Add a little spice to your dessert. Strawberry Carpaccio with a chilli kick!

Add a little spice to your dessert. Strawberry Carpaccio with a chilli kick!

In my first blog I suggested a ‘main’ dish for your friends coming over to watch the Wimbledon Finals and briefly mentioned IBM Chef Watson. Next I’d like to suggest a ‘dessert’ – for those of you with big appetites or those that just want to jump straight in to something sweet! Before I move on to the recipe, and especially for those of you that have already tried the ‘main’, let me answer a…

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Add a little spice to Wimbledon Finals weekend – Part I

Add a little spice to Wimbledon Finals weekend – Part I

By day I work for IBM working on some of the largest technology contracts in Europe, but by night I run a catering company, helping brighten up people’s lives with food. So why am I telling you this? Well as a professional chef and someone who has a good understanding of technology, I’ve often wondered how it might help me become more creative in the kitchen. I now have my answer, and with the Finals…

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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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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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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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