Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy

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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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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: 9780446675963
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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 June 25, 2007

    Easy Introduction to Computerized Business

    Although certainly not perfect, this book is outstanding for communicating with enthusiasm the vision of what computers can already do for business, almost anyone's business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Insightful

    We found the concepts in Gates & Hemingway (2000) ¿Business at the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy¿ interesting and helpful for business planning and development. Creating a ¿digital nervous system¿ seems a lofty ideal and a little too technical and impersonal though. We would have liked to see more business examples outside of the Microsoft examples they cited. What we also liked about this book is that it offers a brief glimpse into the mind and thinking of one of the most successful businessman in history. For anyone interested in business/leadership biography, this is a worthwhile read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Digital Information Flow

    Discussing the digital flow of information in a company would sound to some like a horrible book to read. Not so, with this book. Gates finds simply analogies to explain why the flow of communication is so important and how managing electronic information can be made not only efficient, but simple. His enthusiasm comes through clearly as he reveals not only his twelve steps to manage digital information, but also the practical applications of flow management. I found this book easy to understand and very helpful at pointing out ways to better manage my own email and the ways I communicate information to committees and employees.

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