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Presidents’ Day 2017

February 20, 2017

Today in America we celebrate what has come to be known as Presidents’ Day. Officially, however, the holiday is still … Continued

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The Evolution of the Grocery Store

February 17, 2017

We’ve all seen western movies that include a scene in which a calico-clad frontier woman tells the owner of the … Continued

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Cognitive Computing will Achieve Mainstream Adoption in 5 Years

February 16, 2017

Gartner analysts predict “smart machines will enter mainstream adoption by 2021 with 30 percent adoption by large companies. This will … Continued

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The Chrysalis of Digital Transformation

February 15, 2017

The metamorphosis of a butterfly is one of nature’s wonders. From ground-bound, clumsy caterpillar to elegant and beautiful butterfly, this … Continued

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Valentine’s Day: Warm Hearts and Cold Chains

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a day of romance. You might have risen early this morning to prepare your significant other breakfast … Continued

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Innovation Requires You to Expand Your World

February 13, 2017

Innovation and creativity are fascinating topics. One can be creative without being innovative; but, one cannot be innovative without being … Continued

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Africa Rising: Growth from the Bottom of the Pyramid

February 10, 2017

When westerners read a news story about Africa, the narrative generally involves poverty, disease, conflict and/or bad governance. That constant … Continued

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Supply Chain Transformation is Blowin’ in the Wind

February 9, 2017

Change is one of life’s constants. The supply chain is no exception to this rule. According to Jonathan Webb (@j_p_webb), Head … Continued

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Industry 4.0 won’t Bring Back Jobs; but Neither will It Eliminate Human Workers

February 8, 2017

Manufacturing is on the upswing in the United States and that trend was in the making before the tortuous presidential … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: IBM’s 5 in 5 (Artificial Intelligence Helping make the Invisible Visible)

February 7, 2017

When it comes to interesting predictions, IBM’s 5 in 5: Five innovations that will help change our lives within five … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Looming Large

February 6, 2017

For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) was primarily confined to research projects in academia. That is no longer the case. “Artificial … Continued

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Buttons and Keyboards on the Digital Path to Purchase

February 3, 2017

The two most important characteristics of the digital path to purchase are convenience and information. Although the consumer digital journey … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: In Search of the Perfect Customer

February 2, 2017

There is no perfect customer. Each consumer is unique is one way or another. That makes targeted marketing a challenge. … Continued

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Omnichannel Operations are the New Normal

February 1, 2017

This past holiday season was a paradox. Consumer spending was up; nevertheless, thousands of retail stores are shuttering their doors … Continued

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Cognitive Process Automation will Help (not Take Over) Your Business

January 31, 2017

“In fairly short order,” writes David McCann (@DaveMcCFO), “robots have begun taking over in the corporate world.”[1] The robots to … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Big Data

January 30, 2017

Over the next few years, we are likely to see fewer articles about “big data” — not because data is … Continued

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Design Thinking and STEM Education

January 27, 2017

The term “design thinking” may sound a bit artsy for people who believe problem solving only requires hard science, technology, … Continued

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Machine Learning Could Transform Your Business in 2017

January 26, 2017

A number of analysts have declared 2017 the year of artificial intelligence (AI). AI is a big field which includes … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Enterprise

January 25, 2017

Some industries have already felt the full effects of digital transformation (e.g., media and retail). Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysts, … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Grocery Shopping

January 24, 2017

Grocery shopping has been an activity in which humans have engaged since the first marketplaces were set up millennia ago. … Continued

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Targeted Marketing in the Age of Smart Systems

January 23, 2017

No one doubts we are fully immersed in the Age of Information. A few years ago, David Russell Schilling (@davidrschilling) … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Is there a Future for the Human Worker?

January 20, 2017

“Should we be afraid,” asks Molly Connell. “Many experts fear that robots will take over most jobs within the next … Continued

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Urbanization and the Need for Smart Cities

January 19, 2017

One of the trends shaping the last half century has been the urbanization of the world’s population. There are now … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Flavors and Food

January 18, 2017

Flavor preferences change over time as global populations are exposed to new dishes. Although they may not change as rapidly … Continued

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Risk Management: A Business Priority Begging for Cognitive Computing

January 17, 2017

One hundred percent of businesses are concerned about the possibility of a disruption in their supply chain; yet, 40% of … Continued

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Digital Path to Purchase Wins Big During Holidays

January 16, 2017

Retailers should have been smiling this past holiday season. Paul Ziobro (@pziobro) reports, “Estimates from retail research firms suggest sales … Continued

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The Internet of Things: Generating Data and Changing the World

January 13, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) REALLY IS about “things” and not people. “If we want to talk about the IoT,” … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Useful however You Define It

January 12, 2017

It will take another five years, according to Jeremy Achin (@JeremyAchin), CEO of DataRobot, for “data scientists [to] finally agree … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Artificial Intelligence

January 11, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. AI sparks our imaginations, fuels our hopes, and stirs misgivings about its ultimate … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Path to Purchase

January 10, 2017

Over a dozen years ago, Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report introduced viewers to a future in which marketing and advertising is … Continued

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Trends from the 2017 International CES

January 9, 2017

The annual International CES, formerly known as the International Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas starts each new … Continued

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Learning Styles May be a Neuromyth; but, Variety is the Spice of Life

January 6, 2017

“[There is] ample evidence that children and adults will, if asked, express preferences about how they prefer information to be … Continued

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The Potential and Peril of Robotic Process Automation

January 5, 2017

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is attracting a lot of press attention both for its ability to generate great efficiency as … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Digital Transformation

January 4, 2017

Most analysts agree that companies organized around principles developed during the industrial age must transform themselves into digital enterprises if … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence

January 3, 2017

“Each new technological marvel — the steam engine, railroad, ocean steamship, telegraph, harvester, automobile, radio, airplane, TV, computer, satellite, mobile … Continued

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Happy New Year 2017

January 2, 2017

The late John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter, reported, “In certain savage tribes in New Guinea, they … Continued