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What would it take to double network revenues?

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The first 20 years of mobile and internet evolution was characterized by innovating for users, but this ‘smartphonification’ is rapidly approaching saturation in developed markets. However, the current growth wave is different. It is being driven by a mobile and cloud-centric evolution in which the pace of innovation is accelerating with businesses in focus. The question now is: how large can this transformation be? Continue reading

A big mix of ideas challenges cities to rethink

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To truly transform, cities need to work closely with both public and private companies, as well as academic institutions and citizens. A broad ecosystem of different entities needs to come together to solve the challenges of urban areas. Continue reading

It’s time for CIO’s to step up to the leadership challenge

The changing role of the CIO

The CIO is Mr/Mrs. eTOM, the Business Process Framework published by the Telecom Management Forum, for the telecommunications industry. And Mr/Mrs. ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework for best practices in information technology. The CIO is also responsible for implementing the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Customer Resource Management (CRM) and the OSS/BSS stack. In short, the CIO is the provider of IT systems management. Continue reading

How Formula 1 helps predict the future of the mobile enterprise

Formula 1 helps predict the future

Mobile and cloud are driving network evolution, in public as well as enterprise networks, and access networks are becoming advanced hybrids between fixed and wireless access, with the latter shaping the overall development.This is a rapid acceleration, but the speed of change in telecom and ICT is being matched in Formula 1 auto racing, where engine development has taken huge leaps in rough conjunction with mobile advances. So what can we learn from the evolution of Formula 1 engines when predicting the future of mobile enterprise access? Continue reading

When all our objects talk, what will they say?

Datafication

There’s a general consensus this year surrounding the next big technological wave: it’s all about wearables. In the long run, most bets are on the Internet of Things. But aside from all the latest devices, these predictions are only scratching the surface of a much larger force that’s just beginning to reshape our world. It’s called datafication, and it’s the subject of a new series of reports where we’re examining how new sources of data are transforming the core functions of a wide range of industries. Continue reading

Where will we store all this user-generated content?

Cloud storage

In a world in which video is replacing text, graphs and pictures as the primary information bearer, demand for personal storage is rapidly outstripping supply. For instance, I have a three-year old desktop and attached back-up storage running into the TB class, and they are rapidly filling up with my own user-generated content. Continue reading

A transformation story you can bank on

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Mobile technology is blurring the boundaries of traditional industry and pushing established markets into new competitive arenas. We see this happening all around us. Consider how fast Apple has become one of largest music retailers in the world. Technology’s ability to shape industry boundaries and its disruptive nature has become one of the top structural issues all businesses are confronted with today. Continue reading

New strategies for the digital age

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In an interview we conducted a few months ago, Jimmy Wales said it best: “If you really want to innovate, stop thinking about business models and start thinking about human needs.” The more I work on an ongoing series of reports about industry and transformation, the more these words ring true. Continue reading

How societies will benefit from technological progress

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In my previous blog I wrote how technology progress is fundamentally offering a path to enhance the well-being of a society and the need for adequate policy making to achieve such an outcome. For society to benefit from a technology-led transformational change, there must be sound public policy making, because public policy shapes and determines the duration, cumulative strength and sustainability of socioeconomic benefits that can be achieved. Continue reading

The day before the iPhone

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I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Churchill event in Silicon Valley. It was a great honor and I strongly recommend attending to anybody that has a similar opportunity. And I have to confess I love the name of the club and the sentiment it endears. Continue reading