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The latest thinking on creating competitive advantage through information technology.

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Digital Champions

What do you call companies that have successfully implemented Industry 4.0 technologies, developed the requisite ecosystems and nurtured a digital culture? We call them Digital Champions.

10% the percentage of companies around that world that have achieved this.

This month’s issue of IT Foresight features “Digital Champions.” This wide-ranging account describes how some companies have developed the four distinct but interrelated ecosystems—customer solutions, operations, technology, and people—that enable them to break away from their rivals and gain both the top- and bottom-line benefits of Industry 4.0. Is your company ready to become one?

Featured Foresights

Digital Champions
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Our data shows that only a few companies have taken full advantage of the range of digital technologies, processes and business models available to them as they move into the Industry 4.0 era. This seminal article investigates what got them there, and lays out the six steps other companies should take to jump-start their own efforts—from defining their own Industry 4.0 vision to monitoring their progress.
Inside the Digital Factory
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Achieving fully digital factory operations is central to the efforts of every industrial company looking to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0. This article looks at how advanced companies are combining smart sensors, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and the cloud to build integrated factories and transparent supply chains to respond quickly to changing customer needs and requirements. Still, significant obstacles remain, not the least of which is reluctance on the part of employees to accept digital change.
Smarter, stronger, faster: The new normal in IT
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The vast majority of executives are fully aware of the pressing need to incorporate digital technologies and business models into their business activities. But that’s easier said than done. To get there, the corporate IT function must play a more active role in setting technology strategy and leading the digital charge. This article argues that if IT is to succeed in this effort, it must promote change in three key areas—organization and talent; business and customer; and process and technology.

Information Technology Foresight archive

September, 2018
The great virtue of blockchain is the essentially trustworthy nature of the technology, and the vast majority of companies are actively looking into its use.