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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

From Digitally Disrupted to Digital Disrupter

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


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

sense of smell

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

Math and English

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


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


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

Business Landscape

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

Real-World Analytics

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


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


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


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

SC Managers not keeping up

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

Innovation process

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

Omnichannel shopping

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

crop yields and climate change

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

Digital transformation

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

Confused about QC

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

Believe the Reality

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

Lights go out

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

HVT clear

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


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

I think therefore I am clear

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 clear

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


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

How Ideas Spread

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

How Ideas Spread

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

Humor in marketing

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

Food Trends

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


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

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

Creepy stranger clear

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

Farewell clear 02

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

Quantum computing temp

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

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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

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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