THINK Leaders Weekly Roundup [3/14-3/18]

What do college basketball’s March tournament, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and worldwide CFOs all have in common? They are all using analytics to disrupt their industries, as we know them. This week, the THINK Leaders community explains how.

New Thinking:

Business is a lot like your basketball bracket: It’s all about the data:

The chance of filling out a perfect bracket for this year’s March tournament is calculated to be one in 2.4 trillion. Why? Because basketball—like business—has too many variables. So, how can the estimated 70 million sports fans that will fill out a bracket this year, even stand a chance at perfection? Noah Syken, Vice President of Global Sponsorships and Client Programs for IBM, explains how cognitive computing, could offer a competitive edge.

CFO strategies for disruption, innovation and prediction:

Ask 643 chief financial officers from around the world what challenges they face and how they are solving them, and what would you discover? IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV) did just that, and the new research has identified key areas that successful CFOs are mastering. The team pulled out three of the key points from the study and curated articles on the topics from the THINK Leaders recent archives so you can dive deeper and learn from experts.

Pacesetter:

CDC CIO James Seligman: Tracking the data of diseases:

The THINK Leaders team sat down with CIO James Seligman to find out what the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are doing to battle deadly viruses, like the Zika virus, around the world. James discussed how the CDC lives and dies on IT infrastructure, and how data and analytics are driving the recommendations made to the public, media, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. He shared how cloud, IoT, mobile, and security technologies will revolutionize the healthcare industry as we know it—on a global scale.

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