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Can Code Conference live up to its history and hype?


The year was 2013: Lyft was brand new, Google Glass was hot, and he Networked Society blog team was at the AllThingsD event in California. It was only two years ago, but in a disruptive and fast-moving industry like tech, it may as well have been a lifetime. Continue reading

Navigating the Networked Society – why we’re only halfway there

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It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I am supposed to meet with old friends in the Old Town of Stockholm. Anyone familiar with the traffic situation here knows that taking your car is not the preferable choice, but I’m facing the fact that the rest of the evening includes picking up my daughter from an evening activity and my wife from work. You know it all too well. Sometimes your options are not the best, but there is nothing you can do about it. Continue reading

Digitalization – when the most valuable assets become digital


Digitalization is happening in all areas of life and business; I guess most of you have noticed that. Physical products are either becoming digital services or are significantly enhanced with new digital service capabilities. What’s also happening right now is that business practices are becoming digitized to become faster, more relevant and more cost-efficient. Continue reading

Is the Tesla Powerwall home battery really that disruptive?


The big news in the tech world this week was Tesla announcing the Powerwall – a home battery to store electricity. There has been a lot of buzz around this announcement, with many claiming that it is a game changer for the electric grid. But how disruptive will it really be? Continue reading

Getting used to life in an era of social broadcasting and mobile streaming

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New apps are allowing us to live-stream videos on social media directly from smartphones. What will life be like in a world of ubiquitous mobile streaming? Continue reading

Capabilities of the Networked Society – available and on-demand


This is my fifth post in a series about mastering the six new assets in the Networked Society. I started with a review of the assets that played a central role when the industrialization started a few hundred years ago, such as capital, factories, and raw material – investment intense, concreate and very physical assets with high barriers access. For most industries at that time, capabilities required heavy investment and took a long time to build and scale. That was the era of mass production.

Looking forward, the focus will shift to flexibility and responsiveness to a constantly changing market. Continue reading

Organizing (like a lean start-up) to transform telcos in the Networked Society

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Editor’s note: Today we are featuring a guest post from Omar Valdez-De-Leon, a Senior Business Consultant with a focus on all things digital, from the Internet of Things to digital transformation and the digital telco. He is on Twitter at: @omarvdl_iot

Telecom operators are going through a major digital transformation, one that is reshaping virtually all sectors of the economy. Think, for example, of banking services being set up as online- or “digital-only” – I myself have been banking for several years now with First Direct, perhaps one precursor of the pure digital banks emerging. Think also of online bookstores, virtual supermarkets, online on-demand TV and cinema and even education being delivered completely online as in the case of Massive Online Open Courses or MOOC. Continue reading

Does your office still have square tables and personal Ethernet ports?

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It has been impossible to miss the smartphone revolution that has swept the world this decade. We have been on a fascinating journey, one that departed from “second screen” station, stopping by at “mobile first” and heading on towards “mobile only”. But for many people, this is a private journey, while their professional journey lags behind. The type of tables and network connections at your office can tell us few things on how far your professional journey has progressed. Continue reading

Data in the Networked Society – own, shared and open


There is a rising amount of data generated every day – pieces of information generated from basically every human interaction. As we carry our smartphones, tablets, laptops and fitness trackers, among other connected devices, with us, all the transactions, purchases, searches, page visits and app usage generate huge volumes of data.

We generate data when we drive our cars and when we travel – basically every footstep we take generates data. To this we can add all the data generated from billions of sensors, industrial machinery and complex systems such as an industrial production line, a logistic system or a public transportation system. A single jet engine can generate 1 TB of data in one flight, and 58 Petabytes of data are transferred on mobile networks globally every day. Continue reading

Who will be the Uber of the cloud?

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There is a phenomenon going on in the world. Very small companies are disrupting very large industries very quickly. We see the same trends in many established spaces. Obvious examples are Uber towards taxis and Airbnb towards hotels. So what do Uber and Airbnb have in common that enables them to do what they do? Continue reading