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Innovation and Process Improvement – the PBJ of Business Endurance

Posted by Kanch Algama

July 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Ask most endurance athletes about their food fuel of choice, and you're sure to get a variety of unusual answers with a couple of exceptions - one being the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Even nutritionists and trainers extoll its virtues. It's a nutrient-rich powerhouse of protein, carbs, and fat. For most athletes, it's a tasty and cost effective resource that is simple to prepare, carry, and consume on the racecourse. And the athlete can choose from an almost limitless number of nut and fruit combinations - making it a flexible, creative way of satisfying a need.

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This is How to Future-Proof Your Business

Posted by Nina Martire

July 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM

As industries become increasingly disintermediated, social media chatter shapes trends and demand, and shifting demographics bring changing expectations, leaders across every sector have to rethink their customer-focused strategies. Simultaneously, employee expectations, personal networks, and information channels continue to expand, forcing these same leaders to reconsider and reshape their organizational constructs. With so much to address in the immediate timeframe, it’s not surprising that only a handful of companies look farther than a traditional five-year planning horizon.

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Is Smart Technology Undermining the Role of the Human Worker?

Posted by Dave Baber

July 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Over the course of the past few months, we’ve given blog space to an increasingly pervasive question: as innovations in smart technology reshape the organization and competitive marketplace, how is the role of the human worker changing? Secondarily, what new skills do leaders need to hire for and nurture to address immediate challenges and opportunities, and build a resilient, future-focused organization?

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Infographic: Health Disruptions and How Your Organization Can Benefit

Posted by Deb Westphal

July 6, 2017 at 8:15 AM

 

Organizations must not only understand and decide how to best address their workforce health needs and expectations, but also determine the best business systems to support that future direction. Vision is not enough, critical actions must take place to align cost structure and revenue forecasts to support growth into a potentially new adjacency.

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Welcome to the Fourth Wave? Cognitive Tech and AI are Reshaping Humanity

Posted by Eric Chase

June 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM

In 1950, Alan Turing published an article in MIND entitled Computing Machinery and Intelligence.[1] It posits, confidently, that computers would advance to a point at which they could be programmed to learn and perform with skills rivaling human intelligence. At the time, the proposition was revolutionary, though it actually reflected ‘computability and the universal machine’ work he had been pursuing since 1936. The paper laid out the concept of the discrete state machine model, clarified the prospect of what he termed 'intelligent machinery' and provided real suggestions about how Artificial Intelligence could happen.

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Infographic: What is the Future of Security and Protection?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

June 21, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective on the Future of Security and Protection. Combined with our deep understanding of drivers shaping the future and our ALTERNATE FUTURES ® scenario planning approach, we have begun to imagine what security and protection will look like in 2026.

 

 

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Preparing Cities for Smart Technology and Autonomous Vehicles

Posted by William Desrosiers

June 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM

With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are reshaping the structure of our cities and how we live and work in them. Smart city technologies include the Internet of Things, hyper-connected citizens, and data-driven public solutions. Beyond self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles encompass commercial and public applications, aerial, subsurface, and intermodal, and alternative energy components. These innovations are indeed disruptive individually, but in aggregate promise incredible opportunity for our metro areas. They also have the potential to create major hurdles for those tasked with putting these new resources to work.

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The Aging Population – How to Prepare Your Organization

Posted by Nina Martire

June 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities. 

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What You Must Know to be Cyber Ready

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

May 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Innovation and business transformation have reached radical speed. Market forces, financial growth targets, businesses, national economics, politics, and societies are shifting at a commensurate pace, exposing new opportunities and vulnerabilities almost constantly. It’s a game of disruptive whack-a-mole that has (insightful) organizations putting more focus on security. More and more, organizations are recognizing that an incident or breach is a when – not an if.

 

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: 4 Steps to Navigating Data for Business Success

Posted by Toffler Associates

May 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the experience for every individual. Businesses must consider more than IT when shaping the role of data in the future. The protagonists of The Wizard of Oz sought a brain, a heart, courage, and home. Similarly, successful businesses will need to take these four steps: create knowledge from data, maintain consumer trust, update privacy policies, and organize for the future.

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