IBM expanding cloud data centre capacity in UK

IBM cloud data centers around the world

IBM is investing in 4 new cloud data centres in the UK. The investment in the new facilities underscores IBM’s long-standing commitment to providing innovative solutions to the UK market and triples its cloud center capacity in the UK.

Hundreds of UK clients of all sizes are already taking advantage of the benefits IBM Cloud offers including Dixons Carphone, National Express,National Grid, Shop Direct, Travis Perkins PLC and Wimbledon

Banking in the cognitive era

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The final day of Business Connect in London hosted Financial Services leaders from UK and Ireland.

Key themes from the day revolved around change, culture, data and trust – and how these elements are intertwined.  How new and legacy banks approach this new era of cognitive is going to be very different for each, simply copying what the other is doing won’t work.

The cognitive bank live from #Sibos

Sibos - Ginni Rometty will be talking at Sibos 2016
Sibos - Ginni Rometty will be talking at Sibos 2016

Today at Sibos, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, will be talking about the future of financial services. Catch the session live on Ustream from 11:30 CEST (local time in Geneva).

Blockchain announcements

Over the last few days IBM has made a number of announcements, which you can read about in the section below, including news that CLS and IBM will develop blockchain based payment netting service.  There are also new real-time payments processing solutions (Financial transaction manager) that will enable banks to provide attractive new solutions to their customers.

Decoding Data to Bolster Growth

IBM’s Institute of Business Value also released a new study, “The cognitive bank,” which is essential reading for our industry at it surveyed hundreds of industry leaders opinions over the past few months and takes a look at how those that are adapting to cognitive business are seeing the benefits.

Andy Murray takes Wimbledon. The Championships go cognitive


As the final balls are hit on Centre Court, NBC took a look at how Wimbledon is using analytics and especially cognitive computing in its pursuit of greatness.

This year, IBM brought in the cognitive power of IBM Watson, to enable Wimbledon to have first mover advantage on social media, to uncover emerging topics that can influence the discussion around the tennis and other sports this summer.

With so many other sporting events happening at the same time, such as European Championships, Tour de France and the British F1 Grand Prix, competition for fans attention is tough. So with the Cognitive Social Command Centre, IBM has been helping Wimbledon link editorial content to what is happening across the broad sporting area. This helps Wimbledon’s social media team to quickly recognise important conversations and create the content that helps bring sports fans to something that may be of interest to them around the tennis.

Conversations and emerging trends can help any business stay on the front foot, recognising a topic before it starts trending or an item of content goes viral. In other situations it may be around a customer service issue or a competitor announcement. Social is creating more opportunities for brands to engage but also a way to listen to the issues and successes that business faces daily.

If you would like to discover more about the solutions used at Wimbledon, take a look at

What can business learn from Dreddy Tennis?


Each day at Wimbledon, Pat Cash and Annabel Croft share IBM Tennis Insights helping fans understand how players must perform to be in with a chance of winning their games. The keys to the game.

Last years Wimbledon sensation, Dustin Brown, aka @DreddyTennis, faces one of the other fan favourites Nick Kyrgios.

Hopefully you’ll get a chance to enjoy this game. If not you can still find out how advanced analytics and cognitive apis can help you raise your game, in pursuit of greatness.


Missed Business Connect 2015? To whet your appetite for October 13th


You can view Sophie Guibaud’s presentation here…. watch this space to  find out  more about this year’s agenda

Challenger? Partner? Friend or Foe? Update on FCA hackathon


Great update from Daryl Wilkinson on his work with the FCA – emphasis on collaboration rather than competition. Feels like the right way forward.

More from the FCA   and of course there will be more conversations on this theme at Business Connect  London skyline



Could financial services learn from fashion?

IBM Watson cognitive dress

Did you see the Met ball Cognitive dress?

Nothing to do with Financial Services I hear you say.. think again.

Business Connect 2016 will be coming up in October

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Watch this space for updates. This year’s event will have broader industry coverage:  Insurance, FM, Banking and Innovation across the board.