Smart, connected products – how clever creations change the competition


The combination of “internet” and “things” in the form of something, anything and everything has been communicated extensively in the market for quite sometime. Harvard Business Review recently took a deep dive into the subject and presented a number of new insights. And they concluded this represents the single biggest inflection point any company providing physical products has ever seen. Continue reading

Today is like the day before the mobile phone … except for cloud


Let’s talk about growth. GDP growth for countries, and the large enterprises that contribute to that growth.

I want to take you back to 1980 – before mobile phones. Nobody needed them then. And they wouldn’t need them in the future. At least that’s what McKinsey & Company said. Continue reading

Carrier pigeons – once a central part of the Networked Society


Communication has always been a primary part of human life. The thing that we call the Networked Society today had another shape for hundred years ago. And one of the primary ways to communicate was with carrier pigeons.
With training, pigeons can carry up to 75g (2.5 oz) on their backs, and they have been used for communication for a very long time, especially in China. In ancient Egypt, people used pigeons to send messages home from ships at sea. Carrier pigeons are also mentioned several times in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Continue reading

The IP imperative – a media (specifically TV) game changer


Besides writing here, I also write for Ericsson’s Time to Play blog, which is focused on the evolution of TV. So I’m happy to introduce a post by my colleague Simon Frost, who is Head of TV Marketing for Ericsson. This first appeared on Time to Play in the summer, and we feel it really captures a sense of the Networked Society as it looks towards the future of TV in 2020: Continue reading

Cryptocoins challenge classic currencies and cards


Technology is playing a key role in transforming payment systems. In the past, the immense amount of trust required to be the anchor point in these systems reduced the candidates to states and financial institutions. But now new technologies are gaining the trust required to create a clear alternative to the legacy models. Continue reading

Can we transform the network into an experience platform? We have no choice.


Let’s say you’re on the road, and you have a photo to send back to the office or upload to your company’s social media feed. Or maybe you simply want to send a photo of the Amsterdam skyline back to your family in Mexico City.

But then you get that red exclamation point flashing on your phone – the one that means the upload isn’t working – and the photo is still with you, not going anywhere. You start to feel that ache, the one that digital guru and trendspotter Ben Hammersley called “network latency pain” in a presentation at the Managed Services Summit 2014 in Amsterdam this week. Continue reading

An emerging trend in emerging markets – the Networked Society City Index 2014


The latest Networked Society City Index came with a bit of a surprise – one that reflects the true emergence of cities like Lagos, Delhi, Cairo, Dhaka and Jakarta. Continue reading

That legendary ICT-driven party that delivered a flawless experience … except for Dad


If you’re a parent of teenagers or tweens, stop reading this. If you’re a social media practitioner, you can already shake your head and stop reading this. But if you’re a regular good ol’ human being, you might recognize this story.

Because this is a story about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Continue reading

Intimate innovations introduced to win the wearables “arms race”


Early generations of smart watches have struggled on the packaging and applications front. The technology was the centerpiece of this wearable innovation with insufficient emphasis on the fashion side of the package. Even then, the applications were, to a large extent, scaled down smartphone applications where the watch acted as a slave screen for relaying information to the user. But this is changing, and now we are entering a new intimate wearable application era. Continue reading

Facebook at 1000km/h – how does it work?


For many years it has been against the law to use your phone on an airplane. One rumor went that no phones were allowed only because no one had bothered to do any tests, as a test of this scope would involve astronomic costs. Therefore, it’s been better just not to allow phones on planes, the story goes. Continue reading