Mentoring with Hampshire Police at IBM Hursley

Mentoring with Hampshire Police at IBM Hursley

During the summer, we were approached by Hampshire Police to engage in a 6 month Mentoring Programme. The police believed their future leaders could learn a lot from the private sector, and likewise IBM could gain a lot from them. Typical challenges Hampshire Police identified were emerging threats, leadership, new technologies, staff morale and staff well-being. Equally the police service is world renowned for its ability to manage risk and provide exceptional customer service in…

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MOD AI Hackathon highlights data opportunity

MOD AI Hackathon highlights data opportunity

Data offers so much opportunity for defence.  That is the indisputable conclusion from the two day MOD AI Hackathon held last week when sixty hackers came together to tackle four challenges set out by the UK Ministry of Defence.  Many of the hackers work for small organisations and most had not previously engaged in defence.  They brought expertise in data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence, forming fourteen teams to build analytic models. General Sir…

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Delivering more value to citizens

Delivering more value to citizens

Government departments are looking beyond efficiency improvements and cost savings to deliver citizen value and innovation. As today’s data comprises a number of formats and locations, it’s now becoming necessary to have multiple clouds built to harness all types of data and utilise AI technologies to run new classes of applications and solutions.  At the same time, government departments can use cloud computing to expose their data to new types of users and ecosystems.  This…

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Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

The 6 Nations has been a huge fixture in family life growing up and I have early memories (and photographic evidence) of my father, brothers and I in matching shirts cheering on childhood heroes. As I get older, it becomes hard not to notice that Rugby (and sport in general) is evolving. If you can forget for a minute that he was talking about Healthcare at the time, Sir Muir Gray has a point….. “In…

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How a personal passion can bring business success

How a personal passion can bring business success

As the parent of a young rugby player, Jack, I have travelled around the UK and supported school rugby union, school rugby league, club rugby union and club rugby league teams through the teenage age groups, right up to county level. I can safely say I am very proud of Jack’s accomplishments. My involvement started back in 2011 and since then I have taken my family to fixtures at Twickenham to see England and some…

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Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

I started playing rugby at the age of 11, when I moved to secondary school. I must confess, when I began I felt certain that I wouldn’t enjoy it, and that I’d pursue football as I grew up instead. How wrong I was; since then I’ve represented my school, several clubs, and my University. I sometimes find myself explaining my passion for the sport to my friends, family, or colleagues. Trying to describe the exhilaration…

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Watson Summit London 2017: Highlights from the Festival of Disruption

Watson Summit London 2017: Highlights from the Festival of Disruption

Formula 1 cars, astronauts, more technology than you can poke a stick at and candy floss; lots of candy floss. These were just some of the highlights attendees were treated to at last week’s Watson Summit in London. In the five years that I’ve been working in the industry, I’ve honestly never seen so much buzz at a corporate event before. The public reception, both in-venue and on social media was incredible; kudos to the team…

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Introducing Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption

Introducing Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption

80 new companies are being launched every hour; disruption is inevitable. Existing business models are being made obsolete via technology disrupting brands. Where does AI fit within an organisation and how’s it going to disrupt your workforce? Companies are struggling to keep up with consumer behaviour more than ever. Brands need to build trust and protect themselves. On Tuesday 10th October for one day only we’re bringing together experts, leaders and thinkers to debate and…

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Performance under pressure: Scaling up to high-stakes operations

Performance under pressure: Scaling up to high-stakes operations

A modern business is constantly under pressure. Some pressures are predictable: a retailer knows when Christmas is going to happen. A commodities trader doesn’t know when the latest crisis will cause an adverse market reaction. Being both resilient to and able to take advantage of these pressures is key for successful businesses. We all know the theory about cloud. The platform is agile, allowing services to be added, changed or removed to meet business demands….

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From Iconic Battles to Ace Customer Experiences; a Flashback to my Favourite Wimbledon Moment #WhatMakesGreat

From Iconic Battles to Ace Customer Experiences; a Flashback to my Favourite Wimbledon Moment #WhatMakesGreat

The saying goes that you wait ages for a bus then 3 come along a once; and similarly this is my 3rd blog within a week! Inspired by one of my favourite sporting engagements returning next week, The Wimbledon Championships, and the launch of the #WhatMakesGreat campaign, I’ve reflected on my favourite ever great Wimbledon moment. For this we will have to go back 7 years to when I volunteered at Wimbledon for 2 weeks…

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