By Dan Newman
For today’s knowledge worker, the ultimate technology euphoria is complete mobility and ubiquitous data access.
Since we live in a knowledge economy, great work can happen anywhere. Mobility enables this. Place our teams around the world, give us access to cloud collaboration tools and we will asynchronously move business forward; meeting when we have to, but collaborating at all times.
By in large, Millennials seek to be a part of companies that share this belief; who don’t bind people to their desks or to a clock, but instead focus on accountability for accomplishing what needs to be done. They recognize that the next great companies are using productivity tools to empower employees to work free of location and time constraints. Continue Reading »
By Shashi Bellamkonda
The mobile revolution isn’t only having a profound influence on the lives of consumers, it’s also changing the way business owners—especially small business owners—are marketing their business.
Research has found that 42 percent of small business owners say it would be a huge challenge to operate their businesses without mobile services. An additional one-in-three business owners say their businesses could not survive without some type of mobile service.
So how can small businesses stay ahead of the mobile curve?
Think about how you, as a consumer, go through your day with your smartphone or tablet. You may scan comments, compare prices, and shop on the go. As you work, sit in the doctor’s office, ride the train, and even stand in line at the grocery store, it’s never been more important for the businesses you frequent to have your information up-to-date and accurate across all online channels. Gleaning analytic insight on all this mobile Web activity and seeing what kind of content, feedback and posts are driving the most engagement will be key. Continue Reading »
By Dr. William Kiernan
Today, as we recognize the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is great to reflect on how far technology has come in providing equal access and inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as the growing elderly population who have diminished sight, hearing or mobility.
As with most advances in technology, change starts slow but then increases at an increasingly faster rate. It took millennia for humans to fly 120 feet (less than the wingspan of a Boeing 747). It took centuries upon centuries to advance from the simple abacus to the Turing machine, and then only decades to create IBM Watson that processes vast amounts of information similar to how humans think.
Today, technology is a driving factor in helping the more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide immediately be a productive and active participant in society. Think about mobile devices today. What would have been considered a super computer decades ago now fits in our pocket, and also happens to make phone calls. But for people with disabilities, this device has become an integral part of their daily lives. Continue Reading »
By Jay Henderson
With another peak holiday shopping season upon us, retailers and marketers across the country have high hopes for another record-breaking weekend of online sales.
They may very well get their wish.
Based on early data from the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, Thanksgiving Day online sales grew 19.7 percent over 2012, led by department stores, which increased 60 percent using the same comparison. As expected, mobile was once again a key driver of that overall growth, increasing 49 percent year over year as a component of all online sales.
As holiday shoppers become more diverse, connected and digitally savvy, retailers are looking to cloud, mobile and big data analytics to deliver personalized experiences for millions of consumers. The winners this year will be those that rely on real-time insight to adapt their mix of in-store, online and mobile promotions to make the sale whenever and wherever their customers choose. For retailers like Moosejaw, that means building a connected physical and digital shopping experience that is integrated, from the ground up, across the entire commerce cycle. Continue Reading »
By William Rusnak
We are just beginning to see the full potential of the use of sensors in healthcare.
In fact, the day may soon come when acute changes in a patient’s vitals may be sent as an alert to the phone of a primary care physician. Giant fluctuations of glucose levels in the blood of diabetics may be detected without the need to repeatedly prick finger tips. Food diaries, home blood pressures jotted down on notepads, and face-to-face follow-up appointments will likely be a thing of the past.
The typical check-up that we know today may transform into the equivalent of getting your car’s computer inspected when the “check engine” light is on. Sensors will lead to more pertinent data collection, and with the right analytics, will significantly improve outcomes. Continue Reading »
By Steve Hamm
Beware the pistol shrimp. It stuns small sea creatures with a gun-like claw that fires powerful clouds of bubbles at its prey. The scientific principle that gives the pistol shrimp its mini-superhero powers could also prove valuable to humans–in uses ranging from improving the designs of propellers to helping doctors destroy kidney stones and cancerous tumors. A global collaboration involving IBM scientists, researchers at two European universities and the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory could help accelerate the journey of this science into the marketplace.
The multi-disciplinary team used one of the world’s fastest supercomputers to simulate the behavior of clouds of bursting bubbles–handling the highly-complex fluid dynamics problem in a way that was extremely efficient. In the process, they set a new record in supercomputing in fluid dynamics and, as a result, the team on Nov. 21 won the coveted Gordon Bell Prize from the Association for Computing Machinery.
Alessandro Curioni, head of mathematical and computational sciences at IBM Research – Zurich, described the adrenaline rush of working on the project. The team ran into one problem after another, and it required a diverse set of skills to solve them. The excitement peaked last April when the team–working around the clock for one week–demonstrated their breakthrough on Lawrence Livermore’s Sequoia computer. Scattered over half the globe, they kept in touch constantly with email, telephones and Skype. “A single group could not have accomplished this. We needed a wide variety of skills. It’s a great example of open collaboration,” he says. Continue Reading »
By Brian Ng
As businesses mature and scale, cohesive digital and social integration becomes ever more critical to maintaining a competitive advantage, especially in today’s customer-centric world. Every customer and, increasingly, every interaction matters even more. The pressure is tremendous to deliver consistent, high quality customer experiences tailored to everyone, in whatever context imaginable.
Just as we build relationships with new friends or interested partners, we similarly become invested in the products or services that work well and delight us. We grow connected to the things we use and interact with on a daily basis. But unlike friendships, often one misstep with a product or service could mean the end of the relationship.
One company that prioritizes superior customer service in all of its channels is Bonobos, a leading online apparel company. They started off selling one pair of perfectly fitting khakis and have since grown their product line to include dress shirts, suits, and outerwear. The differentiator for them is the customer experience team, which it calls the Bonobos Ninjas. Continue Reading »
By Zachary Meath
Voice and data communication networks are part of the foundation of our schools, homes, businesses and daily lives. Yet, with data volumes soaring, new mobile devices proliferating, and demand for network access mounting daily, there’s still much to be solved when it comes to the world of network management.
One solution in particular that my fellow students, Marist faculty and I are collaborating with IBM on is the invention of an agile optical network that is automated and easily managed. It sounds simple enough, but in order to accomplish this feat, our team needed to create a new way to reprovision a network in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, which is currently the norm. Continue Reading »
By Kyu Rhee, MD
While emerging economies across the world are exploding, the sad fact is that chronic disease is taking its toll.
As the middle class grows across Africa, Asia and South America, people are living longer and also suffering from obesity and the effects of a more sedentary lifestyle. That translates into growing death rates from chronic disease.
In most African countries, cardiovascular disease is now the second leading cause of death after infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. It has been estimated that between 1990-2020, the burden of heart disease will double. Diabetes across the Middle East and North Africa has jumped 87 percent between 1990-2012, and stroke by 35 percent.
Approximately 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in developing nations, according to the World Health Organization. That number is rising: for example, cancer is expected to increase in Sub-Saharan Africa by 85 percent by 2030. But that figure is only an estimate, since less than 1 percent of the region’s population is covered by cancer registries. Continue Reading »