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Friday, November 07, 2014

Top Stories from IBM Insight 2014

Here we are at the last major global conference of the year for IBM. Information On Demand has a new name this year. Insight is the succinct event name that aptly describes a renewed focus on finding insights across the disciplines of business intelligence, content management and information management. The business imperative to make sense of big data generated by people, places and things using right-time analytics is the reason for this year's mantra: seize the moment. The conference was held at the Mandalay Bay convention and event center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

My continued focus is on developers; the builders, the makers, the inventors, the problem solvers. I am fascinated by how innovative solutions have matured this year tapping into cloud APIs, mobile apps and Internet of Things. There is a shift underway and a strong foundation is being built by IBM, Intel and hungry tech partners. Standards, security, management, tools (and the right partners) are key to finding success in the new cognitive computing era. Data Scientist @JakePorway said during the event, 
"So you think you have big data now? How quaint. Wait until you see Internet of Things data!" 
Let's take a look at the key stories, conversations and moments from IBM Insight 2014 shared on social media last week.

  • dev@Insight - the new developer program held at Insight for the first time. A plethora of awesome and informative activities spanned Ignite talks, luminary keynotes, hands-on labs, expert office hours, interactive demos, Storm Troopers, games, Cloudant, networking, programmer pub trivia, BBQ, Bluemix, baseball and beer! 
  • Internet of Things - an updated look at what is happening now in this incredible space! "It's about analytics." (also, see more Internet of things coverage)
  • IBM Insight from my POV via twitter, instagram, tumblr and vine. I explore general sessions, dev@ and the fast pace of IBM events. This is @theRab's brain bottled up in list format!
  • Daily Insight - browse curated news and views on our new events tumblr!
  • Social beat and InsightGO - Social savvy influencers and data nerds share their thoughts and perspectives live from the event. Drop in for the photos, stay for the blog posts!
  • Tim Allen from Intel gives his take on analytics and Internet of Things!
  • #IBMandTwitter - the "one more thing" at Insight; a big partnership announcement between IBM and Twitter to offer business analytics about what customers want/need/talk about!
  • dashDB - a quick take about the new, fast data warehousing solution in the cloud!
  • Insight Expo - take a spin around the booths and demos! 
  • No Doubt performed a special concert to rock the tech set. I was lucky to be front row center and the show was awesome! 
  • Video Replays - browse the general session, keynote and interviews by Veronica Belmont on InsightGO!
  • Staff Photography - check out the comprehensive coverage of the conference by Bill Virun and team!
Now, I ask you: What could you build with insights into all that data? What would you build with IBM Watson's cognitive brain power? What should you do with knowledge of what people think/say/do on Twitter? What are you waiting for? 

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