Wall Street to CEOs: Disrupt Your Industry, or Else - WSJ. Business Intelligence: Dashboards, Reporting and Analytics. Alibaba wants to use blockchain to prevent counterfeit Australian food products in China. Chinese e-tailing giant Alibaba has enlisted the help of Australia Post and vitamin company Blackmores for a pilot program to prevent food fraud using blockchain technology.
The internet business has also called in PricewaterhouseCoopers to help improve integrity and traceability on its supply chains as part of the scheme. Alibaba ANZ managing director Maggie Zhou signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia Post and Blackmores in Canberra today during Chinese premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the country. The two Australian companies will offer in-market testing across their supply chains for the pilot. Zhou said that if the Australian scheme is successful, it will form the basis of a global supply chain model for all of Alibaba Group’s e-commerce markets. “Food fraud is a serious global issue that not only costs the food industry billions every year, but puts consumers’ health at risk. Fraud costs the global food industry is an estimated $US40 billion annually.
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State Department Deploying Internet of Things Platform to Monitor Energy Use - CIO Journal. 7 Innovation Myths. In The Power of Why Amanda Lang argues that innovation is simpler than you think.
One reason we’re endlessly focused on expert innovation, or as she calls it, innovation window dressing, is our core belief that innovation is difficult. According to one recent study 68% of business leaders believe that innovators are “born and cannot be made.” However, scientists have shown the exact opposite is true. For instance, a landmark study of identical twins who were separated at birth found that although 80 percent of the variation on IQ tests is attributable to genetics, only 30 percent of performance on creativity tests can be explained that way. In other words, 70 percent of creativity is related to environment, which means that it’s entirely possible for just about anyone to learn to think more innovatively. What is innovation? Innovation is not, as many people believe, synonymous with invention and therefore out of the reach of the average person.
The Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. In The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen uncover the origins of “innovative-and often disruptive-business ideas.”
Five primary discovery skills—skills that compose what we call the innovator’s DNA—surfaced from our conversations. We found that innovators “Think Different,” to use a well-known Apple slogan. Their minds excel at linking together ideas that aren’t obviously related to produce original ideas (we call this cognitive skill “associational thinking” or “associating”). How To Be Creative. Steve Jobs on Creativity. “Originality depends on new and striking combinations of ideas.” — Rosamund Harding In a beautiful article for The Atlantic, Nancy Andreasen, a neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity, writes: [C]reative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see. … Having too many ideas can be dangerous.
Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist. The same point of view is offered by James Webb Young, who many years earlier, wrote: A virtual reality revolution is coming in 2016. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Hands on with Sony'S VR headset Technology writers Ben Grubb and Tim Biggs give Sony's latest virtual reality headset an "immersion test" which works in tandem with a PlayStation 4 to display and control games.
Virtual reality — once the stuff of science fiction — is still in its infancy. But there's already a gold rush around the technology, which plunges viewers into a simulated 3D environment and lets them explore their surroundings as if they were really there. Fintech 100. Most Innovative Companies 2015. The Most Innovative Companies: An Interactive Guide. This interactive guide shows the changes to The Boston Consulting Group’s list of the most innovative companies.
In the Stories tab, explore four categories of change in the list over time: Steady Innovators. Companies on the list every year from 2005 through 2016Movers. Companies that advanced ten or more positions from 2015 through 2016New Entrants. Companies that first appeared on the list in 2016Returnees. In the Industries tab, examine movements within nine industries on the list: automotive, consumer and retail, energy, financial services, health care, industrial products, media and entertainment, technology and telecommunications, and transportation and travel.