The New Normal

by McKinsey Quarterly The business landscape has changed fundamentally; tomorrow’s environment will be different, but no less rich in possibilities for those who are prepared It is increasingly clear that the current downturn is fundamentally different from recessions of recent decades. We are experiencing not merely another turn of the business cycle, but a restructuring of […]

The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them

Could a robot do your job? Millions of people who didn’t see automation coming will soon find out the painful way. The answer is a resounding yes. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need […]

Making sense of big data in business

Big data is big news, no matter what industry you’re in. Over the past decade, it has exploded on to the scene and can be used for everything from getting a better idea of meeting customer needs to analyzing how well space is being used in an office at real time to help maximize space […]

Steering IT into the digital manufacturing era

Mattias Ulbrich, CIO of Audi, discusses technology trends in the automotive industry and how his team is enabling next-generation manufacturing practices. Many companies are embedding sensors in product components and equipment to streamline manufacturing processes, improve yields, and create new business opportunities.1The digitization of manufacturing, sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0., has begun in earnest, and […]

The consumer sector in 2030: Trends and questions to consider

In light of dramatic changes in the consumer landscape, how can retail and packaged-goods executives prepare for the future? What can happen in 15 years? A look back at 2000 shows how much the world can change in just a decade and a half. Back then, about 30 percent of people in developing countries lived in […]