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.

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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