Chief Data Officers, AI, ML, and Influencers on The Cube

I joined an all-star team of IBM social influencers to speak on Silicon Angle’s The Cube at the IBM CDO Summit recently. We discussed artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, predictive analytics, and so much more. Hear what Tripp Braden, Mike Tamir, Bob Hayes, and I had to say:

Thanks to IBM and Silicon Angle for having us!

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live from Boston Massachusetts
it’s the queue coverage IBM chief data
officer summit brought to you by IBM
welcome back to the cubes live coverage
of IBM’s chief data a strategy summit
I’m your host Rebecca Knight along with
my co-host Dave Vellante we have a big
panel today these are our social
influencers starting at the top we have
Christopher Penn VP Marketing of shift
communications then Tripp Braden
executive coach and growth strategist at
strategic performance partners Mike
Tamir chief data science officer
attacked Bob Hayes president of business
over Broadway thanks so much for joining
us thank you yeah so so we’re talking
about data as a way to engage customers
a way to engage employees what what
business functions would you say stand
to benefit the most from using from
using data nothing too active that if
it’s the biggest function but I think
that the customer experience and
customer success how do you use data to
help predict what customers and
customers will do and how do you then
use that information to kind of
personalize that experience for them and
drive up recommendations retention
absolutely things like that so it’s
really it’s really the customer
experience that you’re focusing on yes
and I just just released a study I found
that that analytical leading companies
tend to use analytics to understand
their customers more than say analytical
a Gerdes so those kind of companies who
can actually get value from data they
focus their efforts around improving
customer loyalty and just gaining a
deeper understanding about their
customers Chris do you want to jump in
here and you say as many of us said do
the weave have 3 things you really care
about us as business people right we
want to save money save time or make
money and so any function that those
company that meets those qualifications
are this function will benefit from data
I think there’s also another engineer
interesting dimension to this when you
start to look at this the leadership
team in the company now having the
ability to anticipate the future I mean
now this we are no longer just looking
at static data but we are now looking at
anticipatory capability and seeing
around corners so that the person comes
to the team they’re bringing something
completely different than the team in
them has had in the past
this whole competency of being able to
anticipate the future and then take from
that where you take your organization in
the future so so follow-up on that trip
just does this data now finally trump
gut feel remember the HBR article of
10-15 years ago can’t beat gut feel is
that we hit a new era now well I think
we’re moving into an era where you have
both I think it’s no longer neither or
you happen to wish you know we have data
now we have both the organization’s who
can leverage both at the same time and
develop that capability and earn the
trust of the other members by doing that
that I see the chief data officer really
being a catalyst for organizational
change so dr. Tim another one if I get
asked you a question maybe the whole
panel but so we’ve all followed the big
data trend and and the meme AI deep
learning machine learning same wine new
bottle or is there something substantive
behind it or our capabilities are
growing our capabilities and machine
learning and I think that’s part of why
now there’s this new branding of ai ai
is not what your ear what your mother
might have thought is it’s not robots
and Cylons and that sort of thing that
are going to that are going to be able
to think intelligently they just did
intelligence tests on I’m too different
like Siri and Alexa quote a eyes from
different companies and they port at
least be scored horribly that they
scored worse than in my mind what much
worse than mice very intelligent
seven-year-old and that’s not a comment
on
the deficiencies in the in Alexa or in
serious a comment on these are not
actually artificial intelligences these
are just tools that apply machine
learning strategically so who you are
all thinking about data and how it is
going to change the future and one of
the things you said trip is that we can
now see the future it talked to me about
some of the most exciting things that
you’re seeing that companies do that are
anticipating what what what what
customers want okay so for example in
the customer success space a lot of SAS
businesses have a monthly subscription
so they’re very worried about customer
churn so companies are now leveraging
all the user behavior to understand
which customers are likely to leave next
month and if they know that they can
reach out to them with maybe some
retention campaigns or even even use
that data to find out who’s who’s in the
who’s most likely to buy more from you
in the next month and then market to
those and effective way so don’t just do
a blast for everybody focus on
particular customers their needs and and
try to service them or market to them in
a way that resonates with them that
increases retention of selling and
recommendations so they’ve already seen
certain behaviors that show a customer
is maybe not going to exactly so she
just you throw this data and machine
learning right you find the predictors
of your of your outcome that interests
you and then using that information you
see oh maybe predictors a B and C are
the ones that actually drive loyalty
behaviors they accuse an information to
segment your customers and market to
them appropriately it’s pretty nice
pretty cool stuff
February 18th 2018 okay so we did a
study recently just for fun of when
people search for the term outlook
out-of-office
yeah and you really only search for that
term for one reason you’re going on
vacation and you and you want to figure
out how the trends feature on so we did
a five year data poll of people with a
search box with it and then inverted it
so when do people search least for that
term that’s when they’re in the office
and it’s the week of every 18 2018 will
be that time when people like yeah
I mean I’m at the office saying I work
and knowing that the prediction and day
to give us specificity like yeah we know
the first quarter is busy we know
between Memorial Day and Labor Day is
not as busy in the b2b world but as a
marketer we need with specificity data
and predictive analytics gives us
specificity we know what week to send
our email campaigns what week to turn
our ad budgets all the way to fall and
so on and so forth if someone’s looking
for the cue when do when will they be
doing that you know going forward that’s
the power of this stuff is that
specificity we’re gonna search for word
before we searching I’d like to know
where I’m gonna be next week why that
date do not see the date that people
least search for the term outlook out of
office okay so they’re not looking for
that feature which logically means
there’s a good point on not just what
you’re predicting for interactions right
now but also anticipating the trends so
Bob brought up a good point about
figuring out when people are turning to
the flip side of that which is how do
you get people to be how do you get your
customers to be more engaged and now we
have really an explosion in the
enforcement learning in particular which
is a tool for figuring out not just how
to interact with you right now as a
one-off statically but how do I interact
with you over time this week next week
the week after that and using
reinforcement learning you can actually
do that this is the sort of technique
that they used to beat alphago or to be
humans with alphago machine learning
algorithms supervised learning works
well when you get that immediate
feedback but if you’re playing a game
you don’t get that feedback that you’re
gonna win 300 terms from now right now
you have to create more advanced more
advanced value functions in ways of
anticipating where things are going this
move so that you see that you’re on
track for winning and 20-30-40 moves
down from down the road and it’s the
same thing when you’re dealing with
customer engagement you want to
you can make a decision I’m going to
give this customer coupon that’s going
to make them spend 50 cents more today
or you can make decisions
algorithmically that are going to give
them a 50 cent discount this week next
week then the week after that that are
going to make them become a coffee
drinker for life or customer for life
it’s about finding those customers for
life IBM uses the term cognitive
business we go to these conferences
everybody talks about digital
transformation at the end of the day
it’s all about how how you use data so
my question is if you look think about
the bell curve of organizations that you
work with how do they you know what’s
the shape of that curve part one and
then part two is where do you see IBM on
that curve well I think a lot of my
clients make a living predicting the
future their insurance companies their
financial services that’s where the CDO
currently resides and they get a lot of
benefit but one of the things we’re all
talking about but talking around is that
human element so now how do we take the
human element and incorporate this into
the structure of how we make our
decisions and how do we take this
information and how do we learn to trust
that and the one thing I hear from most
of the executives I talk to when they
talk about how data is being used in
their organizations is the lack of trust
now when you have that and you start to
look at the trends that we’re dealing
with and we call them data points but
she’s calling them people now you have a
problem because people become very
almost anonymity analytically challenged
right so how do we get people to start
saying okay let’s look at this from the
point of view of it’s not a neither or
solution in the world we live in today
cognitive organizations are not going to
happen tomorrow morning even the most
progressive organizations are probably
five years away from really deploying
them completely but the organizations
would take a little bit of an edge so
five 10% edge out of there
they now have a really a different
in their markets and that’s what we’re
talking about hyper critical thinking
skills I mean when you start to say how
do I think like Orrin Buffett how do I
start to look and make these kinds of
decisions analytically how do I sit how
do I recreate an artificial intelligent
machine learning practice and in program
that’s going to solute profit solution
for people and that’s where I think
organizations that are forward leaning
now are looking and saying how do I get
my people to use these capabilities and
ultimately trust that the data that
they’re told
so I forget who said it but it was early
on in the big data movement somebody
said that we’re further away from a
single version of the truth and than
ever and it’s just gonna get worse but
so was the data scientist Oh what say
you not familiar with the truth code but
I think it’s very relevant and very
relevant to where we are today with
there’s almost an arms race you hear all
the time about automating putting out
fake news putting out misinformation and
how that can be done using all the
technology that we have our disposals
for dispersing that information the only
way that that’s going to get solved is
also with algorithmic solutions with
creating creating algorithms that are
going to be to be able to detect is this
news is this something that is trying to
attack my emotions and convince me just
based on fear or is this an article
that’s trying to present actual facts to
me and you can you you can do that with
machine learning algorithms but of now
we have the technology to do that better
algos them like and share from a
technological perspective to your
question about where IBM is IBM has a
ton of stuff that’s called AI as a
service essentially where if you’re a
developer on bluemix for example you can
plug in to the different components of
Watson at literally pennies per usage to
say I want to do sentiment Alice I want
to do tone analysis I want personality
insights about this piece of know who
wrote this piece of content
and to dr. communes point this is stuff
that you we need these tools to do
things like you know fingerprint this
piece of text did the supposed author
actually write this you can tell that so
of all of the the format I recall the
Microsoft Amazon Google IBM getting on
board and we’re adding that five or ten
percent edge that that trip was talking
about is easiest with IBM bluemix great
one of the other parts of this is you
start to talk about what we’re doing and
you start to look at the players that
are doing this they are all
organizations that I would not call
classical technology organizations they
were 10 years ago you look at the
Microsoft but you look at the leadership
of Microsoft today and they’re much more
about figuring out what the formulas for
successful business and that’s the other
place I think we’re seeing a
transformation occurring and the early
adopters is they have gone for the first
generation in the pain you know of
having to have these kinds of things and
now they’re moving in that second
generation where they’re looking for the
game and they’re looking for people can
bring them capability and have the
conversation and discuss them in ways
that they can see the landscape I mean
part of this is we could get caught in
the bits and bytes you missed landscape
pitches should be seeing in the market
and that’s where I think there’s a
tremendous opportunity for us to really
look at multiple markets off the same
data and imagine looking and saying
here’s what I see everyone in this group
would have a different opinion in what
they’re saying but now we have the good
to see at five different ways and share
that with our executive team and what
we’re seeing so we can make better
decisions I wonder if we could have a
frank conversation honest conversation
about the data and the data ownership
you heard IBM this morning saying we’re
gonna protect your data but I love you
guys as independents to weigh in you got
this data the data you guys are involved
with your clients building models the
data trains the model I got I kind of
believe that that model gets used at a
lot of different places within an
industry like insurance or across retail
whatever it is so I’m afraid that my
data is gonna my IP is gonna seep across
the industry should I not be worried
about that I wonder if you could guys
could weigh in well if you work with a
particular vendor sometimes vendors have
have a stipulation that we will not
share your models with other clients so
then you just got to stick to that so
I mean but in terms of science and you
build a model right you want to
generalize that to other businesses so
so maybe if you could work with work
somehow with your existing clients say
here just this is what you want to do
you just want to you’d want to elevate
the water for everybody right so
everybody wins when all boats tries
right so if you can get that if you can
kind of convince your clients that we
just want to help the world be better
and function better make employees
happier customers happier let’s let’s
take that approach and and just use the
models in a that maybe generalize to
other situations and use them and if you
don’t then you just don’t launch a
transparent about it exactly good yeah
I’m not super you David and Tripp and I
are all dressed similarly right we have
the model of if I put on your clothes we
wouldn’t but if I were to put on clothes
it would not be you it’s the same model
it’s just not gonna be the same outcome
it’s gonna look really bad okay so yes
companies can share the models and that
the general flow is tough but there’s so
much if a company’s doing machine
learning well there’s so much feature
engineering that unions then company
they’re trying to apply that somewhere
else just gonna blow up
yeah we could switch ties
Chris Tripp Mike and Bob thanks so much
for joining us this has been a really
fun and interesting panel thank you very
much thanks you guys we will have more
from the IBM Summit in Boston just after
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