#IBMFoodTruck – What’s cooking?


What's cooking?

Help decide! Cast your vote for what the cognitive computer-powered food truck will make next. Cooking starts March 7. http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/cognitivecooking/?ce=ISM0457&ct=chq&cmp=ibmsocial&cm=h&cr=crossbrand&ccy=us

– Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

IBM Developer Happening in Vegas Next Week: Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift, & Elvis Costello

Image Credit:  IBM

Image Credit: IBM

Next week IBM will be hosting an inaugural (and free) event for developers at the Hakkasan Lounge at the MGM Grand on February 24-25, 2014. It will be held in conjunction with IBM Pulse-The Premier Cloud Conference.

At dev@Pulse, developers will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leading thinkers on mobile, game design, AI, front-end development, analytics, and cloud computing.

Featured speakers include Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Jonathan Bryce with OpenStack, and a host of other experts.

But dev@Pulse is an invitation to do more than just take in the sights and the speakers. Attendees will be encouraged to join in talks, design camps, and code jams — where they’ll have access to tools and APIs that are being used to create the next wave of great applications.

Fallout Boy

Fallout Boy

There will also be a virtual “playground” featuring some of the latest bleeding-edge technologies, including the virtual reality headset for 3D Gaming, Oculus Rift; a Raspberry Pi station; IBM’s Watson; and even a Parrot Drone, just for good measure.  dev@pulse attendees will also be welcomed to a free concert headlined by Fall Out Boy and Elvis Costello the evening of February 25th.

Registration is open at http://ibm.co/N6hN69, so feel free to share with your clients, co-workers, or other interested parties.

Learn more & register for free




–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection for Todd Watson, IBM

Santa is On His Way – How is Big Data Analytics Helping? (Infographic)

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Santa is on his way, but retailers know they cannot rely on holiday magic alone to make the year’s busiest shopping season a success.  They are engaging with customers in new ways and using the power of analytics and a multi-channel approach to make the season bright.


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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

The Origins of Cloud Computing – from the 1920s

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Tabulating Machine Service Division (TMSD) proposal presented to IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson, Sr. in 1922

Sometimes history is tangible, something you can literally hold it in your hand. Like this 1922 document I ran across in our holdings. It very well may be the earliest formal outline of Cloud at IBM.

They didn’t call it Cloud in 1925. It was the Tabulating Machine Service Division (TMSD) in this proposal presented to IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson, Sr.  But at its core, TMSD was Cloud – the provision of data processing capability to clients who couldn’t or wouldn’t invest in building an internal data processing infrastructure.

In this proposal, TMSD would target several opportunities in the data processing marketplace. It was to “be utilized for rendering Tabulating Machine facilities to non-users and the small concerns who are not sufficiently large to install Tabulating Machines, for taking care of peak load requirements of present users, and for rendering assistance to existing installations where special service is requested.”

In these cases, the thinking was that the clients would move to having machines put in when the business grew sufficiently large to warrant it. “The Service Department will supply the means of educating a future user to the benefits of Tabulating Machines, preparing them for the installation of equipment when the volume of their work amounts to sufficient to justify recommending the ordering of machines.”

In addition, TMSD would help preserve the existing client base, as “discontinued customers will be followed up actively,” and “those planning reduction of expense through the elimination of machines or changes in methods will offer special opportunities to the service salesmen.”

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The price of those opportunities was certainly right. The proposal estimated the cost for generating a single report of a thousand cards, up to 4 sorts and 1 total, was $5.68. IBM’s profit? One third – $1.42.  The proposal even offered the 1920s version of sending data to the Cloud … it included retaining the client’s punched cards for a year.

The TMSD concept took a decade and a global economic collapse to come to fruition, but in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, IBM opened the first of what is now called Service Bureaus. Watson, Sr., later recalled that the Depression re-prioritized the original business rational for the service – in 1932 the most important objective of the Service to preserve the existing client base by taking over the data processing for firms who, due to a downtown in their fortunes, could no longer afford a tabulating machine installation of their own.

Regardless of what business need the Service Bureau targeted, the end result was that clients responded to the flexibility it the concept offered them. By 1946, the Bureau had contracts ranging in value from $10 to $250,000 for a three million card project for Western Union. And it was well positioned to take advantage of the explosion in data processing as the world emerged from the Second World War.

by Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

by Paul Lasewicz,
IBM Corporate Archivist



Coffee, Conversations and Commerce with IBM Midsize Business


IBM Midsize Business: IBM Coffee + Conversation

How often have you met a colleague to discuss something related to work over a cup of coffee?  There’s something about a coffee shop that seems conducive to business, networking, and understanding complex subjects – it seems more personal and approachable.  In this video series, IBM Midsize Business shares some coffee house conversations on business topics pertinent to mid-size businesses, such as cloud, social business, mobile, and analytics.  Learn more at Midsize Insider:  Coffee, Conversations, and Commerce.

About Midsize Insider

Midsize Insider is a valuable repository of expert content tailored for small-to-midsized business owners and IT decision makers. Expert insights and perspectives in the Midsize Insider are gleaned from actionable business experiences and will assist readers in creating efficiencies, cutting costs and delivering results.



– By Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Light-hearted Introduction to Cloud Computing

Watch this cartoon video for a light-hearted introduction to the concept of cloud computing and what’s possible when IT systems are dynamic and smarter.


Video courtesy of IBM Smarter Planet Australia/New Zealand:

– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection

IBM Technology To Help Critically Ill Children Around The World

Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes. The medical knowledge to treat these children exists, yet the delivery of effective care is impeded by the global shortage of 4 million medical workers (1.5 million in Africa alone).  While the traditional approach to medical education has brought world-class care to many patients, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) recognized a need to extend medical knowledge beyond the walls of medical institutions and schools.

OPENPediatrics1Partnering with IBM, BCH has pioneered the world’s first cloud-based social learning platform — OPENPediatrics — which aims to connect physicians and nurses from all resource settings across the world around the sharing of best practices in the care of critically ill children. The platform, which includes IBM’s social networking, cloud, data analytics, video, and simulation technologies, will be made available at no cost to any interested clinicians around the globe.  Today, over 1000 doctors and nurses are testing OPENPediatrics in 74 countries (343 hospitals) around the globe.


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– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection