Category Archives: Sector: I.T. & ecommerce

Coronavirus impact on supply chains

Given the the role that China has in the world economy, it is not surprising that the current coronavirus outbreak is impacting on supply chains around the world. This Barron’s article highlights the impact on the tech industry.  For instance, … Continue reading

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Everyone’s talking about empathy and innovation

“Empathy” is not the first word that you might associate with innovation, but this article from twentyonetoys.com identifies three CEOs that explicitly link the two.  Admittedly this is from a company that makes and markets an “empathy toy”, but even … Continue reading

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Google Data Centre

This five minute video illustrates two interesting aspects of Google – its culture and how it manages security at one of its data centres.  

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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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