Innovation & Tech

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Enterprise IT at Cloud Speed

Here's why hybrid IT speed is critical for business success.
Markus Herber | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In digital business, speed is critical to gaining a competitive advantage. That’s why rapid software development concepts such as DevOps and Continuous Delivery are gaining popularity. This requires a shift in mindset by IT departments – so-called “cloud speed” must also be possible in the enterprise data center. According to a recent Oxford Economics study, […]

Evolving Nanoscale Communication

As molecular biology, nanoscale engineering and robotics converge, we can better target problems in the human body.
Mike Liebhold | Institute for the Future

Today networks of smart devices have already transformed our world, and we’re just starting to connect our bodies to them in meaningful ways. We see signs that we might be able to create new bio-based networks inside our own bodies and manipulate the ones already there. As molecular biology, nanoscale engineering and robotics converge, we […]

It’s About Connecting, Not Delivering

Preparing for the post-Uber effect: Here’s how transportation companies can get ahead of the next disruption.

Plenty of companies fear being uberized. By uberized, I mean a shift from the classical economy – companies internally organizing activities to perform a service – to the platform model, using digital tools to coordinate external resources (mostly people) for the same activity. Through dedicated digital platforms, this gets rid of the middle man and […]

IoT and the Future of Consumer Products Manufacturing

Why revenue growth is IoT’s surprising side effect.

Of all that the Internet of Things (IoT) promises, manufacturers seem most focused on supply chain efficiency, and with good reason. Under constant pressure to reduce costs and get to market faster, but having limited ways to do so, IoT’s promise of faster, cheaper and better is alluring. Getting less attention in IoT discussions is […]

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Companies need to embrace organizational change to develop digital capabilities and transition to new business models.
Ken Cottrill | MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Digital disruption can represent a major threat to a company – or a golden opportunity to rebuild the enterprise. At MIT CTL’s Crossroads 2017 conference in April, Dr. Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information and Systems Research, described how some companies are taking the rebuild route. […]

The Mall Isn’t Dead – It’s Just Changing

Cities around the world are looking for ways to build compact, transit-oriented developments.
Stefan Al | University of Pennsylvania

Today thousands of empty suburban malls dot the American landscape. Describing decaying buildings and cracked asphalt parking lots, eulogy after eulogy arrives at the same conclusion: The mall is “dead.” (There’s even a website – DeadMalls.com – documenting the decline.) But 8,000 miles away, another vision of the mall has taken hold – one that […]

From Battlefield to Boardroom

This former M1-A1 tank officer shares his leadership philosophy and advice for keeping calm during business transformations.
Chris Hsu | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Chris Hsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s EVP and general manager of Software and chief operating officer, is a graduate of West Point and a former U.S. Army captain, a leadership role that proved valuable for navigating the separation of Hewlett Packard into two Fortune 100 companies (HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise), as well as the […]

Getting Smarter About Our Cities

Against the backdrop of National Transportation Week, let's explore the driving forces behind smart cities.
Dave Roegge | UPS

More people. More cars. More congestion. City planners and dwellers are gearing up for the 70 percent of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050. The solution to unlocking gridlock and making cities more livable is as complex as the infrastructures they seek to improve, according to new UPS research co-sponsored […]

Propelling the IoT Revolution

Take a look at how the world’s largest package delivery company is tapping into connected devices.
Derek Banta | UPS

Few technology trends have gotten as much publicity over the past few years as the Internet of Things (IoT) – and with good reason. IoT has the potential to transform so many aspects of how customers and businesses interact. But at this point, three things are simultaneously true: Many customers have resisted adoption of IoT-enabled […]

Dubai Plans Hyperloop Trains That Will Be Faster Than Planes

Hyperloop could cut travel times between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from two hours to 12 minutes.
Alex Gray | Formative Content

Humans have long been fascinated with travel. Wherever we are, we want to get somewhere else, and when we’ve gotten there, we want to get there faster. Concorde was once the world’s fastest commercial passenger jet, travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 kilometers per hour, more than twice the speed of sound. More recently, […]

Top 10 Innovations in World Expo History

With buzz building around Expo 2020 Dubai, here's your ticket to some of the best expo moments.
James Rowe | UPS Longitudes

For more than a century, innovations in technology, arts and culture were revealed to the masses at grand public events – and the World’s Fair was the place to do it. We call them World Expos today, but the events continue to roll out the most cutting-edge inventions of their time. As we anticipate the next World […]

3D Printing – Evolution Rather than Revolution – Part Two

Here are four different ways to evaluate the future of 3D printing.
Ralf Steck | Engineering Spot

In the first part of this blog series, I explained three concepts that crystallized what 3D printing can and cannot offer. Ultimately, this also dictates the industries and scenarios where 3D printing and rapid prototyping are used in a complementary role. To distinguish between realistic and over-hyped applications for the years ahead, we want to investigate and evaluate […]

3D Printing: Evolution Rather than Revolution – Part One

An assessment of the current state of 3D printing.
Ralf Steck | Engineering Spot

There’s been plenty of speculation in recent years on whether 3D printing spells the end of the global supply chain. Given all that talk, it’s time for a clear-eyed evaluation of the effects of this technology on our world. In this two-part series, I’ll focus first on defining the current state of 3D printing. Part two (coming Friday) […]

Understanding Analytics in a Connected Universe

Combining three pillars of cybersecurity analytics will help IoT expand opportunities for all industries.
Liz Goldberg | SAS


In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of a cybersecurity flaw that could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person’s heart defibrillator or pacemaker. The point of vulnerability is the transmitter that sends data from the implanted devices back to physicians. A hacker could hijack it to rapidly deplete the […]

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Changing the way we view math could unleash broader knowledge.
Frank A. Farris | Santa Clara University

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it. Today, digital tools like 3D printing, animation and virtual reality are more affordable than ever, allowing mathematicians to investigate and illustrate their work at the same time. Instead of drawing a complicated surface on a chalkboard, […]

Cities of 2050: Data and Technology Will Fuel Megacities of the Future

Here's a collaborative blueprint for the urban areas of tomorrow.
Terry D. Bennett | Autodesk

What will cities look like by the year 2050? Will they be like those in South Korea centered on a digitally connected retrofit of existing society? Will they parallel the shiny new cities of Dubai or Singapore? Or could they possibly move underground or under the oceans? Today, innovative cities such as Curitiba, Brazil, are […]

Nonstop Adaptation

Reinvention is a must for any company looking to get ahead in today’s marketplace.
Jay Collins | WEX

When people ask me where I work, the answer can sound complicated … but it’s really not. I work at a fleet, travel and healthcare company. To put it more clearly, I work in payment solutions – in the fleet and travel and healthcare businesses. It’s actually not all that different from those who work […]

Why Blockchain Matters

Blockchain has the potential to disrupt more facets of your life than perhaps any other technology. Here’s what you need to know.

In 2016, more than $1.4 billion was invested globally in blockchain startups. IBM invested $200 million and 1,000 employees in the technology. Walmart, IBM and Tsinghua University in Beijing are running a pilot project for tracking and tracing pork in China and produce in the U.S. Among companies in consumer goods and manufacturing, 42 percent […]

Becoming Cognitive

Understanding cognitive computing versus artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning.
Alison Bolen | SAS

Hui Li | SAS


Cognitive computing brings with it a promise of genuine, human-to-machine interaction. When machines become cognitive, they can understand requests, connect data points and draw conclusions. They can reason, observe and plan. Consider: Leaving for a business trip tomorrow? Your cognitive device will automatically offer weather reports and travel alerts for your destination city. Planning a […]

Podcast: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain could be bigger than the internet and revolutionize our financial system, Barry Silbert argues.
Brian Hughes | UPS Longitudes

Click to play podcast. Barry Silbert has a simple goal: to build a better financial system. He says he’s found a way to do just that. Silbert, the founder of Digital Currency Group, a strategic investment company that helps entrepreneurs, financial institutions and technology investors, believes that blockchain will help build that better system. Blockchain is […]

With AI, Answers Are Cheap, But Questions Are The Future

With knowledge growing exponentially, we should be running out of puzzles. Instead, we keep discovering greater unknowns.
Kevin Kelly | WIRED

Because of the tools of science, we know vastly more about the universe, our world and ourselves than we did a century ago. Yet the paradox of science is that every answer we uncover yields at least two brand new questions. More tools and more answers lead to ever more questions. Telescopes, scanners and atom […]

Assets are Dead … Long Live Assets

We’re overthinking it. Business success is about making lives better.
Alan Amling | UPS

Are assets losing value in this age of platform-based businesses? Conventional wisdom suggests that asset-heavy businesses, which dominated the Fortune 500 list for the last century, are in decline. Uber is on the rise despite not owning any vehicles, Apple is dominating music distribution without owning any record companies and Airbnb is disrupting the lodging […]

With 5G Technology, the Internet of (20.8 Billion) Things Will Be Realized

Today’s 4G cellular networks aren’t robust enough to handle tomorrow’s products and services.
Matt Alderton | Redshift

Consider this: A driverless car that transports you safely to work while you apply makeup in the backseat or a refrigerator that knows you’re out of milk and instantly orders a fresh gallon. Sounds good, right? How about a light bulb that automatically adjusts its brightness throughout the day, a t-shirt that calls 911 if […]

What It Will Take for Us to Trust AI

Our willingness to accept the unknown could benefit our future.
Guru Banavar | IBM

The early days of artificial intelligence (AI) have been met with some very public hand wringing. Well-respected technologists and business leaders have voiced their concerns over the (responsible) development of AI. And Hollywood’s appetite for dystopian AI narratives appears to be bottomless. This is not unusual, nor is it unreasonable. Change, technological or otherwise, always excites […]

These 3 Books Can Transform Your Business

Looking for new ideas to jumpstart your professional life? Here is a good place to start.
Yura Choung | UPS Longitudes

With so many business books out there, how do you choose which ones to read? There are books on how to work more efficiently, how to be a better leader and how to stay motivated at the office. But what about books that can help you understand the changing business world and how to adapt […]

How IoT Will Change Our Society

Find out how IoT will transform the economy, the workplace and transportation.
HPE Matter | HPE

Some call the Internet of Things (IoT) the Intelligence of Things or the Internet of Everything. By whatever name, futurists say it heralds the moment when sensor-driven data connects everything to everything else and artificial and human intelligence become a seamless whole — the planet and virtually everything in and on it transformed into a […]

3 Ways to Build Innovation Into Your Business

Exploring the gap between aspiration and accomplishment.
Craig Arnold | UPS

Everyone can innovate. But innovative thought by itself is incomplete. Throughout my 30-year career, I have helped many businesses re-engineer their supply chains and boost their services – efforts that have certainly paid off. But when it comes to innovation, there appears to be a gap between aspiration and accomplishment. So what’s missing? While many […]

A Better Way: Leadership, Technology and Prosperity

How we can use tech innovation for the good of all people.

In March 2004, a comedy of errors unfolded in the Mojave Desert. The DARPA Grand Challenge offered a million-dollar prize for any self-driving car that could complete a 240-kilometer course. The best performer didn’t even make it 12 kilometers before coming off the road at a hairpin turn and getting stuck on an embankment. One […]

What We Loved at CES 2017

Here’s what caught our attention at the year’s largest tech summit – and what could become part of everyday life in the near future.
Dave Roegge | UPS

Convenience was the hot item at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with everything – including the kitchen sink – designed to make our lives easier and better. This year’s smart devices were even smarter, artificial intelligence was more intelligent and virtual reality looked, well, more real. As expected, drones were one of the big […]

5 Industries That Will Be Completely Transformed by IoT

The true promise of IoT is massive connectivity across industries, but can it deliver?
Jennifer Alsever | Wired Brand Lab

Contrary to popular belief, the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just about your alarm clock knowing when you leave the house or your thermostat adjusting the heat upon your return. Yes, these technological advancements offer myriad possibilities, but IoT technology is so much more than a connected light bulb — it’s […]