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[Video] Can you say “Bye-bye” to being a showroom for mobile?

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As a part of the research behind “Inside the mind of Generation D: What it means to be data-rich and analytically driven” we recorded in-depth interviews with fifty respondents.

Here is an excerpt from one interview with an IT director of a retail company, re-imagined as an animated story. How have you seen companies deal with showrooming?

 

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Can big data save the earth for our children?

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Altered nature photo by Julie Yamamoto

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Einstein

Although I don’t subscribe to theories of past lives, I suppose if it were possible, I may have been a tree-hugging hippie or Native American herbalist or wildlife caller. I have, in fact, hugged trees, and feel such a deep connection to earth and nature that it came as no surprise that Earth Day was designated on my birthday (April 22), and the International Day of Forests was designated on the birthday that my mother and son share (March 21). Our son was also given a nature name that means “soaring river” like the waterfalls I have always loved. Read the rest of this entry »

[Video] What sort of Kitchen Prescriptions does analytics cook up?

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As a part of the research behind “Inside the mind of Generation D: What it means to be data-rich and analytically driven” we recorded in-depth interviews with fifty respondents.

Here is an excerpt from one interview with a senior systems analyst, re-imagined as an animated story. Does it surprise you how much data a restaurant can generate?

 

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Data, the new frontier in digital engagement

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Image credit: IBM and Twitter
Image credit: IBM and Twitter

We’ve all complained about it – the explosion of social media activity has become its own self-feeding juggernaut. But, beyond the noise of it all, behind the tweets and the selfies, the likes and the 140-character revelations, we’re starting to see that there are patterns emerging. Read the rest of this entry »

Retailing: The winner of the data battle will take it all

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Retailing has never been so exciting.

Over the past decade, traditional retailers have looked to boost consumerism through various pricing and merchandising strategies. In addition, technological innovation has also helped retailers standardize their retail value chain, which in the process has led to enhanced customer experience. However, the onset of digital platforms has compelled these stores to innovate to remain in business. Read the rest of this entry »

[Memes] Social Business Cartoon Quotes #IBMSocialStudy

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Experiments in Agile

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Several years ago, a company I previously worked for hired a team of developers to redesign our outdated website. The website had been built for a previous decade when our company, a membership-based professional network, was a free resource. Times had changed, however, and as we had decided to convert to a subscription-based model – and were now contending against formidable competitors including Facebook – we needed a redesign and new features to enhance our customer experience. Our visionary CEO had numerous ideas, and getting our website right (a bet that now included building a portal to accept credit card payments) was the key to executing on all of those initiatives. We found a development company that shared our vision, and we were excited for the future.

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Through the looking glass at IDC Directions

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IBM_TA_Mobile_visualI just got back from the IDC Directions 2015 conference in Boston. The good news is I didn’t get snowed in, the bad news is it was “wicked cold” for a southern girl. IDC took us beyond the 3rd Platform into the innovation zone. Like Alice taking that fall down the rabbit hole and ending up in unfamiliar territory, the innovation zone takes us to a place where everything as a service (EaaS) is just about possible – whether it is cognitive computing, data analytics or the Internet of Things as a backend service. We have definitely moved beyond just software as a service. Read the rest of this entry »

Curing the cloud skills gap? It pays to partner

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healthcare avatarHealthcare organizations have historically been skeptical about cloud computing, primarily because of privacy and security concerns. Fast forward to modern day, and healthcare is one of the industries leading the way in terms of rising cloud investment levels, according to the IBM Business Tech Trends study. The study indicates that, among healthcare providers, investment in cloud computing is increasing faster than in analytics, mobile or social. But there’s a looming complication.

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