Is Amazon The “Death Star” of Retail?

Recently, Jim Cramer widely promoted on his show, “Mad Money,” the notion coined by John Malone that Amazon is the “Death Star” of retail. I’m sure his remark sent shivers down the spines of many a brick n’ mortar retailer and their investors. Don't get me wrong, I think Amazon is an interesting company that ...

When Agile Is Bad For Business: Part 1 – Bring On The Noise!

There is a lot of noise today about the use of Agile in digital business. In my experience leading Agile development projects, helping early “eBanks” innovate their web development and operations, and advising some of the leading digital enterprises today with their transformation and innovation initiatives, I have come to realize that there is an ...

Blockchain Solutions Forum 2017: Key Takeaways

As I sit here in the not-so-sleepy town of Alba in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy enjoying a surprisingly good glass of Barbaresco (only 3 Euros a glass!), I am reflecting on my observations and impressions from the Blockchain Solutions Forum held a week ago in Barcelona, Spain. It’s truffle season in Italy, so ...

IoT Solutions World Congress: Key Takeaways

So here we go.  Here is my summary analysis of the IoT World Congress and Blockchain Conference that took place in Barcelona last week.  Let’s start off with the event and then I will go over the key takeaways. This conference held from October 2nd to the 5th was the third incarnation of the IoT ...

What Musicians Can Teach You About Innovation

As a musician of 30-years who has composed original music, has been a member/lead composer of a couple of original bands, and just happens to be a career management consultant and executive advisor, I can tell you that musicians can teach you a thing or two about innovation and what it is not.  I know! ...

Not All A.I. Businesses Are Created Equal

Recently, I hosted a very lively debate on an article that claimed that Amazon is leading A.I. with Alexa.  The debate revolved around the question of how leadership in A.I. is determined.  There is technological leadership.  There is commercial leadership.  However, there are different A.I. business models.  All things considered, it is difficult to compare ...

Thanks For The Data, But I’d Rather Have the Answer

I started my consulting career developing custom Oracle database applications.  I can appreciate data.  I've worked with data quite extensively, and I will be the first to say that it is a valuable asset, no question.  But at the end of the day, businesses need answer, and not all data is good data and not ...

Why I Am Getting The iPhone X

There is a flood of articles on the iPhone X, and I’m sure you are pretty tired of reading them already.  To be honest, so am I, but I continue to read them because, well,.... it’s sort of a hobby and part of my job.  After having read a slew of articles from the usual ...

The Passing of The Torch: Apple Watch

Apple Watch is Apple's new muse of innovation, design and technological leadership. The iPhone is no longer the future of Apple. Apple is no longer just about iPhone.

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