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Ricoh and the cognitive whiteboard

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Today at IBM’s World of Watson Harriet Green was joined on stage by Mona Abutaleb, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, Ricoh Americas. Together they demonstrated that Ricoh is using Watson Natural Language Classifier to embed cognitive capabilities into their whiteboards.

Ricoh uses IBM Watson’s IoT platform for embedded cognitive capabilities

The office supply giant is embedding cognitive capabilities into its whiteboards with the help of IBM Watson. The whiteboards, which use the Watson Natural Language Classifier API, are currently on display in the IBM IoT headquarters in Munich, so that clients can experience their capabilities first hand.

Mona Abutaleb, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, Ricoh Americas

Mona Abutaleb, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, Ricoh Americas

Why use a cognitive whiteboard?

The traditional workplace is evolving, and companies struggle to deal with increased employee mobility and dispersion.

  • Technology promotes mobile offices and dramatically less face to face interactions.
  • Companies waste $ billions through inefficient or redundant meetings
  • Executives spend nearly 50% of their time in meetings
  • An estimated 34% of meeting time is non-value add
  • On top of this, companies fail to capitalize on the small amounts of knowledge they capture
  • Even with meeting notes and actions, almost 90% of all meeting information is lost when the meeting is over
  • Tremendous amounts of knowledge are lost as employees retire or leave for other jobs

Ricoh, with IBM, have a way to address these challenges. Together Ricoh and IBM Watson IoT can connect the collaborative elements of the organization:

The Print, audio and visual infrastructure of the enterprise – along with the tremendous amounts of data it produces – can be better orchestrated, captured and analyzed thanks to smart products by Ricoh and the IBM Watson IoT.

This solution also leads to better knowledge retention thanks to Watson IoT’s ability to capture all voice conversation and whiteboard interactions, and then share the transcripts with meeting participants.

On top of this, a natural language interface to the interactive whiteboard encourages creativity and also helps meetings run more efficiently.

Ricoh’s whiteboard

The whiteboard fosters better collaboration, knowledge retention and more efficient meetings by, among other things, capturing and translating speech in real-time. We like it so much that IBM will be featuring 82 of these whiteboards in our Munich Center. Imagine you are in a meeting in Munich and you are connecting with your colleagues in Japan – and they instantly see all critical notes on what was discussed during the meeting in Japanese…talk about efficiency and not getting lost in translation!

Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education

Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education

Mona Abutaleb, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, Ricoh Americas

Mona Abutaleb, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, Ricoh Americas

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