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What are the key topics submitted by IBMers for SXSW?

So, voting for SXSW 2014 speaker sessions opened today.

This is where you, the audience, has the opportunity to vote on upcoming sessions for the popular Austin, TX event which famously helped bring Twitter and Foursquare (ok, and a bunch of other starry-eyed game-changing startups) to the world.

Just what are those hot topics that cutting-edge IBM execs and employees want the world to know about?

If you take all the submitted abstracts and drop the text into the wonderful Wordle tool, this is what you’ll see:


Social, Mobile and Data figure highly, as well you might expect. But you’ll also see the prevalence of the term ‘design’. It’s difficult right now to differentiate design from the development of solutions for enterprises. Mobile interfaces demand it. Social interfaces are pushing the boundaries. Consumerization of IT applies the pressure.

Below you’ll see my picks from the IBM submissions. Voting is easy: first sign up and then click on the ‘Thumbs Up’ icon you’ll find in the top left of a submission page.

Avoid being a social zombie in a global world

From Dubai to Mumbai to Zürich, companies report that zombie communities abound. Who knew? Just as there are similarities globally for social, global nuances are also emerging. Leading author and well-traveled IBM senior executive Sandy Carter stresses the importance of thinking through our cultural differences when it comes to engaging on social media.

Sandy will be bolstering her presentation with observations from Tom Smith, CEO of GlobalWebIndex, one of the leading research organizations on global social media trends.

Submission page

User Experience Design and Agile at the mobile frontier

Good design is good business. Leigh Williamson, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Rational CTO, describes how to face mobile projects with an Agile methodology: adapting your deliverables to your stakeholders whilst incorporating a distinctive design.

Submission page

Mobile enables the Internet of Things

Ed Brill, Director, Mobile Enterprise Marketing at IBM will explain why mobile is more than phones and tablets.

Advances in technology are enabling machine to machine connections that are redefining business. For instance nanotechnology helps us infuse intelligence and processing power into objects to create thinking things and the latest power technology allow us to place devices in more remote locations than ever before.

Submission page

You can see more talks submitted by IBMers for SXSW 2104 by searching on ‘IBM’ here.

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AT&T Developer Summit 2013: key takeaways

Our phones and tablets are really just the beginning of the mobile experience. The apps on these devices are connected. To us and our location. To our workplace. To the cloud and the heady world of available services and APIs that can be found there.

This is fundamentally what I took away from the AT&T Developer Summit which just concluded. Diving in a little further, here are my key takeaways:

Growth in M2M and connected devices

AT&T is partnering heavily with IBM business partner Axeda to offer developers a platform on which to integrate sensors that can interact with our mobile devices. Think monitoring the vitals of your home whilst you are away on travel. Or hacking a pair of brainwave-powered cat ears to intercept call when you are agitated.

Automotive, healthcare and finance are key industries

Our cars will get smarter. Rather than just having access to the Pandora app on your phone to play music, they will also be able to tell friends when you are stuck in traffic and access your calendar to plan the optimal travel route. Healthcare is being transformed. Patients can share their personal data with services that can monitor lifestyle and let the individual know the impact this will have on their health. The finance industry is already allowing more and more transactions to take place across mobile devices. Services of testing platforms like that of Keynote DeviceAnywhere helps banks ensure that they all users, regardless of device, have a consistent experience.

The enterprise space is set to mushroom

On the user side, the BYOD (bring your own device) movement gathers momentum. Meanwhile, mobile developers are now increasingly focusing their efforts on enterprise-level applications (see Ed Schmidt’s comments in this video).

Security represents a major issue

The large swaths of data that surrounds our mobile experience needs to be secured, whether that data is at rest (while being stored on the phone or up in the cloud) or in motion (being transmitted). This is particularly important in terms of the roadmap for enterprises, as the recent IBM Tech Trends report points out.  

Call management can transform the way we communicate

New services such as the AT&T APIs allow us to overcome some of the boundaries of synchronous communication. Speech can be delivered and consumed as text and vice versa. Applications can be designed to intercept, process and initiate phone calls.

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