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Business trends change faster than executives can prepare

It has become something of a cliché to hear that the pace of change in business continues to accelerate. Yet based on the evidence from thousands of in-depth interviews with senior executives for the Global C-suite Study over the course of this year, it’s apparent that there is some truth to the claim. At the […]

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How winning companies use cloud as a technology convergence platform

Technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and predictive analytics are causing massive industry dislocation. Visionary organizations are leveraging cloud technology to take advantage of them all. These organizations are a giant step ahead in the game, according to new research from the IBM Institute for Business Value. They […]

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The pivotal CIO: Strategic mandates and an urgency to transform

“Who needs a CIO?” The IBM Global CIO Study raised that question back in 2011. At that time, the usefulness of a centralized CIO role was under question, with technology being infused into every aspect of the organization as peer executives applied specific technologies to support their disciplines. However, the 2011 study revealed that CIOs […]

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Organizations are reinventing their businesses with AI

A gap is emerging between companies that have embraced artificial intelligence (AI) and those that have not. Early adopters are using AI to rethink and reinvent their enterprises, positioning themselves to discover innovations that were once unimaginable. Those that haven’t yet leveraged AI are missing out on insights and opportunities that could help transform their […]

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Who’s blazing the blockchain trail in your industry?

Hundreds of potential blockchain use cases are emerging in many industries, leading to large investments in smart contracts that involve money, health records, property records and supply chain data. Leaders across industries say blockchain could bring solutions that would disrupt current business models and create new ones. How are organizations reacting to this new technology […]

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Analytics can help nonprofits leap ahead of their competition

The rise of digital platforms coupled with increasing donor demand for transparency means nonprofit organizations need to leap into action with their data and analytics capabilities before they lag others and lose out. Nonprofit organizations often fill critical gaps in the social fabric of the world, yet few can afford to leverage technologies that are […]

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Companies ignore the threat of disruption at their own peril

Industry disruption is here to stay according to research institutions, top analysts and the business press, but many C-suite executives (CxOs) beg to differ. Almost half of the 6,000 CxOs we’ve surveyed through June as part of the IBM Global C-suite Study say their industry is experiencing little to no disruption today. If disruption really […]

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Alternative payment options threaten to unsettle the business world

As alternative payment options such as PayPal and Google Wallet gain popularity, they also are climbing the list of the C-suite’s top concerns. The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) has tracked global industry trends through its ongoing series of C-suite studies since 2003. Our latest research, which we will publish in 2018, shows that […]

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Cognitive and AI will revolutionize supply chain operations

The futuristic renderings of science fiction have become reality: Robotic likenesses are now automating and instrumenting a learning supply chain. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making sense of the deluge of operational data from a plethora of devices and cloud applications. This technology also applies advanced mathematics to create products, processes and systems that can adapt […]

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5 Keys to driving automation adoption

Despite the attention-grabbing headlines, suggesting the workforce may one day be replaced by an army of robots, the reality is more complex. Fewer than 5% of jobs are fully automatable, according to McKinsey – but most roles have the potential to automate a significant proportion of their activities. This is the case in IT, where […]

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Blockchain Explorers are breaking away from the competition

As boundaries between industries continue to blur, new leaders are emerging: the Blockchain Explorers. They are far more open to new possibilities and experimentation. They have the capacity to learn fast and the capability to move even faster. And if past performance is any indication, they’re poised to break away. Who are the Explorers? Researchers […]

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Loneliness in the aging population affects society and the economy

Loneliness often isn’t recognized as an important health, societal and economic challenge. That must change. Research has shown that it can lead to health complications such as heart disease and dementia. But it can have equally serious social and economic consequences. And the aging population is especially at risk. Loneliness in the aging population will […]

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