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Mike Ettling, President: HR Line of Business, SAP

Mike Ettling, President: HR Line of Business, SAP

Debbie Landers, General Manager, Kenexa and IBM Smarter Workforce

Debbie Landers, General Manager, Kenexa and IBM Smarter Workforce

By Debbie Landers and Mike Ettling

A better-prepared workforce delivers better results.

So today’s successful HR organizations are looking more and more to advanced HR-specific technologies, and the reason is simple: HR professionals know they can drive business results and the CEO agenda by bringing in and developing the best people available. HR tech helps companies attract, hire, onboard, engage and empower the right people who can positively impact their organizations.

One strategy embraced by many HR solutions providers has been to create a suite to manage across the entire employee lifecycle – recruit to retire. But, the reality is that HR leaders today demand choice and a way to preserve their investments, in order to deliver solutions that the business is ready to adopt, and which provide the user experiences we’ve come to expect in our applications today. Continue Reading »

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By Mark Gorenberg

Exactly 20 years ago last week, the commercial Internet as we know it opened its doors to the masses.  And over the next few years, marketing departments started experimenting with the data created by this network of networks to improve how they advertise and brand their businesses.

The basic market demographics available through the early Internet that we now take for granted was considered revolutionary at the time. But by the next decade, web analytics became the norm and the new era of data-driven marketing had begun. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Lukas Wartman, MD

Dr. Lukas Wartman

By Dr. Lukas Wartman

I have the dubious distinction of being a famous cancer patient.  I’m an oncologist who specializes in leukemia; I got leukemia; and I’m cured, at least for now, thanks to advances in genomic medicine and the efforts of some brilliant physicians and researchers.

My health was broken. It took some of the best minds and science in the world to put me back together again.

Unfortunately, in spite of advances in gene sequencing and oncology, too few cancer victims have outcomes like mine. The genomic treatment I received, an example of precision medicine, simply isn’t scalable to millions of people right now.

This is where IBM Watson could help. Using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities, I hope it will be possible for oncologists like me to quickly mine insights from the immense amount of genomic data that’s becoming available about individual patients by using Watson to identify potential drugs that target our patients’ specific genetic profiles.

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Erich Clementi, IBM Senior Vice President, Europe

Erich Clementi,
IBM Senior Vice President,
Europe

By Erich Clementi

In the technology world, the search is constantly on for the next big thing. People are looking to the future – trying to predict needs and trends. Start-ups strive to become the next global disruptor.

There’s a technology revolution being talked about in Europe and this one is focused largely on turning the heritage of the past into a game-changer for the future. Europe’s manufacturing sector has always been the envy of the world in delivering high quality products. Despite weathering a generation of turmoil, premium manufacturing in Europe remains a significant asset – that the three best selling luxury car brands in the world are designed and manufactured in Europe exemplifies this. Continue Reading »

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By Jeff Schick

Twenty years is a long time. But it can seem like a millennium in the world of tech, especially when you consider the myriad advances that have come along over the years and the speed with which they’ve transformed business and society.

But among the revolutions and evolutions, mobile technology is arguably one of the most interesting. Not only has the device and network technologies evolved rapidly, leading to amazing scale and adoption – and transforming societies and industries, along the way – but the function and use of the device continues to change. Continue Reading »

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Masaaki Tanaka

Masaaki Tanaka, Designer, IBM

By Masaaki Tanaka

When I came to work for IBM as a designer in the Tokyo Interactive Experience’s User Centered Design lab last September, I expected to focus on enterprise computing. But, much to my surprise, the project I’m working on now for an IBM client has me imagining the digital lifestyles of a certain class of individuals–Japan’s senior citizens.

In fact, the target customer for Japan Post’s just-launched online Watch Over service is my own father. My dad is a 75-year-old retiree who lives alone in a rural area in Saga Prefecture, in the south of Japan. He has never touched a computer. He rides a bike rather than driving a car, so he’s cut off from his friends and it takes him 20 minutes to pedal to the nearest convenience store. I hate to think what would happen if he had a medical emergency. Continue Reading »

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Mark Ritter

Mark Ritter, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research

By Mark Ritter

In 1981, Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman challenged computer scientists to develop a new breed of computers based on quantum physics. Ever since then, scientists have been grappling with the difficulty of attaining such a grand challenge.

Employing quantum physics for computation is difficult in part because quantum information is very fragile, requiring the quantum elements to be cooled to near absolute zero temperature and shielded from electromagnetic radiation to minimize errors. This is so immensely different than our current approach to computation that the entire infrastructure of computing must be re-imagined and re-engineered.

Still, the challenges haven’t stopped physicists and computer scientists from trying, and an enormous amount of progress is being made. In fact, I believe we’re entering what will come to be seen as the golden age of quantum computing research.

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James Faulkner, All-Rounder, Australia (Source: Cricket.com.au)

James Faulkner, All-Rounder, Australia (Source: Cricket.com.au)

By Mitesh Vasa

All-rounder James Faulkner was scoring well before his double wicket maiden that clinched Australia’s 2015 Cricket World Cup finals win over New Zealand last month.

He was scoring with data, or maybe more appropriately, with #ScoreWithData, IBM’s social media insight analysis into players, teams, matches, brands, cities, and fans.

By the end of the six-week-long event played across Australia and New Zealand, Faulkner’s 30 percent “buzz” of 1 million tweets made him the online MVP, well before he earned player of the match versus Cup co-host New Zealand.

Sports provide opinionated natural language data, ripe for machine learning opportunities. That’s one of the reasons our team at IBM Research’s lab in India customized IBM BigInsights’ “social data accelerator” plug-in to scan Twitter for all things Cricket World Cup.

All told we scanned between 700 and 800 keywords per match, ranging from obvious ones like names of players, referees, and stadiums, to cricket-specific technology like “spidercam,” and “UDRS.” Continue Reading »

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Two NOAA WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunters collecting weather data.

NOAA WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunters collecting weather data.

By Anne Altman

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was created officially in 1970, its roots go back more than 200 years. The agencies that came together to form NOAA represent some of the oldest federal agencies. So much history, so much research, so much science, so much data…so little time.

Every day, NOAA gathers more than 20 terabytes from Doppler radar systems, weather satellites, buoy networks and stations, tide gauges, real-time weather stations, ships and aircraft. That equates to creating more than twice the data contained in the United States Library of Congress – every day. Yes, data is our greatest natural resource, but like any natural resource, its power is only useful if it can be refined. Continue Reading »

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SP New Way to Startup Competition 4 19

Stephen Garten, Chairty Charge; John Guydon, Lassy Project; Lauren Foster, Stretch Recipes; Jordan Monroe, Owlet Baby Care; Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel; & Chelsea Krost, The MPulse

By Maria B. Winans

When we set out to create a fun and educational program that would spotlight millennial start-ups that were founded with a social conscious to improve society, I had no idea we would encounter such intense levels of passion, commitment and clarity of thought.

But that’s exactly what we got.

This week we kick off the second phase of the New Way to Startup competition and webisode series, a five-day accelerator among five young start-ups will compete to see which one can produce the biggest breakthrough for their company using the latest social and analytics tools and leveraging expert business advice from onsite business pros. Continue Reading »

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