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McKinsey Classics | March 2016
Digitizing the world
By turning the physical world into a giant, all-encompassing information system, the Internet of Things (sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects) has become an integral part of the digital revolution now transforming the global economy—unlocking supply and demand, creating new business models, improving work processes, and reducing costs and risks. As we kick off our series on “Strategy in a digital age,” we pause to revisit the 2010 McKinsey Quarterly article “The Internet of Things,” one of the first significant treatments of a subject that’s now front and center for leaders grappling with corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.

And to learn more about how connectivity is changing the global economy, visit our Internet of Things page.
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