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Lance Crosby, CEO and President, SoftLayer, an IBM Company

Lance Crosby, CEO and President, SoftLayer, an IBM Company

By Lance Crosby

Let’s be honest, diving into a public cloud computing environment makes many companies more than a little nervous. After all, who is really comfortable with putting it all out there? Who feels secure enough to trust that mission-critical applications are truly safe in the public domain?

Despite knowing that public clouds provide companies with undeniable access to data for customers and employees – data that can be shared, analyzed and put to work – organizations have a hard time relinquishing control of applications and data that run on their own infrastructure. And they don’t know where to start.

I often hear from clients that they are uncertain about the public cloud because they want to maintain control. And they’re not sure how to align the cloud to their business goals. In addition, they are concerned that if the cloud vendor’s network goes down, that they could lose millions a day in lost sales with no real recourse other than to sit on their hands and wait. They really can’t afford even the slightest chance that their mission-critical applications are susceptible to any outage. So the safest bet it to keep them on premises where they can keep an eye on them. Continue Reading »

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Supratik Guha, IBM Research Director of Physical Science

Supratik Guha, IBM Research Director of Physical Science

Cloud and big data applications are putting new challenges on systems, at the same time that underlying silicon chip technology is reaching its limits. Bandwidth to memory, high speed communication and device power consumption are becoming increasingly challenging to improve upon. So, IBM Research is putting $3 billion into solving this “chip grand challenge” and expects not only to push silicon tech beyond seven nanometers and improve upon today’s systems, but to eventually build  systems based upon non-traditional architectures that are much more efficient than today’s machines.

The Smarter Planet blog caught up with Supratik Guha, IBM Research’s director of Physical Science, to find out what it means – and what’s required – to go beyond silicon. Continue Reading »

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Lynda Chin, Scientific Dir., MD Anderson Institute for Applied Cancer Science

Lynda Chin,  Chair of Genomic Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

By Lynda Chin

New technologies have their upsides and downsides.

High speed computing has allowed for rapid gene sequencing and a tremendous acceleration in scientific discovery.  The parallel developments of handheld computers and high-speed wireless networks have led to an amazing point in human history; one where several libraries worth of information can immediately be accessed from devices we carry in our pockets. Continue Reading »

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Christopher Hansen, President, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

Christopher Hansen, President, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

By Christopher W. Hansen

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, and in the field of medicine that is especially true in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Technology allowed scientists to unravel the human genome and led to the creation of the entirely new science of genomics and personalized medicine. Now we’re able to fight some cancers by using technology to identify genetic mutations and create therapies to cause specific molecular alterations in tumors. We also use apps on smartphones and other personal technological devices connected to broadband networks to monitor our health. Technology enables patient-centered care.

As cancer care continues to evolve, so does medical technology and its use in every aspect of the care continuum. Continue Reading »

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Xiaowei Shen, Dir., IBM Research China

Xiaowei Shen, Dir., IBM Research China

By Xiaowei Shen

China’s economic development story is truly incredible. With an average GDP growth of 10% over the past 30 years, China has emerged as the world’s second-largest economy and largest manufacturer.

But as a nation we realize that for China to sustain rapid growth some things have to change. One of the most central and widely discussed issues is ensuring growth while protecting the environment and the health of our citizens. We understand that our success should not come at the cost of future generations. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Guillermo Cecchi, an IBM Reseach staff member working in Biometaphorical Computing

Dr. Guillermo Cecchi, an IBM Reseach staff member working in Biometaphorical Computing

By Dr. Guillermo Cecchi

More than 63 million psychiatric interviews are conducted every year. But none of them are analyzed in a quantitative codified manner. Surprising? Not really. Doctors don’t have time to find patterns in the pages of notes they keep per patient. Those pages, though, keep “big data” on psychiatric issues that analytics can help unlock and predict before episodes occur.

Now, after a multi-year study and accompanying development of text analysis algorithms, we may finally be able to quantify patterns in these interviews, and help doctors treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. Continue Reading »

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Chris Thomas, Solution Architect, IBM Software Group

Chris Thomas, Solution Architect, IBM Software Group

By Chris Thomas

We’re midway through the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and social media for the annual tennis contest here in South London couldn’t be more popular.

Helping capture and understand all that’s going on in the twitter-sphere is the Wimbledon Social Command Centre (WSCC), social sentiment technology from IBM that provides the content team at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) with real-time insights into social media trends, allowing them to serve up content on their digital platforms according to their fan interest.

Powered by IBM Softlayer Cloud and Watson Content Analytics, the WSCC delivers a view of evolving social conversations taking place on and off the court at Wimbledon. Continue Reading »

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Linda Ban, Global C-suite Study Director, IBM Global Business Services

Linda Ban, Global C-suite Study Director, IBM Global Business Services

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

By Linda Ban and Shanker Ramamurthy

The most successful C-suites have a diverse representation of skills, bringing together unique backgrounds, qualifications and experiences – ideally suited for a connected world.

Within a C-suite, there are many different relationship and collaboration models between CxO members, and there are also a many perceptions about the role they each play in setting the strategy for an organization. While CEOs are concerned that other C-suite members aren’t focused enough on the long term strategy three to five years out, other CxO members fear their leaders are too stuck in the weeds with operational concerns. With a clear disconnect in the boardroom, it’s time for members of the C-suite to start working together to prepare for what’s next: an interconnected economy. Continue Reading »

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Subbu Balakrishnan, CTO and co-Founder of Good.co

By Subbu Balakrishnan

Finding the perfect employee or the perfect job is not dissimilar to finding the right life partner.

Almost every one of us has likely experienced the joys of being in a job and an environment that fits like a glove, as well as suffered through times of frustration or uncertainty, where Fridays can’t get here soon enough. The struggle for employees and employers alike is to articulate, measure and predict the likelihood of both the highs and lows with such an abstract topic like personality and culture fit between an individual and her workplace.

At Good.co, a TechStars Spring 2013 graduate and an early beneficiary of the IBM SoftLayer Catalyst program, we set out to create a framework to help both ask and understand the questions that help people discover their strengths and culturally-fit workplaces. Continue Reading »

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Steve Abrams, Dir., IBM Watson Life

Steve Abrams, Director, IBM Watson Life

By Steve Abrams

One of my all-time favorite activities is barbequing on my deck (and I mean real barbecue, not grilling). My favorite dish to make is beef brisket, which, if you’ll allow me to be immodest, reaches a pinnacle of perfection after 12 hours in the smoker.

Yep, I love to eat and I love to cook and I love to experiment. I almost never use a recipe exactly as I find it.

That’s why I’m so happy that my group at IBM has joined with Bon Appétit one of the world’s most respected food-media brands, to enhance culinary creativity and discovery with cognitive computing.

Today, Bon Appétit’s editors published a package of stories about a web-based cognitive cooking application that we’re developing, called “Chef Watson with Bon Appétit.” This has evolved from the same technology that we debuted at SXSW in Austin, Texas, a couple of months ago, serving Watson’s culinary creations from a food truck. But now, in collaboration with Bon Appétit, we’re introducing a limited beta of an application built around this technology, tailored to the needs of avid home cooks.

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