Editor’s note: George Westerman is a research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is coauthor of the book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation.
Digital technologies — from social media to mobile computing to big data to the Internet of everything — are transforming businesses in every industry.
Do you want to have conversations with your customers in ways that surveys and focus groups never could? Social media can make that happen. Do you want to make your employees more productive anywhere and anytime? Try mobile computing. Do you want to understand what’s really happening in your company so you can make informed decisions rather than just working by instinct? Big data analytics can do that. Do you want to kick the pants off your competitors through digital customer engagement or business model innovations? That can happen, too.
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