Grant Thornton collaborates with Microsoft and Hitachi Solutions

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CHICAGO -- Grant Thornton LLP is collaborating with Microsoft and Hitachi Solutions to turn information into foresight. The collaboration uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to help Grant Thornton identify its clients' nascent business needs. Grant Thornton can then design solutions to address its clients' challenges before they balloon. As one of the nation's largest accounting, tax and consulting firms, Grant Thornton works with clients to overcome all manner of hurdles, from financial and operational to technological and risk-related. "We focus on staying ahead of our clients' needs," explains Nichole Jordan, Grant Thornton's national managing partner of Markets, Clients and Industry.


Is it time to rethink "digital"?

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"We dropped it because if you're not digital, then who the hell are you in the marketing world?" says Lebowitz, Big Spaceship's founder and CEO. "You don't say that you're a hammer- and saw-driven construction company, right?" It used to be that "digital" was shorthand for the future. It meant cutting edge, speed, high tech. Today, however, digital applies to just about everything: the music we listen to, the shows we watch, the purchases we make, the social media we share, the apps we can't live without, the programs we rely on for work.


Applied artificial intelligence leader Dr. JT Kostman joins Grant Thornton

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ISELIN, N.J. -- JT Kostman, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in cognitive computing, applied artificial intelligence, and data strategy, has joined Grant Thornton LLP as managing director of applied artificial intelligence. In this new role, Kostman will lead the development and delivery of artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and advanced analytic solutions and services for the firm and Grant Thornton clients. He will be based in the firm's Iselin, N.J., office and will report into National Managing Principal of Innovation Kevin Baril. Kostman is a data scientist, mathematician and psychologist renowned for his expertise in applied artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. He boasts an impressive pedigree – having served as chief data officer and a member of the executive committee for Time Inc., chief data scientist for Samsung, and chief data scientist and big data psychologist for Aptus Insights.


USC lands high-profile talent in Duke's Derryck Thornton Jr.

Los Angeles Times

After a mass exodus in the off-season, the USC basketball team has finally lured a high-profile talent into the program. Duke point guard Derryck Thornton Jr., a former five-star recruit, has committed to USC, becoming one of the highest-profile Trojan commits in years. Thornton will sit out next season as a redshirt and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at USC. More than 600 Division I players announced they would transfer this off-season. Thornton was among the most coveted.


Loften Thornton Video Controversy: Navy Chaplain Caught Having Sex In Public, Fired

International Business Times

Loften Thornton was fired last month from his post at a Marine Corps command after he was caught on video having sex with a woman in public in New Orleans. The Navy chaplain lost his job on March 20 and an investigation is currently underway into the incident. The video was filmed at a British-style pub, a five-minute drive from the Marine Reserve facility where Thornton was stationed, situated across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. The owner of the pub, Neil Timms, said the incident took place in front of the pub by the road. Two defense officials told local media that authorities examined the video showing Thornton having sex with an unidentified woman at the Crown & Anchor Pub.