SDS|2018 - glimpses and highlights. What a great day!

12. June 2018
On 7th of June, we organised the 5th Swiss Conference on Data Science (SDS) at Kursaal in Bern. What had started as a half day workshop in 2014 with less than a hundred participants and born out of the Datalab in InIT ZHAW, is now a day conference gathering around 400 people. The conference has been a flagship event of the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services (Data+Service Alliance), a Switzerland wide network of Data and Service scientists and professionals, for the past 2 years with a st...

Third Service Lunch by the Expert Group "Smart Services" on April 10, 2018

29. May 2018
The successful format of service lunches organized by the expert group "Smart services" was continued by the presentation about the topic "Servicetransformation realisieren mit Hilfe einer praxisorientierten Toolbox" (presentation in German). Adrienne Schäfer and Falko Eichen provided interesting insights in the relevance of service transformation in various industries. Many companies are trying to shift their business models towards servitization. However, this transformation is difficult if th...

Machine Learning Clinic goes Suisse Romande

15. May 2018
The 7th Machine Learning Clinic Expert Group meeting was held at the new ELCA Innovation Lab on the EPFL campus on May 3, 2018. We were hosted by Silvia Quarteroni, Senior Manager at ELCA in Lausanne (thanks a lot!). In her talk, Silvia discussed the main “hard nuts to crack” in applied machine learning in the context of ELCA’s customer projects and R&D: “Since we have a strong focus on natural language processing, many of our issues and opportunities concern subjec...

Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services participates at Forward2018

02. May 2018
On April 19, 2018, the Innovation Forum FORWARD was held at EPFL. About 900 participants from SMBs, large companies, academia and government organizations attended a rich set of keynote presentations, which focused on the on-going digital transformation of SMBs. Several success stories were shared, such as LauraStar, Ecole Moser, Sensile Technologie, JMNC Lutherie and SenseFly. EPFL presented its digital strategy and the new EPFL Extension School. Andre Kudelski and Nicola Thibaudeau presented t...

Event “Wertschöpfung durch Data Analytics: Erfahrungen aus der Praxis”

30. April 2018
On April 12th a joint event with the Data+Service Alliance was conducted in PwC’s Experience Center in Zurich. The Experience Center is a location which has been designed to foster creative thinking and to get a first-hand impression of digital innovations. More than 30 participants from Swiss corporations attended the event to learn how their organisations can generate value from data analytics.

Digitization & Innovation through cooperation. Glimpses from the Digitization & Innovation Workshop at “Konferenz Digitale Schweiz”

16. January 2018
Recently, the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services co-organised the “Digitization and Innovation” workshop at the national “Konferenz Digitale Schweiz”. At the heart if the conference, overall seven workshops took place to revise Switzerland’s future digital strategy by including the ideas of more than 500 invited stakeholders. It has been an immense honour for us to be asked together with CTI to contribute to what happened to be the best attended workshop of the conference (nearly 180 par...

Activity Data-based process optimization – A workshop at TRUMPF AG in Grüsch

28. August 2017
The Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services provides a significant contribution to make Switzerland an internationally recognized hub for data-driven value creation. To transfer this mission into industrial practice and measurable use LeanBi is, besides other enterprises, an early and active member of this coalition: LeanBI offers data analysis and data modelling workshops to support members in their concrete and daily data based operations and issues.  

Industry 4.0 Conference : Opportunities for Swiss SMEs

09. June 2017
Data+Service alliance is happy to be part of the “Industry 4.0 Conference”, organised by the Institute for Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP), ZHAW and Industrie2025. The conference will take place on the 6th of Sept. 2017 at the ZHAW campus at Winterthur. One of the focus areas of the Data+Service alliance is Industry 4.0 and it strives to bring the Swiss hardware industries on the same platform with the data and services industries so as to realise the vast innovation possibilities brough...

Data+Service Alliance - news highlights

10. May 2017
The Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services just completed its 1st quarter of operations. During this period, we are happy to say we accomplished a number of tasks, some with expected results, and in some with extraordinary results. This post will highlight some of those achievements and activities that our members would find interesting to note.

Expert Group "Data Ethics" : kick-off meeting on 4th April 2017

30. March 2017
The recently formed expert group “Data Ethics” is going to have its kick-off meeting on the 4th of April 2017 at Katholische Hochschulgemeinde aki, at Zürich. Issues such as data protection, workplace surveillance, or the potential consequences of future technologies require constant ethical reflection and stakeholder dialogue. This expert group will offer a forum to discuss ethical issues that matter to its members in their respective contexts, enabling them to develop concrete solutions for e...

Machine Learning Clinic Expert Group meeting on 6th April 2017, Zurich

28. March 2017
Data+Service is proud of its concept to reliably come up with innovations. We call it the “innovation funnel”: It is based on the belief that innovation happens when the right people with the right needs and ideas (and, yes, chemistry) meet and discuss; so we built a funnel of successively more concrete opportunities to meet, from broad and large conferences to smaller and more focused workshops – and finally expert groups. We assume that bringing together experts to discuss lessons learned as w...

Expert group “Data Integration, Governance and Sharing” - results of the first meeting

27. March 2017
The expert group “Data Integration, Governance and Sharing” kicked off on the 22nd of March 2017 at ZHAW campus in Zurich. The expert group focusses on finding and sharing solutions around trusted Data, tackling typical issues of data integration, data governance and data sharing. About 13 people participated in the meeting with an academic participation of about 25%, the rest were experts from Data+Service member-industries.

Laying the founding stones of the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services – role of ZHAW Datalab

21. March 2017
The Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services, (Data+Service in short), was recently mentioned in the “The Greater Zurich Area” blog-site highlighting its role in being the precursor of data-science network of innovators in Switzerland. Data+Service has its roots in the ZHAW Datalab which specialises in joining threads of the various topics of data-science, analysing and bringing them together to design innovative services for industries as well as for humans....

Expert Group "Data Integration, Governance & Sharing" kick-off meeting on 22.03.2017

20. March 2017
The newly formed expert group “Data Integration, Governance and Sharing” is going to have its kick-off meet on the 22nd of March 2017 at ZHAW Lagerstrasse campus inZürich. The expert group focusses on finding and sharing solutions around Trusted Data, tackling typical issues such as the following: Data integration: Lack of a joint data model that data experts understand..

Expert Group "Software & Tools" meeting on 31st March 2017

16. March 2017
The Expert Group of the Data+Service alliance, “Software & Tools”, is meeting on the 31st of March 2017 at ZHAW Lagerstrasse Zurich. The first meeting of the expert group was on January 20th 2017, where the group officially kicked-off and the activities were planned. Data Science has recently gained significant attention both in academia and industry. 

Workshop of the Expert Group "Services for Individuals“

04. November 2016
On Oct. 24, the expert group „Services for Individuals“ held a successful workshop at the iHomeLab in Lucerne. We were guided by our question „how to provide service value to individual users by systematically leveraging the benefits of data“. The workshop was started with five short expert inputs to the topics: - Systematic methodology for data product design

The New Patterns of Innovation

19. April 2016
Read this interesting article from the Harvard Business Review:  The search for new business ideas and new business models is hit-or-miss in most corporations, despite the extraordinary pressure on executives to grow their businesses. Management scholars have considered various reasons for this failure. One well-documented explanation: Managers who are skilled at executing clearly defined strategies are ill equipped for out-of-the-box thinking.