Technology’s role in business continues to expand exponentially. Big data, digitization, the Industrial Internet, and other disruptive technologies are reshaping whole industries at a pace that taxes the imagination. Long gone are the days when executives innocently debated whether IT matters. Today, technology is widely regarded as a critical determinant—often the critical determinant—of business outcomes and a force that will continue to have to be reckoned with.
The April 2014 issue of BCG Technology Advantage features a range of insights on how companies can use technology to achieve competitive advantage.
- Marcel Krom, CIO, and Gerrie de Jonge, director of shared IT services and sourcing, at the Netherlands’ PostNL discuss their move to a cloud-based sourcing strategy.
- Companies are using seven primary business models to profit from big data.
- Properly deployed, big data can turbocharge time-based competition.
- Their digital assets—namely access to a large customer base and significant related data—provide a substantial growth opportunity for telcos.
- Asian banks should rethink their IT in the context of their recent explosive growth and current consolidation trend.
- Successful digital innovation demands a focus on the areas of greatest impact and business priority, as the example of PepsiCo illustrates.
- CIOs’ priorities continue to evolve in today’s high-stakes technology environment.
- Companies can take steps to maximize the chances of success of their IT outsourcing efforts.