Category: Development

In this blog, we discuss cognitive computing and other technologies with a focus on supply chain management and innovation. Other topics of discussion include digital enterprise transformation, marketing, the Internet of Things, and smart cities. Our goal is to advance the public discussion about how cognitive computing and other advanced technologies affect the world in which we live.

Bradd C. Hayes is the active editor of this blog.


Emerging Market Consumers, Part 1

In several past posts, I’ve made the assertion that economic progress generally precedes political transformation. The logic for that is fairly straight forward. When a population moves out of poverty and into

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The Resilience of Somaliland

About once a year, something comes along that draws my attention to Somalia. This year it was piracy [see my post entitled Shiver Me Timbers — A New Age of Piracy]. In

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Hard Road Ahead for New States

The list of 195 independent countries in the world is about to be joined by the 196th — South Sudan. Residents of southern Sudan were nearly unanimous in expressing their desire to

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Update on Global Poverty

Some truths are not self-evident. For example, the belief that “poor people — the destitute, disease ridden and malnourished ‘bottom billion’ — live in poor countries” seems self-evident (i.e., “that has been

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Knowing Your BRICs and CIVETS

As emerging market countries increase in importance with regards to the global economy, identifying them has become an interesting game of acronyms. First there were the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and

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An Update on Microfinance

Having written a number of posts concerning the benefits and pitfalls of microfinance, I continue to monitor the subject with some interest. Muhammad Yunus, who is credited with developing the microfinance sector,

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