Digital Transformation and the Intelligent Enterprise

October 24, 2016

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


Education must Prepare Students for Jobs that Don’t Exist

October 21, 2016

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


The Many Faces of Cognitive Computing

October 20, 2016

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


The Supply Chain IS Business

October 19, 2016

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


Three Phases of Supply Chain Risk Management

October 18, 2016

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


Artificial Intelligence: Is It a Brave New World?

October 17, 2016

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


The White House Report on Artificial Intelligence

October 14, 2016

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


Artificial Intelligence is what will Make Smart Cities Smart

October 13, 2016

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

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Blockchain Technology: Silver Bullet or Simply Buzz

October 12, 2016

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

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Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 2

October 11, 2016

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


Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 1

October 10, 2016

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


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

October 7, 2016

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


Big Data Projects Leave the Early Adopter Phase

October 6, 2016

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

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Baby Boomers: Targeted Market with an Expiration Date

October 5, 2016

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

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The Internet of Things: Already Here and Changing Industry

October 4, 2016

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

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Process Automation: Employing Software Robots

October 3, 2016

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


Digital Enterprise Transformation Requires Commitment, Part 2

September 30, 2016

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


Digital Enterprise Transformation Requires Commitment, Part 1

September 29, 2016

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

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Digital Transformation and the Digital Path to Purchase

September 28, 2016

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

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Agriculture: The Jetsons Meet the MacDonalds

September 27, 2016

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

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Jobs Sustainability: Hardware vs. Soft Skills

September 26, 2016

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

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STEM Education Helps Prepare Children for a Project-based World

September 23, 2016

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

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Machine Learning: A Company’s Most Tireless Employee

September 22, 2016

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


Artificial Intelligence: Beyond the Buzz

September 21, 2016

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


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

September 20, 2016

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

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Supply Chain Risk Management: You Can’t Outsource Responsibility

September 19, 2016

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


Are “Psychopaths” Helping or Hurting Your Supply Chain?

September 16, 2016

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

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

September 15, 2016

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

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Targeted Marketing Personas: More Catching Less Fishing

September 14, 2016

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

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Smart Cities can’t be Dumb about Last Mile Logistics

September 13, 2016

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


Artificial Intelligence Enlisted in Fight to Eradicate Poverty

September 12, 2016

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


Artificial Intelligence: Is Your Brain more than an Algorithm?

September 9, 2016

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

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

September 8, 2016

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

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Is Your Business Ready for Process Automation?

September 7, 2016

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

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Robotics: To Fear or not to Fear? That is the Question.

September 6, 2016

The headlines are everywhere. Robots are coming for your job. Vlad Dudau (@avladd), Senior EMEA Editor for Neowin, writes, “I’m … Continued


Labor Day 2016

September 5, 2016

The labor scene has changed a lot since Labor Day first began to be celebrated back in the late 19th … Continued

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Let STEM Education Light Up Children’s Natural Curiosity

September 2, 2016

There is an unfortunate proverb that states, “Curiosity killed the cat.” It is meant as a warning to people who … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management Involves More than Hoping Your Luck Holds Out

September 1, 2016

Supply chain risk management is a full-time job. Logically that means chief executive officers (CEOs) must delegate that responsibility to … Continued

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Embracing Artificial Intelligence

August 31, 2016

“Artificial intelligence is approximating human reasoning more and more closely all the time,” writes Steven Norton (@steven_norton). “Wide-scale adoption by … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Beyond the Digital Enterprise

August 30, 2016

Many, if not most, business analysts agree that companies organized around industrial age business models are unlikely to survive if … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability and Robotics: An Endless Debate

August 29, 2016

“We always hear and read the same arguments again and again,” writes Maximilien Oberlis (@maximilienobrls), a digital innovation leader. “Will … Continued

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Helping People at the Base of the Pyramid Obtain Water

August 26, 2016

“The world runs on water,” writes Betsy Otto, Director of the Global Water Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). … Continued

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As Uses of Big Data in Business Grow, the Need for Ethics also Increases

August 25, 2016

“Big data is reshaping the world,” asserts Joe Lodewyck (@joelodeaz), dean of assessment at the University of Phoenix College of … Continued

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First Reprogrammable Quantum Computer Unveiled

August 24, 2016

A year ago, Kelly Dickerson (@Kickerson13), wrote, “Superfast computers built on the bizarre principles of quantum physics are coming, and … Continued

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The Disruptive Potential of Robotic Process Automation

August 23, 2016

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is not likely to be the focus of a Hollywood blockbuster film because it doesn’t involve … Continued

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Combating Fraud in the Supply Chain

August 22, 2016

“It’s not enough just to manage your own company’s supply chain anymore,” writes Ben DiPietro (@BenDiPietro1).[1] By that he means … Continued

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The Importance of Segmentation in Targeted Marketing

August 19, 2016

I have no idea when consumer segmentation was first introduced as a targeted marketing tactic. I suspect it may have … Continued

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Path to Becoming a Digital Enterprise is Often Turbulent

August 18, 2016

Many, if not most, business analysts believe industrial age organizations must transform into a digital enterprise if they are to … Continued

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The Internet of Things will Help Transform the Supply Chain

August 17, 2016

There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT); but, most analysts agree that the IoT is … Continued

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The Emergence of the Cognitive Supply Chain

August 16, 2016

Nearly a year ago I laid out my vision of what supply chains might look like in the future.[1] With … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is Becoming the Smartphone Path to Purchase

August 15, 2016

“Shopping is going digital,” assert analysts from UPS, “and digital is moving to smartphones.”[1] For years, the digital path to … Continued

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Businesses Embrace Artificial Intelligence

August 12, 2016

Nearly half (48.5%) of executives surveyed by Narrative Science indicate that “automated communications that give business audiences data they can … Continued

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The Internet of Things and Really, Really Big Data

August 11, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to generate a massive amount of data. How much? “Annual global IP traffic … Continued

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Agriculture: Old MacDonald had a Farm, I-T, I-T, Oh!

August 10, 2016

Agriculture is one humanity’s oldest professions. Many scholars trace the birth of agriculture to the Neolithic (or new Stone Age) … Continued

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Innovation and the Power of “What If” Thinking

August 9, 2016

It has been nearly two decades since Clayton Christensen’s (@claychristensen) book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, was published. Yet Wall Street Journal … Continued

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Growing Risks Require Resilient Supply Chain Risk Management Process

August 8, 2016

“There is general unease about the state of the global economy with its increase in operational risk,” writes the staff … Continued

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Getting Students Excited about STEM Education by Getting Them Involved

August 5, 2016

“In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology,” a University of Texas at Austin … Continued

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Machine Learning in the Business World

August 4, 2016

The business world is awash with buzzwords, new technologies, and inflated promises. There’s so much of it that Drew Breunig … Continued

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Predictive Analytics: Businesses’ Crystal Ball

August 3, 2016

“What if you could predict what products or services your customers wanted before they did,” asks Dr. James Canton (@futureguru), … Continued

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Targeting Marketing and Cognitive Computing

August 2, 2016

When it comes to marketing, Delshad Irani and Ravi Balakrishnan decry the fact that overblown claims are being made about … Continued

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Getting Down to Business with Artificial Intelligence

August 1, 2016

“We’re still a few years away from having robots at our beck and call,” writes Or Shani, founder and CEO … Continued

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No Single Template Exists to Create Smart Cities

July 29, 2016

Cities are unique. Like a Siren’s call, their uniqueness beckons residents and tourists alike; and, that uniqueness should be celebrated … Continued

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The Internet of Things and How It Could Affect the Supply Chain

July 28, 2016

“Every industry is ripe for digital disruption and the supply chain industry is no exception,” writes Margaret O’Donnell, a Program … Continued

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The Future of the Digital Path to Purchase

July 27, 2016

The digital path to purchase has been growing for years. Laura Stevens (@LauraStevensWSJ) reports, “For the first time, consumers say … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation and the “Intelligent” Future

July 26, 2016

The 21st century business landscape will be characterized by the rise of the intelligent enterprise (i.e., organizations that use cognitive … Continued


Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, and Machine Learning

July 25, 2016

Little wonder people are getting confused about the future of computing and automation. Bruno Michel (@BmiBruno), a scientist at IBM … Continued

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Automation and Work

July 22, 2016

“Which picture more accurately describes the impact of automation on a workforce,” asks Adrienne Selko (@ASelkoIW), “an orchestrated collaboration between … Continued

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Big Data Analytics can Help Supply Chain Risk Management

July 21, 2016

Supply chain risks that result in disruptions continue to cost businesses billions of dollars a year. Gavin van Marle (@LoadstarGav) … Continued

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Bolster Content Marketing to Reach Millennials

July 20, 2016

Millennials like to be informed. That’s one reason that content marketing is a great way to reach them. The age … Continued

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Innovation in the Digital Age

July 19, 2016

The phrase “May you live in interesting times” is either an English blessing or a Chinese curse. You choose. Whether … Continued

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Supply Chain Transformation in the Cognitive Era

July 18, 2016

“Manufacturing supply chains are experiencing levels of change heretofore unprecedented in their history,” writes Richard Howells (@howellsrichard), a Vice President … Continued

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Our Kids Need Skills — STEM Education Can Help

July 15, 2016

A skill is the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, and/or aptitude to do something well. The importance of skills … Continued

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Cognitive Process Automation™: Eliminating Drudgery

July 14, 2016

Drudgery is defined as hard, menial, or dull work. No one wakes up in the morning anxious to get to … Continued

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Big Data and Privacy: What should People Expect?

July 13, 2016

“What does privacy really mean to you,” asks Cathy Nolan (@CatherineNolan7), an Information Analyst.[1] In the era of big data, … Continued

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Can Digital Enterprise Laggards Catch Up?

July 12, 2016

Many analysts believe that in order for a business to survive and thrive in the information age, it must transform its … Continued


Artificial Intelligence will Change Everything

July 11, 2016

It was not too long ago that discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) were mostly confined to science fiction literature and … Continued


Does Brexit Vote Signal the End of Globalization?

July 8, 2016

“The historic ‘Brexit’ vote was about much more than a small island’s fear of immigration and a remote European government,” … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability, not Universal Basic Income, is the Answer to Automation

July 7, 2016

Billionaire Jeff Greene is among those who believe that automation is going to be disruptive and have a horrific impact … Continued

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Industry 4.0 is More than Hype

July 6, 2016

Industry 4.0 (or the Fourth Industrial Revolution) was the central focus the World Economic Forum earlier this year. As usual, … Continued

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Digital Natives are Making the Digital Path to Purchase a Busy Place

July 5, 2016

“For the first time,” reports Laura Stevens (@LauraStevensWSJ), “consumers say they bought more of their purchases on the web than … Continued

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Independence Day 2016

July 4, 2016

Younger generations might be surprised to learn that Independence Day (i.e., the Fourth of July) only became a Federal Holiday … Continued

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Quantum Computing: Schrödinger’s Cat Has a Doppelgänger

July 1, 2016

“The decades-old paradox of Schrödinger’s cat, in which the feline is both dead and alive at the same time, has … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management Requires Connectivity and Advanced Analytics

June 30, 2016

“Supply chains,” writes Abe Eshkenazi (@aeshkenazi), CEO of APICS, “are like the central nervous system in humans — they are … Continued

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Influencers and Targeted Marketing

June 29, 2016

Ad blocking is on the rise and it’s worrying a lot of marketing executives. After all, brands will never get … Continued

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Does Walmart’s Effort Secure the Future of Online Grocery Shopping?

June 28, 2016

“It’s been clear for a while,” writes Bill Bishop (@BrickMeetsClick), Chief Architect at Brick Meets Click, “that a wide range … Continued

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Business is Embracing Artificial Intelligence

June 27, 2016

While Hollywood has fostered the notion that artificial intelligence (AI) is out to destroy humankind, businesses have begun embracing AI … Continued


STEM Programs Work Best When Tied to the Real World

June 24, 2016

I’m guessing that students have been saying “I’ll never need to know that” ever since the first formal school was … Continued

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Meeting the Digital Enterprise Transformation Imperative

June 23, 2016

Most analysts agree that businesses face an imperative to transform into a digital enterprise or lose ground to competitors that … Continued

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Cognitive Process Automation™ can be Good for Business and the Soul

June 22, 2016

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,” Booker T. Washington once remarked, “except as a result of hard … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Robots and Your [Old] Job

June 21, 2016

You may have read that Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, just fired 60,000 employees and replaced them with … Continued

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Machine Learning is Rapidly Changing the Business Landscape

June 20, 2016

“SAP, CEO Bill McDermott has predicted over the next five to 10 years the hype will be around machine learning, … Continued

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U.S. Government Explores Artificial Intelligence

June 17, 2016

The U.S. Government has long been a backer of artificial intelligence (AI) projects. “Public monies have been invested in a … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Keeping Track of the Risks

June 16, 2016

“Supply chain practitioners, accustomed to the ongoing disruptions throughout the sub-tier supply chain, are familiar with the usual risks that … Continued

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Vendor Chargebacks Remain a Problem

June 15, 2016

Retailer chargebacks against vendors are not new, but they do represent a growing challenge to profitability. The staff at Supply … Continued

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Big Data and Supply Chain Transformation

June 14, 2016

The ground beneath businesses continues to shift as the impacts of e-commerce, new business models, digitization, and automation are fully … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: How Effective is It?

June 13, 2016

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

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Challenges Still Face Full Internet of Things Implementation

June 10, 2016

Amid all the hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) one fact is beginning to come clear — there are still … Continued

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Digital Enterprise Transformation is Altering Companies and the Business Landscape

June 9, 2016

We’re all aware how digital enterprise transformation has swept across the entertainment industry forever altering that business landscape; however, the … Continued

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The Internet of Things will be Rooted in Industry

June 8, 2016

There is a lot of talk today about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will connect with individuals … Continued

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Inventory Optimization: Trying to Manage a Business Conundrum

June 7, 2016

Inventory management continues to be a business conundrum. Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder and President of Supply Chain Insights, recalls a … Continued