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Today’s applications are central to decision-making at all levels of society – whether it’s helping municipal governments monitor critical infrastructure using smart sensor data, or helping consumers find the nearest store to buy their favorite brand of cereal. The New Builders podcast features interviews with the innovators behind these apps, in which they reveal their best practices, latest projects and favorite tools.
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Aug 24, 2017
In the world of wealth management and financial investments, even the most sophisticated risk management tools aren't always enough to shield a portfolio from catastrophic losses.
 
Rob Seidman and Rob Hodgson, from IBM Cloud for Financial Services, are trying to solve this problem with Investment Insights with Watson, a tool that uses natural language processing and graph database technology to contextualize the impact of news events on investments.
 
In this episode of the New Builders Podcast, they start by sharing the backstory behind the tool, involving the indictment of a politician who had a large insider stake in a company that a sovereign wealth fund had invested in years prior, and the inability of traditional risk management practices to "stress test" an individual (5:00).
 
From there, they discuss the limitations of risk management and its tendency to rely exclusively on structured data (7:14), how the graph database embedded in Investment Insights with Watson enables risk managers to determine whether news could impact their portfolio (12:00), their surprise at database integration with IBM Cloudant taking only one day (17:55), and how the market has been "blown away" by the power of the tool (21:30).
 
To learn more about Investment Insights with Watson, try the starter kit for yourself or watch the tool in action.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jul 28, 2017

Glynn Bird (@glynn_bird) remembers the days when he had to install servers in racks and maintain connectivity manually. Since then, the unit of scalability has evolved from the server, to the platform - and now to individual event-driven functions.

In this episode, Glynn gives a primer on function-as-a-service (FaaS) and Apache OpenWhisk™, including why you can think of FaaS as "the ultimate microservice" and an extension of PaaS (4:00), why a FaaS and microservices approach may be a better fit for startups and teams that need to keep things small (8:40), how to get started with OpenWhisk (11:40), and how he used OpenWhisk and IBM Cloudant to program his Alexa to report temperature readings from his house (16:52).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jun 23, 2017

Earlier this month, Compose's JP Phillips (@jipperinbham) gave a talk at CoreOS Fest, "Data Pipelines Made Easier with Kubernetes." JP joins the New Builders to share a little bit about his talk (3:06) and broader issues around containers and open source, including the current state of Kubernetes (7:24), the role of Compose Transporter as an ETL pipeline (11:05), CoreOS's etcd and the emergence of zetcd to serve ZooKeeper requests (13:30), and how Compose's Governor project (providing autofailover and HA for PostgreSQL) laid the groundwork for Patroni (15:13).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jun 2, 2017

In David Taieb's view, the best line of code is the one you didn't have to write. Hence the inspiration behind PixieDust, an open source helper library, built by Taieb and his team. PixieDust makes it easier for users of Jupyter Notebooks to start analyzing data quicker, without nearly as much coding, and simplifies data science for developers and business users.

David shares the origin story behind PixieDust and how he built it (5:20), PixieDust's compatibility with the user's preferred flavor of Jupyter, be it Apache Spark, Python or Scala (7:54), some of the other rendering engines (Mapbox, Bokeh, Matplotlib) that come built in (13:08), the companion project of HTML- and CSS-powered PixieApps (15:13), and PixieDust's role in enabling businesses in the Middle East to make better data-driven decisions (18:58).

Register for the IBM Data Science Bootcamp at Spark Summit to learn the ins and outs of the open source PixieDust library and how it simplifies working in a Jupyter Notebook.

IBM Data Science Experience (DSX) is now available as part of the IBM Bluemix Catalog. See it in action with a free trial of DSX. 

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

May 25, 2017

It's that time of year for the annual conversation between The New Builders and ODPi, the Linux Foundation project standardizing the big data ecosystem around Apache™ Hadoop®.

We met up with ODPi VP of Technology Roman Shoposhnik at ApacheCon 2017 in Miami, building on the interview we conducted last year with ODPi Director John Mertic in Vancouver.

Roman shares how he sets a fair technical agenda for ODPi as VP of Technology (5:30), ODPi's moves toward tighter integration with ASF (7:55), why he thinks of ODPi as the "commercial yin" to the "open source yang" of the Apache Bigtop project that he founded (11:25), and why IoT's prominence today reminds him of Big Data a decade ago (13:10).

Register for the IBM Data Science Bootcamp at Spark Summit to learn the ins and outs of the open source PixieDust library and how it simplifies working in a Jupyter Notebook.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

May 11, 2017

The data layer doesn't always get the top billing it deserves in app development circles. To shine a light on the databases that power today's top apps, Compose is hosting its second annual DataLayer event on Wednesday, May 17 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin.

To preview DataLayer, we're joined by Thom Crowe (@thomcrowe) from Compose, who shares a bit about what to expect at DataLayer - from a range of data services to the power of polyglot persistence. He also previews the keynote by Honeycomb's Charity Majors, "Observability and the Glorious Future" (3:23).

Then, we're joined by a DataLayer 2017 speaker, Meteor's Jonas Helfer (@helferjs), who previews his talk, "Joins Across Databases with GraphQL," and shares a little about his work with Apollo and GraphQL (11:53).

Register for DataLayer today and enter promo code "IBM" at checkout to receive a discount on your ticket.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Apr 26, 2017

After playing to two full houses at SXSW, the panel "From Mobile First and Offline First" is taking over the airwaves of the New Builders Podcast.

For this third go-round, Offline Camp alums Maureen McElaney (IBM Watson Data Platform), Gregor Martynus (Neighbourhoodie), Nolan Lawson (Microsoft Edge and PouchDB) and Dan Zajdband (OpenNews) are joined by Alex Russell (Google Chrome) for a wide-ranging conversation on Offline First application development - the process of building apps to maintain performance even during network disruptions or downtime.

The panel discusses the indicators of a poor offline experience (12:45), how progressive web apps relate to offline first development (16:43), their current offline first projects and favorite tools and frameworks, including IBM Cloudant and Apache® CouchDB™ (23:10), why offline first could spell the end of the save button and lead to new design patterns (37:23), and how to get started (and what not to do) with offline first (54:26).

To learn more about Offline First app development, subscribe to Offline Camp on Medium, Twitter at @OfflineCamp or YouTube at Offline First.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Mar 15, 2017

This week, we're previewing everything InterConnect has to offer to developers - keynotes, demos and even a welcome event Sunday night if you happen to be in town.

The team from Harmony kicks off the episode with a preview of the keynote address in which they'll be featured, "Data Science: Unleash Intelligent Client Experiences" (Tuesday, March 21, 11:30am-12:15pm | Cloud Theater, Bayside A).

Matt Brooke-Smith and Jenny Grinblo introduce the Harmony platform and the way in which it democratizes mobile app development (8:42), how customers in industries as diverse as energy and mental health are using Harmony (14:02), and how managed instances of PostgreSQL and RabbitMQ within the IBM Watson Data Platform enable the Harmony team to spin up a data layer "in less time than it takes to boil a kettle" (18:13).

Next, two New Builders regulars, Gregor Martynus and Steven Trevathan, drop by to share the process that went into building "Voice of InterConnect," a demo application that will be showcased in the DevZone during InterConnect (you can watch the video simulcast here).

Voice of InterConnect (details on GitHub) is a progressive web application that showcases the offline first development approach - in that it works without a network connection. Gregor and Steven walk through the various aspects of the app, including the offline-friendly back-end built on IBM Cloudant and Hoodie (26:16), speech-to-text and natural language services powered by IBM Watson (31:52), and a snazzy visualization reflecting the sentiment of user-generated responses (33:42).

Register for "The New Builders: Ideas on Tap" welcome event, Sunday, March 19, 7-10:30pm. Find out more about the data and analytics activities planned for InterConnect 2017.

Feb 27, 2017

The TV landscape has progressed far beyond the days of the Big Three television networks and single-TV households. For media companies, this wave of new cable channels and OTT providers, plus consumer behaviors like cord-cutting, has increased pressure to optimize programming schedules and hyper-target audiences for advertising purposes.

On this episode, Shiv Sehgal joins the New Builders Podcast to explain how RSG Media's (@RSGMediaSystems) Media Mantra platform, built on the IBM Watson Data Platform, enables media companies to process data on the fly.

Shiv discusses how Media Mantra processes Nielsen TV ratings and infuses it with data from new sources like Netflix and Hulu (7:47), the role of the dashDB data warehousing service in performing SQL jobs and bringing data together (11:38), the data science "horsepower" provided by Apache Spark (18:17), and how RSG Media got to the bottom of the NFL's viewership loss problem last fall (24:52).

Watch RSG Media CEO Mukesh Sehgal's keynote address from World of Watson 2016 on how the IBM Watson Data Platform powers Media Mantra.

Listen to the intro of this episode to hear about our upcoming trips to Game Developers Conference, SXSW and InterConnect, where we'll be hosting a welcome event, "Ideas on Tap."


You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Feb 13, 2017

IBM Developer Advocate Mark Watson (@markwatsonatx) joins developerWorks TV's Calvin Powers (@cspowers) to preview his talk at DeveloperWeek 2017, "Building and Designing Bots and Bot Architectures."

Mark discusses developers' interest in incorporating chatbots into their apps (4:18), the different types of chatbots and the messaging platforms upon which they can be built (4:58), the process and architectural components involved in building a chatbot (7:14), and how you can get started with your own chatbot using OpenWhisk, a JSON doc store for data persistence and Watson Conversation Service for natural language processing (9:01).

Learn more about Mark's work by reading his tutorial, "Persisting Data for a Smarter Chatbot," or follow Mark's Developer Advocacy team at the IBM Watson Data Lab, featured on Github and Medium.

You can get started building a chatbot of your own through the Chatbot Accelerator by developerWorks.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Feb 1, 2017

Kamal Shannak (@shannakam) and his team have been building IBM Graph since 2015. In that short time, they've become part of a growing group of enthusiasts and fans of graph databases - a relatively new database technology.

In this interview, Kamal and podcast host Kamille Nixon (@kamillenixon) discuss the beginnings of IBM Graph and the important role of Apache TinkerPop™ in building the service (5:43), the most common cases where graph excels (13:11), how graph databases fit into a multi-DB approach (16:41), and graph's role as a persistence layer for other services, including Watson (27:12).

To learn more about graph databases, listen to the "New Builders Episode 12: Of Graphs and Gremlins," featuring Alaa Mahmoud.


You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jan 17, 2017

On the eve of his presentation at the Web 1.0 Conference – and a few weeks after attending Offline Camp California (give our recap a listen if you haven’t already) – Paul Frazee (@pfrazee) sat down with Teri Chadbourne (@EventTeri) to explain Beaker Browser, a P2P browser he wrote for the distributed web.

In the conversation, he shares why his preference for Offline First has more to do with independence and autonomy than user experience (5:08), how Beaker Browser fits into the broader context of the distributed web and Offline First (6:43), Beaker’s use of the Dat Protocol (featured on the New Builders last month) (12:27), the emergence of Apache CouchDB as one of the first CRDT (conflict-free replicated data type) databases (15:41), and the moment when he realized Offline Camp was more of a camp than he previously realized (24:10).

Watch Paul’s presentation from the Web 1.0 Conference, “The Distributed Web and the Browser I Built to Surf It,” and his passion talk from Offline Camp, “Conflict-Free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs).


You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

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