May 17, 2020

Largest software companies: IBM Watson

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
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Helping to build a competitive advantage with AI, IBM Watson unlocks the value of data in new and profound ways.
Helping to build a competitive advantage with AI, IBM Watson unlocks the value of data in new and profound ways.

Watson is IBM’s suite of enterprise...

Helping to build a competitive advantage with AI, IBM Watson unlocks the value of data in new and profound ways.

Watson is IBM’s suite of enterprise-ready AI services, applications and tooling. The firm enables companies to avoid repetitive tasks by allowing teams to focus on more creative, higher-value work. Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at IBM Watson's six, powerful ways to enhance how businesses operate.

Accelerate research and discovery

With 90% of the data today created in the last two years alone, there are 2.5bn gigabytes of data produced each day worldwide. Watson seeks to unlock hidden value in its customer’s data with the world’s most advanced cloud-native insight engine.

Enrich your interactions

73% of US consumers say valuing time is the most important aspect from a brand. It’s important to decrease response times, increase the number of transactions and make interactions more productive. It was found that 86% of customers say personalisation influences purchasing decisions.


Anticipate and preempt disruptions

In order to avoid potential issues in the systems and processes, it’s essential to continuously monitor the condition of systems to mitigate problems before they disrupt operations. It is thought that 80% of outages at Fortune 500 companies are due to poorly planned changes.

Recommend with confidence

By making more informed decisions, providing tailored advice and deepening customer relationships with AI, IBM Watson helps its customers understand its data. With 36% of millennial customers expecting interactive tools to help them purchase the right product.

Scale expertise and learning

By mixing employee expertise with an industry’s latest learnings, IBM Watson shares deep institutional knowledge available for all in the organisation.  

Detect liabilities and manage risk  

Identify compliance issues quickly and easily in order to protect your business and people. It is vital to stay current and keep protected in order to train systems to understand and keep up with constantly changing regulations and privacy obligations.


Did you know? IBM Watson was No.6 in Supply Chain Digital’s October edition for Top 10 software companies.

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Jun 18, 2021

New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live

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Two leading executives join the lineup for this September’s inaugural supply chain and procurement live event, Procurement & Supply Chain Live

Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event. 

Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Procurement & Supply Chain Live today and enjoy special early bird rates

The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats. 

We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.

Shaun Plunkett 

VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd

Shaun Plunkett

Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries. 

Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE

Vikram Singla

Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd

Vikram Singla

Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.


Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company. 

CLICK HERE to secure your place at Procurement & Supply Chain Live

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