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Video: What Digital Transformation Means for Business

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New technologies are changing the nature of business in powerful and unpredictable ways. Executives need to know which technologies to adopt and how to leverage them. Kim Stevenson, Intel’s chief information officer, and Mark Norman, the president of Zipcar, discuss how they manage for technological change with Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT’s Center for Digital Business and Didier Bonnet, senior vice president and global practice leader at Capgemini Consulting.

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Winning the Race With Ever-Smarter Machines

The capabilities of computers are now improving so quickly that concepts can move from the realm of science fiction into everyday life in just a few years, rather than a lifetime. Rapid advances in information technology — computer hardware, software and networks — are yielding applications that can do anything from answering game show questions to driving cars. But to gain true leverage from these ever-improving technologies, companies need new processes and business models.

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Why Dominant Companies Are Vulnerable

Research has shown that several factors influence a company’s ability to retain market leadership. However, one factor has largely been ignored: the psychological forces that drive decisions consumers make and, specifically, the degree to which people feel they have choices. Once people have learned a company’s technology interface, they become more efficient using that interface and are often reluctant to switch to products requiring new skills or allowing limited transfer of current skills.

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A new look at older technologies

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Conventional wisdom has it that companies whose markets are being transformed by disruptive new technologies need to figure out how to switch to the new dominant technology. But two researchers argue that an alternative strategy –one that involves rethinking opportunities for the old technology — can sometimes make sense.

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Innovations, good and bad

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As he analyzed the financial crisis for Newsweek, Johns Hopkins professor Francis Fukuyama contrasted Silicon-Valley-style technological innovation and financial innovation. Supporters of financial regulation, Fukuyama wrote, had
argued that long-standing regulations like the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act (which split up commercial and investment banking) were stifling innovation and undermining the competitiveness of U.S. financial institutions.

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Tough times for venture-backed IPOs

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The overall U.S. economy may have so far avoided recession, but things are not looking good for young technology companies hoping to go public in the U.S.  That, in turn, is worrisome for the outlook for technological innovation in the country.

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Secrets of a collaborative, creative culture

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Want your employees to generate great ideas together? Try hooking your coffee machines up to a network. At least, that's one of the insights John Seely Brown shared in a speech on creativity at the University of Southern California earlier this year.

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How to Profit From a Better Virtual Customer Environment

The benefits of engaging customers in product development, product support and related activities are increasingly visible. Having the right technology-based system can enhance the customer experience and help companies improve both their innovation and customer relationship management capabilities.

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Designing the Right Product Offerings

Companies create product versions from multiple components. The big challenge is how to take the available components and combine them into the product versions and product lines that will maximize profits.

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Beyond Enterprise 2.0

You can bank on a tenfold improvement in the cost and capability of collaboration technologies over the next five years. What will your organization do with that?

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