IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - February 2018 - 4
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
From Here to AI
hen I go on a road trip, I never just jump in the
car and hit the highway. For one, it's likely that I'd
get a gas tank away from home, only to realize
that I'd left behind a critical item. Secondly, I know the trip
will be more successful with a little forethought, even if I'm
forced to take some unexpected detours along the way.
Careful preparation is essential: researching destinations,
planning a route, arranging for coverage at work, you name
it. And if I'm traveling with a group of friends, there's a flurry
of shared spreadsheets tracking who's responsible for which
snack items, too.
Your organization's foray into artificial intelligence (AI)
should function much the same way. While you shouldn't fret
if you don't have turn-by-turn directions at the get-go, you
should have a framework in mind for how you'll leverage the
insights garnered via AI to improve operations.
Read this month's cover story on page 18 to discover how
IBM Power Systems* hardware and software facilitate AI
initiatives. Then turn to "Build a Better AI Workflow From the
Ground Up" on page 24, which illustrates the common obstacles encountered in implementing AI-and how to overcome
them. I'd encourage you to pull the infographic out of the
magazine and hang it in your office or cubicle as a reference
Chef and Bartender
IBMer and author of "A Plan in Place"
on page 26, Tony Pearson also attended
cooking school, and is a certified bartender
in Arizona. This has helped him explain
food choices and help select the best wine
when entertaining business clients.
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as your organization begins to explore what's possible in
this new cognitive era.
Elsewhere in this issue, IBMer Tony Pearson explains the
seven levels of business continuity, and how to pick the
appropriate level for your organization. Read "A Plan in Place"
on page 26 to learn more. And on page 12, Harry Westfall,
IT director of Imperial Bag & Paper Co., explains how his
organization consolidated myriad ERP systems to streamline
operations after a series of acquisitions.
Planning is imperative to a successful journey of any
type. Read this month's issue to learn how IBM can help you
navigate the road to AI.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
Q Ben Fearnley
Art and Imagination
Ben Fearnley is an award-winning
designer specializing in 3-D illustration
and typography. Turn to "Build a Better
AI Workflow From the Ground Up" on
page 24 to see an example of his work.
After working in various fields of design,
his passion for creative image-making via
CGI flourished and he decided to focus
his craft within this realm, as he delights
in creating almost anything imaginable