Thanksgiving 2017

November 23, 2017

When the pilgrims sat down for the first Thanksgiving feast, they thanked both their God and the Native Americans with … Continued

Machine Learning and the Future of Business

November 22, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are receiving a lot of press — both good press and bad. Most … Continued

Terrorism Stalks the Supply Chain

November 21, 2017

Terrorist attacks around the globe continue to make headlines. Mostly the stories are about terrorist attacks against people. This is … Continued

Process Automation Poised to Change the Business Environment

November 20, 2017

Process automation is not new. Humans have historically automated processes as fast as they can by developing machines to do … Continued

Innovation Insights

November 17, 2017

Innovation is a fascinating subject. It involves creativity, idea generation, business acumen, perseverance, foresight, and, often, luck. There is neither … Continued

Getting Creative in Last Mile Logistics

November 16, 2017

“What’s driving the focus on last-mile delivery?” asks Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics).[1] He points out, “Over the past couple of years, … Continued

Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Supply Chain?

November 15, 2017

Like wildflowers in spring, blockchain technology has burst forth as a topic in supply chain circles. Just three years ago … Continued

Are We Getting More Positive about the Future of Work?

November 14, 2017

For the past several years, articles about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) have often focused on how many human … Continued

Technology is Driving Transformation to the Digital Supply Chain

November 13, 2017

The world gets more complex every day. New knowledge is being generated; politics are creating new concerns; weather patterns are … Continued

Veterans Day 2017

November 10, 2017

Although tomorrow is officially America’s Veterans Day, many people will enjoy a day off today since the holiday falls on … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Enterprise

November 9, 2017

The business environment and the technology supporting it are constantly changing. When Randy Mott, CIO at General Motors, was asked … Continued

Industry 4.0: A Revolution Still in the Making

November 8, 2017

Last year, Industry 4.0 (aka the Fourth Industrial Revolution) was the primary focus of the World Economic Forum and discussions … Continued

Connecting the Future with the Internet of Things

November 7, 2017

The world becomes more connected every day. In the past, this connectivity primarily involved people. Increasingly, however, machines are becoming … Continued

Succeeding in the World of the Digital Enterprise

November 6, 2017

There’s no denying we live in the Digital Age. There’s also no denying that digitization is changing the business landscape … Continued

Experiential Education and STEM

November 3, 2017

Education is not a spectator sport. In fact, it’s not sport at all — education is serious business. Serious though … Continued

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

November 2, 2017

As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued

Singles’ Day: Are You Ready?

November 1, 2017

Last year, Alibaba Group reported Singles’ Day sales “totaled $17.8 billion of gross merchandise volume across Alibaba’s China and international … Continued

Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

Some people (even some communities) take Halloween very seriously. “Halloween has become a destination holiday,” writes Anne Marie Chaker (@AnneMarieChaker). … Continued

The Consumer is Boss on the Digital Path to Purchase

October 30, 2017

Sam Walton once stated, “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from … Continued

Are People Truly Excited about the Smart Cities Movement?

October 27, 2017

Last year, a study published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found, “Only 18 per cent of the … Continued

Machine Learning Steps into the Limelight

October 26, 2017

Machine learning (ML) is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). In recent years, however, ML has taken center stage in … Continued

Jobs Sustainability and Mobility

October 25, 2017

There have been myriad articles written about the coming robotics apocalypse during which masses of workers will lose their jobs … Continued

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Ready for Business?

October 24, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) and its offshoot — cognitive computing — have been hyped as the future of business. For example, … Continued

The Intelligent Internet of Things

October 23, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been heralded as the future of business and has been criticized for some glaring … Continued

Flip-flopping Makes Bad Politics but Good Quantum Computing

October 20, 2017

Politicians are often excoriated for changing (or flip-flopping) their stances on various political topics. Changes in position often leads to … Continued

Target Marketing to Millennials this Holiday Season

October 19, 2017

For retailers focusing on Generation Y (aka millennials), the 2017 holiday shopping season could prove profitable. The consumer engagement firm … Continued

Cognitive Computing is More than a Gimmicky Name

October 18, 2017

The term cognitive computing was first adopted by IBM as an alternative to the term artificial intelligence (AI). When Bloomberg … Continued

Outside-In Demand-driven Supply Chain Planning

October 17, 2017

The Big Data Era has changed how organizations conduct planning. Although companies have always attempted to forecast what the future … Continued

Personal Data and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

October 16, 2017

The massive Equifax data breach once again hammered home the importance of protecting personal data from hackers. Some critics are … Continued

Education and Economic Development

October 13, 2017

Education and economic development are two topics in which I’ve been interested for years. Commonsense tells you the better the … Continued

Blockchain Technology: Heating Up or Cooling Off?

October 12, 2017

Blockchain is a hot topic; especially among supply chain professionals. According to Kim S. Nash (@knash99), much of what is … Continued

Does Targeted Marketing Work? Ask the President.

October 11, 2017

Targeted marketing gains more traction every day. Why? Because it provides a better customer experience and greater return on investment. … Continued

Are Supply Chain Risks Making You Restless and Nauseous?

October 10, 2017

“Risk permeates supply chains,” writes Adam Robinson, a marketing strategist for Cerasis.[1] You don’t have to remind supply chain risk … Continued

Silos belong on the Farm not in Smart Cities

October 9, 2017

The upside potential of smart cities is enormous. As more people flock to urban areas, the requirement for cities to … Continued

Partnering Humans and Robots together in the Workplace

October 6, 2017

“Perhaps no company embodies the anxieties and hopes around automation better than Amazon,” writes Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) in the New … Continued

The Digital Age Demands a Digital Supply Chain

October 5, 2017

Evidence we live in a digital age is all around us. Established businesses are losing out to their more agile … Continued

Targeted Marketing: Location, Location, Location

October 4, 2017

“When someone picks up their mobile device,” Google analysts assert, “chances are they want to learn, do, find, or buy … Continued

The Competitive Advantage of the Digital Enterprise

October 3, 2017

“How might the strategies [of today’s struggling retailers] have changed,” asks David Pate, managing director of business development at TBM … Continued

Analytics and the Digital Path to Purchase

October 2, 2017

Consumers are increasingly using the digital path to purchase as they shop for goods and services. That means, among other … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Innovation

September 29, 2017

Whether you call it the Digital Age or the Information Age, we live in an era in which data and … Continued

Machine Learning and the Future of Everything

September 28, 2017

Calling the era in which we live the Information Age is a bit presumptuous. If information can be equated to … Continued

Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: How Long will It Take?

September 27, 2017

For years pundits have hailed the virtues of achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility. For example, Jett McCandless (@JettMcCandless) CEO of … Continued

Kurds Deserve a Country of Their Own

September 26, 2017

Enterra Insights is not a political blog; so this article is a bit of an outlier from my normal posts. … Continued

The Requirement for Ethics in the Age of Big Data

September 25, 2017

The Equifax data breach affecting 143 million American citizens and hundreds of thousands of other people around the globe focused … Continued

Technology and Education: The Collaborative Classroom

September 22, 2017

In a previous article, I discussed how advanced education technologies (edtech) is poised to change the traditional classroom in revolutionary … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Intelligent Enterprise

September 21, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are maturing rapidly. Most of the progress has been made in the field of narrow (or … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation and the Collaborative Workplace

September 20, 2017

Humans have always had a love/hate relationship with machines. People who labored performing routine, tedious tasks but wanted to do … Continued

Digitalization and the Ever-changing Supply Chain

September 19, 2017

One hears and reads so much about the digital supply chain and digital transformation you might erroneously conclude they are … Continued

Waiting for the Robotics Apocalypse

September 18, 2017

Golden anniversaries are generally something to celebrate. You can be forgiven, however, if you missed the 50th anniversary of the … Continued

What Harvey and Irma Teach Us about Supply Chain Risk Management

September 15, 2017

The double punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. economy will be felt for years. Supply chain risk … Continued

Is it too late to Ramp Up the Supply Chain for the Holiday Season?

September 14, 2017

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.” That opening line of a traditional Christmas carol is normally sung after … Continued

Leveraging an Intelligent Internet of Things

September 13, 2017

“Few technology trends have gotten as much publicity over the past few years as the Internet of Things (IoT) — … Continued

The Digital Enterprise in the Digital Age

September 12, 2017

The historical period in which we live has been given a number of labels including the Digital Age and the … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Targeted Marketing

September 11, 2017

By now most people understand they generate data whenever they use their computer, tablet, or smartphone. They also understand companies … Continued

Big Data and the Hunt for New Drugs

September 8, 2017

Controlling healthcare costs remains a hot topic, especially in the United States. Although no single strategy for controlling costs exists, … Continued

Dawn of the Cognitive Computing Era

September 7, 2017

More and more commentators are talking about the dawn of the Cognitive Computing Era. An “era” isn’t something one should … Continued

Barcelona Rightfully Claims Smart City Label

September 6, 2017

Travel writers love painting a picture of the world they see with words; and, Barcelona, Spain, has a lot to … Continued

Omnichannel versus Multichannel Supply Chains and Marketing

September 5, 2017

I would venture to say most people use the terms omnichannel and multichannel interchangeably. For casual conversations, using them interchangeably … Continued

Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017

Although most Americans celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer and see it as a final opportunity to … Continued

Technology and Education: Robots in the Classroom

September 1, 2017

The world is changing faster than it has in any previous historical era. Ira Wolfe (@HireAuthority) reports that a study … Continued

Moving towards Industry 4.0

August 31, 2017

The commercial world is being roiled by new technologies. Old business models are being replaced by new ones and essential … Continued

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

August 30, 2017

We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued

Will there be Jobs for Humans in the Years Ahead?

August 29, 2017

One of the pressing questions of the digital age is whether humans will have a place in the workforce of … Continued

There is No Golden Path to Innovation

August 28, 2017

Most pundits agree, if companies want to be long-lived, they need to foster continual innovation. In their quest to be … Continued

Adding Intelligence to the Digital Supply Chain

August 25, 2017

The digital supply chain is often touted as the next step in supply chain evolution. Many pundits, however, are looking … Continued

Targeted Marketing in the Digital Age

August 24, 2017

No one argues with the fact we live in a digital age characterized by big data and advanced analytics. Marketers … Continued

The Digital Age Demands Master Data Management

August 23, 2017

The digital age is data driven. That fact should come as no surprise. It stands to reason, therefore, that any … Continued

The Value of Artificial Intelligence

August 22, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) has stirred a lot of discussion in recent years. Some pundits insist AI is an existential danger … Continued

Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

August 21, 2017

Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued

Smart Cities: Science Fiction or Possibility?

August 18, 2017

“Every mayor wants their city to be ‘smart’,” writes Eleanor Cummins (@elliepses), “but harder is doing what it takes to … Continued

Confronting Supply Chain Disruptions

August 17, 2017

“Even the biggest players in manufacturing are not immune to supply chain disruptions,” writes Kasey Hall. “Severe weather, factory fires, … Continued

Dealing with Inventory Shrink

August 16, 2017

Inventory shrink remains a problem for every retailer. How big of a problem? A year ago Joel Griffin (@SecInfoWatch) reported, … Continued

Winning Supply Chain Teams Need to Collaborate

August 15, 2017

For years subject matter experts have touted the benefits of closer supply chain collaboration. For example, back in 2013 Leonie … Continued

Getting to Know the Internet of Things

August 14, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a big concept that will be uniquely implemented in various economic and government sectors. … Continued

Language and Learning

August 11, 2017

For decades researchers have been telling us that language and learning are fellow travelers in the educational process. Rhodi Lee … Continued

Horseless Carriages and Humanless Workplaces

August 10, 2017

Earlier this year, I reported on the results of a study conducted by Daron Acemoğlu (@DrDaronAcemoglu) of MIT and Pascual … Continued

Chargebacks: Walmart Raises the OTIF Stakes

August 9, 2017

Retailers and suppliers have a symbiotic, but often tense, relationship. One source of tension is retailer chargebacks (or fines). Last … Continued

The Unstoppable Digital Supply Chain Movement

August 8, 2017

In many aspects of life — from politics to criminal investigation to investment — the advice you often hear is … Continued

Targeted Marketing aimed at Generation Z is Coming of Age

August 7, 2017

For manufacturers and retailers, there are a lot of generations currently in play — Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, … Continued

What’s Next in the Computer Science Sector?

August 4, 2017

One of the speakers I was fortunate enough to book for the First Annual Enterra Solutions® Cognitive Computing Summit was … Continued

Supply Chain Cyber Security Risks Rising

August 3, 2017

Concerns about cyber security are nothing new. Elena Kvochko (@elenakvochko), a cyber security expert, observes, “Cyber security has long become … Continued

Smart Cities and People

August 2, 2017

The smart cities movement is based on the premise that greater connectivity will make systems smarter allowing urban entities to … Continued

The Internet of Things and the Rise of the Digital Supply Chain

August 1, 2017

“Few technology trends have gotten as much publicity over the past few years as the Internet of Things (IoT) — … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Creativity

July 31, 2017

Creativity has been touted as one of humanities greatest abilities. The creative mind was supposed to make us unique and … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

July 28, 2017

You hear and read a lot of scary stuff about artificial intelligence (AI). That’s why I thought it was important … Continued

The Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

July 27, 2017

We live in the digital age. The World Economic Forum has declared data is a resource as valuable as oil. … Continued

The Pre-history of Artificial Intelligence

July 26, 2017

One of the initial speakers at the First Annual Enterra Solutions® Cognitive Computing Summit was George Dyson, a historian and … Continued

In Praise of Curiosity, Imagination, and Serendipity

July 25, 2017

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,” Walt Disney once said, “because we’re curious and curiosity … Continued

Time to Take Part in the Digital Enterprise Revolution

July 24, 2017

Revolutions occur when people are dissatisfied with the status quo and rise up to change things or when disruptive technologies … Continued

Math: the Last Letter in “STEM” but the First in Importance

July 21, 2017

Albert Einstein once said, “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” And the late Polish mathematician, … Continued

Don’t Lose the Consumer on the Digital Path to Purchase

July 20, 2017

“In the era of machine learning, intelligent assistants, and artificial intelligence, the customer journey is often an afterthought,” writes Adam … Continued

Is the Digital Supply Chain the New Reality?

July 19, 2017

Companies taking a wait-and-see approach to digitizing their supply chain shouldn’t wait very long according to George W. Prest (@mhi_ceo), … Continued

Concern, not Panic, Over Jobs Sustainability, Part 2

July 18, 2017

“Throughout our history we Americans have stood out by embracing the future and rising to big challenges,” write MIT’s Andrew … Continued

Concern, not Panic, Over Jobs Sustainability, Part 1

July 17, 2017

The discussion about future jobs sustainability continues to heat up. On one side are prognosticators who predict artificial intelligence (AI), … Continued

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge in an Innovative World

July 14, 2017

The world likes to make a distinction between basic and applied knowledge. In recent years, there seems to be more … Continued

Blockchain and Trust

July 13, 2017

“A new technology is redefining the way we transact,” assert analysts from Goldman Sachs. “If that sounds incredibly far-reaching, that’s … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: Misunderstood and Underappreciated

July 12, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that frightens many people but excites others. For most people, AI conjures up images … Continued

Decision-making and Cognitive Computing

July 11, 2017

Enterra Solutions recently sponsored a Cognitive Computing Summit with the intention of making it an annual event. Over the next … Continued

Machine Learning, the Cloud, and Your Business

July 10, 2017

Hollywood has done a terrific job warning us about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). There is a much more … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Machine Learning

July 7, 2017

From movies to markets, artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. In the retail and marketing sector, the staff at … Continued