I'm Stephen F. DeAngelis, a technology and supply chain sector entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in building, financing and operating technology and manufacturing companies. I founded Enterra Solutions, LLC, in 2003 to address the global complexity challenges of corporations and governmental agencies through the effective use of artificial intelligence and patented best practices. Read more about Stephen F. DeAngelis

In this blog, I discuss issues about the effects of globalization on business and government with a focus on supply chain management, innovation, and technology. Our goal is to advance the public discussion about Enterprise Resilience Management℠ and the new organizational environment.

Bradd C. Hayes is the active editor of this blog. Read more about Bradd C. Hayes

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Cognitive Computing can Help Discover Your Customer’s Digital Path to Purchase

May 27, 2016

The digital path to purchase for any potential customer can include a number of different twists and turns including ones … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Resiliency and Fragility

May 26, 2016

“Scratching an itch never makes it go away,” writes Thomas P.M. Barnett (@thomaspmbarnett), Vice President for Communications at Resilient Corporation, … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Learning to Work with Machines

May 25, 2016

“Humans are more likely to work with smart machines in the digital enterprises of the future than be ousted by … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Improving Business around the Globe

May 24, 2016

Despite concerns about the emergence of an amoral (or worse, evil) artificial intelligence (AI) system bent on enslaving or destroying … Continued

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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

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Artificial Intelligence and Education

May 20, 2016

In the developed world (and many parts of the developing world), technology is affecting almost every area of daily life. … Continued

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In Praise of the Digital Supply Chain

May 19, 2016

Most analysts agree that in order survive and thrive in the years ahead industrial age organizations need to transform into … Continued

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Agile Marketing is Right Approach for Today’s Digital Path to Purchase

May 18, 2016

According to Scott Brinker (@chiefmartec), co-founder & CTO of ion interactive, today’s digital path to purchase requires marketers to create … Continued

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Cognitive Computing and the Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

May 17, 2016

More and more is being written about the need for industrial age organizations to transform themselves into digital enterprises. With … Continued

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S&OP: Has Its Time Passed?

May 16, 2016

For nearly three decades, sales & operations planning (S&OP) has been a much discussed topic. Dave Food (@davefood), a supply chain … Continued

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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

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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

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Cognitive Computing and Business Process Automation

May 11, 2016

“Robotic process automation mimics human actions associated with a variety of business processes,” write Peter Lowes and Subodh Chitre, from … Continued

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Transforming the Supply Chain

May 10, 2016

“A high-functioning, flexible and agile supply chain is increasingly critical to business success,” asserts Donna Fritz, Vice President of Marketing … Continued

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Global Supply Chain Risk Management

May 9, 2016

“Resiliency,” writes Aaron Burman, “has become an overused buzzword. Every field seems to have their own need to talk about … Continued

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Innovation is Difficult even for the Best Companies

May 6, 2016

“To be sure,” write McKinsey analysts Marc de Jong, Nathan Marston, and Erik Roth, “there’s no proven formula for success, … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence is Different than Our Intelligence

May 5, 2016

“Sometimes it is perceived as a figment of the far future,” states The Economist. “But artificial intelligence (AI) is today’s great … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Arms Open for Millennials but no Embrace Yet

May 4, 2016

We’ve all seen little figurines with their arms stretched wide standing on a pedestal engraved with “I love you this … Continued

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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

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The Complex World of Flavors

May 2, 2016

“They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick,” writes Candice Choi (@candicechoi). “But the artificial and … Continued

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“Making” STEM Education Fun

April 29, 2016

Kids are naturally curious. One mother I heard about found her three-year-old daughter pulling off all of the key pads … Continued

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New Breakthroughs Address Nagging Quantum Computing Challenges

April 28, 2016

Researchers anxiously await the development of a fully programmable quantum computer that can attack some of the universe’s most challenging … Continued

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Manufacturing’s Symbiotic Relationship with Technology

April 27, 2016

A million years ago manufacturing was a very personal business. Individuals constructed their own tools and weapons. Those items, however, … Continued

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Privacy Remains One of the Greatest Big Data Concerns

April 26, 2016

“Big Data? Big problems,” writes Maurice Lévy, chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe. “With each hack, leak, and act … Continued

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Cognitive Process Automation™ is needed in the Cognitive Era

April 25, 2016

“The automation of knowledge work will be this decade’s engine of growth,” according to the Institute for Robotic Process Automation … Continued

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The World Needs Smart Cities

April 22, 2016

If you live in India (or follow what’s happening on the sub-continent), you know there has been a lot of … Continued

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Creating Jobs during the Robotic Revolution

April 21, 2016

Revolution is in the air. I’m not talking about dissidents rioting in the streets attempting to overthrow governments. I’m talking … Continued

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing will Drive Digital Enterprise Transformation

April 20, 2016

The term “big data” is likely to run out of steam as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Path to Purchase

April 19, 2016

Annual online sales are predicted to surpass $500 billion by the end of this decade.[1] Getting a share of that … Continued

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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

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Can Frugal Innovation Save the Global Economy?

April 15, 2016

The global economy is stuck in a malaise. Economists seem uncertain whether this malaise will worsen and plunge the global economy … Continued

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Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Risk Management and Climate Change

April 14, 2016

“The El Niño phenomenon,” writes Erica E. Phillips (@EEPhillips_WSJ), “is behind extreme weather patterns seen from India to Panama. With … Continued

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On-Shelf Availability Remains a Significant Challenge across Retail

April 13, 2016

“Retailers are facing unprecedented pressure to increase sales, decrease costs and retain customers,” writes Ted Moyer, a solutions consultant at … Continued

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Mankind and Machine Learning

April 12, 2016

In the past few years, stories about machine learning, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, automation, and robots have flooded media outlets … Continued

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Digital Supply Chain Transformation: Are You Ready?

April 11, 2016

Research conducted by Source for Consulting in partnership with business applications and service provider Advanced revealed, “Just 37 per cent … Continued

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Andy Grove, Innovation, STEM Education, and Jobs

April 8, 2016

In March Andy Grove, the former CEO and Chairman of Intel, passed away. Eulogies praising his remarkable life called him … Continued

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Pressure Mounts for Better Safety at Both Ends of the Food Supply Chain

April 7, 2016

The food supply chain has received a lot of attention over the past few years — not all of that … Continued

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Getting the Most Out of Content Marketing

April 6, 2016

Last year Gartner released a study about the five top emerging trends in digital marketing. One of those trends was … Continued

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

April 5, 2016

Have you ever been stopped at a traffic signal with your vehicle sitting astride some railroad tracks? If you have, … Continued

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Retailers Searching for On-ramps to the Digital Path to Purchase

April 4, 2016

The big news from last year’s holiday shopping season was that omnichannel marketing was the big winner. Suzanne Kapner (@SuzanneKapner) … Continued

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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

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Are We Entering or Leaving the Age of Big Data?

March 31, 2016

“Big data, the tech story of a few years ago, is now beginning to show big results,” writes Michael S. … Continued

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Cognitive Computing: Right for Every Company?

March 30, 2016

Dan Briody, Senior Editor of THINK Leaders, defines cognitive computing as “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: The Sad Tale of Tay

March 29, 2016

“Tay was born pure,” writes Anthony Lydgate (@anthonylydgate). “She loved E.D.M., in particular the work of Calvin Harris. She used … Continued

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Think Fast: The Importance of Time-to-Insight in Big Data Analytics

March 28, 2016

When you were younger, you probably experienced one of your siblings or friends tossing something at you when you weren’t … Continued

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Learning Styles: Smoke but no Fire

March 25, 2016

According to Harold Pashler, Professor of Psychology and a faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of … Continued

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Defining or Being Defined by Your Supply Chain

March 24, 2016

Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder of Supply Chain Insights, asserts, “The supply chain IS Business, not a department within a business.”[1] … Continued

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Jobs Sustainability: Robot Fostered Unemployment is Not Destiny

March 23, 2016

One of the worst lines repeated time and again by sports commentators is, “[NAME YOUR TEAM] is in charge of their … Continued

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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

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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

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Are We in the Stretch Run towards Quantum Computing?

March 18, 2016

“Quantum computing will change lives, society and the economy,” writes the staff at Phys.org, “and a working system is expected … Continued

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Does the Circular Economy have Legs?

March 17, 2016

“Mainstream business leaders are engaging in circular thinking and the evidence is everywhere, from their blogs to the commitments made … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Are We Entering a Golden Age?

March 16, 2016

A few years ago, Barry Schaeffer, Principal consultant with Content Life-cycle Consulting, wrote, “In times past, you targeted your marketing … Continued

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Marvelous Machine Learning

March 15, 2016

“Machine learning techniques may have been used for years,” observes Lukas Biewald (@l2k), Co-founder and CEO of CrowdFlower, “but recently … Continued

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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

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Fighting Poverty Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

March 11, 2016

One of the topics I occasionally write about is the plight of those living at the base of the economic … Continued

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Philosophical Questions and Innovation Breakthroughs

March 10, 2016

“If we could come up with the next breakthrough technology by sitting around thinking, ‘What will the next break-through technology … Continued

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Data-driven Business and the Digital Enterprise

March 9, 2016

“Whether we like it or not,” Sohini Bagchi (@sohinidiva) asserts, “digital transformation is already underway.”[1] That’s both a bold statement … Continued

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It’s the Digital Age and Time to Adopt Integrated Business Planning

March 8, 2016

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been around since the 1980s. Developed by Richard Ling as a way to integrate … Continued

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Big Data Analytics are Better than Intuition

March 7, 2016

According to Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, “Intuition works less often than we think.”[1] He … Continued