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 »
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 »
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 »
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. Core to this initiative is the collection of feedback and input from companies who hire our students, measuring student success along learning outcomes. Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »