Problems solved across industries

Agriculture for smarter business

The age of smart agriculture is here, so timely since the world’s population is estimated to outpace what the food supply can support. This means producing more food than the industry has grown over the last 8,000 years with the same amount of arable land.

Enter IBM Watson®, which analyzes data like temperature, soil pH and other agricultural environmental factors collected from satellites and IoT sensors. This gives farmers insights that can help them make more informed decisions — and harvest the yields everyone needs.

Automotive for smarter business

As drivers and passengers demand more comfort and guidance, automakers can set new standards for intelligent vehicles. Digital technology provides a customer-first approach through a seamless system of interconnected services that map, guide, assist and more.

IBM Watson® technologies and IoT sensors make this new era of connection possible. New driver experiences can help shape future vehicles, such as natural language conversations and weather and location data.

Aviation for smarter business

The age of AI-powered aviation is here, helping airlines make flights smoother, customers happier and operations and employees more agile. It’s “all systems go” from digital ticketing to landing.

In an industry fueled by data, technology such as AI, cloud, IoT and blockchain can empower maintenance personnel to identify problems faster and with more confidence. This information helps airlines to accelerate operational performance and enhance passenger services and loyalty.

Banking for smarter business

The age of smart banking is here, with customers dictating how, when and where they bank. To keep up with ever-changing customer needs, regulatory demands and competitive threats, it will take more — more AI, blockchain, cybersecurity — and a whole lot of cloud.

Welcome to the digitally disrupted world of banking where data insights require rapid adoption of advanced technologies. For one IBM banking client, this means a virtual agent that can heighten the customer experience while reducing wait time and costs.

Environment for smarter business

The age of smart environmental practices is here, with corporations and citizens working together toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. But it takes more than a global village. AI, IoT and other technologies can help protect both people and the planet.

In an aggressive effort to save endangered species, IBM Watson IoT™ is helping combat rampant rhinoceros poaching in South Africa. Rangers are placing sensors on zebras and impalas — who run when threats are near — to help locate and capture poachers.

Freight and logistics for smarter business

Consumers today expect fast, secure deliveries, but paper-based processes can burden the shipping industry. By removing inefficient practices, the supply chain can move faster, can be more trustworthy and can be more efficient.

IBM is working with transportation companies around the world to use blockchain solutions to give greater visibility into millions of container journeys each year. This helps accelerate the shipping process by eliminating paper documents.

Government for smarter business

Government leaders want to improve the lives of their citizens. Citizens want their interactions to be seamless, trustworthy and timely. Enter the digital transformation model from IBM, which helps unifies disparate systems and data streams through IoT, AI, blockchain and advanced analytics.

To help address potential threats, IBM offers cognitive security solutions such as BigFix® and QRadar®, which seamlessly combine real-time visibility and control across multiple endpoints to help identify, track and mitigate threats and keep essential data uncompromised.

Healthcare for smarter business

Today’s decisions deserve tomorrow’s insights. IBM Watson Health™ has impacted over 15,000 clients and partners, 80,000 professionals and 185,000 patients and consumers around the world with its AI.

IBM combines resources and technologies to help address the challenges of a changing industry. By doing so, IBM is creating the path from today to the future that healthcare organizations need to fully realize potential opportunities and maximize ROI.

Insurance for smarter business

The age of smart insurance is here, with blockchain, AI and cloud opening new pathways to innovate, compete and profit. Transformative thinking that’s data-driven embraces modernization and digital customer engagement to help address risk management and compliance issues.

For one global insurance provider, smart insurance means optimizing the customer experience through AI. Intelligent chatbots handle commonly asked questions, helping to reduce call volume while freeing up sales agents to do what they do best — create relationships and sell.

Manufacturing for smarter business

With digital transformation disrupting traditional manufacturing processes, AI, IoT and the cloud will serve as the core foundational technologies critical for optimal plant floor operability, supply chain agility and ecosystem profitability.

Manufacturers are turning to IBM Watson to forecast and address, in real time, the bottom-line impact inclement weather has on raw material delivery and how to anticipate and address equipment failures to help minimize productivity and production losses.

Oil and gas for smarter business

Oil and data are two of the world’s most valuable resources; their futures are intertwined. Oil and gas companies are working with IBM to better understand the complex systems and equipment used in exploration and production.

IBM Watson® AI solutions use data from IoT sensors, millions of files, decision logs and evaluations from around the world. This information helps engineers make more informed operational decisions to help avoid equipment problems.

Retail for smarter business

Smart retailing isn’t only about catching the latest consumer trend but also embracing disruption for competitive advantage. First, it was digital. Now, it’s machine learning and robotics that can help propel supply chain efficiencies, personalization and better forecasting for growth.

IBM Watson® AI and augmented reality help Sephora capitalize on digital disruption by allowing customers to virtually apply makeup on their mobile devices, find the right eyeshadow on a mobile, AI-based system or sample fragrances via in-store touchscreens that emit scents.

Telecom and media for smarter business

Digital transformation is upending telecommunications and media companies as new competitive, consumer and technological forces are changing the overall mission. Traditional thinking requires a reimagining that is business smart and future-proof.

Communications service providers and media companies are meeting these forces head-on through advanced technologies such as IoT, blockchain, cloud and AI. These solutions can be utilized to help enable the transformation of networks, personalized customer experiences and more informed operational decision-making.

Utilities for smarter business

Utilities deal with disruption daily, if not hourly, whether it’s marketplace challenges such as smarter grids or new technologies (e.g., blockchain, AI) or just the all-consuming forces of nature that can impact profitability, performance and peoples’ lives.

For example, while energy and utility companies can’t control the weather, they can harness data connected to it through IBM Watson® AI and IoT sensors, which are designed to help anticipate and mitigate catastrophic events that often cost millions of dollars in downtime.

Sports & entertainment for smarter business

The sports and entertainment industry is going through a period of disruption at every angle. In the battle for consumer attention, these organizations are facing fierce competition for fan loyalty. To succeed, they must transform how they attract, engage and defend their fanbase.

IBM Watson is key to helping these organizations analyze and act on data at scale to transform their marketing strategies and deliver unparalleled digital fan experiences.

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