Annual Review & Outlook 2013: NTELX

Rob QuartelThe re-election of Barack Obama, the approach of the fiscal cliff as these words are written and the fate of the global economy will have something to say about the U.S. government and economy, but when all is said and done, regulation will increase, federal expenditures will rise more slowly, more federal employees will retire, and the workload for those left behind will continue to swamp the bureaucracy.

Once the uncertainties of the outcome play out – in either direction – the world for the automation of doing-business decisions will only get better as the pursuit of transparency, efficiency and revenue growth gathers momentum, those who can turn big data and analytics into cost-effective and actionable decisions will prosper.

This is the year that the use and application of Predictive Analytics and Computational Intelligence to solve logistics problems in real-time will be begin to be real. Although the European malaise will continue to tug at our own recovery, the world of 2013 and the trade that goes with it will rise. Only its pace is of concern. For ports and port communities, that means more trucks, congestion, lines, and regional pollution and traffic impacts.

Technology that can inexpensively solve these problems can prosper where there is growth. In the Middle East, however, that might prove problematic as the Arab Spring brings with it a new form of distrust. Our historic do-gooderism, the privatization the U.S. and world economic and trade fora have pushed on previously undemocratic countries in the interest of improving the lives of those who lived there – has become suspect with the Spring. Trade can be a beneficiary of this technology, but politics can derail it.

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