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

Towards a Cognitive Internet of Things

December 12, 2017

Every day new “things” get connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Each of those new connected devices generates and … Continued

Intelligent Trade Promotion Optimization

December 11, 2017

Trade promotion is considered a necessary evil in the consumer packaged goods arena. There is a constant tug-of-war between the … Continued

Santa & Rudolph Highlight Importance of Supply Chain Visibility

December 8, 2017

Santa Claus is master of the overnight supply chain. His prowess is feted in verse, story, and song. One of … Continued

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Prediction Season

December 7, 2017

Prediction season generally begins in December. It’s that wonderful time of the year when brave souls stare into their crystal … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Future

December 6, 2017

The public can’t seem to get enough of opinionated people. Media outlets are packed with opinionated celebrities (or, at least, … Continued

Was 2017 the Turning Point for the Digital Supply Chain?

December 5, 2017

Looking back what might historians have to say about 2017? It depends, of course, on whether you are looking at … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Cognification of the Business World

December 4, 2017

Futurists and visionaries, like Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive Editor of Wired magazine, are excited about cognitive computing. They believe this technology … Continued

ChriSTEMas Gifts 2017

December 1, 2017

Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was not unusual to find microscopes, chemistry sets, Erector sets, DIY … Continued

Will Smart Cities be Happy Cities?

November 30, 2017

Past surveys have shown only a minority of people understand the concepts behind the smart cities movement. Nevertheless, given the … Continued

Millennials, Big Data, and Food

November 29, 2017

Millennials (aka Generation Y) are currently the “it” generation for manufacturers, marketers, and retailers. Members of Generation Y are probably … Continued

Digital Transformation Touches Every Corner of an Enterprise

November 28, 2017

Digital transformation is a much discussed topic with profound consequences for businesses. There is near unanimity among analysts that transformation … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase makes Cyber Monday Redundant

November 27, 2017

Historically, brick-and-mortar retailers in the United States eagerly anticipate the arrival of Black Friday — the day after the Thanksgiving … Continued

Black Friday: Don’t Get Bummed if Sales are Slow

November 24, 2017

“While Black Friday often sets the pace for the rest of the holiday season,” Karen Dynan (@KarenDynan), a Former Brookings … Continued

Thanksgiving 2017

November 23, 2017

When the pilgrims sat down for the first Thanksgiving feast, they thanked both their God and the Native Americans with … Continued

Machine Learning and the Future of Business

November 22, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are receiving a lot of press — both good press and bad. Most … Continued

Terrorism Stalks the Supply Chain

November 21, 2017

Terrorist attacks around the globe continue to make headlines. Mostly the stories are about terrorist attacks against people. This is … Continued

Process Automation Poised to Change the Business Environment

November 20, 2017

Process automation is not new. Humans have historically automated processes as fast as they can by developing machines to do … Continued

Innovation Insights

November 17, 2017

Innovation is a fascinating subject. It involves creativity, idea generation, business acumen, perseverance, foresight, and, often, luck. There is neither … Continued

Getting Creative in Last Mile Logistics

November 16, 2017

“What’s driving the focus on last-mile delivery?” asks Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics).[1] He points out, “Over the past couple of years, … Continued

Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Supply Chain?

November 15, 2017

Like wildflowers in spring, blockchain technology has burst forth as a topic in supply chain circles. Just three years ago … Continued

Are We Getting More Positive about the Future of Work?

November 14, 2017

For the past several years, articles about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) have often focused on how many human … Continued

Technology is Driving Transformation to the Digital Supply Chain

November 13, 2017

The world gets more complex every day. New knowledge is being generated; politics are creating new concerns; weather patterns are … Continued

Veterans Day 2017

November 10, 2017

Although tomorrow is officially America’s Veterans Day, many people will enjoy a day off today since the holiday falls on … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Enterprise

November 9, 2017

The business environment and the technology supporting it are constantly changing. When Randy Mott, CIO at General Motors, was asked … Continued

Industry 4.0: A Revolution Still in the Making

November 8, 2017

Last year, Industry 4.0 (aka the Fourth Industrial Revolution) was the primary focus of the World Economic Forum and discussions … Continued

Connecting the Future with the Internet of Things

November 7, 2017

The world becomes more connected every day. In the past, this connectivity primarily involved people. Increasingly, however, machines are becoming … Continued

Succeeding in the World of the Digital Enterprise

November 6, 2017

There’s no denying we live in the Digital Age. There’s also no denying that digitization is changing the business landscape … Continued

Experiential Education and STEM

November 3, 2017

Education is not a spectator sport. In fact, it’s not sport at all — education is serious business. Serious though … Continued

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

November 2, 2017

As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued

Singles’ Day: Are You Ready?

November 1, 2017

Last year, Alibaba Group reported Singles’ Day sales “totaled $17.8 billion of gross merchandise volume across Alibaba’s China and international … Continued

Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

Some people (even some communities) take Halloween very seriously. “Halloween has become a destination holiday,” writes Anne Marie Chaker (@AnneMarieChaker). … Continued

The Consumer is Boss on the Digital Path to Purchase

October 30, 2017

Sam Walton once stated, “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from … Continued

Are People Truly Excited about the Smart Cities Movement?

October 27, 2017

Last year, a study published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found, “Only 18 per cent of the … Continued

Machine Learning Steps into the Limelight

October 26, 2017

Machine learning (ML) is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). In recent years, however, ML has taken center stage in … Continued

Jobs Sustainability and Mobility

October 25, 2017

There have been myriad articles written about the coming robotics apocalypse during which masses of workers will lose their jobs … Continued

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Ready for Business?

October 24, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) and its offshoot — cognitive computing — have been hyped as the future of business. For example, … Continued

The Intelligent Internet of Things

October 23, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been heralded as the future of business and has been criticized for some glaring … Continued

Flip-flopping Makes Bad Politics but Good Quantum Computing

October 20, 2017

Politicians are often excoriated for changing (or flip-flopping) their stances on various political topics. Changes in position often leads to … Continued

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