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

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

The Bumpy Ride to Digital Enterprise Transformation

July 6, 2017

Does change frighten or concern you? If it does, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”[1] According … Continued

The Digital Supply Chain — Building Block of the Future

July 5, 2017

Pundits have argued for years that the term “supply chain” inaccurately depicts the real world. “The supply chain, as the … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Requires a Resilient Enterprise

July 3, 2017

We’ve all heard the adage “nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” In the business world, Jeff Thomson (@IMA_JeffThomson), … Continued

Using Robots, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence to Augment Jobs

June 29, 2017

The world suddenly seems a bit gloomier place with many countries turning inward and taking a narrow, national view of … Continued

Exploring Artificial Intelligence through Co-Innovation

June 28, 2017

NOTE: This article was written by David Cruickshank (@binarimon), Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at the SAP® Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) … Continued

China and the Digital Path to Purchase

June 27, 2017

In the United States, you read a lot about the Amazon Effect and how it is driving the consumer digital … Continued

Why do Companies need the Internet of Things? Let Me Count the Ways

June 26, 2017

“When most people think about the Internet of Things (IoT),” writes Michael Wilson, AFFLINK’S Vice President of Marketing and Communications, … Continued

Disruption and Supply Chain Management

June 22, 2017

The term “disruption” has been used so often over the past couple of decades many pundits are now calling for … Continued

Digital Enterprises Require Disruptive Technologies

June 21, 2017

There remains a lot of talk about digital disruption and the imperative for industrial age companies to transform into digital … Continued

The Conundrum Facing Targeted Marketing

June 20, 2017

Common sense leads one to the conclusion that targeted marketing (i.e., providing ads based on consumers’ tastes, preferences, and buying … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation and Job Augmentation

June 19, 2017

“Robotic process automation has been tipped as one of the most important strategic priorities for global business services,” writes the … Continued

The “Last Mile” Challenge and the Future of Logistics: Part 2

June 15, 2017

“The last mile is extremely inefficient,” writes Edwin Lopez (@EdwinLopezT37). “It is the final frontier of logistics, a cost so … Continued

The “Last Mile” Challenge and the Future of Logistics: Part 1

June 14, 2017

Some logistics professionals may long for the good old days when the last mile challenge primarily involved getting goods to … Continued

You Need more than a Kit to Manage Supply Chain Risk

June 13, 2017

Disruptions to supply chain operations are inevitable. Over the years I’ve read a lot of articles discussing the kind of … Continued

Big Data and the Digital Enterprise

June 12, 2017

Big data is big business. A study by Hexa Reports concludes, “In 2017, ‘Big Data’ vendors will pocket over $57 … Continued

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

June 8, 2017

Most business experts insist (and most corporate leaders believe) developing a culture of innovation is essential for long-term success. They … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase Often Involves Brick-and-Mortar Stores

June 7, 2017

To say it’s been a bad year for traditional brick-and-mortar stores is to understate the situation. Suzanne Kapner (@SuzanneKapner) reports, … Continued

Why Transforming into a Digital Enterprise is an Imperative

June 6, 2017

Time and again you read articles about the need for any organization founded on industrial age principles to transform into … Continued

Big Data and the Digital Supply Chain

June 5, 2017

An increasing number of supply chain analysts are stressing the importance of creating a data-driven supply chain (aka a digital … Continued

Are the Clouds on the Jobs Sustainability Horizon Dark or Billowy?

June 1, 2017

“We need to discuss how smart computers might affect the workplace and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits,” writes Peter … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Cognitive Computing

May 31, 2017

“It’s not a coincidence that artificial intelligence is rapidly colonizing marketing tools designed for business sales,” writes Barry Levine (@xBarryLevine). … Continued

Logistics in a Changing World

May 30, 2017

“From siloed behavior to data-sharing and collaboration across disciplines — that’s the journey that companies are making today, as they … Continued

Supply Chain Climate Change Risks Poised to Worsen

May 26, 2017

“For the last 4 years,” report PwC analysts Brian Dunch (@Brian_Dunch) and David Sapin (@drsapin), “‘Extreme Weather Events’ has ranked … Continued

Machine Learning and Smart Business

May 25, 2017

“In the context of business,” writes David Linthicum (@DavidLinthicum), a consultant at Cloud Technology Partners, “artificial intelligence is called ‘machine … Continued

Innovation begins (and ends) with the Right Questions

May 24, 2017

Asking questions is one of the traits that makes humans an interesting and creative species. Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive … Continued

The Internet of Things is still Suffering Growing Pains

May 23, 2017

“Some call the Internet of Things (IoT), the Intelligence of Things, or the Internet of Everything,” explain analysts from Hewlett … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Enterprise

May 22, 2017

One thing most pundits seem to agree on is that any organization designed around industrial age principles needs to transform … Continued

The Millennial Supply Network

May 18, 2017

The generation receiving the most press right now is Generation Y (aka Millennials). For the most part, millennials are digital … Continued

How Businesses can Foster Jobs Sustainability in the Age of Automation

May 17, 2017

There has always been tension between some humans and automation. No one likes to lose their job — especially to … Continued

Big Data: Disappointment or Delight?

May 16, 2017

Big Data was supposed to help businesses solve many of their nagging problems; but, article after article over the past … Continued

Content Marketing is All About the Message

May 11, 2017

“It’s hard to imagine a world where advertising is perfectly targeted to know exactly how you feel and what you … Continued

Omnichannel Operations Remain Frustrating

May 10, 2017

While moderating a panel discussion earlier this year on the subject “The Science and Art of Modern Retail,” Lauren Sherman … Continued

A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution

May 9, 2017

One of our mottos at Enterra Solutions® is “Revolution not Evolution.” Bill DuBois, Director of Marketing Content at Kinaxis, appears … Continued

The Future of the Brick-and-Mortar Retail Sector

May 8, 2017

Almost every week another retailer seems to announce it is either closing hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores and/or filing for bankruptcy. … Continued

Visibility is Essential for Supply Chain Risk Management

May 4, 2017

“Supply chains are driven by data,” writes Susan Fourtané (@SusanFourtane). The right types of data provided at the right time … Continued

Digital Supply Chains: Do or Die Imperative?

May 3, 2017

“Supply chain professionals are now told on an almost daily basis that their next challenge is to digitise the supply … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation™ and Tomorrow’s Workplace

May 2, 2017

“Eighty percent of IT’s effort is focused on mundane grunt work — ditch-digging to keep the lights on with barely … Continued

Jobs Sustainability: How Humans Can Beat the Robot Apocalypse

May 1, 2017

“Robots have long been maligned for job-snatching,” writes Jeanna Smialek (@jeannasmialek). “Now you can add depressing wages and promoting inequality … Continued

The Blockchain/Supply Chain Future

April 27, 2017

“The hype surrounding Blockchain — also known as Distributed Ledger Technology — is in overdrive,” writes Andrew Sohn (@Molsonix). “Many … Continued

Connecting our Lives through the Internet of Things

April 25, 2017

“The emerging Internet of Things (IoT),” writes David Menninger (@dmenningervr), vice president and research director at Ventana Research, “is an … Continued

Ignoring Digital Enterprise Transformation Could Prove Fatal

April 24, 2017

No business executive likes to consider the possible demise of their business let alone the potential collapse of their entire … Continued

Targeted Marketing: Easy as X, Y, Z

April 21, 2017

“Marketing has come a long way since the days of the one-size-fits-all radio jingle,” writes Samantha Christmann (@DiscountDivaSam). “Advertisers have … Continued

Mobile and IoT Driving Consumers’ Digital Path to Purchase

April 20, 2017

Consumers are increasingly using the digital path to purchase when they buy things. To be honest, the so-called digital path … Continued

Yossi Sheffi, a Supply Chain Leader

April 18, 2017

In addition to posting articles on this blog, I’m also a featured blogger for Supply Chain Insight’s Beet Fusion blog. … Continued

Jobs Sustainability: The Latest News is not Good News

April 17, 2017

There is a heated, ongoing debate about how artificial intelligence and robotics are going to affect jobs sustainability (i.e., the … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Increases the Importance of Questions

April 14, 2017

Every analyst and researcher knows — the better the question the better the answer. Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive Editor … Continued

3D Printing is Coming of Age

April 13, 2017

For over half a decade, pundits have predicted 3D printing (also called additive manufacturing) would revolutionize industries and supply chains. … Continued

Digital Enterprises are Revolutionary

April 12, 2017

“Artificial intelligence tools are only beginning to penetrate the workplace,” writes Jared Lindzon (@JLindzon), “but are causing leaders to rethink … Continued

Advanced Analytics and Business Success

April 11, 2017

We live in a complex world that becomes more complex every day. Analytics can help deal with that complexity. “Almost … Continued

Blockchain and the Supply Chain

April 10, 2017

Blockchain technology has stirred a lot of interest over the past year and a new study from eft indicates that … Continued

Are Robots Going to be Subject to Death and Taxes?

April 6, 2017

In a 1789 letter, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; … Continued

Take the Right Steps to Ensure Process Automation Excellence

April 5, 2017

Business process automation is not new; but, using software bots to automate some processes is fairly new. When machines (i.e., … Continued

Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task

April 4, 2017

There is a general consensus among analysts that businesses organized around industrial age principles need to transform into digital enterprises … Continued

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

April 3, 2017

“The first thing you need to know about AI (and machine learning),” writes Eric Knorr (@EricKnorr), “is that it’s full … Continued

The Internet of Things and Cognitive Computing will Mature Together

March 30, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of networks that primarily facilitates machine to machine communication. “Imagine a world … Continued

Industry 4.0 comes into Clearer Focus

March 29, 2017

A few years ago, analysts from Source One wrote, “Many analysts would assert that the U.S. and the global manufacturing … Continued

Digital Enterprises: Moving from Systems of Record to Systems of Prediction

March 28, 2017

There has been a lot of disappointment in business circles about the value companies have derived to date from big … Continued

Is Supply Chain Risk Management High Enough on Your Priority List?

March 27, 2017

According to the Dun & Bradstreet-produced CIPS Risk Index, “Global supply chain risk grew to a record high at the … Continued

Is Content Marketing the Next Big Thing in Advertising?

March 22, 2017

It seems counterintuitive to launch an advertising campaign that does not specifically promote a brand or product; but, that is … Continued

Preparing for a Future with Robots

March 21, 2017

The media is awash with dire predictions about robots putting the human race out of work. A typical example is … Continued

Taking Advantage of Emerging Opportunities on the Consumer’s Digital Path to Purchase

March 20, 2017

The digital path to purchase is increasingly dominating retail sales. By that I mean consumers are increasingly using mobile devices … Continued

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

March 17, 2017

Retailers love holidays. Holidays provide a focal point for promotions and sales. St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Kristen Cloud … Continued

Populist Sentiment Increases Big Data Privacy Concerns

March 16, 2017

Change is always difficult and individuals who have been impacted by globalization, automation, and other technologies are pushing back. Rising … Continued

Digital Enterprise or Algorithmic Enterprise: Transformation Required No Matter what You Call It

March 15, 2017

“The next big thing for IT leaders today,” writes Stuart Sumner (@StuartSumner), “is to become a data-driven ‘algorithmic enterprise’.”[1] Most … Continued

Technology and Supply Chain Transformation

March 14, 2017

More and more articles are being written about the need for supply chain transformation and, as a result, supply chain … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Supply Chain

March 13, 2017

The term “supply chain” emerged because historically every step of the process that saw raw material converted into a product … Continued

Cognitive Computing is Raising the Bar in the Business World

March 10, 2017

As businesses venture deeper into the Digital Age, they are finding new technologies can help them analyze the oceans of … Continued

Category Management and Cognitive Computing

March 9, 2017

“Without the foundation of Category Management,” declare analysts from the Category Management Association, “shopper marketing is ‘a tale full of … Continued

Industry 4.0 Can Spark Growth but not without Skilled Workers

March 8, 2017

“Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years,” asserts Olivier Scalabre, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century

March 7, 2017

Supply chain risk management is a complicated subject because the number of things potentially affecting operations is almost limitless. As … Continued

Living and Working with Artificial Intelligence

March 6, 2017

There are a lot of people who would like to turn back the hands of time — people who believe … Continued

Use Cognitive Technologies to Reduce Offshoring and Create U.S. Jobs

March 3, 2017

The business world is in turmoil over President Donald Trump’s emphasis on reinvigorating manufacturing jobs in America. He pushed hard … Continued

Targeted Marketing to Millennials: Inform don’t Pander Them

March 2, 2017

I have heard people state that we live in a world in which everyone wants instant gratification. Some marketers may … Continued

Machine Learning and Your Business Future

February 28, 2017

Machine learning is one of the current buzzwords frequently found in articles about the future of business. Other terms with … Continued

Cognitive Computing in the CPG Sector = Efficiency and Innovation

February 27, 2017

Kraft-Heinz’ recent failed attempt to purchase Unilever for $143 billion dollars is unlikely to be the last news of mergers … Continued

Redesigning Work in the Cognitive Era

February 23, 2017

A little over a year ago, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty) declared, “It is the dawn of a new era, … Continued

The Transformative Potential of Blockchain Technology

February 22, 2017

Business leaders are always looking for the next big thing. One of those things might be blockchain technology. Thomas Cherian … Continued

Security Concerns Plague Internet of Things Development

February 21, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the largest network of networks the world has ever seen (both … Continued

The Evolution of the Grocery Store

February 17, 2017

We’ve all seen western movies that include a scene in which a calico-clad frontier woman tells the owner of the … Continued

Cognitive Computing will Achieve Mainstream Adoption in 5 Years

February 16, 2017

Gartner analysts predict “smart machines will enter mainstream adoption by 2021 with 30 percent adoption by large companies. This will … Continued

The Chrysalis of Digital Transformation

February 15, 2017

The metamorphosis of a butterfly is one of nature’s wonders. From ground-bound, clumsy caterpillar to elegant and beautiful butterfly, this … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation is Blowin’ in the Wind

February 9, 2017

Change is one of life’s constants. The supply chain is no exception to this rule. According to Jonathan Webb (@j_p_webb), Head … Continued

Industry 4.0 won’t Bring Back Jobs; but Neither will It Eliminate Human Workers

February 8, 2017

Manufacturing is on the upswing in the United States and that trend was in the making before the tortuous presidential … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Looming Large

February 6, 2017

For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) was primarily confined to research projects in academia. That is no longer the case. “Artificial … Continued

Buttons and Keyboards on the Digital Path to Purchase

February 3, 2017

The two most important characteristics of the digital path to purchase are convenience and information. Although the consumer digital journey … Continued

Targeted Marketing: In Search of the Perfect Customer

February 2, 2017

There is no perfect customer. Each consumer is unique is one way or another. That makes targeted marketing a challenge. … Continued

Omnichannel Operations are the New Normal

February 1, 2017

This past holiday season was a paradox. Consumer spending was up; nevertheless, thousands of retail stores are shuttering their doors … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation will Help (not Take Over) Your Business

January 31, 2017

“In fairly short order,” writes David McCann (@DaveMcCFO), “robots have begun taking over in the corporate world.”[1] The robots to … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Big Data

January 30, 2017

Over the next few years, we are likely to see fewer articles about “big data” — not because data is … Continued

Machine Learning Could Transform Your Business in 2017

January 26, 2017

A number of analysts have declared 2017 the year of artificial intelligence (AI). AI is a big field which includes … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Enterprise

January 25, 2017

Some industries have already felt the full effects of digital transformation (e.g., media and retail). Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysts, … Continued