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What Mobile and Analytics have in common - The Consumer

What Mobile & Analytics have in common: The Consumer

Ten years ago, when stuck in an airport lounge for an extended period of time, you probably would have read a book, a magazine, or opened your laptop to get some work done.

Nowadays, you’re just as likely to attend conference calls, pay utility bills, conduct banking transactions, purchase clothes for the kids, and connect with family and friends through social media, all through the use of your smart phone.

A mobile device can be anything from a smart phone, to a tablet, to wearable technologies such as smart watches and fitness trackers,  And they all have four characteristics in common:

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Fighting Skin Cancer with Visual Analytics

Fighting Skin Cancer with Visual Analytics

With 50,000km of coastline, Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  And with our love of sport and outdoor adventure, it comes as no surprise that Australia also has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world – two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, which brings not only a significant loss of lives each year, but also costs the economy more than $3.8 billion in direct health system expense.

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better chance of avoiding surgery and/or preventing death.  Fortunately, humans are pretty good at identifying positive and negative cases of skin cancer, with the highest level of accuracy achieved at 84%.  But imagine if we could increase the accuracy to more than 95%?  Given Australian GPs are faced with over 1 million patient consultations each year for skin cancer, that could translate into 110,000 more accurate diagnoses each year.

You can see why I’m really excited about the project that IBM Research and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are currently working on – using visual analytics to increase the accuracy of skin cancer diagnosis.

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Serving up a superior experience at the Australian Open

Serving up a superior experience at the Australian Open

It’s that time of year again – time to slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat, and head down to Melbourne’s newly renovated sporting precinct to revel in the summer excitement unique to the Australian Open.

Every year, the partnership between IBM and Tennis Australia produces innovative ways to engage audiences both at the event, and around the world – bringing the fans closer to the thrill of the game, the players and the community spirit.  This year is no different – with 8 years of Grand Slam data providing players the ability to fine-tune their game, giving fans insight into how their favourite player is progressing against key performance indicators, and monitoring how public sentiment changes throughout the game and the event.

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5 Big Data Resolutions for the New Year

5 Big Data Resolutions for the New Year

Instead of making the same old resolutions this year to eat healthier, drink less alcohol and exercise more, why not make a change in 2015 that will see drastic improvements to your personal and business success?

Here are my Top 5 New Year Resolutions to help you successfully tap into the wealth of data available to you to make better decisions, more often.

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Generation D

Generation D: Data-rich and analytically driven

There is a new generational gap emerging in the world of business, driven by a group of organisations we fondly refer to as “Generation D” — for data, which sits at the very heart of how these organisations think and act.

The bad news is, according to the statistics, chances are you’re not working for one of them.  The good news is, unlike many generational trends this is not related to age, so there is hope yet.

We know that data and analytics has the potential to impact how we work each and every day, and is already being used to transform entire industries for the better.  Generation D organisations are data-rich, analytically driven, and setting new benchmarks in business performance.

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My Search for the Customer-activated Bank

My search for the Customer-activated Bank

I am currently in the process of financing our new family home, and have been advised by my broker the only way to “beat the banks” is to make the switch.  Peg large bank vs. little bank;  traditional bank vs. financial institution — make them fight for my business.  Which made me question:  Why do we treat what could be a life-long partnership with an “us vs. them” mentality?

A recent survey of over 4,000 C-suite Executives across 70 countries indicates that banking and financial institutions do in fact want long-term strategic relationships with their customers.  They highlighted their immediate priorities are to:

  1. Open up to customer influence;
  2. Pioneer digital-physical innovation; and
  3. Craft engaging customer experiences.

So what happened?

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Big Data for Social Good Challenge

Big Data for Social Good – Are you up for the challenge?

How many mornings do you get to wake up and say to yourself, “Today, I’m going to make the world a better place!“?

Today, and every day until March 3rd, 2015, you can say exactly that by signing up for the Big Data for Social Good Challenge.  We’re calling all developers, data scientists, and anyone with analytical super-powers, to take a deep dive into real-world issues using big data and IBM Bluemix’s Analytics for Hadoop service.

So what are you waiting for?

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Insights from IBM Insight 2014

Insights from IBM Insight 2014: 10 things you need to know

As we wrap up yet another exciting year at IBM Insight 2014, here are my top 10 things you need to know from all the keynotes, announcements, demonstrations and client stories.

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Taking education Mobile to support children with special needs

Taking education Mobile to support children with special needs

One of the aspects of my professional career I am most passionate about, is applying technology to make the world a better place.

Another little fact about me is that my second child is the same age as the original iPad!  It launched whilst I was on maternity leave, which I subsequently purchased and complained about the lack of quality applications available to distract my two-year old during baby nap times.  To which my husband promptly responded with: “So stop complaining and go write some apps for kids“.  Challenge accepted.

I taught myself the world of xCode and built the world’s first iPad YouTube application for kids – presenting only approved videos and blocking the unwanted and often inappropriate “recommended videos” so kids couldn’t find themselves watching videos of Thomas the Tank Engine being blown up by an artistic teenager with a webcam.

Not long after it launched, institutions from around the world working with children with disabilities started contacting me asking to sponsor their iPad programs.  The iPad was having a dramatic impact on the way children were able to learn and communicate with teachers and carers, and I was super excited to be able to help!

I was equally excited when I saw the announcement from my colleagues that we are working with Bancroft, a major provider of specialized services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the US, to put mobile applications securely in the hands of classroom teachers, clinical staff and school administrators to better engage with students and improve the learning experience.

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IBM Watson Analytics Power to the People

IBM Watson Analytics: Power to the People

How often have you found yourself needing to make a key business decision, but don’t have the insight to back it up?  You have the data, but it’s sitting in a spreadsheet in a format that doesn’t highlight key trends or statistical insight.  You simply don’t have the time, or the long-term business need, to work through a structured analytical process to load and analyze it through formal Enterprise systems.

What you need is a fast and easy way to investigate key trends, identify insight of statistical relevance, predict likely future events, and package it up with compelling visualizations that help you communicate insight to others in the team.  And you need to be able to do it on your own without the need of a statistical genius or farm of servers.

What you need is Watson – and he’s bringing the power of analytics to the people!

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