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This series showcases some of IBM's brightest thinkers as they share insights into emerging subject areas and technologies. Their thoughts will help to understand the topics – such as smarter cities, the cloud, big data and more – that are changing our world.



Jeff Jonas on big data

What is big data, and what makes it different from regular data? How do organisations deal with it? Jeff Jonas, an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the IBM Entity Analytics Group, goes behind the buzz. Read more (US).


Data started getting generated faster than organisations could get their hands around it. Then one day you simply wake up and feel like you are drowning in data. On that day, data felt big.

"Data started getting generated faster than organisations could get their hands around it. Then one day you simply wake up and feel like you are drowning in data. On that day, data felt big."




Chris Dotson on the cloud

The cloud is already ubiquitous thanks to consumer applications like Facebook and Gmail, but it's also becoming critical to business. Chris Dotson, IBM’s worldwide infrastructure architect for infrastructure and provisioning requirements, discusses different approaches to using the cloud, including security issues. Read more (US).


The cloud is really a new service consumption model. With the cloud, you only pay for what you use.

"The cloud is really a new service consumption model. With the cloud, you only pay for what you use."




Dario Gil on smarter energy

Just how broad is the term “smarter energy”? Dario Gil, director of energy and natural resources at IBM Research, explains. It encompasses smart grids that give new versatility to electricity distribution, the emergence of electric vehicles, even more efficient ways to find and extract oil and natural gas. Read more (US).


Electrification was one of the greatest achievements of the twentieth century. But now, more than a decade into the next century, electrification and energy in general need to get smarter.

"Electrification was one of the greatest achievements of the twentieth century. But now, more than a decade into the next century, electrification and energy in general need to get smarter."




Sara Weber on social business

Social media is already going way beyond posting baby pictures on Facebook. Sara Weber, who heads a team that uses emerging technologies to improve the way IBM gets things done, sees a future that will help colleagues find expertise within their organisation. Companies will have closer ties to their customers, and human resources departments could be largely automated. Read more (US).


When I think about social media, I think of a definition coined by Anthony Bradley of Gartner: 'an online environment established for the purpose of mass collaboration.

"When I think about social media, I think of a definition coined by Anthony Bradley of Gartner: 'an online environment established for the purpose of mass collaboration."




Guru Banavar on smarter cities

Already home to more than half of the world’s population, cities are expected to house almost 5 billion people by 2030. Guru Banavar wants to make those cities smarter. As IBM vice president and chief technology officer for the Global Public Sector, he works to make urban areas more efficient, safer and easier to navigate. Read more (US).


Cities are where the action is. That's where innovation is happening. That's where the opportunities are. The important cities almost ignore national borders. They become their own ecosystems and connect with other cities seamlessly.

"Cities are where the action is. That's where innovation is happening. That's where the opportunities are. The important cities almost ignore national borders. They become their own ecosystems and connect with other cities seamlessly."




David Puzas on preserving reputations

When information technology fails or suffers a security breach, it can cripple production, sales or even accounts payable. But David Puzas, IBM's worldwide marketing executive for enterprise and workplace services, says it can also eviscerate a company's reputation. That's an expensive — and often prolonged — injury.
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There are so many ways that businesses are trying to touch the marketplace...For organisations that want to take advantage of emerging technologies, the need to do it securely should at least represent table stakes.

"There are so many ways that businesses are trying to touch the marketplace...For organisations that want to take advantage of emerging technologies, the need to do it securely should at least represent table stakes."



Amanda Engler on nanomedicine

Microscopic polymer nanostructures hold great promise for defeating deadly bacteria that are resistant to conventional antibiotics. They've also been engineered into an antimicrobial hydrogel that could reduce infections, and that's only the beginning, says Amanda Engler,a post-doctoral researcher on IBM's nanomedicine team.
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Polymers could be engineered to carry drugs to specific points in the body. For example, we could deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to tumors or provide the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier to treat diseases that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease.

"Polymers could be engineered to carry drugs to specific points in the body. For example, we could deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to tumors or provide the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier to treat diseases that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease."



Matt Berry talks about the growth of mobile technology

Mobile technology is already transforming the way we work, shop and socialise. That trend will only accelerate; soon connected devices will outnumber Earth's population. Matt Berry, director, Demand Generation and Client Experience for IBM MobileFirst, tells what else to expect. Read more (US).


Mobile is now the first point of contact between both individuals and organisations. Ninety-one percent of users keep their mobile device withing arm's reach 100 percent of the time.

"Mobile is now the first point of contact between both individuals and organisations. Ninety-one percent of users keep their mobile device withing arm's reach 100 percent of the time."


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