All Things D – does it have to be so disruptive?

All Things D and disruptive businesses

The 11th annual gathering of hot talkers and topics, as defined by Wall Street Journal star reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, will begin on Tuesday. Ericsson’s Networked Society story and a few of us representatives will be there talking with the delegates on their way to the forum. “D” in the title actually stands for “digital,” but if you take into account the zeitgeist of California, where everyone is gathering, and the spirit of the mobile, news, and entrepreneurial industries, I think it’s better to think of “D” as in “disruption.” Continue reading

Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society summary – a path to success

blue ocean image

This is the last post in a series related to Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society. In my previous posts I have defined the ERRC and the strategy canvas for an Asian and a European operator. Here, I will summarize some findings and provide some ideas that are worth exploring more in depth. Continue reading

ICT in cities makes good business sense

ICT and city life

What are the ingredients of a competitive city? Well, one that attracts capital, innovation and skilled labor. So let’s take a closer look at the relationship between cities, businesses development and growth. Continue reading

What will survive?

Boy at bus stop

This blog post intends to take us to a completely different thought space and challenge our base premises. Ericsson speaks about 50 billion things connected by 2020. Likewise Cisco and Intel talk about the internet of things. Is that really interesting though? Is it relevant to consider what “things” will continue to exist or is it more interesting to ask why things exist in the first place? Continue reading

The uncharted waters of spectrum, networks and devices

The landscape is changing quickly

How can ecosystems respond to soaring mobile data traffic and the risk of exhausting network capacity? Making new spectrum available is an obvious response, but two other elements are rapidly gaining in importance. Frequencies are the fuel for a fantastic mobile future, but it is vital to ensure the spectrum plans and combinations can be realized in large volumes on both the network and the device side to bring the full value to society.
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Blue Ocean Strategy for European operators: creation is critical


In my last post, we looked at the first three categories from the ERRC (eliminate-raise-reduce-create) grid for a European telecom operator to pursue a successful Blue Ocean strategy. Today, I want to look at what an operator should create to find that clear Blue Ocean. Continue reading

Connections make city life simpler

Modern connectivity makes life in the city richer and simpler

In this column, Monika has written a few great blog posts on city development and challenges for cities as they grow rapidly, and one of my posts discussed city dwellers based on an Ericsson ConsumerLab study not too long ago. So I decided to give a snapshot of today’s city life from my point of view.
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Blue Ocean Strategy for a European operator: what does it take?

Blue Ocean Strategy

This is the fourth post in the series related to Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society. In my previous post I discussed the “Red Ocean” market of the European operator. Here, I will examine the strategy that the operator would have to pursue in order to create the uncontested Blue Ocean market. There is a lot of information to get through, so we will divide the issues into two posts. Continue reading

Shopping just the start in tomorrow’s in-line world

Shopping is just the start when the whole world goes in-lineShopping is just the start when the whole world goes in-line

This week, I was guest speaker at a big shopper marketing event arranged by in Copenhagen. The people there were high-ranking marketing people from more than 50 Danish companies from all types of industries: toys, postal services, beauty products, banking, travel… well, you name it.

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It’s work, but not as we know it

man working on bus

Every era has historically had a main area of work or value-creating activity. Most of us think about employment and occupations as something that emerged with industrial society. During the era of “hunting and gathering,” the family, group and community were engaged in all things required in order to survive and have a decent life. These activities involved hunting, gathering food, making fire, creating clothing and so on. Continue reading