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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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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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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Behind the Scenes with IBM TryTracker

Behind the Scenes with IBM TryTracker

The IBM TryTracker helps players, pundits and punters get a better understanding of England Rugby’s performance. This second-screen experience is available on the England rugby website and aims to engage fans, whether they are new to rugby or are experienced. Insights generated by IBM TryTracker enhance conversations about the game, before, during and after. The aim of this article is to provide some insight into what goes on “behind the scenes” during the build-up and…

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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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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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