Events

The top 5 tech trends at THINK Forum Japan 2015

Share this post:

THINKForum_Japan.jpg

Here’s a look at the 5 major trends discussed at THINK Forum in Tokyo, Japan, which took place on November 18th, 2015. Senior executives from numerous leading Japanese companies, representing industries ranging from healthcare, to technology, to government, gathered to discuss the following trends:1. Cognitive is not a fad:We have now entered the Cognitive Era. Man and machine are coming together, and together, they do a better job than either one do separately. As Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM Watson explained from the stage, this is the century where true discoveries in healthcare and business are going to be made.

2. Companies must embark on digitalization journeys:

Digitalization is the foundation of becoming a cognitive business. Companies who are recognizing this and taking action are already disrupting their industries through embracing the new ways of dealing with data, cloud, mobile and social.

3. Data is your friend, not your foe:

The veracity of data is undeniable. Businesses must use their big data to build networks, move information and uncover patterns that have been invisible for years. This is not only useful, but necessary for staying relevant and productive in business today.

4. Time and distance no longer matter:

Open-source technology is driving innovation that is effective on a global scale. It no longer matters if you are in New York City, Mumbai, India or Tokyo. These open platforms allow for the most optimal client experience by creating highly personalized content in real-time.

5. The app revolution is here to stay:

Apps are reinventing the world around us. For example, at THINK Forum Japan, IBM, Apple and Japan Post together announced that they are working together to create an app that serves the world’s aging population. The app synthesizes the health data of senior citizens and sends status updates to their families and communities in real-time. Although this app is piloting in Japan, there will soon be 35 other countries with the capability to improve not only the lives of the elderly, but their entire population.

Photo credit: LDProd/Think Stock by Getty


Watch video clips from the event

Opening Remarks and Welcome to THINK Forum Japan

Paul Yonamine, General Manager,
IBM Japan
[08:55]

Leading in the Era of Cognitive Business

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, IBM
[20:59]

A conversation on Leading in the Era of Cognitive Business

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, IBM
Taizo Nishimuro, President and CEO, Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.
[41:20]

Disrupting with Digital

Martin Jetter, Senior Vice President, Global Technology Services, IBM
[20:05]

An interactive session highlighting visionary CEOs

Miho Miura, Vice President, IBM Analytics, IBM Japan
Shoichiro Iwata, President and CEO, ASKUL Corporation
Kohzoh Takaoka, President and CEO, Nestlé Japan Ltd.
[29:06]

Creating a Competitive Advantage with Watson

Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President,
IBM Watson
[30:16]


More stories
By IBM iX

IBM iX Heads to Vegas for Think 2018

 IBM iXers from across the globe are coming together for Think 2018 in Las Vegas March 19-22, 2018. Find out what we’re all about at sessions, fireside chats and more with our experts, clients and partners.   Monday 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM – Transforming IBM’s Customer Experience with the Salesforce Service Cloud Platform Mandalay Bay […]

Continue reading

Franchesca Hashim, Global Marketing Manager, Airbnb

Fireside chat at Dreamforce 2017 with Franchesca Hashim, Global Marketing Manager, Airbnb — moderated by Robert Schwartz, Global Leader, Agency Services, IBM iX. Subscribe to IBM thinkLeaders! Learn more about IBM iX

Continue reading

Katie DeWitt, Lead, Digital Products, Tesla

Fireside chat at Dreamforce 2017 with Katie DeWitt, Lead, Digital Products, Tesla— moderated by Robert Schwartz, Global Leader, Agency Services, IBM iX. Subscribe to IBM thinkLeaders! Learn more about IBM iX

Continue reading