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This Blog, captures all you need to know about latest IT trends, Innovations and Opportunities that abounds in both the IT and Business Management World.

We prescribe professional trainings for you, in relation to your career, update you about the latest certifications and Examinations. we help you shape the future.

TRANSFORMING IT DRIVE THROUGH CLOUD MIGRATION.

 
The digital age has created many opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed. But with legacy systems and infrastructure still holding many backs, seizing these chances can be easier said than done. Cloud technology enables your business to meet the challenges of today. From efforts to reduce IT spend and improve security against external threats, to providing the new potential for business agility and innovation — the cloud provides the means. Here at AWS, we would like to share some resources that will help you to make informed decisions about the future of your business in the cloud. Let’s start with some basics…
Accelerate Your Migration to AWS

 To learn about accelerating migrations click here : http://bit.ly/AWSMIGRATE

With the growing IT skills gap, many businesses are finding that their IT professionals and wider teams lack the necessary competencies to make the most of the cloud. Read our step-by-step guide in order to bridge this gap.

Learn how to build skills for digital Transformation: http://bit.ly/AWSDIGITALTRANSFORMATION   

Maximize Business Value through cloud. 

Making the most of your cloud spend can seem like a daunting task, with potential savings obscured by hidden costs and complex IT bills. With our introductory guide to the Cloud Economics Journey, discover the tools at your disposal for identifying savings with ease.

http://bit.ly/AWSCLOUDJOURNEY

Makintouch Consulting offers training and certification in several areas of AWS that can help you achieve the required Migration and operational activities every organization requires. to know more about our services, visit us at 24, Bamishile street off allen Avenue, Ikeja Lagos. or call us on 08077683910, 08077683904.

AWS JOB OPPORTUNITIES and RESPECTIVE CERTIFICATIONS.

In becoming an AWS Certified professional, there are some steps and stages you must have passed through.

Becoming an AWS  Certified Cloud practitioner is important foundational knowledge to becoming an AWS professional. 

Becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is a recommended, optional step toward achieving an Associate-level or Specialty certification.

The certification makes you to be able to

  • Define what the AWS Cloud is and the basic global infrastructure
  • Describe basic AWS Cloud architectural principles
  • Describe the AWS Cloud value proposition
  • Describe key services on the AWS platform and their common use cases (for example, compute and analytics)
  • Describe the basic security and compliance aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model
  • Define the billing, account management, and pricing models
  • Identify sources of documentation or technical assistance (for example, whitepapers or support tickets)
  • Describe basic/core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud

Work Opportunities

A Certified AWS Cloud practitioner can work in any role, including technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial as long as they make use of the cloud platforms.

  1. Cloud platform manager
  2. Cloud Practitioner Tutor
  3. Faculty Instructor 
  4. Cloud sales and purchase Manager

With a basic understanding of IT services and their uses in the AWS Cloud platform, you can land the job opportunities of your dream. 

It however didn’t just end there, as cloud practitioner training and certification, prepares you for whichever AWS specialty you want to venture into. 

  1. AWS Cloud Solutions Architect

AWS Cloud Architect is the position that is directly connected with engineers as well as clients, providing an interface with stakeholders and technical leadership. The cloud architect supplies lead implementation efforts and technical architectures assuring that the interspersion of new technologies is being adopted.

2.SysOps Administrator

An AWS SysOps Administrator is one who is responsible for deploying, operating, and managing systems on the AWS platform. So, if you have expertise in managing and deploying production operations on AWS cloud validate your expertise with AWS SysOps administrator certification. This will enhance your capabilities to be selected in AWS jobs. Getting an AWS certification adds a credential to your resume and thus helps you get a better salary.

3. Cloud Developer

Cloud developers are responsible for the development of software applications and solutions for enterprises. So, if you have significant experience in software development with some knowledge of the AWS platform, there are so many AWS jobs for you. And getting an AWS Developer Associate certification will help you bring your career one level up as a cloud developer.

4. Cloud Sales & Purchase Manager

Do you want to be a member of an organization centered on increasing the adoption of AWS? If you have significant experience in AWS cloud sales/purchase, leadership skills, and technical background, a number of AWS jobs are waiting for you.

As a Cloud Sales and Purchase Manager, you will be able to grow, drive, and shape the future of advancing creative technology. A successful candidate is recommended to have AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification that will help him to get engaged with software developers and IT architects working on the AWS platform.

5. Cloud DevOps Engineer

A DevOps engineer is the senior developer who has expertise skills beyond development i.e. in network operations and system deployment. So, if you have multiple skills with deep knowledge and hands-on experience on the AWS platform, a number of AWS jobs are for you. Nowadays companies are looking for Cloud DevOps Engineers to set up a DevOps culture in the organization. And if you have validated your skills with AWS DevOps Engineer Professional certification, your chances of getting an AWS job almost doubles.

DevOps engineer is an IT professional who handles code releases by playing multiple roles. He is responsible to work with system operators, software developers, and also with the production technical team.

These and many more are the opportunities the AWS provides.

Should you be interested in joining this cloud community career-wise, then our upcoming training will help prepare you. We are currently running a discount. 

You can Join our cloud practitioner class here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GZ0_0iFen4SgDTLp-mC54pKlhd8l-U0iQV6aGFqXjAY/edit

And you can also join our solutions architect training here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GZ0_0iFen4SgDTLp-mC54pKlhd8l-U0iQV6aGFqXjAY/edit

AWS DISCOVERY DAY

Nigeria’s first ever AWS Discovery Day is here.


This AWS Discovery Day, is a free virtual event, that is designed to introduce AWS concepts, services, opportunities to every individual who is interested in pursuing and harnessing the wealth and Job opportunities the cloud is providing.

This event is brought to you by MAKINTOUCH CONSULTING, the only Authorized training partner for AMAZON WEB SERVICE in Nigeria. Makintouch Consulting has mapped out discounts on some of the AWS courses, and this FREE AWS DISCOVERY DAY might just be the perfect opportunity for you to be a part of the Discount on your training and professional Certification Exam.

Date: October 10th
Time: 9am WAT
Zoom Registration: bit.ly/MAKAWSDISCOVERYDAY

The AMAZON WEB SERVICE (AWS) Discovery Day, will expose you to the most sought after and high paying career opportunities with relevant professional certifications like
 Machine Learning
 Artificial Intelligence
 Cloud Solutions
 Data Analytics
 DevOps Engineering amongst many others.

By attending this event, you get to learn how to,

Define the cloud and how it works

  • Explain the benefits of the AWS Cloud
  • Describe the basic global infrastructure of the cloud
  • Compare the different methods of interacting with AWS
  • Describe and differentiate between AWS service domains
  • Gain a deeper understanding of AWS core services
  • Explain the shared responsibility model
  • Describe security services with the AWS Cloud
  • Identify AWS management services and their use

The AWS cloud, provides a lot of Job opportunities across all works of life, and another interesting fact is that more Career paths are unfolding and they are nothing less than lucrative.

This might be your opportunity to get it right in your career and this might also be an opportunity to make the best lifetime decision

Register via this link : http://bit.ly/MAKAWSDISCOVERYDAY

WHY AMAZON WEB SERVICE CERTIFICATION?

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Why Amazon Web Services Certification?

Makintouch recently joined the AWS AWS training partner program to deliver to your quality trainings and certification through Accredited Authorized Instructor.

Learn from AWS Senior Tech Experts on the various career opportunities available to Organizations and Individuals.

Date: September 18th, this Friday.

Time: 12:00 pm

REGISTRATION IS FREE

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How Valuable is IT to Get an AWS Certification?

  • Cloud computing is one of the hottest technologies with a high demand for qualified professionals. The median salary for IT pros currently in a cloud computing career in the U.S. is $124,300.
  • Organizations need individuals with cloud computing skills to help transform their business. AWS Training and Certification, helps you build and validate your cloud computing skills so you can get more out of the cloud.
  • There’s a shortage of certified AWS architects available today, as IT organizations often compete to hire IT professionals with these skills and more AWS certifications. According to Forbes, AWS certification is one of the top paying certifications worldwide.
  • The customer-driven innovation has helped AWS to earn the top-right corner of the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the 7th consecutive year, earning highest placement for competence to execute and furthest for completeness of vision.
  • Achieving the AWS certifications provide a common vocabulary for AWS experts to brainstorm and have meaningful technical discussions. Candidates applying for cloud computing positions get an opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their skills to recruiters giving them an edge over other candidates.
  • Seniors advice to people leaving college is always the same: Get AWS-certified. It does not matter if you take the developer or architect path for AWS skills; companies.
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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner training is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles addressed by other AWS Certifications. The exam can be taken at a testing center or from the comfort and convenience of a home or office location as an online proctored exam..

Duration: 3 Days

Weekdays: September 23 – 25 & Oct 12 – 14

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

The course is intended for individuals who perform a solutions architect role and have one or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

There is no better preparation than hands-on experience. There are many relevant AWS Training courses and other resources to assist you with acquiring additional knowledge and skills to prepare for certification. Please review the exam guide for information about the competencies assessed on the certification exam.

Duration: 4 Days

Weekdays: Sept 28, 29 , 30 & Oct 1

October 26 – 30

OTHER DATES :

AWS Certified Developer “(Associate) | 4 Days

October 12 – 15 & November 16 – 19

AWS Certified Sysops Administration (Associate) | 4 Days | October 12 – 15

AWS Certified Devops Engineer (Professional) | 4 Days | October 19 – 22

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Certified Ethical Hacker v.10

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program is the most comprehensive ethical hacking course on the globe to help information security professionals grasp the fundamentals of ethical hacking. The course outcome helps you become a professional who systematically attempts to inspect network infrastructures with the consent of its owner to find security vulnerabilities which a malicious hacker could potentially exploit. The course helps you assess the security posture of an organization by identifying vulnerabilities in the network and system infrastructure to determine if unauthorized access is possible.

Duration: 5 Days

Weekdays: Sept 21 – 25 | Oct 19 – 24

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CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

This course will teach you the fundamental principles of installing and configuring cybersecurity controls and participating in incident response and risk mitigation. It will prepare you to take the CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam by providing 100% coverage of the objectives and content examples listed on the syllabus.

Duration: 5 Days

Weekdays: Sept 21 – 25 | 19 – 23

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System Administration & IT Infrastructure

This course will transition you from working on a single computer to an entire fleet. Systems administration is the field of IT that’s responsible for maintaining reliable computers systems in a multi-user environment. In this course, you’ll learn about the infrastructure services that keep all organizations, big and small, up and running. We’ll deep dive on cloud so that you’ll understand everything from typical cloud infrastructure setups to how to manage cloud resources.

Duration: 5 Days

Weekdays: Oct 5 – 9

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CISCO DevNet

The Cisco DevNet Associate certification is intended for individuals who perform a developer role and have one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining applications that are built on top of Cisco platforms. The DevNet Associate Exam v1.0 (DEVASC 200-901) exam is a 120-minute exam associated with the Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of software development and design including understanding and using APIs, Cisco platforms and development, application development and security, and infrastructure and automation.

Duration: 5 Days

Weekdays: Oct 5 – 9

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ITIL 4

ITIL 4 provides a practical and flexible approach to move to the new world of digital transformation and embrace an end-to-end operating model for the delivery and operation of products and services.

The fundamental objective of this course is to help the participants understand the key concepts of service management and the ITIL 4 service management framework and prepare for the ITIL® (4) Foundation exam. In addition, this course offers a rich learning experience that helps the participants understand ITIL 4 and relate ITIL to their own work environment.

Duration: 3 Days

Weekends: Sept 19, 26 & Oct 3

Weekdays: Oct 7 – 9

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MAKINTOUCH EXPANDS WITH AWS.

As part of our commitment to quality service delivery, we are proud to announce our Expansion with AWS as the only AMAZON WEB SERVICE AUTHORIZED TRAINING PARTNER in Nigeria.

You can now enjoy professional training and Certifications on AWS courses like Machine learning, Cloud Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, and many more.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity

Join me on the 18th of September.

As I host Cobus Bernard an AWS senior Developer Advocate and
Bernadine Jeffery, the AWS Head of Training and Certifications for Africa.
As they take us through the Career paths and unlimited international opportunities in AWS…

Register via this zoom link :bit.ly/AWSMAKLAUNCH

Come Let’s Create and Build Innovations that work….

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TOP SKILLS YOU SHOULD ACQUIRE IN SEPTEMBER.

As much as I am super eager to tell you about our new research on careers, courtesy demands that I welcome you to the new month first.

In our recent career research at Makintouch Consulting, our logs of reports and requests from our top clients, showed that the post-COVID era is gradually changing a lot of things as far as career is concerned, and there is huge demand for certain newly evolving skills in the Tech, finance, business, Telecomunications and even the Oil and Gas Industry.

Here are few of the highly requested skills by Top recruiters and multinationals. 

  1. Power BI.

If you have been using excel to work on all your report for donkey years, I need to tell you that things are changing fast, and sooner or later, Power Bi is going to take over the role of excel. Power BI has been built with exceptional intelligence and analysis when it comes to data. You can analyze, sort, and create beautiful reports on your data with less stress compared to excel, and this is the newly recognized data analytics software for many multinationals.

  1. Cloud Computing

It is no news that the cloud is now the safe house of a lot of organization and individuals data, operations, and even storage. many people make use of the cloud daily, but they do not know. From your google cloud to iCloud to your google drive, all your files are stored in the cloud. Companies are migrating to the cloud, and the need for cloud experts is increasing by the day.

If you haven’t taken out time to learn one or two about cloud computing, you should do that this month. 

  1. Artificial Intelligence. 

You give one command to your system and it gets three to four things done one after the other, you enter your car and the moment you ignite the engine and close the door, it locks by itself, you bring your phone close to your face and it unlocks, you call it facial recognition, but the real word is artificial intelligence.

The robots and drones that are used in the advanced countries today are products of artificial intelligence. So even if you won’t make use of the robots yet, the knowledge about artificial intelligence will not remove anything from you, it will only add to you.

Another interesting fact is that it is easier to develop interest in Artificial Intelligence, because it requires less of activities compared to the manual way of doing things.  

  1. Machine Learning

Machine learning is an application that provides systems ability to learn from previous experiences and use it to improve itself without been manually upgraded. This helps a system to perform more effectively. 

  1. The Microsoft Power Platform

Microsoft PowerApps is a platform that allows users to create and deploy tailored applications that can be used on desktop and mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows). Both developers and non-developers can create apps within PowerApps as it works in a no-code environment. This means you need no coding knowledge to do all these things.

https://makintouch.com/m-20694-virtualizing-enterprise-desktops-and-apps/ 

There are lots of innovations out there that you need to accustom yourself with, but let’s start with this.

For more information visit www.makintouch.com

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Mondays Should be part of the Weekend.

If you agree to this, drop your agreement statement in the comment section.

You know how dragging yourself out of bed can be on a Monday, especially when you’ve had a hectic weekend.
Imagine if we all don’t have to bother about resuming to work or class on Monday, imagine if we all don’t have to bother about the Lagos traffic on a Monday.

Now stop imagining, because this has actually become a reality for many people today. According to Stanford News, about 43% of the US labor force is now working from home, this simply explains the fact that it is now a possibility for everyone.

However, this possibility comes with lots of personal development and intentionality. If you would be working from home, it automatically means that you are no longer within the reach of certain assistants and troubleshooting you get at the office, this implies that you’ve got to know a lot of “how to” yourself so as to keep up the quality delivery you have always had while you were at work.

One of the resources that can make your work from home seamless and effective is the Microsoft power platform. Familiarizing yourself with the platform will enhance your production and delivery.
Remember, it is one thing to work from home, it is another thing to give quality delivery while you work from home.

Now before I go, I’d like to tell you that upskilling yourself when it comes to knowledge and professional certifications isn’t left out, as you can now attend our training online via our virtualy classes, and sit for your professional exam in the comfort of your home. Interesting right? Of course, it is.

Now, if you are still in bed, its time to get up and get something done.

We will share how you can have an effective work from home in our subsequent post and you can also check out our services at https://makintouch.com/

Have a great day out there.

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WHY A CAREER IN CYBER-SECURITY IS GOOD FOR YOU NOW.

To start with, I probably need to welcome you all to our new world reality. The dominance of remote jobs and work from the home gospel is now the new normal. Organizations and businesses are left with no other means of continuity and productivity than to have their staffs work from the comfort of their homes.

The global rise in cyberattacks amid this chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, however,  is making companies, governments, businesses, and individuals susceptible to loss of private and sensitive data.

As the world’s vulnerability is increasing, the thirst and demand for cybersecurity experts are increasing, and this poses a simultaneous increase in the demand for cybersecurity as a career. As most staff of organization are working from home, the need for cybersecurity professionals is on the high side.

A career in cybersecurity will not only have candidates balance the skill gap in the industry but will also help organizations defend themselves against cyber-attacks.

Now you see the opportunity presenting itself before you. But it isn’t about pursuing a career in cybersecurity alone, the professional certifications are important to promote your relevance. It will help you focus on the development of all necessary skills that an employer needs an employee to possess.

It will interest you to know that analytic and managerial jobs that come with higher than average salary benefits require candidates to have specialized knowledge to fulfill the job role.

A welcome push for candidates is to know that cybersecurity jobs offer great pay and perks if a candidate possesses the right characteristics that are required by the job.

Guess what, you can start a career today by joining any of the courses here https://makintouch.com/ec-council/. Makintouch Consulting is also providing free consulting services for Cyber Security Interested Individuals from August Till November 2020.

Hurry and make use of this opportunity.

Check out some of the demand for cybersecurity professionals In Nigeria, and the pay…  http://bit.ly/CYBERSECURITYJOBS

POWER PLATFORM, THE KING OF THE REMOTE WORK ERA

           

A king is in no other way defined, than as a being of significant importance in society, environment, or kingdom. Just as every citizen of a kingdom bows at the mention of the king of their land, MICROSOFT POWER PLATFORM has created a unique niche for itself, as far as this remote work era is concerned. 

Welcome to the palace of the king. In Africa, if you arrive at a king’s palace, the first thing you do, at the sight of the king himself, is to prostrate to show that you reference the presence of the king and the kingdom. But today, you need not prostrate, because with open arms, the king of the remote work kingdom, POWER PLATFORM, welcomes you with open arms. 

Power Platform consists of the Power Apps low-code development environment, the Power Automate process automation component, Power BI analytics, and Power Virtual Agents for building AI-powered bots. Power Apps and Power Automate enable faster and easier app development and deployment, higher productivity, reduced time to implement, and an accessible user interface for customers.

The last four month has witnessed a significant increase in remote job delivery, in fact, a particular magazine in the united state defined it as a sky-rocketed increase. The pandemic has successfully changed our way of life, our workflow processes, infrastructure, and even on-site delivery of many services. But while many businesses have suffered a great loss, Power platform as the king that it is, has helped generate an increase in profit for thousands of organizations and even individual businesses. 

A seamless workflow is by far one of the determinants of productivity of any business or organization. When your customers’ needs and satisfaction are met through product delivery or service delivery easily, you have fewer things to worry about. 

Microsoft power platform has not only made this a reality but has also made this seamless delivery available to whosoever will, with its user-friendly environment, easy to built applications, the ease with which developers of all skill levels can quickly build and iterate on these apps and automate processes is impressive. Analytics has also been made easier and deployment is very affordable. 

Everything an organization or individual needs to meet a satisfactory delivery to their clients remotely is embedded in the Microsoft power platform. The global increase in remote and mobile workers is a function of the fact that Applications developed with Power Apps can be embedded as a tab in Microsoft Teams channels or conversations for building new mobile-enabled and accessible business applications that can integrate with the Azure Data Platform, AI tools, and other Azure services. Hence communication and operations have been synchronized and can happen simultaneously on the Microsoft Teams App.

Now tell me why I won’t call it the king of the remote work era. 

Hundreds of organizations are now making power platform skills a criterion for many of their recruitment processes. This automatically tells you that the Power platform is gradually becoming a necessity for everyone, as it is now creating new job roles from scratch, and these roles fit directly into both the need of the organization and the customers. 

There are several opportunities awaiting any individual who wishes to acquire the basic skills to any of these Power Apps. to avail yourself of these opportunities,

visit https://makintouch.com/category/courses-2/microsoft-power-app/

4 ways AI helps business protect the environment

The environment is a hot topic, literally. As global temperatures have warmed since 1850, the discussion on what to do about it has heated up as well. Humanity is having an undeniable impact on the natural world. Our growing demand for resources is leading to land-use changes, loss of biodiversity and pollution. Climate change continues to disrupt weather patterns, temperatures and water availability, leading to impacts on human and natural ecosystems — even the forests are on the move.

The good news is that there is more information than ever before about the environment. Growing global attention is leading to increasing regulations, deeper research and deployment of advanced sensing and mapping technologies. However, connecting the dots for better insights and solutions is difficult because the relevant information is often siloed, and decision makers are reluctant to act without a high degree of certainty.

Today’s complex supply chains make this an even tougher puzzle to unravel. Cognitive technology, enabled by artificial intelligence, or AI, is uniquely adapted to helping with these challenges, from finding patterns and interconnections within macro datasets to providing local, personalized diagnosis and predictions that learn and improve over time. (More about IBM’s research on this topic here.)Cognitive technology, enabled by artificial intelligence, or AI, is uniquely adapted to helping with sustainability challenges.With its ability to understand, reason and learn, cognitive technology is proving a great ally in protecting our planet in four key ways:

1. Better conservation of natural resources. By combining satellite imagery, sensors and machine learning, companies and governments are reducing water usage in their operations as well as pinpointing the variables that lead to better soil health. One winery created a cognitive irrigation system that can deliver water in a way that’s situational, hyper-local, automated and self-tuning, helping it cut water use by 25 percent over three years.

2. Earlier pollution detection. Advanced machine learning and self-organizing mesh networks are helping organizations pinpoint the sources of pollution faster and more accurately, whether air pollution or methane leaks. This enables more targeted mitigation actions that are better for business and the environment, such as improved natural gas operations with reduced emissions.

3. Accelerating sustainable options.Cognitive technology is accelerating more sustainable energy and product choices for consumers. One of the biggest barriers to widespread use of renewable energy has been forecast accuracy. Not only is it tough to predict how much renewable energy will be available at a given time on a given day but solar and wind farms are adding to the supply (while decreasing their own demand), making forecasting more difficult. By combining advanced weather forecasting models with cognitive self-learning capabilities, a Vermont-based power company is developing a more precise, automated renewable energy forecast for solar and wind power.Cognitive technology can also assist with environmental regulation compliance — an important first step toward greater transparency and greener product choices for consumers.Cognitive technology also can assist with environmental regulation compliance — an important first step toward greater transparency and greener product choices for consumers. Cognitive platforms equipped with natural language capabilities can read large blocks of regulatory text and extract essential obligations, such as a local requirement for a specific label on a product.

4. Learning from nature’s ecosystems.Policy makers and companies that manage natural resources face an increasingly tough challenge to develop those resources sustainably as they change over time. It’s not always clear how a single stressor, such as salt runoff from roads, affects a natural ecosystem, let alone multiple stressors. Environmental assessments are often manually collected over time, making it more difficult to pinpoint and monitor cause and effect.

One research project in upstate New York is working to advance knowledge in this area. Scientists are analyzing data from environmental sensors around Lake George to build and refine computer models of the lake’s ecosystem. As more data is collected, machine learning will provide a better understanding of what the norms and anomalies are, enabling decision makers to run what-if scenarios and tradeoff analyses for better insights. This can lead to important applications for real-time environmental monitoring and more targeted remediation — a critical need for the $7 trillion natural resource industry.

While dire predictions remain about the future of our natural world, indicators are strong that the green economy is here to stay. With the help of cognitive technology, business leaders are more empowered than ever before to build a brighter — and greener — future for their business and the world. By detecting and acting on environmental harm faster and providing more sustainable choices for consumers, they will grow their competitive advantage. It’s a win-win proposition.

Written by

Julie Yamamoto

Content Marketing and SustainabilityIBM@jyam6