjoy

smartercities:

IBM scientists in India create a device that could power lights, fans and phone chargers with discarded laptop batteries | IBM Research Blog
By using discarded laptop batteries, we created a device that could power lights, fans and mobile phone chargers. The specific prototype we built was able to provide around 20 Watt-hours of energy. In other words, it can power a 5W DC light bulb for about four hours before running out of charge.

smartercities:

IBM scientists in India create a device that could power lights, fans and phone chargers with discarded laptop batteries | IBM Research Blog

By using discarded laptop batteries, we created a device that could power lights, fans and mobile phone chargers. The specific prototype we built was able to provide around 20 Watt-hours of energy. In other words, it can power a 5W DC light bulb for about four hours before running out of charge.

Three Ways Companies Can Reinvent Themselves Digitally By Saul Berman, PhD, Partner and Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Global Business Services
In less than a decade, the systems that defined the 20th Century — mass production, mass consumption, mass marketing — have been swept away by co-creation, co-production, co-distribution.
In an era where anyone can become a brand’s biggest gadfly on Twitter, an activist organizing millions on Facebook, or an ad-hoc taxi service or hotel through Uber and Airbnb, what it means to be in business is being completely overhauled.
Consumers are now the biggest influencers of business strategy, second only to the C-suite itself, according to 55 percent of executives surveyed in our annual C-Suite study. And over the next five years, 63 percent of execs expect consumers to gain even more power and influence over their businesses, according to IBM’s recent Digital Reinvention Study.
The quadruple whammy of social networking, mobility, the cloud, and analytics is creating a new playing field. It used to take years before a new technology would impact a business, but now connectivity and collaboration are turbocharging the pace of change.

Three Ways Companies Can Reinvent Themselves Digitally
By Saul Berman, PhD, Partner and Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Global Business Services

In less than a decade, the systems that defined the 20th Century — mass production, mass consumption, mass marketing — have been swept away by co-creation, co-production, co-distribution.

In an era where anyone can become a brand’s biggest gadfly on Twitter, an activist organizing millions on Facebook, or an ad-hoc taxi service or hotel through Uber and Airbnb, what it means to be in business is being completely overhauled.

Consumers are now the biggest influencers of business strategy, second only to the C-suite itself, according to 55 percent of executives surveyed in our annual C-Suite study. And over the next five years, 63 percent of execs expect consumers to gain even more power and influence over their businesses, according to IBM’s recent Digital Reinvention Study.

The quadruple whammy of social networking, mobility, the cloud, and analytics is creating a new playing field. It used to take years before a new technology would impact a business, but now connectivity and collaboration are turbocharging the pace of change.

Apr 04

analyticisms:

#FridayFunFact: pretty crazy downward trend for landlines. But not really surprising.

analyticisms:

#FridayFunFact: pretty crazy downward trend for landlines. But not really surprising.

(Source: Mashable)

How New IBM Fellow Pours Analytics into Real-World Problems A Smarter Planet Blog
As a teenager parking cars at a Fort Lauderdale country club, IBM customer analytics consulting leader Mike Haydock picked up much more than just tips. Take the life lesson he received one day from Academy Award winning actor George C. Scott. “He gave me a tremendous insight on how he got into the role of Patton,” Haydock said. “He told me he became that role. He became Patton. That’s how he was able to pull that performance off.” Haydock says he applies that same philosophy to his own work with clients. “I start to think like them,” he said. “So I know everything about the problem they’re trying to solve and probably more.” That immersive approach has made Haydock, known as the ‘Math Maestro,’ one of IBM’s most sought after analytics experts, a demand that is likely to grow now that he has been named an IBM Fellow. The Fellow designation acknowledges an employee’s important contributions as well as their industry-leading innovations in developing some of the world’s most important technologies. From designing the most efficient way to butcher cattle, to creating an original dynamic pricing model for airline fares, Haydock has applied deep analytics solutions with clients across a broad set of industries.

How New IBM Fellow Pours Analytics into Real-World Problems A Smarter Planet Blog

As a teenager parking cars at a Fort Lauderdale country club, IBM customer analytics consulting leader Mike Haydock picked up much more than just tips.
Take the life lesson he received one day from Academy Award winning actor George C. Scott. “He gave me a tremendous insight on how he got into the role of Patton,” Haydock said. “He told me he became that role. He became Patton. That’s how he was able to pull that performance off.”
Haydock says he applies that same philosophy to his own work with clients. “I start to think like them,” he said. “So I know everything about the problem they’re trying to solve and probably more.”
That immersive approach has made Haydock, known as the ‘Math Maestro,’ one of IBM’s most sought after analytics experts, a demand that is likely to grow now that he has been named an IBM Fellow. The Fellow designation acknowledges an employee’s important contributions as well as their industry-leading innovations in developing some of the world’s most important technologies.
From designing the most efficient way to butcher cattle, to creating an original dynamic pricing model for airline fares, Haydock has applied deep analytics solutions with clients across a broad set of industries.

Apr 01

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fredericw:

Key aspects of the future of work — (via What is the Future of Work? | On Web Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe)

fredericw:

Key aspects of the future of work — (via What is the Future of Work? | On Web Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe)

explore-blog:

Massive visualization uses Google’s Ngram Viewer – a remarkable big-data tool for tracking changes in culture though word usage in more than 4 billion books – to depict political, scientific, cultural, and philosophical themes. 
One of the most prominent patterns is the fall of “God” over the course of the 20th century, as well as the rise of utopias – a concept that has always enchanted us – in the aftermath of WWII.

explore-blog:

Massive visualization uses Google’s Ngram Viewer – a remarkable big-data tool for tracking changes in culture though word usage in more than 4 billion books – to depict political, scientific, cultural, and philosophical themes.

One of the most prominent patterns is the fall of “God” over the course of the 20th century, as well as the rise of utopias – a concept that has always enchanted us – in the aftermath of WWII.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying wind turbine!
hrichmond, grist.org
Are we the only ones who can’t think of blimps without thinking of Blimpie’s sub sandwiches? (We also have a hard time thinking about submarines without getting hungry.) If so, we’re sorry to make your mouth water, but Massachusetts company Altaer…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying wind turbine!
hrichmond, grist.org

Are we the only ones who can’t think of blimps without thinking of Blimpie’s sub sandwiches? (We also have a hard time thinking about submarines without getting hungry.) If so, we’re sorry to make your mouth water, but Massachusetts company Altaer…

Mar 31

IBM to start crunching connected car data for Peugeot — GigaOM


IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles.

IBM to start crunching connected car data for Peugeot — GigaOM


IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles.

Mar 27

IBM Invests $100 Million To Expand Design Business | Co.Design | business   design
In response to growing demand, IBM is spending $100 million to acquire talent and open Interactive Experience labs around the world.

IBM Invests $100 Million To Expand Design Business | Co.Design | business design
In response to growing demand, IBM is spending $100 million to acquire talent and open Interactive Experience labs around the world.

Mar 25

infographicjournal:

What Does ‘Smart’ Technology Really Look Like?

infographicjournal:

What Does ‘Smart’ Technology Really Look Like?