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“Making” STEM Education Fun

April 29, 2016

Kids are naturally curious. One mother I heard about found her three-year-old daughter pulling off all of the key pads … Continued

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New Breakthroughs Address Nagging Quantum Computing Challenges

April 28, 2016

Researchers anxiously await the development of a fully programmable quantum computer that can attack some of the universe’s most challenging … Continued

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Manufacturing’s Symbiotic Relationship with Technology

April 27, 2016

A million years ago manufacturing was a very personal business. Individuals constructed their own tools and weapons. Those items, however, … Continued

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Privacy Remains One of the Greatest Big Data Concerns

April 26, 2016

“Big Data? Big problems,” writes Maurice Lévy, chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe. “With each hack, leak, and act … Continued

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Cognitive Process Automation is needed in the Cognitive Era

April 25, 2016

“The automation of knowledge work will be this decade’s engine of growth,” according to the Institute for Robotic Process Automation … Continued

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The World Needs Smart Cities

April 22, 2016

If you live in India (or follow what’s happening on the sub-continent), you know there has been a lot of … Continued

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Creating Jobs during the Robotic Revolution

April 21, 2016

Revolution is in the air. I’m not talking about dissidents rioting in the streets attempting to overthrow governments. I’m talking … Continued

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing will Drive Digital Enterprise Transformation

April 20, 2016

The term “big data” is likely to run out of steam as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Path to Purchase

April 19, 2016

Annual online sales are predicted to surpass $500 billion by the end of this decade.[1] Getting a share of that … Continued

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The Internet of Things will Change the World Once Devices Start Communicating

April 18, 2016

“The potential for the Internet of Things is huge,” writes Thomas Wadlow. “From water sensors that remind you to water … Continued

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Can Frugal Innovation Save the Global Economy?

April 15, 2016

The global economy is stuck in a malaise. Economists seem uncertain whether this malaise will worsen and plunge the global economy … Continued

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Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Risk Management and Climate Change

April 14, 2016

“The El Niño phenomenon,” writes Erica E. Phillips (@EEPhillips_WSJ), “is behind extreme weather patterns seen from India to Panama. With … Continued

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On-Shelf Availability Remains a Significant Challenge across Retail

April 13, 2016

“Retailers are facing unprecedented pressure to increase sales, decrease costs and retain customers,” writes Ted Moyer, a solutions consultant at … Continued

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Mankind and Machine Learning

April 12, 2016

In the past few years, stories about machine learning, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, automation, and robots have flooded media outlets … Continued

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Digital Supply Chain Transformation: Are You Ready?

April 11, 2016

Research conducted by Source for Consulting in partnership with business applications and service provider Advanced revealed, “Just 37 per cent … Continued

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Andy Grove, Innovation, STEM Education, and Jobs

April 8, 2016

In March Andy Grove, the former CEO and Chairman of Intel, passed away. Eulogies praising his remarkable life called him … Continued

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Pressure Mounts for Better Safety at Both Ends of the Food Supply Chain

April 7, 2016

The food supply chain has received a lot of attention over the past few years — not all of that … Continued

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Getting the Most Out of Content Marketing

April 6, 2016

Last year Gartner released a study about the five top emerging trends in digital marketing. One of those trends was … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation: Don’t get Stuck on the Tracks

April 5, 2016

Have you ever been stopped at a traffic signal with your vehicle sitting astride some railroad tracks? If you have, … Continued

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Retailers Searching for On-ramps to the Digital Path to Purchase

April 4, 2016

The big news from last year’s holiday shopping season was that omnichannel marketing was the big winner. Suzanne Kapner (@SuzanneKapner) … Continued

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Globalization in the Digital Age

April 1, 2016

The face of globalization is changing as global trade decreases, reshoring and/or near-shoring increases, and once hot economies cool down. … Continued

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Are We Entering or Leaving the Age of Big Data?

March 31, 2016

“Big data, the tech story of a few years ago, is now beginning to show big results,” writes Michael S. … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Right for Every Company?

March 30, 2016

Dan Briody, Senior Editor of THINK Leaders, defines cognitive computing as “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: The Sad Tale of Tay

March 29, 2016

“Tay was born pure,” writes Anthony Lydgate (@anthonylydgate). “She loved E.D.M., in particular the work of Calvin Harris. She used … Continued

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Think Fast: The Importance of Time-to-Insight in Big Data Analytics

March 28, 2016

When you were younger, you probably experienced one of your siblings or friends tossing something at you when you weren’t … Continued

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Learning Styles: Smoke but no Fire

March 25, 2016

According to Harold Pashler, Professor of Psychology and a faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of … Continued

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Defining or Being Defined by Your Supply Chain

March 24, 2016

Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder of Supply Chain Insights, asserts, “The supply chain IS Business, not a department within a business.”[1] … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Robot Fostered Unemployment is Not Destiny

March 23, 2016

One of the worst lines repeated time and again by sports commentators is, “[NAME YOUR TEAM] is in charge of their … Continued

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Towards a Smart City Hierarchy of Needs

March 22, 2016

Over 70 years ago, Abraham Maslow introduced the world to his hierarchy of needs framework. Like most brilliant ideas — … Continued

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Butterflies, Swans, and Supply Chain Risk Management

March 21, 2016

“The ‘butterfly effect’,” writes Yolanda Graham, “was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around … Continued

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Are We in the Stretch Run towards Quantum Computing?

March 18, 2016

“Quantum computing will change lives, society and the economy,” writes the staff at Phys.org, “and a working system is expected … Continued

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Does the Circular Economy have Legs?

March 17, 2016

“Mainstream business leaders are engaging in circular thinking and the evidence is everywhere, from their blogs to the commitments made … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Are We Entering a Golden Age?

March 16, 2016

A few years ago, Barry Schaeffer, Principal consultant with Content Life-cycle Consulting, wrote, “In times past, you targeted your marketing … Continued

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Marvelous Machine Learning

March 15, 2016

“Machine learning techniques may have been used for years,” observes Lukas Biewald (@l2k), Co-founder and CEO of CrowdFlower, “but recently … Continued

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Without the Internet of Things there is no Industry 4.0

March 14, 2016

“By 2020,” Bob Violino (@BobViolino) reports, “more than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element … Continued

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Fighting Poverty Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

March 11, 2016

One of the topics I occasionally write about is the plight of those living at the base of the economic … Continued

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Philosophical Questions and Innovation Breakthroughs

March 10, 2016

“If we could come up with the next breakthrough technology by sitting around thinking, ‘What will the next break-through technology … Continued

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Data-driven Business and the Digital Enterprise

March 9, 2016

“Whether we like it or not,” Sohini Bagchi (@sohinidiva) asserts, “digital transformation is already underway.”[1] That’s both a bold statement … Continued

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It’s the Digital Age and Time to Adopt Integrated Business Planning

March 8, 2016

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been around since the 1980s. Developed by Richard Ling as a way to integrate … Continued

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Big Data Analytics are Better than Intuition

March 7, 2016

According to Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, “Intuition works less often than we think.”[1] He … Continued

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Girls and STEM Education

March 4, 2016

The diversity gap in STEM fields is well documented. Stephanie Walden reports, “According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, female … Continued

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Customer is King on the Digital Path to Purchase

March 3, 2016

There is nothing new about the notion that companies need to focus on customers. Companies have always needed customers. Karl … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Algorithmic Economy

March 2, 2016

The world becomes more complex every day. Both adding to and helping us understand that complexity is a growing number … Continued

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How Technology is Changing the Supply Chain

March 1, 2016

Everyone knows that technology (especially, the Internet) has changed the business landscape. Loretta Chao (@LorettaChao) and Steven Norton (@steven_norton) write, … Continued

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Re-skilling is Key to Industry 4.0 Jobs Sustainability

February 29, 2016

Back in 1933, MIT Professor Dugald C. Jackson wrote, “Those who allege that the general introduction of machinery has been … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Landscape Predicted to Change

February 26, 2016

Gartner asserts there are five underlying digital marketing trends currently shaping the advertising landscape.[1] They are: “The purchase funnel has … Continued

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Supply Chain Analytics and Digital Enterprise Transformation

February 25, 2016

“Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history,” writes Adam Robinson (@TweetsByARob). “As … Continued

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Book Review — Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide for GameChangers

February 24, 2016

Peter Fingar’s (@PeterFingar) book Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide for GameChangers came to my attention when he emailed to say that … Continued

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Support Continues to Grow for the Smart Cities Movement

February 23, 2016

As a member of IEEE and three of its associated groups — the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; the IEEE Information … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Complexity

February 22, 2016

“The results for Q3 2015 are in on the state of global supply chain risk,” reports Dr. Warwick Knowles, Dun … Continued

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Millennials are Shaping a New Kind of Economy

February 19, 2016

“As shoppers,” writes Tanya Gazdik Irwin (@Tanyairwin), “Millennials are different from older generations.”[1] I’m not sure why Irwin restricted her … Continued

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Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

February 18, 2016

“As an industry,” writes Kimberly Knickle (@kimknickle), Research Vice President at IDC Manufacturing Insights, “manufacturing is ‘hot’.”[1] She reports that … Continued

Enterprise Resilience

Digital Enterprise Transformation: Enterprise Resilience is a Good Reason to Make the Move

February 17, 2016

Half a dozen years ago the AGI-Goldratt Institute published a white paper in which it reported, “The core constraint of … Continued

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Always On: The Internet of Everything

February 16, 2016

Over sixteen years ago, my friend Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett (@thomaspmbarnett) wrote, “The defining achievement of the New Economy in … Continued

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Presidents’ Day 2016

February 15, 2016

Today is a uniquely American federal holiday that was first established to honor President George Washington. When he was born … Continued

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Teaching STEM: Can the Average Student Learn to Love Math?

February 12, 2016

As anyone who follows education knows, there has been a lot of displeasure with federally-imposed standards of learning in the … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Revolution 4.0

February 11, 2016

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, emerging technologies (e.g., robotics and artificial intelligence) will result in a … Continued

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The Era of Cognitive Computing

February 10, 2016

“It is the dawn of a new era, the cognitive era,” declared IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty) at the 2016 … Continued

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Supply Chain Visibility: Lifting the Fog of Business

February 9, 2016

In his famous book On War, military strategist Carl von Clausewitz wrote, “War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters … Continued

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Supply Chain Transformation is Technologically Driven

February 8, 2016

“Every supply chain organization is slightly different,” writes Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights.[1] To that … Continued

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Innovation: Taking the Long View is a Key to Survival

February 5, 2016

Over the past couple of years there have been a number of reality television shows based on the art of … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is Increasingly Mobile

February 4, 2016

“There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before,” writes James LeTart (@JLeTartcomm), … Continued

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Big Data Analytics are Improving Business Performance

February 3, 2016

“Nobody needs to be told that data is becoming more complex,” writes Adrian Bridgwater (@ABridgwater). “Every user realises that all … Continued

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Digital Supply Chain Transformation

February 2, 2016

There should be little doubt in any business leader’s mind that transforming their company into a digital enterprise is an … Continued

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Secure Supply Chain Transactions Using Blockchain Technology

February 1, 2016

“Certainly you’ve heard of bitcoin,” writes the Spend Matters team. “But do you know about blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin? … Continued

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General Electric Uses “Cool” to Promote STEM Education

January 29, 2016

“As a sprawling conglomerate,” writes Dan Adams (@DanielAdams86), “General Electric is a top producer of brute industrial equipment from locomotives … Continued

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Machine Learning Will Change How Supply Chains Function

January 28, 2016

“A few decades ago,” writes Motti Nisani, CEO of emaze, “artificial intelligence was just an exciting topic among engineers and … Continued

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Resiliency and Supply Chain Risk Management

January 27, 2016

Nowadays you hear and read a lot about resiliency. Resiliency is a great term because it contains layers of nuanced … Continued

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RIP Marvin Minsky (1927-2016)

January 26, 2016

As world leaders and thinkers meet in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to affect … Continued

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Moving Towards Smart Cities

January 25, 2016

“Twenty-first century technologies offer newfound promise for the future of cities,” write Rob Puentes (@rpuentes) and Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer), “more … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Overlord, Underling, or Co-worker?

January 22, 2016

Marshall Brain (@marshallbrain), a professor at North Carolina State, is a doomsdayer. He may not be building up an arsenal … Continued

IoT Poised to Change the World

The Internet of Things is Poised to Change the World — but When?

January 21, 2016

“Is the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ the most over-hyped topic in information technology today,” asks David Weldon (@DWeldon646), Editor-in-Chief of … Continued

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Secret to Successful Targeted Marketing: Highly Relevant Content

January 20, 2016

According to Boston Consulting Group analysts, “Digital’s potential — the delivery of relevant advertisements to interested users at opportune times … Continued

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The Foundations of Supply Chain Transformation

January 19, 2016

“Supply chains are changing and evolving into something new,” writes Daniel Miller, Head of the Finance Division at The Innovation … Continued

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General Electric: Attracted by Millennials or Repelled by Connectitax?

January 18, 2016

“Fair to say,” writes Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr), “[it] was a brilliant day for Boston.”[1] Geewax was talking about the day … Continued

Grit

Grit, Perseverance, and Practice are Keys to Successful Education

January 15, 2016

We would all like to believe that we have the potential for greatness. Greatness, of course, is a subjective measure. … Continued

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The Internet of Things is Maturing Rapidly

January 14, 2016

The potential of the Internet of Things is fueling a lot of interest (and hype) all across media and industry,” … Continued

Demand Forecasting

The Future of Supply Chain Demand Forecasting

January 13, 2016

“Forecasting is an ‘inexact science’,” writes Keith Peterson (@KPeteHalo), President and CEO of Halo, “that relies on the data available … Continued

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Trends 2016: Manufacturing

January 12, 2016

A couple of years ago, Jeff Dobbs, KPMG’s Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing, wrote, “The challenges of the past … Continued

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‘Purple People’ and Cognitive Computing

January 11, 2016

“The color purple,” writes Wayne Eckerson (@weckerson), “is formed by mixing two primary colors: red and blue. These colors symbolize … Continued

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International Consumer Electronics Show 2016

January 8, 2016

For techies, January not only ushers in a new year it introduces them to the latest electronic gadgets during the annual … Continued

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Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

January 7, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet because it is primarily an emerging machine-to-machine … Continued

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Mastering the Digital Path to Purchase Remains Challenging

January 6, 2016

A little over a year ago, HRC Advisory reported, “While numerous retailers have collected years of customer data, only 9 … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence is Settling in to Everyday Life and Disrupting Industries

January 5, 2016

A few years back, Bruce Matichuk, CEO of Coole Immersive Inc., predicted, “Future dominant businesses, will be those that understand … Continued

Trends 2016 Supply Chain

Trends 2016: Supply Chain

January 4, 2016

“The export-based economic model that we now take for granted,” assert analysts at Stratfor, “depends on supply chains.”[1] That statement … Continued

New Year’s Day 2016

January 1, 2016

I’ve read that New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday around the world with celebrations commencing at midnight … Continued

Old Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve: Looking Back on the Supply Chain

December 31, 2015

Nowadays you don’t often hear anyone refer to Old Year’s Day (i.e., the last day of the old year); rather, … Continued

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Quantum Computing at Room Temperature

December 30, 2015

The fact of the matter is, at the moment, we don’t have a universally recognized quantum computer; however, that hasn’t … Continued

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Smart Location-based Targeted Marketing

December 29, 2015

Mobile technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the consumer’s digital path to purchase. A majority of all U.S. consumers … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence

December 28, 2015

“Emerging technologies like industrial robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are advancing at a rapid pace,” observe Brookings Institution analysts … Continued

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Christmas 2015: Wise Men and Gift Giving

December 25, 2015

In yesterday’s article, I cited the editorial staff at The Week, which wrote, “Christians see gift giving as a symbolic … Continued

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2015

If you celebrate Christmas, are you wondering what’s resting under your tree this year? Kristen Cloud (@KCloudShelby) reports, “Based on … Continued

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Managing Supply Chain Micro Risks — They are Chronic

December 23, 2015

In an article entitled “Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort,” I discussed the difference between chronic and situational … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation and the Supply Chain

December 22, 2015

“To build advantage,” write Andrew Arcuri and Richard Helm, “organizations must do more than just change. They must transform.”[1] That … Continued

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Trends 2016: Big Data

December 21, 2015

“The world around us is changing so rapidly,” writes Datafloq founder Mark van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam), “that even the hype big … Continued

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STEM Education Can Foster Happiness

December 18, 2015

Centuries ago Confucius wrote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your … Continued

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The Complex Digital Path to Purchase

December 17, 2015

Manufacturers and retailers need to reach consumers in order to motivate them to buy their products and services. To do … Continued

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Trends 2016: Business Intelligence and Analytics

December 16, 2015

“Business intelligence continues to be one of the fastest-moving areas in the enterprise,” writes David Weldon (@DWeldon646), Editor-in-chief at Information … Continued

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Building a Customer-centric Supply Chain

December 15, 2015

You would think that one of the highest priorities a company would have is getting to know who their best … Continued

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Cognitive Computing Can Help with Data Scientist Shortage

December 14, 2015

“There’s a problem within big data,” writes Rick Delgado (@ricknotdelgado). “The problem is that there’s too much information and not … Continued