Our schedule of live and on-demand web programs, provide STG customers and Business Partners with a convenient way to stay up to date on new IBM products and programs. Bookmark this convenient schedule of upcoming and on demand events.
Live Webcast: May 12th: Considerations for HP Itanium Users, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Oracle's recent announcement to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology. The webcast will discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and build a transition plan to a superior platform. Register for this important webcast to hear about future options for Itanium clients from IBM executives. This webcast will feature discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a user might encounter as they look ahead for answers.
Live Webcast: May 20th: Private Clouds Float with IBM Solutions, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Find out how Cloud Computing can make IT economics work for you in this informative webcast. Join Tony Iams, SVP & Analyst, Ideas International, Inc and Annette Miller, Program Director Cloud Computing, IBM Systems & Technology Group, as they discuss the advantages of private cloud and the key requirements for effective cloud deployment. Hear from the experts about the requirements for successful deployment of private clouds. Click here to register.
LIVE: TechChats: A Series of Online Question & Answer Sessions with IBM Experts
· 30-min text chat sessions
· Once each month April - November
· Built-in translation for global use!
· Available live in three time zones
· Ability to submit a question in advance
On-Demand: Smarter Computing Virtual Event
Smarter Computing--IBM's technology point of view to help clients apply architectural principles to federated data, optimized systems, cloud and new delivery models to transform entire IT infrastructures to improve economics and support innovation is explained in this virtual event featuring Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: Taming x86 Server Sprawl
Many IT organizations, burdened with the costs and complexities of managing expanding x86 server farms, have realized the benefits of server and workload consolidation on IBM Power Systems. Watch this eye-opening webcast, on the advantages and benefits of x86 server consolidation on Power. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: SAP meets Storage Infrastructure Graybar's Randy Miller, an SAP customer, discusses the challenges in his SAP environment and how IBM Storage helps. Register here to listen
On-Demand: Beyond Jeopardy: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! In February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries. Listen to this webcast to delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson. Click here to register now!
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Smarter Answers for a Smarter Planet: IBM to Deliver New Optimized POWER7 Products, Inspired by Watson Technology
IBM Power Systems incorporate a number of unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services. In addition, the systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price/performance. Here are some highlights of the new announcement:
New and enhanced Power Systems products include:
IBM also introduced a new Systems Director Management Console appliance that allows data center administrators to operate both Power servers and blades with a unified, intuitive interface for physical and virtualized system resource management.
IBM is extending technology from the acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) across its portfolio of workload-optimized systems, including high performance top-of-rack BNT switches with VMready network virtualization and BLADEHarmony management software. These IBM BNT RackSwitch products will, for the first time, be closely integrated with IBM Power servers to support workloads such as cloud computing, financial services, Web 2.0, streaming video, medical and scientific research and business analytics. According to a recent report by The Tolly Group, the newest IBM BNT switch demonstrated significant performance and energy efficiency advantages over comparable switches, including an average of 55 percent better price and performance. (3)
IBM also announced additions to its Intelligent Cluster line of energy-efficient, high-performance computing platforms -- pre-integrated solutions that build upon its rack servers including BladeCenter or iDataPlex platforms. These new offerings allow customers -- in segments such as financial services and energy exploration, for example -- to build HPC configurations that can reduce power and cooling costs by up to 50 percent. The new Intelligent Cluster offerings include:
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Since IBM's creation, IBM Watson played on Jeopardy, we've been getting alot of questions about the future of this superstar. So, we thought the best way to answer some of the questions was to do a LIVE webcast and tell you all what Watson has been up to since he won Jeopardy. On March 22nd IBM is doing a LIVE Webcast with Watson's creators and Information Week Magazine. Click here to register to attend and get all the news on IBM Watson. Be sure to tune in to learn more about the elusive Watson. And no, he is not getting a Hollywood Agent.:) But , he will continue to run on the IBM Power7 server and beat all comers.
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Pictured: Roxanne Reynolds-Lair (center),CIO at FIDM, flanked by IBM Watson researchers Bhavani Iyer (left) and Rick Lawrence (right).
Last week IBM held a series of private viewing events around the United States to let our customers enjoy the IBM Watson Jeopardy final. One of the most enjoyable parts of these events is having the opportunity to speak with IBM customers about their view of Watson's supercomputing capabilities. Before the event, I had the opportunity to chat with Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. FIDM has been in downtown Los Angeles since 1969. Today, the college consists of four dynamic campuses with a co-ed student body of 6,000 full-time students from 30 countries and more than 30,000 graduates. The college's Resource and Research Center is the largest specialized fashion library in the Western United States, offering students access to print, online and electronic resources, as well as visual and creative materials. In 2009, the school achieved worldwide fame when it was featured on Bravo's popular Project Runway series. With such a large infrastructure, keeping the school systems and data running is a big task. In 2010, FIDM choose IBM Power7 to help them power their systems and keep critical information at their fingertips.
Because Roxanne is an IBM Power7 Customer, she wanted to see IBM Watson in action during the Jeopardy challenge. IBM Watson runs on the same type of IBM Power7 hardware that Ms. Reynolds-Lair uses at The Fashion Institute for Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Following is my interview with Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles.
Q. Why are you so interested in IBM Watson?
A.. Watson and FIDM rely on the same IBM Power7 hardware to accomplish their mission. At FIDM we installed an IBM Power7 770 in December 2010. We run IBM i OS and Linux, with IBM Websphere Portal, IBM Content Management, IBM Websphere Commerce, Lotus Notes, Sametime, QuickR and Forms along with our custom applications. It is really exciting for our FIDM IT team and the entire IBM i and Power platform community to see "IBM Power 7" on TV and in all the Watson articles.
Q. How do you think Watson's Deep QA (Question/Answer) technology can be used after Jeopardy?
A. The applicability of Watson Deep QA in our everyday lives has limitless potential. I would like my doctor to have the Watson wealth of analytic information prioritized to determine the best diagnosis. I don't believe computers are going to take over the world but I do believe that we as humans need to take full advantage of the benefits of technology and create collaborative solutions using the best of both technology and the human brain.
Q. What did you think of a Supercomputer playing Jeopardy?
A. The IBM Watson Grand Challenge was a serious research project but presented to the public in a very understandable and entertaining manner. Watson has been the "buzz" around the water cooler. The Jeopardy Challenge was presented in an informative, educational and entertaining format. And just like humans, Watson is not always perfect, but learns from mistakes and moves on to make our world better.
To learn more about how Ms. Reynolds-Lair uses Power7 at FIDM, watch this video.
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Pictured: IBM Watson in Action: Buzzing in with the right answer to take the lead
Some of you may have heard that on Wednesday night, the Supercomputer known as IBM Watson defeated the two biggest "Jeopardy" winners of all time: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. IBM Watson finished the Jeopardy competition on Wednesday night with $77,147 in winnings over Jennings' $24,000 and Rutter's $21,600. Whether you turn on the TV, open the newspaper or log-on to Twitter, you'll find news of Watson's victory. Watson is sweeping the media with headlines shouting that in the battle of man versus machine, the machine won. Well, that's not quite true. Yes, Watson is a machine, but the Supercomputer is a machine created by humans. The brains behind Watson are the researchers and IBM technologists who developed this creation. Wednesday night at the special Jeopardy screening viewing at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the brains behind Watson. Two brilliant IBM Researchers joined a full house of IBM customers at the event. Just as fascinating as watching IBM Watson play Jeopardy, was the live question and answer session that followed the Jeopardy TV show. Rick Lawrence, Manager, Machine Learning at IBM Research and Bhavani Iyer, Software Developer, IBM Research held the interest of the capacity crowd for almost an hour after the Jeopardy show ended. The human brains behind Watson shared the fascinating back story of how Watson was built and programmed for Jeopardy success.
Pictured: IBM's Bhavani Iyer and Rick Lawrence at the Los Angeles Jeopardy viewing party for IBM Watson.
The evening concluded with Bhavani Iyer taking a few questions from the audience on the Question and Answer Technology Watson uses. Bhavani Iyer is responsible for achieving the speed in the DeepQA technology that makes the system competitive in a live Jeopardy match. One audience member asked,"How is Watson processing the Jeopardy questions? " Bhavani explained that Watson considers internal representation of analyzed content of about the equivalent of 200 million pages when attempting to answer a clue. Bhavani explained that Watson's DeepQA processing is both CPU and memory intensive. Initially, Watson's computation took 2 hours to answer a question on a single CPU. By scaling out Watson's computation over 2,880 POWER7 processing cores and optimizing the computation and access to its data, Watson is able to answer most questions in about 3 seconds enabling the system to compete on Jeopardy. This how Watson can search his machine brain, just like a human processes a question through the brain pathways looking for an answer. Another question for Bhavani " What was the underlying framework within Watson used to scale things?" "We used Apache UIMA," said Bhavani. "This is a technology developed in IBM and used as the framework for the processing. This is Opensource and can be downloaded from www.uima.apache.org"
Both Rick and Bhavani were amazed by the audience's enthusiastic response to Watson's Jeopardy win. "Watson sparks the audience's imagination and everyone is fascinated by Watson whether they are technical or not," Bhavani told me after the event. "This is because Waston changes the way humans interact with computers," says Bhavani. "No more searching by one keyword for an answer, now you can just ask a question." I have a feeling, Watson will be answering a lot more questions. Think of the possibilities for enhancing decision making in scenarios like health care. The possibilities are endless.