The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is often described as a collection of connected sensors, but it is actually a much more complex concept. It involves not only the connection and integration of devices that monitor the physical world—temperature, pressure, altitude, motion, proximity to something else, biometrics, sound, images, and so forth—but also the aggregation, relationship, and analysis of the information those devices create in order … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: John Lucker, Tom Davenport | Source: Deloitte Review | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
That broad narrative of intensifying competition, as well as the growing need for cooperation, contains challenges, but also great opportunity. We hear about the challenges every day in our conversations with global business leaders: How long can their traditional sources of competitive advantage survive in the face of technological shifts? How will changing consumer and societal expectations affect their business models? What does it mean … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Ezra Greenberg, Martin Hirt, Sven Smit | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Economics, Trends / Analysis
Growth is shifting, disruption is accelerating, and societal tensions are rising. Confronting these dynamics will help you craft a better strategy, and forge a brighter future.
Editor’s Note: by its nature, this is a topical article but I think the analysis provided is interesting and I think it will still be worth reading in future years to see how accurate it turns out to be. … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Ezra Greenberg, Martin Hirt, Sven Smit | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subject: Trends / Analysis
Global businesses are about to integrate their operations into a seamless digital whole, and thereby change the world.
Content: Article | Authors: Jesper Vedsø, Reinhard Geissbauer, Stefan Schrauf | Source: strategy+business | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
Ignore Bitcoin’s challenges. In this interview, Don Tapscott explains why blockchains, the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency, have the potential to revolutionize the world economy.
Content: Article | Author: Don Tapscott | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
A supply-and-demand guide to digital disruption.
Content: Article | Authors: Angus Dawson, Jay Scanlan, Martin Hirt | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Management, Strategy, Trends / Analysis
Bob Sutton discusses the questionable value of books about how to build great companies.
Content: Article | Author: Robert I. Sutton | Subjects: Management, Trends / Analysis
Gallup’s World Poll reveals new findings on the “great global dream” and how it will affect the rise of the next economic empire.
Content: Article | Author: Jim Clifton | Source: Gallup Management Journal | Subjects: Economics, International, Miscellaneous, Trends / Analysis
The basis of trust may be changing. It used to be based on reciprocity and as such was fragile and personal. Because of technology, trust is now based on reputation among people who don’t know each. It is both less personal and more robust.
Content: Article | Author: Philip Evans | Source: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | Subjects: Miscellaneous, Trends / Analysis
Marc Andreessen discusses the difference between “spaces” (or trends) and markets, focusing on the Web 2.0 trend.
Content: Article | Author: Marc Andreessen | Source: Pmarca | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Trends / Analysis
Converging trends are creating a new technology ecosystem that will address concerns ranging from hardware, applications and infrastructure to systems development and worker enablement. Net result: Enterprise agility will be the next basis of competition.
Content: Article | Author: Kishore S. Swaminathan | Source: Outlook Journal (Accenture) | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
The open source model can play an important role in innovation, but know its limitations.
Content: Article | Author: Nicholas G. Carr | Source: strategy+business | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
Market economies need regulation to facilitate fair competition and to protect consumers, the environment, and vulnerable workers from unfair practices. Too often, however, regulation has the opposite effect: hindering competition and protecting some groups at the expense of others, which is what happens when, for example, minimum-wage regulations limit the creation of jobs for low-skilled workers. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute highlights the … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Diana Farrell, Scott C. Beardsley | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: International, Trends / Analysis
Where is the intersection between personal meaning and business value? Unless we engage in a conversation about what meaning is, we can’t hope to integrate it into our work processes, goals, or solutions.
Content: Article | Author: Nathan Shedroff | Source: GreenBiz.com | Subjects: Marketing / Sales, Trends / Analysis
Over the past five years, companies invested a lot in IT just to stay in place. Although CRM, ERP, inventory control, and other applications generated huge efficiencies in core processes and practices, businesses are seeing diminishing financial returns from these improvements as competitors race to match incremental gains and customers reap most of the value in lower prices or improved service. As a result, strategic … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Author: Chunka Mui | Source: Optimize Magazine | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.
Content: Article | Author: Chris Anderson | Source: Wired | Subjects: Miscellaneous, Trends / Analysis
The term “hydrogen economy” is the title of a recent book [Rifkin, 2002], but the concept of using hydrogen as fuel for transportation systems has been advocated by environmentalists and others for at least three decades. There is no universally accepted definition of the “hydrogen economy,” but it is generally viewed as the replacement of the vast majority of petroleum fuels used by transportation vehicles … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Author: Robert E. Uhrig | Source: Tau Beta Pi | Subjects: IT / Technology / E-Business, Trends / Analysis
It’s not just weak organisations that spiral into decline and fail. Managerial arrogance and inflexibility can bring even great companies to their knees.
Content: Article | Authors: Jagdish Sheth, Rajendra Sisodia | Source: European Business Forum (EBF) | Subjects: Strategy, Trends / Analysis
The failure of the Cancun trade talks is not the only sign that globalization could be running out of steam. This new report by Deloitte Research identifies 10 forces that could reverse the trend toward global economic and political unity. This report points to warnings about globalization’s future by experts on trade, politics and military affairs. Until recently, naysayers about globalization have been in the … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Dwight Allen, Michael E. Raynor | Source: Deloitte | Subjects: International, Trends / Analysis
Marketing has finally become a conversation. Not, in most cases, as was intended, BETWEEN corporations and consumers (that would make too much sense), but rather a global conversation involving millions of consumers ABOUT corporations.
Why now? Because they finally can. For decades, consumers have been saving up their insights and rants about the stuff they consume, simply because there were no adequate means to interact … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Source: TRENDWATCHING.COM | Subjects: Marketing / Sales, Trends / Analysis