Industry Insights

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Building Long-Term Career Viability in an AI-World: A C-Suite Q&A with Bryn Mawr College’s Associate Dean Katie Krimmel

Preface:  Between 2000 and 2010, of the approximate 5.6m lost US manufacturing jobs, 85 per cent of these losses were attributable to technological change — largely automation.[1] With one forecast stating that robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030[2], Dr. Krimmel shares her top three recommendations to build a sustainable career in an AI […]

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From Just Another AI Pilot to Scaled Production: The Missing Links to Convert Ideas to Economic Value for Fortune 500 Companies

While 81% of Fortune 500 CEOs have recently cited artificial intelligence and machine learning as either very important or extremely important to their company’s future, up from just 54% in 2016*; many well-intended AI pilots continue to struggle with scaling and securing C-Suite business outcomes. In this Q&A, HBS Professor Prithwiraj Choudhury explains two crucial […]

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Innovation avenue to cognitive cities

Imagine a city that is personalized, seamless, and citizen-driven. An innovation is paving the road for this vision. And this innovation is already all around us. A new mobile app allowing citizens to report new graffiti or broken street lights. An e-voting solution making voting for city council more convenient and secured. A blockchain solution […]

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Convergence of Blockchain and Cybersecurity

This is part II of a series. Part I of this blog, “Blockchain Security Assurance,” can be found here. Blockchain technology offers profound opportunities in a myriad of domains, across self-sovereign digital identities, financial services, enterprise asset protection, supply chain risk management, and healthcare IT transformation. Because blockchain technology offers exciting prospects for developing blockchain-based […]

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IBM enhances its proprietary Agile courses with ICAgile certifications

Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?” IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that […]

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State Priorities

I just returned from the Annual meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Austin, Texas. With 46 state governments represented and over 650 technology professionals in attendance, NASCIO continues to maintain its status as the premier conference for access to state CIOs. Through our membership, NASCIO provides the IBM Government […]

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City 2.0: City Platform Thinking

Today’s Challenges City governments around the world are under enormous pressure to deliver value to their citizens, while facing critical challenges: Infrastructure capacity struggles to keep up with rapid urbanization. Siloed infrastructure management. Citizens and businesses increasingly expect cities to provide high quality services. Cities are also realizing that the conventional methods for financing, constructing, […]

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Governments Must Secure and Exploit the World’s Newest Natural Resource

Data. It’s a small word, but carries huge risks and rewards for today’s government leaders. The insidious threats from cyberterrorism are a real and ever-present danger.  Virtually every few weeks, we now hear about a new ransomware threat with a scary name – WannaCry, Petya … who knows what’s next?  What about the data breaches […]

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10 Lessons: Design Thinking for Blockchain

Over the past fifteen months I’ve facilitated eighteen design thinking workshops to explore the application of blockchain to customer projects.  Most of these (actually 12) have been in the finance industry, and in Europe (specifically 15).  Some interesting lessons and reflections emerge. First a little context . . . We use a standard approach for customer projects as shown […]

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Combating Fake News with Document Provenance

With all the talk about “fake news” it’s interesting to reflect on the roles of intelligence agencies (government and civil), the similarities and differences between their work and investigative journalism and how a clear, trusted document provenance will help them both in proving the validity of their work products. Let’s start with the intelligence agencies.  […]

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Ten things blockchain is NOT

Over the past months, I’ve written much about how blockchain – as a trusted, distributed ledger with shared business processes – can provide transformational value to almost all industries. One of my colleagues recently suggested I should also say what blockchain is not.  Since I try hard not to practice blockchain religion (“blockchain is the answer, what’s […]

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Boiling Down Business Blockchain

We are making considerable progress with blockchain customer projects – at the time of writing, we have some 31 public references!  But there is still too much gobbledygook and technical waffle given when answering the simple question “So exactly what is blockchain, in business terms?”. Maybe this will help . . . Blockchain is a trusted, […]

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