Cognitive Solutions and Search Engines: Understanding the Differences

Often, I am asked the question, “what is the difference between web search engines and cognitive solutions?” Clients understand that web search engines and cognitive solutions are both simple and easy to use, but they also realize the complexity behind each.  In short, cognitive solutions give you an answer to your question, and search engines […]

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A Deep Dive on Relationship Extraction

The global creation of data has exploded in recent years and now surpasses 2.5 Quintilian bytes daily.  Much of this is unstructured text data from countless news articles, blogs, and social media posts. It is impossible for individuals to consume all of this information. Even in specialized fields within business, law, and medicine, professionals cannot […]

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The Rise of the Cognitive Assistant

Until recently, personal assistants were available only to the wealthy and powerful. Having someone to perform the everyday, mundane tasks that take up precious time was a luxury few could afford, and even then the choice of assistant was always risky – would personalities mesh, would the learning curve be too steep, and what would […]

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Government Shared Services – Are We There, Yet?

Delivering operating efficiencies with increased service levels has been the traditional driver of shared services. More recently, though, improving the cybersecurity posture and bridging workforce talent gaps have increased the value proposition for shared services. Governments in mature economies face significant revenue and expenditure pressures, which will worsen as the country’s population ages and the […]

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Hack my Blockchain? Don’t bother!

Blockchain is a much hyped, emerging technology that promises to make business networks more efficient, reducing transaction times and reducing the risk of error / fraud. As a founding member of the Linux Foundation Hyperledger project, IBM are serious about open source development of a blockchain fabric for usage within closed, permissioned business networks.  We […]

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Enhancing Cybersecurity and Homeland Protection

The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University is addressing key cybersecurity and homeland security policy research and analysis by John Lainhart and Christopher Ballister     In early 2015, George Washington University established the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) – a nonpartisan “think and do” tank. CCHS’ […]

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Cities supporting walkability and bikeablity are more fun to live in.

Global travellers would probably agree with me that cities where people walk or use bikes as a mean of day to day transport tend to be more vibrant, more social, safer and, most importantly, more fun to live in. Cities which support developing walkable communities are more sustainable because business is retained in the community […]

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Secret to Getting Off the GAO High Risk List

There are jokes that getting put on GAO’s high risk list is like the 1977 Eagles’ hit, “Hotel California,” where “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” But in fact, over one-third of agency programs on the list have gotten off. What’s the secret? Lessons summarized in a new […]

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Cognitive: The Next Generation of Smarter Buildings

Ever since a boulder was positioned at the entry to a cave to keep bears away, or a portable structure was erected and then disassembled for a tribe to take with them as they followed the herds, buildings have been on a steadily smarter trajectory. Describing a building as “smart” in the current environment can […]

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Citizen Engagement in the Public Sector – Where to Start?

Citizen Engagement – start with the Citizen’s “hills”, explore and validate, and only then focus on moving forward with capabilities and solutions in combination with superior user experience and measureable business value.  I had the benefit of attending two great events last week – both focusing on citizen engagement – but from totally different perspectives. […]

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Insights from Defence Client Conference

Our annual SPADE conference was held in Berlin in April this year, co-sponsored by AFCEA, KPMG & SAP.  We came together with some 120 customers, partners and IBM colleagues to discuss Innovation at the Tactical Edge.  Over two days we enjoyed a fascinating combination of keynote presentations from senior military personnel from around the World […]

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Achieving Holistic Cybersecurity

  To be effective, Security needs to be proactive — using cyber analytics and cognitive-based systems to ultimately achieve mission-oriented security intelligence by John Lainhart & Christopher Ballister No longer can security programs rely on “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” — adversaries could already be inside systems, stealing data or probing to get […]

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