CDO strategies for success in a new era of big data and advanced analytics

The (next) big one: Despite warnings, new massive security breaches are only a matter of time

Security experts these days can often feel like they’re shouting into the wind. Amidst the rush by businesses and consumers to embrace new technologies, warnings about security vulnerabilities fall by the wayside. Who can be bothered with such trifles, when there is so much digital awesomeness all around us? The Internet of Things hack last […]

Halftime helper: Will the locker room of the future be cognitive?

The average NFL halftime lasts only 12 minutes.That means coaches have a mere 720 seconds to digest thirty minutes of football, analyze the performance of dozens of players, assess the health of the injured, rehydrate their team, and make real-time adjustments to a game plan that took weeks to develop. Oh, and if they have […]

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 […]

The role of big data in the election

We all know the role social media has played in this presidential election. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media tools have been aggressively deployed by the two campaigns and their supporters. But in the final stretch, it may be mastery of Big Data that will determine the next president of the United States. And […]

How will we pay for the future of television?

Hint: The answer’s in the data. As the fall TV season kicks into gear, it’s time to take stock of the video entertainment industry. Live television viewership is sliding, cable subscriptions are dropping, and TV advertising is stagnant. People are watching more video than ever before, but just not the way they used to. Half […]

Data science education has to go broader to serve the next generation of tech talent

The global talent shortage for next generation technology has been well documented. McKinsey predicts that while the number of data scientist job openings in the U.S. will hit 490,000 by 2018, fewer than 200,000 data scientists will be available to fill those spots. And as more advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and cognitive computing start […]

Watson Goes To The US Open To Bring Fans Closer To The Tennis Action

In an article which appears on, Noah Syken, Vice President of Global Sponsorships and Client Executive Programs for IBM, describes how technology is bringing fans closer to the game at this year’s US Open. Tennis is, and always will be, about the intense competition between players on the court. But the information and technology […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]