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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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Now displaying: February, 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!

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