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Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.
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The next software disruption: How vendors must adapt to a new era

– Over the turbulent past decade, many legacy software players proved to be remarkably resilient. Now they must adopt a new strategic... playbook to weather the different challenges ahead.
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Coronavirus and technology supply chains: How to restart and rebuild

– As COVID-19-related restrictions begin to lift in Asia, how can organizations resolve supply-chain issues at pace?
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The Netflix of gaming? Why subscription video-game services face an uphill battle

– Many tech giants are betting that the subscription model will become dominant in video games. Yet the things that make gaming... such an entertainment dynamo are problematic for these types of services.
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Shattering the glass screen

– Research suggests women remain locked out of top roles in media and entertainment. A more diverse cast is required.

Executive Voices

Interview

Critical communications infrastructure and COVID-19: An interview with Ericsson’s CEO

– Börje Ekholm discusses the impact of the crisis on global telecom networks and the coming 5G transition, as well as the future... of work and challenges to the physical and mental health of employees.
Interview

Building a digital New York Times: CEO Mark Thompson

– Thompson looks back on an eight-year tenure that has transformed a 170-year-old news brand into a global, digital-subscription-first... powerhouse—and at what lies ahead for its new leadership.
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Scaling a start-up: Launching innovative products in international markets

– Expanding internationally is a major step in the life of a start-up, one involving a number of important considerations. Here’s... how Impossible Foods is tackling the challenge.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Speak softly, make tough decisions: An interview with Alibaba Group chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang

– The chairman and CEO of China’s e-commerce giant describes Alibaba’s approach to innovation and how he balances analytics... and instinct to push himself to spot hidden opportunities.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

All in: From recovery to agility at Spark New Zealand

– Three members of the telco’s top team describe the challenges and rewards of implementing agile rapidly—and the power... of a “no plan B” approach to change.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Building the workforce of tomorrow, today

– Software giant SAP is helping its workforce keep pace with technological change and new strategic thrusts.

Tech Trends

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The case for committing to greener telecom networks

– Operators’ energy costs keep rising, but efficiency measures and organizational change can lower them by 15 to 20 percent in a... year, benefiting company profits and the environment.
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AI in storytelling: Machines as cocreators

– Computers don’t cry during sad stories, but they can tell when we will.
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Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

– Telehealth has helped expand access to care at a time when the pandemic has severely restricted patients’ ability to see... their doctors. Actions taken by healthcare leaders today will determine if the full potential of telehealth is realized after the crisis has passed.

New Capabilities

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Developer Velocity: How software excellence fuels business performance

– The businesses that are achieving the greatest returns from their software investments are those willing to tackle entrenched... cultural and structural barriers.
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The product management talent dilemma

– Despite product managers’ central roles in software organizations, they are often neglected from a talent-management perspective.... Four levers can address this industry-wide challenge.
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Rules of engagement: Winning with the basics in digital telecommunications

– Online sales and service are key measures of successful digital transformations. But most telecom operators aren’t implementing... the fundamentals that drive customers online and keep them there.

New Markets

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

A game plan for quantum computing

– Thanks to technology advances, some companies may reap real gains from quantum computing within five years. What should you do... to prepare for this next big wave in computers?
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Maintaining a high-speed connection: A new playbook for cable growth

– US cablecos have enjoyed solid growth in recent years. Continuing it will require doubling down on several key areas, even as... tougher, longer-term strategic challenges loom.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How the Bio Revolution could transform the competitive landscape

– The disruption ahead extends well beyond healthcare. Are you prepared?
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New demand, new markets: What edge computing means for hardware companies

– With over 100 edge use cases identified, the fast-growing need to power connected devices demands a custom response from vendors.

MORE INSIGHTS

Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Will infrastructure bend or break under climate stress?

– Infrastructure is the backbone of the global economy, connecting people, enhancing quality of life, and promoting health and safety.... But climate change is revealing infrastructure vulnerabilities.
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Transforming infrastructure operations for a hybrid-cloud world

– Despite the rapid growth of public-cloud adoption, internal-infrastructure teams are well positioned to add unique value. But... they’ll need to change their approach and evolve their service.
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Outsmarting the 5G smartphone challenge: How telcos can reinvent their handset business

– With device-related expenses already straining margins, the 5G upgrade cycle could prove even tougher for operators—unless they... take a comprehensive, new approach to managing consumer hardware costs.
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Building and sustaining value in advanced industries through analytics-enabled pricing

– Companies that adopt an analytics-driven approach to pricing are more likely to thrive than companies that maintain the status... quo.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level

– After a first wave of trials, incumbents are shaking up value chains to attract new ecosystem customers—and tap potentially... huge pools of value.
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The value pitch: The importance of team value management

– Football is a business unlike any other. While money is important, the winning formula is more about the sound management of a... club’s most important asset: its team.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and climate change expose dangers of unstable supply chains

– With the world undergoing its second “once in a generation” disruption in 12 years, a reappraisal of supply chains is in order.
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Margin pressure builds in the German machinery industry

– Despite rising revenues, profits are plummeting. It’s time to assess the dangers of unprofitable growth.
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Organizing for speed in advanced industries

– Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, companies in advanced industries have become more nimble and accelerated decision making. How... can they retain this speed once the pandemic abates?
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Semiconductor design and manufacturing: Achieving leading-edge capabilities

– As chips get smaller and competition increases, semiconductor companies need a new strategy that considers everything from fab... size to supply-chain issues.
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Rules of engagement: Winning with the basics in digital telecommunications

– Online sales and service are key measures of successful digital transformations. But most telecom operators aren’t implementing... the fundamentals that drive customers online and keep them there.
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