2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 2

December 31, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I focused on the first five of ten predictions made by International Data … Continued

2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 1

December 30, 2014

James Dyson, the British inventor, designer, engineer, and entrepreneur most famous for his vacuums, once said, “Manufacturing is more than … Continued

Narrow Artificial Intelligence and Your Business’ Future

December 29, 2014

While some pundits endlessly debate whether artificial general intelligence (AGI) leading to a sentient machine will ever be achieved, companies … Continued

Demystifying the Mysteries of Innovation

December 26, 2014

Innovation is one of those terms that you hear frequently but realize doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. “When … Continued

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Christmas 2014

December 25, 2014

Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE, a British journalist, writer, and columnist, once wrote, “From a commercial point of view, if Christmas … Continued

Quantum Computers Will Transform the World — We Hope

December 24, 2014

Eric Ladizinsky, co-founder of D-Wave, the Canadian firm claiming to have produced the world’s first commercial quantum computer, asserts that … Continued

Enhanced Shopping Experiences and the Digital Path to Purchase

December 23, 2014

“Retailers, reliant on a traditional bricks-and-mortar heritage,” writes Trisha Nichols, Managing Partner at MediaCom US, “face a complex task of … Continued

The Future of Food: Will Bugs be Labeled Organic?

December 22, 2014

This time of year people think a lot about treats — candy canes hung on Christmas trees, visions of sugarplums, … Continued

Attracting Girls to STEM Careers

December 19, 2014

Earlier this year Maura Falk (@MfgMaura), Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, wrote, “My attention has been drawn to the issue … Continued

2015 Predictions: Emerging Markets

December 18, 2014

Sustained global economic growth primarily depends on continued growth in emerging markets. New middle class consumers in those markets will … Continued

2015 Predictions: The Internet of Things

December 17, 2014

If I were going to name the coming year based on what people are predicting, I would probably call 2015 … Continued

2015 Predictions: Digital Marketing

December 16, 2014

One area in which you can find a wide variety of predictions is digital marketing. The reason for all this … Continued

2015 Predictions: Transportation and Logistics

December 15, 2014

The world is on the move. Gone are the days when a majority of humankind could walk to their jobs … Continued

Santa Claus: The Best Salesman in History

December 12, 2014

Santa Claus has become a worldwide sales phenomenon who hypes everything from cars to candies. His rise to “Best Salesman … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 2

December 11, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part article focusing on 2015 supply chain predictions, I discussed two articles written by Robert … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 1

December 10, 2014

In this article, which continues a series of articles about predictions about the upcoming year, I want to discuss the … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Food and Flavors

December 9, 2014

Although the end-of-the-year prediction season generally involves prognostications about things like emerging technologies, the economy, political events, and the like, … Continued

IDC Inaugurates the 2015 Prediction Season

December 8, 2014

Every year daring prognosticators polish their crystal balls and offer up their predictions about the coming year. Over the coming … Continued

Food Security and STEM Education

December 5, 2014

The World Food Prize believes “The Greatest Challenge in Human History” is answering the question: “Can We Sustainably Feed the … Continued

Machine Learning: What’s It Good For?

December 4, 2014

There is a lot of concern being expressed in the press nowadays about the rise of artificial intelligence and how … Continued

Targeted Marketing Requires Cultural Awareness

December 3, 2014

Companies don’t require a marketing genius to know that product preferences (in food, clothing, cars, etc.) differ among ethnic and … Continued

Visibility is Essential for Managing Supply Chain Risk

December 2, 2014

Yves Belanger, a director, and Yves Leclerc, a managing director, at West Monroe Partners, ask, “What does risk mean for … Continued

Top Mobile Apps 2014

Mobile is beginning to Dominate the Digital Path to Purchase

December 1, 2014

A year ago Paul Marobella (@marobella), President of Havas Worldwide Chicago Group, wrote, “Six years after Apple’s first-generation iPhone kicked … Continued

Black Friday: Let the Shopping Begin

November 28, 2014

If you live in the United States, you know that today is Black Friday. Black Friday always falls the day … Continued

Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014

The Pilgrims, Native Americans (specifically the Wampanoag tribe), and the Thanksgiving celebration are inextricably linked. Each Thanksgiving Americans recall the … Continued

Smart Cities should be Judged by How They Treat the Poor

November 26, 2014

Kamu Iyer, a veteran Mumbai architect, devotes a chapter in his book “Bombay from Precincts to Sprawl,” to discussing what … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort

November 25, 2014

The APICS Supply Chain Council recently released the results of a survey that highlight the ubiquity of chronic supply chain … Continued

Avoiding a 2014 Holiday Supply Chain Meltdown Requires Managing Customer Expectations

November 24, 2014

Some of us have blessedly short memories when it comes to recalling unpleasant events in our lives. Golfers are even … Continued

A Whole New Engineer

Book Review: A Whole New Engineer

November 21, 2014

It doesn’t take long to discover that A Whole New Engineer, written by David E. Goldberg (@deg511) and Mark Somerville … Continued

Transforming Your Supply Chain Using Big Data Analytics

November 20, 2014

“It’s no secret that, in today’s global business environment,” writes Joseph Roussel, a France-based PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, “superior supply chain performance … Continued

Big Data is Disrupting and Improving Almost Every Industrial Sector

November 19, 2014

“No one cares about technology for technology’s sake,” writes Howard Baldwin, Forbes‘ community editor for Data Driven Business. “Well, probably … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Might Not Take Over the World but It Could Take Over Your Job: Part 2

November 18, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I wrote about the ominous and depressing future predicted to unfold by some … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Might Not Take Over the World but It Could Take Over Your Job: Part 1

November 17, 2014

Alex Hern (@alexhern) succinctly notes the current state of the debate about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and their potential … Continued

Smart Cities won’t Get Smart in the Absence of Trust and Sharing

November 14, 2014

“One of the chief prerequisites for the successful execution of a smart city project is neither technology nor effective management,” … Continued

A Glossary of Quantum Computing Terms

November 13, 2014

Every week scientists around the globe seem to announce another breakthrough that could help lead to the construction of a … Continued

Doing Big Business in Emerging Markets often Means Thinking Small

November 12, 2014

“Farsighted companies have started to recognize that their next wave of growth [in emerging market countries] will come by fundamentally … Continued

Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that … Continued

Targeted Marketing Requires Personalizing Your Content

November 10, 2014

“Amid the buzz about data marketing,” writes Matthew Parsons (@matt_parsons), “it’s all too easy to forget that customers are real … Continued

Innovation Requires the Right Team Asking the Right Questions

November 7, 2014

“What if?” asks Mike Myatt (@mikemyatt), a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and Boards. “What if you could reinvent … Continued

Food Security: Don’t Let Fears of Frankenfoods Put the World’s Poor at Risk

November 6, 2014

This week voters in Oregon and Colorado defeated measures that would have required food products that contain genetically modified organisms … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Mastery of Omnichannel Capabilities

November 5, 2014

“Very few companies – a mere five percent – believe they are ‘advanced’ when it comes to omnichannel capabilities,” a … Continued

Machine Learning: A Short Primer

November 4, 2014

“[Machine learning is] an extremely happening area,” Debi Mishra (@debipmishra), principal engineering manager at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development … Continued

Target Marketing to Millennials Requires Refined Segmentation

November 3, 2014

“As marketers,” writes Paige O’Neill (@paige_oneill), Chief Marketing Officer at SDL, “we know that consumers of all ages — especially … Continued

Using Technology in STEM Education

October 31, 2014

David Havens (@eduhavens), an analyst at the NewSchools Venture Fund, reports, “Catalyzed by technology, education is undergoing major change.” [“Re-imaginED: … Continued

Helping Connect People at the Bottom of the Pyramid

October 30, 2014

“No industry or household in the world will reach their future potential without access to broadband,” write Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer) … Continued

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Improving Supply Chain Resilience through Effective Risk Management

October 29, 2014

“Supply chain disruption is one of the leading causes of business volatility,” assert analysts from FM Global. That’s why the … Continued

The Dawn of Cognitive Computing

October 28, 2014

By now, most people have heard of IBM’s Watson computing system that famously defeated two past champions on the television … Continued

Data Lakes and Other Big Data Analytics Trends You Need to Know About

October 27, 2014

You’ve undoubtedly heard of cloud computing; but, do you know anything about data lakes? Robert L. Mitchell (@rmitch) warns, “Big … Continued

From Seeds to Sows, Scientists are Adapting Food Supply to Climate Change: Part 2

October 24, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series on how scientists are working to ensure future food security, I set the … Continued

From Seeds to Sows, Scientists are Adapting Food Supply to Climate Change: Part 1

October 23, 2014

“When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary … Continued

How the Internet of Things Will Change the Supply Chain

October 22, 2014

“A huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a significant impact … Continued

Digital Business and the Supply Chain of the Future

October 21, 2014

“Evolutionary theory teaches us it is neither the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survives,” writes Peter … Continued

On the Digital Path to Purchase, CPG are Firms Moving Slowly

October 20, 2014

“The consumer path to purchase has become complicated in the digital age.” asserts Kinga Hulewicz (@KingaHulewicz). “Consumers have become savvier, … Continued

When it comes to Innovation are Our Best Days Behind or in Front of Us?

October 17, 2014

“Robert Gordon, a curmudgeonly 73-year-old economist, believes our best days are over,” reports Timothy Aeppel (@TimAeppel). “After a century of … Continued

Context versus Content Marketing

October 16, 2014

“Face it,” writes Carlton A. Doty (@carldoty), “Your brand is defined by the interactions that people have with it. While … Continued

Conditions are Ideal for Smart Cities to Flourish

October 15, 2014

“The interconnection of things and services is making big strides across the globe,” writes Didier Manning, Global Program Manager – … Continued

Closing In on Quantum Computing

October 14, 2014

“For more than two decades,” writes Valerie C. Coffey (@StellarEdit), “one of the holy grails of physics has been to … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Artificial Intelligence

October 13, 2014

“The age of intelligent machines has arrived,” writes Christopher Mims (@mims), “only they don’t look at all like we expected.” … Continued

Bolstering Globalization

October 10, 2014

Shawn Donnan (@sdonnan) begins his book review of The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to do … Continued

Grocery Shopping: The Digital Path to Purchase is Here and It’s Mobile

October 9, 2014

In the hustle and bustle of this year’s holiday season, will online grocery shopping be part of the consumer experience? … Continued

Artificial Intelligence in the C-suite doesn’t Mean Robots in the Boardroom

October 8, 2014

In Accenture’s latest technology vision report entitled “From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disrupter,” it states, “The ultimate goal is for … Continued

Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Necessarily Mean the End of the Human Race

October 7, 2014

There have been numerous warnings raised recently about the impending doom that could result from continued development of artificial intelligence … Continued

Will Drones Help Solve the Last Mile Challenge?

October 6, 2014

“For business to consumer deliveries,” writes Eoghan Dillon, Manager of Solution Design at ModusLink Global Solutions, “one of the most … Continued

Online Grocery Shopping: Is That Your Supper in the Mailbox?

October 3, 2014

In an article entitled “Online Grocery Shopping Continues to Grow,” I noted that the online grocery business model that seems … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Supply Chain Risk Management

October 2, 2014

Earlier this year, Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain, wrote about a discussion he had with Yves Leclerc (@wmpyleclerc), managing … Continued

To Succeed the Internet of Things Will Require Machines, Analytics, and People

October 1, 2014

We are reading a lot more about the Internet of Things (IoT) these days. Cisco calls the IoT the “Internet … Continued

Urban Agriculture: Feeding Them Where You Find Them

September 30, 2014

“Did you know that some of the largest chapters of agricultural groups like the Future Farmers of America are in … Continued

From Food to Fraud, Predictive Analytics will make a Difference

September 29, 2014

James Taylor (@jamet123), CEO of Decision Management Solutions, told an audience in Boston, “There are really only four things businesses … Continued

Girls, STEM Is Not a Four Letter Word!

September 26, 2014

The website Ravishly published an article that asked, “Why is STEM Still a Four-Letter Word for Women?” [21 July 2014] The … Continued

Innovation Ecosystems

September 25, 2014

In today’s interconnected world, being the best or most innovative company is not enough to ensure success. To be successful, … Continued

Target Marketing to Millennials

September 24, 2014

“Nearly every digital marketer has a goal of creating a viral campaign,” writes Kelsey Libert (@KelseyLibert), a Marketing Vice President … Continued

Big Data is Essential for Improving Urban Efficiency

September 23, 2014

Clay Lucas (@ClayLucas) writes, “Cities that fail to embrace ‘big data’ – and the meteoric rise of smartphones and the … Continued

Selling to Consumers at the Bottom of the Pyramid

September 22, 2014

“A decade ago,” writes Stephanie Strom (@ssstrom), “C. K. Prahalad, a University of Michigan business professor, in his book ‘The … Continued

Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 2

September 19, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I focused on the opinions of three experts in the field of 3-D … Continued

Additive Manufacturing: Hype or Hope for U.S. Manufacturing? Part 1

September 18, 2014

Almost every day a new article about 3-D printing (or additive manufacturing) is published. Some pundits believe that 3-D printing … Continued

Smart Cities and Big Data

September 17, 2014

Julian Garcia Barbosa, Big Data Senior Account Executive at Telefónica, writes, “Improving citizen security, optimising waste management, anticipating traffic jams … Continued

From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disrupter

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Business

September 16, 2014

In Accenture’s latest technology vision entitled “From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disrupter,” the consulting firm provides an insightful tour d’horizon … Continued

Digital Path to Purchase Dominates Early Stages of Retail

September 15, 2014

“Consumer packaged goods companies are at a tipping point,” writes Karlene Lukovitz. “Those that implement effective digital game plans now … Continued

Food Wouldn’t Taste as Good if You Couldn’t Smell It

September 12, 2014

“Love chocolate?” asks Laura Moss (@LauraJMoss). “What if you could make it taste sweeter? Believe it or not, you can … Continued

English-speaking Students Need Early Help in Math Education

September 11, 2014

Sarah Mancoll, a Senior Associate at the Society for Research in Child Development (@SRCDtweets), notes, “Early math skills are emerging as … Continued

Up in the Sky — Could it be Your Next Delivery?

September 10, 2014

The age of airships came to a sudden and sad ending when the Hindenburg exploded and crashed as it was … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: What in the World is Happening?

September 9, 2014

Just when things seem to be quieting down, another “black swan” appears on the world stage that threatens to disrupt … Continued

Big Data is Transforming the Business Landscape

September 8, 2014

“Big data is a buzzword that is ambiguous and often misunderstood,” writes Jamie Grenney (@JamieGrenney). “But it also feels like … Continued

Real-World Analytics

Book Review: Real-World Analytics

September 5, 2014

I knew that there was a good chance that I was going to enjoy Michael Koukounas’ book entitled Real-World Analytics … Continued

SAP Press Release

Enterra Solutions Partners with SAP

September 4, 2014

Today I am going to deviate from my normal article format to publish a press release that my company, Enterra … Continued

Big Data’s Big Role in Agriculture

September 3, 2014

The world’s population is increasing. We all know that. We also know that feeding that population is going to require … Continued

Algorithms

Artificial Intelligence: How Algorithms Make Systems Smart

September 2, 2014

“Algorithm” is a word that one hears used much more frequently than in the past. One of the reasons is … Continued

Labor Day 2014

September 1, 2014

Few people look forward to end of the summer. That may be the reason that the first Monday in September … Continued

Getting Girls Involved in STEM Education

August 29, 2014

Boys are better at math than girls. Everybody knows that. Right? I always debunked that notion as a myth; but, … Continued

Supply Chains are Transforming but are Supply Chain Managers Keeping Up?

August 28, 2014

“The seeds of tomorrow’s global supply chains are being planted today,” writes Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, “They … Continued

Innovation process

Innovation begins with Creativity

August 27, 2014

“‘Creativity’ and ‘innovation’,” writes Nicole Fallon (@nicolefallon90), “are two words that constantly get thrown around in brainstorming sessions, corporate meetings … Continued

Actionable Insights Lead to Better Targeted Marketing

August 26, 2014

“In the history of advertising,” writes Steve Sachs (@stevenmsachs), CEO of OneSpot, “no consumer turns on their digital device and … Continued

Despite the Hype, Retailers Wrestle with Omnichannel Marketing

August 25, 2014

DC Velocity reports, “Less than one-fourth of retail CEOs participating in a recent study believe the rise of omnichannel shopping … Continued

Crop Yields: Could Go Down when They Need to Go Up

August 22, 2014

Paul McMahon, author of “Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food,” asserts, “Science shows that our planet has the biophysical … Continued

Digitalization and the Digital Path to Purchase

August 21, 2014

Kelsey Jones (@wonderwall7) reports that a recent study released by the Altimeter Group, The State of Digital Transformation, “discusses the phenomenon of … Continued

Quantum Computers: A Primer (sort of)

August 20, 2014

“Quantum technologies,” writes Pete Shadbolt, “exploit the paradoxical and unfamiliar behaviour of tiny lumps of light and matter, including single … Continued

The Healthcare Industry is still Wrestling with How to Use Big Data

August 19, 2014

“It’s taken a long time for the health care industry to embrace Big Data,” writes Jason Millman (@jasonmillman), “but those … Continued

Big Data: Ignore the Hype and Concentrate on the Reality

August 18, 2014

“Across manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, retail and beyond,” writes Bernard Marr (@BernardMarr), “the rate that data on every activity is collected … Continued

The Potential of Essential Oils in the Food Sector

August 15, 2014

Look up “essential oils” on the Internet and you mostly get sites about aromatherapy. Wikipedia states, “An essential oil is … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

August 14, 2014

Research from the Kellogg School of Management and London Cass Business School concludes, “Supply chain management is a delicate balancing … Continued