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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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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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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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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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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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Weather means Business: Weather Data as a Driver for Digital Innovation

The impact of weather on business is underestimated. As organizations are increasingly looking to external data sources to innovate and optimize their business, precise weather data sticks out as a unique source of competitive advantage. Across industries, leading players are using weather data to transform decision making and to enable new business models. ‘Data is […]

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Data as a Service

Big Data unlocks more information than traditional storage approaches can – relational, file stores, streaming, document repositories, unstructured and enterprise repositories all available from within the ‘data lake’ (a Big Data construct where many different types of data reside). It also enables the democratisation of analytics, whereby business users (without formal data management training) use […]

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C-suite must reads: the Internet of Things, e-mail tips, business-trip secrets, doing good

As an editor and C-suite-focused program lead, I try my best to keep up with topics that help senior executives–and aspiring senior executives–build a competitive edge. Those topics can range from technologies to watch and invest in, to travel tips that can make business trips more successful and comfortable. So this week, I’m going to […]

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Watch the webinar: Future-Proof: Your Insights

Trying to help your organization build a competitive advantage from data and analytics? Looking for new ways to innovate? Are you considering the role of Chief Data Officer to do this, but not sure what the role does or how it achieves business value? Hear from two CDOs about their role in the second of […]

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Storytelling tips for CDOs attending the Chief Data Officer Asia Forum July 7-8

As the editor-in-chief of THINK Leaders, I am regularly exposed to trends and strategies that are top of mind for for C-suite leaders. One of the most surprising and recurring issues to surface within recent months is the need for chief data officers to hone their storytelling skills. Yes, you read that correctly. And what […]

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