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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Trends & Predictions 2017: IBM’s 5 in 5 (Artificial Intelligence Helping make the Invisible Visible)

February 7, 2017

When it comes to interesting predictions, IBM’s 5 in 5: Five innovations that will help change our lives within five … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Targeted Marketing in the Age of Smart Systems

January 23, 2017

No one doubts we are fully immersed in the Age of Information. A few years ago, David Russell Schilling (@davidrschilling) … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Is there a Future for the Human Worker?

January 20, 2017

“Should we be afraid,” asks Molly Connell. “Many experts fear that robots will take over most jobs within the next … Continued

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Urbanization and the Need for Smart Cities

January 19, 2017

One of the trends shaping the last half century has been the urbanization of the world’s population. There are now … Continued

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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

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Cognitive Computing: Useful however You Define It

January 12, 2017

It will take another five years, according to Jeremy Achin (@JeremyAchin), CEO of DataRobot, for “data scientists [to] finally agree … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Artificial Intelligence

January 11, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. AI sparks our imaginations, fuels our hopes, and stirs misgivings about its ultimate … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Path to Purchase

January 10, 2017

Over a dozen years ago, Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report introduced viewers to a future in which marketing and advertising is … Continued

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Trends from the 2017 International CES

January 9, 2017

The annual International CES, formerly known as the International Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas starts each new … Continued

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The Potential and Peril of Robotic Process Automation

January 5, 2017

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is attracting a lot of press attention both for its ability to generate great efficiency as … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Digital Transformation

January 4, 2017

Most analysts agree that companies organized around principles developed during the industrial age must transform themselves into digital enterprises if … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence

January 3, 2017

“Each new technological marvel — the steam engine, railroad, ocean steamship, telegraph, harvester, automobile, radio, airplane, TV, computer, satellite, mobile … Continued

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New Year’s Resolution: Transform Your Supply Chain

December 30, 2016

We are approaching the time of year when people pause to reflect on the past and resolve to do better … Continued

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Why Winning Companies will Transform into Digital Enterprises

December 29, 2016

There seems to be a growing consensus among business analysts that organizations organized around principles developed during the industrial age … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Today

December 28, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) garners more than its fair share of headlines because people are fascinated with its possibilities. A steady … Continued

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Risk Management Needed to Strengthen Fragile Global Supply Chains

December 22, 2016

“Supply chains keep making headlines around the world for the wrong reasons,” insists Boris Felgendreher (@FelgenTweets), Senior Marketing Director for … Continued

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Smart Machines and the Future of Work

December 21, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are raising grave concerns about the future of work. Julia Bossmann (@juliabossmann), President of Foresight … Continued

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Process Automation and the Elimination of Errors

December 20, 2016

In most fields of endeavor, accuracy is a beneficial trait. The famous lawman Wyatt Earp once stated, “Fast is fine, … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Choices

December 19, 2016

“How can we be sure,” asks Alex Gray, “that artificially intelligent robots will make ethical choices?”[1] That’s an excellent question … Continued

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Put STEM Toys on Your Holiday Shopping List

December 16, 2016

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Your children may have already told Santa (in person or in writing) … Continued

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Trends and Predictions 2017: Internet of Things

December 15, 2016

“In 1905,” Jordan Rudow reports, “Popular Mechanics predicted that the ‘Electric Handshake’ would allow a physician to examine a patient … Continued

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Big Data and Advanced Analytics Hold Key to Brighter Future

December 12, 2016

“Getting a greater understanding of your business is the promise of big data,” Michael Hoskins (@MikeHSays), Chief Technical Officer at … Continued

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Quantum Computing: Extending the Life of Qubits

December 9, 2016

At the core of every quantum computer are quantum bits (aka qubits) that provide quirky states of superposition that allow … Continued

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Trends & Predictions 2017: Information Technology

December 8, 2016

Information technology (IT) is a broad subject area; but, since we live in the information age, IT has a significant … Continued

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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