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DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that René Bostic joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. René will present "Blockchain for Business" session at the event. René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter. She received a Business and Economics degree with a minor in Computer... (more)

Announcing @IBMWatson Day at @CloudExpo | @IBMcloud #AI #ML #DL #DX #FinTech #Chatbot

Join IBM November 1 at 21st Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and learn how IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Build a Cognitive Chatbot Powered by IBM Watson 3:40 pm – 4:15 pm JeanCarl Bisson, Developer Advocate, IBM In this session we will build a chatbot powered by IBM Watson, connect it to third-party APIs, and share best practices of chatbots co-existing with humans. Bringing Life to Intelligent, Manned Systems with AI and IBM Watson 4:20 pm – 4:55 pm Marek Sadowski, Developer Advocate, IBM Cognitive analysis impacts today's systems with unparalleled ability that were previously available only to manned, back-end operations. Thanks to cloud processing, IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Imagine a robot vacuum that becomes your personal as... (more)

IBM Named "Diamond Sponsor" of @CloudExpo | #SmartCities #AI #DX #DigitalTransformation

SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM  has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Hybrid Cloud Transformation: New Platforms, Technologies and Solutions View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of D... (more)

Announcing Revolution R Enterprise 6.0

Revolution Analytics is proud to announce the latest update to our enhanced, production-grade distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise. This update expands the range of supported computation platforms, adds new Big Data predictive models, and updates to the latest stable release of open source R (2.14.2), which improves performance of the R interpreter by about 30%. This release expands the range of big-data statistical analysis with support for Generalized Linear Models (GLM). Logistic (Binomial) Poisson, Gamma and Tweedie models are all supported with a high-performance C++ implementation, and you can also model any distribution in the GLM family with a custom link function written in R. Big Data GLM has been a common request from many of our customers, and beta testers have been blown away by the speed of the implementation. For example here's an example of a T... (more)

[session] Embracing Hybrid Cloud | @CloudExpo @IBMSystems #Mobile #DX

Data Mobility: Embracing Hybrid Cloud with Confidence Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect, will explore how storage and software-defined solutions from IBM have evolved for the road ahead. Walk-away knowing how you can bring new levels of speed, agility and efficiency to the applications and workloads you choose to deploy across a hybrid cloud model. Speaker Bio Greg Tevis is an IBM Storage Software Technical... (more)

SEO Company Secures $10 Million in Series B Financing

Venture Capital Blog on Ulitzer Conductor, Inc, a pioneer of enterprise SEO measurement and optimization solutions, today announced $10 million in Series B funding, led by new investor Matrix Partners. FirstMark Capital, who led Conductor's Series A financing, also participated in the round. Conductor is the industry leader in developing products and solutions designed to address the largely untapped natural search market. Given the industry's lack of dependable data and intelligent tools, enterprise marketers frequently neglect the significant opportunities in natural search -- investing only 11 percent of their search marketing budget, despite the fact that nearly 85 percent of all search activity occurs in the natural space. Conductor's technology empowers online marketing professionals to gather reliable data on their SEO efforts, make better decisions on captur... (more)

Lenovo to Acquire IBM's x86 Server Business

Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. The agreement builds upon a longstanding collaboration that began in 2005 when Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business, which included the ThinkPad line of PCs. In the period since the companies have continued to collaborate in many areas. IBM will continue to dev... (more)

IBM Announces New Cloud Offerings

IBM announced new offerings today that will help WebSphere users to leverage both public and private clouds. Two new offerings, the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition and the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, help users construct private WebSphere cloud environments. In addition, more WebSphere offerings are being made available in the form of Amazon Machine Images. This allows users to utilize IBM WebSphere enterprise class software in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is a virtualized packaging of the WebSphere Application Server and is the first IBM Software offering to be packaged according to the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. The virtual image is shipped ready to run on a hypervisor and comes with a pre-installed Linux Operating System, WebSphere Application Server, and IB... (more)

Bringing Cloud Computing to SOA

There’s no shortage of opinions on how cloud computing and SOA are related. Just plug the phrase into your favorite search engine and you’ll have a day’s worth of reading. What you are likely to find are articles discussing how SOA led to cloud computing, how a good SOA is a prerequisite to leverage cloud computing, or how to leverage cloud computing in your SOA. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading these types of articles and listening to experts talk about SOA and cloud computing, and that got me to thinking. How can companies bring the cloud experience to their SOA? In order to do this, a company may set out by creating clouds of their physical infrastructure, storage, or networking capabilities, which are all worthy pursuits. However, I believe the best way to cloud-enable a SOA is to deal with the heart of the SOA, the services. In short, to bring the cloud to... (more)

Confronting The Culture of Cloud Computing

Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies I’ve talked with are either already leveraging cloud computing (both public and private), or they are currently researching or prototyping some sort of cloud computing solution. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports and numbers for some time now that indicate just how many organizations have turned to some aspects of cloud computing. However, there has been a common theme that has been a bit surprising. I expected to hear quite a lot about the technical challenges these organizations face when adopting ... (more)

IBM to Acquire Lombardi

SOA in the Cloud Cloud Computing Expo - IBM today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lombardi, a privately held software company based in Austin, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed. Lombardi, a leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software and services, helps organizations automate and integrate business processes to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Organizations are struggling to find ways to simplify their business operations to better reach partners and clients, improve decision-making and increase their return on investment. The management of processes supporting business functions such as product planning, supply chain execution, insurance application and claims management, human resources, IT services and procurement is vital to the success of every business. Helping companies automate these processes to ... (more)