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The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

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Global competition forced companies to become more agile and efficient by unbundling functions and re-engineering processes.  .

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

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Given that I’ve closely followed cloud computing over the years, the state of cloud was one of the main topics we discussed. IT-as-a-Service.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

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Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Let me explain.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

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While beyond the scope of their study, the authors speculated that biological ecosystems are likely to shed valuable insights into their findings.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

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A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator. 

The Datafication of Business and Society

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These commercial applications dealt mostly with structured information in those early decades of computing. 

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

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Technology has empowered individuals, giving them access to huge amounts of information only a few clicks away.  This will take time. 

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Trust and the On-Demand Economy

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However, markets are not perfectly fluid.  The decomposition of the firm has accelerated in the past few years. 

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

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Learning systems today primarily push information to students.  Why is it so important to foster a more entrepreneurial style of learning? 

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

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This is a particularly interesting project because economic data in emerging markets is often not as reliable as the data in more advanced markets.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”  But, a company doesn’t have to disappear to have been severely disrupted. 

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

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The more information you had, the more powerful the supercomputers, the more sophisticated the algorithms, the better the results.

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Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

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How are job markets likely to evolve in our 21st century digital economy?  The Summit explored many good ideas , but there were no definitive answers.

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

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Design has long played a major role in product innovation.  How can you apply design principles to help rethink the workplace experience?  .

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Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

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Let me briefly discuss each. Prepare for digital invaders. Today, the competition’s often invisible until it’s too late.” .

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

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billion has been invested in blockchain-based startups over the same time span. Let me discuss a few of these findings. DLT is not a panacea.

The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

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Users could now easily get whatever information they wanted any time, day or night. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Most everyone agrees that there was a major qualitative distinction between the First and Second Industrial Revolutions.  Impact on Business.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

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Cisco calls it fog computing , an allusion to what happens to clouds as they get closer to the ground.  . The cost of connectivity.  Not future-proof. 

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

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As described by IDEO CEO Tim Brown :   “The vertical stroke of the T is a depth of skill that allows them to contribute to the creative process.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

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Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

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Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

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First comes the use of IT to improve the productivity and quality of production-oriented, back-end processes. Investments have risen “from $1.8

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

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Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs. 

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

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Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. 

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

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Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book, now explains “How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities.”.

Leadership in a Changing World

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Anxiety & Knowing:   What if you’re not comfortable with the decision despite the availability of good information? Ripple Intelligence.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

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There are few surprises.  Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

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Among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone…”   But, while t his is great progress, much remains to be done.

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

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The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Today, money is mostly intangible.

The Continuing Evolution of the On-Demand Economy

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The past few years have seen the rise of what’s been variously referred to as the on-demand, collaborative, sharing, or peer-to-peer economy. 

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

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Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures. 

AI and Public Policy

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Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. These warning should be taken very seriously. Hype vs reality.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

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In the first phase, the Web made lots of information accessible to individuals, but control remained primarily in the hands of institutions. 

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

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This has been a particular issue with information technologies in general, including the Internet and AI.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

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Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 

Reflections on Storytelling

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Storytelling has played a central role in human communications since times immemorial.  Storytelling predates writing. 

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Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

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The movie is famous for its novel plot device.  Near Kyoto, a samurai has been killed, but it’s not clear why or by whom.  where he wrote:  .

The Rise of the Global Superstar Company

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The current rise of large companies is somewhat unexpected. Companies popped up to solve specific problems and then disappeared.

The Growing Value of Social Skills

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Instead,… information processing equipment and software investment was only 3.5 There has been no similar surge in IT investments since 2000. 

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

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These early analytics applications dealt mostly with structured information.  Data Centers → Cloud. Data Analysis → Data Science, Cognitive, AI.