Information Management

Robert Blackwell, Chairman, Killerspin/EKI-Digital

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A technology industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. Today he oversees the company, which currently employs more than 100 technology and business consulting experts.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. A former professional table tennis player, Blackwell also founded Killerspin, the leading table tennis equipment, apparel and promotion company.

Blackwell is currently an active member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), Executive’s Club of Chicago and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Business Development Committee of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also services on the board of several civic organizations including After School Matters, The Belle Center in Chicago and Autism Speaks.

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EKI Invests in Cloud Mine Consulting, Expands Salesforce and Digital Marketing Footprint

EKI Digital is pleased to announce we have invested in Cloud Mine Consulting, a leading and digital marketing professional services firm.   Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, Cloud Mine Consulting assists enterprises of all sizes in developing, customizing, and deploying custom applications on to strategically grow their businesses.  Cloud Mine Consulting is made up of consultants who have both deep technical and programming experience as well an MBA or other proven business management experience.

“We are incredibly optimistic about our investment in Cloud Mine,” said Robert Blackwell, Jr., founder and CEO of EKI Digital. “We expect the combination of EKI Digital’s agile, business-first approach to integrate seamlessly with Cloud Mine’s deeply specialized team.  Cloud Mine’s success in the private and public sectors matches perfectly with EKI Digital’s diverse client base, which includes the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois, and several notable private-sector companies.   Together, EKI Digital and Cloud Mine Consulting will establish a new level of excellence in exploiting the many benefits to be gained from technology.”

“We are thrilled about EKI Digital’s investment in our company,” said Jason Sun, Co-Founder and CRM Architect at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “EKI Digital’s proven leadership in Lean Digital businesses, their technical depth and their incredible reputation for excellence complement our knowledge and help position us to do greater things faster than we ever could have imagined.“

“When we founded Cloud Mine Consulting, we wanted to make waves with our unique consulting model of talented people with blended business and technology backgrounds,” said Adam Zuckerman, Co-Founder at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “And with EKI Digital, we’ll be making those waves bigger and sooner.”

For more information on Cloud Mine Consulting, visit their website:

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OpenGrid: Geospatial Data Application for the City of Chicago

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    Gartner “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” – Key Takeaways

Gartner “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” – Key Takeaways

On Monday, Gartner held a webinar entitled “2016 CIO Agenda: Building the Digital Platform” that focused on the needs, roles and concerns for CIOs in the new year. The study surveyed almost 3,000 CIOs from around the world in multiple industries including Government, Banking, Healthcare and Manufacturing. With the research and analytical expertise of 83 global Gartner team members, the information was summarized and concluded with some rather eye-opening findings. Click here to watch the webinar in its entirety. Clearly, the reason for the study and webinar indicates the need and importance of becoming digital. This trend is no longer an option for organizations and specifically CIOs, but a necessity for efficient business and for gaining an advantage in the competitive landscape.
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How the Right Metrics will Boost Your Business

Today, data is everywhere. In our digital world, every action you take is categorized, recorded and sent to storage where it is analyzed. When it comes to making guided choices for business success, the right metrics are all important.

With so much data floating around how can we know which of it is useful and which of it is junk? Continue reading to learn more about finding good metrics for your business.

Metrics to Improve Cash Flow

Say you have had 10,000 customers this year that bought your products and services. Metrics will help you determine why they chose to buy from you.

When you discover your business’s cash flow increasing, it is important to know where it is coming from and why.

If you have the right metrics linked to financial reports, you can hone in and boost your bottom line even more.

Metrics Can Improve Quality

Metrics that measure service and product performance can be used to retain customers. With the right information, you can determine where quality improvements are needed.

Often, quality is lost behind the scenes. Perhaps a machine in your production process keeps malfunctioning and countless hours and dollars are spent fixing it. Or are software systems losing important customer information? Getting the right metrics will help you improve quality.

The Power of Customer Metrics

How well do you know your actual customers? The right metrics will take your customer understanding to the next level. An investment in a good CRM system will payoff greatly when collecting this data.

Metrics will also help your business retain customers. You will begin to find answers of where and when customers stop buying from you. These answers may lead [...]

How Will Augmented Reality Shift Our Lives?

Did you know an assortment of augmented reality (AR) applications are being released that are about to shift our reality as we know it? Unlike virtual reality, AR programs keep you in your current environment but provide technology that allows you to augment your experience. For example, an AR application could help you identify the constellations within the stars at night or translate signs the airport of a foreign country to another language for you instantly. The applications for AR technology are endless and the possibility it offers could truly shift our lives dramatically.

The Place of AR Software In Our Lives

If you’ve kept up to date with the latest tech gadgets, then you probably know about Google Glass. These wearable devices are an example of AR technology that places a layer of digital information over the reality as you see it. It can provide maps, weather updates and much more complex functions to enhance your everyday experience.

But Google Glass is just the beginning of the possibilities available through AR. A second wave of technology is about to completely shift our lives forever. But don’t worry. Unlike many science fiction movies, AR is not going to turn people into cyborgs. Instead AR technologies are designed to enhance the creativity and experience inherent in being a human. The technology aims to augment our reality by extending the limits beyond what was previously capable.

Technology has been augmenting the human experience since the 1970s. Take Dr. Steve Mann for example. He invented a wearable computer device designed to enhance his eyesight and has been seeing better since the 1970s. Similar technology has been put into prosthetic limbs transforming a disability into an extraordinary performance. [...]