How 11 CIOs are using machine learning to boost innovation

Thomas Macaulay

"JLL has partnered with Leverton, a Berlin-based 'proptech' start-up company, as we are seeking to increase automation in our lease management operations to ensure improved efficiency and swifter delivery of outputs for our clients. Leverton uses machine learning and deep learning technology to identify, extract and manage key terms and data from corporate documents in multiple languages. Machine learning and deep learning technology searches for key terms such as rental values, dates and figures to radically optimise the way that lease documents are reviewed and analysed

"Our work with Leverton on machine learning technology implementation across our lease administration business is transforming the way we do things. Lease contracts can comprise between three and 15 documents, hence, digitising the process significantly reduces the time spent reading and reviewing each document. It also allows the lease administrator to spend time applying subject matter expertise in recognising patterns, anomalies and opportunities."
Chris Zissis, JLL EMEA CIO

"A number of initiatives in machine learning show great potential to allow our scientists to focus on the science and reduce time to produce predictive models from weeks to hours."
David Smoley, AstraZeneca UK CIO

"Today, every plant around the world brings forecasting, inventory, and production information together in their ERP to help managers meet a demand cycle. With machine learning and AI, we will be connecting the machines in the plant to that ERP, and our ability to determine how, when and where to produce parts to meet a demand forecast will improve dramatically."
Jim Fowler, GE CIO

"We've deployed some AI/ML capability within our sentiment dashboard application, which uses machine learning services in the cloud combined with in-house data to build a picture for the licensee. The BI/analytics initiative we've started centres on SQL Server 2016, which brings high-end analytics and machine learning capability through Cortana and PowerBI."
Mike McMinn, Marston's IT director

"We're running a pilot with Microsoft's backing, plugging building management systems into their machine learning product, to see if we can predict maintenance cycles and energy use. I see that as a really interesting area of development, and it also ties into our IoT work."
Chris Weston, former Bellrock CTO

"At Ovo we have 20% of our base on smart meters already, transmitting consumption data to us up to every 10 seconds. We have developed a smart IoT device that connects to the meter via ZigBee and gives us data in real time. We store everything in NoSQL and time series databases and analyse it using machine learning."
Mariano Albera, former Ovo Energy CTO

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