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Unlocking the value of 5G in the B2C marketplace

– Telcos are confident they can monetize 5G core in the B2B arena, but the value proposition for consumers is less clear. A slew of promising innovations could change that.
Report

IoT value set to accelerate through 2030: Where and how to capture it

– New research shows that the Internet of Things offers significant economic value potential, particularly in standardized production... settings, but companies must achieve scale to capture it.
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Cloud-migration opportunity: Business value grows, but missteps abound

– Companies aim to embrace the cloud more fully, but many are already failing to reap the sizable rewards. Outperformers have shown... what it takes to overcome the costly hurdles.
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Ordering in: The rapid evolution of food delivery

– Succeeding in the fast-growing food-delivery ecosystem will require understanding how overlapping economic forces affect a complex... web of stakeholders.
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Winning formula: How Europe’s top tech start-ups get it right

– We studied Europe’s top 1,000 start-ups to learn how they succeed in the region’s fragmented value pool and found... the answers lie in four distinct strategic plays.

Executive Voices

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What tech innovation means for the business of fashion

– In the wake of the pandemic, the industry long better known for art than science is undergoing a dramatic, technology-fueled makeover.
Interview

Recovering from ransomware: a conversation with Veritas CEO Greg Hughes

– Why executives and boards need to understand the growing cyber threat, how to best prepare for recovery, and who should be at... the table.
Interview

Laying the foundation to accelerate the enterprise IoT journey

– Wienke Giezeman is building and serving an IoT ecosystem by offering open-source tools and a “workbench” on which... to build solutions.
Interview

Managing growth and value creation in SaaS: An interview with a software leader

– Sue Barsamian, a veteran executive who now sits on several software company boards, discusses growth, product–market fit,... new tools for better metrics, and diversity in the C-suite and boardroom.
Podcast

Driving motors into a digital, sustainable future

– Electric motors power much of the global economy, and they also waste a quarter of global electricity consumption. Ryan Morris... thinks his company can solve this environmental challenge.
Podcast

Can Japan finally become a start-up power?

– Long viewed as a relative laggard, Japan’s start-up ecosystem is beginning to come into its own. Investor Paul McInerney... sheds light on the evolving environment for entrepreneurs.

Tech Trends

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SaaS and the Rule of 40: Keys to the critical value creation metric

– Investors reward SaaS companies that hit this operating performance marker, yet a surprisingly small number have been able to... do so. Here’s how more can follow their industry leaders’ example.
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Hardware’s business-model shift: Finding a new path forward

– New business models present an opportunity for IT-infrastructure providers, who are facing a migration in value as buyers demand... cloud-like, customer-centric experiences.
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AI in storytelling: Machines as cocreators

– Computers don’t cry during sad stories, but they can tell when we will.

New Capabilities

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A blueprint for telecom’s critical reinvention

– The next generation of telcos will be defined by leaders who act now, risking short-term advantages to seize untapped growth with... a holistic approach to transformation.
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A battle plan for telcos’ digital-attacker brands

– Many operators need to transform themselves to cope with new market conditions but have had difficulty making an organization-wide... overhaul. A smart digital-attacker strategy may be the solution.
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Developer Velocity at work: Key lessons from industry digital leaders

– The experiences of several high-performing software development organizations in banking and retail offer a road map to excellence.

New Markets

Article - McKinsey Global Institute

The trailblazing consumers in Asia propelling growth

– There’s more to consider than Gen Z. Powerful demographic forces are reshaping consumer behavior and causing large shifts... in consumption patterns in Asia.
Article

C2C e-commerce: Could a new business model sell more old goods?

– Like other e-commerce but with less fanfare, C2C trade has expanded during the COVID-19 crisis alongside demand for recycled goods.... A new business model could support still stronger growth.
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How tapping connectivity in oil and gas can fuel higher performance

– Price and demand pressures in the oil and gas sector make the potential value embedded in advanced connectivity for exploration... and production more important than ever.
Article

Agriculture’s connected future: How technology can yield new growth

– One of the oldest industries must embrace a digital, connectivity-fueled transformation in order to overcome increasing demand... and several disruptive forces.

MORE INSIGHTS

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Entrepreneurship zeitgeist 2030

– Making start-ups Germany’s next economic powerhouse.
Article

Pharma’s digital Rx: Quantum computing in drug research and development

– Quantum computing’s ability to simulate larger, more complex molecules could be game changing. Pharmaceutical companies... should reflect on their strategic stance to this promising new technology now.
Article

Black representation in film and TV: The challenges and impact of increasing diversity

– New research reveals the barriers that Black talent in the film and TV industry faces, the economic fallout, and solutions for... creating a more inclusive, equitable workplace.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Building data-driven culture: An interview with ShopRunner CEO Sam Yagan

– Sam Yagan, current ShopRunner CEO, cofounder of OkCupid, and former Match Group CEO, discusses the importance of culture for driving... data-based decision making, innovation, and, ultimately, company success.
Interview

Author Talks: The history of Black cinema in America

– The journalist whose article served as the basis for the movie The Butler explores the past 100 years of Black movies... in the United States.
Podcast

How online marketplaces are making secondhand fashion a first choice

– Online resale marketplaces are turning secondhand fashion into a mainstream market. Maximilian Bittner, CEO of Vestiaire Collective,... thinks growing interest in sustainability will further fuel the category.
Article

The value of getting personalization right—or wrong—is multiplying

– This Next in Personalization 2021 Report reveals that companies who excel at demonstrating customer intimacy generate... faster rates of revenue growth than their peers. And the closer organizations get to the consumer, the bigger the gains.
Podcast

Giving Gen Z customers what they want: A conversation with by.U

– Two top executives at Telkomsel, Southeast Asia’s largest wireless provider, explain how the company supported a new venture... and freed it to succeed on its own terms.
Article

Managing the risks and returns of intelligent automation

– As companies accelerate the adoption of automation and artificial intelligence, they need a better way to maximize the benefits... of these new technologies while minimizing the risks.
Article

Innovating to net zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology

– Advanced technologies are critical to stopping climate change—and the drive to develop and scale them is accelerating. Here... are five themes that could attract $2 trillion of annual investment by 2025.
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Open-source e-commerce: The next wave of value for the enterprise

– Moving to open-source e-commerce has significant benefits, but companies must be willing to embrace a broader digital culture.
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