Teeing Up Mobile and Big Data to Help U.S. Open Golf Fans Keep Score

By Patrick G. Childress

One of my favorite parts of summer, much to my wife’s chagrin, is watching golf on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes it’s on in the background while I’m tending the grill, and other times I’m parked on the sofa seeing who can sink that 30-footer to win the tournament. I enjoy watching the pros hit shot after shot that I can’t ever seem to pull off myself.

Working at IBM, I am fortunate to be able to combine my love of golf with my day job of managing and designing new mobile applications as part of the IBM Interactive design team. Over the past 15 years, this team has been developing unique digital experiences for clients. Most recently, we were tasked with designing and building a new iPad app for the United States Golf Association (USGA), to launch in conjunction with the 2013 U.S. Open, the largest golf tournament in the U.S.

Designed with fans in mind, the U.S. Open iPad app is the ideal companion for following the toughest test in golf. One of the features I’m most proud of is “Hole Insights,” which allows fans to watch live, hole-by-hole, golf statistics, as well as understand the impact of those stats to a player’s score. For example, you will be able to see in real-time what percentage of golfers who missed the fairway on Hole 3 went on to card a birdie, par or bogey (or worse!) for that hole. One fun result of this is that as the tournament unfolds, fans will know which shots on the course turn out to be most important to the eventual winner.

For fans who like their live video and sports statistics in equal doses, the app has a video console that integrates streaming video with live data from the course, on one screen. For each day of championship play, the console will present a full leader board (where you can choose up to five favorites to follow), Hole Insights and individual scoring information for each of the featured golfers in the Marquee Group.

The beauty of living in today’s digital world is that sports statistics, data and information is abundant and available in real-time.

I hope you enjoy the new U.S. Open iPad app’s immersive look at the 2013 U.S. Open, and invite you to check it out here.

Forget The Register: Stores Use Mobile To Make Sales On The Spot : All Tech Considered : NPR
A Nordstrom salesperson shows a customer an online selection of shoes on an in-store iPad. Like some other retailers, Nordstrom is using mobile devices to make on-the-spot sales and check companywide product inventory instantly.

Forget The Register: Stores Use Mobile To Make Sales On The Spot : All Tech Considered : NPR

A Nordstrom salesperson shows a customer an online selection of shoes on an in-store iPad. Like some other retailers, Nordstrom is using mobile devices to make on-the-spot sales and check companywide product inventory instantly.

IBM updates its Connections social enterprise software, eyes analytics | ZDNet
IBM on Wednesday made the latest version of its Connections social enterprise software generally available with updated activity streams, more mobile support and analytics features.
The Connections software, technically Connections 4.0, includes the following:
A revamped activity stream for a consolidated social dashboard. The general idea is that users can act within the activity stream to approve travel requests and expenses among other items.
Support for Apple’s latest iPhone, which will be unveiled today, the iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices.
Trending topics within the enterprise and social network.
Integration with enterprise email and calendar tools.
On-premise and cloud delivery options. 
Many of these features were highlighted in our recent interview with Jeff Schick, IBM’s social software lead.
IBM is ranked the top social software vendor by IDC and Big Blue has been touting its large clients, including Primerica, LeasePlan, Bayer and other large companies. IBM also has built a network of 39,000 partners to build on top of Connections, which started as an internal collaboration tool before being productized.

IBM updates its Connections social enterprise software, eyes analytics | ZDNet

IBM on Wednesday made the latest version of its Connections social enterprise software generally available with updated activity streams, more mobile support and analytics features.

The Connections software, technically Connections 4.0, includes the following:

  • A revamped activity stream for a consolidated social dashboard. The general idea is that users can act within the activity stream to approve travel requests and expenses among other items.
  • Support for Apple’s latest iPhone, which will be unveiled today, the iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices.
  • Trending topics within the enterprise and social network.
  • Integration with enterprise email and calendar tools.
  • On-premise and cloud delivery options. 

Many of these features were highlighted in our recent interview with Jeff Schick, IBM’s social software lead.

IBM is ranked the top social software vendor by IDC and Big Blue has been touting its large clients, including Primerica, LeasePlan, Bayer and other large companies. IBM also has built a network of 39,000 partners to build on top of Connections, which started as an internal collaboration tool before being productized.

How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad Apps
The heavy influx of iPads into large enterprise organizations is posing new kinds of challenges for IT departments, particiularly around developing and distributing corporate apps. At the annual Gartner Catalyst conference this week in San Diego, top companies like Genentech, Eli Lily and Northern Trust Bank shared some of the secrets behind their impressive app portfoliios. 
Genentech/Roche
How do you grow your internal mobile app portfolio to 112 different apps over time? Paul Lanzi, the mobile apps team manager for Genetech/Roche, likes to give his apps cute names, such as “Peeps” for the corporate personnel directory and “Kudos” for employee rewards.

How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad Apps

The heavy influx of iPads into large enterprise organizations is posing new kinds of challenges for IT departments, particiularly around developing and distributing corporate apps. At the annual Gartner Catalyst conference this week in San Diego, top companies like Genentech, Eli Lily and Northern Trust Bank shared some of the secrets behind their impressive app portfoliios. 

Genentech/Roche

How do you grow your internal mobile app portfolio to 112 different apps over time? Paul Lanzi, the mobile apps team manager for Genetech/Roche, likes to give his apps cute names, such as “Peeps” for the corporate personnel directory and “Kudos” for employee rewards.

Electronic Medical Records Finally Become a Reality, Thanks to the iPad
Digital health is a hot market right now, with funding levels having tripled over the past year. Y Combinator graduate drchrono is one of many scrappy young startups aiming to change the stodgy old healthcare system. Indeed, drchrono strikes at one of the core problems of traditional healthcare: paperwork. Drchrono is an EMR (Electronic Medical Record) solution for doctors, optimized for the iPad and also available on iPhone and the Web.
Drchrono has a wide range of features; including scheduling an appointment, inputting medical details, eprescribing, billing, and Medical Speech to Text technology. Perhaps the best feature is that the patient can get a copy of their medical records, via the app.

Electronic Medical Records Finally Become a Reality, Thanks to the iPad

Digital health is a hot market right now, with funding levels having tripled over the past year. Y Combinator graduate drchrono is one of many scrappy young startups aiming to change the stodgy old healthcare system. Indeed, drchrono strikes at one of the core problems of traditional healthcare: paperwork. Drchrono is an EMR (Electronic Medical Record) solution for doctors, optimized for the iPad and also available on iPhone and the Web.

Drchrono has a wide range of features; including scheduling an appointment, inputting medical details, eprescribing, billing, and Medical Speech to Text technology. Perhaps the best feature is that the patient can get a copy of their medical records, via the app.

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Tablets ‘one of the fastest-growing technologies in history’ - Telegraph

One in four smartphone owners used a tablet between February and April this year, an increase of 14 per cent over last year.


"Once consumers get their hands on their first tablet, they are using them for any number of media habits," said Mark Donovan, Senior Vice President of Mobile at market research firm comScore.

Tablets ‘one of the fastest-growing technologies in history’ - Telegraph

One in four smartphone owners used a tablet between February and April this year, an increase of 14 per cent over last year.

"Once consumers get their hands on their first tablet, they are using them for any number of media habits," said Mark Donovan, Senior Vice President of Mobile at market research firm comScore.


The Smarter Planet app (version 3.0) integrates content from many spheres of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative: our blog, Tumblr sites, YouTube, ibm.com, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Our goal is to help people understand how the world’s systems — from cities and buildings to the energy grid, transportation networks, the delivery of healthcare and the food supply chain — are becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent through the application of new business analytics and information technology innovations.

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How the iPad Is Changing Education | ReadWriteWeb

The iPad may only be two years old, but it’s already begun to change many things. Reading is one of them. Work is another. It is selling like crazy, but it will be some time before most of the people you know own a tablet.

The market for this type of device may only be in its infancy, but it’s already becoming clear how it will revolutionize certain aspects our lives. Education is a huge one, as recent developments have demonstrated.

In January, Apple made good on its late CEO’s vision to enter the digital textbook market with the launch of iBooks 2 and the iBooks Author production tool for e-books. That early effort was met with mixed reactions. While some were excited to see Apple move into a space that’s ripe for disruption, others pointed out the inherent limitations in Apple’s model, which for starters, will be cost-prohibitive for many school districts.

The iPad: An Obvious Use Case for Education

In a way, Apple didn’t enter the education market. Rather, it followed its customers there. By the time iBooks 2 landed in the App Store, many people had already seen the potential the iPad has to change education. A growing number of college students have, on their own accord, made the device a mainstay of their backpacks. More importantly, several school districts wasted no time launching pilot programs to use the iPad in the classroom in a more official way.

Chicago’s public school district was one of those early adopters, having brought iPads into a number of its classrooms and even allowing students to take them home. While programs like this can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement, they can ultimately save districts money on textbooks, since e-books are cheaper than their printed counterparts. And of course, an iPad is considerably lighter than a bag full of textbooks.

Tablet adoption is increasing among corporate tech buyers. ChangeWave Research recently polled a group of 1,604 business IT buyers and found that 22 percent of them planned to purchase tablets for their employees sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Of those, 84 percent say they’re likely to buy Apple iPads — an increase of 7 percentage points from ChangeWave’s November 2011 survey.

Apple Makes Push Into iPad Textbooks - WSJ.com
With More iPads in Classrooms, Education Push Would Help Fend Off Android-Device Competition
Apple Inc., expanding its ambitions in education, joined the race to sell  digital textbooks, hoping to get students to trade their book bag for an  iPad.
The electronics company unveiled a new version of its iBooks digital  book store that supports textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study  cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram  of an ant.
The service launched with a small number of high-school titles from McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson PLC and others, with some from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt coming  shortly. Textbooks for courses such as algebra 1, environmental science  and biology will be available first, priced at $14.99 or less.

Apple Makes Push Into iPad Textbooks - WSJ.com

With More iPads in Classrooms, Education Push Would Help Fend Off Android-Device Competition

Apple Inc., expanding its ambitions in education, joined the race to sell digital textbooks, hoping to get students to trade their book bag for an iPad.

The electronics company unveiled a new version of its iBooks digital book store that supports textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram of an ant.

The service launched with a small number of high-school titles from McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson PLC and others, with some from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt coming shortly. Textbooks for courses such as algebra 1, environmental science and biology will be available first, priced at $14.99 or less.