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About this time a week ago, I was in the middle of the opening night meet-and-greet at That Conference 2014 held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. While the “Dells” (as we in the region refer to it) is the self-proclaimed “Water Park Capital of the World”, That Conference is a major tech event with 1000+ software developers, designers, and IT professionals getting together to share information about happenings in mobile, web, and cloud. I was there to represent IBM (the Principal Sponsor of the conference) with the goal of sharing IBM Bluemix with a new group of developers.

For those readers who may not know, Bluemix is IBM’s new Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) offering intended to facilitate rapid development of applications in the cloud. It offers more than 50 services to use in your apps and flexible, pay-as-you-go pricing (after a 30-day free trial).

Working the Bluemix Booth

IBM Bluemix: T-shirts

I drove over from MN and met up with colleagues Mark VanderWiele and Carl Osipov. We spent most of our time from Sunday night through Wednesday at the IBM booth talking Bluemix with attendees. There was regular traffic and we ended up running out of the very popular t-shirts we were handing out as SWAG. :)

The vast majority of visitors to the booth (like 99%) had never heard of Bluemix. This wasn’t terribly surprising since we just GA’ed at the end of June, so it offered us a great opportunity to spread the word. Folks who stayed at the booth long enough to see demos of the Bluemix UI and/or sample apps seemed to leave with a favorable impression. For example, I tweeted the following after Farah Prasla got her introduction to Bluemix:

Bluemix Break-out Sessions

IBM Bluemix: Carl Osipov Presenting

The team also held two Bluemix breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon. These sessions were intended to take people through a deeper dive to see how easy it was to construct the sample apps shown at the booth:

Positive Feedback on Twitter

By the end of the week, we had accumulated a lot of positive feedback on Bluemix (even though most people started the week unaware of the platform). Below are some of my favorite tweets from conference participants showing the inroads we made in this community:

Picture Albums

What’s a conference summary without some pictures? From keynotes to pig roasts to “bacon bars,” below are links to some of my picture highlights over the four days of the conference:

Final Thoughts

In short, we had a great time last week at That Conference 2014. The conference was well-organized, and everyone was friendly and eager to talk about technology. The staff was awesome to work with and regularly checked in to see if we needed anything. So, thanks That Conference! :)

Most importantly, we were able to connect with a lot of people who had never heard of Bluemix. For those people, please let us know if you have any post-conference questions or other feedback. And, if you haven’t already, be sure to go out to Bluemix.net and sign-up for a free 30-day trial. Also, check out the Bluemix Dev-to-Dev Community and follow @IBMBluemix on Twitter.

IBM Bluemix and That Conference 2014

It’s been just one month since IBM Bluemix reached general availability, but we already have another round of Bluemix UI updates! The new features include enhancements to collaboration, catalog, solutions pages, and responsiveness. You’ll also notice updates to Bluemix Documentation with improved search, filtering, and mobile rendering. And, finally, there was a healthy dose of general bug squashing and usability tweaks.

Check out my write-up on the Bluemix Developers Community for the details.

Bluemix UI Updates: July 2014

I’ve recently jumped on the Paper.li bandwagon and created Tony’s #Bluemix Journal. Hopefully, it will contain interesting articles related to IBM Bluemix, cloud, and related technologies. So, please check it out!

Tony's #Bluemix Journal

Do you think robots like tennis? My guess is that when the Robot Apocalypse starts, you’ll see them playing all the time. So, for the human race to survive, it will be critical for us to learn as much as we can from the large amount of data generated at the Wimbledon tennis championships and collected by IBM.

With that in mind, I encourage you to take part in the Wimbledon Innovation Challenge. You’ll have access to tennis data and be asked to use IBM Bluemix to build an app that consumes and analyzes this data in useful, innovative ways. You’ll compete against others for either Best Mobile App or Best Data Insights.

Time is of the essence, so luckily Bluemix facilitates rapid development of apps in the cloud. Just this week, Bluemix left beta and became generally available. The Bluemix Catalog contains more than 50 services in such wide ranging categories as Web, Mobile, Internet of Things, Big Data, Analytics, Security, and Dev Ops. So, there’s no shortage of tools you can use as building blocks to do some cool and amazing things in your apps.

Now, maybe my fears of tennis-playing robots are paranoid and irrational. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, please do your part and start building your apps!

NOTE: Entry deadline is October 24, 2014.

Bluemix, Robots, and the Wimbledon Innovation Challenge

Special thanks to IBM colleague Angela Bates for the background info on the Wimbledon Innovation Challenge.

IBM Bluemix Now Open!

Today marks the general availability of IBM Bluemix with more than 50 services and flexible, pay-as-you-go pricing.  The GA brings a lot of cool, new functions since our last beta refresh at the end of May including:

  • Pricing
  • Solutions Pages
  • New Services
  • UI Updates to Catalog & Dashboard
  • Improved Mobile SDK
  • Redesigned Documentation Site
  • Eclipse Tools for Bluemix
  • and more!

Bluemix UI Updates: Region Selector