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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Game, Set, Match to the Digital Fan Experience

Game, Set, Match to the Digital Fan Experience

I grew up playing tennis for more hours each week than I spent studying. Since I was 11 years old, I have traveled throughout the United States competing in national tennis tournaments. I then played varsity tennis at an Ivy League University Although my chapter as a player is now over, tennis is still in my blood. Four times a year, as each Grandslam comes round, I become a true tennis fanatic. Over the past…

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Are you ready for the digital invaders?

Are you ready for the digital invaders?

As the finance profession continues to evolve the message is clear – as finance leaders and trusted advisors to the business, we must embrace our developing role as a major influencer of corporate strategy. This will enable us to rise to the challenges of technological disruption and proactively look to the future, allowing us to persistently innovate. In my previous blog I explored the phenomenon of ‘Uberisation’ and how a whole new competitive landscape is…

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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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Tim Rodber’s Guide to Swapping Sport for Business

Tim Rodber’s Guide to Swapping Sport for Business

Parallels are often drawn between sport and business. Recently, I have had the opportunity to talk with a couple of individuals who know a lot about both – as they were leading competitors and then made the shift to lead their own organisations. Tim Rodber had a very eventful 13-year rugby career at the very top, which included captaining Northampton Saints, 44 caps for England, and representing the British Lions, Tim hung up his boots…

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Highlights from the Finance Leaders Day at IBM Business Connect 2015

Highlights from the Finance Leaders Day at IBM Business Connect 2015

Recently, as part of the IBM Business Connect series, over 40  finance leaders attended the Finance Leaders day for a focused dialogue on the changing landscape of the finance industry,   I had the opportunity to meet  with  fellow finance professionals to share and exchange experiences that many of us are having across a range of topics.  These included finance transformation, new insights driven by analytics and leveraging mobile, cloud and security to grow and protect…

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Collaboration will Beat the Fraudsters! – Highlights from IBM Security Leaders Day at BusinessConnect 2015

Collaboration will Beat the Fraudsters! – Highlights from IBM Security Leaders Day at BusinessConnect 2015

A flashing blue and red room, a skills gap the size of the grand canyon and how to be a fraudster; just a few of the items on the agenda at today’s IBM Security Leaders BusinessConnect 2015 – the first in what will be a series of thought-provoking events aimed at tackling current issues and emerging trends in business. Security professionals from all industries were invited to join the discussion around how they can work together to stay…

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Making data serve society

Making data serve society

Join up data A straightforward step to realise substantial benefits can be taken simply by joining up data across systems.  This approach is already being used to reduce fraud and error by exposing illegitimate claims for tax breaks and illegal access to benefits.  It works by combining data about someone’s use of various services together and looking for inconsistencies.  Such an index of citizens allows civil servants to quickly and easily access information in support…

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Serve up your data faster: Advantage Finance Leaders

Serve up your data faster: Advantage Finance Leaders

The speed at which rich match insight is served by the All England Lawn Tennis Club at The Championship, Wimbledon is something Finance Leaders can take a lesson from. The parallels between performance analytics at Wimbledon and performance analytics in business are more than a passing coincidence: there is no reason why companies couldn’t replicate the AELTC’s live, context-rich dissections. Each year some 3.4 million data points are captured and input into the Wimbledon Information…

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