Enabling Technology

Bain & Company - Jul 28, 2021

Four Winning Patterns of Digital Transformation

While retooling to compete in a digital world is a major challenge, there’s a lot to learn from the companies getting it right.

Read Article By James Anderson and Laura Polasek

BCG - Jul 21, 2021

What Happens When ‘If’ Turns to ‘When’ in Quantum Computing?

Confidence that quantum computers will solve major problems beyond the reach of traditional computers—a milestone known as quantum advantage—has soared in the past twelve months.

Read Article By Jean-François Bobier, Matt Langione, Edward Tao, and Antoine Gourévitch

George Veth

I love how this post addresses the ‘now normal’ of remote teams not as a threat but as an opportunity to “construct a workplace digitally, around a problem or issue that needs to be managed, and pull in the workers and resources required in virtual space”. There is no equivocating around the idea of remote work. Instead, the authors share how technology enables virtual workspaces if we are willing to bring a positive attitude and proactive mindset to the table. Again, another well-written article.

Deloitte - Jul 12, 2021

Reconstructing the workplace

The digital-ready organization

Read Article By Peter Evans-Greenwood, Sue Solly, and Robbie Robertson

George Veth

I highlighted this article because I hadn’t seen the acronym of AIoT (Artificial Intelligence + Internet of Things), even though it appears that the term heralds from several years back. Where have I been? I can’t say. The article is a simple 60 second read to highlight the value of using AI on real-time IoT data in order “to learn, self-correct and self-diagnose potential issues”. I like the image of this occuring in the wearables marketplace.

Geek Culture ($) - Jul 11, 2021

Analytics of IoT


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Wired ($) - Jul 9, 2021

Need to Fit Billions of Transistors on a Chip? Let AI Do It

Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in the dark arts of designing semiconductors—some of which will be used to run artificial intelligence programs.

Read Article By Will Knight

George Veth

This is a simple post that visits each piece of the grocery value chain and talks through how technology can be leveraged to automate processes and manage future costs. Nice review of the ubiquitous impact of technology on business (even if it is only one industry and focuses on cost management).

McKinsey & Company - Jul 2, 2021

Automation opportunities in North American grocery

Recent trends and technological advancements have made automation viable across the value chain.

Read Article By Steven Begley, Vishwa Chandra, Prabh Gill, and Bill Mutell

George Veth

This article is an interesting challenge to, if not a quasi rebuke of, industrial companies for what the authors surmise as a premature move away from AI. The article admits the undebated lack of overwhelming success of AI efforts to date, but, it proceeds to counter the objections to AI as well as to lay out some learnings for a renewed effort.

BCG - Jun 30, 2021

Can Industrial Companies Fix Their AI Engines?

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), there are essentially two kinds of industrial companies: those that have been hesitant to commit to AI programs, and those that have made significant investments only to come away dissatisfied with the results.

Read Article By Lorenz Dolezalek, Nico Geisel, Jan Friese, and Andrej Levin

George Veth

I may be the last to grow tired of “digital twinning”. This is the ability to construct a digital double of a physical or business environment, so you can model and run scenarios to create designs and/or improvements to systems. The technology is here. This article talks about the use of this approach in various aspects of city planning.

Fast Company ($) - Jun 17, 2021

These immersive, virtual 3D models are helping plan the infrastructure of the future

‘Digital twins’ of spaces like ports, roads, and train stations let planners experiment with changes before implementing them in real life.

Read Article By Ian Koeppel
Source Photo: [Images: cherezoff/iStock, sgame/iStock]

George Veth

Very interesting article about the different approaches to leverage the merits of cloud computing. It’s amazing to see how quickly companies can respond to a changing environment with the plug-and-play use of cloud applications. The article explores four approaches to cloud architecture – each delivering different benefits and constraints. I appreciated the nuance of the comparison, as I had never thought through it at this level of detail.

Deloitte. - Jun 3, 2021

A new framing for cloud innovation

Four potential scenarios for the future of cloud innovation strategy

Read Article By Lars Cromley, Diana Kearns-Manolatos, David Linthicum, and Mike Bechtel

Edward Dixon ($) - May 30, 2021

AI Adoption & Business value: a lesson from the Ireland of 1908

To get a sense of just how hard it is to go from “nailed the science bit!” to “serious business value”, let’s take a look at an earlier technological revolution — the electric motor.

Read Article By Edward Dixon

Bain & Company - May 27, 2021

Digital Supply Chain Architecture: Less ERP, More Cloud

To build resilient supply chains, companies are replacing core enterprise resource planning technology with cloud-based capabilities.

Read Article By Olaf Schatteman and Juliane Stephan

McKinsey & Company - May 26, 2021

The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

Our latest survey confirms that the future will belong to companies that put technology at the center of their outlook, capabilities, and leadership mandate.

Read Article By Evan Williams, Jeff Galvin, and Laura LaBerge

Medium ($) - May 26, 2021

How To Think Like A Data Analyst: The Business Leader’s Guide

Learn how to ask better questions. Build new skills for the digital age.

Read Article By Hyper Anna

George Veth

Interesting review of a platform that tracks and predict physical environment trends and risks around the globe. This seems like a great data set to pipe into scenario planning and simulation efforts. I could see the same thing being automated for the other dimensions of risk present in our environment (see Amy Webb’s 11 Sources of Disruption).

Fast Company ($) - May 21, 2021

This AI platform tracks corporate climate risks around the world

The new tool from Cervest shows physical risks such as floods or droughts that have happened historically and then predicts what will happen over the next 80 years.

Read Article By Adele Peters
Source Photo: [Photo: Armastas/iStock, andrej67/iStock]

George Veth

Last month, I highlighted articles both on reinforcement learning and on how technology is being used to strengthen strategy. In this post, we see a full integration of the two ideas. I first witnessed a nascent version of this in Erik Beinhocker’s book, The Origin of Wealth. Now, we are seeing it in reality – emergent strategy being modeled by computers!

Medium ($) - May 7, 2021

The Impact of MuZero and How AI Could Change Strategy Making

Until a few years ago, the only AI agent capable of strategy making was OpenAI’s multi-agent system. OpenAI Five was capable of playing the complex strategy game Dota2 at superhuman levels. While the OpenAI Five engineers coded the various features, rules and reward functions of the game, it learned by playing against itself; 180 years per day. It was a remarkable experience in collaboration and strategy making by an AI agent.

Read Article By Dr Mark van Rijmenam
Source Photo: Deepmind — MuZero

Bain & Company - May 12, 2021

How Upgrading Technology Helps Modernize the Business

New ERP and SaaS systems can spur changes in the operating model.

Read Article By Juan Jimenez, Will Poindexter, and Jordi Ciuró

George Veth

Here is an article that upholds the beneficial side of digital personas. The authors lay out guidelines for how to productively leverage the same technologies that create “deepfakes”. It remains to be seen how society will adopt these business “doubles”.

MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Apr 27, 2021

Creating Valuable (and Trusted) Experiences With Digital Personas

Deepfakes have received much (well-deserved) bad press — but the underlying technology holds plenty of potential for companies to build positive customer experiences.

Read Article By Sanjay Podder, Shalabh Kumar Singh, Neville Dubash, and David Light

Wired ($) - Apr 28, 2021

Ford’s Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Read Article By Will Knight

George Veth

The term “algorithmic management” has to make some of us shudder – especially in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica – but it’s here, and I think it is here to stay. The question is whether we can harness these behavioral nudges for good. Just quickly – algorithmic management uses AI algorithms to watch, monitor, and process our individual behavior via our data emissions (phones, watches, wifi device usage like vehicle or home appliances, apps, and digital assistants, etc…) in order to prompt us to adjust our behavior. It leverages it’s knowledge of our patterns of behavior and our current context to suggest that we act in a certain way. The author encourages us to think about how we leverage these nudges in a win-win way (with our employees or customers) without crossing ethical and regulatory lines.

HBR.org - Apr 22, 2021

Algorithmic Nudges Don’t Have to Be Unethical

“Nudging” — the strategy of changing users’ behavior based on how apparently free choices are presented to them — has come a long way since the concept was popularized by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein in 2008. With so much data about individual users and with the AI to process it, companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage and control individuals — and in particular, employees. 

Read Article By Mareike Möhlmann
Source Photo: Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images

strategy+business ($) - Apr 15, 2021

How the need for secure supply chains is propelling blockchain

A PwC study predicts that blockchain’s ability to track provenance will contribute US$962 billion to global GDP over the next decade.

Read Article By Haydn Jones
Source Photo: Photograph by Marcus Chung
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