The increasing connectivity compounded with the innovative drive associated to Information Society and facilitated by the fast technological evolution are changing Society, transforming individual and collective habits, creating multiple business opportunities and rapidly changing our economic and social landscape. Contrary to many other rapid transformations this time the individual has domestic access to better technological tools than the ones offer professionally. It is then a user push tremendous transformation.
We have identified four fundamental dimensions in this transformation: Mobility, Social, Cloud and Big Data. Of course these are not independent orthogonal dimensions but they are helpful, in spite of multiple interactions, to understand the type, the level and degree of transformation, as well and more important the impact on business and employment.
Mobility does not need much explanation as we want connectivity everywhere and at every moment, and of course broad band. Social is also clear as we want connectivity with friends, family, clients, collaborators,... to be able to interact, share, do business...
Mobility and social interaction get strength thanks to the cloud where we can have our data, information, applications,... A world accessible everywhere form every dispositive. And this generates millions of information units (Big Data), usually unstructured, that we need to learn to use to personalize, to make better decisions, to make the right offers, to increase our efficiency, etc. Joining these four elements the transformation is evident nad the end result is a true information society.
In the difficult time our World is living through this new information society brings new hopes of transformation, new unexploited opportunities, new business models, new employment opportunities, and new ways to cut expenses without compromising the welfare state. The potential contributions of information technologies to efficiency, rationalization, growth and employment are a new hope we cannot leave aside.
The different blocks in the meeting will focus on the fours highlighted dimensions and we will complement our academic analysis with the political and industrial representation of the all agents involved in this great transformation. All together we share a big responsibility to make a better future possible for all citizens and we should endure in this challenge.
Professor of Information Systems, IESE Doctor of Philosophy (Operations Research), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Doctor of Sciences in Medical Engineering, Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor of Strategic Management, IESE Carl Schroder Chair on Strategic Management, IESE Doctor of Philosophy (Managerial Economics), Northwestern University Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
|Themes of the Previous Editions|
|• 2011 - Breaking the commoditization cycle|
|• 2010 - The audiovisual revolution impact|
|• 2009 - Looking at the future beyond the current crisis|
|• 2008 - New business models in the industry|
|• 2007 - The future of the industry at debate|
|• 2006 - Looking into the future with critical optimism|
|• 2005 - Revolution in the business models: Voice over IP, Digital TV|
|• 2003 - New business models|
|• 2002 - The way out of the crisis|
|• 1999 - Strategies to compete in an unregulated industry|
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