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David Rogers, Faculty Director of Digital Marketing Strategy, Columbia University

David Rogers, Faculty Director, Digital Marketing Strategy, Columbia Business School

By David Rogers

Ever since the rise of online shopping sites like Amazon.com, brick-and-mortar-retail stores haved struggled with the threat of “showrooming” consumers – those who visit a store to see a product in person, but then opt to purchase it later online.

With the rapid adoption of smartphones, this phenomenon has grown even stronger. Today retailers operate in a world in which in-store shoppers have every competing offer in the palm of her hands.

Though retailers are not powerless, to survive, it is critical that they understand the true impact of mobile devices on shopper behavior. Doing so will enable them to shape a retail experience that gives consumers a compelling reason to buy directly from the brick-and-mortar store. Continue Reading »

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Paul Papas, Global Leader, IBM Global Business Services

Paul Papas, Global Leader, IBM Global Business Services

By Paul Papas

Earlier this week, IBM and Boston Children’s Hospital offered a glimpse into the transformative potential of social networking technologies with the unveiling of OPENPediatrics, the world’s first social learning platform designed to connect clinicians from around the world to share knowledge and best practices in the care of critically ill children – all supported on the cloud.

It was a single phone call to Dr. Jeffrey Burns that became the genesis for OPENPediatrics.  After helping a pediatrician in Guatemala successfully treat a young girl with a life-threatening blood disorder, all by using a video link, he aspired to bring world-class critical care to other pediatricians and their patients in every corner of the world. Continue Reading »

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Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

Scott Megill, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

By Scott Megill

The U.S. healthcare industry is undergoing a major transformation as it prepares for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For many organizations, one answer to the disruptive shift in how patient information is delivered and shared is cloud computing.

The U.S. spends over two and a half times more on healthcare per person than most developed nations in the world. To make healthcare affordable, though, the Federal government envisions cost savings through automation, information sharing, and embracing a new level of intelligence to improve patient care – going well beyond the current state of paperless clinics and digital record-sharing between providers. Continue Reading »

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Richard Koubek, Dean of the College of Engineering, Louisiana State University

Richard Koubek, Dean of the College of Engineering, Louisiana State University

By Richard Koubek

The times of the professor working solely within the confines of campus are bygone days as we academicians embrace the practicalities of new performance standards, rapid technological advances and simple economics. 

In 1997, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) launched a new standard that seismically shifted our educational focus away from what we teach in the classroom to what our students learn. SP LSU COE 2013Core to this initiative is the collection of feedback and input from companies who hire our students, measuring student success along learning outcomes. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Jeffrey Burns,  Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

By Dr. Jeffrey Burns

“Amen Corner” is a string of three consecutive holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Ga., that has come to represent the most exciting and challenging holes in all of golf.

Like many, I enjoy watching the Masters Tournament, which is held each year at Augusta. But in recent years the tournament has come to mean much more to me than who ends up wearing the famed “green jacket” which is presented to winners along with the Masters trophy. These days, the Masters serves as a reminder of the truly transformative nature of technology and how it can be used to impact people all over the globe.

Let me explain. Continue Reading »

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Brian Cotton, Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Brian Cotton, Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

By Brian Cotton

Last week my company, Frost & Sullivan, hosted a panel discussion in Silicon Valley called, “Smart Cities Solutions,” as part of our Global Growth, Innovation and Leadership exchange. Comprised of municipal government officials and corporate executives, the panel spent 90 minutes discussing the process of building smart cities. Ironically, it wasn’t until the last few minutes of the session that they got around to talking about the citizen.

This got me thinking. As a consultant in the Smart City industry, I have a behind-the-scenes perspective on the development of Smart Cities. And building a successful SmartCity takes time, money, political will, and above all citizen support. Continue Reading »

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Andy Sanford-Clark, IBM Master Inventor

Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM Master Inventor

By Richard Silberman, Writer/Researcher, IBM Communications

Andy Stanford-Clark built his first sensor when he was six years old to alert his mom if it started raining after she had hung the wash out to dry. His “rain detector” involved nothing more than a few copper strips on a small board that attached to the clothesline and a little box in the house that beeped, alerting her to bring in the laundry.

Already at that young age, Stanford-Clark was able to recognize a problem and solve it with a simple solution. Today, 40 years later, he is still doing the same thing, but on a much grander scale. Continue Reading »

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Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fello

Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow

Tony Stone, Partner, IBM GBS

Tony Stone, Partner, IBM GBS

By Jerry Cuomo and Tony Stone

Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when your car will alert you to a dangerous condition a mile ahead so you can slow down pro-actively or take an alternative route.

Or sensors detect abnormal wear on your brakes and the car automatically arranges for an appointment at your repair shop and even checks the parts inventory at the shop to make sure there will be no delay in getting the brake job done. Continue Reading »

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Cheryl Burgess, Co-founder,  CEO and CMO of Blue Focus  Marketing; Author

Cheryl Burgess, Co-founder, CEO and CMO of Blue Focus Marketing; Author of The Social Employee

By Cheryl Burgess

The words we use in the business world speak to our collective dreams and aspirations. Every few years or so, new buzzwords come in to replace the old ones, pointing our way like the North Star to our future. The language we use reflects how we see ourselves at our very best, and we use these terms to project these best versions of ourselves to our communities.SP Social Book Cover 2013

I like to think it’s a sign of the times that words like “social employee,” “engagement,” “brand ambassadorship,” and “authenticity” are so fashionable. There may be a lot of uncertainty in the business world as we as a group learn what social business truly means in the real world, but there’s a lot of optimism as well, and these words reflect that. Continue Reading »

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Deborah Magid, Software Strategy Director, IBM Venture Capital Group

Deborah Magid, Software Strategy Director, IBM Venture Capital Group

By Deborah Magid

Over the last three days, six startup companies competing in the IBM SmartCamp Silicon Valley, worked with IBM executives, venture capitalists, and industry partners to perfect their pitches and learn more about the keys to success.

Lance Donny, OnFarm and Scott Megill, Coriell Life Sciences

Lance Donny, OnFarm and Scott Megill, Coriell Life Sciences

After intensive coaching, mentoring and networking with some of the region’s most influential players, Coriell Life Sciences and OnFarm wooed the judges in a capstone pitch competition to win the overall competition. Both companies now advance to IBM SmartCamp Global Finals in February in San Francisco where they will vie for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Continue Reading »

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