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By Pam Nesbitt

More than two million vehicles travel the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway on a typical day – making them among the busiest highways in the nation. Add rain, ice, snow, and, of course, accidents, to the mix, and dramatically heighten the risk for delays and driver frustration.

That’s why the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) recently made a sharp turn toward smart technologies to help manage its major toll roads. NJTA, IBM and other technology partners have developed new capabilities with the goal of improving the motoring experience and making these two highways safer. Continue Reading »

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Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President, Cloud Technology & Architecture, with other young IBMers.

By Angel Diaz

When I was a young guy growing up on a farm in Puerto Rico, I was a neophyte when it came to computer science and mathematics.  I was so fortunate at an early age to be empowered by my mother to reach further. At 17, I left for college in America.

Back then, people growing up in less-developed places didn’t have much chance of succeeding in technology unless we left home and headed for major tech meccas such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston.

But things are different today, thanks in part to cloud computing. This new approach to technology creates tremendous opportunities for young people everywhere to build services and mobile apps on ready-made cloud platforms–either as entrepreneurs or as employees of larger companies. Continue Reading »

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Social sharing, mobile computing and the Internet of Things have made data compression a part of our every day lives. The process of compressing data is put to work every time a photo or video is shared across social media or a weather sensor reports a temperature change. Continue Reading »

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Jo Kendrick, Director of Marketing, Homebase

Jo Kenrick, Director of Marketing, Homebase

By Jo Kenrick

In the classic film Field of Dreams, a strange voice in a cornfield whispers to an Iowa farmer: “If you build it, he will come.”

That’s pretty much all the prodding that Ray Kinsella needed to rush down to his local DIY store, pick up some supplies and erect an entire baseball field all by himself.

Now fast forward 25 years and change the setting to the UK, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that voice instead advised: “If you build it, hire a professional.”

As one of the leading home and garden retailers in the UK, we’ve carefully monitored a tremendous change in attitudes towards home improvement. Consumers still want beautiful homes, but many now lack basic skills or the desire to learn them. With today’s busy lifestyle, studies show that we just aren’t as handy as we used to be, opting instead to hire a tradesmen to do it for us. Continue Reading »

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Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology, IBM Research

Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology,
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By Dario Gil

Silicon deserves lot of credit for enabling the digital revolution. Silicon-based chips power everything from cell phones to supercomputers.

Light is another critical factor in our digital lives. Behind the scenes, fiber optic cables carry a flood of voice and data communications for the Internet, telephone lines and cable TV.

But I believe that the real magic happens when light and silicon meet–in the realm of silicon photonics.

IBM Research scientists and engineers have achieved a major milestone that could accelerate progress in this area. They have invented a silicon photonics device that combines electrical and optical components on a single chip, and which can be mass-produced using conventional chip manufacturing techniques. Read about the technical details here.

This breakthrough paves the way for game-changing advances in everything from high-performance computing to Internet-scale data centers. By easing data traffic jams in all sorts of computing and communications systems, our technology enables cloud computing and big data analytics to achieve their full potential.

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Steve Robinson,  General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

Steve Robinson, General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

By Steve Robinson

The cloud industry is entering a critical innovation stage.

Organizations have quickly learned that the Cloud presents a cost-effective and reliable way of delivering value, but it’s also becoming clear that cloud is more than just way to cut costs.

Cloud technologies have the means to exponentially increase performance regardless of the industry. And the tremendous growth and potential can only be sustained with a continued commitment to innovation on the cloud. If we expect enterprise-wide adoption of cloud technologies to continue, cloud must be easy to use, bring value and have the ability to integrate regardless of the platform. Continue Reading »

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Mueller Inc.’s Ivy Green metal roof, one of many in the company’s portfolio.

By Mark Lack

Extreme. Severe. These are two of the more common words used to describe the weather here in Texas and the southern plains.

This part of the country can go from drought like conditions one day to tornadoes and hail the next. The month of May itself has the highest average of tornadoes for the state with 277 (1995 – 2014). In fact this past Friday storms and tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma unloading larger-than-baseball hail as they passed.

This kind of weather can be both dangerous and destructive. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety ranked Texas No. 2* on its Top 10 list of states with the most property damage last year, with $23.7 billion between 2006 and 2013.

It’s one of the reasons Mueller Inc. is in business. As a manufacturer of steel buildings and metal roofs our products keep people and property a little safer. In fact, because our products can resist hail so well, customers can qualify for up to a 35% discount on Texas homeowner’s insurance. Continue Reading »

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Thomas Ludwig, Director, German Climate Computing Center; Professor of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Thomas Ludwig, Director, German Climate Computing Center; Professor of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

By Thomas Ludwig

It’s no exaggeration to say that climate change is one of the major challenges facing mankind today. While the causes, extent and long-term impact are the subject of ongoing discussion and conjecture, the overall phenomenon is real and must be addressed.

Answering that challenge requires two things – determining how to mitigate the effects of climate change caused by human activity and learning how to adapt to our changing environment. At the German Climate Computing Center, we are dedicated to the pursuit of these two goals by providing the foremost leading environmental researchers with supercomputing capabilities to continuously run comprehensive climate simulations with coupled Earth system models and store and analyze the massive amount of data generated. Continue Reading »

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By Mark Gorenberg

Exactly 20 years ago last week, the commercial Internet as we know it opened its doors to the masses.  And over the next few years, marketing departments started experimenting with the data created by this network of networks to improve how they advertise and brand their businesses.

The basic market demographics available through the early Internet that we now take for granted was considered revolutionary at the time. But by the next decade, web analytics became the norm and the new era of data-driven marketing had begun. Continue Reading »

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