January 5, 2017 | Written by: Chris Schmitt
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Thomas J. Watson said, “I believe the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can be very often traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people.”
When you look at companies today — big or small, anywhere in the world — one consistent tenet they all have is the drive to innovate. Innovation is required for success, and more than that, survival.
If you walk around any IBM office today — whether at Astor Place in New York City, the office in Hursley, England, or the one in Cairo, Egypt — you will see signs reminding teams to “Treasure wild ducks” and “Become essential to our customers.” Maybe the simplest and most profound is “Think.” The rationale is to remind people daily what truly makes an IBMer and makes IBM different.
That is why IBM continues to institutionalize the practice of innovation, empowering teams to not only think, but also to act and make their ideas reality. One way IBM is doing that is with the Connect to Cloud Cognitive Build initiative.
Over the past four months, IBMers from around the world have been forming teams with the goal of making use of IBM technology solutions, combining them with Watson APIs, and creating solutions that may change customer experiences, markets or even the world.
I would like to invite you to follow their journey. Nearly 50 submissions have been narrowed down to 13 semifinalists who are now in the prototyping phase, and the three finalists will be invited to IBM InterConnect on 19 March, when the winner will be announced.
Between now and then, we are following three project teams as they create their prototypes leading up to the judging. You will get a chance to meet the teams, understand why they decided to undertake their specific project, and watch their successes and struggles as they try to make them work.
Here is a sneak peek of what they are doing:
Cognitive Water Information System (CoW-IS) is an automated, real-time monitoring system for the prevention of flood and drought-related disasters. It shares predicted and preemptive information with concerned stakeholders so they can take action to prevent loss of life and property.
#HatsOff is a mobile application built on a cognitive hybrid cloud solution and Samaritan network. It facilitates and rewards random acts of kindness by enabling users to give others thumbs-ups, pats on the back and virtual high-fives.
Cognibot is a ChatBot-driven conversational experience with which DevOps users solve complex middleware problems using natural language questions. Users get only the data they need, not the full, data heavy-dashboard. This way, they can dig into the institutional knowledge of the organization and reduce downtime.
So join us on 12 January for the first set of videos to meet the people who make IBM the innovative company it is.
Learn more about how IBM helps users take advantage of the digital economy.