IBM Bluemix TV Ad: How to Build a Smarter App

It’s definitely pretty cool to be watching an NFL playoff game between your home state Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos (not to mention Peyton Manning), then see a 30-second commercial for your product come on the screen. That was the case a little before 4:00 pm CST this afternoon when the new IBM Bluemix ad aired. And, more than just Bluemix as a whole being featured on TV — the Bluemix UI was also shown prominently!

Bluemix TV Ad Capture

That’s especially exciting for me because I’m the lead dev architect for the Bluemix UI and have been involved with it since we started the first prototypes two years ago. During that time, we’ve released the open beta last February, reached general availability at the end of June, and added a lot of awesome functionality over the rest of 2014. Along the way, there’s been lots and lots of IBMers (from both development and IBM Design) who have shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it all happen. Now, as we prepare for the upcoming IBM InterConnect 2015, it’s really gratifying to see these ads!

So, with that intro, I mainly wanted to share some of my favorite captures from the YouTube version of the video:

Bluemix YouTube: How to Build a Smarter App
How to Build a Smarter App (0:02)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog
Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog (0:11)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics
Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics (0:13)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson
Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson (0:16)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Dashboard
Bluemix UI Dashboard (0:20)
Bluemix YouTube: With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter
With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter (0:27)

And, finally, I wanted to share a link to the video itself:

Global IBM Cloud Console Architecture

A few months ago, I announced that my team had released the new global IBM Cloud Console allowing all public regions of the IBM Cloud platform to be managed from a single location. This took us from four addresses (one for each of the four public IBM Cloud regions at the time) to a single geo load-balanced address. Users would now always get the UI served from the geographically closest (and healthy) deployment, resulting in improved performance and enabling failover to greatly increase availability. In this post, I'll dig a bit deeper so that you can gain insight into what it would take for you to build similar solutions with your own IBM Cloud apps. Continue reading

The New Bluemix Look

Published on March 01, 2016