Ericsson Business Review

Ericsson Business Review, Issue 1, 2014

Are you sitting comfortably?

Patrik Regårdh

You probably shouldn’t be.

From transportation to TV, information and communications technology (ICT) is transforming industries on an unprecedented scale. The pace of change is unrelenting, exhilarating – and sometimes frightening. And whatever your business, ICT is about to ask you some hard questions about the future and your place in it.

This issue of Ericsson Business Review tackles some of these crucial questions head-on. In our lead article, Jan Unkuri and Erik Kruse ask what digital business transformation really means. Is it just a buzzword – and if not, what’s the real story here? Their conclusions – supported by interviews with over 50 digital entrepreneurs and thought-leaders – are as surprising as they are bold.

We speak to MIT professor Kent Larson about the future of transportation and urban planning in an all-connected world. In an exclusive interview, Larson presents unique designs that can revolutionize our cities and businesses, and puts forward some uncompromising views on the role and relevance of ICT.

The TV and media industry is seeing equally dramatic changes. Ove Anebygd outlines how this transformation is being driven by new consumer habits – and, intriguingly, is following the pattern established by the music industry. Anebygd writes that media businesses must change fast to stay relevant, but emphasizes that the right strategy can reap real rewards.

Finally, Rene Summer argues that the full benefits of ICT-driven disruption will remain out of reach without public-policy support. He says policy makers can make or break transformation – and this gives them a unique responsibility.

The opportunities – and the threats – for your business have never been greater. Let us guide you through this extraordinary change.

Patrik Regårdh

Head of Strategic Marketing

Moving fast and breaking things

Moving fast and breaking things

The hottest ICT topic today is digital business transformation. But what does it really mean? Is digital business transformation just a buzzword that your colleagues and competitors throw around carelessly? Or is there a real story behind it all? We set out to answer these burning questions – and what we found may surprise you.

"Every smart-cities conference gets things backwards"

Every smart-cities conference gets things backwards

Renowned as the creator of the folding car and the micro-unit apartment, MIT professor Kent Larson’s bold designs can revolutionize transportation and urban living. And ultimately, Larson says, thinking seriously about these issues should lead us to re-evaluate the role and relevance of ICT-based development itself.

Screen test: changing habits challenge the media industry

Screen test: changing habits challenge the media industry

Connectivity has already transformed the music industry – TV and video are next. And as more and more consumers discover and experience visual media in radically new ways, how can media businesses stay relevant?

Carpe mutationem – seize the transformation!

Carpe mutationem: Seize the transformation!

ICT has the potential to transform industries, economies and societies – but it can never succeed in a vacuum. Benefiting fully from ICT disruption requires sound public policy-making that shapes and determines the duration, cumulative strength and sustainability of the gains that can be achieved. So policy makers – it’s time to act.

Further reading

ICT drives global industry transformation

Get more on the disruptive potential of broadband, mobility and the cloud from Ericsson’s Industry Transformation report.

Read the report

Our next issue

In June 2014, Ericsson Business Review will explore enterprise transformation. Take a sneak preview today with this video and hear Yuichi Washida, Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University, give a Japanese perspective on some of the issues facing businesses in a connected world.

Watch the video

EBR is Ericsson’s global business publication, focusing on thought leadership and providing a long-term perspective on business strategies within Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for telecom operators and other industries.