Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
While researching the future, I came across IBM's Global CEO Study: The Enterprise of the Future. It's a compilation and distillation of insights from more than 1,130 CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector and business leaders from around the world. I think of it as a set of "hot spots" for today's CEOs and a set of success patterns for the Enterprise of the future.
Vision for the Enterprise of the Future IBM writes the following:
"Grounded in the collective insights and wisdom of more than 1,000 CEOs, we offer the Enterprise of the Future as a benchmark and blueprint for CEO s, corporate officers and boards of directors around the world. It is an aspirational goal: some companies already exhibit particular traits, but few, if any, embody them all. Based on our conversations and analyses, we believe that significant financial opportunity awaits those that become Enterprises of the Future."
Executive Summary IBM identified the following key points:
5 Attributes for the Enterprise of the Future IBM outlined the following five key attributes:
5 Attributes for The Enterprise of the Future Explained I quoted IBM's key summary for each of the attributes to characterize what they mean:
The Growing Gap One of the key themes in the report is how there's a growing gap between companies that succeed and companies that fail. The big factors seem to be the accelerated rate of change and a global market. IBM writes:
"So what’s causing this growing gap? Constant change is certainly not new. But companies are struggling with its accelerating pace. Everything around them seems to be changing faster than they can. As one U.S. CEO told us, “We are successful, but slow.” But in 2008, CEO s are no longer focused on a narrow priority list. People skills are now just as much in focus as market factors, and environmental issues demand twice as much attention as they did in the past. Suddenly everything is important. And change can come from anywhere. CEO s find themselves — as one CEO from Canada put it — in a “white-water world.” CEO s are most concerned about the impact of three external forces: market factors, people skills and technology. Customer expectation shifts, competitive threats and industry consolidation continue to weigh on their minds. CEO s are also searching for industry, technical and particularly management skills to support geographic expansion and replace aging baby boomers who are exiting the workforce."
Prosumers One of my favorite points in the report is about the rise of the prosumer:
“In the future, we will be talking more and more about the ‘prosumer’— a consumer/producer who is even more extensively integrated into the value chain. As a consequence, production processes will be customized more precisely and individually.” - Hartmut Jenner, CEO, Alfred Kärcher GmbH
Key Take Aways Here's my key take aways:
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