By Lisa Seacat Deluca
We’re bombarded by deals every day. Get an extra 10 percent off (if you use a coupon). Get your tenth cup of coffee for free (if you use a rewards card). What if the “deal” was something you didn’t have to remember to bring with you, or something you didn’t even have to remember you previously received?
What if it was pushed to your mobile device based on a store you were nearby, or a particular section of the store you were shopping in? What if the “deal” was personalized for you based on your shopping habits? Continue Reading »
By Ron Ambrosio
You walk into a room at night and flip the light switch on the wall. The lights come on. You didn’t think twice about that …you were certain it would work. While we’re not at that point everywhere in the world yet, it is true of most industrialized regions that electricity is a highly reliable resource. But the reality behind that simple action of turning on a light switch is a constantly evolving list of uncertainties that utilities deal with 24/7.
Uncertainty takes many forms in the utility industry, from the health of individual devices as they age, to volatility of fuel prices, to the behavior of you, the consumer, and your use of electricity or natural gas. And uncertainty can be equated to risk — the risk of failing to achieve both operational and business objectives. That’s not a risk any business wants to take. Continue Reading »
By Bob Picciano
Over the weekend, a room full of top developers competed in a hackathon in San Francisco–vying for bragging rights to coding on top of the Spark data-processing engine. The winners will be announced later, but, based on the results of an internal IBM hackathon a few weeks ago, I can give you the bottom line: these competitions show that Spark could shake up data analytics just like the Linux operating system blew the lid off the Internet a decade ago.
Today, large-scale data processing is available mainly to corporations, government agencies and universities. Spark, an open source software project under the Apache Software Foundation umbrella, has the potential to place these capabilities at the fingertips of all types of people and organizations all over the world. The goal: deeper and faster insights. Continue Reading »
By Jordan Monroe
I can still remember the first time tears blurred the view of my computer screen after receiving an email from a customer.
I had been working at Owlet for over a year at this point, and I had heard many tragic stories of parents losing a child due to suffocation or health conditions. However, this time was different. It was the first email I received after my son James was born. I struggled to even finish this message from a fellow parent.
Something very primal happens to your brain when you have a child. It’s like your heart is pulled apart and put back together again. You feel so much deeper than you even realized you were capable of. Now when I read emails or do presentations, getting all choked up is a common occurrence. Continue Reading »
By Suman Mukherjee and Forsyth Alexander
As the world waits anxiously for the fourth installment of the popular Jurassic Park movie series to be released Friday, we thought it would be fun to look into the social buzz for the upcoming summer blockbuster.
As fans, we were curious about things like, where the most Twitter chatter was happening, how tweets were breaking down by gender, overall sentiment, peak times for chatter, and more.
So we uploaded some Twitter data about Jurassic World into Watson Analytics, IBM’s natural-language cloud-based analytics service, and within minutes began unearthing pretty interesting insights, such as: the country with the most tweets so far is Chile; on the whole, women are tweeting more than men; and Portugal has the highest number of positive tweets, but also the most negative. Continue Reading »
By Erich Clementi
At IBM we take concerns about data privacy and security very seriously. We have a long leadership history in these areas and throughout our business and client relationships have always adhered to the highest relevant standards in data protection.
We enjoy a good working relationship with data protection authorities in Europe and elsewhere. We are, for example, working with various regulatory authorities around the world to enhance interoperability between legal systems to enable cross border data flows.
When it comes to transferring personal data from EU to non-EU member states, we have used EU Model Clauses with clients since their introduction more than 10 years ago. This was the way that the EU Commission wanted tech companies to handle personal data and that’s what IBM has done consistently. Continue Reading »
By Dr. Daniel Oehme
Over the millennia our ability to utilise plants in many different ways has allowed us to flourish as a species. Most importantly, they turn our waste carbon dioxide into oxygen.
But we have also used plants to provide shelter, to publish and transmit information on paper and as a food source. In fact, developing new ways to utilise plants has even led to population explosions throughout time, such as when we first developed granaries to store grain thousands of years ago. In these modern times of climate change, global warming, ever-increasing populations and fossil fuels, plants have never been more important. Continue Reading »
By Arvind Krishna
Chemists at Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant, used to spend up to three months in their laboratories creating new formulations for liquid cleaning products. Now, they can perform the same work in 45 minutes or less–thanks to a collaboration between Unilever, one of the United Kingdom’s national laboratories and IBM.
Unilever product developers use iPads to set up tests and experiments, run simulations on an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at the UK’s Hartree Centre lab, and see their results in 3D visualizations that help them explore the data and make discoveries that otherwise might elude them.
This is an example of what’s possible when government, businesses and tech companies combine forces to bring the power of supercomputing and sophisticated data analytics to bear on business problems. It’s also an example of the kind of collaboration I expect to see flourish as a result of an agreement IBM is announcing today with Britain’s Science & Technology Facility Council.
By Mike Boswood
Sparked by a need to reduce costs and fueled by the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry is moving to a retail-based, consumer-oriented model.
As a result, individuals are taking on greater responsibility for their care — including choosing which treatment option is best for them, which provider they’d like to use, and how they want to spend their healthcare dollars. This is a challenge for many people who don’t have the information they need to make smart, well-informed healthcare decisions.
It’s also a struggle for health plans. Meeting consumer demands for tools to support decision making is just part of their challenge. In addition, health insurers are undergoing rapid internal change as they shift to an individual business model in response to health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion. Continue Reading »
By Huang Yue
Commerce is inherently global. But now, with changing demographics and advances in technologies as well as regulations, cross-border shopping is really picking up steam.
For evidence that global shoppers are getting savvier online, one need only look to last year’s Black Friday shopping day in which U.S. retailers successfully exported to shoppers in the U.K., France and China. Likewise, U.S. merchants adopted China’s popular Single’s Day and attracted Chinese shoppers.
Globalization is driving brands to transact more frequently across borders, and consumers are increasingly using e-commerce and m-commerce services for their overseas purchases as well. The U.S. is the most popular place for non-nationals to purchase from — an astonishing 84% of Chinese cross-border shoppers have purchased from U.S. vendors. But the U.K. is the next most popular place global shoppers buy from, followed by China and Hong Kong. Canada, Germany and Australia are also popular choices. Continue Reading »