"Imagine if you put the Hoover Dam in the wrong place"
The above quote came from Lars Christian Christiansen, Vice President of Plant Siting and Forecasting from Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest producer of wind turbines. Lars joined IBM executives at a press conference following this morning's general session, and the analogy he made was a very pointed one when you think about the business he is in.
Vestas helps their clients place wind turbines in the right places, and to extend the analogy above, the Hoover Dam produces the same power as about 600 wind turbines. (And for a little perspective, Vestas currently monitors about 16,000 turbines). While the scope of erecting a wind turbine might not on the surface appear to be of the same scale as a construction project like the Hoover Dam, the implications of placing that turbine in anything less than its optimal location can be just as significant.
Vestas is using IBM BigInsights software and an IBM "Firestorm" supercomputer to analyze petabytes of data from a variety of sources - weather reports, weather forecast models, tidal phases, geospatial and sensor data to name just a few - to determine where their clients should place their wind turbines.
This application of Big Data is allowing them to provide their clients with predictability and reliability, and to get them up and running quickly.
Watson Analytics in Action (demo)
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 3:11p Adam Gartenberg Do you want to see how easy it is to add data and see the resulting analysis from Watson Analytics? Here's a demo of how a fast food chain could analyze the impact of different marketing campaigns they tried out in test markets. [read] Keywords: ibm
Introducing Watson Analytics: Analytics for Everyone
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 11:11a Adam Gartenberg When you've got a new solution being compared to the transformational power of the spreadsheet and the iPhone, you just might be on to something. From Steve Lohr in The New York Times: Developing technology is one thing; democratizing it is another. The latter involves finding the innovation that opens the door to widespread adoption with usefulness and usability. In the personal computer era, it was the spreadsheet that transformed a hobbyistsâ plaything into a must-have machine in co [read] Keywords: collaboration
Your Participation is Needed: 6th Annual Analytics Survey
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 9:11a Adam Gartenberg IBM's Institute for Business Value is currently collecting responses for the 6th annual IBV Analytics survey, and needs your participation. The survey, the largest of its kind in the industry, will investigate how organizations can create a competitive advantage with big data and analytics. Responding will only take 15 minutes, and all responses will be anonymous. If you opt in to register (your contact data will be disassociated with the survey data to ensure privacy), you will be sen [read] Keywords: ibm
$600 Early Bird Discount for Insight 2014 (formerly IOD)
Wed, May 21st 2014 11:11a Adam Gartenberg Early bird registration for Insight 2014 (formerly Information on Demand) is now open. Registering now will save you $600. The call for speakers is also open, so if you've got a topic you'd like to present, please go ahead and submit it. You can learn more about the conference curriculum and see highlights of past conferences here. Register today! [read] Keywords: ibm
Putting analytics into the hands of decision makers
Tue, May 20th 2014 1:10p Adam Gartenberg As far as analytics has come in recent years, there are still challenges around making sure that the data and analysis gets into the hands of the people who need it most in a timely and easy to understand fashion. At the IBM Vision conference today, IBM made announcements that will bring us one step closer to making the notion of "analytics everywhere" a reality. The new technologies previewed today include: An analytics offering now available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace that can manage [read] Keywords: collaboration
Amtrak Writer’s Residencies - Social media done right
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 11:11a Adam Gartenberg Via @austinkleon (Link to his post with more detail). Excellent job, @Amtrak. Amtrak writerâs residencies Hereâs what went down: in his PEN Ten interview, @AlexanderChee was asked where he best liked to write: I still like a train best for this kind of thing. I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers. Thatâs it. Two sentences. And then this happened: [read] Keywords: twitter
IBM Predictive Analytics to Detect Patients at Risk for Heart Failure
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 3:11p Adam Gartenberg More great work coming out of our analytics group, working in partnership with leading healthcare providers and IBM Business Partners. ARMONK, N.Y. - 19 Feb 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Virginia health systemCarilion Clinic has indentified 8,500 patients at risk for developing heart failure in a pilot project that could lead to early intervention and better care for these patients. The pilot was completed in collaboration with IBM, Epic and Carilion Clinic. The results were [read] Keywords: collaboration
Quantified Athletes: Using Analytics to Reduce Injuries
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:10p Adam Gartenberg Those of you who attended the IOD conference back in 2011 were treated to an interview with author Michael Lewis and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, of Moneyball fame (amongst many other achievements). One comment that's stuck with me was a question tossed in at the very end of the interview. Billy Beane was asked how it's possible to still get a competitive advantage from the type of statistical advantages he discovered, now that everyone was on to the approach (and, as he comm [read] Keywords: ibm