Visiting IBM’s Watson IoT Centre

As one of IBM’s partners, Sopra Steria was invited to attend the grand opening of the Watson IoT Centre in Munich. The physical location is of great importance to IBM, as it puts them at the heart of Europe allowing them to reach out to a large number of players in the manufacturing industry; a high-potential sector for IoT. During our visit we rubbed shoulders with some of IBM’s partners and clients such as PSA, Thales, SNCF and Airbus as well as officials from across the world, particularly China and Japan.

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The Customer 3.0 is pushing insurers to reinvent themselves

The Customer 3.0 is pushing insurers to reinvent themselves

With the digital revolution making waves across all market sectors, and particularly in insurance, customers now hold more power than before. Time-poor, demanding, and savvy, customers are pushing insurers to reinvent themselves, and therefore traditional marketing strategies are changing. This is your “Customer 3.0”, and here are some innovative solutions that you can offer them. Continue reading

Thoughts on AI Europe 2016

AI Europe

Over 1,000 attendees, 50 speakers and 30 exhibitors; this is a brief summary of what I was lucky enough to take part in during the first AI Europe 2016 conference held in London on the 5 and 6 December. The attendee list boasted the biggest names from the world of artificial intelligence such as Microsoft, Bell Labs, Uber, Samsung and Nvidia, as well as several innovative start-ups, the likes of Blippar and DreamQuark whose innovations are based on machine or deep learning models. Continue reading

Welcome to the post-digital world!

post-digital world

 Discussion with Marc Giget, Chairman and founder of the Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation (Innovation Leaders Club of Paris)

What if we were already in the post-digital era? You know, this period when technology is becoming obsolete as we use it. Because essentially, innovation should have no other purpose than improving our everyday lives shouldn’t it? Continue reading

Instant Payments: the race against time


In the age of mobile internet, all services are going real time. Payments are no exception: Instant Payments should appear in Europe towards the end of 2017. While this new payment instrument offers banks new perspectives, they are also subject to a double race against time: a race to make sure that their IT systems are ready, and a race to process payments in just a few seconds. Let’s take a look at the challenges that lie ahead for banks. Continue reading

Start-ups aren’t the only ones innovating!

Start-ups aren't the only ones innovating!

Discussion with Marc Giget, Chairman and founder of the Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation (Innovation Leaders Club of Paris)

In a rapidly-changing world, big companies have suffered from the stereotype of being large, inflexible “dinosaurs”. However, since 2012, global companies have been catching up and are now at the forefront of innovation. Continue reading

The Payment Mix : an answer to the challenges posed by realtime operations

Mix payment

In the age of real-time, the customer can chose whether to pay by card, or directly with their IBAN, depending on their profile,the security offered and the cost. Looking beyond the full range of payment methods that banks have to offer, this is an opportunity for banks to provide enriched and attractive services, combining several different payment methods. Continue reading