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Digital Intelligence and the Role of Data in Personalization

Welcome to 2019 where things take an interesting turn, or, materialize as predicated for so long. In a data-driven environment, it is no surprise that this year Information Executives (CIO, CDO, CTO, CAO) focus on the following topics according to IDG, Gartner, CIO, and Forrester: Trying to figure out ways to increase IT Budget to […]

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Top Technology Trends for Smarter, Strategic Customer Care

Whether its online, in-store, or multichannel, customer experience (CX) is a key differentiator for businesses. Extending beyond the front-end purchase experience, CX encompasses the total journey of a customer’s interactions with your brand. Customer care, how well customers are taken care of while they interact with your brand, is a giant piece of the customer […]

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Refine Your Enterprise’s Approach to AI in 2019

2019 is the year to stop letting obstacles get in the way of enterprise AI adoption. Of course implementing AI tech comes with its challenges, but addressing two big obstacles may be the key to success.  According to our AI expert, practice director and chief strategist Christine Livingston, these obstacles are perception and data. And […]

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Could Healthcare Become a Leading Vertical in Voice Apps?

In light of the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week, there has been increased talk around what’s around the corner in healthcare technology. Today an article published by HealthcareIT News came across my desk that considers how voice apps are more suited to the healthcare industry than any other. Voice apps are already infiltrating […]

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Gartner ITxpo: Top Transformative Tech for Life Sciences

At Gartner IT Expo, Michael Shanler focused on what technologies can transform life sciences. In doing so, he called upon a lot of existing research at Gartner including: 2018 Hype Cycle for Life Science Research and Development 2018 Hype Cycle for Life Sciences 2018 Hype Cycle for Digital Care Delivery 2018 Hype Cycle for Real […]

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Augmented Analytics with MicroStrategy at #GartnerSYM 2018

Business intelligence (BI) helps organizations transform their data into actionable intelligence and make smarter business decisions. But according to one Gartner survey, only about 30 percent of employees are using analytics. So how can enterprises increase adoption? Augmented analytics may be the answer. What is Augmented Analytics? The volume, variety and veracity of big data […]

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AI and Big Data: The Yin and Yang of Technical Innovation

I’ve had some interesting conversations with my colleagues Christine Livingston and Arvind Murali.  Christine knows AI. Arvind knows data, especially big data. As we spoke it became obvious that the two are deeply interconnected. Innovation today seems to be driven by data. AI relies on data. Just implementing any kind of artificial intelligence means you […]

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Transform Customer Service with Watson Assistant

Millennials have become the largest group of consumers in the United States. And organizations should take note. This shift has introduced the consumer market with a generation of people who are more digitally connected and more demanding than ever. Consumers expect an unprecedented level of 24x7x365 customer service and many enterprises are failing to meet […]

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Artificial Intelligence Expedites Clinical Trial Matching

There is a growing challenge for clinicians in oncology. As new clinical trial studies emerge and medical literature is published, it is nearly impossible to stay on top of all the latest cancer care data due to the proliferation of new information, and it is increasingly more difficult to align a patient’s unique factors to […]

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Mobile Everything? Considerations Before Delivering Mobile Access

We frequently see projects these days with a requirement for mobile access to corporate technology platforms. For clarity, I am limiting my definition of “mobile” to cell phones. We hear three common drivers behind this requirement. The first driver is remote access (outside the office) to these platforms. Second is a changing employee population which […]

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Quick Tips on How to Sell Your Data Science Model

During a five-week IBM training program, I learned a few things about how to sell data science models that I’d like to share it with you. The program was explicitly designed to educate and familiarize IBM’s business partners on how to expand relationships with clients; an introduction to emerging tools; and a glimpse into IBM’s future so […]

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Innovate Data with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) has established a dominant disruption in transportation, marketing and financial services, among other divisions. In the realm of healthcare, AI is gaining momentum and has the potential to considerably change the industry, from the exam room to the back office to the supply chain. Forrester predicts, “70% of enterprises are anticipated to […]

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Hang Up on IVR and Switch to a Cognitive Virtual Agent

If your call center is still relying on an interactive voice response (IVR) system, then you may not be delivering the customer service your consumers expect (Millennials in particular). Customers are becoming more digitally connected than ever. And with this hyper-connectivity comes their demand for unprecedented levels of 24x7x365 customer service. Customers want to engage […]

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9 Stats Showing the Reality of Sales and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is becoming an increasingly present technology in our personal and professional lives and is a term sales teams are hearing and saying a lot more of lately. The days of laughing off “that Terminator-technology” are long gone as businesses and consumers alike are adopting it for the value it brings. How sales teams […]

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Checking in on Artificial Intelligence Trends in 2018

It’s just past mid-year 2018.  Back in December 2017 and January 2018, many pundits were making their annual predictions about artificial intelligence.  In fact, my colleague Michael Porter wrote about AI predictions earlier this year.   Rarely do I notice anybody checking in on those predictions to see whether they are reality or not.  So I […]

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Business Analytics with AI, ML and Blockchain

Artificial Intelligence is already being used to conextualize data and significantly reduce efforts to transform data sets for better insights. Adaptive intelligence is being infused into cloud applications by vendors like Oracle to drive data-driven intelligence based on Machine Learning algorithms at vastly increased Speeds. To quote Angela Zutavern, coauthor of The Mathematical Corporation “We […]

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Data Strategy Framework: Handle with CARE

As Gartner predicted, artificial intelligence is emerging as a core business and analytical competency. Although information is still not recognized as a line item in a corporate balance sheet (data as an asset), it is still a strategic asset that can drive business value.  Therefore, it’s important to have data strategy framework in place. On […]

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What You Missed in Salesforce News – April 2, 2018

It’s impossible to keep up with all the developments and breaking news that surround Salesforce. Luckily, you’ve got us. Here are some of the top stories of the past week. Salesforce Shield Platform Encryption: Keeping Data Safe Customer information security is critical to Salesforce’s success. Your data is already very secure, but to meet the […]

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Executive Introduction to Machine Learning – How To Make Predictions

In my previous article (see Executive Introduction to Machine Learning), I provided a concise, jargon-free introduction to what is machine learning.   I basically described it as four steps: 1) Take data in; 2) Run it through an algorithm to make a prediction; 3)  help the machine learn to make better predictions; 4) predict something based […]

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