IBM’s ‘5 in 5’ predictions for the future and a Catalog of all 2013 posts

The end of 2013 is signaling a very successful first 6 months running of the blog.

I would like to thank everyone that read the blog and also those that contributed by giving feedback, ideas and support to this endeavor. I am extremely happy with the result and grateful to each and every one of you.

In 2013, I touched upon a few key themes such as, Leadership, Team Development, Procurement and Negotiations, as well as, a few inspirational stories and thoughts about how we could and should approach the future.

In 2014, I will explore further the concept of effective Negotiations focusing on exploration of value, cognitive biases and their effect, as well as, I will look deeper into the themes of Procurement, Contract Management and technology’s effect on Personal Productivity.

A big thank you to everyone that read my blog. I will do my best to continue producing high quality material.

Keep the comments, questions and suggestions coming by using of the special form that can be found here.

A summary of the blog posts published so far categorized by theme including their link can be found here.

Now is the time, to wrap up for the year, charge he batteries and return rejuvenated in February ’14 with new content.


IBM’s “5 in 5” predictions for the future:

As a final note for 2013, I would like to share with you a very interesting article with IBM’s “5 in 5” predictions for the future. Previously, I had shared my thoughts on the key elements for the future here,

Discussing 2014 and the future in general the below article, titled IBM: In 5 Years, Buying Local Will Beat Buying Online, from looks at the future from a very interesting vantage point.

IBM’s five predictions for the next five years are listed below:

  1. The classroom will learn you
  2. Buying local will beat online
  3. Doctors will use your DNA to keep you well
  4. A digital guardian will protect you online
  5. The city will help you live there


“In five years, doctors will use your DNA to keep you well. Cities will be smarter and use social feedback to make residents part of decision-making processes, and retailers will leverage the power of mobile devices to upgrade in-store buying to the point where it will be a better experience than buying online.

Or so says IBM in its annual “5 in 5” predictions report, which considers five ways technology will change the way we live within five years.

“A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways,” the IBM report predicts.

Here’s a breakdown of its five top predictions for the years ahead….” Keep reading

See you all in 2014.

George Vrakas

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About George Vrakas
George Vrakas (MBA, CCMP, CMILT) is highly reputed in the field of services procurement and logistics and has presented on topics such as, Globalisation, Services Procurement, Leadership, Continuous Improvement and Personal Productivity at various venues and Universities in Melbourne. He has also been the host at industry events and published articles on Procurement and Contract Management at various online publications. George was a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia (CILT Australia) from 2011 until 2016 and also a member of the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). George holds an MBA from Victoria University specializing in International Supply Chain Management and Applied Economics, he is also a certified Commercial Contract Management Practitioner (CCMP), a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma expert and holds a Lloyd's Maritime Academy certificate in KPIs for Ports and Terminals. He also holds certification on variety of topics primarily relating to Contract Management, Negotiations, International Regulations, Problem Solving and Change Management.

One Response to IBM’s ‘5 in 5’ predictions for the future and a Catalog of all 2013 posts

  1. Chim Tey says:

    Congratulation and thank you for the articles and discussion points.
    Looking forward to more in 2014.

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