Your customers to be: TEENS REACT TO WINDOWS 95

This has been kicking around on twitter for a few days and I thought it was funny and kinda brushed it off. Sat down and discussed it with *my* teenager last night and I was struck but its significance. Not only is this depressingly funny as hell, this video also gives me an insight into the mindset of my customers to be. Sure it may be dramatized rather, but having spoken to my kid about it, not very much…….

Significant parts of this for me are:

  • That the expectations of waiting for something to happen, is absolutely non-existent for these kids. Before the boot screen has finished loading they are already complaining about it taking too long.
  • It looks like windows but it is impersonal – it looks dull and ancient – not as refined – it is blank, nothing is going on
  • If you go somewhere and there is no wifi – that is literally the worst thing that can happen to you

It’s funny – but more importantly – these kinds of people are already working in our companies and before very long they will be the decision makers.


Speaking at Inform 2016 (no seriously, I am !)

Picture this – John Head and I are hanging out by the pool (working) in Las Vegas, and up turns Tony Holder. What could possibly go wrong………

Well as it turn out nothing went wrong and in fact something very cool started.

Tony was on his way to Australia (as you do) and he had been asked to present by the Inform 2016 organizers. Problem was he was short on material. Having seen John and I talk about Application Modernization and the Cloud at InterConnect, Tony came up with the idea of re-using our presentation (with our permission) and I would turn up and do the demos. Unfortunately I will not be in Australia for another 9 months so this will have to be a remote demo. But I am still speaking. Cool !!

Then – to make it more unbelievable and awesome – JH came up with the genius idea of roping Mat Newman and combing John’s and Mat’s Connect talk with John and mMarky’s InterConnect presentation.

This is going to be truly a unique experience !

For my part there are a cool demo of how we took a notes client application and took it through the modernization process from notes client, to responsible web app, to integration with IBM SmartCloud social and IBM Docs enabled. This is a genuine story of Application Modernization and the cloud.

Come and see Tony, Mat and Me (mostly seeing them and listening to me)

8am Friday March 11th, Sydney Australia

It’s 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users’ expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you’re invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier. See live demos putting AM into practice.



PSC Hosted Meetup: Internet of Things (IOT) in the Cloud and Why Industries Care

I approached the IBM Cloud Chicago team, back in November last year,  about hosting an Bluemix focused Meetup event in the Chicago suburbs during a lunchtime. I felt that downtown Chicago from 6-8pm on a weekday evening excludes a large number of people who would otherwise like to attend, and they agreed!

With that in mind we set a plan in motion to organize a meeting and get some of the IoT industry’s foremost experts to come and share their knowledge and experience with us. In Skip Snyder and Mark Peterson, I believe we have accomplished just that.

I met Skip and Mark last week when I was at InterConnect in Las Vegas. They gave me a preview of what was in store for this meetup and I am really excited about it. This meetup is going to be very industry focused and deal with the “why should I?” not so much of the “how do I?”. There are going to be some very pertinent examples from real industry engagements IBM has worked on.

If you are in the area and able to attend please follow the link below, it’s going to be very informative.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)

This event is designed for business leaders and executives to understand from a business perspective what  Internet of Things (IOT) is, how technology has changed driving IOT’s dominance in business discussions today and then focus on IOT case studies.

Case studies will be used to demonstrate how companies  are changing the way they engage do business because of what IOT makes possible.  The focus industries examples will come from Manufacturing, Transportation Logistics and Healthcare.

Skip Synder IBM Partner – Internet Of Things and Asset Management, Global CoC, Global Business Services and Mark Peterson Partner and Global Lead, Predictive Analytics, Internet of Things and Asset Management IBM Global Business Services will be the speakers for the event.



We will be following this meetup in a month or so with a developer focused Bluemix “How?” meetup which will be hands on with the actual technology.