Swarm Intelligence promises to make our life and business easier

Do Van Rijn

Bid Executive at Atos

Purshottam Purswani

Chief Architect, Distinguished Expert and member of the Scientific Community

Eric Monchalin

Vice-President, Head of Machine Intelligence at Atos and member of the Scientific Community

Posted on: 29 January 2020

In our previous blog article in our series on Swarm Intelligence, we demonstrated how the swarm model can boost innovation and enable change management. Let’s now continue our tour of the Swarm Intelligence schools and explore how swarm algorithms can empower you to take the right decisions faster than competition.

Get inspired by the Gen Z entrepreneurial spirit

Gen Z are evolving rapidly in complex environments and where the globally optimum possibilities and values may change with time. They expect systems helping them take a decision on the fly to quickly find the most adequate solution.

Today, businesses challenged by digitalization and disruptive technologies must continuously make the right decisions on-time to thrive in those complex environments. They need data-driven systems to help them derive insights and identify directions in a highly non-linear, correlated parameters environment. With traditional mathematical modeling, finding an accurate estimate is very time and compute consuming and often not acceptable.

Get the right decision on time

Swarm Intelligence algorithms, like the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm, can make various solution’s seekers collaborate in synchrony, forging a unified dynamic system. The decision-making process is then facilitated by a decision-space so that everyone can converge toward the preferred solutions.

Solution seekers in a swarm applying PSO algorithm, individually try to find more attractive solutions in their decision-space. As a group, they also exchange information on the attractiveness of neighbor seekers’ positions. The combination of both individual’s and group’s behaviors enable the solutions seekers to converge or “swarm” around the most attractive approach.  We can compare this behavior with for instance the way ants are searching for food.

These algorithms allow users to perceive and react to the changing system in real-time, integrate noisy evidence, weigh competing alternatives and converge to a reasonable optimum faster than any other approach and at a competitive computing cost. The solution may not be the most optimized one, but it prevents businesses from lagging behind competition.

Make your life and business easier

In conclusion, adopting this Swarm Intelligence algorithmic capability can really help businesses stay ahead of the competition and attract and retain Gen Z profiles. This could even become a matter of survival for an organization, enabling it to continuously adapt its direction to today’s highly volatile and uncertain environment.

In our next blog, we’ll explain how Swarm Intelligence can be a driving force in our ultra-connected world.

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About Do van Rijn

Bid Executive at Atos
As a Bid Executive at the Strategic Sales Engagements team of Atos in BTN, Do van Rijn is responsible for managing bid teams with the aim to acquire new profitable business. Together with the bid team, the challenge is how to differentiate Atos positively from the rest of the pack. This requires, apart from understanding the drivers and issues of the client deeply, thinking out of the box and seeing how new paradigms, like Swarm Intelligence, can be utilized for this purpose. In other words, it is about looking for opportunities which are truly transformational to the client.

About Purshottam Purswani

Chief Architect, Distinguished Expert and member of the Scientific Community
Purshottam is a chief architect with more than 20 years cross-industry IT experience in the Telecom, Manufacturing and financial sectors. In his 20 year experience, he has fulfilled a variety of roles including Enterprise architecture, IT management, and program management. Purshottam is now responsible for the strategy and driving innovation for customers. In his role, he displays thought leadership with regard to using business technology to address the current and future challenges faced by organizations. A member of the Atos Scientific Community and part of Atos Distinguished expert, Purshottam is very passionate and works on digital technologies around IoT, Cloud, Machine Learning, Blockchain and AI. He is married with 1 child, based out of Mumbai, India.

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About Eric Monchalin

Vice-President, Head of Machine Intelligence at Atos and member of the Scientific Community
Eric Monchalin is Vice-President, Head of Machine Intelligence at Atos. He’s responsible for solidifying new technological and business directions for the Big Data and Security Global Business Line. Eric’s career has been mainly built on numerous R&D positions in several companies, with experience in leading 100+ people organizations and managing multi tens millions Euros projects in international environments. He is a technology-minded person who values wide range of skills and technological knowledge focused on customer wishes to turn them into reality.