A Tale of Two Machine Ages

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The evidence is mounting: as we move deeper into the second machine age, we’re learning that it’s the best of times in many important ways. But, we also face substantial new challenges. Over the years McAfee’s closing keynote has become a tradition of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. In this 2016 edition, he’ll share some of his latest thinking on … Read More

Can Big Data Substitute for Experiments?

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In today’s business world, managers are using data to drive decisions in ways never envisioned. At the same time, companies are conducting experiments with online users every minute of every day for insight, improved engagement, and heightened transaction volume. Which is better? Why? When?

How Blockchain Will Transform the Digital Economy

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Blockchain is gathering momentum, transcending beyond bitcoin. It has the promise of propelling the ledger, one of the oldest and most important concepts in finance, into the Internet age. It also has the potential of improving cybersecurity, digital identity and audit trails. Applications range from smart contracts to supply chain management, automation and artificial intelligence. We’ll discuss how blockchain may … Read More

The Perfect CIO: Empowering Business Partners and Serving Customers

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With technology and customer requirements changing at such a fast pace, CIOs have to respond, innovate, and make evidence-based decisions, not only within their own organization but increasingly for the whole company. More than ever, this requires extensive collaboration with customers and among different functions within the company. How do CIOs empower their business partners across the company? We’ll discuss … Read More

Thriving Through Digital Ecosystems

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Why ecosystems? Because MIT research found that companies with 50% or more of their revenues from digital ecosystems had higher revenues and higher profit margins than their industry’s average. Ecosystems move beyond linear supply chains to partnering with providers of complementary products and services (or sometimes competitors) to create a better customer experience, among other benefits. We’ll share MIT case … Read More

How the On-Demand/Gig Economy is Redefining the Future of Work

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Rapid changes in technology are affecting the types of work we do and the way in which work is organized. The future of work in general, and the emerging On-Demand Economy in particular, are major research focus areas for the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. This panel will bring together top academics in the field to share their knowledge … Read More

Developing your Organization’s Skills for the Digital Future

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Are AI and robots eating jobs? Yes–some jobs more than others. But even as automation replaces some workers, it will enhance the roles of others. Companies will need people who can work closely with technology, as well as those who can do what computers cannot. How can CIOs develop a workforce that will thrive in the digital age? Which skills … Read More

Transform Your Business Through IoT

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We are entering the era of the connected business model. Potentially, any asset, person, product, process, or source of data can be connected, making a reality of the long forecast connected house, car, factory and ecosystem. Smaller and cheaper sensors—embedded technology in products like cars, oil wells, wearables, and business processes—will become the norm over the next decade. All this … Read More

The Owner’s Guide to Platform Strategies

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Uber. Airbnb. Amazon. Apple. PayPal. All of these cutting-edge businesses are built on platforms: two-sided markets that are revolutionizing the way we do business. As digital networks increase in ubiquity, businesses that do a better job of harnessing the power of the platform will win. Whether platforms are connecting sellers and buyers, hosts and visitors, or drivers with riders, this … Read More

Best Practices for Managing a Digital Innovation Portfolio

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Many global companies are feeling growing pressure to rapidly respond to local business demands. MIT research has found that IT units are supporting these demands competitively in two fundamentally different ways: (1) reusing technology and business components, and (2) engaging in off-platform experiments. In addition, to practice both types of innovation simultaneously, they are engaged in new collaborations with internal … Read More