Process optimization

Smarter Business Review stories about process optimization

A cognitive supply chain control tower sees over mountain-sized production and delivery obstacles

Written by Tim Wholey and Pradeep Singh | December 2, 2019 | Automation, Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

There’s no time like the present — unless you run a supply chain. Shepherding products, parts, food, clothing and other wares across a supply chain in today’s digital-powered world requires visibility and the ability to predict the immediate future. As we’ve written about previously, companies need real-time information and advanced insights to foresee and properly ...read more


Why digital transformation starts with workflows that unite people and technology

Written by IBM Services | November 13, 2019 | Business resiliency, Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

The business problems were not going to be easy to solve — if they could even be solved at all. One of the world’s largest food and beverage companies needed a process to measure sales and to rapidly deploy new solutions across its portfolio of 200 brands. And elsewhere in Europe, companies small and large ...read more


Shifting towards financial globalization

Written by Lee Kroll | October 17, 2019 | AI, Cognitive enterprise, Financial services...

Financial services used to be local. Now, the industry is global, and a mixture of financial globalization and fintech is helping smaller banks stay competitive as rivals seek to disrupt their markets. Financial institutions must innovate to stay relevant. Fintech players are changing the way financial services companies interact with customers by streamlining operations and ...read more


Collaborative business planning harnesses the power of the global supply chain

Written by Saif Rivers and others | October 10, 2019 | Business transformation, Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

We’ve written a lot about how new technologies are building a better supply chain. But technologies such as AI, IoT and advanced analytics can only achieve their true potential if all parties within the supply chain network are working together. Even the smallest, most well-intentioned decisions made by individual stakeholders can cause catastrophic failures in ...read more


R.I.P. data governance: Data enablement is the clear path forward

Written by Dan Sutherland | September 11, 2019 | Business transformation, Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

Let’s be clear — we do not intend to bury data governance, but rather to place it within the context of a more comprehensive approach: data enablement. The goal of data governance — ensuring the quality of an organization’s data across the data lifecycle — is noble enough. But the processes involved often end up ...read more


Why improving strategic agility is good for business

Written by Anita Karlsson-Dion and others | July 22, 2019 | Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

Modern enterprises must transform faster to keep up with changing market conditions. They must improve their strategic agility by marrying enterprise data and human talent to find opportunities to improve their processes. Companies need help innovating to find new efficiency in their operations — at speed and at scale. Agile innovation is the key to ...read more


Intelligent workflows 101: Putting talent first in the Cognitive Enterprise

Written by Tina Marron-Partridge | July 19, 2019 | Business resiliency, Cognitive enterprise, Process optimization

In many industries, the in-demand skill sets of today did not exist a decade ago. Think natural language processing, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI). Leaders surveyed for the 2018 C-suite study rated investments in human capital as the number-one factor impacting organizational performance. As the rate of change accelerates, the Cognitive Enterprise  (IBM’s vision ...read more


Find and develop the right employees with AI in recruiting

Written by Elizebeth Varghese | June 19, 2019 | AI, Business transformation, Process optimization

To help overcome the skills gap that threatens to undermine their organizations’ digital transformation efforts, HR professionals are turning to artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. These technologies make it possible to attract, identify and continuously train employees for the constantly evolving roles and responsibilities that are required in a successful data-centric business. Recruiting outside talent ...read more


Intelligent workflows 101: How AI helps deliver ketchup around the world

Written by IBM Services | June 4, 2019 | AI, Automation, Process optimization...

Ketchup, at first glance, seems distinctly American—a condiment that is perfectly matched with fast food and Fourth of July barbecues. And Americans eat ketchup with pretty much everything—French fries, breakfast burritos, mac and cheese, and even ice cream—squirting it on an average of 9.74 meals a week. But ketchup, or “catsup,” is consumed with meals ...read more