MOD AI Hackathon highlights data opportunity

MOD AI Hackathon highlights data opportunity

Data offers so much opportunity for defence.  That is the indisputable conclusion from the two day MOD AI Hackathon held last week when sixty hackers came together to tackle four challenges set out by the UK Ministry of Defence.  Many of the hackers work for small organisations and most had not previously engaged in defence.  They brought expertise in data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence, forming fourteen teams to build analytic models. General Sir…

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Delivering more value to citizens

Delivering more value to citizens

Government departments are looking beyond efficiency improvements and cost savings to deliver citizen value and innovation. As today’s data comprises a number of formats and locations, it’s now becoming necessary to have multiple clouds built to harness all types of data and utilise AI technologies to run new classes of applications and solutions.  At the same time, government departments can use cloud computing to expose their data to new types of users and ecosystems.  This…

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Watson Summit London 2017: Highlights from the Festival of Disruption

Watson Summit London 2017: Highlights from the Festival of Disruption

Formula 1 cars, astronauts, more technology than you can poke a stick at and candy floss; lots of candy floss. These were just some of the highlights attendees were treated to at last week’s Watson Summit in London. In the five years that I’ve been working in the industry, I’ve honestly never seen so much buzz at a corporate event before. The public reception, both in-venue and on social media was incredible; kudos to the team…

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Introducing Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption

Introducing Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption

80 new companies are being launched every hour; disruption is inevitable. Existing business models are being made obsolete via technology disrupting brands. Where does AI fit within an organisation and how’s it going to disrupt your workforce? Companies are struggling to keep up with consumer behaviour more than ever. Brands need to build trust and protect themselves. On Tuesday 10th October for one day only we’re bringing together experts, leaders and thinkers to debate and…

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Performance under pressure: Scaling up to high-stakes operations

Performance under pressure: Scaling up to high-stakes operations

A modern business is constantly under pressure. Some pressures are predictable: a retailer knows when Christmas is going to happen. A commodities trader doesn’t know when the latest crisis will cause an adverse market reaction. Being both resilient to and able to take advantage of these pressures is key for successful businesses. We all know the theory about cloud. The platform is agile, allowing services to be added, changed or removed to meet business demands….

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From Iconic Battles to Ace Customer Experiences; a Flashback to my Favourite Wimbledon Moment #WhatMakesGreat

From Iconic Battles to Ace Customer Experiences; a Flashback to my Favourite Wimbledon Moment #WhatMakesGreat

The saying goes that you wait ages for a bus then 3 come along a once; and similarly this is my 3rd blog within a week! Inspired by one of my favourite sporting engagements returning next week, The Wimbledon Championships, and the launch of the #WhatMakesGreat campaign, I’ve reflected on my favourite ever great Wimbledon moment. For this we will have to go back 7 years to when I volunteered at Wimbledon for 2 weeks…

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I develop Wimbledon: Rosie Lickorish and Darren Shaw

I develop Wimbledon: Rosie Lickorish and Darren Shaw

“It was when Watson started to surprise us with its findings about big name tennis players, that we got really excited”, explained Software Engineers @Rosie Lickorish​ and @Darren Shaw​. IBM Watson reveals Tennis Stars’ Secrets Nadal often comments that he doesn’t play well in the cold. However, IBM Watson analytics found he actually plays equally well, if not slightly better in cooler temperatures – see the full article in the Telegraph. And Federer is noted for not being a very sweaty tennis…

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Watson Marketing ‘5-in-5’ Webinar Series

Watson Marketing ‘5-in-5’ Webinar Series

Find out more about Watson Marketing here. I am very excited to announce that the new webinar series from Watson Marketing “Five Questions That Will Force Marketers To Think Differently Within Five Years” will start on 30th March. For this series, we are going to build upon the foundation of strategies by attacking the questions that marketers are really worried about. It’s very easy to get excited about marketing in 2017, now that we have…

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IBM team with Shell to Inspire Young Minds to Embrace Careers in STEM

IBM team with Shell to Inspire Young Minds to Embrace Careers in STEM

Inspiring the next generation to consider careers that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills is an important part of IBM’s community engagement. With technology innovation advancing at such a pace we need more and more creative and technical minds to deliver solutions that help solve the big challenges facing the world today and in the future. That’s why IBM partnered with Shell to run a stimulating workshop for fifty 11 to 14-year-old students from…

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Sport is no longer just about the sport

Sport is no longer just about the sport

I have grown up with sport on the TV – constantly. Golf, football, cricket, rugby, diving, F1, darts; anything that the broadcasters could throw at me. Late June is no exception to this when our lives are flooded with the green and purple of Wimbledon, the most famous grand slam. You could say I’m a seasonal tennis fan. Like a lot of viewers, I am a fan of Wimbledon itself, not just tennis. There’s something…

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