Conventional wisdom says that globalisation has stalled. But although the global goods trade has flattened and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply since 2008, globalisation is not heading into reverse. Rather, it is entering a new phase defined by soaring flows of data and information.
The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has released its 37th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China. The report states that, as of December 2015, China had 688 million internet users, accounting for half of the total population of the country, with an internet penetration rate of 50.3%.
The recent CES2016 show offered an exciting look into the future. As technology has become more and more central to business innovation, CES has a lot to say about potential product and process developments in a widening array of industries. The big challenge is how to make sense of it all.
GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, has today released its latest research report, which provides in-depth analysis on the investment activity and key innovative trends around the online fashion industry across Europe.
Gartner’s top IT predictions for 2016 look at the digital future, at an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world where people and machines must define harmonious relationships. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are set to further revolutionise the technology landscape, bringing rapid change.
Digital services centered on increasingly empowered consumers will bring disruption to the automotive industry.
Economic value within this industry and across adjacent markets will be forever altered. In a world where the future is far from certain, automotive companies will need to develop new core capabilities to survive.
In the alphabet soup that is today’s crowded C-suite, few roles attract as much attention as that of the chief digital officer, or CDO. While the position isn’t exactly new, what’s required of the average CDO is. Gone are the days of being responsible for introducing basic digital capabilities and perhaps piloting a handful of initiatives. The CDO is now a “transformer in chief,” charged with coordinating and managing comprehensive changes that address everything from updating how a company works to building out entirely new businesses. And he or she must make progress quickly.
MIT Sloan Management Review’s 2015 Digital Business Report is clear: Go digital, or risk losing top talent. It highlights two surprising insights that have profound implications for your organisation’s digital initiatives:
Executives who think they’re in a technology arms race are focusing on the wrong area: The 2015 Digital Business Global Executive Study and Research Project by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte identifies strategy, not technology, as the key driver of success in the digital arena.
The Internet of Things — sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems — has received enormous attention over the past five years. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype, attempts to determine exactly how IoT technology can create real economic value.
Beginning early last year, whispers of Fitbit’s revenues started to circulate. Testing the numbers with investors, responses were mixed — some thought the figures were outlandish, and others confirmed them as absolutely true or undersold.
This is the story of wearables, a polarizing category that has been misunderstood, underestimated, and perhaps wrongly maligned. And this narrative will shadow Fitbit’s public offering — with one journalist already calling it a “sucker IPO” and another praising the company’s “surprising profits.”
Fitbit’s S-1 provides answers to questions many of us have debated for years, and leaves a number of others completely unanswered.
Deloitte Digital’s latest study, Navigating the New Digital Divide, predicts digital interactions will increase to influence 64 cents of every dollar spent in retail stores by the end of 2015 (equivalent to $2.2 trillion).
Deloitte Digital has also identified a growing digital divide where consumers’ digital behaviours and retailers’ ability to deliver on those consumer expectations continue to diverge.
This year’s study also uncovered dramatic new behaviours among consumers who use digital devices to shop.
Leaders in the digital age are different from leaders in the past. They prototype an agile strategy and learn from their experiences. They attack their own businesses before disrupters do. At the same time, they digitise their core business and get the most value from both their existing and external data, all the while mastering the digital ecosystems they operate in.