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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Report Review: The Promise of Artificial Intelligence

November 4, 2016

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is on a winning streak,” assert Daniel Castro and Joshua New (@Josh_A_New), authors of a new report … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: How Much Segmenting is Too Much?

November 3, 2016

When Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced it was going to do less targeted marketing on Facebook, it was big news. … Continued

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Industry 4.0: How Long will the Revolution Take?

November 2, 2016

“Imagine a world,” writes Mary Shacklett (@MaryShacklett), CEO of Transworld Data, “where smart systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and … Continued

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The Internet of Things and Beyond

November 1, 2016

The current buzz about the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) leaves the impression it is a single, humongous network into … Continued

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Don’t be Afraid — Halloween 2016 Could be a Record Year

October 31, 2016

Halloween has become big business and, in recent years, has also marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season (a … Continued

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Innovation: Rivals, Challengers, and Defenders

October 28, 2016

When most people think about U.S. military innovations developed during the Cold War, they assume those innovations were the result … Continued

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The Digital Supply Chain Imperative

October 27, 2016

“Supply chain is one of the last places where you have all of these analog problems,” asserts Trae Stephens (@traestephens), … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Little Time Remains to Implement Long-term Strategy

October 26, 2016

“By 2021,” writes Forrester Vice President Brian Hopkins (@practicingEA), “a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology … Continued

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Smart Cities: Will Future Taxi Drivers be Ghosts in the Machine?

October 25, 2016

The term “ghost in the machine” is how British philosopher Gilbert Ryle described René Descartes’ philosophical concept of mind-body dualism. … Continued

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Digital Transformation and the Intelligent Enterprise

October 24, 2016

“While 2016 is unlikely to provide robots that are able to sense, respond and adapt to people,” wrote Frank Palermo … Continued

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Education must Prepare Students for Jobs that Don’t Exist

October 21, 2016

One of the primary purposes of education is to prepare students to succeed in life. Success is partially measured by … Continued

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The Many Faces of Cognitive Computing

October 20, 2016

“The history of computing can be divided into three eras,” writes Ahmed K. Noor, an adjunct professor at Old Dominion … Continued

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The Supply Chain IS Business

October 19, 2016

“The supply chain IS Business,” insists Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder of Supply Chain Insights, and “not a department within a … Continued

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Three Phases of Supply Chain Risk Management

October 18, 2016

There are a lot a moving parts associated with a good supply chain risk management program. First and foremost, a … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Is It a Brave New World?

October 17, 2016

“Every generation or so,” writes Marc Benioff (@Benioff), CEO of Salesforce, “emerging technologies converge, and something revolutionary occurs. … Now … Continued

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The White House Report on Artificial Intelligence

October 14, 2016

In an acknowledgement that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to play a significant role in the lives of Americans, the … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence is what will Make Smart Cities Smart

October 13, 2016

In his book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, the late Carl Sagan wrote, “There are … Continued

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Blockchain Technology: Silver Bullet or Simply Buzz

October 12, 2016

“Blockchain technology stands poised to rewrite how business is conducted if its potential is achieved,” declares Thor Olavsrud (@ThorOlavsrud).[1] But … Continued

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Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 2

October 11, 2016

In the first part of this article, I discussed why so many analysts insist supply chain transformation (i.e., building a … Continued

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Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 1

October 10, 2016

No shortage exists of pundits who insist corporate supply chains must transform over the coming decade. Although their transformation strategies … Continued

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Quantum Computing: Stopping the World’s Fastest Particle could Lead to the World’s Fastest Computer

October 7, 2016

Light particles are the ultimate measure of speed. We were all raised with the notion that nothing in the universe … Continued

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Big Data Projects Leave the Early Adopter Phase

October 6, 2016

“Big data has passed the early adopter stage,” asserts Carol Jon. “The early adopters have taken the big data ball … Continued

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Baby Boomers: Targeted Market with an Expiration Date

October 5, 2016

Most current articles about targeted marketing focus on landing millennial (aka Generation Y) consumers and some articles even looking further … Continued

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The Internet of Things: Already Here and Changing Industry

October 4, 2016

“Everyone is waiting for the Internet of Things,” writes Christopher Mims (@mims). “The funny thing is, it is already here. … Continued

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Process Automation: Employing Software Robots

October 3, 2016

“Automation is a familiar part of the process excellence and continuous improvement toolkit,” writes Daniel Senter (@theDanSenter), the Business Systems … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation Requires Commitment, Part 2

September 30, 2016

“You can no longer simply produce great products and services and expect to succeed,” asserts a report from Forrester It continues, … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation Requires Commitment, Part 1

September 29, 2016

“The race is on to transform today’s enterprise to a digital entity,” writes Arthur Cole (@acole602), “which sounds like a … Continued

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Digital Transformation and the Digital Path to Purchase

September 28, 2016

We live in the digital age; mobile technologies have penetrated deep into most societies; and, the digital path to purchase … Continued

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Agriculture: The Jetsons Meet the MacDonalds

September 27, 2016

The topic of agriculture generally brings to mind scenes of waving grain, orchards of fruit trees, and/or animals grazing peacefully … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Hardware vs. Soft Skills

September 26, 2016

“Even seasoned carnival barkers might struggle to exaggerate the current feats of cognitive technologies,” writes Sam Ransbotham (@Ransbotham), an associate … Continued

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STEM Education Helps Prepare Children for a Project-based World

September 23, 2016

If Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark), CEO of Getting Smart, is correct, we need to start preparing our children for a … Continued

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Machine Learning: A Company’s Most Tireless Employee

September 22, 2016

According to research conducted by Vanson Bourne for SoftServe, “62% of medium to large organizations expect to implement machine learning … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Beyond the Buzz

September 21, 2016

“[Artificial Intelligence] is hot,” writes Om Malik (@om), founder of GigaOm, “and every company worth its stock price is talking … Continued

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Will Millennials Change What’s Found on Grocers’ Shelves?

September 20, 2016

A couple of years ago, Monica Watrous (@MonicaWatrous) reported that the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International concluded millennials are … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: You Can’t Outsource Responsibility

September 19, 2016

“There’s a saying,” writes Warrick Beaver (@WarrickBeaver), Managing Director of Customer & Third Party Risk at Thomas Reuters, “that you … Continued

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Are “Psychopaths” Helping or Hurting Your Supply Chain?

September 16, 2016

“A new study shows supply chain executives demonstrate higher levels of psychopathic tendencies than any other role in the business … Continued

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Some Do’s and Don’ts for Digital Enterprise Transformation

September 15, 2016

Many analysts have predicted that for companies to survive in the digital age they must transform into digital enterprises. What … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Personas: More Catching Less Fishing

September 14, 2016

Have you ever gone fishing? If you have, then you understand your chances of catching something improve when you know … Continued

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Smart Cities can’t be Dumb about Last Mile Logistics

September 13, 2016

As cognitive computing systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to mature, there will be more and more written … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Enlisted in Fight to Eradicate Poverty

September 12, 2016

“Eradicating extreme poverty, measured as people living on less than $1.25 U.S. a day, by 2030 is among the sustainable … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Is Your Brain more than an Algorithm?

September 9, 2016

“The colloquial definition of ‘artificial intelligence’ refers to the general idea of a computerized system that exhibits abilities similar to … Continued

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Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration: Fellow Travelers on the Path to Excellence

September 8, 2016

“A lack of supply chain visibility and ineffective collaboration [are] often the reason[s] for poor supply chain performance,” asserts Antonia … Continued

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Is Your Business Ready for Process Automation?

September 7, 2016

According to a report published by Market Research Engine, “The IT robotic automation market is expected to exceed more than … Continued