Category Archives: Sector: I.T. & ecommerce

AI implementation – poorly understood

Interesting article by Ayanna Howard in the Sloan Management Review which identifies three major challenges with regards the adoption of AI into operations.  These are: “Leaders are unclear about what it means to adopt AI” – it needs to be … Continue reading

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Insights from… Oracle

Oracle is a global company that designs and supports data gathering and analysis.  It has an extensive website.  Here are some of its features: Cloud Database Services – web pages devoted to telling you something about the product, supported by a … Continue reading

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Smart home technology driven by sensing who you are and how you feel

Google have filed a patent for a “household policy manager”.  This goes beyond installing smart devices in the home.  In addition, there would be sensors designed to help householders achieve their goals – whatever these might be.  According to this … Continue reading

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Understanding the need for upskilling and how to do it

This article on the strategy+business.com website goes into detail about the need for upskilling and how it should be undertaken.  i4.0 is going to make a large number of workers engaged in routine tasks redundant.  But at the same time, … Continue reading

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Goodbye cardboard boxes

Interesting press release from 3M headlined “Goodbye, Cardboard Boxes. Hello, Scotch Flex & Seal Shipping Roll!”.  The cardboard box was invented in 1856 and little has changed since then – except with the huge growth in online shopping its use … Continue reading

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Is an ERP system still relevant?

According to David James, on the oneadvanced.com website, the answer to this question is “yes”.  Given that his company sells cloud software this is not surprising.  Nonetheless his article does give insight into how ERP has evolved over the last … Continue reading

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What is an API and how does it add value?

An API is an application programming interface.   They are the things that are driving the digitisation of our world.  If you are still not sure what they are and how they work, watch this Mulesoft video. Now you know … Continue reading

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Starship, Robby, Boxbot and Deli…

… are not an up and coming boy band, they are just four of the “delivery robots” that will soon be carrying food and packages to your person, wherever you may be.  This zdnet,com article identifies 11 operators in this … Continue reading

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what3words revolutionises the concept of location

what3words explains it has “a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find … Continue reading

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‘Random stow’ inventory

Having just blogged about the challenges of inventory management, how do Amazon go about storing their 15 million stock items in one of their fulfilment centres?  What they do not do is store similar items together.. they ‘random stow’.  This … Continue reading

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