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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

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Meet the new on-demand worker


The first-ever labor market analysis of Uber drivers in the US provides a unique first look at what the on-demand economy means for workers. Continue reading

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How digital technologies could change your work for the better


Digital technologies could automate millions of jobs. It’s a rare opportunity to replace them with work that’s less routine – and more human. 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

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs applied to distributed cloud data centers


There is an inexorable transition towards virtualized and software defined network architecture that use distributed data centers as vital anchor points. These distributed data centers are going to be so fundamental to the future operation of networks that it is tempting to see what steps Abraham Maslow, the psychologist famous for his hierarchy of needs, would have laid out for this societal development. Continue reading

Things in the Networked Society – connected and intelligent

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Anything that can benefit from a connection will have one in the Networked Society.

About seven years ago, our former CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg stated that there would be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. That was mind-blowing at that time. What would all these devices do? Continue reading