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

Learning Styles 01

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

No Poverty 02

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

Philsophy and innovation

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

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Girls and STEM Education

March 4, 2016

The diversity gap in STEM fields is well documented. Stephanie Walden reports, “According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, female … Continued

Customer is king

Customer is King on the Digital Path to Purchase

March 3, 2016

There is nothing new about the notion that companies need to focus on customers. Companies have always needed customers. Karl … Continued

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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

Supply Chain Technology

How Technology is Changing the Supply Chain

March 1, 2016

Everyone knows that technology (especially, the Internet) has changed the business landscape. Loretta Chao (@LorettaChao) and Steven Norton (@steven_norton) write, … Continued

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Re-skilling is Key to Industry 4.0 Jobs Sustainability

February 29, 2016

Back in 1933, MIT Professor Dugald C. Jackson wrote, “Those who allege that the general introduction of machinery has been … Continued

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Targeted Marketing Landscape Predicted to Change

February 26, 2016

Gartner asserts there are five underlying digital marketing trends currently shaping the advertising landscape.[1] They are: “The purchase funnel has … Continued

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Supply Chain Analytics and Digital Enterprise Transformation

February 25, 2016

“Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history,” writes Adam Robinson (@TweetsByARob). “As … Continued

Fingar Cognitive Computing

Book Review — Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide for GameChangers

February 24, 2016

Peter Fingar’s (@PeterFingar) book Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide for GameChangers came to my attention when he emailed to say that … Continued

Smart Cities 02

Support Continues to Grow for the Smart Cities Movement

February 23, 2016

As a member of IEEE and three of its associated groups — the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; the IEEE Information … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Complexity

February 22, 2016

“The results for Q3 2015 are in on the state of global supply chain risk,” reports Dr. Warwick Knowles, Dun … Continued

Millennials and the Economy

Millennials are Shaping a New Kind of Economy

February 19, 2016

“As shoppers,” writes Tanya Gazdik Irwin (@Tanyairwin), “Millennials are different from older generations.”[1] I’m not sure why Irwin restricted her … Continued

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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

Enterprise Resilience

Digital Enterprise Transformation: Enterprise Resilience is a Good Reason to Make the Move

February 17, 2016

Half a dozen years ago the AGI-Goldratt Institute published a white paper in which it reported, “The core constraint of … Continued

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Always On: The Internet of Everything

February 16, 2016

Over sixteen years ago, my friend Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett (@thomaspmbarnett) wrote, “The defining achievement of the New Economy in … Continued

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Presidents’ Day 2016

February 15, 2016

Today is a uniquely American federal holiday that was first established to honor President George Washington. When he was born … Continued

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Teaching STEM: Can the Average Student Learn to Love Math?

February 12, 2016

As anyone who follows education knows, there has been a lot of displeasure with federally-imposed standards of learning in the … Continued

Augmentation Strategy

Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Revolution 4.0

February 11, 2016

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, emerging technologies (e.g., robotics and artificial intelligence) will result in a … Continued

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The Era of Cognitive Computing

February 10, 2016

“It is the dawn of a new era, the cognitive era,” declared IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (@GinniRometty) at the 2016 … Continued

Fog of Business 02

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

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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

Taking the long view

Innovation: Taking the Long View is a Key to Survival

February 5, 2016

Over the past couple of years there have been a number of reality television shows based on the art of … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is Increasingly Mobile

February 4, 2016

“There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before,” writes James LeTart (@JLeTartcomm), … Continued

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Big Data Analytics are Improving Business Performance

February 3, 2016

“Nobody needs to be told that data is becoming more complex,” writes Adrian Bridgwater (@ABridgwater). “Every user realises that all … Continued

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Digital Supply Chain Transformation

February 2, 2016

There should be little doubt in any business leader’s mind that transforming their company into a digital enterprise is an … Continued

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Secure Supply Chain Transactions Using Blockchain Technology

February 1, 2016

“Certainly you’ve heard of bitcoin,” writes the Spend Matters team. “But do you know about blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin? … Continued

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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

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Machine Learning Will Change How Supply Chains Function

January 28, 2016

“A few decades ago,” writes Motti Nisani, CEO of emaze, “artificial intelligence was just an exciting topic among engineers and … Continued

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Resiliency and Supply Chain Risk Management

January 27, 2016

Nowadays you hear and read a lot about resiliency. Resiliency is a great term because it contains layers of nuanced … Continued

Minsky Marvin

RIP Marvin Minsky (1927-2016)

January 26, 2016

As world leaders and thinkers meet in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to affect … Continued

Moving Towards Smart Cities

Moving Towards Smart Cities

January 25, 2016

“Twenty-first century technologies offer newfound promise for the future of cities,” write Rob Puentes (@rpuentes) and Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer), “more … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Overlord, Underling, or Co-worker?

January 22, 2016

Marshall Brain (@marshallbrain), a professor at North Carolina State, is a doomsdayer. He may not be building up an arsenal … Continued

IoT Poised to Change the World

The Internet of Things is Poised to Change the World — but When?

January 21, 2016

“Is the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ the most over-hyped topic in information technology today,” asks David Weldon (@DWeldon646), Editor-in-Chief of … Continued

Targeted Content Marketing

Secret to Successful Targeted Marketing: Highly Relevant Content

January 20, 2016

According to Boston Consulting Group analysts, “Digital’s potential — the delivery of relevant advertisements to interested users at opportune times … Continued

Foundations of Supply Chain Transformation

The Foundations of Supply Chain Transformation

January 19, 2016

“Supply chains are changing and evolving into something new,” writes Daniel Miller, Head of the Finance Division at The Innovation … Continued

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General Electric: Attracted by Millennials or Repelled by Connectitax?

January 18, 2016

“Fair to say,” writes Marilyn Geewax (@geewaxnpr), “[it] was a brilliant day for Boston.”[1] Geewax was talking about the day … Continued

Grit

Grit, Perseverance, and Practice are Keys to Successful Education

January 15, 2016

We would all like to believe that we have the potential for greatness. Greatness, of course, is a subjective measure. … Continued

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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

Demand Forecasting

The Future of Supply Chain Demand Forecasting

January 13, 2016

“Forecasting is an ‘inexact science’,” writes Keith Peterson (@KPeteHalo), President and CEO of Halo, “that relies on the data available … Continued

Trends 2016 Manufacturing

Trends 2016: Manufacturing

January 12, 2016

A couple of years ago, Jeff Dobbs, KPMG’s Global Sector Chair for Industrial Manufacturing, wrote, “The challenges of the past … Continued

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‘Purple People’ and Cognitive Computing

January 11, 2016

“The color purple,” writes Wayne Eckerson (@weckerson), “is formed by mixing two primary colors: red and blue. These colors symbolize … Continued

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International Consumer Electronics Show 2016

January 8, 2016

For techies, January not only ushers in a new year it introduces them to the latest electronic gadgets during the annual … Continued

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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

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Mastering the Digital Path to Purchase Remains Challenging

January 6, 2016

A little over a year ago, HRC Advisory reported, “While numerous retailers have collected years of customer data, only 9 … Continued

AI for everyday life

Artificial Intelligence is Settling in to Everyday Life and Disrupting Industries

January 5, 2016

A few years back, Bruce Matichuk, CEO of Coole Immersive Inc., predicted, “Future dominant businesses, will be those that understand … Continued

Trends 2016 Supply Chain

Trends 2016: Supply Chain

January 4, 2016

“The export-based economic model that we now take for granted,” assert analysts at Stratfor, “depends on supply chains.”[1] That statement … Continued