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  • Wearables—Internet-connected eye wear, smartwatches and gesture-controlled devices—will become commonplace in both corporate and industrial settings by 2020.

  • Oxford Performance Materials creates sophisticated parts for the aerospace and orthopedic industries by using 3D printing, which has created big changes for IT.

  • A research study examines the things enterprise innovation leaders—those on the front lines of business—think about, talk about and explore on a daily basis.

  • Organizations are increasingly committing to innovation and are seeking employees who are willing to challenge the status quo and traditional thinking, according to a recent survey from the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network. The accompanying report, "Innovation. The New Competitive Equation," indicates that companies are moving beyond mere lip service, and are making innovation part of their enterprise strategy, while focusing on "change agent" qualities as part of their talent development and performance evaluation efforts. They also view a number of emerging technologies--especially big data analytics, collaborative tools and the Internet of everything--as prime disruption drivers. "The shift toward innovation as a leading success factor for business is increasingly accepted within boardrooms and C-Suites around the world," according to the report. "In today's innovation economy, institutions of all types and sizes are challenged to rethink and redesign the future. To do so, they must embrace innovation-driven business cultures, processes and platforms, break down barriers to change, and empower innovation leaders and thinkers across and beyond corporate boundaries." More than 200 global executives took part in the research.

  • Today's robots don't resemble anything you've seen in old sci-fi movies. Instead, organizations are deploying machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics to automate once-rote processes, according to a recent survey from Cognizant. The accompanying report, "The Robot and I: How New Digital Technologies Are Making Smart People and Businesses Smarter by Automating Rote Work," indicates that intelligent process automation (IPA) is helping businesses deliver unlimited scalability, lower cost of ownership and accelerated processing with fewer errors. Companies also benefit from a strategic perspective because automation enables them to make more timely and targeted business decisions. "Saving money—and driving greater impact from process optimization—has been a managerial mantra governing automation technologies since the dawn of computing," according to the report. "Organizations want new and innovative ways of achieving and maximizing efficiency from people and processes. For years, the business process services industry has been massively focused on lean principles (or process elimination by another name). What levers remain to be pulled? Now that 'the robots have arrived,' intelligent automation is the next wave of efficiency gain in business processes." More than 535 senior business and technology decision-makers took part in the research.