On a smarter planet, we want to change the paradigm from react to anticipate
Across the world, a distinctly different group of leaders is announcing its arrival. They are making decisions based on evidence, not on habit or opinion or “gut.” They are anticipating, rather than merely reacting, to events. They are seizing competitive advantage, but at least as often, they are re-framing the issues—in unexpected, often counter-intuitive ways.
Today, conventions once universally held are giving way to new perspectives, new ways of working, and new solutions across industries. Roles are changing. And more than ever, leaders need a partner to help them adapt.
But new tools, alone, are not enough. It takes acts of will, imagination, even courage, to use these tools to author the changes we are seeing: the big, transformational shifts that are reverberating through their organizations, their industries and beyond. This may explain the sound you've been hearing so often lately: the crashing, of one convention after another, to the ground.
We used to schedule our repairs. Now we predict them.
Marketers used to see you as a "segment." Now they see you as you.
Law enforcement used to fight crime after the fact. Now they work to prevent crime before it breaks out.
City leaders used to be judged by how they responded after a crisis. Now they are judged by how well they anticipate one.
We used to see buildings as structures. Now we see them as living organisms.
What can you do on a smarter planet?
To outperform on a smarter planet, enterprises face some fundamental needs:
Organizations are overwhelmed with data. On a smarter planet, the most successful organizations can turn this data into valuable insights about customers, operations, even pricing. With advanced analytics, you can open new opportunities for business optimization by enabling rapid, informed and confident decisions and actions.
Read more about Smarter Analytics.
While many enterprises share similarities, those are mostly superficial. To achieve the most from an information technology system today, your organization needs a solution that is tailored to your objectives and needs. Integrating the hardware and software into a single system provides the most power, the least pain and the best outcomes.
Read more about PureSystems and PureData.
There's a new breed of customers today. Empowered by technology, transparency and abundant information, they want to engage with companies on their own terms―when they want and how they want. To engage and keep these customers, organizations need a whole new integrated approach. There's no room for business and usual.
Read more about Smarter Commerce.
Innovation comes from collaboration. And collaboration comes from everywhere. Firms that embrace the power of social technologies will unleash the productivity and innovation throughout the entire value chain—from employees to partners to suppliers to customers.
Read more about Social Business.
Smarter comes at a cost: hardware, programs, people to run them. Cloud computing offers multiple ways to reduce that cost through efficient use of resources. Utilizing the cloud means not having to power idle equipment and being able to rethink and redistribute software quickly and easily. It also means a nimbler, more efficient organization.
Read more about Cloud Computing.
Even as storefronts had to adapt to the Internet, commerce is adapting to mobility. Armed with smartphones and tablets, consumers want to use those devices to browse, shop and pay. Today's leaders recognize that desire and are building mobile enterprises in response.
Read more about Mobile Enterprise (US).
In a slow growth environment, organizations must do more with less. To succeed, your organization must drive continuous and sustainable operational improvements to lower costs and reduce complexity.
Read more about Smarter Computing.
Even on a smarter planet there are risks: security, credit, market, operational, environmental and compliance risks...to name a few. With the right process and system improvements, leaders can identify, assess and monitor these risks to mitigate and prevent them.
Read more about Security and Resilience.