IoT challenges

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

Innovators and Thinkers

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

Good Bad Ugly

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

Smart Cities Creative People

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

Supply Chain and Climate Change

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

Globalization and integration

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

Skills shortage clear

Educational Reform and STEM Focus are Needed to Address Skills Shortage

July 11, 2014

The staff at 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


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


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

Online Groceries

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


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

Big Data and Food

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

Disruptive Innovation debate

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

4D Printing

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

Idea Generation clear

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

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Small Businesses Need Help to Detect Fraud

June 13, 2014

Richard Barker, CEO of, asserts “The common perception is that fraudsters target little old ladies and con them out … Continued

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Success Starts with Critical Thinking and Problem-solving Skills

June 12, 2014

Our educational system is tasked with preparing the next-generation to succeed in life. That’s a tall order and it will … Continued

Machine Learning

Machine Learning: Both Deep and Wide

June 11, 2014

Earlier this year, Google paid more than $400 million “to acquire DeepMind Technologies, a startup based in London that had one … Continued

Cutting healthcare costs

Big Data can Help Reduce Healthcare Costs and Improve Care

June 10, 2014

We would all like to see healthcare costs reduced. As an employer, I know how important benefits are to my … Continued

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The Growing Importance of Mobile Tech on the Digital Path to Purchase

June 9, 2014

“Mobile is now dominating the consumer purchase decision process, yet nearly two-thirds of mobile-driven purchases happen offline, according to the … Continued

Science and Agriculture

Farmers and Scientists Must Collaborate to Feed the World

June 6, 2014

“The world could be less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people … Continued

Big Data and Pharma 03

Pharmaceutical Big Data Analytics Promises a Healthier Future

June 5, 2014

“Big data is transforming the way drugs are being developed and prescribed,” asserts Gail Dutton. “Among the innovations: drugs that … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: The Risks Continue to Rise

June 4, 2014

“Supply chain risk has fallen slightly from its all-time peak last year,” writes Paul Snell, “but businesses must remain vigilant … Continued

2014 Flavor Forecast

The Food Industry Looks to Deliver Bold and Spicy Flavors

June 3, 2014

The head chef at McCormick’s technical innovation center in Hunt Valley, MD, Kevan Vetter, is always looking for new recipes … Continued


STEM Education Needs More Diversity

June 2, 2014

“Today,” reports Deep Nishar, “technical fields of study — and the workplaces they feed into — are attracting and retaining … Continued

Creating smart cities by the number

Creating Smart Cities by the Numbers

May 30, 2014

Last year I penned a two-part series entitled Numbers in the City, Part 1 and Part 2. Those posts discussed … Continued

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Machine Learning: Bane or Blessing for Mankind?

May 29, 2014

“It’s tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction,” writes the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen … Continued

CPG Innovation

Consumer Packaged Goods Innovation

May 28, 2014

Last year Kellogg’s was number 54 on Forbes‘ list of innovative companies. Dennis K. Berman wasn’t impressed. “It measures nearly 3 … Continued


Real-time Bidding and Targeted Marketing

May 27, 2014

In a post entitled “Behavioral Data and Targeted Marketing,” I discussed the fact that many marketers are still not taking … Continued


Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014

As you know, Memorial Day’s roots were planted after America’s Civil War. Nearly every community in America suffered the loss … Continued

My precious

Bitcoins and Commerce

May 23, 2014

If you’ve paid much attention to financial news over the past few months, you can’t help but have heard about … Continued

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Robots: Rise of the Machines

May 22, 2014

MIchael Dobie reports, “Robotic help-wanted ads were up 13 percent in 2013.” [“The rise of the machines — it’s happening,” … Continued

Time for change

Changes in Supply Chain Management: Happening Fast not always Appreciated

May 21, 2014

The 19th Century French journalist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, coined the adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the … Continued

Big Data and Emerging Markets

Big Data Analytics in Emerging Market Countries

May 20, 2014

Deloitte Consulting, LLP, analysts Jim Lee, Phillip Savio, and Carey Carpenter know that big data analytics can have a significant … Continued

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Big Data Success Requires Data, Talent, and Analytics

May 19, 2014

“Success in the big data world is far more than what many of the software and hardware vendors would have … Continued

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Graphene: Wonder Material of the 21st Century

May 16, 2014

If you haven’t ever watched “The Graduate,” the movie that launched Dustin Hoffman’s storied film career, you should. In one … Continued

Google fade away

European Court Allows Old Online Users to Just Fade Away

May 15, 2014

At the end of his 1951 farewell address to Congress, General Douglas MacArthur quoted a refrain from an old British … Continued

Changing the world clear

Quantum Future: Just Beyond Our Grasp

May 14, 2014

Back in 2006, Peter Schwartz, Chris Taylor, and Rita Koselka offered a vision of the future that relies on the … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Mapping Your Way to Resilience

May 13, 2014

Commenting on the results of a survey conducted by APQC, Gregory L. Schlegel, founder of The Supply Chain Risk Management … Continued

AI ascending clear

Artificial Intelligence: Ascendant but not Transcendent

May 12, 2014

Release of the movie entitled “Transendence” starring Johnny Depp shined a lot of light on the subject of artificial intelligence. … Continued

Fooling the sense of taste

Food Flavors: Making “Senses” of it All

May 9, 2014

When people think about food, they generally imagine how it will taste on the tongue. Most of us know, however, … Continued

We are all STEM

STEM Education: Why All the Fuss?

May 8, 2014

If you follow the topic of education, you know that there is an ongoing debate about whether the United States … Continued

Agriculture and Big Data

Agriculture and Big Data: Saving the World

May 7, 2014

“Higher food prices have increased poverty, destabilised governments and helped trigger revolutions,” asserts Paul McMahon, “leading to a revival of … Continued

Big Data and Privacy

White House Advisors Weigh-in on Big Data Privacy

May 6, 2014

For several years, I have noted that online privacy is the 800-pound gorilla in the room whenever discussions are held … Continued

Shopper tracking

Shopper Tracking is the Next Phase of Location-based Marketing

May 5, 2014

Alistair Barr reports, “Retailers have long struggled to determine whether online ads fuel sales in their bricks-and-mortar stores. Now, Google … Continued


Principles for Developing Smart Cities

May 2, 2014

“Humanity is crowding into ever smaller portions of the planet,” writes N.L. in an article in The Economist. “In ‘Triumph … Continued

Success Failure clear 03

Innovation: Failure is not a goal

May 1, 2014

There has been a lot written about the notion that a company that fears failure will never be innovative. I … Continued

Behavioral Marketing

Behavioral Data and Targeted Marketing

April 30, 2014

Last January Mai Bruun Poulsen reported that “Companies Are Data-Rich and Insight-Poor.” [Mindjumpers, 24 January 2013] She explained: “Today’s consumers … Continued

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Big Data is All About the Analytics

April 29, 2014

An overview of a report by Markets and Markets states, “Big Data has grown in significance over the last few … Continued

IoT and Supply Chain

The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain

April 28, 2014

“One day,” Steve Rosenbush writes, “sensors will be embedded in all sorts of objects and machines, collecting data and communicating … Continued

2114 clear

Technology Predictions about 2114

April 25, 2014

“We don’t know what’s going to happen 15 minutes from now,” writes Peter Coy, “so it seems like an exercise … Continued


Digitalization and Disruption in Business

April 24, 2014

Lora Cecere reports, “Today, 63% of consumer manufacturing organizations have a digital path to purchase initiative.” [“Digital Path to Purchase: … Continued

Globalization direction clear

Globalization: Where do We Go from Here?

April 23, 2014

Russia’s intervention into the Crimean Peninsula has stirred up a conversation about globalization’s future. After all, the G8 quickly became … Continued


Supply Chain Risk Management Teams are between a Rock and Hard Place

April 22, 2014

“Most managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions,” write Sunil Chopra and ManMohan … Continued

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The Internet of Things Requires Smart Sensors and Smart People

April 21, 2014

Nearly everybody has heard about the Internet and the World Wide Web. They have helped connect the world and have … Continued

Love Cog Computing

Will 2014 be the Year You Fall in Love with Cognitive Computing?

April 18, 2014

In the Oscar-winning film “Her,” the character played by Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his smartphone’s artificial intelligence personal … Continued

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Improving the Flavor of Food: Do You Add Balance or Bytes?

April 17, 2014

“It’s happened to us all at one point or another,” writes Melanie Pinola, “the dish you’ve cooked is too salty, … Continued

Black Swans and Big Data

Supply Chain Risk Management: Big Data and Black Swans

April 16, 2014

I have written about so-called “Black Swan” events in the past (see, for example, a post entitled “Black Swans, Dark … Continued

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Quantum Computing: The Search for Schrödinger’s Cat

April 15, 2014

“Quantum computing may well represent the biggest breakthrough in computer technology since the invention of the microprocessor,” writes Lev Grossman. … Continued

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Breaking Down Corporate Silos with Tacit Knowledge

April 14, 2014

“Tacit knowledge (as opposed to formal, codified or explicit knowledge),” according to Wikipedia, “is the kind of knowledge that is … Continued


Sea-faring Drones: They’re not Ghost Ships

April 11, 2014

In a book attributed to George Barrington entitled “A Voyage to Botany Bay” (1795), the tale of the ghost ship … Continued

Cognitive Computing blog

Artificial Intelligence: Trying to Think Like a Human

April 10, 2014

According to Luke Dormehl, “The secret of human brains is pattern recognition.” [“The Algorithm That Thinks Like A Human,” Fast … Continued

On demand marketing

Targeted Marketing: On-Demand is Changing the Face of Marketing Forever

April 9, 2014

Consumers are becoming more empowered and are, therefore, changing their buying habits. Analysts contend that manufacturers and retailers need to … Continued

Talk and Grit

Improving Education: A Little More Talk and a Little More Grit

April 8, 2014

In a post entitled “Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better,” I talked about the “readiness gap” experienced by low … Continued

Complacency 02

Supply Chain Risk Management: Fewer Risks or More Complacency?

April 7, 2014

Earlier this year, Allianz, a global insurer, reported, “Business interruption and supply chain risks remain atop a list of the … Continued

Smarter and Better Cities

The Changing Face of Cities: Getting Smarter, but are They Getting Better?

April 4, 2014

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, are an enticing prospect,” writes Dr. Gary Graham, a Lecturer in Operations … Continued

Circular-Economy 02

Embracing a Circular Economy

April 3, 2014

“Linear consumption is reaching its limits,” states a World Economic Forum (WEF) report entitled “Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the … Continued

Tough Decisions

Making Better Decisions Faster with Big Data Analytics

April 2, 2014

“Advanced analytics and predictive algorithms change both supply and demand chain processes,” asserts the editorial staff at Supply & Demand … Continued

China sneezes world catches cold

Emerging Markets: If China Sneezes, the World Catches Cold

April 1, 2014

China recently announced that its goal for economic growth for the coming year is 7.5 percent. [“China sets 7.5% growth … Continued

Big data small business

Big Data and Small Business

March 31, 2014

“Here’s a wishful vision of the future,” writes Christina Donnelly and Geoff Simmons, “One day, small businesses will have access … Continued

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Creating a Culture of Innovation in Your Company

March 28, 2014

If you want a creative company, you have to do more than hire creative people. You have to provide those … Continued

Supply Chain Collaboration

Supply Chain Collaboration and Secure Information Sharing

March 27, 2014

Over the past several years, the subject of supply chain collaboration has garnered increased attention. Leonie Barrie reports that last … Continued

educational toys

Tech Toys Can Help Prepare Pre-schoolers for STEM Education

March 26, 2014

Last fall, Michael D. Rich, president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, wrote: “As schoolhouse doors swung open, … Continued

Speaker Series

The Project for STEM Competitiveness Sponsors STEM Speakers Series

March 26, 2014

Last September I announced that, along with some colleagues, I had founded a non-profit organization called The Project for STEM … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is not a Straight and Narrow Way

March 25, 2014

“Growth has slowed. Complexity has increased. At least this is the story for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in North … Continued

Food science

Our Sense of Taste and the Future of Food Security

March 24, 2014

The world population is predicted to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050. Bill Gates, Microsoft mogul and co-founder … Continued

Machine Learning

New Approaches and Tasks for Machine Learning

March 21, 2014

“We all know how difficult it can be using a text term to search for multimedia content online,” writes Darren … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Millennials are Moving Targets, Part 2

March 20, 2014

In the first post of this two-part series, I cited a number of sources who tried to explain the characteristics … Continued

feast or famine

As Food Prices Surge, Increases in Hungry People Can’t be Far Behind

March 19, 2014

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports, “Surging prices for food staples from coffee to meat to vegetables are … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Millennials are Moving Targets, Part 1

March 18, 2014

“With the constant use of social media and digital outlets by the millennial generation (born 1980 to the early 2000s),” … Continued

Supply Chain Weak Link

Supply Chain Risk Management: A Company’s Weak Link?

March 17, 2014

The data breach involving the giant retailer Target has been all over the news for weeks. There was lots of … Continued


STEM Education: Why It’s Important

March 14, 2014

There continues to be debate about whether too much emphasis is being placed on STEM education. Critics believe that proponents … Continued

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The Supply Chain’s Role in Food Security

March 13, 2014

“If current growth patterns continue,” writes Doug Austin, Senior Vice President of Growth & Innovation, “‘extra mouths to feed’ will … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Over the Next Four Score and Seven Years

March 12, 2014

“The advances we’ve seen in the past few years — cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and … Continued

Big Data in Business

Big Data Analytics Continue to Penetrate Business Operations

March 11, 2014

About a year ago, Mike Wheatley wrote, “Big Data has become such a big buzzword in tech these days that … Continued

Instore surveillance

Location-based Marketing: Shoppers Won’t Ever Be Alone Again

March 10, 2014

“Ever since smartphone makers began incorporating GPS receivers into their handsets,” writes Brad Howarth, “marketers have dreamed about making use … Continued

American Gothic High Tech

High Tech Agriculture

March 7, 2014

“The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet will greatly affect agricultural machines such as tractors, agricultural sprayers, harvesters, soil … Continued