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Jason Calacanis talking water system improvement and plugging SmartCamps 2015 last week on “This Week in Startups.” Thank you Jason!

There’s A New Way to Startup – IBM meets Reality TV

What happens when IBM meets Social Entrepreneurship meets Reality TV? We’re about to find out! On April 26th, 2015, the first episode of an IBM original web series called “A New Way to Startup” will be released here.

What’s this all about?

Ten social entrepreneurs were picked to pitch their startups at SXSW last month and now five of them are moving forward and moving in together for a week in Austin, TX to participate in a series of daily challenges using IBM technology like Watson Analytics and IBM Verse.

Who are the social entrepreneurs?

The entrepreneurs include:

Aaron Horowitz from Sproutel, who is building the “Sesame Street of healthcare.” Horowitz was inspired by his experience dealing with a terminal illness as a child to create a new way of teaching kids about chronic illnesses like Type 1 diabetes;

John Guydon from LassyProject, whose mission is to find lost children faster by giving parents the ability to notify a community about a missing child within seconds;

Jordan from Owlet, who created a baby monitor in the form of a sock that infants wear to protect their heartrate and oxygen levels;

Lauren Foster, from Stretch Recipes, whose mission is to help people eat better and save more money through “an app that lets you choose your budget, pick your meals and automatically get coupons;”

Stephen Garten, from Charity Charge, who created a credit card rewards website that’s partnering with banks to help cardholders contribute their points to their charity of choice.

Hear all ten pitches and meet the five finalists here. And be sure to watch the series because viewers will be in charge of voting for the winning social enterprise!

Good luck to all the entrepreneurs!

4 Reasons Why Hybrid Cloud is Becoming the New Normal

To understand why every cloud in the future will be a hybrid cloud, you must realize that cloud is a key enabler of business model transformation. To remain competitive and relevant, every business must transform and adapt.

Let’s examine four major reasons that support the assertion that hybrid clouds will be the standard.

The majority of businesses have some type of existing IT infrastructure, which makes it unrealistic to move all services to the cloud.

As much as service providers would like, few businesses will be able to completely eliminate their IT infrastructure and rely solely on the cloud. Many businesses sign long-term leases for data center space and purchase capital assets for their IT infrastructure that are depreciated over several years. Most businesses simply aren’t positioned to move all legacy applications to the cloud.

While many providers define a hybrid cloud as the utilization of private and public clouds, IBM opens up the idea that traditional IT can be paired and integrated with external or even internal clouds. This means that you don’t need to move all of your traditional IT infrastructure to a private cloud before you can use a hybrid cloud approach.

Businesses can no longer afford to build out dedicated infrastructures that have been designed to support peak capacity needs.

The typical IT infrastructure must be designed and built for peak utilization. These processes typically take between three and 12 months, given the lead time to deploy and achieve steady state.

The average utilization of physical servers tends to be no more than 12 to 18 percent. Businesses have begun to virtualize their physical servers to potentially increase this utilization rate into the 30 to 40 percent range, if the virtualized servers are in a resource pool.

One way to increase utilization is to create a private cloud. This cloud would essentially be a group of virtualized servers in resource pools with self-service portals that allow new server workloads to easily be created, modified and deleted. This would expand the ability of a business to use the private cloud across lines of business with different peak needs, and can help drive utilization up to approximately 50 percent.

To drive physical servers up near 80 percent usually requires multi-tenant public clouds with a mix of businesses that have varying peak demand time periods. Many consider this to be an oversubscription of servers for individual customers, but this model can be successful since customers will have peak needs at different times.

conceptual average physical server utilization

Customer expectations continue to shift.

Gone for many are the days of finding a product or service and sticking with it over time. The Internet affords customers the ability to quickly compare prices, availability and reviews of similar products and services. In addition, social media influences purchasing decisions, raising the demand of low sales products and services and often taking local demand to global levels. This drives variability to individual business demand, and non-cloud IT infrastructures simply cannot be adjusted quickly enough to avoid lost sales and lost business opportunities, as customers will simply move on to the next provider.

Regulations often force some data to remain on client premises.

While business demands may shift from local to global, there are often local regulations that force some business data to remain local. Typical examples are the European Union Data Protection Directive, as well as any governmental regulations for finance, banking, healthcare or insurance. Keeping this data local while utilizing a cloud for global expansion of the business can be a great solution to these issues.

Join in the conversation and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or by reaching out to us on Twitter @DavidWeck and @AJirau.

This post was co-authored by Ariel Jirau

About David Weck

David is an Architect leading the Global Delivery Planning of Cloud Managed Services within IBM’s Cloud Service Division. CMS provides options for Public on IBM premise and Private on Cient premise Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). He creates and interlocks the delivery model, the cost model, and guides new releases of CMS into production. David can be reached on Twitter @DavidWeck.

Coffee Break: Jason McGee, IBM Cloud CTO explains why this is the year of the hybrid cloud!

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Cloud is transforming entire industries around us! I recently caught up with Jason McGee, IBM Fellow and IBM Cloud CTO, who explains how cloud changes the way apps are being built and why this is the year of the hybrid cloud.

We’ll be discussing more of these topics at IBM InterConnect this week!

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IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: blue, Inc.

SmartCamp Global Finals are just around the corner – Feb 23rd! To get prepared, we’re showcasing each finalist on our blog so that you, our readers, are familiar with them and their solutions. This blog post is dedicated to blue, Inc.

blue, Inc. logoThe overall goal of blue, Inc., winner of SmartCamp Japan, is to introduce a solution that focuses on music production. Their solution combines existing music production techniques with new IT skills and can create a cloud-based environment for music production, presentation, and sales – for everyone from music professionals to amateur students. The net effect of their solution is that it removes the high costs and complexity associated with music production. More people will be able to create and produce music, thus expanding the market!

To learn more about blue, Inc., visit their web site or follow them on Facebook!

And be sure to vote for blue, Inc. to win the People’s Choice Award!

IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Stelae Technologies

With the SmartCamp Global Finals coming soon on Feb 23rd, we’re showcasing each finalist on our blog so that you, our readers, are familiar with them and their solutions. This blog post is dedicated to Stelae Technologies.

stelae technologies logoStelae Technologies, winner of SmartCamp India, has an automated solution that enables an end-to-end workflow for information management. With at least 70% of cost savings over current solutions, theirs is one platform for multiple file types (PDF, Word, ASCII, etc.) and enables rapid turnaround times for converting files into multiple output formats (XML, S1000d, XBRL, etc.).

To learn more about Stelae Technologies, visit their web site!

And be sure to vote for Stelae Technologies to win the People’s Choice Award!

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Valuable Terms and Concepts that Start-Ups “Coined”

IBM Global Entrepreneur:

Sandy Carter shares her ideas on popular startup terms, such as growth hacking, freemiums and ramen profitable, in this Entrepreneur Coffee Break video!

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IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Kinetise

With the SmartCamp Global Finals coming soon on Feb 23rd, we’re showcasing each finalist on our blog so that you, our readers, are familiar with them and their solutions. This blog post is dedicated to Kinetise.

kinetise logoWinner of SmartCamp Warsaw, Kinetise’s SaaS solution allows you to create even the most complex and advanced applications, with an engine that supports a wide variety of functionality, design freedom, 2-way communication with external servers, user authentication and integration with various popular APIs. Kinetise fills a gap in IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio. Follow them on Twitter @Kinetise.

Also, be sure to vote for Kinetise to win the People’s Choice Award!

Here’s a quick video for more info on Kinetise!

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IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: eyeQ

We are closer and closer to our culminating event of the year: SmartCamp Global Finals! Each finalist is being showcased on our blog so that you, our readers, are familiar with them and their solution. This blog post focuses on eyeQ.

eyeQ logoeyeQ creates unique hybrid in-person/online experience for shoppers that give them what they have learned to love from e-commerce (ratings, reviews, suggested offerings) to help them decide and buy on the spot. With video intelligence, mobile location analytics and highly interactive HD touch screen displays, the eyeQinsights responsive marketing system learns about and responds to customers and helps them make purchasing decisions. Follow them on Twitter @eyeQinsights.

Also, be sure to vote for eyeQ to win the People’s Choice Award!

Here’s a quick video for more info on eyeQ!

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IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Netshow.me

With each passing day, we come closer and closer to our culminating event of the year: SmartCamp Global Finals! Each finalist is being showcased on our blog so that you, our readers, are familiar with them and their solution. This blog post focuses on Netshow.me.

logo_netshowWinner of SmartCamp Latin America Regionals, Netshow.me is a live-media channel for online marketing, promotion and performing. Their solution can literally strengthening the relationship between broadcasters and performers with their fan base! Live streaming broadcasts can give bands total freedom and autonomy to perform whenever and wherever they want. Very cool! Follow them on Twitter @Netshowme.

Also, be sure to vote for Netshow.me to win the People’s Choice Award!

Learn more about Netshow.me in this short video!

This year’s SmartCamp Global Finals is part of the InterConnect 2015 conference in Las Vegas. The Global Finals will be held on Monday, Feb. 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Be sure to register to attend!

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