April 24, 2017

Big Data Management

Paying attention to Big Data, analytics, data management, and IIOT is becoming an ever-increasing challenge and opportunity. Over the past few decades, mining and business processes have increasingly converged such that differentiating capabilities are reduced. New approaches and technologies are now enabling us to identify inefficiencies and optimize processes much better than before. Big data analytics is one aspect of an integrated approach that helps businesses generate more value across the full spectrum of their value streams. Open source technologies can help us achieve enterprise analytic initiatives that optimize operational […]
April 24, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – April 2017

With prices leveling off and a continued resurgence in American production, oil has been having a tough few days. Oil stockpiles are at historic highs and price predicting analysts are all over the map. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the oil and gas industry for the month of April 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to April 2017. Analysts’ predictions range from a 20% decrease from current levels to about $42 […]
April 24, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – April 2017

The price of gold has risen ~12 percent year-to-date, and it looks like the upward trend will continue. Sentiment has turned up in the gold market the last few weeks. Data from the top gold consuming country – India – shows there may indeed be cause for optimism among gold buyers. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF GOLD MINERS Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the gold mining industry for the month of April 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to April […]
April 24, 2017

Leadership is a deal maker (…or breaker)

Digital Transformation ~ VCI Partner’s View A recent global survey found that while CEOs generally understand the strategic opportunities and threats of digitizing their business, many have yet to build and communicate a vision for their companies or to develop a strategy to make that vision a reality. Most functional leaders lack the skills and knowledge they need to execute a digital strategy, even if there’s already one in place. But strong digital leadership matters. The VCI State of Play survey found that companies that rate highly in both digital […]
April 18, 2017

Smart Cities: Using Data to Improve Your City

The Rise of the Smart City “Officials are tapping all kinds of data to make their cities safer, healthier and more efficient, in what may be just the start of a sweeping change in how cities are run. Cities have a way to go before they can be considered geniuses. But they’re getting smart pretty fast. In just the past few years, mayors and other officials in cities across the country have begun to draw on the reams of data at their disposal—about income, burglaries, traffic, fires, illnesses, parking citations […]
March 8, 2017

Alpha Transport: A Little Digital Goes a Long Way

By: David Flake, VCI Business Development Manager Introduction Trucking is the life blood of the U.S. economy and tends to be a leading indicator of its health. The trucking industry is a cyclical sector that includes about 110,000 for-hire carriers and 350,000 independent owner-operators. There are many critical issues for the industry including regulations like Hours-Of-Service (HOS) and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, and challenges around driver shortages, retention, health/wellness and distraction, and even the lack of available safe truck parking. With many uncertainties about the future, it’s imperative […]
March 8, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – February 2017

Despite the near record increase in U.S. oil inventories last week – an increase of 13.8 million barrels – oil prices traded up in February. The abnormal crude stock increase took inventories close to 80-year record levels at 508 million barrels, and is evidence that should worry oil bulls. However, the oil markets were not deterred. In fact, that has been a defining characteristic of the market in recent weeks – optimism even in the face of some pretty worrying signals about the trajectory of the market. Bubble size represents […]
March 8, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – February 2017

Gold has been on a bull run since it bottomed at 1,125 last December, one day after the Fed Meeting. Gold made its first run from 1,125 to 1,220, up 95 dollars, then pulled back and made its local bottom at 1,180. The run resumed then and topped at 1,247 on Feb 8th. It closed at 1247.60 on March 1, 2017. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF GOLD MINERS Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the gold mining industry for the month of February 2017 (x-axis) […]
March 8, 2017

Digital transformation is ultimately about culture

If you as a talented executive find your head spinning with hundreds of options to digitize your operations, here is a pointer. A decade ago, popularized technology innovation migrated from redesigning salt shakers and door handles to tackling the industrial world. Along the way, autonomous vehicles, knowledge hubs and collaboration centers entered our work space and occupied much of our thinking time. That was a decade ago. On the other side of this story is the future made up of artificial intelligence, machine learning with real time information piped from […]
January 31, 2017

Strategy and Digital Transformation

We develop strategies with some objectives in mind: Digital transformation is about optimizing the performance of the company. Often the organization begins to sense panic, that they have fallen behind in their business execution constructs and now need a specific intervention so that the organization can catch-up with current digital developments and hopefully jump the learning curve on a few ideas that would give them a competitive advantage. It’s true that in the wonderful world of technology advances, many companies have found new fortunes by changing their business model – […]