Translating War and Peace in 2.6 seconds: Microsoft enters the AI realm

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Description: Microsoft has leaped onto the accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) bandwagon with CEO Satya Nadella’s announcement of Microsoft’s goal to democratize AI during his keynote at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 07, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/cio/translating-war-and-peace-in-2-6-seconds-microsoft-enters-the-ai-realm?__lsa=64cb-7420 Questions for Discussions: What is Microsoft trying to do in the field of AI? What… Read more »

Corporate Canada lacks courage, Deloitte poll suggests

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Description: Corporate Canada is a timid place full of risk-averse leaders and it’s hurting the bottom line, says a new study that found that just 11 per cent of businesses in Canada are “truly courageous.” Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 26, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/corporate-canada-lacks-courage-deloitte-poll-suggests Questions for Discussions: What does the report suggest about Canadian corporate attitude… Read more »

Why Walmart is interested in India’s biggest online retailer

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Description: India’s richest man on India’s digital age Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 30, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/30/technology/walmart-flipkart-deal-talks/index.html Questions for discussion: Why is Walmart so interested in India at this time? What does the Internet possibly have to do with management’s thinking?

Most Execs Worldwide Make Data-Driven Decisions

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Description: Executives also say their companies make strategic judgments Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 23, 2016 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Most-Execs-Worldwide-Make-Data-Driven-Decisions/1014547#sthash.SZjQo4gK.dpuf Questions for Discussions: What does the research in the report suggest about the way management makes decisions? Do you believe this is always a good thing?

Elon Musk to Tesla employees: NEVER discount a car

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Description: Elon Musk to Tesla employees: NEVER discount a car Source: CNN.com Date: Sep 30, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/30/technology/tesla-elon-musk-discount/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for Discussions: Why would Elon Musk want to prevent any discount incentives for buying Tesla cars? Why would sales people want to use these discounts?

Forget Millennials, Aldo chain is seeking a foothold in emerging Gen Z market

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Description: Montreal-based Aldo Group became one of the world’s biggest footwear retailers by anticipating trends, so when it came to the emerging crop of young consumers, its executives didn’t want to assume they could rely on the tactics that sold shoes to earlier generations. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/forget-millennials-aldo-chain-is-seeking-a-foothold-in-emerging-gen-z-market Questions for Discussions:… Read more »

Jumping on the bot bandwagon, Chatty McChatface developers aim to (Kik-)start real conversations

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Description: Sam:) began as a project to randomly connect strangers for text-based conversation. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/smart-shift/jumping-on-the-bot-bandwagon-chatty-mcchatface-developers-aim-to-kik-start-real-conversations Questions for Discussions: What are the challenges for tech start-ups like Sam:)? How is the software different from other social media? Strategically, how would you try to grow the user base?

Email Continues to Deliver Strong ROI and Value for Marketers

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Description: The email audience is growing, engaged and increasingly mobile Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 12, 2016 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Email-Continues-Deliver-Strong-ROI-Value-Marketers/1014461#sthash.lfVRkn75.dpuf Questions for discussion: What does this article say about email use and value as a communications tool? Why do you think email continues to perform so well?

Hewlett-Packard – A monumental split

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Description: On Monday November 2, 2015, HP—valued at $50 billion—will split in two equally sized companies. The split is the latest rehabilitation effort to turnaround the company. However, this strategy is in contrast to the consolidation strategy prevalent in the IT sector Source: Financial Times Date: November 01, 2015 Video and Text Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/222a9a40-7f22-11e5-98fb-5a6d4728f74e.html#axzz3qHsXxPJR Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

The turnaround of Cirque du Soleil

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Description: After several years of poor performances that resulted in substantial layoffs in 2013, Cirque du Soleil has rebounded admirably. It has had a fantastic 2015 thus far—breaking its previous sales records. Source: Canadian Business Date: October 13, 2015 Text Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/innovation/cirque-du-soleil-second-act/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss how Cirque du Soleil originated and became successful? What… Read more »