Fri.Mar 01, 2024

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Accessibility Meets Efficiency: Amazon’s AbilityOne Storefront Revolutionizes Government Purchasing


Amazon has recently unveiled its latest initiative, the AbilityOne Storefront, catering specifically to government buyers and aimed at facilitating easy procurement of products and services made by individuals with significant disabilities. This innovative platform opens up new avenues for federal, state, and local governments to access a wide range of goods while fulfilling their federal [.

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How to Actually Execute Change at a Company

Harvard Business Review

The author analyze project teams across 257 firms to identify why only 60% of planned value is typically realized in change initiatives, focusing on four key factors: effective initial communication (“ACE the Memo”), ensuring resource accessibility and autonomy (“Master the Means”), employing mechanisms to align actions with goals (“Amplify with Mechanisms”), and strategic measurement to influence future outcomes (“Measure to Account”).

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Women Are More Likely to Be Laid Off Than Promoted in Tech — Here's How We Can Change the Status Quo

Entrepreneur - Innovation

In the face of a tech industry where women are more likely to be laid off than be promoted to leadership positions, it's time to hack the system and reboot the gender balance for good to turbocharge innovation and propel the industry.

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What Successful Purpose Statements Do Differently

Harvard Business Review

Sadly, purpose statements at all too many organizations are just empty words. The companies that issue them don’t live up to their lofty promises. But research by Bain & Company identified some companies that are the exceptions. They employ four methods to turn their statements into reality.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets.

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How Do You Know If Your Idea is Novel?

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski When your idea is novel, no one will steal it. No NDA required. If your idea is truly novel, no one will value it. And that’s how you’ll know it’s novel. When your idea is novel, no one will adopt it.

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Adapt Your Strategy to Higher Interest Rates

Harvard Business Review

While many executives and investors were thrown by last year’s interest rate increases, the cost of capital needn’t be a threat. Companies that integrate the cost of capital into their strategy and planning reap real benefits. When something is cheap, people waste it. With the cost of capital back to normal levels, it’s simply irresponsible not to make it a management discipline that changes the way you do business.

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Thought Leader and Influencer Interview with Maria Villablanca Co-Founder and CEO, Future Insights Network

Thinkers360 - Thought Leader Interviews

At a Glance Maria Villablanca Co-Founder and CEO, Future Insights Network Focus Areas: Supply chain, Procurement, Digital Transformation Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: Maria Villablanca Social Media: LinkedIn | Twitter Podcast: Transform Talks: The Supply Chain Transformation Highlighted Content : #204 – Supply Chain disruptors and trends of 2024 with Richard Howells , We NEED More Anti-Fragile Leaders in Supply Chain.

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Welcome to my new website!

Stephen Shapiro

This week we launched my new website. I’m still learning the “ropes,” so I might be slow in posting for a little while. On this site, you will find all of the same content from the previous one – just with a fresher design and updated technology. If you encounter any issues, please get in touch with me and let me know. Happy Innovating!

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To Reach Today’s Business Buyers, Brands Must Embrace Brands for Humans Marketing


If you lead marketing at a B2B company, how do you describe your customers? Do you list off the businesses that purchase what you sell? Or do you talk about Joshua, Jessica, and Javon — the people who buy from you? In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, your B2B customers are not your father’s customers. Increasingly, today’s buyers are millennials, born between 1981-1996, and they bring a very different set of expectations to the buying experience.

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How to Uncover Trend and Technology Insights Faster Than the Pros


A good business strategy should outline a path for future success. This means your company must uncover emerging technologies and trends quickly to spot opportunities before the competition. But how do you ensure you’re effectively scanning and monitoring changes in your trend and tech landscape over time? ITONICS is making it easier and faster to research the forces impacting your business.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.