Category Archives: Sector: I.T. & ecommerce

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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‘Internet of Things’ research journal

The Internet of Things research journal was launched in September last year.  Of interest is what the journal identifies as IoT applications.  They are as follows: “Energy (smart grids, meters & appliances, renewable energy). Transportation (infrastructure, logistics, road and rail, … Continue reading

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Algo bias may be induced by workforce

Having blogged a great deal about AI and machine learning, it is worth remembering that just because they derive from large amounts data they are not bias free.  This BBC article explains how both Google and LinkedIn have found algorithms … Continue reading

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Using AI to detect crime – risks as well as benefits

Companies are using AI and machine learning to detect and prevent many different illicit activities: routine employee theft insider trading fraud money laundering child pornography terrorism. But there are issues associated with this, as this Oliver Wyman article explains.  Namely: … Continue reading

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Enterprise of the Future

This presentation in Madrid shows HPE’s CEO talking two weeks ago about the ‘enterprise of the future’ and the ‘edge’.

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