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

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

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

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

Smart Farming will Help Feed the World

June 23, 2017

It’s no secret that world’s population continues to grow and isn’t predicted to top out for several decades. All of … 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

Are Smart Cities Really the Future?

April 26, 2017

One of the undeniable trends shaping the world’s future is urbanization. More than half the globe’s population is already living … 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

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

Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and Cognitive Computing

March 23, 2017

“People continue to flock to cities for several reasons,” writes Andrew Meola (@andrewmeola), “such as employment opportunities, lifestyle, and more. … 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

The Internet of Things: Generating Data and Changing the World

January 13, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) REALLY IS about “things” and not people. “If we want to talk about the IoT,” … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart Cities: People, Processes, and Technology

June 3, 2016

In the business world, executives know that to be successful they need to blend the right combination of people, processes, … Continued

Internet of Things Surpasses World Wide Web. Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

May 23, 2016

“[Last year], we passed an important milestone,” reports Per Richtun (@perricktun), an analyst with Capgemini. “For the first time in … Continued

Smart Cities and the Future of the World

May 13, 2016

Although there has been a lot written about smart cities, many people still have no idea what the smart cities … Continued

Digital Path to Purchase Requires a Mobile First Mentality

May 12, 2016

“With its same-day delivery and a mobile-first mentality,” writes Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF), “Diapers.com is currently doing business in the environment … Continued

Digital Enterprise Transformation: Changing or Adapting to the Business Landscape?

May 3, 2016

The business landscape has been ever changing since the first marketplace was established. Craftsman who may have enjoyed a monopoly … Continued

The Internet of Things will Change the World Once Devices Start Communicating

April 18, 2016

“The potential for the Internet of Things is huge,” writes Thomas Wadlow. “From water sensors that remind you to water … Continued

Digital Enterprise Transformation: Don’t get Stuck on the Tracks

April 5, 2016

Have you ever been stopped with your vehicle sitting astride some railroad tracks? If you have, I’m willing to bet … Continued

Globalization in the Digital Age

April 1, 2016

The face of globalization is changing as global trade decreases, reshoring and/or near-shoring increases, and once hot economies cool down. … Continued

Towards a Smart City Hierarchy of Needs

March 22, 2016

Over 70 years ago, Abraham Maslow introduced the world to his hierarchy of needs framework. Like most brilliant ideas — … Continued

Butterflies, Swans, and Supply Chain Risk Management

March 21, 2016

“The ‘butterfly effect’,” writes Yolanda Graham, “was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around … Continued

Without the Internet of Things there is no Industry 4.0

March 14, 2016

“By 2020,” Bob Violino (@BobViolino) reports, “more than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Algorithmic Economy

March 2, 2016

The world becomes more complex every day. Both adding to and helping us understand that complexity is a growing number … Continued

Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

February 18, 2016

“As an industry,” writes Kimberly Knickle (@kimknickle), Research Vice President at IDC Manufacturing Insights, “manufacturing is ‘hot’.”[1] She reports that … Continued

Supply Chain Visibility: Lifting the Fog of Business

February 9, 2016

In his famous book On War, military strategist Carl von Clausewitz wrote, “War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation is Technologically Driven

February 8, 2016

“Every supply chain organization is slightly different,” writes Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights.[1] To that … Continued

General Electric Uses “Cool” to Promote STEM Education

January 29, 2016

“As a sprawling conglomerate,” writes Dan Adams (@DanielAdams86), “General Electric is a top producer of brute industrial equipment from locomotives … Continued

The Internet of Things is Maturing Rapidly

January 14, 2016

The potential of the Internet of Things is fueling a lot of interest (and hype) all across media and industry,” … Continued

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

January 7, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet because it is primarily an emerging machine-to-machine … Continued

Smart Location-based Targeted Marketing

December 29, 2015

Mobile technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the consumer’s digital path to purchase. A majority of all U.S. consumers … Continued

Digital Enterprise Transformation and the Supply Chain

December 22, 2015

“To build advantage,” write Andrew Arcuri and Richard Helm, “organizations must do more than just change. They must transform.”[1] That … Continued

Trends 2016: Big Data

December 21, 2015

“The world around us is changing so rapidly,” writes Datafloq founder Mark van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam), “that even the hype big … Continued

Trends 2016: Cyber Security

December 10, 2015

Cyber security is a concern that will continue to plague governments, businesses, and individuals in the years ahead. As our … Continued

Trends 2016: Gartner Technology Trends

December 7, 2015

We live in an age of technological wonders; however, some people fail to appreciate all of the wonders because they … Continued

Emerging Technologies and the Future of Logistics

November 19, 2015

There are a lot of moving pieces in a supply chain, but none are more central than logistics pieces (i.e., … Continued

The Internet of Things: Giving the World a Nervous System

November 18, 2015

A wonderful infographic by Harbor Research and Postscapes, describes the Internet of Things (IoT) as a digital nervous system for … Continued

The Future Demands Cognitive Computing

November 2, 2015

“How do we expect to handle the overflow of data that is headed our way?” asks James MacLennan (@jpmacl), Senior … Continued

Digital Disruption Requires Digital Enterprise Transformation

October 28, 2015

“The obsession with digital disruption has reached a flashpoint with the arrival of the smartphone,” writes Richard Waters (@RichardWaters), “which … Continued

Shareology: A Book Review

October 26, 2015

Unless you’ve been stranded on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’ve read about the rise of … Continued

Industry 4.0 — Facing the Coming Revolution

October 12, 2015

“With disruptive forces of change so pervasive around the world,” writes Jeff Dobbs, Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing at … Continued

Machine Learning is Changing the World

September 17, 2015

“I have no doubt the world is going to see more change in the next 10 years,” writes Andrew Penn … Continued

Smart Manufacturing and the Internet of Things

September 14, 2015

“Manufacturing worldwide is on the cusp of a revolution,” writes Kevin O’Marah (@komarah), chief content officer, and Pierfrancesco Manenti (@PierManenti), … Continued

Smart Cities Begin with Connectivity

September 11, 2015

“Federal and local governments around the world are expected to spend $475.5 bn technology products and services by 2019,” reports … Continued

Grocery Shopping with Millennials: Bring Your Smartphone

September 3, 2015

Supermarket giant Kroger is expanding its experiment with an online ordering service called ClickList that allows consumers to order groceries … Continued

Risk Management in Global Supply Chains

August 24, 2015

Managing day-to-day operations in a global supply chain is no easy task. That’s certainly not news for supply chain professionals. … Continued

The Internet of Things Revolution

August 17, 2015

“A funny thing happened on the way to the internet of things,” writes Richard Waters (@RichardWaters). “Many of the ‘things’ … Continued

The Coming Industrial Revolution: The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0

July 30, 2015

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

The Digital Enterprise: Are You Prepared for the Digital Future?

July 14, 2015

“The future is here and it is connected,” writes Eva Milko (@evamilko).[1] Milko envisions a future that moves beyond “the … Continued

Globalization is Moving Along Some New Roads

April 28, 2015

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

Smart Cities and the Citizen Sensor

April 15, 2015

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

Additive Manufacturing’s Future Still Looks Bright

April 9, 2015

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

The Internet of Things Bandwagon

April 8, 2015

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

The Internet of Everything and Global Transformation

March 20, 2015

As I have noted in several previous articles discussing the Internet of Things (IoT), the IoT is set to transform … Continued

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

February 12, 2015

“Machines can make cities smarter,” declares Spyros Salpeas, Head of Global Services, MENA, at Orange Business Services. “Machine-to-machine (M2M) — … Continued

Engagement is the Key for Digital Path to Purchase Success

February 11, 2015

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

Location-based Marketing is on the Move

January 22, 2015

Last year, Michele Nemschoff (@mnemschoff), Vice President, Corporate Marketing at MapR, asserted, “Thanks to the rise of the mobile consumer, … Continued

Predictions 2015: Smart Machines

January 20, 2015

In a previous article entitled “IDC Inaugurates the 2015 Prediction Season,” discussed predictions about technology made by analysts from the … Continued

The Rise of the Internet of Things

January 13, 2015

According to many reports, the winner at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was the Internet of Things (IoT). Ciara O’Brien … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chain Risk Management

January 12, 2015

In an article entitled “Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort,” I discussed two kinds of disruptions that can … Continued

2015 Predictions: Smart Cities

January 9, 2015

Predicting what cities of the future would look like has been a source of speculation for centuries. Isaac Asimov, the … Continued

Cognifying Our Lives through Cognitive Computing

January 7, 2015

Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive Editor of Wired magazine, recently tweeted, “In the very near future you will cognify everything … Continued

2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 2

December 31, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I focused on the first five of ten predictions made by International Data … Continued

2015 Predictions: Manufacturing, Part 1

December 30, 2014

James Dyson, the British inventor, designer, engineer, and entrepreneur most famous for his vacuums, once said, “Manufacturing is more than … Continued

Quantum Computers Will Transform the World — We Hope

December 24, 2014

Eric Ladizinsky, co-founder of D-Wave, the Canadian firm claiming to have produced the world’s first commercial quantum computer, asserts that … Continued

2015 Predictions: The Internet of Things

December 17, 2014

If I were going to name the coming year based on what people are predicting, I would probably call 2015 … Continued

Helping Connect People at the Bottom of the Pyramid

October 30, 2014

“No industry or household in the world will reach their future potential without access to broadband,” write Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer) … Continued

How the Internet of Things Will Change the Supply Chain

October 22, 2014

“A huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a significant impact … Continued

Conditions are Ideal for Smart Cities to Flourish

October 15, 2014

“The interconnection of things and services is making big strides across the globe,” writes Didier Manning, Global Program Manager – … Continued

Grocery Shopping: The Digital Path to Purchase is Here and It’s Mobile

October 9, 2014

In the hustle and bustle of this year’s holiday season, will online grocery shopping be part of the consumer experience? … Continued

To Succeed the Internet of Things Will Require Machines, Analytics, and People

October 1, 2014

We are reading a lot more about the Internet of Things (IoT) these days. Cisco calls the IoT the “Internet … Continued

Target Marketing to Millennials

September 24, 2014

“Nearly every digital marketer has a goal of creating a viral campaign,” writes Kelsey Libert (@KelseyLibert), a Marketing Vice President … Continued

How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 2

August 5, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some of theories about how ideas spread and what makes them … Continued

How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 1

August 4, 2014

“Good ideas and innovation travel easily — and far,” writes John Major. “Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes.” [“Silk … Continued

The Internet of Things: Saving Ourselves with Technology

July 23, 2014

I recently listened to a provocative presentation given by Gary Atkinson (@GaryA_ARM), Director of Emerging Technologies at ARM, entitled “Can … Continued

Globalization, Integration, and Big Data = Big Solutions

July 14, 2014

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort, an author and social entrepreneur, writes, “I think it is important [to] transition from today’s world to a … Continued

We Have All the Necessary Technologies to Make Our Cities Smarter

June 19, 2014

“A veritable ‘perfect storm’ of challenges and opportunities is profoundly changing the fundamentals of urban areas throughout the world,” asserts … Continued

The Coming Evolution of Global Business

June 18, 2014

“Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when … Continued

The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain

April 28, 2014

“One day,” Steve Rosenbush writes, “sensors will be embedded in all sorts of objects and machines, collecting data and communicating … Continued

The Internet of Things Requires Smart Sensors and Smart People

April 21, 2014

Nearly everybody has heard about the Internet and the World Wide Web. They have helped connect the world and have … Continued

Breaking Down Corporate Silos with Tacit Knowledge

April 14, 2014

“Tacit knowledge (as opposed to formal, codified or explicit knowledge),” according to Wikipedia, “is the kind of knowledge that is … Continued

The Changing Face of Cities: Getting Smarter, but are They Getting Better?

April 4, 2014

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, are an enticing prospect,” writes Dr. Gary Graham, a Lecturer in Operations … Continued

Supply Chain Collaboration and Secure Information Sharing

March 27, 2014

Over the past several years, the subject of supply chain collaboration has garnered increased attention. Leonie Barrie reports that last … Continued

New Approaches and Tasks for Machine Learning

March 21, 2014

“We all know how difficult it can be using a text term to search for multimedia content online,” writes Darren … Continued

Location-based Marketing: Shoppers Won’t Ever Be Alone Again

March 10, 2014

“Ever since smartphone makers began incorporating GPS receivers into their handsets,” writes Brad Howarth, “marketers have dreamed about making use … Continued

Taking Advantage of the Tetherless World

February 25, 2014

To what, you might ask, does the term “Tetherless World” refer? Currently, the Tetherless World is mostly a concept. According … Continued

The Age of Predictive Business

February 18, 2014

During the run-up to 2012 U.S. presidential election, a 34-year-old statistician named Nate Silver “used an elaborate series of calculations … Continued