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Social signals for the enterprise mobile app developer

IBM Center for Applied Insights

Did you know that smoke signals are one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication?  What’s interesting about them is that their meaning was not universally known or understood.  If a threat was nearby, the sender didn’t want the message overheard by anyone other than the intended receiver, so Native Americans and the early Chinese predetermined what the puffs meant, and this was understood only by their group.

Interpreting what’s being said across social networks can be just as mysterious, since people communicate in so many ways and enterprises may have their own interpretations of the chatter.

Beginning this week, the IBM Center for Applied Insights will be publishing an ongoing series of posts, called Social Signals, sharing social conversation patterns we’re seeing on various topics. As we deliver these signals, the “puffs of smoke” and what they could mean to your business, we encourage you to participate by sending…

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And the Oscar Goes to . . . IBM

This is news!


It seems as if just a few years ago I actually used to get excited about the big night. The big night that was last night, the 87th Academy Awards. I used to watch with friends, with family. I even went to an awards party once.

In the past I even saw the movies that won — before they won.

And I think that’s how some of us have been feeling lately about industry standard performance benchmarks. Remember the good old days of leapfrogging? Of vicious ads and blogs? Of fights over TPC-C?

But recently I was super impressed with a brand new IBM publish last week of the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark. SPECjEnterprise2010 emulates an automobile dealership, manufacturing, supply chain management and order/inventory system and was designed to stress the Java EE application server. It’s an excellent measure of middleware.

The new IBM result running WebSphere and DB2 was the best…

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IBM Integration Bus Patterns

IBM @ SXSW Infographic! Rocking Bluemix, Chez Watson, and Social!

Update: talking about mobile and cloud, and bridging skill gaps

I got another article published today on the IBM Mobile blog:

And, also published these since my last update here:

Please check them out. 

WebSphere Liberty Core for ISVs – free as in beer

Why WebSphere Blog

IMG_2324When IBM shipped WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 in June this year there were a couple of new license options made available: (1) Liberty Profile Core and (2) Liberty Profile Core for ISVs. I am very excited for these new members of the product family. This time IBM has done something unusual. ISVs are now able to use Liberty Core to develop applications at no charge and customers of those ISVs can deploy such applications without having to buy license and support for Liberty Core. I believe this move was made by IBM to address competitive pressure from Tomcat, Jetty and other free software.

You might ask, why do I like this change? It would seem that being IBM employee I would want IBM customers to pay for software, not give it away for free. The truth is that there are many small applications that do not require high quality of…

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Welcome to the new (and fast-growing) ecosystem of mobile business apps


Over the last few months, I’ve had several conversations about mobile business applications that remind me of early discussions and debates around SaaS a decade ago. When Emergence first invested in in 2003, we heard all kinds of reasons why Software-as-a-Service wouldn’t work. Yet, cloud-based computing enabled a fundamental shift in software design, go-to-market strategies, and cost structure. Today SaaS companies are quickly coming to dominate the business application market.

I feel like we are on the cusp of a similarly fundamental shift in business software. Once again, the change is about rethinking business applications, but this time it is with a mobile lens. When talking with companies that don’t have a specific mobile strategy, I keep hearing about how mobile is just a feature of cloud-based applications. Yet when we meet with entrepreneurs who are building “mobile-first” business apps, we can see a completely different way of thinking:…

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