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Guy Meger, Vice President, Research and Development, EarlySense

Guy Meger, Vice President, Research and Development, EarlySense

By Guy Meger

We’ve all had mornings where we get out of bed bleary-eyed from a late night of celebrating, studying, fretting children, or just plain insomnia. New studies have found that the fatigue, forgetfulness, and poor concentration are not only caused by the amount of sleep we get or don’t get, but are also influenced by the quality of our sleep. Many of us wake up not feeling refreshed or recharged because we are simply not sleeping well.

Much of our general wellness can be assessed based on information collected during sleep. Heart and breathing rates, as well as our movements during sleep, especially when tracked over a period of time, can tell us a great deal about how healthy we are. Continue Reading »

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Mark Burgess, Co-founder and President, Blue Focus Marketing; Author of The Social Employee

Mark Burgess, Co-founder and President, Blue Focus Marketing; Author of The Social Employee

By Mark Burgess

It is every brand’s responsibility to leave as large a footprint as possible in the digital village. There must be no mistaking that, yes, your brand was here, and yes, its presence is worth paying attention to. This is a process undertaken in thousands of small steps. The challenge is to make sure these steps look deliberate and coordinated. The more focused the effort, the greater the impact, and the larger your brand’s digital footprint will become.

Social businesses are ideally suited for this task. During our interviews with IBM for our book The Social Employee (McGraw-Hill, 2013), we had a chance to speak with Ethan McCarty  (@ethanmcc), Director of Enterprise Social Strategy, about the company’s own digital footprints. In the course of our conversation, he provided a very useful analogy that I think typifies the value of social employee engagement strategies. Continue Reading »

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Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist, IBM Research - Africa

Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist, IBM Research – Africa

By Uyi Stewart

In an interview with Wired magazine, the English musician, Brian Eno, complained that there is not enough Africa in computers.

How does one Africanize…or otherwise liberate a computer?” he wanted to know.

Maybe Brian would like to visit us at our new research laboratory in Nairobi, because this is more or less what we are doing. Although our focus is not to build computers, per se, we are building technology solutions for Africa— with uniquely African flavour. Africanized solutions, if you like.

IBM Research—Africa, officially opens its doors next week. It’s our 12th global research laboratory, and the first in Africa. It feels like a pivotal moment. It certainly is for me. Continue Reading »

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Fred Balboni, Business Analytics and Optimization Leader, IBM Global Business Services

Fred Balboni, Business Analytics and Optimization Leader, IBM Global Business Services

By Fred Balboni

Today’s marketplace is competitive. Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their enterprise to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimize outcomes. Business and technology executives alike are racing to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results.

IBM has proven experience and expertise turning data into value. But we wanted to know: are all investments created equal? Is there a secret sauce that enables one organization to derive more value from their data than another organization?

To help us answer these fundamental questions, we engaged the IBM Institute for Business Value to survey nearly 1,000 business and IT executives from around the globe. The survey was designed to identify and differentiate specific activities that can help organizations derive more value from their data. Continue Reading »

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Wes Hunt, Vice President, Customer Analytics at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Wes Hunt, Vice President, Customer Analytics at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

By Wes Hunt

At my company, we have been using Big Data and analytics, as permitted by law, to transform the way we serve our customers – to provide deeply personalized services. We study customer behaviors, preferences, and relationships to get a full 360 degree view of our customers.At Nationwide, we put members first.

We’ve always promised to protect the things that are the most important to them: their assets, their peace of mind and even their dreams, no matter how simple or grand they may be. Our brand promise, “Nationwide Is On Your Side,” is built on the core belief of building and enhancing customer relationships. We are committed to knowing and caring about our members, and being easy to do business with. Continue Reading »

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ibmwatsonThe first era of computing was defined by simple calculations. The second era, beginning in the 1940s, introduced us to programmable systems. Now we’re entering the era of cognitive computing. In this era  we will have machines that will learn, reason, sense, predict and interact more naturally with human beings. IBM Watson  is a significant step in that direction and is currently working with doctors to fight cancer.

The next #P4SPchat will invite discussions about how smart machines will help make the world work better. Please join the discussion at Noon ET on Oct. 31. Continue Reading »

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October 25th, 2013
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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama addressed the students and faculty of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, New York, today to spotlight the school, its teachers and administrators, the architects of the program, and its partners.

Opened in September 2011, P-TECH is a collaboration among the New York City Public Schools, The City University of New York and IBM. An open-admissions, grades 9 – 14 institution, P-TECH provides a rigorous academic and workplace skills curriculum leading to a no-cost associate degree in technology and preferential consideration for jobs at IBM. The P-TECH model has been so successful that five similar schools have opened in Chicago; four more are planned for New York City; and New York State will rollout 16 new P-TECH-model schools in 2014. Continue Reading »

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Keith J. Figlioli, Senior Vice President, healthcare informatics, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Keith J. Figlioli, Senior Vice President, healthcare informatics, Premier Healthcare Alliance

By Keith J. Figlioli

According to the federal government, one out of every five Medicare beneficiaries – about two million people annually – are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge. The cost: $26 billion a year, with more than $17 billion considered unplanned and preventable.

Why is this happening? Well, research shows patients are often readmitted due to their lack of understanding about what’s wrong with them and how to care for themselves at home, which medications they’re supposed to take and when, and how and when they should schedule a follow up appointment[1].

In August, I wrote about the Data Alliance Collaborative (DAC), a group of leading clinical and IT experts who are co-developing and sharing data analytics to meet unmet healthcare needs. Instead of investing in and developing multiple, fragmented solutions that address the same problem, DAC members are pooling resources to develop single solutions all providers can use. Continue Reading »

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David Garrison, M.L.S., Program Director, Information Systems Program and Information Technology Management Program, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

David Garrison, M.L.S., Program Director, Information Systems Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

By David Garrison

For most people, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a relatively small university in the midwest.

However, this institution has a scope and reach that leverages industry on a global scale. As such, we are committed to training young professionals with the most relevant skills possible that will help them secure high-value jobs upon graduation. These days, that starts with training them in the latest skills in cloud computing.

But it wasn’t always this way.

Until recently, if someone mentioned “the cloud” to my students, they might have looked to the sky. Today, many now understand that cloud computing architectures are the foundation for big business around the world. But it’s more personal than that. Continue Reading »

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Solomon Assefa, IBM Research

Solomon Assefa, IBM Research

By Steve Hamm

IBM researcher Solomon Assefa likes to operate at the intersections of scientific domains and social institutions. It allows him to envision ways of using cutting-edge technologies to tackle new challenges.  In a recent example of how his approach can pay off, he made the connections that resulted in a small team of IBM scientists helping boost a United Nations Children’s Fund social networking project that could improve the lives of millions throughout the continent of Africa. Continue Reading »

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