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

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

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

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

The Internet of Things and Really, Really Big Data

August 11, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to generate a massive amount of data. How much? “Annual global IP traffic … Continued

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

Innovation and the Power of “What If” Thinking

August 9, 2016

It has been nearly two decades since Clayton Christensen’s (@claychristensen) book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, was published. Yet Wall Street Journal … Continued

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

Getting Students Excited about STEM Education by Getting Them Involved

August 5, 2016

“In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology,” a University of Texas at Austin … Continued

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

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

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

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

No Single Template Exists to Create Smart Cities

July 29, 2016

Cities are unique. Like a Siren’s call, their uniqueness beckons residents and tourists alike; and, that uniqueness should be celebrated … Continued

The Internet of Things and How It Could Affect the Supply Chain

July 28, 2016

“Every industry is ripe for digital disruption and the supply chain industry is no exception,” writes Margaret O’Donnell, a Program … Continued

The Future of the Digital Path to Purchase

July 27, 2016

The digital path to purchase has been growing for years. Laura Stevens (@LauraStevensWSJ) reports, “For the first time, consumers say … Continued

Digital Enterprise Transformation and the “Intelligent” Future

July 26, 2016

The 21st century business landscape will be characterized by the rise of the intelligent enterprise (i.e., organizations that use cognitive … Continued

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, and Machine Learning

July 25, 2016

Little wonder people are getting confused about the future of computing and automation. Bruno Michel (@BmiBruno), a scientist at IBM … Continued

Automation and Work

July 22, 2016

“Which picture more accurately describes the impact of automation on a workforce,” asks Adrienne Selko (@ASelkoIW), “an orchestrated collaboration between … Continued

Big Data Analytics can Help Supply Chain Risk Management

July 21, 2016

Supply chain risks that result in disruptions continue to cost businesses billions of dollars a year. Gavin van Marle (@LoadstarGav) … Continued

Bolster Content Marketing to Reach Millennials

July 20, 2016

Millennials like to be informed. That’s one reason that content marketing is a great way to reach them. The age … Continued

Innovation in the Digital Age

July 19, 2016

The phrase “May you live in interesting times” is either an English blessing or a Chinese curse. You choose. Whether … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation in the Cognitive Era

July 18, 2016

“Manufacturing supply chains are experiencing levels of change heretofore unprecedented in their history,” writes Richard Howells (@howellsrichard), a Vice President … Continued

Our Kids Need Skills — STEM Education Can Help

July 15, 2016

A skill is the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, and/or aptitude to do something well. The importance of skills … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation™: Eliminating Drudgery

July 14, 2016

Drudgery is defined as hard, menial, or dull work. No one wakes up in the morning anxious to get to … Continued

Big Data and Privacy: What should People Expect?

July 13, 2016

“What does privacy really mean to you,” asks Cathy Nolan (@CatherineNolan7), an Information Analyst.[1] In the era of big data, … Continued

Can Digital Enterprise Laggards Catch Up?

July 12, 2016

Many analysts believe that in order for a business to survive and thrive in the information age, it must transform its … Continued

Artificial Intelligence will Change Everything

July 11, 2016

It was not too long ago that discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) were mostly confined to science fiction literature and … Continued

Does Brexit Vote Signal the End of Globalization?

July 8, 2016

“The historic ‘Brexit’ vote was about much more than a small island’s fear of immigration and a remote European government,” … Continued

Jobs Sustainability, not Universal Basic Income, is the Answer to Automation

July 7, 2016

Billionaire Jeff Greene is among those who believe that automation is going to be disruptive and have a horrific impact … 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

Digital Natives are Making the Digital Path to Purchase a Busy Place

July 5, 2016

“For the first time,” reports Laura Stevens (@LauraStevensWSJ), “consumers say they bought more of their purchases on the web than … Continued

Independence Day 2016

July 4, 2016

Younger generations might be surprised to learn that Independence Day (i.e., the Fourth of July) only became a Federal Holiday … Continued

Quantum Computing: Schrödinger’s Cat Has a Doppelgänger

July 1, 2016

“The decades-old paradox of Schrödinger’s cat, in which the feline is both dead and alive at the same time, has … 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

Influencers and Targeted Marketing

June 29, 2016

Ad blocking is on the rise and it’s worrying a lot of marketing executives. After all, brands will never get … Continued

Does Walmart’s Effort Secure the Future of Online Grocery Shopping?

June 28, 2016

“It’s been clear for a while,” writes Bill Bishop (@BrickMeetsClick), Chief Architect at Brick Meets Click, “that a wide range … Continued

Business is Embracing Artificial Intelligence

June 27, 2016

While Hollywood has fostered the notion that artificial intelligence (AI) is out to destroy humankind, businesses have begun embracing AI … Continued

STEM Programs Work Best When Tied to the Real World

June 24, 2016

I’m guessing that students have been saying “I’ll never need to know that” ever since the first formal school was … Continued

Meeting the Digital Enterprise Transformation Imperative

June 23, 2016

Most analysts agree that businesses face an imperative to transform into a digital enterprise or lose ground to competitors that … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation™ can be Good for Business and the Soul

June 22, 2016

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,” Booker T. Washington once remarked, “except as a result of hard … Continued

Jobs Sustainability: Robots and Your [Old] Job

June 21, 2016

You may have read that Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, just fired 60,000 employees and replaced them with … Continued

Machine Learning is Rapidly Changing the Business Landscape

June 20, 2016

“SAP, CEO Bill McDermott has predicted over the next five to 10 years the hype will be around machine learning, … Continued

U.S. Government Explores Artificial Intelligence

June 17, 2016

The U.S. Government has long been a backer of artificial intelligence (AI) projects. “Public monies have been invested in a … 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

Retailer Chargebacks Remain a Problem

June 15, 2016

Retailer chargebacks against vendors are not new, but they do represent a growing challenge to profitability. The staff at Supply … Continued

Big Data and Supply Chain Transformation

June 14, 2016

The ground beneath businesses continues to shift as the impacts of e-commerce, new business models, digitization, and automation are fully … Continued

Targeted Marketing: How Effective is It?

June 13, 2016

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

Inventory Optimization: Trying to Manage a Business Conundrum

June 7, 2016

Inventory management continues to be a business conundrum. Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder and President of Supply Chain Insights, recalls a … Continued

The Need for Supply Chain Excellence has never been Greater

June 6, 2016

For professionals who deal with extended supply chains, business is a 24/7 proposition. The old adage — “there is no … 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

The Digital Path to Purchase is Rapidly Becoming a Superhighway

June 2, 2016

Nearly every week we read about more brick-and-mortar stores closing their doors. The reason for these closings is almost always … Continued

Category Management in the Cognitive Era

June 1, 2016

Category Management is a widespread practice in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sector, yet Winston Weber & Associates (WWA) analysts … Continued

Targeted Marketing in the Age of Cognitive Computing

May 31, 2016

“The future of marketing,” writes Derek Newton (@DerekTNG), “is intensely personal — marketing targeted not just to you, but to … Continued

Memorial Day 2016

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and dreams of vacations, picnics, and outdoor activities. We should never forget, … Continued

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

Supply Chain Risk Management: Resiliency and Fragility

May 26, 2016

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

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