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Virginia Rometty, IBM Chairman and CEO; Tim Cook, Apple CEO. (Photo: Paul Sakuma/Feature Photo Service for IBM.)

Virginia Rometty, IBM Chairman and CEO; Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
(Photo: Paul Sakuma/Feature Photo Service for IBM.)

By Bridget van Kralingen

The mobile revolution has transformed the way we connect, relax, navigate, enjoy our music and document our lives in photography.

Yet, for the most part, the impact of all this native capability on the devices we carry hasn’t penetrated the world of serious business. No doubt, millions of people use their personal mobile devices at work for tasks such as email, calendaring or instant messaging – all providing value. We reclaim some “niche time” and gain the convenience of untethering from our desktops. But that state of play – mobility as we know it today – is hardly transformative.

That’s changing.

IBM and Apple have joined forces to unlock a new generation of value and possibility in mobility for business. Our companies have come together from two independent positions of strength, combining the best of what we’ve each built our reputations and market positions on: Apple’s legendary ease and user experience, with IBM’s depth in analytics, industry, enterprise-class software and cloud. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Dinesh Verma, IBM Fellow

To say mobile data traffic is getting congested would be the understatement of at least the last year. That’s because in that span of time, traffic from mobile devices has grown 81 percent. To help manage this data tsunami and keep information flowing, Dr. Dinesh Verma, IBM Fellow, worked on technologies applying IT principles to wireless networks. He and his wife, Paridhi Verma, Government and Education Marketing Manager at IBM, put their findings in a new book, Techniques for Surviving Mobile Data Explosion, that details the challenge and solution. The Smarter Planet blog caught up with Verma recently for more insight.

Smarter Planet: How much mobile data are we talking about?
Dinesh Verna: A huge amount of mobile data! As a sample point, global mobile data traffic grew 81 percent in 2013, and by the end of 2013 had reached 1.5 exabytes per month. That’s up from 820 petabytes per month at the end of 2012.

To provide some perspective, the total amount of data transferred in one full year on the Internet was about 1 exabyte just a decade ago, in 2004.

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Ever since Augusta National Golf Club hosted its first Invitational event in 1934, a commitment to history and tradition has permeated the fabric of the Masters Tournament, which begins play this week.

While the Masters has delivered many thrilling, magical moments among the Georgia pines of the Augusta National golf course, many people may not be aware of the Tournament’s unwavering dedication to enriching the game of golf. From playing 18 holes on each of the Tournament’s four days — instead of 36 holes on the third and final day, which was the standard 80 years ago — to introducing the first cumulative over/under scoring method, the Masters has consistently established innovative practices that became and remain standards in the sport. Continue Reading »

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Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

By Scott Megill

The demand for healthcare to go mobile is on the rise.

More and more physicians and patients are using an increasing number of mobile healthcare apps, healthcare apps which enable an almost unlimited range of health-related functions, from an individual patient controlling their diabetes, to monitoring diet & exercise and even, to tracking medical treatments and progress.

By 2017, half of the world’s more than 3.4 billion smart phone users will have downloaded health-related apps.

The rapid increase in mobile health app use is generating an enormous amount of patient data. Simultaneously, a plethora of data is being generated through individual patient’s medical records, which can easily cross multiple departments, physicians, and clinicians.

How can healthcare providers manage this influx of data and tap into the mobile opportunity to draw key insights and improve customer care? Continue Reading »

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Notre Dame High School 10th Graders, Filsan Nur and Erica Tan, in front of their mobile app: Burger Party, in Ottawa, March 27, 2014.

Notre Dame High School 10th Graders, Filsan Nur and Erica Tan, in front of their mobile app, Burger Party, in Ottawa, March 27, 2014.

By Rob White

What do Healthy Splash, Dance Penguin Style, Dino Boy, Burger Party, and Ziggy Bones all have in common?

They’re all mobile applications and they were all developed by a group of 3rd and 10th grade students in Ottawa, Canada, taking part in the program this week.

This pioneering program encourages the development of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills in young people. Specifically, it links primary students with high-schoolers and private-sector industry mentors to collaborate on mobile educational games and app development. Continue Reading »

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Matt Gross, Founder, Mobile Monday Boston; Mobile First Software

Matt Gross, Founder, Mobile Monday Boston; Mobile First Software

In February at Mobile World Congress, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first of its kind, global competition to encourage software developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge encourages the millions of mobile developers around the world to build sophisticated cognitive apps that can change the way consumers and businesses interact with data using mobile devices. For more insight on the challenge and app development trends in general, the Smarter Planet blog turned to Matt Gross, founder of Mobile Monday Boston, a community of nearly 8,000 professionals interested in mobile, and Mobile First Software, a mobile strategy consultancy.

Smarter Planet: Analysts predict that by 2017, there could be 200 billion downloads of mobile apps. What do you view as the major factors driving that volume?
Matt Gross: The popularity of apps is driven by smartphone penetration, which is growing by leaps and bounds.  It’s well over 50% in the developed world, and continues to accelerate in major emerging markets.  In parallel, the data plans offered by carriers are falling in price and becoming less restrictive, while free Wifi access is also expanding.  These converging factors continue to spur device usage, and make it easier than ever for users to download and utilize more apps. For many consumers, apps are becoming a primary channel to connect with brands they care about, and for organizations to extend offers to build customer loyalty and engagement. Continue Reading »

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Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Master Inventor, IBM

Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Master Inventor, Mobile Software, IBM

By Lisa Seacat DeLuca

For me, the intersection of Big Data and geolocation happened on a hot summer day in Chicago, 2006.

I was asked to fly to the Windy City for training on a new IBM product that I would soon be working with. My coworker, Larissa Wojciechowski, was new to our team but very familiar with Chicago, having grown up there and having family that still lived nearby. We decided to share a rental car to get from the airport to the hotel. On our last day of training, class ended early, so Larissa called up her parents to ask if they’d be up for catching dinner before our flight. We agreed to meet at a seafood restaurant that Larissa had never heard of.

This was before smart phones were as smart as they are today, so we were left to a good old GPS device to get us to the restaurant. As we were driving, Larissa was on the phone with her parents who kept giving us directions to where they were, saying things like, “We just passed the gas station on the corner.” Continue Reading »

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Dr. Christelle Scharff, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Pace University

Dr. Christelle Scharff, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Pace University

By Dr. Christelle Scharff

Mobile technology is closing the achievement gap and providing students and adults around the world with unprecedented access to education.

Mobile learning offers new ways to support learning through tablets, MP3 players and phones. It accommodates different styles of learning – anywhere, anytime and, particularly, on the go. Cloud technologies are at the root of mobile education’s rapid expansion, opening up new learning possibilities for people across the globe who previously had no access to any kind of education at all. Cloud technologies are used in solutions going from SMS services adapted to basic phones to sophisticated mobile apps for smart phones. Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2014

Martin Cooper, inventor of the original mobile phone

Martin Cooper, Chairman and co-founder of incubator, Dyna LLC; inventor of the original mobile phone

By Martin Cooper

After decades of existence, the mobile phone is finally beginning to hint at its potential to address some of society’s most important challenges.

As the mobile industry grows out of its vapid obsession with pixels, apps, and bling, recognition of one of the mobile phone’s higher callings is getting attention. This emerging focus on the phone as a device for transferring personalized health information to and from an individual sets society up for revolutionary improvements in healthcare.

Just imagine a society in which diseases, and the pain and suffering they cause, simply do not exist—in which people are healthy until end-of-life. Such a society is within the realm of scientific possibilities, but only if we change our approaches to healthcare. Smarter use of data, enabled by mobile phones, can help as we switch from curing diseases that have already struck to anticipating and preventing the diseases before they strike. Continue Reading »

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Stephen Gold, VP, IBM Watson Group

Stephen Gold, VP, IBM Watson Group

By Stephen Gold

Ever since the early days of personal computing, scientists, sci-fi mavens and movie makers have envisioned a time when people would interact with pocket-sized intelligent digital assistants that would help them organize their lives and get things done.

Like flying cars, those intelligent digital assistants always seem to be off in the future.

Except that’s not so anymore. Today, scientists and engineers at IBM are designing cognitive systems that will ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason, and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us.

Very soon, you’ll have all of the power of Watson, the Jeopardy-winning computer, delivered in the palm of your hand. In fact, some early adopters are already trying out test versions of the technology.

Many people think of Watson as a room-sized supercomputer. Today’s reality is quite different. The computing power of the original Watson has been squeezed into a space the size of three pizza boxes, and, thanks to the cloud, Watson’s intelligence can be accessed on your smart phone or tablet wherever and whenever you want it.

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