Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain

Additive Manufacturing and Its Impact on the Supply Chain

July 7, 2015

The growth of additive manufacturing (i.e., producing products using 3D printers) has been stunning. Not long ago, 3D printers were … Continued

Cog Computing and Targeted Marketing

Cognitive Computing and Targeted Marketing

July 6, 2015

AMC’s television series “Mad Men” ended on a delightful up note. The fictional lead character of the series, advertising executive … Continued

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Independence Day 2015

July 3, 2015

Almost every country in the world celebrates a national holiday that recognizes its independence, founding, or heritage. In the United … Continued

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Doing Business in Frontier Markets

July 2, 2015

“With the Middle East and north Africa now engulfed in multiple wars,” writes Borzou Daragahi (@borzou), “businesses and investors are … Continued

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Making the Digital Path to Purchase Profitable

July 1, 2015

The rapid spread of mobile technologies (especially the smartphone) has mostly obliterated the traditional path to purchase for both business-to-business … Continued

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Towards the Digital Enterprise

June 30, 2015

“Technology is intertwined in nearly every aspect of business today,” writes Pierre Nanterme (@PierreNanterme) and Marty Cole, respectively Accenture’s Chairman/CEO … Continued

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Cognitive Computing can Help Retain and Leverage Tribal Knowledge

June 29, 2015

Whenever a talented employee leaves a job or assumes a new role, a company risks losing valuable knowledge that he … Continued

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Progress Continues towards Quantum Computing

June 26, 2015

“The third age of machines is near,” writes Bruno Teboul (@Brunoteboul), governance member at the Ecole Polytechnique. “Quantum and cognitive … Continued

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Big Data Integration in a Transnational Business World

June 25, 2015

The landscape in which today’s transnational businesses must operate is complex. Challenges can be confronted at every level — national, … Continued

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Combating Supply Chain Fraud, Waste, Theft, & Abuse

June 24, 2015

“Everyday supply-chain transactions pose some of the biggest fraud, waste, and abuse risks companies face,” asserts Sabine Vollmer. “But few … Continued

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The Supply Chain and the IoT: A Match Made in Heaven

June 23, 2015

“There is huge potential for countries to further increase their connectedness and prosper through trade, integration and technology,” states Ken … Continued

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Human-Machine Cooperation: Will It Characterize the Future?

June 22, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a conference sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb called “Data Driven Decisions … Continued

Girls in STEM

Getting Girls Involved in STEM Fields Will Improve All of Our Lives

June 19, 2015

There has been a lot debate recently about whether the stress on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is … Continued

Connected by Design

Book Review: Connected by Design

June 18, 2015

I became interested in Barry Wacksman’s (@wacksman) and Chris Stutzman’s (@cjstutzman) book Connected by Design when I learned that it contained … Continued

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Let’s Be Smart Connecting to the Internet of Things

June 17, 2015

Analysts have forecast that within the next five years billions of devices will be connected to the Internet of Things … Continued

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Is Online Grocery Shopping Really About to Soar?

June 16, 2015

“Since the early days of the internet,” writes Cooper Smith (@CooperASmith), “entrepreneurs have dreamed of moving grocery shopping online. It’s … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation

Supply Chain Transformation: Three Critical Concepts

June 15, 2015

George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright, stated, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot … Continued

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Innovation: People, Process, or Both?

June 12, 2015

“What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation,” asks Andrea Ovans, Senior Editor of the Harvard Business Review, “finding creative … Continued

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Welcome to the World of the Millennials

June 11, 2015

Christine Hassler (@ChristinHassler), a life coach and member of Generation Y (i.e., a Millennial) told Meagan Parrish, “The generational divide … Continued

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Supply Chain Sustainability: Is “Use Now, Pay Later” Era Over?

June 10, 2015

Gregory Unruh (@gregoryunruh), the Arison Group Endowed Professor at George Mason University, believes the time has come for businesses to … Continued

Preinventory Management

Predictive Inventory Management: Fulfilling Orders Even When Your Shipment is Late

June 9, 2015

No manufacturer wants to suffer decreased profit margins as a result of shipping delays that can result in product time-to-market … Continued

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Smart Cities Begin with Smart Approaches

June 8, 2015

Around the globe the topic of smart cities is beginning to catch on. India, for example, has established an ambitious … Continued

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Addressing Challenges at the Bottom of the Pyramid

June 5, 2015

Nearly 4 billion people in the world are struggling at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Sixty percent of them … Continued

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Supply Chains Face Stormy Weather

June 4, 2015

When David A. Bell wrote the hit tune “Stormy Weather,” he had love rather than supply chains on his mind. … Continued

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Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

June 3, 2015

Mae West reportedly stated, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” While that may apply to some areas … Continued

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Quantum Computing Promises Fast Solutions to Huge Problems

June 2, 2015

The debate over whether a universal quantum computer will ever be built is not over. Kelly Dickerson (@Kickerson13), however, has … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Job Creator or Job Destroyer?

June 1, 2015

It would be foolish to argue that some jobs now being performed by humans aren’t going to be lost to … Continued

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Fragmentation and Regionalization are Changing Globalization

May 29, 2015

To succeed in the world you have to understand the world. That’s a tall order since the world is in … Continued

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Big Data and Technology are Changing the Face of Agriculture

May 28, 2015

“When you think of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you might think of high tech fields like Nanotechnology or microchip … Continued

Machine Learning Primer Part 2

Machine Learning: A Primer for the Technically Challenged, Part 2

May 27, 2015

In Part 1 of this article, I noted that there are five principal ways that machines learn. They are: Supervised … Continued

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John Nash: Tribute to a Beautiful Mind

May 26, 2015

By now most people know that Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr., and his wife Alicia were tragically killed in an … Continued

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Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer and, even though it began as a solemn day of remembrance back … Continued

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STEM Programs can Help Close the Supply Chain Talent Gap

May 22, 2015

“A supply chain talent perfect storm could be in the offing.” At Least, that is the conclusion reached by Kusumal … Continued

Machine Learning Primer

Machine Learning: A Primer for the Technically Challenged, Part 1

May 21, 2015

“In the age of data science,” Shelly Palmer (@shellypalmer), Managing Director of the Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures, writes, … Continued

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The Big Data Era Keeps Advancing

May 20, 2015

“Big Data should not only be framed as part of the digital revolution of the past few decades,” writes Irving … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: The Next IT Wave

May 19, 2015

According to Matt Sanchez (@MattSanchez), founder and CTO of Cognitive Scale, “Cognitive Computing is the most significant disruption in the … Continued

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The Changing Food Landscape

May 18, 2015

“We are obsessed with food,” states a report from Acosta. “We research how ingredients are grown; we share photos of … Continued

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Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 3

May 15, 2015

This is the final article in a three-part series celebrating the third annual Infrastructure Week. According to the website promoting … Continued

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Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 2

May 14, 2015

This is the second article in a series of three celebrating the third annual Infrastructure Week. According to the website … Continued

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Welcome to Infrastructure Week, Part 1

May 13, 2015

If you are like me, you have probably never heard of “Infrastructure Week”; but, unlike many other causes celebrated with … Continued

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Turning Big Data into Smart Data for Targeted Marketing

May 12, 2015

“I’m officially sick of the term ‘Big Data’,” writes Scott Fasser (@scottfasser), director of Digital Innovation for HackerAgency. “Marketers have … Continued

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Four Powerful Ideas that Can Spark Innovation

May 11, 2015

In an excellent series of articles about innovation, Rowan Gibson (@RowanGibson) explains how “innovation is — and always has been … Continued

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Smart Cities and Smart Grids

May 8, 2015

In previous articles about smart cities, I have stressed the importance of implementing “people-first” strategies. After all, the whole point … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Better Safe than Sorry

May 7, 2015

“Doing business abroad definitely has its benefits,” asserts Mickey North Rizza (@MNorthRizza), Vice President of Strategic Services at BravoSolution, “but it’s … Continued

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The Rise of the Digital Enterprise

May 6, 2015

Just in case you’re wondering whether we’ve entered the Digital Age, Comcast just announced that it has more broadband users … Continued

Supply Chain Innovation Part 2

Supply Chain Innovation — Part 2

May 5, 2015

In Part 1 of this two-part discussion of a recent MHI/Deloitte report about supply chain innovation entitled “The 2015 MHI … Continued

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Supply Chain Innovation — Part 1

May 4, 2015

“Supply chains face conflicting demands to be better, faster and cheaper,” states a recent report released by MHI and Deloitte. … Continued

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In Education, Language and Learning Go Together

May 1, 2015

One of Frank Sinatra’s many hits was a Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen song entitled “Love and Marriage.” Sinatra introduced the … Continued

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Predictive Analytics becoming a Mainstream Business Tool

April 30, 2015

Predictive analytics is a topic you are likely to hear a lot more about in the years ahead. Predictive analytics … Continued

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Narrow Artificial Intelligence has Broad Application

April 29, 2015

Articles about artificial intelligence (AI) are finding their way into mainstream media with increasing regularity. Often these articles fail to … Continued

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Globalization is Moving Along Some New Roads

April 28, 2015

“A huge shift in trade and relations could be underway across Eurasia,” writes Douglas Bulloch (@douglasbulloch), “and China’s New Silk … Continued

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Big Data and Technology Poised to Help Agriculture

April 27, 2015

Everyone is aware of how significant California’s drought has become. If you are thinking, “Thank God I don’t live in … Continued

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Smart Cities Aren’t Smart if They Don’t Accommodate the Poor

April 24, 2015

“People move to urban areas in search of more jobs and a better life,” writes Axel van Trotsenburg, the World … Continued

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Big Data, Cognitive Computing, & Healthcare

April 23, 2015

Everybody seems to agree on two things when it comes to healthcare — it should be affordable and effective. Professionals … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Complementing the Quants

April 22, 2015

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an idea that has oscillated through many hype cycles over many years, as scientists and sci-fi … Continued

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Food Security and Science

April 21, 2015

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released results from two polls that indicate a majority of scientists have confidence … Continued

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Making Your Customers Smile with Targeted Content

April 20, 2015

“It’s become apparent that producing targeted content will continue to be a major trend in the upcoming year,” writes Diana … Continued

The Maker Movement

Heard of the Maker Movement? You Will.

April 17, 2015

“Ten years from now,” Louise Stewart predicts, “primary and secondary education may look more like a scene from Tim Allen’s … Continued

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Taking Supply Chain Risk Management Seriously

April 16, 2015

A survey conducted by BSI and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) found that over a “third (35 percent) of businesses … Continued

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Smart Cities and the Citizen Sensor

April 15, 2015

“The Smart Cities movement is sometimes criticised for appearing to focus mainly on the application of technology to large-scale city … Continued

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Innovation and Cognitive Computing

April 14, 2015

“Machine learning is coming into a golden age,” writes Mehrdad Fatourechi (@mehrdadf), CTO of BroadbandTV Corp, “and with it we’re … Continued

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Analytics are the Keys that Unlock Value in Big Data

April 13, 2015

“The topic of big data has pre-occupied businesses for the past few years,” writes Michael van Hove, a partner at … Continued

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Quantum Computer Puzzle Pieces Continue to Emerge

April 10, 2015

Peter Byrne (@peterjbyrne) notes that researchers have been trying to create a quantum computer for years. “The quest to harness … Continued

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Additive Manufacturing’s Future Still Looks Bright

April 9, 2015

Although I haven’t written anything about additive manufacturing (aka 3-D printing) in about six months, pundits still believe that it, along … Continued

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The Internet of Things Bandwagon

April 8, 2015

“Just as the use of the word ‘Cloud’ exploded in the late 2000s,” writes Bill McBeath (@BillMcBeath), Chief Research Officer … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is a Personalized Journey

April 7, 2015

“The digital path to purchase is the next logical step in the path to purchase evolution,” Bill Bishop (@BrickMeetsClick), Chief … Continued

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Vivanda Aims to Take FlavorPrint® to New Heights

April 6, 2015

Kim Nash (@knash99) reports that, in a data-driven world, more and more CIOs are becoming CEOs. She writes, “The latest … Continued

STEM danger

The Over-the-Top Debate about STEM Education

April 3, 2015

Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria), a columnist for The Washington Post and host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, recently created quite a … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Helpful or Creepy?

April 2, 2015

Barry Schaeffer, a consultant with Content Life-cycle Consulting, reminds us that targeted marketing was not born in the digital age, … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: The Next Big Thing

April 1, 2015

A year ago, Edd Gent (@EddytheGent) reported, “The IT professional body BCS highlighted cognitive computing as one of the next … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Understanding Generational Differences

March 31, 2015

Age has always been a significant differentiator of consumers; but, it is only one of many demographic traits that need … Continued

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Ontology and the Power of Understanding

March 30, 2015

The term “semantic web” has been bantered about for a few years now. It’s supposed to be the next big … Continued

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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

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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