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Firms need a blueprint for building their IT systems

5 ways to ensure integrity and coherence in your business operating model

Winchester House in San Jose, California, was once the residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Winchester. This mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan. It is, unfortunately, also a great analogy for how many organizations have constructed their IT systems.

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How companies like WhatsApp are radically reshaping industries

New research from IMD and Cisco is cracking the code on organization and business model change in the digital era

Digital disruption has the potential to overturn incumbents and reshape markets faster than at any time in history. Given the chaos and complexity of digital disruption, it can be difficult for firms to figure out what to do in this rapidly-evolving competitive landscape. But companies need to know how disruption works if they want to survive.

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Digital Business Transformation, the game changer

How companies like Burberry, Starbucks and Novartis harnessed technology for organizational change

The explosion in the use of digital technologies is changing the dynamics of competition in many industries. But digital business transformation (DBT) is about more than an increased use of devices and software, or going paperless. It is also about the organizational changes needed for digital technologies to bring about material improvements in corporate performance, whether through increasing revenue, cutting costs or improving the sharing and use of knowledge within an organization.

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7 generic strategies to respond to digital disruption

How can established businesses resist upheaval by new entrants?

Digital disruption is a hot topic these days. The news is full of stories about how companies and industries are being disrupted by digitally-savvy startups and new entrants. There is even a new word for this - uberize - which means to disrupt a traditional industry in the way that taxis have been disrupted by Uber in many markets.

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Miracle or mirage: questioning the internet giants

These days, it is hard to get anything done on the internet without using a few key sites, like Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Amazon. These so-called internet giants have enjoyed giant gains in global popularity, not to mention stock value. If Twitter's meteoric IPO wasn't enough to grab your attention, just look at overall category performance. Combined, stock in these companies was up more than 57% in 2013.

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Are you prepared for your digital business transformation?

Understanding the power of technology AMPS in organizational change

There is a great deal of hype these days about 'digital transformation'. The term is often used but rarely defined. Wikipedia notes that it can mean anything from 'going paperless' to 'the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society'. Since it is inconsistently defined and unevenly applied, measures to address it have tended to be unreliable and incomparable.

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Disrupting entertainment: the rise of the exhibitionist entrepreneur

For the younger generation TV is on the way out and YouTube and Twitch on the way in. But what are the business models?

Here's a question for you... if you had to choose between FC Barcelona, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Felix Kjellberg or the White House, which one do you think has the most highly subscribed YouTube channel as of May, 2015?

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Why we should be less concerned with why

4 examples to convince you to stop over analysis

There has been a lot of buzz lately about big data and its ability to make relevant associations, reveal trends, and unlock hidden value. At the same time, it has been roundly criticized for being able to deliver facts but not explanations, i.e. it can tell you that something exists, but not why. But, does knowing why really matter?

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Avoiding the schizophrenic I.T. organization

Companies need to balance agility and stability

A pharmaceuticals company we've been studying decided to deploy more than 20,000 iPads and other mobile devices to the global sales force to improve its engagement with doctors in emerging and developed markets. Over the next two years, this change in how sales people interact with customers will redefine what the product content will be, how the sales staff will use a new CRM platform to record visits online, and how new insights will be derived from these interactions across sales, marketing, and brand management - ultimately driving decisions.

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I.T. cannot be only the cio's responsibility

IT is not something that can be managed from a box on the organizational chart. Unfortunately, this is not the view in most C-suites. Just look at what most do: They appoint a CIO and give him or her a budget and a mandate to get on with it! Why? As one CEO said to us: "I just want to forget about IT and concentrate on my core business."

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Condom company masters social internet and wins in china

How Durex broke into the Chinese market using social media

Selling condoms in China is difficult. Just ask Reckitt Benckiser (RB), which in 2010 acquired Durex, seller of more than a quarter of the world's condoms. Durex already held a 30% market share in China, but the market was small, as only one in 10 sexually active Chinese used condoms.

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