Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

The 6 Nations has been a huge fixture in family life growing up and I have early memories (and photographic evidence) of my father, brothers and I in matching shirts cheering on childhood heroes. As I get older, it becomes hard not to notice that Rugby (and sport in general) is evolving. If you can forget for a minute that he was talking about Healthcare at the time, Sir Muir Gray has a point….. “In…

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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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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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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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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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Personalisation on every level, how fashionable is your brand?

Personalisation on every level, how fashionable is your brand?

See it now, buy it now, pay for it now, receive it now. The “Now Culture” is upon us; technology has enabled consumers to access products, services and information in an instant. Not only has it allowed access for consumers, it’s giving brands the opportunity to “show it now” through personalised banner adverts, emails and social media posts. When it comes to fashion marketing, our favourite retailers are tracking our cookies, delivering dynamic banner ads…

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