analytics

SXSW 2016 conversation prep: Must-read articles to discuss while networking

Are you in Austin, Texas for SXSW’s interactive conference? It kicks off March 11 and runs through March 15 (the sister film and music festivals continue to the 20th). If you’re there and prepping for client meetings, or simply gearing up for networking at various parties, we have put together a reading list from THINK […]

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Brian Padden: Successful IT leaders are enablers and problem solvers

Brian Padden of Dairygold meets with THINK Leaders to talk IT strategies and challenges at the CIO Leadership Exchange in Paris, France. On a misty fall day in Paris, Brian Padden walks through the hallways of the Maison de la Mutualité, an elegant Left-Bank exhibition space and theater built in the 1930s. Padden is attending […]

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Why women are becoming chief data officers

Established female leaders from the world of data gather at the IBM CDO Summit in Boston, Fall 2015. It was Gartner that got the conversation going. In January of 2014, Debra Logan, a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Research, published a blog post estimating that approximately 100 large companies had created what was […]

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IBM InterConnect 2016: Outthink limits and transform your business

Over 23,000 men and women attended this year’s IBM InterConnect held at Mandalay Bay and MGM hotels in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. From general sessions to speaker events and panel debates, the discussion centered around cloud, mobile, analytics and security. As the conference progressed, IBM and its business partners outlined a changing world, and what […]

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Step-by-Step: Transform your business with cognitive computing

Photo credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM The greatest early potential for cognitive computing (systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and interact with humans naturally) is as a decision support system. Cognitive systems will churn through massive data sets—both structured and unstructured—and offer suggestions on anything from the treatment of a disease […]

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Make better predictions as a C-suite executive

Book Review: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner (Crown)   According to the old joke, the average expert is roughly as accurate as a dart-throwing chimpanzee. It’s a joke based on research by Philip Tetlock, the scientist whose prior work revealed that the predictions of academics, pundits […]

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Step-by-step: Align IT innovation costs to business benefits

Funding innovation in innovative ways The rapidly expanding digital economy is forcing companies to become not only more creative in their business models and product offerings, but also in how they align costs to business benefits. Our innovation-driven economy is driving CFOs across all industries to rethink the ways they can improve payback periods and […]

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New Vocabulary: Cognitive Computing

Understand systems that learn, reason and interact Cognitive Computing: A Definition Cognitive computing refers to systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and interact with humans naturally. What it means Cognitive computing systems aren’t programmed; they’re trained to sense, predict, infer and, in some ways, think, using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that […]

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Data innovation can lead to monetization

When companies first began to add the role of chief data officers to their c-suites not too long ago, many newly minted CDOs believed their focus would be on data management and risk. While that is still very much the case, pace-setting CDOs are looking at data as a source for inspiration for new products […]

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Why clear communication is key

C-suite leaders often reach their leadership position by excelling in a certain focus. For chief marketing officers, that might be the development of branded content strategies. For chief information officers, it might be mastery of integrating new technologies with legacy systems. For chief financial officers, it might be proven ability at managing risk. But what […]

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Diane Gherson: The next agenda for delivering value

Diane Gherson is Chief Human Resource Officer for IBM, where she is responsible for the development of IBM’s 400,000-strong global employee base. During her time at Big Blue, Diane has led IBM’s leadership development, talent, and compensation and benefits functions worldwide. Her work led IBM to be named #1 in Fortune magazine’s Global Top Company […]

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Focus on data governance AND analytics

Hello, my name is Mark Ramsey, I’m chief data officer for Samsung Mobile in the United States. There’s usually a lot of questions around a CDO role and if the focus for the role is more on data and being a data steward for the organization, or on analytics and the use of the data. […]

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