What Artificial Intelligence means to IBM SVP Rob Thomas – and what this should mean to you

In a far-reaching and candid interview after IBM’s #THINK2020 digital event, Rob and I discussed his insights into what’s happening with AI in the enterprise and where the biggest long-term impacts will be.  My summary of Rob’s insights Learn more from the interview itself, below. Too many companies confuse consumer-grade and business-grade AI. Companies have unrealized…

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IBM Needs To Open Its Garage Doors A Bit Wider

IBM shared updates and insights on its IBM Garage digital transformation program this week with industry analysts.  It was a useful update, and clarified much about a program that has not gained the recognition – and promotion – that it deserves. I believe that the program is solid, well-managed, and provides excellent value to customers…

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IBM Battles at the Edge of the Market

A centuries-old military aphorism claims that “all battles occur at the edges where two maps meet.” The implication is that the most critical aspect of combat takes place where details are lacking, and control is limited at best. IBM gets this, and it is the reason behind their critical edge computing announcements at last week’s…

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DOD Cloud Strategy: CIO Multicloud Recommendations from JEDI and CIA

The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded underdog Microsoft a massive cloud computing contract on October 25, 2019. This announcement was an enormous surprise to IT analysts and the cloud industry. This award was stripped down from the original Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) $10B cloud plan to a $1million guarantee for Microsoft work. It leaves…

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Tom Austin’s Tweet-Wrangling Newsletter #2

Should we be patient given disappointing AI implementation rates? Is AI smart enough? What can we learn from fruit fly brains? What else should you know about facial recognition technology? How are Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, and FaceBook progressing on their AI work? How valuable is AI to FinTech? What other newsletters are in the works? And where in the world will I be in March and April?

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Pole-vaulting Unicorn Wins Olympic Gold

Reading time: 3 minutes. Don’t believe in fairy tales! Consider this story: “Today there is only a 4%-8% adoption rate of AI within the corporate world. Within the next 18-24 months we are likely to see this rate explode to 80%-90%.” Fortune’s Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation (9 October 2019) citing senior IBM executive,…

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