IBM InterConnect is this week — and we are presenting!

February 22, 2016

If you’re at the conference, attend our presentation session 4642 on Wed. 2/24 Mandalay Bay South – Breakers G (Map and details here)

Learn how our client gained visibility to their integration space and could observe (and improve) key business processes.

Title: Integration in a Data-Driven Enterprise Using IBM Integration Bus, Bluemix and Cloudant.

If you’re not attending the conference, you can sign in here to watch a recording or download the slides and see the tool dashboard in action. Contact with any questions or comments!

Solution using Newest IBM Technologies To Be Presented at IBM InterConnect 2016

January 11, 2016

Leveraging Technology has been selected to present at InterConnect 2016: IBM’s Premier Cloud and Mobile Conference! Leveraging Technology Senior Technical Consultant Devin Richards and Enterprise Solution Architect Ron Jamerson, along with our client Scott Ford from CoreLink Administrative Solutions, will head to Las Vegas in February to present session 4642:

Integration in a Data-Driven Enterprise using Cloudant, Bluemix, and IBM Integration Bus.

(Location and details)

InterConnect is IBM’s largest conference each year and is designed for those who are building new business models, transforming industries, and creating better outcomes. Over 2,000 targeted sessions are led by industry leaders and IBM experts. From technical and business content to deep-dive technical sessions, the InterConnect curriculum is designed to help you quickly and easily realize the full value of your technology investment. Register and be sure to sign up for Session 4642 presented by Leveraging Technology to learn about how we used the latest IBM technologies to address a client need for visibility and analysis of key business operations!

Drive Innovation and Success in the API Economy

APIs represent a new fast-growing channel opportunity in the API economy that companies are using to reach their internal and external customers in new ways – but are facing management challenges in the process.


The Digital Economy is being driven by Mobile, the Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data.  The way your company interacts with these technologies in the API Economy is the key to driving business growth.  APIs are the way your company will need to interact with these technologies.

Monetizing and managing APIs creates a complex set of challenges for companies and the API stakeholders (API Product Managers, API Developers, App Developers, Operations) who want to know:

  • How to manage the consumption of APIs across the enterprise?
  • How to provide self-service for internal and external developers?
  • How to enforce security at runtime?
  • How to throttle or limit usage?
  • How to introduce change to APIs?
  • How do I know who is using my APIs?
  • How much are they using my APIs?

To schedule an onsite workshop with our team, or for more information, fill out the form below, email info@leveragingtechnology, or call us at (585) 454-4250 x100.

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Mobile Webinar Replay

August 20, 2015

In yesterday’s webinar about how mobile or omni-channel forms save time and cost for data collection, panelists discussed how this simple but powerful tool is being rapidly adopted by business users and IT. Benefits include:
• Increased agility
• Flexibility and efficiency
• Faster time to market and shorter lifecycle.

Scott Azwell, Lead Consultant at Leveraging Technology, along with our partners at IBM and Streebo, also outlined integration planning and architecture considerations that make managing 10s-100s of forms an efficient and secure process that doesn’t increase IT’s debt workload unsustainably, namely:
1. Governance
2. Performance
3. Security
4. Service and API Management
5. Analytics

If you missed Wednesday’s webinar, or want to view it again, click here or download the slide deck.

Want to learn more about how mobile or omni-channel forms may solve your data collection challenge? Request a contact.

Commercial Bank Reduces Risk with a Secure, Automated, Managed File Transfer Solution that Links Internal Systems with 400+ Branches and 500+ Trading Partners


File transfers are the means of connecting business processes across applications, business units, locations, customer-facing processes and external systems at trading partners. A regional commercial bank was relying on an ad hoc set of processes and manual steps to get the files and manage downloads. Multiple different protocols were being used to transfer ACH payments, credit information and marketing files with service providers. The environment lacked any formal controls, security measures or visibility. The bank required a solution that substantially reduced risk exposure.


MFT Infrastructure SolutionA complete architecture and infrastructure solution was developed to support all electronic document transfers, replacing the multiple prior implementations, each of which required its own support services and inconsistent security protocol. The new managed file transfer (MFT) solution offers a full development and change lifecycle for new electronic file transfer implementations. It also provides improved and consistent data security with controls and metrics to monitor file movements.

The new MFT solution has far-reaching positive impacts on the bank’s operations.

– Automation freed internal IT staff to work on higher value, business-directed activities.
– Bank saves an estimated 25%-50% in expense required to administrate file transfers.
– Trading partners experience a faster, more efficient process with higher service levels.
– Bank statement printing costs were lowered by automatically transforming data for use by a lower-cost outside print vendor.

Read the full case study about how Leveraging Technology determined the business requirements, architected and implemented the MFT technology for a sustainable solution, while acting as the face of the bank, handling transfers and managing communications with internal clients and trading partners.

Make Advanced Analytics Simpler, Faster, More Accessible and More Affordable.

July 9, 2015

Organizations of all sizes can realize the promise of achieving significant, measurable business value from big data if they establish an information foundation that supports the rapidly growing volume, variety and velocity of data. While the potential value of data is clear, implementing a high-performance data warehouse solution can pose significant challenges, particularly for midsize organizations that don’t have the same level of budget or IT resources as large enterprises.

IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics mini appliance, powered by IBM Netezza® technology, can help your company achieve the following:
– Make decisions at the speed of thought
– Achieve fast time to value through simplicity
– Run advanced analytics on a constrained budget
– Manage big data simply and efficiently

IBM-PureData-Brief-thumbnailRead the IBM solution brief, “IBM PureData System for Analytics Mini Appliance,” to discover how to make advanced analytics simpler, faster, more accessible and more affordable.

Register for Webinar: Using Mobile Forms to Save Time and Cost for Data Collection

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

It’s time to look beyond desktop and browser-based forms to create more personalized, mobile forms that engage users on their own terms and time.

Mobile forms help to increase usage and collect data effectively and can be embedded with social and analytics features to facilitate data-driven decision making.

“This is an incredibly powerful tool to empower the business,” says Scott Azwell, Leveraging Technology Lead Consultant. “We know from experience, that when we put simple, powerful tools in the hands of our business users, we will see rapid adoption.”

Our panel of Mobile experts:
Gavin Bourne, MobileFirst Specialist, IBM
Scott Azwell, Mobile Integration Consultant, Leveraging Technology
– Mike Chu, Mobile Forms and Digital Experience Specialist, Streebo Inc.
Alzira Zollo, Client and Business Partner Engagements Leader, Streebo Inc.

Special Offer to Registrants: We will “exchange” any of your desktop, web-based or legacy paper forms and create a new mobile (omni-channel) form at no cost*!

*Application exchange offer by Streebo, Inc. requires customer new or existing license of the IBM MobileFirst platform and a no-cost, no-obligation mobile forms readiness assessment.

Download the full invitation.

Register Now!

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Learn How to Achieve Speed, Simplicity and Exceptional Value

June 26, 2015

In the race for competitive advantage, data is the raw material for setting your business direction. Advanced analytics lets you extract untapped value from your data to accelerate growth and optimize your business.

Analytics pays back $13.01 for every dollar spent―1.2 times more than it did three years ago.

IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics N3001-001―the PureData System mini appliance―changes the dynamics of big data analytics for midsize organizations by providing a high-performance data warehouse appliance purpose-built to make advanced analytics simpler, faster, more accessible and more affordable. The appliance integrates database, server and storage into a single, easy-to-manage system.

– Acquire the tools you need to unlock data’s true potential.
– Turn data into past, present and future views of your operations with business intelligence software.
– Support integration and self-service provisioning for a growing variety of data and help shrink the time required to complete tasks.
– Bring the power of Hadoop to big data analytics with rich developer tools, powerful analytic functions and exceptional management capabilities.
– Perform analysis on data in motion with sub-millisecond response times, helping accelerate decision making and reactions to critical events.

AdvancedAnalyticsInfographic-thumbnailThis infographic looks at how you can gain speed, simplicity and exceptional value with the IBM PureData System for Analytics Mini Appliance. This high-performance data warehouse solution integrates database, server and storage into a single pre-tuned and pre-configured system. Download the infographic.

Your Organization Can Serve Up Rich, Analytical Capabilities Quickly and Easily

June 11, 2015

Most organizations, regardless of size, struggle with how to best utilize and manage their important asset of data. However, a midmarket company can turn their data challenges into assets by matching the right technology and sidestep many of the information technology growing pains other companies have faced.

IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics mini appliance can help your business integrate database, storage, analytics and server into a single, easy-to-manage system. How can PureData System for Analytics help your midsize company achieve success?
– Increase sales
– Identify new sources of revenue
– Build customer loyalty
– Improve operational efficiency
– Decrease total cost of ownership (TCO)

PureData System for Analytics is big data ready and includes the following capabilities: IBM Netezza® analytics, business intelligence, Hadoop data services, real-time analytics, and data integration and transformation. In addition, PureData System for Analytics can help you obtain query results in seconds and minutes rather than hours and get applications up and running in days instead of weeks or months.

View the video, IBM PureData Analytics for mid-sized companies, to learn how your organization can serve up rich, analytical capabilities quickly and easily.