Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy [NOOK Book]

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In his new book, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Gates stresses the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offers detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies. Companion Web site.
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Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy

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Overview

In his new book, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Gates stresses the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offers detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies. Companion Web site.
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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
This book lays out a road map for managers trying to build their own businesses into an era where information flows as fast as light through a fiberoptic cable.
BusinessWeek
For CEOs and other executives, it is a clear, richly detailed guide to the fast-emerging E-business Age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446912808
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/26/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 536,984
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

BILL GATES is the chairman and chief executive officer at Microsoft Corporation. His vision and commitment regarding personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and in the advancement of software technology. He lives with his wife, Melinda, and daughter, Jennifer, in the Seattle area.

COLLINS HEMINGWAY is director of executive communications at Microsoft Corporation. He had been involved with Microsoft's systems products since 1987 and from 1994 to 1996 was director of international and partner marketing for the Personal and Business Systems Division.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
I Information Flow is Your Lifeblood
1 Manage with the Force of Facts 3
2 Can Your Digital Nervous System Do This? 22
3 Create a Paperless Office 39
II Commerce: The Internet Changes Everything
4 Ride the Inflection Rocket 63
5 The Middleman Must Add Value 72
6 Touch Your Customers 91
7 Adopt the Web Lifestyle 114
8 Change the Boundaries of Business 133
9 Get to Market First 141
III Manage Knowledge to Improve Strategic Thought
10 Bad News Must Travel Fast 159
11 Convert Bad News to Good 184
12 Know Your Numbers 201
13 Shift People into Thinking Work 222
14 Raise Your Corporate IQ 236
15 Big Wins Require Big Risks 262
IV Bring Insight to Business Operations
16 Develop Processes That Empower People 281
17 Information Technology Enables Reengineering 295
18 Treat IT as a Strategic Resource 317
V Special Enterprises
19 No Health Care System Is an Island 333
20 Take Government to the People 357
21 When Reflex Is a Matter of Life and Death 372
22 Create Connected Learning Communities 387
VI Expect the Unexpected
23 Prepare for the Digital Future 407
Appendix Build Digital Processes on Standards 417
Glossary 441
Customer Acknowledgments 453
Index 457
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    SOFTWARE STALLS

    BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT clearly shows the risk of creating even more harm from GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT. The electronic revolution will create reinforcement for all of the bad habits that organizations have. If they now use obsolete analyses in some areas, the new technology will be sure that everyone does this. If the organization is now ignoring some areas in its measurements, new software will be certain to keep that in place. If you have old-style accounting rather than Activity-Based Costing, you will be able to manipulate the wrong numbers faster. And so forth. Many organizations will totally fail in this new environment because the new technology will become disabling rather than enabling. For example, the new technology will cause you to be much more intimate with your customers. In that process, you may totally ignore those who do not buy your product (a vastly larger group), and your catering to current customer needs may make it harder to gain market share with new customers who have different needs. I think Gates is right about what he is forecasting, so you had better first work on getting rid of your organization's bad habits, and replace them with better ones. Then you should eliminate as much as you can, simplify the rest, outsource all but the key tasks (and even those if someone can do them much better than you can), then automate what remains. If you want good advice on how to do this, you should read 'The 2,000 Percent Solution' before you implement Microsoft's view of the future.

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