3000 Members now in the BlueMix LinkedIn Group!

Today, as I processed the pending membership requests on LinkedIn for the IBM Bluemix group, we surpassed 3,000 members!  In less than two years the group continues to grow and membership and activity have grown regularly each week. Keep promoting it and keep posting important material to the group!

While the group has some good discussions and examples of how BlueMix is used, if you prefer video then you should consider checking out the YouTube channel dedicated to IBM BlueMix, which is run by the Developerworks team:

Managing your BlueMix applications in Slack with Cloudbot

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Slack has become a very popular collaboration tool for developers and designers. Think of LinkedIn groups combined with a Facebook or Twitter feed that is isolated to only the team members participating. It is equivalent to an on going persistent eMeeting chat that never ends, is searchable, and most of all, captures all conversations around a topic in a single place. Some argue Slack is the end of email and other collaboration techniques, specifically around projects.

In this video Yu Cao demonstrates how to setup Cloudbot for slack where you can then chat with the bot to get information about your your BlueMix applications.

“Cloudbot is a ChatOps bot platform built to be deployed on IBM Bluemix that integrates services and tools into a development or operations team’s workflow in a collaborative chat environment.” – link

 

Get to know the IBM Commerce Business Partners

Next time you fee like bingeing on a video series you might want to check out the 68 IBM Commerce partners in this YouTube list. Break out the popcorn and open this list on your smart tv and just sit back and enjoy!

Get 2X conversion rates with Apple Pay and WebSphere Commerce

See how Apple Pay and Commerce on Cloud can help you add Apple Pay to your storefront, giving your customers the latest shopping experience.

12% Increased conversion with Instart Logic and WebSphere Commerce

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Instart Logic has an amazing solution that will increase your conversion rates and speed up your site greatly. Check out this video where I introduce the solution and then see a quick demonstration of the Instart Logic solution implemented on the WebSphere Commerce starter store.

Watson drives IBM Digital Experience

If you missed it, at the IBM Connect conference, Chris and Rob demonstrated how to build a page using Watson to assist in suggesting the content for the page with a single click.  Very impressive and as Chris said “that is awesome”.  Totally agree!

In the video below (which is much longer than the snippet I provide here), Rob shows the Cognitive Assist feature to help in constructing a new landing page for their campaign.

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Take a look at the video to see how cool this new feature is.

The future of eCommerce is with blockchain

If you have not heard about blockchain then here is a primer, otherwise skip to What’s Next below.

Blockchain is a trust protocol and one of the first implementations is BitCoin, where each bitcoin is has its entire owner history reference stored with it. Think of it as an absolute proof of exactly where the money came from and you can only use it if the history is correct. And to make it more cool, its stored all over the place – kind of like a global spreadsheet or ledger (link). This means its virtually impossible to spoof or cheat the system.  Bitcoin Core checks each block of transactions it receives to ensure that everything in that block is fully valid—allowing it to trust the block without trusting the miner who created it (link).

 

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