Summer means something different to each of us – for me it’s scorching temperatures, sprinklers, icy poles, and of course, the excitement of the Australian Open. It’s our first big sporting event of the year, and one that brings an influx of the world’s best as they battle it out in sweltering heat over long, drawn-out sets.
There’s only one thing better than being a Melbournian during the Australian Open, and that’s being a Melbourne-based IBMer. With a 20-year partnership between Tennis Australia and IBM, I have every excuse to drop tools and hit the courts, all in the name of research
Historically, small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) have struggled to access the significant return on investment offered by predictive analytics, simply because they don’t have the capital expenditure, time and skills required to implement the technology. That is, until now.
You asked for a way to derive predictive insight without the need to acquire statistical expertise and invest capital. IBM Analytic Answers with predictive analytics offered as a service, hosted via a cloud subscription to provide predictive insight on your data.
In 1997, Garry Kasparov, a human, famously lost a chess game to IBM Deep Blue, a machine. There-in started the age of “Man vs Machine” – a hot topic for many boardroom debates and box office movies. What many may not know, is the events that transpired in a freestyle chess tournament held in 2005. Neither Man nor Machine took home the title, it was in fact two men and a machine working in cooperation that reigned supreme and took home the title.
In Shyam Sankar‘s TED presentation “The rise of human-computer cooperation“, he so rightly points out that “brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems“. Least of all, the world’s analytical problems. Which is why Man and Machine must team to drive greater insight.
Normally I write about what I know. Today I’m writing about what I wonder.
In case you haven’t already noticed from previous posts, I’m really passionate about sport. Born and raised in Melbourne, the home of Australian Sport, it really isn’t a surprise. Which is why I’m so interested in how analytics is being used to transform the world of sport.
In previous posts I’ve talked about how analytics is helping the Leicester Tigers better predict and prevent injury in players, and how social media is determining a whole new dimension of “winner” in the Grand Slam Tennis tournaments.
But I wonder, can analytics help us to identify junior and amateur players that have the greatest potential to turn pro?
This post is inspired by my beloved Essendon Bombers. Who, after showing significant promise at the start of the season beating the top contenders for the championship, have since suffered injury after injury after injury, with nothing short of humiliating defeats in the lead up to the finals.
Analytics in the world of sport is not a new concept, and yet many teams are still to realise its full potential. Much like the world of business, sporting teams around the world are looking to analytics to make the patterns and trends in human performance and game strategy that may be invisible to the human eye, visible.
There is one question I get asked more than any other: Should I invest in best-of-breed products or an integrated portfolio?
Technology essentially provides the building blocks on which we can build solutions to deliver value to the business. Each of the individual building blocks needs to meet the design brief. However, key to project success is the ability for those building blocks to work together. So how do you choose?
Today, I had to drop into my local post office to send a parcel. Waiting in line I couldn’t help but notice the array of seemingly random items in front of me. Footballs, mini hammers, DVDs, children’s books – not exactly mail-related items.
It got me thinking – we talk about retailers using analytics to target customers with campaigns and offers they are most likely to accept. But what if you don’t know who your customer is?
Watching the finale of MasterChef last night I was amazed at how in the space of 12 weeks Andy had completely changed the course of his career. From sparky to chef he’s done what many are too afraid to attempt – throwing out years of training and experience and starting from scratch. Of course, he’s had the good fortune of MasterChef to help him get a kick start on his new career.
For others wanting to change careers, it’s not that simple. Gaining qualifications in another area of expertise takes time – and with bills to pay and families to feed, leaving your job to return to University is simply not an option. Fortunately, providers such as Open Universities Australia (OUA) are helping students achieve their education and career goals through online programs where they can study anytime, anywhere, and at a pace that suits them.
In order to deliver flexible, quality courses, OUA needs a comprehensive understanding of its students – what they’re interested in learning and identifying students who require additional academic support or services to complete their education. Enter the role of Business Analytics.