Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Bright (and Innovative) Future of the Mom and Pop Shop

Small businesses can't compete with the massive logistics machines and bargaining power of mega retailers. Prime retail space prevents competing with the cost structure of online retailers, who ship out of low-rent warehouses, and may avoid sales tax for being out-of-state; or they can't offer same variety of online retailers. Yet, there is a future for small businesses...if they understand their advantage.

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3-Point Strategy for Drawing People In

Aristotle maintained that “all men by nature desire to know.” He was referring to human curiosity. Samuel Johnson called curiosity “the first passion and last.” Why? Because curiosity seeks what is different, without regard for whether or not it’s of benefit. Tell someone not to do something, and it creates an instant temptation to do whatever they’re being asked not ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of November 2017

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are November’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Five Innovation ...

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The Future Of Robots Is All Too Human

Innovative IoT's Ups and Downs (Still) Hinge Largely On Security - Innovation Excellence

Since 2000, the US has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Some say that the loss is due to foreign competition, primarily from China. Others say that it is due to higher productivity from automation and factories simply don’t need as many workers. Historically, those two trends, globalization and automation, have reinforced each other. Yet a study by Boston Consulting Group suggests ...

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Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems

Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems - Innovation Excellence

There are two basic problems that are affecting cybersecurity right now. While the ability to cause damage and reap financially from cybercrime has become that much easier for interested parties to obtain, the ability to safeguard against it has become that much more difficult...fortunately, there is technology on the horizon that may make up for our human shortfalls.

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Asset Orchestration: New Game or not?

Asset Orchestration: New Game or not? - Innovation Excellence

Asset heavy vs. asset light Recently I was discussing ecosystems and platforms, and speaking about the differences between Amazon and Alibaba. I quote “I’d say Amazon are “asset heavy” whereas Alibaba remains “asset light”. They might be operating at the two ends of the current internet trading spectrum and are coming from different market maturity positions but it is the ...

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