Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: May 22, 2013 946 views

While I get to see and hear about hundreds of product announcements, this one is particularly interesting. The race to leverage computing power to synthesize incredibly huge amounts of disparate data in real time to meet the needs of customer demands is the next frontier of customer relations.

Today at the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, IBM plans to launch the Watson Engagement Advisor, aimed at helping organizations provide better customer service and product recommendations in real time at scale. The same technology that once outsmarted humans to win Jeopardy and has recently been used to diagnose cancer will now be used to help organizations sense and respond in real time.

From CNBC:

Big Blue announced five new clients working on using Watson’s cognitive computing and ability to crunch so-called big data, to help enhance service to their customers. The companies include Malaysia telecom provider Celcom, financial firms Royal Bank of Canada and ANZ Banking Group, IT services provider IHS, and the consumer research firm Nielsen.

“We’ll be exploring ways to use Watson for helping our agencies and their client brands engage more effectively with consumers across all devices—from TV to tablet to smartphone,” wrote Randall Beard, chief of Advertiser Solutions at Nielsen.

While it still seems early, this area is certainly something to watch.

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Brian Vellmure

For more than a decade, Brian Vellmure has been helping organizations increase profitability through customer focused initiatives. He is an accomplished business leader, management consultant, and award winning and syndicated blogger. He is often referred to as a Social CRM and Social Business thought leader & pioneer. Specializing in strategy, process improvement, & technology selection, Brian works with executive and senior management teams to create competitive advantage through leading sustainable and disruptive innovation initiatives. A specialist in enhancing customer experience, acquisition & retention efforts, he is a sought after speaker, writer, and guest contributor to several emerging media properties, and often acts as an expert advisor for software and technology vendors. During the mid to late 90’s, Brian served as a business analyst, project manager, and group consulting manager for an International firm leading several multi-national ERP implementations for mid-sized companies. In 2001, he focused his attention on the front office, selling and/or leading more than a dozen CRM, Web, and E-Commerce initiatives over the next 3 years. In addition, he’s led a division as Vice President of an equipment finance company, been the top sales executive for a major CRM Vendor, and as a consultant has regularly spearheaded value-creation initiatives for small, mid-sized, and multi-bilion dollar enterprises. Brian was a founding board member of International Princess Project (, a non-profit organization that establishes self-sustaining business enterprises in partnership with indigenous organizations that provide for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women formerly enslaved in prostitution, while actively advocating for women enslaved in prostitution around the world.

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