Girls in STEM Fields: Hidden No More

March 24, 2017

If you haven’t seen the movie Hidden Figures, you should. It’s the story about three brilliant black women, Katherine Goble … Continued

Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and Cognitive Computing

March 23, 2017

“People continue to flock to cities for several reasons,” writes Andrew Meola (@andrewmeola), “such as employment opportunities, lifestyle, and more. … Continued

Is Content Marketing the Next Big Thing in Advertising?

March 22, 2017

It seems counterintuitive to launch an advertising campaign that does not specifically promote a brand or product; but, that is … Continued

Preparing for a Future with Robots

March 21, 2017

The media is awash with dire predictions about robots putting the human race out of work. A typical example is … Continued

Taking Advantage of Emerging Opportunities on the Consumer’s Digital Path to Purchase

March 20, 2017

The digital path to purchase is increasingly dominating retail sales. By that I mean consumers are increasingly using mobile devices … Continued

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

March 17, 2017

Retailers love holidays. Holidays provide a focal point for promotions and sales. St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Kristen Cloud … Continued

Populist Sentiment Increases Big Data Privacy Concerns

March 16, 2017

Change is always difficult and individuals who have been impacted by globalization, automation, and other technologies are pushing back. Rising … Continued

Digital Enterprise or Algorithmic Enterprise: Transformation Required No Matter what You Call It

March 15, 2017

“The next big thing for IT leaders today,” writes Stuart Sumner (@StuartSumner), “is to become a data-driven ‘algorithmic enterprise’.”[1] Most … Continued

Technology and Supply Chain Transformation

March 14, 2017

More and more articles are being written about the need for supply chain transformation and, as a result, supply chain … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Supply Chain

March 13, 2017

The term “supply chain” emerged because historically every step of the process that saw raw material converted into a product … Continued

Cognitive Computing is Raising the Bar in the Business World

March 10, 2017

As businesses venture deeper into the Digital Age, they are finding new technologies can help them analyze the oceans of … Continued

Category Management and Cognitive Computing

March 9, 2017

“Without the foundation of Category Management,” declare analysts from the Category Management Association, “shopper marketing is ‘a tale full of … Continued

Industry 4.0 Can Spark Growth but not without Skilled Workers

March 8, 2017

“Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years,” asserts Olivier Scalabre, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century

March 7, 2017

Supply chain risk management is a complicated subject because the number of things potentially affecting operations is almost limitless. As … Continued

Living and Working with Artificial Intelligence

March 6, 2017

There are a lot of people who would like to turn back the hands of time — people who believe … Continued

Use Cognitive Technologies to Reduce Offshoring and Create U.S. Jobs

March 3, 2017

The business world is in turmoil over President Donald Trump’s emphasis on reinvigorating manufacturing jobs in America. He pushed hard … Continued

Targeted Marketing to Millennials: Inform don’t Pander Them

March 2, 2017

I have heard people state that we live in a world in which everyone wants instant gratification. Some marketers may … Continued

Do Smart Cities have a Future?

March 1, 2017

Cities have been crucial for human development for hundreds of years. They have been hotbeds of innovation and education and … Continued

Machine Learning and Your Business Future

February 28, 2017

Machine learning is one of the current buzzwords frequently found in articles about the future of business. Other terms with … Continued

Cognitive Computing in the CPG Sector = Efficiency and Innovation

February 27, 2017

Kraft-Heinz’ recent failed attempt to purchase Unilever for $143 billion dollars is unlikely to be the last news of mergers … Continued

STEM Education and the Future of Work

February 24, 2017

The inevitable advance of automation and the maturation of artificial intelligence (AI) have many analysts predicting the human race will … Continued

Redesigning Work in the Cognitive Era

February 23, 2017

A little over a year ago, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty) declared, “It is the dawn of a new era, … Continued

The Transformative Potential of Blockchain Technology

February 22, 2017

Business leaders are always looking for the next big thing. One of those things might be blockchain technology. Thomas Cherian … Continued

Security Concerns Plague Internet of Things Development

February 21, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the largest network of networks the world has ever seen (both … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Year’s Resolution: Transform Your Supply Chain

December 30, 2016

We are approaching the time of year when people pause to reflect on the past and resolve to do better … Continued

Why Winning Companies will Transform into Digital Enterprises

December 29, 2016

There seems to be a growing consensus among business analysts that organizations organized around principles developed during the industrial age … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Today

December 28, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) garners more than its fair share of headlines because people are fascinated with its possibilities. A steady … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Supply Chain

December 27, 2016

“It has become apparent that in the decade since scholars such as Cranfield’s Martin Christopher first began talking about the … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Personalization

December 26, 2016

Marketers want customers to feel special. They want customers to feel they have a personal connection with advertised products. In … Continued

Christmas before Email

December 23, 2016

Today, a communication (aka letter) sent through the traditional mail system is often referred to as “snail mail” in order … Continued

Risk Management Needed to Strengthen Fragile Global Supply Chains

December 22, 2016

“Supply chains keep making headlines around the world for the wrong reasons,” insists Boris Felgendreher (@FelgenTweets), Senior Marketing Director for … Continued

Smart Machines and the Future of Work

December 21, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are raising grave concerns about the future of work. Julia Bossmann (@juliabossmann), President of Foresight … Continued

Process Automation and the Elimination of Errors

December 20, 2016

In most fields of endeavor, accuracy is a beneficial trait. The famous lawman Wyatt Earp once stated, “Fast is fine, … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Choices

December 19, 2016

“How can we be sure,” asks Alex Gray, “that artificially intelligent robots will make ethical choices?”[1] That’s an excellent question … Continued

Put STEM Toys on Your Holiday Shopping List

December 16, 2016

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Your children may have already told Santa (in person or in writing) … Continued

Trends and Predictions 2017: Internet of Things

December 15, 2016

“In 1905,” Jordan Rudow reports, “Popular Mechanics predicted that the ‘Electric Handshake’ would allow a physician to examine a patient … Continued

Design Thinking, Innovation, and Business Success

December 14, 2016

Half a dozen years ago, I wrote, “Innovation often starts when an individual with an inquisitive mind bumps up against … Continued

Big Data and Ethics

December 13, 2016

“When Facebook researchers manipulated how stories appear in News Feeds for a mood contagion study in 2014,” writes Sarah Zhang, … Continued

Big Data and Advanced Analytics Hold Key to Brighter Future

December 12, 2016

“Getting a greater understanding of your business is the promise of big data,” Michael Hoskins (@MikeHSays), Chief Technical Officer at … Continued

Quantum Computing: Extending the Life of Qubits

December 9, 2016

At the core of every quantum computer are quantum bits (aka qubits) that provide quirky states of superposition that allow … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Information Technology

December 8, 2016

Information technology (IT) is a broad subject area; but, since we live in the information age, IT has a significant … Continued

Befriending Artificial Intelligence

December 7, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the futuristic boogeyman of the cinema. In the movies, the sole aim of artificial intelligence systems … Continued

Your Company has 5 Years to Go Digital or Go Away

December 6, 2016

“Is your organization moving fast enough to thrive in the next 5, 10, or 20 years,” asks Becky Morgan (@fulcrumcwi), … Continued

Is Your Business Ready for the Internet of Things and is It Ready for Your Business?

December 5, 2016

“Industrial companies of all types are now facing a disruption called the Internet of Things,” writes Sophia Davies, a marketer … Continued

Global Food Security: GMOs Safe but Not Curing Hunger

December 2, 2016

Most people know the global population continues to rise. Predictions that the world will reach peak population mid-century and then … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Multiple Supply Chains

December 1, 2016

The digital path to purchase and omnichannel operations are complicating supply chain operations in a number of ways. The staff … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Technology

November 30, 2016

‘Tis that time of year when both the brave and the foolish look deeply into their crystal balls and prognosticate … Continued

How the Holidays will Impact Your Supply Chain

November 29, 2016

The holiday shopping season, which traditionally begins on Black Friday, tests even the best supply chain. “As the holiday season … Continued

‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft

November 28, 2016

Nobody likes to get ripped off; but, experts note the holiday shopping season presents an almost irresistible opportunity for thieves. … Continued

Black Friday in a Post-modern Consumer-centric Era

November 25, 2016

A few years ago, an article in SupplyChainBrain asserted omnichannel sales are becoming so important they are transitioning the retail sector … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

November 24, 2016

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. High on the list of things for which Americans are thankful … Continued

The Future of Smart Cities

November 23, 2016

There is a lot of discussion about smart cities and how a city can earn the “smart city” label. Most … Continued

7 Habits of Highly Effective Risk Management Professional

November 22, 2016

“Over the past 5 years, supply chain risk management has moved onto the radar of the C-level,” write analysts from … Continued

Globalization Still Needed to Bring Millions out of Poverty

November 21, 2016

“Globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries,” … Continued

STEM Education and Skills Development

November 18, 2016

When I and a few colleagues founded The Project for STEM Competitiveness, we had in mind both the competitiveness of … Continued

Digital Supply Chains Can Make the World Less Frightening

November 17, 2016

Pundits toss around a lot of names for times in which we live — the Computer Age, the Information Age, … Continued

Clay Christensen: At the Intersection of Innovation and Targeted Marketing

November 16, 2016

Have you ever heard of job theory (or the Theory of Jobs to Be Done)? In the coming years, it … Continued

Process Automation and the Elimination of “Swivel Chair” Work

November 15, 2016

“Robotic process automation software is having a moment,” writes Linda Tucci (@LTucci), “despite there being a good deal of confusion … Continued

The Digital Enterprise and Beyond

November 14, 2016

“In today’s economy,” writes IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty), “we are seeing companies, business models, products, and processes undergoing major … Continued

Veterans Day 2016

November 11, 2016

One of the bitterest U.S. presidential elections ever held is now over; but, the divisiveness it fomented will likely linger … Continued

Jobs Sustainability: Being Nice Helps You Keep Your Job

November 10, 2016

“When once the forms of civility are violated,” Samuel Johnson once wrote, “there remains little hope of return to kindness … Continued

Advanced Analytics: Looking for Better Insights

November 9, 2016

Cause and effect relationships are important for understanding the world around us. Joris M. Mooij, Jonas Peters, Dominik Janzing, Jakob … Continued

Big Data Analytics and Better Decision-making

November 8, 2016

We’ve all made bad decisions in our lives. In business, however, bad decisions can impact more than our individual lives. … Continued

Omni-channel Supply Chains and Retail’s Future

November 7, 2016

“The growth of internet-enabled commerce, mobile devices and social networks has led companies to be more digitally driven since the turn … Continued