By Jonathan Batty
IBM and His Excellency, the President of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, officially opened the first commercial technology research facility in Africa at an inauguration ceremony in Nairobi today.
The lab is IBM’s 12th global research lab and is supported by the Kenyan ICT Authority. Located at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, the lab will conduct applied and far-reaching exploratory research into the grand challenges of the African continent with the goal of delivering commercially-viable innovations that impact people’s lives.
The 2000m2 facility features one of Africa’s most powerful, cloud-enabled computing hubs giving IBM researchers the ability to analyse and draw insight from vast amounts of data in the search for solutions to Africa’s most pressing challenges such as energy, water, transportation, agriculture, healthcare, financial inclusion and public safety. Continue Reading »
By Adam Cutler
“Good design is good business.” — Thomas J. Watson, 1956
Sixteen years before Thomas Watson Jr. told this to students at the University of Pennsylvania, he hired Eliot Noyes to create IBM’s first corporate design program. Noyes and other design leaders, such as Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen, collaborated to craft IBM’s identity—from the Selectric typewriter to the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.
IBM used good design to demystify technology in a technically immature world. Today, good design helps tackle a different, but no less acute, problem caused by technology overload.
This week, we dedicated a new IBM Design Studio in Austin, a strong initial step to drive a company-wide effort to put humans at the center of our products. Human-centered design requires a high degree of interaction between people who use the solution and those who build it. Continue Reading »
By Frank Adderley, FLPD
Crime across the great state of Florida is down. In fact, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) recently reported that the Sunshine State is enjoying its lowest crime rate in 42 years.
While I believe the FDLE numbers are a bit conservative, the report also noted that Fort Lauderdale, where I am Chief of Police, saw a two-percent reduction in crime compared to this time last year.
Fort Lauderdale is on the right track thanks to the tremendous efforts of our officers and the continued support of our elected officials and the community. For instance, we saw a dramatic reduction in forcible sex offenses in 2012, down 47 percent compared to 2011, and a significant drop in vandalism, down by almost 9 percent. Additionally, over the course of the last five years, we’ve enjoyed a 14 percent reduction in arrests. Continue Reading »
By Keith Hopkins
Houston, we have a problem. Our world has evolved from a time of relatively very few and simple decisions to a time when we’re not only trying to solve existing problems, but predict those that could arise in the future. The influx of new technology and data in today’s world brings new challenges. How can we analyze this data and then use the information to help our businesses succeed? In today’s age of operational excellence, many companies are using analytics to do just that.
By leveraging data and analytics, companies are gaining ground on better decision making, such as where to spend their money on marketing and what works best for consumers. Continue Reading »
By Menka Uttamchandani
In any given city, travelers are faced with dozens of hotel options, making the market not only competitive, but crowded. How does a hotel understand what potential customers are looking for and then provide it?
At Denihan Hospitality Group, a key to our success is our ability to strategically manage business information to make smarter decisions, allowing us to better understand guests on both an individual and company or agent level. This has enabled us to market and book the right room at the right time at the right rate, increasing revenue and profitability. Continue Reading »
By David Alexander
Healthcare systems across the U.S. are facing the need to reform operations to maintain their financial health. Rising costs, aging populations and government reform mandates are changing how these systems work.
As the nation’s second largest public health care network, Memorial Health System has had to face these issues and more as we’ve expanded operations.
The good news? We’ve grown both organically by adding new facilities and by acquiring other hospitals and health providers.
The challenge? The complexity of our accounts-payable processes increased, transactional volumes skyrocketed, and we had no consistent way to validate vendors. Continue Reading »
By Dr. Timothy G. Buchman, MD, PhD
Remember when airplane cockpits were filled with round gauges, each providing a piece of basic information to the pilot?
In most hospitals today, we essentially operate on that same old-fashioned model for critically ill patients – those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Machines provide separate pieces of data about a patient, say, heart rate, blood pressure or organ function. It’s then up to the doctor to watch all of this data and make decisions.
Take for example my patient, lying in the ICU with tubes of various sizes snaking into her body. Her husband and children look on while she is tended by an experienced critical care nurse. Eight infusers drip powerful drugs into her veins. A microprocessor-controlled ventilator regulates the composition, volume and pressure of each breath she takes. Continue Reading »
By Steve Mills
There’s no doubt big data growth is accelerating today as more of the world’s activity is expressed digitally across the globe. How fast? It’s estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day from sources such as email and collaboration including posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, and purchase transaction records to name a few.
In addition, there are already an amazing 9 billion connected devices in the world today, and that number is expected to explode. The combination of all this data and new computing models is marking a new era of computing — one that requires new types of analytics technologies applied to data so that businesses can not only handle the onslaught of information and help make better business decisions, but, most importantly, even help save lives. Continue Reading »
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 »