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Befriending Artificial Intelligence

December 7, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the futuristic boogeyman of the cinema. In the movies, the sole aim of artificial intelligence systems … Continued

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Your Company has 5 Years to Go Digital or Go Away

December 6, 2016

“Is your organization moving fast enough to thrive in the next 5, 10, or 20 years,” asks Becky Morgan (@fulcrumcwi), … Continued

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Is Your Business Ready for the Internet of Things and is It Ready for Your Business?

December 5, 2016

“Industrial companies of all types are now facing a disruption called the Internet of Things,” writes Sophia Davies, a marketer … Continued

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Global Food Security: GMOs Safe but Not Curing Hunger

December 2, 2016

Most people know the global population continues to rise. Predictions that the world will reach peak population mid-century and then … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Multiple Supply Chains

December 1, 2016

The digital path to purchase and omnichannel operations are complicating supply chain operations in a number of ways. The staff … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Technology

November 30, 2016

‘Tis that time of year when both the brave and the foolish look deeply into their crystal balls and prognosticate … Continued

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How the Holidays will Impact Your Supply Chain

November 29, 2016

The holiday shopping season, which traditionally begins on Black Friday, tests even the best supply chain. “As the holiday season … Continued

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‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft

November 28, 2016

Nobody likes to get ripped off; but, experts note the holiday shopping season presents an almost irresistible opportunity for thieves. … Continued

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Black Friday in a Post-modern Consumer-centric Era

November 25, 2016

A few years ago, an article in SupplyChainBrain asserted omnichannel sales are becoming so important they are transitioning the retail sector … Continued

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

November 24, 2016

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. High on the list of things for which Americans are thankful … Continued

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The Future of Smart Cities

November 23, 2016

There is a lot of discussion about smart cities and how a city can earn the “smart city” label. Most … Continued

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Risk Management Professional

November 22, 2016

“Over the past 5 years, supply chain risk management has moved onto the radar of the C-level,” write analysts from … Continued

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Globalization Still Needed to Bring Millions out of Poverty

November 21, 2016

“Globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries,” … Continued

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STEM Education and Skills Development

November 18, 2016

When I and a few colleagues founded The Project for STEM Competitiveness, we had in mind both the competitiveness of … Continued

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Digital Supply Chains Can Make the World Less Frightening

November 17, 2016

Pundits toss around a lot of names for times in which we live — the Computer Age, the Information Age, … Continued

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Clay Christensen: At the Intersection of Innovation and Targeted Marketing

November 16, 2016

Have you ever heard of job theory (or the Theory of Jobs to Be Done)? In the coming years, it … Continued

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Process Automation and the Elimination of “Swivel Chair” Work

November 15, 2016

“Robotic process automation software is having a moment,” writes Linda Tucci (@LTucci), “despite there being a good deal of confusion … Continued

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The Digital Enterprise and Beyond

November 14, 2016

“In today’s economy,” writes IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty), “we are seeing companies, business models, products, and processes undergoing major … Continued

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Veterans Day 2016

November 11, 2016

One of the bitterest U.S. presidential elections ever held is now over; but, the divisiveness it fomented will likely linger … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Being Nice Helps You Keep Your Job

November 10, 2016

“When once the forms of civility are violated,” Samuel Johnson once wrote, “there remains little hope of return to kindness … Continued

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Advanced Analytics: Looking for Better Insights

November 9, 2016

Cause and effect relationships are important for understanding the world around us. Joris M. Mooij, Jonas Peters, Dominik Janzing, Jakob … Continued

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Big Data Analytics and Better Decision-making

November 8, 2016

We’ve all made bad decisions in our lives. In business, however, bad decisions can impact more than our individual lives. … Continued

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Omni-channel Supply Chains and Retail’s Future

November 7, 2016

“The growth of internet-enabled commerce, mobile devices and social networks has led companies to be more digitally driven since the turn … Continued

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Report Review: The Promise of Artificial Intelligence

November 4, 2016

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is on a winning streak,” assert Daniel Castro and Joshua New (@Josh_A_New), authors of a new report … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: How Much Segmenting is Too Much?

November 3, 2016

When Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced it was going to do less targeted marketing on Facebook, it was big news. … Continued

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Industry 4.0: How Long will the Revolution Take?

November 2, 2016

“Imagine a world,” writes Mary Shacklett (@MaryShacklett), CEO of Transworld Data, “where smart systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and … Continued

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The Internet of Things and Beyond

November 1, 2016

The current buzz about the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) leaves the impression it is a single, humongous network into … Continued

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Don’t be Afraid — Halloween 2016 Could be a Record Year

October 31, 2016

Halloween has become big business and, in recent years, has also marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season (a … Continued

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Innovation: Rivals, Challengers, and Defenders

October 28, 2016

When most people think about U.S. military innovations developed during the Cold War, they assume those innovations were the result … Continued

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The Digital Supply Chain Imperative

October 27, 2016

“Supply chain is one of the last places where you have all of these analog problems,” asserts Trae Stephens (@traestephens), … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Little Time Remains to Implement Long-term Strategy

October 26, 2016

“By 2021,” writes Forrester Vice President Brian Hopkins (@practicingEA), “a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology … Continued

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Smart Cities: Will Future Taxi Drivers be Ghosts in the Machine?

October 25, 2016

The term “ghost in the machine” is how British philosopher Gilbert Ryle described René Descartes’ philosophical concept of mind-body dualism. … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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