Inspector Dogberry: #AmazonWishList, Virgin Atlantic and IBM’s Watson

Business Technology’s resident canine columnist fetches the best news from the world of the cloud. Follow The Inspector on Twitter at @DogberryTweets.

Inspector-Dogberry-31Christmas is around the corner and Inspector Dogberry is putting a wish list together so his colleagues know what to buy him for this year’s Secret Santa.

Being an enthusiastic tweeter, the Inspector was delighted to discover that cloud giant Amazon is introducing a hashtag which allows customers to add items to their Amazon Wish List directly from Twitter.

Customers who discover a Tweet from their favourite artist, expert, brand or friend with an product link, can simply add “#AmazonWishList” to the reply on Twitter and the product is added to their Amazon Wish List.

Pictures of things you would like people to buy for you can also be saved to the Amazon Wish List or notes to give people inspiration.

And for those not wanting to have a potential surprise gift spoiled, there is a feature that does not reveal to the Wish List creator which items have been purchased. Although be warned – once an item is purchased from an Amazon Wish List, other shoppers will see only what remains on the Wish List – avoiding duplicate gifts.

Last year 50 items – which included seven books and five toys – were added to the Amazon Wish Lists every second.

The next time you’re  flying through the clouds on Virgin Atlantic you will be able to enjoy high-speed internet connectivity via a new partnership deal with aero-communications provider Gogo. Reuben Arnold, brand and customer engagement director at Virgin Atlantic says: “We’re always looking at ways to enhance the on-board experience for our customers.”

Gogo’s 2Ku technology will be able to deliver peak speeds of more than 70mbps, although it will only be available to use from mid-2015.

The vast majority of European IT departments still require a great deal of transformation and need to invest further in people, processes, and technology to mature their cloud architecture.

A survey by International Data Corporation showed 56 per cent of European IT departments cannot find qualified staff to effectively support cloud projects.

There were 61 per cent of respondents who said they were struggling to upskill their employees to effectively evaluate, negotiate contracts with and manage relationships with cloud service providers.

The research surveyed employees from the UK, France and Germany.

IBM’s Watson – the victorious computer in US game show Jeopardy – has turned its hand to cooking.

By using IBM’s cloud-based cognitive cooking system, Watson can understand why thousands of different recipes are appealing, what tastes people prefer and how the chemistry of different ingredients interact.

It is part of IBM’s latest efforts to expand the scope of cognitive computing systems by exploring if a machine can be creative. IBM has even taking Watson’s recipes on the road and has been giving crowds in Zurich a culinary delight with recipes for Belgian Bacon Pudding and Austrian Chocolate Burrito…