Analytics

Enabling supercharged growth with automation and analytics

Written by John Furlong | Analytics, Energy & Utilities, Financial Markets

Adding people—aka human capital—is a big part of growing a business, not least because a larger talent pool makes it possible to take on more clients. But there are limits to upstaffing, especially when a big portion of your staff is engaged in sweeping, complex tasks: large-scale data gathering, reporting and financial transactions. At some ...read more


How financial services can see gains with blockchain

Written by Mao Qianghua | Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud...

For banks and other financial enterprises, collaborative solutions are essential to digital transformation. Yet such firms are often caught in the “prisoner’s dilemma,” meaning they fail to cooperate even when it would be beneficial. The concept stems from the lack of trust between two prisoners being questioned separately by the police: because they distrust each ...read more


How high-tech AI technology helps fulfill retail demand

Written by John Hill | AI/Watson, Analytics, Retail

Since our founding 130 years ago, those of us at Carhartt have always maintained a tight focus on what we see as our mission: providing hardworking people with durable clothing they can rely on. Along the way, we’ve also become an iconic brand with a broadening appeal and growing visibility in popular culture. But the ...read more


How to make campus life better with AI technology

Written by Michael Dawisha | AI/Watson, Analytics, Education

In many organizations, business intelligence is the exclusive province of IT specialists and business analysts. However, those of us at Michigan State University (MSU) have a different approach. At MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS), we put IBM Watson Analytics (now known as Cognos Analytics) into the hands of our operations managers. Its ...read more


How IBM Garage helps improve predictive analysis

Written by Dr. R. Todd Watkins Jr. | Analytics, Cloud, Education...

When we started working with the IBM Garage team, we never imagined we’d turn our whole system on its head, find new purposes for data we were about to discard, and improve our predictive capabilities. We developed the XComP (eXtensible Competencies Platform) system at East Carolina University (ECU) in 2011. The XComP system helps schools ...read more


Why UK police consolidated software licenses to fight crime

Written by Ian Bell | Analytics, Government, Security

Crime has always been a moving target, but never more so than in today’s digital world. The internet has opened up new channels for illegal behaviors—virtual back alleys where crime can go undetected. Criminals routinely step between the digital and physical realms, leaving a complex trail of evidence that can be hard to follow. At ...read more


Analytics and AI can improve healthcare benefits decisions

Written by Monique Reece | AI/Watson, Analytics, Cloud...

Most of us are aware that advanced analytics and AI can help doctors diagnose disease and treat patients better. An area of decision support that’s been neglected, however, is healthcare benefits. This is unfortunate because benefits decisions can have serious financial and wellness consequences for every employer and its employees. Indeed, a typical family of ...read more


Air Canada flies high with boost from digital technology

Written by Steve Bogie and others | Analytics, The Weather Company, Travel and Transportation

When we ask our customers, “What makes Air Canada a great airline?” we hear that we’re reliable, consistent and trustworthy. We also hear that we have a great fleet and a wonderful staff, and that we really know our business. And because we really know our business, customers trust us. We love the fact that ...read more


Analytics and AI boost innovation for agriculture

Written by Alison Kennedy | Analytics, Government, Life Sciences...

How much time, resources and money could farming industries save if they knew when and where the risk of pests was the highest and could take preventative methods before crop damage occurs? This is the kind of industry challenge we’re trying to tackle at the Hartree Centre, through our collaboration with IBM Research. The Hartree ...read more