Kerrie Holley is one of 69 active IBM Fellows (there have been 231 since the program started in 1962) and was one of the speakers as the company celebrated its 100th birthday with an event in The City. He helps spread the word and develop internally and externally technical advances.
How do you like your role with IBM? I love the role. It is a chance to engage with IBMers across the world and mentor great young and senior professionals. I get to see a lot of what’s coming up in the world.
Where do you see IBM going in the next 100 years? I see us continuing the path we’re down. What’s not well-known is our technology is truly the DNA of the tech world. Every Silicon Valley company — whether it is a search engine or part of social media — all those industries use our technology.
What is the future of the Watson computer from “Jeopardy”? We do see the health care field as being the one with the most opportunity due to the inefficiencies, patient cost and the impact on society. I see it as a merger of what we demonstrated and health care. I see a future that is extremely enormous, with doctor assistants spreading knowledge and insight to countries that wouldn’t have known the latest data and how to glean that with their patients.