Phil Jackson, SoftLayer‘s lead technology evangelist, speaks clearly about his passion for open source, shares thoughts on Docker‘s container approach to application development, and gives his explanation of the evolution of software development methodology as DevOps. We captured Phil’s comments at the Cloud World Forum in London. I find him one of the easier tech […]

I’ve been to a handful of IBM SmartCamps and the vibe is always optimistic, always about possibility. Why wouldn’t it be with startup companies pitching ideas in front of mentors and VCs, and then to the public after a lunch break to assimilate the morning feedback they received? It’s all about forward thinking. Even an attempt […]

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Weird metrics Eye of the Beholder: The story of SXSWi 2014 presented some fun metrics and results in a game show format. According to an aggregation of the social buzz at SXSWi 2014 — Most popular speaker: Edward Snowden, who says he was willing to do it because he thought those in the room would […]

I spoke with the founders of EvoSure, competitors in the SXSW Accelerator, about their solution for connecting commercial insurance providers and those searching for the right underwriter. Just one more startup example of how cloud, mobile, and analytics are a three-legged stool on which new ideas are climbing above the competition.

The excitement at the 2014 SXSWi Accelerator is building with the winners being announced this evening. Social Media startups presented this afternoon, and here’s a taste. Connect, from San Francisco, aggregates and maps all your friends from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Instagram, and more and allows you to keep in touch with them without “the creepiness […]

SXSW Accelerator recommenced after a short break. Fieldwire, from San Francisco, kicked off the second half of the pitches from enterprise and big data finalists. They offer a mobile productivity platform for construction and maintenance workers. Users can record, track and share tasks, in the field, in real-time, with geotagging directly from their blueprints. In […]

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The SXSW accelerator, in its sixth year, always draws a great crowd as entrepreneurs give lightning pitches before a talented panel of industry-savvy judges. I listened in on some of the pitches Saturday coming from finalists with solutions in the enterprise and big data space. AddSearch, from Helsinki, pitched their solution for single-line-of-code site search […]

I chatted with Andy Fletcher of LocalPlantSource.com on Day one at South by Southwest Interactive. They were one of ten great Austin startups highlighted at Capital Factory Demo Day. We spoke about the supply chain resource LocalPlantSource offers growers and users in the landscaping industry. PS – I’m going as mobile as possible at SXSWi […]

Do this sound familiar? Alarm goes off, eyes open, and there it is — that creeping sense of shouldering a mountain of unfinished plans and unmet demands that didn’t disappear while you were sleeping. After silencing its alarm, you look at your smartphone for any txt messages or email that might have arrived during your […]

Why didn’t I think of that? Oh wait, I did! But what was a humorous idea to me six years ago has become a real business model for the Swiss company Blacksocks. I don’t know if they heard the podcast skit we created on developerWorks, but Blacksocks’ Smarter Socks system sounds wonderfully familiar. Smarter Socks […]

I sat down at SXSWi a few weeks ago with Susan Emerick and Chris Boudreaux, co-authors of The Most Powerful Brand On Earth: How to Transform Teams, Empower Employees, Integrate Partners and Mobilize Customers to Beat the Competition in Digital and Social Media. Susan and Chris are social strategists/leaders, at IBM and Accenture respectively, and bring […]

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        I sat down at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas a few weeks ago for a social business roundtable with five colleagues deeply involved with social media strategy at IBM. Here are a few highlights: Scott: Let’s go around the group and hear what you all are excited about this year […]