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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How a personal passion can bring business success

How a personal passion can bring business success

As the parent of a young rugby player, Jack, I have travelled around the UK and supported school rugby union, school rugby league, club rugby union and club rugby league teams through the teenage age groups, right up to county level. I can safely say I am very proud of Jack’s accomplishments. My involvement started back in 2011 and since then I have taken my family to fixtures at Twickenham to see England and some…

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Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

I started playing rugby at the age of 11, when I moved to secondary school. I must confess, when I began I felt certain that I wouldn’t enjoy it, and that I’d pursue football as I grew up instead. How wrong I was; since then I’ve represented my school, several clubs, and my University. I sometimes find myself explaining my passion for the sport to my friends, family, or colleagues. Trying to describe the exhilaration…

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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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A Tweet to England

A Tweet to England

Author: Cheryl Clarke, IBM UK Brand Systems & Advertising IBM are more than just the provider of match analytics for England Rugby. Yes, we’re probably best known for the IBM TryTracker tool, which fans use to enhance their insight and enjoyment of the game. However, we have a genuine passion for the game, just as the fans in the stands do. To mark England winning the 2017 RBS 6 Nations and their undefeated 18 match…

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Hidden tactics for players of every age – rugby meets analytics

Hidden tactics for players of every age – rugby meets analytics

It’s December 1st 2012, and I can’t believe what I’ve just seen, perched high in the South stand at Twickenham. Yes, sometimes the All Blacks let their opponents run up some early points, but then, as always, they’d thought “we’d better play some rugby here”, and just like that England’s fifteen-point lead was cut to one. Here’s what happened next… England stepped up in response, Chris Ashton flew over the try line with a characteristic…

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Gold Medal for this great British seabass dish with a cognitive twist?

Gold Medal for this great British seabass dish with a cognitive twist?

As a professional chef and someone who has a good understanding of technology, I’ve always been interested in combining the two in the kitchen. It’s especially useful when trying to liven up some of my classic recipes. I often am inspired by events around me and the latest British sporting efforts in the past weeks of competition have inspired me to cook up a patriotic dish made from classic British ingredients. Before I move on to the recipe itself I’d like to say I’ve used a very…

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IBM and Wimbledon – Innovation through Collaboration

IBM and Wimbledon – Innovation through Collaboration

IBM has been the Official Supplier of Information Technology and consultant to the All England Club and The Championships, Wimbledon since 1990. Maintaining any relationship for 27 years is a challenge, and a relationship between two globally recognised brands just increases that challenge.  One of the key reasons IBM has been able to help Wimbledon in their pursuit of greatness for so long is continuous innovation, each and every year. I have been working with…

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Seeds tumble: how Wimbledon uses cognitive analytics

Seeds tumble: how Wimbledon uses cognitive analytics

Seeds have been tumbling out of The Championships, Wimbledon in the latter part of the first week of this year’s tournament.  With so much going on it is important for Wimbledon to understand what interests fans at any point in time so that it can communicate to them with relevance and authenticity through its own and social digital platforms. Cognitive social analytics Many seeds were beaten on the first Thursday of the tournament and most…

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Tony Rowe OBE – Embracing the shift from sport to business

Tony Rowe OBE – Embracing the shift from sport to business

Welcome to my second blog focusing on the parallels between sport and business. Here, I share another recent conversation I’ve enjoyed with an individual who has achieved both sporting glory and business success. Tony Rowe OBE has enjoyed huge success as the chief executive and chairman of SWComms, having begun his telecoms business following a stint racing powerboats and time served in the Marines. Having seen his business grow and develop into one of the…

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