Category Archives : N-of-8


Internet of Things Inc. launches program with North American universities to drive new products

Internet of Things Inc., a Toronto-based IoT software and solutions provider, is capitalizing on leading-edge R&D and commercially available technology to accelerate its product development cycle. “We are very excited about working with leading universities to buildout our next-generation IoT technologies and products,” said IoT Inc.’s CEO Michael Frank. “We believe these partnerships will accelerate our growth strategy in both China and North America. We have had conversations with institutions in Ontario, Alberta, British Colombia, California and Pennsylvania.” As part of this initiative, IoT Inc. will look at acquiring products or services near commercialization which the universities’ commercialization offices have […]


Connected farms reap rewards

An agricultural solution with a machine learning component, irrigNET, was piloted two years ago to help a sugar factory grow sugar beets. IrrigNet sensors measure the water content in soil, and then combines that data with the models of the crops and local weather forecast to take the guesswork out of crop irrigation. With it, managers can also remotely monitor field conditions and use predictive data analytics tools to optimize water use for increase crop yield, while also reducing soil erosion. On top of the 30% increase brought by irrigation, irrigNET cites additional yield increases and reductions in water use […]


IoT technology transforms the fruits of farmers’ labors

Enhanced crop management is crucial because food production consumes natural resources and faces constant threats. About 70% of the world’s freshwater use goes toward growing crops, yet up to 40% of crops are destroyed by weeds, diseases, and insects. DunavNET, a Microsoft partner in Serbia, uses IoT technology to better equip food growers to know when to irrigate, how to control diseases, and where to fight pests. For example, last year the company helped a large ag company track its annual harvest at one of Europe’s largest apple orchards. It tracked the location of every pallet box in real time to ensure fruit’s […]


From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards “agriculture 4.0”

At last November’s IoT World Europe conference in Dublin, Richard Johnson, director of product marketing at John Deere, described modern agriculture as “agriculture 4.0.” Harvesters are already (to a certain extent) semi-autonomous, while in dairy farming the process has become substantially computer-driven. Right now, John Deere’s focus on IoT remains within the area of guidance, such as devices like AutoTrac Vision cameras, which align a crop sprayer with rows of crops to prevent any getting crushed and harming a farmer’s revenues. The next big step is connecting machines, connecting fields and connecting operators. For example, one or two forager machines on […]


Community Support: Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Advisory Board

I’m pleased to serve for the third year on the Boise Metro Chamber’s healthcare committee. We provide insight and advocacy for medical interests. At our last month’s meeting, two key members of the state legislature exchanged updates with us, and sought our views on the complex issues facing healthcare today. The industry leaders from across healthcare providers, insurers, associations, and manufacturers engaged in sharing information, evaluating options, and recommending actions. We hope this board can continue to help us maintain our city’s and state’s strong standing as a healthy community that attracts more businesses.


4 specific areas to leverage when engaging “Key Practice Influencers”

Because the brand innovation team at a company will want to build relationships at many levels, we recommend taking a collaborative approach to this initiative, tapping people and skills at many levels of the organization. There are four specific areas to leverage when connecting with Key Practice Influencers (KPIs):         Experience Advantages of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Not only researching and identifying KOLs, but also aligning their expertise with special programs & events. Key Strategic Insights Gained: Knowing the content is a prerequisite for selecting proper opinion leaders. Expand knowledge of condition and risk factors. Application to N-of-8 Initiatives: […]


N-of-8 exercises extend to include multiple cultures

In many cases, our N-of-8 exercises go beyond just different viewpoints – they extend to multiple countries and cultures being represented. Using our N-of-8 model, we’ve worked for many years with EMD Chemicals, a global life science research products company.  Hans Ahl, Senior Sales Director of International Sales  regularly engaged us to develop global sales strategy and training for the European, Asia Pacific, and Latin America markets. Part of the sales strategy has been to create opportunities for country managers to exchange their best practices and sales success stories. For three consecutive annual managers’ meeting, we helped facilitate N-of-8 exercises.  […]


Tool in Action: N-of-8 Mastermind Groups   Recently updated !

Because I know you are someone with a lot of ideas and energy, you may ask yourself: “What’s holding me back today, and more important, how will I get unstuck to move forward?” “When can I find more time to work on my dreams?” “Where will I find the right kind of people who will help and support me?” These are questions we all think about. That’s why I’m inviting you to consider joining me in a unique proven program. In this month’s newsletter, you learn more about N-of-8 Mastermind Groups, my trademarked method of brainstorming, problem-solving and creating for […]


Reporting the outcomes of N-of-8 story development

From the outset of starting my N-of-8 book, I wanted to dedicate a chapter on finding appropriate ways to create impact through interactions between brand innovators and KOLs. Now, I’d like to share experience on the documentation of the sessions, including putting the action steps in writing. Remember that advisory boards are not sales occasions, but rather opportunities to build relationships based on science, mutual collaboration, and engagement.  Certainly that demands follow-up for the long-term, and therefore the demand for relevant documentation. So let’s progress from identifying the right advisors, maintaining the practice focus, creating an agenda, and producing actionable […]