Behavioral Data and Targeted Marketing

April 30, 2014

Last January Mai Bruun Poulsen reported that “Companies Are Data-Rich and Insight-Poor.” [Mindjumpers, 24 January 2013] She explained: “Today’s consumers … Continued

Big Data is All About the Analytics

April 29, 2014

An overview of a report by Markets and Markets states, “Big Data has grown in significance over the last few … Continued

The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain

April 28, 2014

“One day,” Steve Rosenbush writes, “sensors will be embedded in all sorts of objects and machines, collecting data and communicating … Continued

Technology Predictions about 2114

April 25, 2014

“We don’t know what’s going to happen 15 minutes from now,” writes Peter Coy, “so it seems like an exercise … Continued

Digitalization and Disruption in Business

April 24, 2014

Lora Cecere reports, “Today, 63% of consumer manufacturing organizations have a digital path to purchase initiative.” [“Digital Path to Purchase: … Continued

Globalization: Where do We Go from Here?

April 23, 2014

Russia’s intervention into the Crimean Peninsula has stirred up a conversation about globalization’s future. After all, the G8 quickly became … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Teams are between a Rock and Hard Place

April 22, 2014

“Most managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions,” write Sunil Chopra and ManMohan … Continued

The Internet of Things Requires Smart Sensors and Smart People

April 21, 2014

Nearly everybody has heard about the Internet and the World Wide Web. They have helped connect the world and have … Continued

Will 2014 be the Year You Fall in Love with Cognitive Computing?

April 18, 2014

In the Oscar-winning film “Her,” the character played by Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his smartphone’s artificial intelligence personal … Continued

Improving the Flavor of Food: Do You Add Balance or Bytes?

April 17, 2014

“It’s happened to us all at one point or another,” writes Melanie Pinola, “the dish you’ve cooked is too salty, … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Big Data and Black Swans

April 16, 2014

I have written about so-called “Black Swan” events in the past (see, for example, a post entitled “Black Swans, Dark … Continued

Quantum Computing: The Search for Schrödinger’s Cat

April 15, 2014

“Quantum computing may well represent the biggest breakthrough in computer technology since the invention of the microprocessor,” writes Lev Grossman. … Continued

Breaking Down Corporate Silos with Tacit Knowledge

April 14, 2014

“Tacit knowledge (as opposed to formal, codified or explicit knowledge),” according to Wikipedia, “is the kind of knowledge that is … Continued

Sea-faring Drones: They’re not Ghost Ships

April 11, 2014

In a book attributed to George Barrington entitled “A Voyage to Botany Bay” (1795), the tale of the ghost ship … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: Trying to Think Like a Human

April 10, 2014

According to Luke Dormehl, “The secret of human brains is pattern recognition.” [“The Algorithm That Thinks Like A Human,” Fast … Continued

Targeted Marketing: On-Demand is Changing the Face of Marketing Forever

April 9, 2014

Consumers are becoming more empowered and are, therefore, changing their buying habits. Analysts contend that manufacturers and retailers need to … Continued

Improving Education: A Little More Talk and a Little More Grit

April 8, 2014

In a post entitled “Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better,” I talked about the “readiness gap” experienced by low … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Fewer Risks or More Complacency?

April 7, 2014

Earlier this year, Allianz, a global insurer, reported, “Business interruption and supply chain risks remain atop a list of the … Continued

The Changing Face of Cities: Getting Smarter, but are They Getting Better?

April 4, 2014

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, are an enticing prospect,” writes Dr. Gary Graham, a Lecturer in Operations … Continued

Embracing a Circular Economy

April 3, 2014

“Linear consumption is reaching its limits,” states a World Economic Forum (WEF) report entitled “Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the … Continued

Making Better Decisions Faster with Big Data Analytics

April 2, 2014

“Advanced analytics and predictive algorithms change both supply and demand chain processes,” asserts the editorial staff at Supply & Demand … Continued

Emerging Markets: If China Sneezes, the World Catches Cold

April 1, 2014

China recently announced that its goal for economic growth for the coming year is 7.5 percent. [“China sets 7.5% growth … Continued