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Automating Customer Interactions with IBM Watson Conversation and Bluemix

Ilya Drabenia

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Virtual agents and chatbots can significantly optimize the operations of customer service departments. Trained to answer questions frequently asked by end users, they help organizations to automate a variety of customer interactions, engaging team members only in complex situations.

In this post, we explain how to work with the Watson Conversation service in Bluemix for creating chatbots.

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Using Spark Streaming, Apache Kafka, and Object Storage for Stream Processing on Bluemix

Ilya Drabenia

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One of the key points in the Industrial Internet is stream data processing. Equipment fault monitoring, predictive maintenance, or real-time diagnostics are only a few of the possible use cases. Some of the services provided by IBM Bluemix enable you to significantly speed up the implementation of such use cases. With Bluemix, you are not required to deploy and configure Hadoop, Apache Kafka, or other big data tools. It allows you to launch service instances in a few clicks.

In this article, we explain how to integrate and use the most popular open-source tools for stream processing. We explore IBM Message Hub (for collecting streams), the Apache Spark service (for processing events), and IBM Object Storage (for storing results).

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Analyzing Text with the AlchemyLanguage Service in IBM Watson

Stas Turlo

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AlchemyLanguage is a collection of APIs available in IBM Watson for analyzing text through natural language processing. In this post, we show how to create a browser extension that can extract insights—such as concepts, keywords, and emotions—from text on a page.

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Using the Personality Insights Service in IBM Watson

Stas Turlo

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In this post, we show how to extract, analyze, and visualize a spectrum of personality attributes from Reddit comments and Stack Overflow answers / questions. It can be done using IBM Watson Personality Insight and Personality Sunburst Chart.

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Bluemix Tutorial: Using IBM Analytics for Apache Spark in Java/Scala Apps

Siarhei Sidarau

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Apache Spark is an open-source engine for large-scale data processing. In Bluemix, you can access it via the integrated interface called IBM Analytics for Apache Spark. Using a Scala-based starter as an example, this article demonstrates how to interact with the service through Jupiter Notebook and the spark-submit.sh script.

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IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk 101: Developing a Microservice

Alexander Sologub

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IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk is an event-driven compute platform that enables developers to build chains of scalable microservices. It executes application logic in response to events or through direct invocations.

Here, we provided an overview of OpenWhisk architecture and components. This post shows how to develop a simple JavaScript application and deploy it to OpenWhisk. You can also learn about Docker integration.

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Deploying a Rails 5 App with MongoDB, Redis, and CarrierWave to IBM Bluemix

Nick Herman

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In this post, we show how to deploy a Rails 5 application with MongoDB as a database and CarrierWave for image processing to Bluemix. The source code for the article is available here.

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Meetup: How to Build Scalable IoT Apps with Cloud Foundry, Bluemix, Docker, and Cloudant

Renat Khasanshyn

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Join tomorrow’s meetup in San Francisco to discuss how to store and analyze sensor-generated data—together with Animesh Singh, Syed Zaidi, Dwight Ford, and Nicholas Vargas of the IBM Bluemix team. In addition, I will identify four levels of IoT maturity and share how an S&P 500 company created an IoT business model using Docker containers and Cloud Foundry-based microservices.

Not in San Francisco? You can watch the live streaming of the meetup on this page starting from 6 PM, Nov 18.

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Cloud Foundry Diary for February, 2014

Alex Khizhniak

This February was, probably, one of the busiest months in the history of Cloud Foundry. Literally, each day was filled with events, such as the announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, open beta of BlueMix, the news about IBM’s $1B investment plans, etc.

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