Category: Trends

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.


Trends 2023: Automation

Automation is a broad topic. The Oxford Languages Dictionary defines automation as “the use of largely automatic equipment in a system of manufacturing or other production process.” Wikipedia elaborates on the subject

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Trends 2023: Artificial Intelligence

In the Digital Age, few technologies have had greater impact in the business world than cognitive technologies (aka artificial intelligence). The VentureBeat staff reports, “Artificial intelligence (AI) is a foundational catalyst for

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Trends 2023: Technology

McKinsey & Company analysts note, “Technology continues to be a primary catalyst for change in the world. Technology advances give businesses, governments, and social-sector institutions more possibilities to lift their productivity, invent

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Megatrends to Watch for in 2023

Over the past few years, there seems to be fewer articles making predictions and more articles discussing trends. This development may be because making predictions is often a fool’s errand. Historian Amanda

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Trends 2022: Food and Beverage

What we eat impacts our lives in myriad ways. According to the staff at, a French lawyer by the name of Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, published the first version of the phrase, “You

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Trends 2022: Quantum Computing

Quantum computing may sound like science fiction (especially the weird principles on which it relies); nevertheless, businesses are beginning to pay attention. According to the Venture Beat staff, “Sixty-nine percent of global

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Trends 2022: Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector covers such a broad spectrum of products and processes that any discussion about industry trends must take place at a very high level. One of the megatrends that has

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Trends 2022: Grocery

According the Supermarket News staff, “The grocery industry has witnessed more change in the past two years than perhaps the entire previous decade.”[1] And, they add, “There’s no rest for the weary.

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Trends 2022: Technology

The term “technology” covers an enormous array of potential subjects. The dictionary defines technology as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Since we are living in the

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Trends 2022: Retail

These were supposed to be dire days for retail. The so-called retail apocalypse witnessed a record number of store closings over the past few years and the pandemic exacerbated the situation. With

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