Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

Passion for innovation and a belief that human ingenuity, coupled with powerful technology, can lead to real and identifiable transformation.

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Two companies that succeeded by changing their winning formulas

Perceived wisdom often holds that if something isn’t broken, then you shouldn’t fix it. At first glance, this would seem especially true when you’re already an industry leader. Why change something that’s already working well and giving you a competitive advantage over an industry full of companies trying to supersede you? The answer lies in […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Ten things to take away from Microsoft TechX

Ten things to take away from Microsoft TechX. When it comes to cloud computing, it is no longer if, or when it will be part of your enterprise strategy, in fact it is not even how. Now the conversation is for how best it can be incorporated into enterprise infrastructure because no organisation can now […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Harvesting data helps save water

With more than 140 years of history, the financial service company Ibercaja is deeply invested in the north-east region of Spain. In order to support its rural clients and solve the local water scarcity problems, the company now helps farmers to digitally transform their crop management. Key to this transformation are “Internet of Things“ enabled […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Microsoft + Snow Leopard Trust: Protecting A Threatened Species

Snow leopards are one of the most elusive animals on the planet, and finding them is anything but simple. Koustubh Sharma and the scientists at the Snow Leopard Trust use Microsoft AI to analyze camera trap images and generate a database of snow leopard sightings, a process that used to take ten days now takes […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Predictive maintenance is improving quality of life for cancer patients

With cancer affecting more than 17 million people annually, a figure set to rise dramatically in the coming years, efficient and cost-effective treatment is essential. Since deploying Microsoft Azure IoT, IBA Worldwide, a leading developer of medical equipment for cancer treatment, has been able to reduce the cost of maintenance and improve repair times for […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Climate-conscious utility companies are becoming data-smarter. Here’s why.

Ever been hit by a pang of guilt after realising someone accidentally left the lights on all day at home, wasting energy? Well, what if you were responsible for allocating power to 1.5 million homes instead? That’s a lot of lights and a lot of energy that needs to be optimised to be there when […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Pitch perfect? The football stadium enhancing their grass with IoT

Is Johan Cruijff Arena the most innovative stadium in the world? It’s certainly looking that way. Well ahead of the curve on taking an environmental stance within their business practices, this Dutch arena achieved carbon neutral status before it had even become a global corporate priority. Now this European entertainment goliath turns its sights towards […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Overcoming a sea of data with Microsoft Azure

With 12,000 ships certified, DNV GL’s job of ensuring they’re built safely and remain safe should be overwhelming, especially with the more than 50,000 inspections it must carry out each year. However, by making use of machine learning algorithms in Microsoft Azure, the company is not only increasing efficiency and satisfying its customers, but it’s […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Database migration that helps you be ‘better than the best’

The Japanese term dantotsu is difficult to translate, but roughly means ‘better than the best’. Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Japanese construction and mining equipment multinational, Komatsu, has striven to provide its customers with a service that achieves just that. As part of this mission, Komatsu launched its Dantotsu Strategy in 2003, which […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Getting Clear On Voice Recognition 

Getting Clear On Voice Recognition  Alot of work has been done on making voice the preferred input method for technology users. In 1952 Bell Laboratories designed the “Audrey” system, which recognized digits spoken by a single voice. 10 years later this was followed by IBM who demonstrated its “shoebox” machine that could understand 16 words. […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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Financial services company is banking on the future of bots

Raiffeisen has developed a chatbot so it can remain competitive and better serve its customers.

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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The power of prediction: how AholdDelhaize is using data and AI to provide more personalised shopping experiences

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups. Albert Heijn, an Ahold Delhaize brand, is the leading food retailer in the Netherlands and also has stores in Belgium and Germany. Can an algorithm help you bake a cake? For customers of Dutch grocery retailer Albert Heijn, the answer is yes. The company, […]

Paul Shanahan 

Paul Shanahan 

Intelligent Cloud Business Group Lead

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