UK GOV partners with IBM to boost Big Data research

12 June 2015

The UK Government has signed a £313 million partnership with IBM to boost Big Data research in the UK through the expansion of the Hartree Centre at Daresbury over the next five years. To do so, the UK Government will invest £113 million in the project, with IBM investing an additional £200 million in the form of technology and onsite expertise.

Hartree Centre
The Hartree Centre, which is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Darebury Laboratory, drives growth and innovation between science and industry using intense computing. The centre uses high performance computing, Big Data analytics, simulation and modelling in its collaboration with industrial clients and research partners to help them produce better outcomes, products and services. Reinforced with funding from the UK Government, the centre enables academics and industry within the UK and on an international scale to solve research challenges, establish competitive advantage and stimulate economic growth.

Hartree Centre

Last autumn, the UK Government announced to invest £113 million into the expansion of the Hartree Centre. Earlier this month, the Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson unveiled the partnership with IBM to boost the investment with an additional £200 million provided by the IT firm in the form of technology and onsite expertise.

IBM will contribute by giving the centre access to the latest data-centric and cognitive computing technologies, including its ‘Watson’ cognitive computing platform and OpenPOWER technologies. In addition, 24 IBM researchers will be based at the Hartree Centre, working with the centre’s researchers on collaborative projects to “develop advanced software solutions to address real world challenges in academia, industry and government.”

UK GOV partners with IBM to boost Big Data research

Commenting on the partnership, Johnson says: “This partnership with IBM, which builds on our £113 million investment to expand the Hartree Centre, will help businesses make the best use of Big Data to develop better products and services that will boost productivity, drive growth and create jobs.”

David Stokes, Chief Executive for IBM in the UK and Ireland, adds: “The expansion of our collaboration with STFC builds upon Hartree’s successful engagement with industry and its record in commercialising technological developments, and provides a world-class environment using Watson and OpenPOWER technologies to extend the boundaries of Big Data and cognitive computing.”



Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”