Data

Markets of one: After years of hyperbole, mass customization is finally within our grasp

We are, all of us, sitting on a gold mine. For the last three decades or so, we have been collecting a treasure trove of digital information on everything from changing weather patterns to the spread of infectious diseases. We have digitized the history of the world’s literature. We track and store the movements of […]

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Can cognitive computing help us re-imagine sports training and technique?

From our fingerprints to our irises to the very DNA that directs our growth and development, we are singular, solitary, unprecedented individuals. Why, then, does the world insist on training us all the same? We teach our school children using standardized curricula. Doctors ply their trade based on “best practices.” And we train our athletes […]

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Golf and technology: Managing the delicate balance between tradition and transformation

Innovate or die. Disrupt or be disrupted. Only the paranoid survive. These are among the many terrifying business mantras of the Internet Age. They are the panicky, unnerving expressions of a generation that has known change to be the only constant. And they serve to remind us that success is difficult to achieve, and even […]

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Exploring the promise of Big Data for cities and for brands

Opportunity abounds for those able to gather, analyze and draw insights from the flow of data around us, no matter what sector—from agriculture to medicine, manufacturing to energy and utilities, commerce to education. Locked within data is potential for greater efficiency, innovation, savings and a potential boost in brand. To accelerate the emerging field of […]

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

  Business, like basketball, features many variables that complicate predicting outcomes. Source: Getty Images The chances of filling out a perfect bracket for college basketball’s March tournament is calculated to be one in 2.4 trillion. That means you’re 24,000 times more likely to win the lottery. In fact, it’s so unlikely that anyone would pick […]

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Is your business or city ready for another Sandy or Tōhoku?

Five years ago today, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit off the coast of Japan; the resulting tsunami led to over 15,000 deaths and waves that traveled up to six miles inland. It is events like this that are making local and state/provincial governments increasingly focus on the resilience of their infrastructures, economies […]

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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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Must-reads for CHROs seeking to make more data-driven decisions

Forward-thinking chief human resources officers around the globe are increasingly looking at big trends in consumer experiences and applying them to improve how they keep employees engaged. According to the just-released CHRO Study published by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, these include using cloud-based services to enable a more flexible workforce unbound by office walls; […]

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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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JT Kostman: Data plus behavioral insights deliver business value

Dr. JT Kostman believes every Chief Data Officer should be able to link what they do to a monetized or quantified outcome for his or her company. Some might think that’s a prematurely ambitious stance for someone who is only months into a newly created position.But when you’re working for Time Inc., which holds the […]

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