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  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    IBM Press Releases - All Topics - United States
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 pm
    IBM today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed. In comparison, IBM’s cloud competitors require customers to review and commit to more complex contracts that commonly are at least five times longer and also incorporate terms and conditions from other websites. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Retain and Delight Your Customers by Applying IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence

    IBM Redbooks | Just Published
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Enhance your customer relationships across all your channels - Produce personalized customer offers and recommendations - View real-world case studies across various industries What if you knew which customers would most likely respond to a campaign or marketing promotion? Or knew which customers are at risk for attrition and if given the chance could provide retention offers that significantly reduced the risk of customer attrition? What if you knew the best cross-sell/up-sell opportunities with your customers? What if you and your…
  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    IBM Press Releases - Corporate - United States
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 pm
    IBM today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed. In comparison, IBM’s cloud competitors require customers to review and commit to more complex contracts that commonly are at least five times longer and also incorporate terms and conditions from other websites. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

    IBM Press Releases - Services and solutions - United States
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada,…
  • IBM Cloud Helps Diabetizer Improve the Accuracy and Flexibility of Diabetes Treatment

    IBM Press Releases - Software - United States
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    IBM today announced that it is working with Diabetizer, a German -based healthcare technology company, to leverage IBM’s open platform-as-a-service, Bluemix to build and deploy a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based application that improves care for diabetes patients around the world. The app allows diabetes patients to instantly access and aggregate their health data from multiple devices anywhere in the world, as well as apply advanced analytics to control their blood sugar at precisely accurate levels. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
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    IBM Press Releases - All Topics - United States

  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 pm
    IBM today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed. In comparison, IBM’s cloud competitors require customers to review and commit to more complex contracts that commonly are at least five times longer and also incorporate terms and conditions from other websites. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Equinix and IBM Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Computing Initiatives

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, together with IBM today announced an agreement to provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in nine markets worldwide spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near…
  • IBM Cloud Helps Diabetizer Improve the Accuracy and Flexibility of Diabetes Treatment

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    IBM today announced that it is working with Diabetizer, a German -based healthcare technology company, to leverage IBM’s open platform-as-a-service, Bluemix to build and deploy a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based application that improves care for diabetes patients around the world. The app allows diabetes patients to instantly access and aggregate their health data from multiple devices anywhere in the world, as well as apply advanced analytics to control their blood sugar at precisely accurate levels. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • German Startup Protects Highly-Sensitive Patient Data in the IBM Cloud

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    IBM today announced that the German startup Preveniomed has chosen IBM Cloud to securely store and process patient data and health records on pilots from around the world. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • IBM Adds Cloud Centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    IBM today announced a continued expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centers with 12 new locations serving a growing roster of enterprise clients looking to move to hybrid cloud computing. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
 
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    IBM Redbooks | Just Published

  • Retain and Delight Your Customers by Applying IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Enhance your customer relationships across all your channels - Produce personalized customer offers and recommendations - View real-world case studies across various industries What if you knew which customers would most likely respond to a campaign or marketing promotion? Or knew which customers are at risk for attrition and if given the chance could provide retention offers that significantly reduced the risk of customer attrition? What if you knew the best cross-sell/up-sell opportunities with your customers? What if you and your…
  • Reference Architecture: Flex System and Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with NetApp FAS8040

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Based on Flex System x240 Compute Nodes and NetApp FAS8040 Storage - Using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Provides architecture and implementation details Solution Reference Number: CLDHYPFM051 Hyper-V Fast Track (HVFT) for Windows Server 2012 R2 on Lenovo Flex System™ is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo® that improves time-to-value for your private cloud virtualization needs.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer RD550

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The enterprise class, 1U ThinkServer RD550 is a two-socket server that features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and supports up to 768 GB of DDR4 memory, 18 cores, and 36 threads per socket.
  • IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Virtualize your infrastructure - Enable storage for Cloud computing - Accelerate business insights with advanced analytics IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center provides efficient virtualization and management of heterogeneous storage systems.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TD350

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The Lenovo® ThinkServer® TD350 allows you to balance high performance and massive storage capacity without the need to invest in a rack infrastructure.
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    IBM Press Releases - Corporate - United States

  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 pm
    IBM today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed. In comparison, IBM’s cloud competitors require customers to review and commit to more complex contracts that commonly are at least five times longer and also incorporate terms and conditions from other websites. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • IBM Adds Cloud Centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    IBM today announced a continued expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centers with 12 new locations serving a growing roster of enterprise clients looking to move to hybrid cloud computing. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada,…
  • Volunteers Can Now Help Scripps Research Institute Scientists Seek Ebola Cure in Their (Computers') Spare Time

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    Although some medical therapies show promise as treatments for Ebola, scientists are still looking urgently for a definitive cure. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Thanksgiving Sets Historic Milestone as Mobile Drives More Than Half of All Shopping Traffic, Reports IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    IBM today reported record online and mobile shopping during Thanksgiving and Black Friday based on consumer transaction data analyzed in real-time by the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. The data-driven insight gives retailers and marketers more than 370 performance indicators to benchmark themselves against industry peers to drive more targeted customer engagements. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
 
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    IBM Press Releases - Services and solutions - United States

  • Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada,…
  • Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads -- between or within cloud centers -- based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • IBM Study: Organizations Struggling to Defend Against Sophisticated Cyber Attacks

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    More than 80 percent of security leaders believe the challenge posed by external threats is on the rise, while 60 percent also agree their organizations are outgunned in the cyber war, according to findings released today by IBM. The study additionally reveals that technology is seen as a critical component in addressing these security issues and threats, with big data, cloud and mobile named as the most significant areas of prioritization. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Nubity Inc. Launches Hybrid Cloud Management Tool on the IBM Cloud

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    IBM announced today that Nubity Inc., has grown from a startup in Mexico City to a global provider of cloud services by partnering with IBM as part of the SoftLayer Catalyst program. The Catalyst program, which is currently being integrated into the IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur Program, helps startups like Nubity Inc. by providing access to open, secure, scalable cloud infrastructure, executive mentorship and a robust ecosystem of partners and clients. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • WPP Extends Its Partnership with IBM to Accelerate Its Digital Transformation and Global Leadership

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    IBM today announced it is building on its long-term relationship with WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. The agreement will enable WPP to innovate new digital services that will be run and managed within a global hybrid cloud infrastructure. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
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    IBM Press Releases - Software - United States

  • IBM Cloud Helps Diabetizer Improve the Accuracy and Flexibility of Diabetes Treatment

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    IBM today announced that it is working with Diabetizer, a German -based healthcare technology company, to leverage IBM’s open platform-as-a-service, Bluemix to build and deploy a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based application that improves care for diabetes patients around the world. The app allows diabetes patients to instantly access and aggregate their health data from multiple devices anywhere in the world, as well as apply advanced analytics to control their blood sugar at precisely accurate levels. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Korea’s Hancom Selects IBM Cloud to Securely Deploy SaaS Services Overseas

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    IBM today announced that Hancom, a leading South Korean software developer, has adopted the IBM cloud to launch its cloud-based software products in overseas markets. Leveraging IBM’s global network of cloud centers, the South Korean company will be able to extend its services to new geographies quickly and efficiently and offer on-demand services to its customers. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads -- between or within cloud centers -- based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Nubity Inc. Launches Hybrid Cloud Management Tool on the IBM Cloud

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    IBM announced today that Nubity Inc., has grown from a startup in Mexico City to a global provider of cloud services by partnering with IBM as part of the SoftLayer Catalyst program. The Catalyst program, which is currently being integrated into the IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur Program, helps startups like Nubity Inc. by providing access to open, secure, scalable cloud infrastructure, executive mentorship and a robust ecosystem of partners and clients. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • IBM and Docker Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Enterprise Applications in the Cloud and On Prem

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Today, IBM and Docker, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the…
 
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    IBM Press Releases - Research - United States

  • IBM Research Scientists Investigate Use of Cognitive Computing-Based Visual Analytics for Skin Cancer Image Analysis

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    IBM announced today a collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering to research the application of cognitive computing to analyze dermatological images of skin lesions with the goal of assisting clinicians in the identification of various cancerous disease states. The technology, which learns by identifying specific patterns in medical images, has the potential to increase the number of cases detected and help clinicians make earlier diagnoses. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Taps IBM Watson to Help Accelerate and Enhance Care Delivery

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    IBM today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using Watson technology in a pilot program to assist physicians in helping accelerate the process of evidence-based medical decision making. The VA joins leading healthcare organizations that are working with IBM Watson to help improve efficiency and quality of care being delivered. As part of the multi-year contract, the VHA will also work with Watson for a clinical focus supporting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads -- between or within cloud centers -- based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • Made in IBM Labs: Creating Analytics “Express Lane” For Cloud Data

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    IBM inventors have patented an invention that enhances the use of analytics for assessing and directing data in a cloud computing environment, enabling more timely and efficient application processing and management. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
  • IBM Study: Organizations Struggling to Defend Against Sophisticated Cyber Attacks

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    More than 80 percent of security leaders believe the challenge posed by external threats is on the rise, while 60 percent also agree their organizations are outgunned in the cyber war, according to findings released today by IBM. The study additionally reveals that technology is seen as a critical component in addressing these security issues and threats, with big data, cloud and mobile named as the most significant areas of prioritization. E-mail this page Save to del.icio.us Digg this
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    IBM Research

  • Accessibility Technology Opening New Channels of Online Commerce

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    15 seconds. That’s all the time an organization has to hold someone’s attention on a website. For various reasons – poor navigation, confusing content, ineffective design, or lack of accessibility – consumers have no patience for organizations that don’t take customer experience seriously. By offering an online experience customized to individual needs, preferences and abilities,
  • The “perfect storm” hits the world of verification

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tenth annual Haifa Verification Conference gathers world experts in verification to discuss new trends and complexities in verification According to Harry Foster, chief verification scientist of Mentor Graphics and one of the keynote speakers at the recent Haifa Verification Conference, “the increasing complexities and challenges of functional verification are like navigating the perfect
  • From utter disbelief to rubbing shoulders with Nobel Laureates

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    An interview with former IBM scientist Dieter Wolfgang Pohl looks at near-field optics (NFO) in context with super-resolution fluorescence microscopy that was recognised with the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Scientific curiosity has been a driving force behind the research of retired IBM scientist Dr. Dieter W. Pohl. It drove him to put the famous Abbé diffraction limit in question. His 1982
  • Collaborative Manufacturing as a Service in the Cloud

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
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  • INFORMS Recognizes IBMer with John von Neumann Theory Prize

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> John von Neumann (wikipedia) In the 1940s, John von Neumann developed the computer architecture that established the design, as well as the programming and theories, for how modern computers operate to this day. His work has inspired many others to build and innovate on top of these concepts. He also laid the foundation of game theory, and did
 
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    Bob's Blog

  • It’s a Christmas Miracle! Softlayer enables business partners to create integrations in a snap

    Bob Balfe
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Santa has come early for IBM Business Partners! I remember the days when I worked at Key Services and any time we wanted to try out new software it had to go through all kinds of approval processes because it … Continue reading →
  • My top 10 videos on YouTube this year!

    Bob Balfe
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    It is that time to reflect on the past year and this year I am starting with my YouTube channel. In case you missed any of these blockbuster hits you can watch them now! This year I had over 32,000 … Continue reading →
  • WebSphere Commerce is now on the Request for Enhancements site!

    Bob Balfe
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Yes, this news is actually about 9 months late but I am realizing not many customers know about this so I figured I would re-announce it today. This is the place where you can vote on features and even submit … Continue reading →
  • Coding Commerce: Showing the shopper which items they already purchased

    Bob Balfe
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you shop on a specific site and would like to see what products you have previously purchased in the shopping experience? I have seen some implementations of a “My Closet” where its a specific page on the site that … Continue reading →
  • Is your solution Ready for Smarter Commerce?

    Bob Balfe
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    Earlier this year IBM announced a partnership with over 16 new partners who have created integrations with the IBM Commerce platform. That number is now up to an astounding 35 partners in less than a year later! You can check out … Continue reading →
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    Adam Gartenberg’s Blog

  • Watson Analytics Beta Now Available

    Adam Gartenberg
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Watson Analytics is now live in beta.  If you haven't already signed up, there's no time like the present. ARMONK, N.Y. - 04 Dec 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses, is available in beta. See Vine(vine.co/v/Ov6uvi1m7lT) for a sneak peek now. IBM Watson Analytics automates the once time-consuming tasks such as data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual storytelling for…
  • Go Inside Watson Analytics (Live Video Chat)

    Adam Gartenberg
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    If you'd like to learn more about Watson Analytics, head on over here at 12pm ET on December 4th for a live video chat with big data experts to learn more about what led to its development and how it's being used in the real world. Go Inside Watson Analytics December 4, 2014 | 12:00PM ET Are you ready to Go Inside Watson Analytics, IBM’s new tool that gives business users access to powerful analytics at their fingertips? Uncover the genesis and development of the new tool with IBM Experts, Thomas Dong and Kyle Weeks. Watch live as big data experts Miles Austin, Lillian Pierson, Tim Moran…
  • Recap: Insight 2014 Day 3 General Session

    Adam Gartenberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    I found the Day 3 general session of Insight 2014 to be quite interesting for a number of reasons.  Captain Richard Phillip's first-hand account of his ordeal and rescue was fascinating, and Kevin Spacey's keynote was one of the more inspiring messages at a conference like this.  On the business side, the challenges faced by Singapore in identifying illegal or dangerous activities in and around their ports was eye opening, and then of course there was the little matter of the landmark partnership between IBM and Twitter announced mid-way through the session. Here are my notes from…
  • IBM and Twitter partner on data analytics

    Adam Gartenberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Today's general session from Insight 2014 was interesting for a number of reasons (including an inspiring talk by Kevin Spacey), but I want to draw attention to an announcement made right in the middle of it: IBM's partnership with Twitter to integrate all tweets (sinceTwitter's inception) and full ongoing live stream into IBM's cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms and consulting services. From the Wall Street Journal article on the partnership: IBM will have access to the full public stream of tweets as they are posted, as well as all tweets generated since Twitter was…
  • When it comes to analytics, are you a spectator or a front runner?

    Adam Gartenberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Last week IBM's Institute for Business Value released their latest analytics study.  The important takeaway this time around:  The need for speed. In 2014, several significant shifts occurred in the realm of big data – shifts business executives cannot afford to ignore. The most significant change: Velocity is now the value driver for big data. Enter the speed advantage. Our sixth annual analytics study revealed a small group embracing this shift for competitive advantage. These organizations are significantly impacting business performance and market position through speed-driven…
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  • A Conversational Internet of Things – ThingMonk talk

    nick
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Earlier this year, Tom Coates wrote a blog post about his session at this year’s O’Reilly Foo Camp. Over tea with colleagues, we talked about some of the ideas from the post and how some of our research work might be interesting when applied to them. One thing led to another and I found myself talking about it at ThingMonk this year. What follows is a slightly expanded version of my talk. Humanising Things We have a traditional of putting human faces on things. Whether it’s literally seeing faces on the Things in our everyday lives, such as the drunk octopus spoiling for a…
  • Went to Designcamp, got the T-Shirt

    nick
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Last month, I was fortunate enough to fly off to Austin with a group of colleagues for a week long IBM Design Thinking camp. It was an opportunity to get away from the day job, with laptops all-but banned, and have a deep-dive into what IBM Design is about and how it can be applied. As a relatively new effort within the company, IBM Design sets out to bring a focus back to where it should be; the human-experience of our products and services. This isn’t just about making pretty user interfaces; it is the entire experience of our products. As an engineer, the temptation is always there…
  • Automated GitHub pull-request status updates with Node-RED

    nick
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Having recently added a Travis build for the Node-RED repository, we get a nice green, or sometimes nasty red, merge button on pull-requests, along with a comment from Travis thanks to GitHub’s Commit Status API. From a process point of view, the other thing we require before merging a pull-request is to ensure the submitter has completed a Contributor License Agreement, or CLA. This has been a manual check against a list we maintain. But with GitHub’s recent addition of the Combined Status api I decided we ought to automate this check. And of course, why not implement it in a…
  • Changing Ghost permalinks without breaking everything

    nick
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    I’m a big fan of the Ghost blogging platform. Having heard Hannah Wolfe talk about it a couple of times, I was keen to try it out. In fact I purposefully held off setting up a blog for Node-RED until Ghost was available. It was painless to set up and get running on my Web Faction hosted server – even though at that point Web Faction hadn’t created their one-click installer for it. Ghost released their second stable version a couple weeks ago, which added, amongst many other new features, the ability for a post’s url to contain its date. This was a feature I…
  • Wiring the Internet of Things – ThingMonk talk

    nick
    5 Dec 2013 | 1:06 pm
    I spoke this week at the ThingMonk conference. Unlike other talks I’ve given, I actually wrote this one down, rather than my normal approach of throwing some slides together at the last minute. That has the added benefit of giving me a coherent(ish) written version I can post here. Below is the talk as I roughly planned it, albeit certainly not a word-for-word record of what I actually said. Andy Stanford-Clark, inventor of MQTT, sat here with us today, lives on the Isle of Wight, the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The nature of his job means he has to head to London for meetings…
 
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    Sam Ruby

  • Weblog Software Rewrite Underway

    Sam Ruby
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    I’ve clearly been neglecting my little spot on the web. It has gotten so bad that Brendan Eich had to link to a web archive copy of a page of mine.  I must say, however, that it is very ironic and amusing that it is was that particular page.  The problem turned out not to be a software problem, but rather a (presumably inadvertent) DOS attack on feedvalidator.org, causing CGI processes to fail.  Blocking the IP address in question caused the problem to clear up. General outline of my current approach: My interface to my weblog will no longer be Python/CGI application on a hosted…
  • WHATWG/W3C Collaboration

    Sam Ruby
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    I’ve been having fun working on the URL Living Standard. The first change I landed was to convert the spec from Anolis to Bikeshed. Here’s the before and after after. And just for fun, here is the beginning on 2014 and beginning of 2013. The point being that arbitrary snapshots of living standards do exist. Along the way, I’ve been named by my employer’s AC member to be a member of the W3C WebApps Working Group, and invited to become a member of the WHATWG organization on GitHub. I’ve been named as co-editor of the spec in both organizations, and at that point the fun abruptly…
  • pegurl.js

    Sam Ruby
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    pegurl.js is the result of two days worth of work.  While it is undoubtedly buggy and incomplete, it does pass 255 out of 256 tests and that last test is wrong.  For comparison: results from other user agents. Current work products: Source: API, grammar; the latter based on PEG.js LiveViewer.  Differences mean that either or both of the following are true: (a) pegurl.js doesn’t match the Url Standard or (b) the Url Standard doesn’t match your browser. Grammar expressed in the form of railroad diagrams.  Produced using Gunther Rademacher’s converter. Future work: The implementation…
  • WHATWG URL vs IETF URI

    Sam Ruby
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’ve been looking into differences between the WHATWG URL Living Standard and the combination of RFC 3986 and RFC 3987.  I’ve come up with an indirect but effective way to identify the differences.  To start with I downloaded urltestdata.txt and urltestparser.  I then wrote a small script to convert the test data into json. I then wrote another script to take this data and pass it through what is advertised as a closely conforming implementation of the relevant RFCs. Looking at the results, the first set of issues related to the stripping of leading and trailing whitespace, so I…
  • Dreamhost upgrade

    Sam Ruby
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Dreamhost upgraded my server to Ubuntu 12.04.  I noticed things breaking in preparation for the move, and things that broke after the move.  If you see something not working correctly, please let me know.
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    Read This Blog!

  • Rain!

    David
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much rain (about 1.6 inches since midnight). Here’s a photo and two very brief videos of Ross Creek near our house — it’s flowing, the ducks are happy, and there’s plenty of room left in it! Video: Water under the bridge Video: Water on the other side of the bridge Rain! - from Read This Blog! - Because everyone is entitled to my opinion.
  • Saving my history – it’s needlessly complex

    David
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    In 2004-05, my IBM colleague Sara Moulton Reger and I wrote a series of articles about “Needless Complexity” for IBM’s “Think Research” site as part of our work at Almaden Services Research. The articles are no longer available on “Think Research”, so I’m reposting them here as a single PDF. Copyright, of course, remains with IBM. Thanks to the Internet Archive for saving them in the Wayback Machine! Saving my history – it’s needlessly complex - from Read This Blog! - Because everyone is entitled to my opinion.
  • I cut myself by ignoring Occam’s Razor

    David
    15 Feb 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Occam’s Razor states that, all other things being equal, the simplest explanation is to be preferred. I wish I’d remembered that this afternoon. We have just completed a major landscaping/hardscaping project – and as long as the driveway was being dug up, we decided to replace the 50-year-old galvanized pipe between the water meter and the house with brand new copper. The replacement went well, but after the plumber had left, I noticed that one of my toilets was refilling very slowly. I ignored it for a couple of weeks, but finally I was irritated enough to Google the…
  • Passport Day

    David
    18 Jan 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Diane and I are back from Passport Day in Aptos. Three wineries visited, six wines acquired: Pleasant Valley Vineyards – a beautiful backyard winery (well, it’s a 5-acre backyard) with an amazing stand of redwood trees. The wines were rather pricey (mostly north of $40), but quite tasty. They specialize in Pinot Noirs, which were very drinkable, but we really liked their Syrah and Zin, both of which were on the spicy side; we bought one bottle of the 2009 “Sean Boyle” Syrah, which will go well with a well-spiced steak. Nicholson Vineyards – this was a slightly…
  • I need rain

    David
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:54 am
    We haven’t had significant rain this season, and it shows. The hills are browner than usual; the fall garden is anemic; and there’s continuing talk about drought and water rationing. We even had someone ask at Torah study whether we should put the prayer for rain into the day’s service! Yes, we need rain. But none of those reasons are why I need rain – I need rain so that I’ll stay inside and play work. When I look at my office, I realize that spending an hour or two reorganizing it would pay dividends – but that hour could be spent walking or hitting golf…
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    Scott On Security

  • Holiday spam

    Scott Wilson
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    This is a message I received today from "Target". I use quotes because this is obviously spam.Why, you say? Well, beyond the fact that Google categorized it as such, I want to point out a few things about this specific message that can help you identify a suspicious message. 1. The "from" address is clearly not from "target.com". You should always be suspicious of an address with a Domain that does not match the sender. This is your first -- but not only -- indicator of the validity of this message.2. Delivery date doesn't match the message. Now, I received this message in mid-December, but…
  • How not to get hacked

    Scott Wilson
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    The article "How not to get hacked" appears in entirety on CNN Money. I've recreated it in bullet form and added some embellishments.This article is a good reminder of the basic security protections you need to have in place, especially as we begin the holiday shopping season. OK, you probably already started... So review these tips! Don't be stupid. Avoid bad links, don't visit questionable Web sites, don't fall for phishing scams, and don't download from unknown sources.Use different/smarter passwords (help with that?) Be careful what you store. Use protection, including antivirus software,…
  • Recent retail data breaches may be related

    Scott Wilson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    I love reading Brian Krebs' articles; he's a very informative investigator. A recent blog article entitled "Link Found in Staples, Michael's Breaches" shares some very interesting news about recent breaches at Michael's (April 2014) and Staples (October 2014).In both cases, malicious software was installed on cash registers and similar point of sale computer systems, which was then used to exfiltrate customers' credit card data. In the case of Michael's, the breach persisted over many months.What Krebs has shared is that for both these incidents, the malware was identifed as communicating to…
  • Back from a hiatus

    Scott Wilson
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Well, I'm back to blogging after some time away. I have stopped and started blogging several times, and thus some of my older musings are now lost (no biggie). But it turns out I do have things to say and they require more than 140 characters. So, I'll give it another go here. Thanks for sticking with me, friendly reader...
 
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    wissel.net

  • Command line mail merge

    Stephan H Wissel
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    As shown before mail merging with Notes and {{mustache}} is simple and easy to code. To be able to run merging on the command line, I modified the bean and removed the XPages dependency and added a static main function. Now you can run it off the command line easily. It requires 5 parameters: the database name the CSV file a file with a HTML message including {{mustache}} tags a file with a Text message including {{mustache}} tags The senders eMail
  • Mail Merge with XPages

    Stephan H Wissel
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Being able to have individualized letters based on a template was one of the drivers to make Word processors popular. In the age of mass-communication of one. This tasks falls no longer to the printer, but your eMail processor. For a complete solution, check out Chris Toohey's excellent Mailer application, that is yours for USD 5.00 only. I was wondering what it would take to build something similar, minus the address management, in XPages. I defined a few constraints: I don't want to store the address list or the raw message I need to be able to send images I need to be able to fine tune the…
  • Application Migration vs. XPage enablement

    Stephan H Wissel
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    In a recent customer discussion a claim was made: "If Notes client application don't automagically can be converted into XPages applications, then we very well can migrate to another platform, it is just the same". An interesting claim, I'll subject it to a reality check. In any case it is a good idea to revisit your investment in your existing applications first. XPages Enablement A reasonable estimate for the required effort is up to 30% of the initial effort. It very much depends on the quality of the existing applications and familiarity and skills of your team There is no data migration,…
  • Poking around the iNotes HTTP API (Part 3) - retrieve message meta data

    Stephan H Wissel
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    So far we learned about the URLs, how to retrieve the Outline that contains folders and views and how to utilize JavaScript to deal with an API tha hadn't been designed for language neutral access. This part will deal with the retrieval of messages. There are quite some formats, strategies and tweaks to consider: A message consists of headers (fields), and message parts that can be plain text, HTML, embedded images, attachments or other stuff (like the JSON used for embedded experiences). When to retrieve what part is an excellent question Depending on your use case, your final client might…
  • Poking around the iNotes HTTP API (Part 2) - Fun with Rhino

    Stephan H Wissel
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    The iNotes HTTP API wasn't designed for consumption outside the iNotes web client. This becomes apparent when looking at Form=l_GetOutline_JSON or Form=l_JSVars that return JavaScript and not JSON! The difference? JSON contains data only, while JavaScript contains function definitions too. To make use of data included in the JavaScript there are 2 possibilities: do some elaborate String operation actually run JavaScript Since Java 6, the JDK contains a JavaScript engine, that originally was developed as Mozilla Rhino. The most recent incarnation in Java 8 is Nashorn (which is German for…
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    Irving Wladawsky-Berger

  • The Science of Innovation

    IWB
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
     “Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.”  Thus starts The MIT Innovation Initiative: Sustaining and Extending a Legacy of Innovation, the preliminary report of a yearlong effort to define the innovation needed to address some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Released earlier this month, the report was developed by the MIT Innovation Initiative, launched a year ago by…
  • Leveraging the Passions of Fans

    IWB
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    On November 21 I participated in a Think & Do workshop at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL).  AIL was founded in 2010 as part of USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism to study the transformational impact of technology and cultural changes on the media industry.  I’ve been a member of AIL’s Advisory Board since its founding. The Lab conducts research projects in a number of areas at the intersection of media and technology.  From time to time it hosts what it calls Think & Do events that bring together students, faculty members, research…
  • The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream

    IWB
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    This past September, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released Restoring the Foundations: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream, - a report on the state of US leadership in science and technology.  The report makes the case that over the past half-century, research-based scientific and technological advancements have been the main drivers of economic growth and job creation, and their impact will likely rise in our increasingly complex, knowledge-based society.  It further notes that since having a good job is one of the primary factors…
  • The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

    IWB
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation, especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes.  Have we pretty much stopped solving big problems?  “We wanted flying cars - instead we got 140 characters,” is how PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel succinctly expressed this sentiment in a 2011 New Yorker article.  Others argue that while the nature of innovation is definitely changing as we evolve and adapt to an information-based digital economy,…
  • The Future of AI: a Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility

    IWB
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    Our increasingly smart machines are now being applied to activities that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans.  Cognitive computing, robotics, self-driving cars and AI in general are some of the hottest topics in academia and business these days. What should we expect from this new generation of AI machines and applications?  Are they basically the next generation of sophisticated tools enhancing our human capabilities, as was previously the case with electricity, cars, airplanes, computers and the Internet?  Or are they radically different from our…
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    IBM developerWorks : Information management : Articles

  • IBM Datacap 9.0 DDK sample applications

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The DDK contains additional IBM Datacap 9.0 sample applications. These samples show various ways to capture and validate documents, providing examples of application structure and use of various actions that may be useful in your applications.
  • IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit provides applications and files that allow unlimited extension and customization of the product. These customizations can be used to tailor your application to perform unique functionality or operate in a manor specific to the needs of your organization.
  • IBM Datacap 9.0 DDK custom actions

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Actions are the building blocks of an IBM Datacap application. Here you can find the information to create your own actions to be used within an IBM Datacap application. When you cannot do an application function by using standard actions, you can write custom actions to fulfill your processing needs.
  • IBM Datacap 9.0 DDK Datacap Desktop Custom Panels

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    User interaction with IBM Datacap can occur when physically scanning pages or when reviewing problems found while processing pages. Here, you can find the information to create your own panels to be used within an IBM Datacap application. Custom panels present alternative layouts and manipulation of fields and data.
  • Introduction to IBM Datacap Taskmaster Capture 8.1 Development Kit

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn about the cross-industry and industry-specific sample applications and tools available in the IBM Datacap Taskmaster Capture Development Kit (DDK), and find links to each of the components.
 
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    IBM developerWorks : Information management : Tutorials

  • Establish an information governance policy framework in InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With the substantial growth in data volume, velocity, and variety comes a corresponding need to govern and manage the risk, quality, and cost of that data and provide higher confidence for its use. This is the domain of information governance, but it is a domain that many people struggle with in how to get started. This article provides a starting framework for information governance built around IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog.
  • Build a DB2 CLI console to manage SQLDB databases

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Manage your SQLDB databases with ease, using an application you can quickly build and deploy on the IBM cloud platform, Bluemix.
  • Build a simple catalog management application for e-commerce

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this tutorial, we will demonstrate a catalog management system for e-commerce solutions through an application on top of InfoSphere MDM Collaborative Edition and WebSphere Commerce Enterprise Edition. The application will provide a simple solution for managing catalog data through a web-based UI. It will model the catalog data for e-commerce products in MDM, provide collaborative environment for authoring catalog entries including products, SKUs, and bundles and kits, which can be organized and filtered in hierarchical catalog categories. This tutorial will guide readers through the…
  • Configure and monitor SAP applications with the OMEGAMON DB2 Performance Expert Extended Insight feature

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn the details about the installation and configuration of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS Extended Insight feature in an SAP environment running on DB2 z/OS. This Tutorial includes also troubleshooting advice.
  • Protect sensitive Hadoop data using InfoSphere BigInsights Big SQL and InfoSphere Guardium

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Major advantages of using Big SQL, the SQL interface to Hadoop data within InfoSphere BigInsights, are its enterprise-ready capability for speed, functionality, and security. This tutorial provides a brief overview of the built-in security capabilities of Big SQL and then goes into greater depth to highlight the integration with InfoSphere Guardium, which provides automated compliance reporting, real-time alerting, dynamic data masking, and much more.
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    IBM developerWorks : Linux

  • Targeting your applications - what little endian and big endian IBM XL C/C++ compiler differences mean to you

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The IBM® POWER8™ platform supports operating systems that use big endian or little endian byte ordering. Migrating programs written for a big endian operating system to a little endian operating system may require code changes to maintain program behaviour or results. There are differences that need to be considered with regards to vectors, storage association between items of different sizes, long doubles, complex numbers, and serialization. The application binary interface (ABI) implemented in IBM XL C/C++ for little endian Linux on Power Systems is different than the ABI implemented in…
  • Targeting your applications – what little endian and big endian IBM XL Fortran compiler differences mean to you

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The IBM® POWER8™ platform supports operating systems that use big endian or little endian byte ordering. Migrating programs written for a big endian operating system to a little endian operating system may require code changes to maintain program behaviour or results. There are differences that need to be considered with regards to vectors, storage association between items of different sizes, 16-byte reals, complex numbers, and unformatted data files. The application binary interface (ABI) implemented in IBM XL Fortran for little endian Linux on Power Systems is different than the ABI…
  • Three great Android tools for Linux and Windows sysadmin

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Android applications let you do systems administration work by remotely connecting from your phone or tablet to your Windows, Linux, or UNIX systems, giving you a faster response time and letting you solve problems no matter where you are.
  • Compile and run Weather Research and Forecasting data on an IBM POWER8 system

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Compile and install data for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model and its dependent packages on the IBM POWER8 system, which provides parallel computing capabilities.
  • Detecting bootable IBM Power server ISO images

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most ISO images use an ISO 9660 extension that allows the image to be bootable by the basic input/output system (BIOS). IBM Power Systems firmware, on the other hand, does not use such extension. This means that the detection of the bootability of images differ between computer architectures. In software such as hypervisors or even virtual machine (VM) managers, this detection can't consume too many resources and take too much time due to the number of the images they need to manipulate. This makes options like such as trying to boot the image by trial and error or even trying to mount…
 
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    IBM developerWorks : Open source

  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 3

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This third tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. In this final installment, you'll build an HTML5 application that provides a visualization of the sensor data for desktop and mobile devices. You'll create an open data API to make the data available from the Cloudant data store.
  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 1

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This first tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost houseplant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. The solution uses IBM Bluemix for collecting and visualizing sensor data and posting updates on your social network.
  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 2

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This second tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. Secure the Node-RED app and set up automated deployment to Bluemix in response to code changes.
  • Mastering MEAN: MEAN meets Meetup.com and microdata

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the fourth Mastering MEAN installment, integrate your MEAN application with Meetup.com's RESTful API. Along the way, make your web page more search-engine friendly by mixing in a bit of microdata to mark up your HTML semantically.
  • Build a cloud-ready temperature sensor with the Arduino Uno and the IBM IoT Foundation, Part 2: Write the sketch and connect to the IBM IoT Foundation Quickstart

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This tutorial (the second part of a four-part series) introduces MQTT (formerly Message Queueing Telemetry Transport), the protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT), and shows how you can implement MQTT on the Arduino. Learn about tools and techniques for testing and debugging problems with MQTT locally, and write an Arduino sketch that connects to the IBM Internet of Things Foundation Quickstart for graphing custom data.
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    IBM developerWorks : Rational : Articles

  • Breaking environment limitations with integration testing

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Rapid integration testing is a key to delivering frequent, high quality software. But, environment availability is often a limiting factor. This article reviews several strategies to improve environment availability as well as when to use each strategy.
  • 5 minutes of smart: Use source control to manage change

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Using source control, developers can more easily manage source code, documents, and other artifacts that a software development team creates. By using an automated tool -- in this case, the agile project management Rational Team Concert -- you make it easier to manage these change in a development project.
  • 5 minutes of smart: Manage change with work items

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Developers can learn how to become change and configuration management experts by understanding how work items function. By using an automated tool -- in this case, the agile project management Rational Team Concert -- you make it easier to manage change in a software development project.
  • 5 minutes of smart: Explore the testing process

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Developers can learn how to become software testing experts by understanding how the testing effort process works in a software development project. By using an automated tool -- in this case, Rational Quality Manager -- you make it easier to plan, develop, and manage testing in a software development project.
  • 5 minutes of smart: Explore the test management process

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Developers can learn how to become software test management experts by understanding how the testing effort process works in a software development project. By using an automated tool -- in this case, Rational Quality Manager -- you make it easier to plan, develop, and manage testing in a software development project.
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    IBM developerWorks : Web development

  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 3

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This third tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. In this final installment, you'll build an HTML5 application that provides a visualization of the sensor data for desktop and mobile devices. You'll create an open data API to make the data available from the Cloudant data store.
  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 1

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This first tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost houseplant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. The solution uses IBM Bluemix for collecting and visualizing sensor data and posting updates on your social network.
  • Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 2

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This second tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. Secure the Node-RED app and set up automated deployment to Bluemix in response to code changes.
  • Build a Fitbit step contest app

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Create a Fitbit daily step contest among a group of Fitbit friends by using IBM Bluemix, Twitter, and Twilio. A live leaderboard and graphical analytics are available to all contestants, along with automatic updates of leaderboard changes via Twitter and Twilio SMS messaging.
  • Protect your site from bots with reCAPTCHA on Bluemix

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Build and deploy a form-based application using Google reCAPTCHA. In this Java web-based application, the user data is stored in an IBM Bluemix SQL database and hosted on the IBM Bluemix cloud platform.
 
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    IBM developerWorks : WebSphere : Articles

  • Creating a JBoss software pattern on IBM PureApplication System

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This tutorial shows you how to use the Extend and Capture feature to create a software pattern on IBM PureApplication System using non-IBM software such as JBoss Application Server.
  • Cryptography operations in IBM Integration Bus

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This tutorial shows you how to use the Crypto node plug-in in IBM Integration Bus to perform asymmetric cryptography operations.
  • What's new for virtual system patterns in Pure Application System 2.0

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    IBM PureApplication System 2.0 introduces a new style of virtual system patterns with many enhancements and improved lifecycle management functionality. This tutorial gives you the details.
  • Deploying IBM Integration Bus as a PureApplication service on SoftLayer

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This tutorial shows you how to deploy the basic IBM Integration Bus Pattern using PureApplication Service on SoftLayer. Patterns automate and simplify the provisioning, monitoring, and maintenance of workloads, enabling you to focus on your applications, and move from off-premise to on-premise when you are ready.
  • Get started with the Data Format Description Language

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this age of big data, the bulk of the data begging to be analyzed is not XML, but rather it is other structured and semi-structured formats, both text and binary. Until now, no open standard has been developed that is capable of describing a wide variety of such data formats. Learn about the Open Grid Forum (OGF) proposed recommendation for a powerful language that describes many different data formats, the Data Format Description Language (DFDL).
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    IBM Redbooks | BladeCenter

  • Reference Architecture: Flex System and Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with NetApp FAS8040

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Based on Flex System x240 Compute Nodes and NetApp FAS8040 Storage - Using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Provides architecture and implementation details Solution Reference Number: CLDHYPFM051 Hyper-V Fast Track (HVFT) for Windows Server 2012 R2 on Lenovo Flex System™ is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo® that improves time-to-value for your private cloud virtualization needs.
  • Flex System Products and Technology by Lenovo

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 - Covers both IBM Flex System and IBM PureFlex System offerings - Describes the x86 servers and options available from Lenovo - Provides details about the chassis, servers, networking, and storage components To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources.
  • IBM Flex System Products and Technology for Power Systems

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redbook, published: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 - Covers IBM Flex System and IBM PureFlex System offerings - Describes the Power Systems servers and options that are available from IBM - Provides details about the chassis, servers, networking, and storage components To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources.
  • Flex System x440 Compute Node (E5-4600 v2)

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 The Flex System™ x440 Compute Node from Lenovo is a four-socket Intel Xeon processor-based server that is optimized for high-end virtualization, mainstream database deployments, and memory-intensive, high-performance environments.
  • Enterprise Value io3 PCIe Flash Adapters for System x

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 Engineered for application acceleration, the Enterprise Value io3 PCIe Flash Adapters for System x® can help deliver higher performance than typical solid-state devices at a fraction of the cost and space, which makes them a perfect fit for a broad range of applications, including database and cloud applications, big data analytics, and hyperscale data center workloads.
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    IBM Redbooks | IBM System p™

  • IBM Power System S824L Technical Overview and Introduction

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 - Linux server built on OpenPOWER technologies - Ready for scientific, Java, and Big Data & Analytics workloads - Dual NVIDIA GPU accelerators supported This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S824L (8247-42L) servers that support Linux operating systems.
  • IBM Power Systems E870 and E880 Technical Overview and Introduction

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 - New modular architecture for increased reliability - Enterprise POWER8 processor-based servers - Exceptional memory and I/O bandwidth This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E870 (9119-MME) and IBM Power System E880 (9119-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems.
 
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    IBM Redbooks | IBM System Storage

  • Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V7.4

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Install, use, and troubleshoot the SAN Volume Controller - Become familiar with the exciting new GUI - Learn how to use the Easy Tier function This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller Version 7.4.
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 V7.4

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Discover the exciting new version of the IBM virtualization family - Become familiar with the leading edge intuitive GUI - See how simple IBM virtualization really is Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution, an innovative storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price.
  • IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Virtualize your infrastructure - Enable storage for Cloud computing - Accelerate business insights with advanced analytics IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center provides efficient virtualization and management of heterogeneous storage systems.
  • IBM DS8870 Multiple Target PPRC

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 - Enhanced Resiliency Functions - Architecture and Design - Implementation and Usage Scenarios Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC)was introduced with the DS8870 Version 7 Release 4 (License Machine Code 7.7.40.xx.xx).
  • DS8870 Easy Tier Application

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 - Application-based tiering for optimal performance - z/OS DB2 driven data placement - Manually assign volumes to any tier This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts, functions, and practical usage of the IBM Easy Tier® Application.
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    IBM Redbooks | IBM System x™

  • Lenovo ThinkServer RD550

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The enterprise class, 1U ThinkServer RD550 is a two-socket server that features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and supports up to 768 GB of DDR4 memory, 18 cores, and 36 threads per socket.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TD350

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The Lenovo® ThinkServer® TD350 allows you to balance high performance and massive storage capacity without the need to invest in a rack infrastructure.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer RD650

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 The enterprise class, 2U ThinkServer RD650 is a two-socket server that features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and  supports up to 768 GB of DDR4 memory, 18 cores, and 36 threads per socket.
  • Solution Brief: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data Warehouse Fast Track on System x3550 M5

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 Microsoft Data Warehouse Fast Track (DWFT) for SQL Server 2014 on System x3550 M5 is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo that improves time-to-value for your data warehouse (DW) needs with new, scalable reference architecture for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition.
  • Reference Architecture: System x Solution for IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 Enterprise data warehouses (EDWs) store data that is used primarily for business intelligence, analytics, and other reporting requirements.
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    IBM Redbooks | IBM System z™

  • Application Development for CICS Web Services

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 - Overview of Web services in CICS updated for CICS TS 5.2 - New Web service performance measurements for CICS TS 5.2 - New SOA patterns for CICS TS 5.2 This IBM Redbooks publication focuses on developing Web service applications in CICS.
  • Using CICS Transaction Server V5R2 Channels and Containers

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 - Converting a COMMAREA based application to use channels and containers - Configuring systems, including sample application - Simplifying process for code page conversion This IBM® Redbooks publication discusses the new channels and containers support in IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server 5.2.
  • Getting Started With IBM Enterprise Cloud System

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redbook, published: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 - Managing and operating your Enterprise Cloud System infrastructure - Developing and deploying cloud services - Monitoring your Enterprise Cloud System environment This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Enterprise Cloud System to new users of IBM System z®.
  • JES3 to JES2 Migration Considerations

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redbook, published: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 - Differences between JES2 and JES3 - Preparation and planning for a migration - Migration considerations This book deals with the migration from JES3 to JES2.
  • Key Functions in z/OS Version 2 Release 1

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redbook, published: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 - Discover key hardware support, networking, and security functions - Explore batch modernization and data management functions - Learn from leading practices and use cases IBM z/OS® Version 2 Release 1 helps you minimize downtime and achieve higher performance and availability.
 
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    IBM Redbooks | Application Development

  • Using CICS Transaction Server V5R2 Channels and Containers

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 - Converting a COMMAREA based application to use channels and containers - Configuring systems, including sample application - Simplifying process for code page conversion This IBM® Redbooks publication discusses the new channels and containers support in IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server 5.2.
  • A View into the New Java Workloads in CICS Transaction Server

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 This IBM® Solution Guide introduces the IBM System z® New Application License Charge (zNALC) pricing structure and examples of zNALC workload scenarios, which is the focus of this book.
  • The Complete Guide to CICS Transaction Gateway Volume 1 Configuration and Administration

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Redbook, published: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 - A practical guide to the capabilities and usage of the CICS TG product suite - Incremental setup from basic connectivity through to security and high availability - Focus on IPIC connectivity, high availability, WebSphere Application Server, and CICS Explorer In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, you will gain an appreciation of the IBM CICS® Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) product suite, based on key criteria, such as capabilities, scalability, platform, CICS server support, application language support, and licensing model.
  • Customizing and Extending IBM Content Navigator

    30 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Redbook, published: Fri, 30 May 2014 - Understand extension points and customization options - Create an action, service, feature, and custom step processor - Use widgets in apps, mobile development, and more IBM® Content Navigator provides a unified user interface for your Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions.
  • Configuring and Deploying Open Source with WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Redbook, published: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 - Learn about Liberty profile to develop and and test your web and OSGi applications - Install and configure several open source technologies with Liberty profile - Deploy Liberty with Chef framework This IBM® Redbook®s publication explains the capabilities of IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty profile, which is extremely lightweight, easy to install, and fast to use.
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    IBM Redbooks | Information Management software

  • Solution Brief: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data Warehouse Fast Track on System x3550 M5

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 Microsoft Data Warehouse Fast Track (DWFT) for SQL Server 2014 on System x3550 M5 is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo that improves time-to-value for your data warehouse (DW) needs with new, scalable reference architecture for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition.
  • IBM IMS Solutions for Automating Database Management

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redbook, published: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 - Understand main DBA tasks - Follow sample processes - Apply the use of tools to simplify processes Over the last few years, IBM® IMS™ and IMS tools have been modernizing the interfaces to IMS and the IMS tools to bring them more in line with the current interface designs.
  • Getting Started with IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 - Learn planning, installation, configuration, and usage details - Cover UNIX, Linux, Windows, and z/OS platforms - Introduce tools integration This IBM Redbooks publication will help you install, configure, and use IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay (InfoSphere Workload Replay), a web based tool that lets you capture real production SQL workload data and then replay the workload data in a pre-production environment.
  • The Value and Benefits of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Running on IBM System z

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 New technologies, such as Hadoop, use a map/reduce paradigm that enables parallel processing of massive volumes of differently structured data that is spread across potentially hundreds and thousands of nodes.
  • IBM i2 Integrated Law Enforcement: Technical Architecture and Deployment Guide

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 - Understand the technology and architecture of the solution - Deploy, configure, and integrate the product components - Expand and extend the basic capabilities IBM® i2® Integrated Law Enforcement is an IBM Smarter Cities® solution that addresses the needs of modern-day law enforcement agencies.
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    IBM Redbooks | Linux

  • IBM Power System S824L Technical Overview and Introduction

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 - Linux server built on OpenPOWER technologies - Ready for scientific, Java, and Big Data & Analytics workloads - Dual NVIDIA GPU accelerators supported This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S824L (8247-42L) servers that support Linux operating systems.
  • IBM Power Systems E870 and E880 Technical Overview and Introduction

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redpaper, last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 - New modular architecture for increased reliability - Enterprise POWER8 processor-based servers - Exceptional memory and I/O bandwidth This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E870 (9119-MME) and IBM Power System E880 (9119-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems.
  • PCIe2 2-Port 10GbE Base-T, PCIe2 4-Port (10GbE SFP+ & 1GbE RJ45) Adapter Families for IBM Power Systems

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the PCIe2 2-Port 10GbE Base-T Adapter and PCIe2 4-Port (10GbE SFP+ & 1GbE RJ45) Adapter products.
  • End-to-End High Availability Solution for System z from a Linux Perspective

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Redbook, published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 - Achieves proactive high availability of heterogeneous environments - Covers multiplatforms: Linux on System z, z/VM, and z/OS - Includes architectural scenarios and practical applications As Linux on System z becomes more prevalent and mainstream in the industry, the need for it to deliver higher levels of availability is increasing.
  • IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console: Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Enhancements

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Redbook, published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 - System Partition Template and Manage Partition Enhancement features - Performance and Capacity Monitor - Upgrade changes in HMC V8.8.1.0 The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers.
 
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    IBM Redbooks | Networking

  • RT8kVA and RT11kVA 6U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supplies

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 The RT8kVA and RT11kVA 6U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) offerings provide extended power protection with increased efficiency and simplified power management to safeguard high-availability of System x® and ThinkServer® server environments.
  • RT5kVA and RT6kVA 3U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supplies

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 The RT5kVA and RT6kVA 3U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) offerings provide extended power protection with increased efficiency and simplified power management to safeguard high-availability of System x® and ThinkServer® server environments.
  • RT1.5kVA, RT2.2kVA and RT3kVA 2U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supplies

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 The RT1.5kVA, RT2.2kVA, and RT3kVA 2U Rack or Tower Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) offerings provide extended power protection with increased efficiency and simplified power management to safeguard the high-availability of System x® and ThinkServer® server environments.
  • T1kVA and T1.5kVA Tower Uninterruptible Power Supplies

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 The T1kVA and T1.5kVA Tower Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) offerings provide power protection with increased efficiency and simplified power management to safeguard the high-availability of System x® and ThinkServer® server environments.
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller Standby Storage Engine

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 This IBM Redpaper describes the procedure for making use of an IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Standby Storage Engine in a SAN which is not a part of any cluster, but is a candidate and able to join a cluster at a moment’s notice.
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    IBM Redbooks | Infrastructure Solutions

  • Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V7.4

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Install, use, and troubleshoot the SAN Volume Controller - Become familiar with the exciting new GUI - Learn how to use the Easy Tier function This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller Version 7.4.
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 V7.4

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 - Discover the exciting new version of the IBM virtualization family - Become familiar with the leading edge intuitive GUI - See how simple IBM virtualization really is Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution, an innovative storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price.
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 - Easily manage and deploy systems with embedded GUI - Experience rapid and flexible provisioning - Protect data with remote mirroring Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data.
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V3700

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Draft Redbook, last updated: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 - Easily manage and deploy systems with embedded GUI - Experience rapid and flexible provisioning - Protect data with remote mirroring Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data.
  • Solutions to Accelerate Compliance with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Mandates and HIPAA Standards

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 This Solution Guide provides an overview of how enterprises can accelerate the development of B2B integration solutions that facilitate compliance with the US Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
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    IBM Redbooks | IBM System x™

  • Lenovo ThinkServer RD550

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The enterprise class, 1U ThinkServer RD550 is a two-socket server that features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and supports up to 768 GB of DDR4 memory, 18 cores, and 36 threads per socket.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TD350

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 The Lenovo® ThinkServer® TD350 allows you to balance high performance and massive storage capacity without the need to invest in a rack infrastructure.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer RD650

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Web Doc, published: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 The enterprise class, 2U ThinkServer RD650 is a two-socket server that features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and  supports up to 768 GB of DDR4 memory, 18 cores, and 36 threads per socket.
  • Solution Brief: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data Warehouse Fast Track on System x3550 M5

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 Microsoft Data Warehouse Fast Track (DWFT) for SQL Server 2014 on System x3550 M5 is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo that improves time-to-value for your data warehouse (DW) needs with new, scalable reference architecture for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition.
  • Reference Architecture: System x Solution for IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Redpaper, published: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 Enterprise data warehouses (EDWs) store data that is used primarily for business intelligence, analytics, and other reporting requirements.
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  • Listing Subcategories on a Category Page in Magento

    daharveyjr
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I recently was working on a Magento Commerce website for a client that wanted to display all of the subcategories of a category on the category page, to improve basic navigation, and to further enhance and show the range of products that they carried. The following code snippet was used to pull the child categories from the category object on the category page, and retrieve the necessary information for display. It retrieves the child categories from the category object (in the form of a comma-delimited string) using the getChildren() method, explodes them into an array, and iterates over…
  • DB2 CONCAT (Concatenate) Function

    daharveyjr
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The DB2 CONCAT function will combine two separate expressions to form a single string expression. It can leverage database fields, or explicitly defined strings as one or both expression when concatenating the values together. The syntax for the CONCAT function is shown here: -- Using Database Fields SELECT CONCAT({field_1}, {field_2}) FROM {table_name}; -- Using String Expressions SELECT CONCAT('{string_1}', '{string_2}') FROM {table_name}; -- Using Database Fields and String Expressions SELECT CONCAT({field_1}, '{string_2}') FROM {table_name}; To show an example statement in use: SELECT…
  • DB2 SUBSTR (Substring) Function

    daharveyjr
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The DB2 SUBSTR function returns a substring of a string. The SUBSTR function takes two arguments (source and start location) with an optional third argument (length). The syntax for the SUBSTR function is shown here: -- With Required Parameters SELECT SUBSTR({field_name}, {start_location}); -- With Optional {string_length} Parameter SELECT SUBSTR({field_name}, {start_location}, {string_length}); To show an example statement in use: SELECT SUBSTR(NAME, 5) AS NAME_SUBSTR FROM CATENTDESC; The above query will take and substring the NAME column in the CATENTDESC table starting with the 5th…
  • DB2 COALESCE Function

    daharveyjr
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The DB2 COALESCE function returns the value of the first non-NULL expression. The COALESCE function takes a comma separated list of arguments which are evaluated in the order in which they are specified and returns the first non-NULL value found. The syntax for the COALESCE function is shown here: -- NUMERIC EXAMPLE SELECT COALESCE({field1}, {default_value}) FROM {table_name}; -- CHARACTER EXAMPLE SELECT COALESCE({field1}, '{default_value}') FROM {table_name}; To show an example statement in use: SELECT COALESCE(MFPARTNUMBER, PARTNUMBER) AS PART_NUM FROM CATENTRY; The above query will first…
  • MySQL Find and Replace (REPLACE)

    daharveyjr
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every had need to do a MySQL find and replace to quickly replace some data in your database? Fear not, MySQL has a nifty little string function, REPLACE, that allows a user to find and replace instances of a search string with a substitution string. The REPLACE function performs a case-sensitive search of a field replacing all instances of the search string found with the substitution string. The following variables are referenced in the example REPLACE function below: {table_name} : The table name to update. {field_name} : The field name to update. {search_string} : The search string that…
 
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