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How to enable the company of tomorrow

Businesses have traditionally organized themselves to ensure optimal effectiveness in each of their business functions. However, shorter product lifecycles, demand for customization, rising consumer expectations, and the growth of automation and data challenge this model. This article explains how...
Strategy

The laboratory of the future

Industrial research and development has been transformed by factors such as globalization, specialization and open innovation. To meet growing challenges, R&D needs to change again to create the laboratory of the future, which will focus on putting people at the heart of innovation. We explore...
Technology & innovation management

Turning customers into subscribers – How to successfully...

What customers expect from manufacturing businesses is changing, moving away from outright purchase- to subscription-based models. This offers opportunities and risks for traditional players, providing them with access to greater customer insight, but also lowering barriers for competitors. Based...
Marketing & sales

Unleashing innovation using low code/no code – The age of...

As the saying goes,“software is eating the world,” forcing companies to change their business models and operations. In a highly competitive environment, ensuring they have the required software capabilities is a challenge. This article shows how adopting low-code/no-code techniques enables...
Digital problem solving, Information management

Realizing the potential of the Internet of Things with 5G

Despite the hype, the Internet of Things (IoT) has yet to deliver its promised benefits to industrial companies. The advent of 5G removes many of the technical barriers to its successful adoption, accelerating digitalization. However, as this article explains, realizing the potential of the IoT...
Strategy

Blockchain in transport – Awaiting the breakthrough

Blockchain seems the perfect solution for the complex, decentralized supply chains of the transport sector, but results to date have been disappointing. In this article, we analyze the latest global research with industry executives and use the findings to determine what needs to happen for the...
Strategy

Leading businesses through the COVID-19 crisis

Leading businesses through the COVID-19 crisisFirst learnings from Asia and ItalyAs countries across the world take unprecedented measures to control the COVID-19 virus, businesses have fired up their crisis management and contingency plans. However, the crisis has a degree of severity, velocity...

Converging on the Future

Convergence seems to be everywhere in the business world these days. It covers a wide range of factors which can come together to change the status quo in an industry or value chain. Think of food and healthcare in functional foods, or telecoms and energy in smart grids. Digital technology has been...

Breaking the mold – Using the power of convergence to...

Despite an impressive record of value creation and its central importance to meeting mankind’s future “mega-needs”, the chemicals industry is undervalued by investors, which holds back its strategic freedom to grow. Focusing on four key trends to power transformation, this article looks at how this...
Information management

The march of the robo-taxis

Traffic congestion has a major impact on air quality, health and productivity in cities across the globe. Zero-emission vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility models are billed as providing solutions to this problem, but will they work in practice? Drawing on a unique combination of real-...