After three days of meetings here in Barcelona, speaking about the benefits of the Networked Society with regulators and ministers from a countless countries, it has become clear how crucial the role of policy makers is in facilitating progressive change. This change must be about using ICT to create new growth opportunities that enable broad-based and sustainable enhancements to citizens’ well-being. Continue reading
Bridging the gap between online and physical stores seems to be a challenge that everyone in retail is talking about. Studies have shown that the use of mobile as a platform for viewing and purchasing retail products is still growing, however, there is much more to mobile retail than a simple extension of the online shopping experience. At least, this was what panelists at Tuesday’s session on mobile retail at Mobile World Congress were saying. Continue reading
Halfway through MWC and a bit overwhelmed with gadgets and clouds, I’ve realized that after at first focusing on products, basically everyone I meet now is talking about the ecosystem. What will the future ecosystem (or perhaps more broadly, ecosystems) of this industry be? And where is the business for each party in this chain? Continue reading
Day two is coming to an end. It is hard to ignore the fact that a lot of the buzz coming out of Mobile World Congress has a to do with new smart devices and apps that embrace new trends (and who will buy them). Continue reading
At 7 am it was already a long line outside the main entrance of this year’s Mobile World Congress. Despite the spring feeling Barcelona had given us the day before, it was clear that people were starting to feel a bit chilly. They had been there for a while already. Finally the doors were open, and so was the event. Continue reading
The MWC craziness is in full swing with a running stream of announcements and launches, hands being shaken, agreements signed, and expectations being expressed about continuous evolution with connectivity as the cornerstone. It’s amazing to be here in the center of the mobile universe! Continue reading
Mobile World Congress 2014. Taste that combination of words: Mobile – World – Congress – 2014. “Mobile,” as in the devices we’re all carrying around and the services we increasingly depend on for business and pleasure. “World,” as in the entire industry coming together to show progress and new ideas in the Networked Society. “Congress,” as in our industry discussing, debating and sharing thoughts. And “2014,” as in NOW!
Joel Mokyr puts it well: “…the best predictor of the living standard that a newborn baby can expect to enjoy is the accident of where he or she is born.”
I have been writing recently about the changes happening in working life and the challenges that both employers and employees will face going forward into the Networked Society.
For many people, the latte-paced economy is a reality. Managing a work-life balance today is about combining work at home and in the office. And as the workforce becomes even more mobile, this model will change even further. So what can we learn from global road warriors who fly more often than they take the bus, are constantly juggling their current business, and as they develop, are moving deeper into the Networked Society? Continue reading