The office is dead – long live the exchange place!

The office is dead

The office as we know it, is dying. There are still many traditional workplaces out there but it’s only a matter of time before they too will change. With constant connectivity, work can take place at any time and at any place. Offices workers used to be tied to one specific location because of the tools they used (heavy typewriters or fixed-line telephony) and the way they were organized (storage, time and control) in an industrial society. Continue reading

By transforming industry we can transform society

Industry transformation

The world – including business, industry, markets, consumers, economies, and the demographic landscape – is changing at a rapid pace. Everything is changing due to globalization, free movement of capital and social factors. In the last decade, new economic powers have emerged, challenging established structures. New corporate giants have emerged too, taking over new market spaces. Industries have been transformed by disruptors’ business models (take the music industry for example). Today, your most important competitor may not even exist in your industry yet. There is massive competition between industries. Think that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are less than 15 years old (Google recently celebrated its 15 years anniversary). The internet has radically changed our lives. It all started with fixed-network and dial-up services and the best is yet to come with mobile broadband networks in the era of the Networked Society. Continue reading

It’s time to power up public city spaces

Connected public spaces

Modern “cityzens” expect mobile coverage and capacity wherever they go. Providing infrastructure for good mobile-data coverage and capacity is as important as public transportation, electricity, water and sewage. The question I want to address in this post is: how do operators leverage the capabilities of small cells to power-up performance in public spaces? Continue reading

Let’s solve the issues of cities (and we’ll solve many of the problems of the world)

Smartphones change cities

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. In a megacity, the amount of people in itself creates an extreme environment in terms of how space and resources are employed, which drives cities to lead innovation. With the rapid urbanization, and the challenges that follow as a consequence, today’s cities are shaping our future – and probably more than whole countries do. Continue reading

Working life as we know it is changing dramatically

How will work be organized in the Networked Society? Fundamental changes are taking place. Cultural changes and rapid technological development are changing the rules and opening up for new ways of structuring business and changes in the workplace. Ideas and innovation are fueling this move forward. It is becoming more important, if not essential to stay in a constant state of evolution while creating a climate where new ideas can surface and grow. So how will you survive in this new game? Continue reading

In Australia, IPTV is time- and place-shifting learning

Warren Chaisatien_IPTV in Australia

IPTV is no longer just about watching movies whenever you want; it is also dramatically changing the way the next generation of dentists in Australia learn and practice. Continue reading

‘Going to work’ is taking on new meaning

Working life in the city

Work has forever been a task associated with a distinct location – the workplace. Many professions, dependent on a phone and PC as primary tools, have changed allowing the possibility to work from alternative locations like the home. The service-centric professional life in the city and widespread availability of tablets and smartphones allow for many tasks to be executed wherever you are. So, how prepared are you for the “here-office” reality? Continue reading

Here’s how Jakarta gets smart

Jakarta_traffic_jam

With a population of about 9.6 million, Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia as well as its capital. It’s the country’s economic, cultural and political center and is experiencing rapid urbanization even in the peripheral areas. It’s the most populous city in Southeast Asia and is the tenth-largest city in the world. In short, it’s a megacity – full of hope, optimism, generosity and cultural diversity. In this post, I’d like to take a closer look at how ICT is helping to make Jakarta a smart city as well. Continue reading

Putting networked restaurants on the menu

Networked restaurants

Restaurants are an important part of social life in the city, where stressed “cityzens” frequently choose an outing instead of cooking at home. Having Wi-Fi in the restaurant and social media “likes” are just as important as the menu for attracting visitors. So, what is essential for owners to consider as they take their concepts toward into a networked environment? Continue reading

It’s 4 am…do you know what your city is doing?

Big-data analytics

Some cities tell you they’re awake all night based on the number of sirens you hear driving by in the wee hours, or by the lights left on in downtown office buildings. Here in Stockholm, the sun sets this time of year by 4pm, but the city doesn’t go to sleep. Lights go on, bicyclists ride by with lights and safety vests, road crews stay outside doing their jobs, and the shops are still open. By 10 pm however, things have started to slow down. The question is, can you tell by how much just by looking around you? Continue reading