Big Data

Using Cognitive and Blockchain to drive innovation at the border

Cognitive Computing and Blockchain were areas of focus as officials representing customs, border security and immigration agencies from around the globe met in New York City as part of the 2016 CIBM Executive Forum (#2016CIBM). This year the forum focused on how agencies could leverage developments like cognitive computing and blockchain to drive innovation out […]

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Insight from Data at the Edge

DATA is described by our CEO (Ginni Rometty) as the new natural resource.   Insights from data are essential for gaining information superiority for all departments of Government, and especially for defence and intelligence agencies. Data also has a gravitational effect – it attracts more data, drives analytics, generating meta data, driving more data capture, more analytics and so on […]

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Brexit: implications for the operation of the Customs Union

What a fortnight it has been. The outcome of the UK’s EU referendum has been to leave the EU, leading figures in the UK leave campaign have resigned and we wait to see who emerges as the new prime minister and what happens to the leader of the opposition. Those of us who work in […]

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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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Big Data, Watson, and Cognitive Computing: Improving Education and Regional Competitiveness

In the United States during 2013, nearly 20% of high school seniors did not graduate – stressing the ability of regions looking to thrive and prosper via an Economic Vitality agenda.  As we have seen, societies with world class education systems produce highly skilled workforces and become attractive places for businesses looking to thrive – […]

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Government in the Cognitive Era: Improving Tax Administration and Driving Economic Vitality

It’s a common challenge confronting governments across the world: dealing with constrained budgets…and at the same time, facing increasing citizen expectations and demand for services — unfortunately, tax revenues are not keeping pace to support this economic climate. Contributing to this situation is the perpetual gap between taxes owed the government and those actually collected […]

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Economic Development Powered by Data

Business leaders perform comprehensive analysis that incorporates social and economic vitality criteria to select the optimal locations for investments. Across all industries and business functions (e.g., manufacturing, distribution, R&D, contact centers, data centers) financial and qualitative factors are considered. Qualitative factors, such as, quality of living environment, availability of key talent pools and attractiveness for […]

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Economic Vitality: Thriving in the 4th Industrial Revolution

We are in the midst of a technology revolution that has never before been seen in our history – the 4th Industrial Revolution.  The volume of data being produced (2.5 Billion GB daily), collected and stored is accelerating at a pace that it is overwhelming to most organizations.  At the same time, breakthrough technological advancements […]

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Military Cloud – Case Studies

Cloud computing offers much promise to the military by addressing the fundamentals of increasing mission agility / complexity in a climate of economic constraint. In this post I will illustrate inspirational use of Cloud by the military & government, referring to two IBM projects.

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Data-Driven Sustainability and Resilience

The twin concepts of sustainability and resilience have taken center stage in the international development discourse.  Indeed, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, will chart the course for the post-2015 development agenda, and building resilience of communities, governments, as well as physical infrastructure, is a major thrust of new development policy. While fashionable and sometimes […]

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Analytics and Watson: Core to Government Transformational Efforts

The challenge is well known:  government budgets continue to be limited, declining revenues are not keeping pace, and the taxpaying population is requiring an increasing amount of services.  Many governments do not see funding returning to pre-Global Economic Crisis levels – and conventional approaches to address the imbalance between revenue and spending (program reductions, increasing […]

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Watson in Defense – Not just for Trivia!

Watson as a natural language processing tool became internationally recognized when it beat the all time reigning champions on the trivia quiz show “Jeopardy!” Many thought it was an interesting toy and nothing more. IBM’s investment in Watson natural language processing has proven its value to clients, including defense. Most defense organizations have vast troves […]

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