InnovateTop10A 2014

Innovation from Cradle to Grave

March 27, 2015

Last summer you might have read about the results of an international report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation … Continued

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Food Security: Overcoming Risks in the Food Supply Chain

March 26, 2015

Consumers in the developed world have come to expect supermarkets to offer all varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout … Continued

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Transforming the Supply Chain in an Omnichannel World

March 25, 2015

“The rise of the omni-consumer,” asserts Fabrizio Brasca (@FabBrasca), Vice President of Global Logistics at JDA Software, “has changed virtually … Continued

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Predictive Analytics: Promising or Scary?

March 24, 2015

“Big Data is both an over-hyped buzzword and a real trend,” writes Gregory Piatetsky (@kdnuggets), President of KDnuggets, “reflecting the … Continued

Millennials

Targeted Marketing: The Dawning of the Age of Millennials

March 23, 2015

“It wasn’t that long ago,” writes Catherine Salfino (@CathSalfino), “when marketers merely had to place ads in newspapers and magazines, … Continued

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The Internet of Everything and Global Transformation

March 20, 2015

As I have noted in several previous articles discussing the Internet of Things (IoT), the IoT is set to transform … Continued

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Trade Promotion Optimization Meets Cognitive Computing

March 19, 2015

Analysts at L.E.K. write, “Trade promotion programs are pivotal to driving sales, building brand equity with consumers and strengthening channel … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase: Complex and Growing

March 18, 2015

In a masterful bit of understatement, the folks at Google note, “These days, the customer journey has grown more complex.” … Continued

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Making Supply Chain Risk Management a Priority

March 17, 2015

“Risk isn’t a new topic in the supply chain,” writes Hailey Lynne McKeefry (@HaileyMcK), Editor in Chief of EBN, “but … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Requires Careful Planning

March 16, 2015

“Knowing your target customer is the single most important job of any marketer,” writes Jim Joseph (@JimJosephExp), President of Americas … Continued

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STEM Education: We Need another Sputnik Moment

March 13, 2015

For those of us too young to remember the 1950s, the Soviet launch of its Sputnik satellite seems like ancient … Continued

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Preparing Businesses for the Unknown

March 12, 2015

One of Enterra Solutions’® Board members, Benn Konsynski (@Konsynski), the George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Information Systems and … Continued

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Big Data Analytics and the Connected Supply Chain

March 11, 2015

“Our world continues to change at an increasing rate,” writes Ron Guido (@safeathome12), President of LifeCare Services, LLC. The biggest … Continued

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Inventory Optimization and Cognitive Computing

March 10, 2015

Inventory is one of the necessary evils associated with doing business. In a manufacturer’s ideal world, a product would be … Continued

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Africa: Emerging Markets’ Final Frontier

March 9, 2015

In a review of a book entitled Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter, Katrina … Continued

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Fat: You Need Some in Your Diet and It May be a Sixth Taste

March 6, 2015

Over the last several decades fat in our diets has received a lot of bad press. Low fat and no … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Beyond Deep Learning

March 5, 2015

The media has been full of articles recently about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). Some pundits predict that AI … Continued

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Smart Cities Rely on Smart Systems

March 4, 2015

Kanumury Radhesh (@radhesh_k), leader of the Global Entrepreneur Program for IBM India and South Asia, offers this definition of a … Continued

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Customer Experience (CX) Highlights the Digital Path to Purchase

March 3, 2015

Gartner analyst Jake Sorofman (@jakesorofman) reports that Gartner’s 2015 Marketing Spending Survey concludes, “Customer experience is the most pressing mandate … Continued

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Successful Targeted Marketing Requires Knowing Your Customer

March 2, 2015

Pamela Bartz, vice president at GT Software, and Michael Pernice (@MichaelPernice), GT Software’s regional sales manager, ask Chief Marketing Officers … Continued

STEM in Service of the Poor

STEM in the Service of the Poor

February 27, 2015

Each year Bill & Melinda Gates publish a letter in which they express their hopes and dreams about a better future … Continued

Christmas is coming

Preparing Your Supply Chain for the 2015 Holidays

February 26, 2015

You might have heard the term “Christmas Creep” as it applies to retailers who start prepping their stores with Christmas … Continued

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Climate Change and Supply Chain Risk Management

February 25, 2015

There is growing concern about the global effects of climate change, even among climate change skeptics. Last year was the … Continued

Infrastructure

Investing in Infrastructure is Investing in the Future

February 24, 2015

According to a 2014 study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by the University of Maryland’s … Continued

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing is Still Critical for a Healthy Economy

February 23, 2015

In KPMG’s 2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook report, Jeff Dobbs, KPMG’s Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing, wrote, “The challenges of … Continued

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Honoring the Past and Looking to the Future of STEM Education

February 20, 2015

Throughout the year the entertainment field puts on award shows to honor individuals and groups in the fields of music … Continued

Thinking Like Humans

Computers that Try to Think Like Humans

February 19, 2015

Amelia is a computer with which humans can hold natural language conversations. It (she) was built by an information technology … Continued

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Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

February 18, 2015

Recently, I served as a panelist on a webinar sponsored by Supply Chain Insights. The topic of focus for the … Continued

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Big Data, Cognitive Computing, and the Future of Electronic Health Records

February 17, 2015

“Sometime in the not too distant future,” predicts Jordan Novet (@jordannovet), “your doctor could write you a prescription for a … Continued

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Food Security: A Growing Global Concern

February 16, 2015

Those of us residing in the United States consider ourselves blessed to be living in a land of plenty — … Continued

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The Valentine’s Day Supply Chain: Bringing You Love

February 13, 2015

Confectioners, card companies, and flower shops love holidays. Valentine’s Day is no exception. The day, of course, is named in … Continued

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Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

February 12, 2015

“Machines can make cities smarter,” declares Spyros Salpeas, Head of Global Services, MENA, at Orange Business Services. “Machine-to-machine (M2M) — … Continued

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Engagement is the Key for Digital Path to Purchase Success

February 11, 2015

The late department store magnate John Wanamaker once stated, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble … Continued

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Targeted Marketing is Getting More Refined Thanks to Technology

February 10, 2015

“The pace of innovation in marketing technology is astounding,” writes Doug Camplejohn (@camplejohn), CEO and founder of Fliptop. “Adobe, Salesforce, … Continued

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Big Data Analytics still Requires Critical Thinking

February 9, 2015

“More and more companies, both large and small,” writes David Wagner (@DavidWagner16), director of Market development at TeamQuest, “are beginning … Continued

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Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid using Big Data and Innovation

February 6, 2015

“In his seminal work, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” writes Amitava Chattopadhyay (@AmitavaChats), the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor … Continued

The Unknown

Supply Chain Risk Management: Planning for the Unknown

February 5, 2015

“While the risk of business disruption can come from anything ranging from natural disasters to economic and political crises,” writes … Continued

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Big Data Analytics: Determining Causation rather than Correlation

February 4, 2015

“An advantage of having knowledge about causal relationships rather than about statistical associations is that the former enables prediction of … Continued

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The Up Side of Artificial Intelligence Development

February 3, 2015

In an article entitled “Practical Artificial Intelligence is Changing the World,” I promised to write a follow-on article that discussed … Continued

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Making Sense of Cognitive Computing

February 2, 2015

“Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere,” writes Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen). “It’s still what the experts call ‘soft A.I.,’ but it is … Continued

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Are We Too Obsessed with STEM Education?

January 30, 2015

I’m a supporter of STEM education; but, there are a growing number of critics who believe that we are putting … Continued

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What the Super Bowl Can Teach Us about Supply Chain Risk Management

January 29, 2015

This year’s Super Bowl looks pretty evenly matched. Both teams (the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks) sport a 14-4 … Continued

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Machine Learning: Advancing Computer Science

January 28, 2015

“Although it has been around for a long time now, Machine Learning is becoming more prevalent,” writes Balachander Ramachandran (@Moontails). … Continued

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Big Data, Hadoop, and Cognitive Computing

January 27, 2015

Anyone involved in business, technology, and/or analytics is well aware of the hype surrounding the term Big Data. Eugene Kim … Continued

Miss the Boat

The Digital Path to Purchase Comes of Age

January 26, 2015

Last July, Scott Welty, global vice president for retail industry strategy at JDA, wrote, “The technology-driven shift to omnichannel shopping … Continued

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Smart Cities: Big Data and Resiliency

January 23, 2015

Smart city discussions are almost always based on technology and how that technology can be used to improve the systems … Continued

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Location-based Marketing is on the Move

January 22, 2015

Last year, Michele Nemschoff (@mnemschoff), Vice President, Corporate Marketing at MapR, asserted, “Thanks to the rise of the mobile consumer, … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Big Data and Analytics

January 21, 2015

“There is such a preponderance of business and personal data whirling around the globe every millisecond,” writes Chris Preimesberger (@editingwhiz), … Continued

2015 Smart Machines

Predictions 2015: Smart Machines

January 20, 2015

In a previous article entitled “IDC Inaugurates the 2015 Prediction Season,” discussed predictions about technology made by analysts from the … Continued

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More Progress towards Quantum Computing

January 19, 2015

By almost any standard the quantum world is weird. One of the weirder things about the sub-atomic world is that … Continued

Importance of STEM

STEM Education is About Succeeding in Life

January 16, 2015

I’ve read articles that insist too much emphasis is being placed on STEM education. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m a … Continued

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Practical Artificial Intelligence is Changing the World

January 15, 2015

“Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say,” writes Anthony Wing Kosner (@akosner), UX Lead at Vital Text Systems, “hostile … Continued

Improving OSA

Improving On-Shelf Availability

January 14, 2015

Watching products fly off the shelf is every manufacturer’s and retailer’s dream. That dream, however, starts with ensuring that there … Continued

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The Rise of the Internet of Things

January 13, 2015

According to many reports, the winner at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was the Internet of Things (IoT). Ciara O’Brien … Continued

2015 SCRM

2015 Predictions: Supply Chain Risk Management

January 12, 2015

In an article entitled “Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort,” I discussed two kinds of disruptions that can … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Smart Cities

January 9, 2015

Predicting what cities of the future would look like has been a source of speculation for centuries. Isaac Asimov, the … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: It’s Tough Getting Out of the Gate

January 8, 2015

Emily Steel (@emilysteel) reports that in the past few years hundreds — if not thousands — of companies have emerged … Continued

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Cognifying Our Lives through Cognitive Computing

January 7, 2015

Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive Editor of Wired magazine, recently tweeted, “In the very near future you will cognify everything … Continued

Trust

Big Data: Who Do You Trust?

January 6, 2015

The sine qua non for big data analytics is, of course, big data. That shouldn’t be a problem with the … Continued

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Outside-In Supply Chain Visibility

January 5, 2015

For years supply chain consultant Lora Cecere (@lcecere) has been telling companies that they need to create supply chain visibility … Continued

Not Just Numbers

People at the Bottom of the Pyramid are not Just Numbers

January 2, 2015

Pyramids are interesting geometrical shapes. As we all know, their outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point … Continued

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Happy New Year 2015

January 1, 2015

The older one gets the faster time seems to fly. Each New Year’s Day reminds us that time stops for … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 2

December 31, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I focused on the first five of ten predictions made by International Data … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 1

December 30, 2014

James Dyson, the British inventor, designer, engineer, and entrepreneur most famous for his vacuums, once said, “Manufacturing is more than … Continued

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Narrow Artificial Intelligence and Your Business’ Future

December 29, 2014

While some pundits endlessly debate whether artificial general intelligence (AGI) leading to a sentient machine will ever be achieved, companies … Continued

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Demystifying the Mysteries of Innovation

December 26, 2014

Innovation is one of those terms that you hear frequently but realize doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. “When … Continued

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Christmas 2014

December 25, 2014

Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE, a British journalist, writer, and columnist, once wrote, “From a commercial point of view, if Christmas … Continued

Transforming the World

Quantum Computers Will Transform the World — We Hope

December 24, 2014

Eric Ladizinsky, co-founder of D-Wave, the Canadian firm claiming to have produced the world’s first commercial quantum computer, asserts that … Continued

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Enhanced Shopping Experiences and the Digital Path to Purchase

December 23, 2014

“Retailers, reliant on a traditional bricks-and-mortar heritage,” writes Trisha Nichols, Managing Partner at MediaCom US, “face a complex task of … Continued

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The Future of Food: Will Bugs be Labeled Organic?

December 22, 2014

This time of year people think a lot about treats — candy canes hung on Christmas trees, visions of sugarplums, … Continued

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Attracting Girls to STEM Careers

December 19, 2014

Earlier this year Maura Falk (@MfgMaura), Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, wrote, “My attention has been drawn to the issue … Continued

2015 Emerging Markets

2015 Predictions: Emerging Markets

December 18, 2014

Sustained global economic growth primarily depends on continued growth in emerging markets. New middle class consumers in those markets will … Continued

2015 IoT

2015 Predictions: The Internet of Things

December 17, 2014

If I were going to name the coming year based on what people are predicting, I would probably call 2015 … Continued

2015 Digital Marketing

2015 Predictions: Digital Marketing

December 16, 2014

One area in which you can find a wide variety of predictions is digital marketing. The reason for all this … Continued

2015 Logistics

2015 Predictions: Transportation and Logistics

December 15, 2014

The world is on the move. Gone are the days when a majority of humankind could walk to their jobs … Continued

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Santa Claus: The Best Salesman in History

December 12, 2014

Santa Claus has become a worldwide sales phenomenon who hypes everything from cars to candies. His rise to “Best Salesman … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 2

December 11, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part article focusing on 2015 supply chain predictions, I discussed two articles written by Robert … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 1

December 10, 2014

In this article, which continues a series of articles about predictions about the upcoming year, I want to discuss the … Continued

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2015 Predictions: Food and Flavors

December 9, 2014

Although the end-of-the-year prediction season generally involves prognostications about things like emerging technologies, the economy, political events, and the like, … Continued

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IDC Inaugurates the 2015 Prediction Season

December 8, 2014

Every year daring prognosticators polish their crystal balls and offer up their predictions about the coming year. Over the coming … Continued

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Food Security and STEM Education

December 5, 2014

The World Food Prize believes “The Greatest Challenge in Human History” is answering the question: “Can We Sustainably Feed the … Continued

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Machine Learning: What’s It Good For?

December 4, 2014

There is a lot of concern being expressed in the press nowadays about the rise of artificial intelligence and how … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Requires Cultural Awareness

December 3, 2014

Companies don’t require a marketing genius to know that product preferences (in food, clothing, cars, etc.) differ among ethnic and … Continued

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Visibility is Essential for Managing Supply Chain Risk

December 2, 2014

Yves Belanger, a director, and Yves Leclerc, a managing director, at West Monroe Partners, ask, “What does risk mean for … Continued

Top Mobile Apps 2014

Mobile is beginning to Dominate the Digital Path to Purchase

December 1, 2014

A year ago Paul Marobella (@marobella), President of Havas Worldwide Chicago Group, wrote, “Six years after Apple’s first-generation iPhone kicked … Continued

Black Friday

Black Friday: Let the Shopping Begin

November 28, 2014

If you live in the United States, you know that today is Black Friday. Black Friday always falls the day … Continued

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Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014

The Pilgrims, Native Americans (specifically the Wampanoag tribe), and the Thanksgiving celebration are inextricably linked. Each Thanksgiving Americans recall the … Continued

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Smart Cities should be Judged by How They Treat the Poor

November 26, 2014

Kamu Iyer, a veteran Mumbai architect, devotes a chapter in his book “Bombay from Precincts to Sprawl,” to discussing what … Continued

Chronic & Situational Disruptions

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort

November 25, 2014

The APICS Supply Chain Council recently released the results of a survey that highlight the ubiquity of chronic supply chain … Continued

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Avoiding a 2014 Holiday Supply Chain Meltdown Requires Managing Customer Expectations

November 24, 2014

Some of us have blessedly short memories when it comes to recalling unpleasant events in our lives. Golfers are even … Continued

A Whole New Engineer

Book Review: A Whole New Engineer

November 21, 2014

It doesn’t take long to discover that A Whole New Engineer, written by David E. Goldberg (@deg511) and Mark Somerville … Continued

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Transforming Your Supply Chain Using Big Data Analytics

November 20, 2014

“It’s no secret that, in today’s global business environment,” writes Joseph Roussel, a France-based PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, “superior supply chain performance … Continued

Big Data and Industry

Big Data is Disrupting and Improving Almost Every Industrial Sector

November 19, 2014

“No one cares about technology for technology’s sake,” writes Howard Baldwin, Forbes‘ community editor for Data Driven Business. “Well, probably … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Might Not Take Over the World but It Could Take Over Your Job: Part 2

November 18, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I wrote about the ominous and depressing future predicted to unfold by some … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Might Not Take Over the World but It Could Take Over Your Job: Part 1

November 17, 2014

Alex Hern (@alexhern) succinctly notes the current state of the debate about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and their potential … Continued

Trust

Smart Cities won’t Get Smart in the Absence of Trust and Sharing

November 14, 2014

“One of the chief prerequisites for the successful execution of a smart city project is neither technology nor effective management,” … Continued

Glossary

A Glossary of Quantum Computing Terms

November 13, 2014

Every week scientists around the globe seem to announce another breakthrough that could help lead to the construction of a … Continued

Emerging Markets think small

Doing Big Business in Emerging Markets often Means Thinking Small

November 12, 2014

“Farsighted companies have started to recognize that their next wave of growth [in emerging market countries] will come by fundamentally … Continued

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Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Requires Personalizing Your Content

November 10, 2014

“Amid the buzz about data marketing,” writes Matthew Parsons (@matt_parsons), “it’s all too easy to forget that customers are real … Continued