Start from a powerful base, add analytics
On a day full of super-heroes, Mike O'Rourke pumped up the crowd by showing Business Analytics "solutions with an opinion" -- those with built-in expertise that guides clients to actionable insight, within the context of their role and responsibilities. As examples, he mentioned IBM Concert, IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality and IBM Producer Lifecycle and Credential Management, and then demoed IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence (eGA in June). Martin Fleming, IBM Chief Economist and VP, Business Performance Services, underscored the transformation theme by relating how IBM itself uses analytics across the enterprise to more accurately predict cash flow, evaluate risk and manage sales pipeline. Bethann Cregg, VP IAG Cloud Strategy, shared how attendees can speed up such transformation with cloud deployment, calling it "an accelerant to your business."
Mind games: no X-ray vision needed
Unconscious biases influence decisions unless we take those mental tendencies into account. Guest speaker Alden Toevs, CRO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, described how his bank has strengthened its risk culture by providing leaders with the skills, insights and tools to influence culture and change the behavior of front-line staff, managers and senior-level decision-makers.
"Why be normal, when you can be extraordinary?" asked guest speaker Aimee Mullins, athlete, actress and activist -- and bilateral amputee. At key points in her life, rather than listening to people who told her what she couldn't do, she pursued -- and achieved -- incredible things. A truly inspirational message for the audience members looking to drive transformation in their businesses.
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