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Seven strategic considerations electronics executives should be talking about

Starting this week, the newest gadgets will glisten in all their glory at CES in Las Vegas. While the latest curved TV is beautiful, the IBM Institute for Business Value would like to focus on strategies that can help your business before your feed is filled with shiny objects. We have one of the richest global […]

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Artificial intelligence can elevate the human workforce to meet challenges of the future

From the invention of the mechanical weaving loom at the start of the Industrial Age to the debut of personal computers in the Information Age, people have typically been more hesitant than eager when faced with rapid technological change. In retrospect, it seems laughable that society would view such transformational advances with skepticism. Technological revolution […]

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What girl scouts can teach you about blockchain

Having trouble getting your head around how blockchain IT works and why it’s important for business? In order to help simplify things for you (and in the spirit of it being Girl Scout cookie season), let’s look back at a model that any former Girl or Boy Scout knows well: the fire triangle. The fire […]

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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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The risk of disruption is a regional phenomenon

Nearly half of the more than 7,000 executives we’ve surveyed so far for the IBM Global C-suite Study report little to no disruption in their industries. At first, this finding surprised us. Now, we have a possible explanation for it: Some regions seem to be more affected by disruption than others. If you operate mainly […]

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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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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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Digital era brings new wave of customer experience lessons

Today’s customers can be disappointed after just one click, making customer experience more complex — and more important — than ever. Changes that come from digital customer experience impact not only customers, but also companies’ strategies, processes, operations and employees. The IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,400 companies and 6,600 consumers to better understand […]

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Disruption is a well-known threat, but some organizations are still unprepared

Executives have heard many warnings about the threat of disruption. Yet some organizations appear to be doing little to prepare for a more dynamic, uncertain future. And they may be paying for it in lost opportunities and lower revenue. The IBM Institute for Business Value is exploring how organizations respond to the threat of disruption […]

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