IBM fattens patent portfolio in cloud tech

IBM may be leading the pack when it comes to putting away patents related to cloud technologies.

In the past 18 months, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued more 1,200 patents to IBM related to the cloud, with 400 of those issued so far in 2015, according to an IBM tally released Friday.

For IBM, adding to its intellectual property is key to ensuring that the company will be a major player in the cloud market for years to come, said David Kaminsky, chief patent innovation architect for IBM software.

With a fat cloud patent portfolio, IBM is less likely to be blocked from selling the most up-to-date offerings due to a competing company asserting patent claims.

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How to Build a Web Design Portfolio Online

Online web design courses will help you get started toward a career in web design and development. When you are close to finishing, you will be applying for positions. You will want to build a good online web design portfolio. This is the best choice for potential employees to see how astute you are at web design. They get to see first hand what you are capable of doing.

Create a logo first. This can be displayed in a banner in at the top or bottom of your main page. This logo with a link to your site can also be used as an advertising tool. Your logo should be SEO friendly, so that browsers will land on your page when certain search words are entered. Make it catchy, short and something that describes your specialty.

Designing the pages of your portfolio is the next step. You will want to incorporate all the new skills you have learned/are learning. Potential employees will not only be reading what you put there, but looking at the whole website to see if you actually know how to do what you claim. This will actually be one of the courses you will cover at the web design colleges.

There will be more than just the front page. The front page is an introduction to your skills and attributes, and the following pages will samples of how you can put these skills to work. You will want the back pages to come from links off the front page. This shows the employer that you have included good navigation tools. You are literally building an online, interactive, virtual resume f or future employees to see your expertise.

Your “about me” section should be about you. It should be short, interesting and honest. You can talk about why you chose a career in web design/development, you’re your interest and hobbies are, and what you have already accomplished in this field. Employers like to know a little bit about what make you the person you are.

You should dedicate at least one page to describe your experience, your education and your goals. From this page you can link to your accomplished projects. An employer is not only going to be reading what your content is, they will be observing how your website works. If they can navigate from one page to another quickly, they will take note of your skills at designing the pages.

Adding a blog and writing on it each day, or several times a week also shows a potential employee that you are organized. It is the same as keeping a journal that is tracking your work. Potential employees, even though they may not state it, still like to know a little bit about the background and personal traits of those they hire. Just be yourself.

Web design classes are the first major step in getting your web design degree. Having a good online presentation of your talents is a great idea.