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The Strategic Innovation Summit and Symposia series was convened to enable multi-disciplinary discussions of senior leaders on relevant topics of the year. Unlike conventional, discipline-specific conferences, where topical content is narrow and participants are generally from the same discipline, the Summits bring together people from many sectors. These include government, business,...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Alison Jones, Senior Director of NAR Logistics, Whirlpool Corporation

The finished goods distribution network for Whirlpool Corporation's North American operations region consists of eight factory distribution centers, ten regional distribution centers, and 90 local distribution centers. To compensate for seasonality and promotional activity, several temporary...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Yuri Quintana, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Global Health Informatics

Global Health Challenges

Global health is under a major transition. People are living longer but with more conditions that require multiple healthcare specialists. According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the proportion...

Insight - November 2016 |

Presented by Tim Kottak, CTO, Global Services, GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare is an $18 billion business that spans many healthcare solutions, including diagnostic imaging, mobile diagnostics and monitoring, IT and digital solutions, and life sciences. In the past years, we have seen a shift toward value-based healthcare, and that is changing the kind of solutions that our...

Insight - November 2016 |

By David Ricketts, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard 

To find the next billion dollar idea for your company, you must look for the seeds of innovation in your business. And while there are several paths to profit, there is only one that leads to great innovation. To create not only a billion dollar money maker but also a product or service that will...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Technologies

Using two nickel-sized sensors embedded in each player’s shoulder pads, we can track and report data live, in real-time, showing how fast an NFL player is running, the distance they’ve traveled and their acceleration and deceleration, among other things. It’s giving a whole new meaning to the fan...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Paolo Santi, Research Scientist, MIT

Urban transportation is witnessing major transformations. Advances in digital and communication technologies, the burgeoning “sharing economy” of mobility resources, and the maturing of vehicular self-driving technology will be major forces driving the (r)evolution of urban transportation. In ten years, the urban transportation...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Yogesh Dhingra, CFO & COO, Blue Dart Express Ltd.

At 7.5–8 percent GDP growth, India is clearly seen as a bright spot in the world economy. With strong economic fundamentals, large demand base, and exceptional business opportunities, India is poised to take a big leap forward. But the current logistics scenario in the country lags in terms of its capabilities...

Insight - November 2016 |

Presented by Rich Rao, Global Head of Devices and Education, Google

Willie Sutton was an American bank robber who stole an estimated $2 million during a forty-year criminal career. When a reporter asked why he robbed banks, he answered: “Because that’s where the money is.” ‘Sutton’s law,’ as it is now called, can be applied to your business too. When contemplating...

Insight - November 2016 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the ability to transform businesses and entire industries. We are currently seeing creative applications across government, healthcare, retail and other areas. However, we are also seeing companies that are struggling to manage the data they are gathering and those who are refusing to adopt the technology in the first place. At the Symposium, participants...

Insight - November 2016 |

By Tom Bianculli, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Zebra Technologies

IoT is bringing our world into a new industrial age, further blurring the lines between the physical and the digital. Our need to be constantly connected, at work and at home, has led to the rapid adoption of IoT technologies. However, up until now, adoption has been consumer-focused....

Insight - November 2016 |

Presented by Kevin Ashton, Author and Co-Founder of Auto ID Center at MIT

The Internet of Things got started in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the late 1990s and early 2000s. During that time my colleagues and I would talk about the technological possibilities that awaited us in the future. We coined the term ‘Internet of Things’ and shared our predictions with people...

Insight - November 2016 |

Engaging and leveraging the tremendous advances that the Internet of Things (IoT) bring to enterprise solutions can be challenging.  The 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise at Harvard brought together leaders from across industries to discuss the opportunities and challenges in engaging in the Intelligent Enterprise.  The following are the key actions that the...

Insight - November 2015 |
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