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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

IoT and the Supply Chain

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

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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

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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

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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

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Context versus Content Marketing

October 16, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Targeting Your Most Valuable Customers

August 13, 2014

Kelly Liyakasa (@KellyLiyakasa) reports that a common theme at last summer’s eTail East conference in Philadelphia “was delivering personalized offers … Continued

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Transportation is a Major Concern for Smart City Planners

August 12, 2014

By now most people are aware that over 50 percent of the world’s population live in an urban setting. All … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Prove Useful Long Before They Become Self-Aware

August 11, 2014

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term that is used to describe computers, robots, and software that mimic and act … Continued

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Making STEM Education Cool

August 8, 2014

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, so-called STEM subjects, are often viewed as difficult and boring. That’s why one of the … Continued

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McCormick Continues to Pursue Its Online Presence

August 7, 2014

McCormick & Company® is constantly “pushing to raise the art, science and passion of flavor to a higher level — … Continued

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Supply Chain Sustainability Comes of Age

August 6, 2014

“There was a time when business investments in education, community initiatives, disaster relief or environmental conservation were treated as corporate … Continued

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How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 2

August 5, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some of theories about how ideas spread and what makes them … Continued

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How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 1

August 4, 2014

“Good ideas and innovation travel easily — and far,” writes John Major. “Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes.” [“Silk … Continued

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You Can Learn a Lot about Marketing from Weird Al Yankovic

August 1, 2014

Weird Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) has been an iconic pop figure for 35 years. Other “singers” have come and gone as … Continued

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Quantum Computing: Assembling the Pieces

July 31, 2014

“Scientists have observed something fascinating about the universe: A tiny particle can spontaneously appear from nothing and then disappear as … Continued

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Food Trends to Watch

July 30, 2014

Harvey Hartman notes that there are a few powerful voices in food sector who punch above their weight when it … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase takes Center Stage

July 29, 2014

A study published earlier this year by UPS, comScore and the e-tailing group concluded, “Digital channels are now the method … Continued

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Big Data and Chemistry

July 28, 2014

“Despite the cost and relative scarcity of precious metals — iridium, platinum, rhodium — we rely on them to manufacture … Continued

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Technology and Food

July 25, 2014

We are living in a world of growing consumerism; but, we all know that truly important things for humankind’s survival … Continued

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Social Media Marketing: Miracle or Mirage?

July 24, 2014

There is no doubt that social media has been phenomenally successful. It is a rare individual who has never heard … Continued

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The Internet of Things: Saving Ourselves with Technology

July 23, 2014

I recently listened to a provocative presentation given by Gary Atkinson (@GaryA_ARM), Director of Emerging Technologies at ARM, entitled “Can … Continued

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Patient Monitoring, Big Data, and the Future of Healthcare

July 22, 2014

I’m pretty sure that when you read the word “patient” in the headline of this article, your first thought was … Continued

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Microsoft’s “Adam” Takes Us to the Eve of New Age of Artificial Intelligence

July 21, 2014

“We’re entering a new age of artificial intelligence,” insists Daniela Hernandez (@danielaphd). “Drawing on the work of a clever cadre … Continued

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Innovators and Thinkers

July 18, 2014

Some people might find the title of this article strange or confusing. After all, everybody thinks; especially innovators. Innovators’ minds … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

July 17, 2014

There has been a lot of fear-mongering about artificial intelligence in the news lately and it has involved some famous … Continued

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Smart Cities Require Creative People

July 16, 2014

With three-quarters of the world’s population living in cities in 2050, Lester Wong, Sheena Tang, and Raphael Lim report that … Continued

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Climate Change becomes a Priority for Supply Chain Risk Managers

July 15, 2014

“In 2010,” writes Ryan Schuchard (@ryanschuchard), “massive flooding in Pakistan profoundly affected the country and disrupted supply chains globally, spiking … Continued

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Globalization, Integration, and Big Data = Big Solutions

July 14, 2014

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort, an author and social entrepreneur, writes, “I think it is important [to] transition from today’s world to a … Continued

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Educational Reform and STEM Focus are Needed to Address Skills Shortage

July 11, 2014

The staff at Manufacturing.net reports, “U.S. manufacturers may be losing up to 11 percent annually of their earnings as a … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Be a Helpful Friend not a Creepy Stranger

July 10, 2014

“Big data this, big data that,” writes Fatemeh Khatibloo. “Hardly a day goes by when we’re not bombarded with messages … Continued

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The Unrelenting Nature of Supply Chain Risk Management

July 9, 2014

In an article about supply chain risk management, Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS, a professional association for supply chain and … Continued

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Big Data Analytics Could Produce Big Results in the Agricultural Sector

July 8, 2014

Even though humankind is still dependent on agriculture for its survival, most developed and developing states no longer rely primarily … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence is Changing the World and Humankind must Adapt

July 7, 2014

In a post entitled “Machine Learning: Bane or Blessing for Mankind?,” I noted that the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking … Continued

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Independence Day 2014

July 4, 2014

America’s Independence Day holiday doesn’t actually celebrate the day that colonial independence was declared (that occurred on July 2nd). It … Continued

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Online Grocery Shopping Continues to Grow

July 3, 2014

In a two-part series entitled “Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 1 and Part 2,” I cited an article written by Brad … Continued

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Facebook Says, “I’m sorry.” Could soon be Saying, “Sorry to see you go!”

July 2, 2014

“By now,” writes Mike Isaac, “Facebook is very, very good at saying sorry.” [“Facebook Says It’s Sorry. We’ve Heard That Before.” The … Continued

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Mobile Technologies are beginning to Dominate the Digital Path to Purchase

July 1, 2014

A couple of years ago Thomas Husson, a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, wrote, “Few companies can now rely on … Continued

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Data Science, Data Scientists and the Evolution of Analytics

June 30, 2014

“In a generation,” writes Ikkel Krenchel and Christian Madsbjerg, “the relationship between the ‘tech genius’ and society has been transformed: … Continued

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Searching for a Less Quirky Qubit

June 27, 2014

At the end of a post entitled “Quantum Computing: The Quest Continues,” I indicated that I would write another article … Continued

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Big Data and Big Flavors

June 26, 2014

When you hear the term Big Data, the first thing that pops into your mind probably isn’t food, flavors, or … Continued

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Quantum Computing: The Quest Continues

June 25, 2014

As I pointed out in a previous post ["Quantum Future: Just Beyond Our Grasp"], some scientists believe that the effort … Continued

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Disruptive Innovation in the Eye of a Storm

June 24, 2014

Over the years, I have periodically referred to the business and educational theories of Clayton Christensen, a renowned Harvard Business … Continued

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As 3D Printing Emerges, Researchers Working on 4D Printing

June 23, 2014

Many futurists believe we are entering an era in which customization and personalization will be commonplace. That presents a real … Continued

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Generating and Exploiting Ideas

June 20, 2014

“From multiple observations come ideas,” writes Harold Jarche. “From multiple ideas can come new insights.” [“From observation to breakthrough,” 28 … Continued

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We Have All the Necessary Technologies to Make Our Cities Smarter

June 19, 2014

“A veritable ‘perfect storm’ of challenges and opportunities is profoundly changing the fundamentals of urban areas throughout the world,” asserts … Continued

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The Coming Evolution of Global Business

June 18, 2014

“Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Content

June 17, 2014

“Imagine the following scenario,” writes Mars Cyrillo. “You are an airline company and from all the data collected from previous … Continued

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Assessing Supply Chain Risk

June 16, 2014

“In 2013,” writes Lora Cecere, “80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just … Continued