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    The Connection Revolution

Connected Economy Interviews

Andrew McAfee is the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management,...
Andrew Sangster launched Hotel Analyst 10 years ago and it has grown into a publishing business that now encompasses...
Arthur De Haast was Global CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels at Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. until January 2012, and...
Bob has 30 years in the technology industry. He has led marketing in many different technology organisations from...
Dan is the CTO of CSC. CSC is a Fortune 200 company focused on systems integration with a global perspective,...
Daniel is a technology leader that enjoys the challenge of using information technology to expand the possibilities...
David Moschella is the Global Research Director for the Leading Edge Forum. In this position, he guides a series...
David has worked as Chairman PrivateFly, Chairman Yuuguu, Director On the Beach Holidays, Director i-level Digital,...
Dean is a founder of TomorrowToday UK and has over 20 years experience working in marketing, operations, innovation...
Don Peppers is the Founding Partner of Peppers & Rogers Group at TeleTech. Don Peppers is recognized as a global...
Doug Neal, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for the Leading Edge Forum and is responsible for research...
Edd Dumbill, based in the United States, is a Research Associate for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum. Edd is an emerging...
Edwin D. "Ed" Fuller is the former President & Managing Director of Marriott International and the current...
Erik is a Professor at the MIT Sloan School. His research is about the effects of information, and information...
Gayle Sheppard is CEO & Chairman at Saffron Technology, a big data analytics firm. She has over 25 years of...
Gerald Lawless has helped establish Jumeirah as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. He joined...
Guy is an experienced chartered accountant and an entrepreneur. A natural and driven enthusiast, he built and sold...
Professor Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School at...
Ibrahim Ibrahim is currently Managing Director of Portland Design Associates. Previous positions included MD at...
Jay Jarret has experience successfully establishing technology vision, developing strategic IT plans, and creating...
Brian Jones is Group Commercial Director (Chief Commercial Officer) of Smiths Group plc, the FTSE100 technology...
John is CTO Chief of Staff at BP, one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. He works in the...
•John is an experienced and innovative CRM & customer insight-led marketing professional. He has •in-depth...
John Kay is one of Britain’s foremost economists. He is a journalist for the Financial Times, a successful author,...
Joshua Blake is a natural user Interface leader and user experience software engineer, specializing in Kinect interaction...
Based in London, Keith works for LDC (www.ldc.co.uk), where as an investment executive he supports the boards and...
Keith Coats is an internationally respected leadership expert, author, speaker and facilitator. He has worked with...
CSC’s Leading Edge Forum (LEF) is a team of powerful thought leaders who provide world-class research to CIOs...
Louis Gray is a blogger who writes about technology, the web, and innovation from the heart of Silicone valley....
Manny has more than 25years experience in the industrial development and commercialisation of software solutions...
Mark has founded two successful strategy consulting firms: Milestone Group (2001) and 650 Labs (2012). He has advised...
Michael Levie is a Founding Partner of citizenM. He is a Board member of SnapShot GmbH. He previously worked as...
Nigel Huddleston is the Industry Head within the Google Travel team with particular responsibility for the hotels...
Sir Nigel Knowles is global co-chief executive officer of DLA Piper. He has been managing partner since 1996 and...
Peter is Head of Corporate IS at National Grid. He is responsible for National Grid's Corporate IT delivery and...
Sara Daw is Co Founder and CEO of The FD Centre, which is a UK Market Leader providing part time Finance Directors...
Sean has extensive experience in Operations, Sales & Development in the USA, Europe, Middle East, China, Indo...
As President of Europe for Hilton Worldwide, Simon Vincent is responsible for more than 35,000 team members in...
Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum and his focus is on the intersection...
Sir David Michels holds several significant Chairman roles, including EasyJet Plc, Deputy Chairman of Marks and...
Stan Rapp co-founded RAPP, a direct marketing company. Stann is currently chairman of Engauge Marketing. He also...
Stuff is the world’s biggest-selling gadget magazine, and Stuff.tv is the online bit of that magazine (if that...
Thomas Power is a speaker, author and professional non-executive director, experienced in social and digital thinking.
Venkat is a Professor at Ross School of Business who has spent the last 15 years thinking about co-creation. He...

Connected Economy TV is not simply another blog about things social or digital. It’s a business tv channel about the new industrial revolution – driven by digitisation – which is changing how we work, live and play. According to experts like MIT’s Andrew McAfee, we are only at the beginning of this connection revolution – and as machine intelligence and computational power grows, the pace of disruption will increase. We are seeing this disruption all around us – in retail, in work, in business.

During the information age competitive advantage was created by business efficiency and intelligent use of the data. This kind of thinking still dominates corporates today.

But now the world has gone networked. We are living in one of the most incredible ages that mankind has ever seen. So we call it the connected economy as more than ever before people are connected to each other, through their mobile devices, through the fact that there is pervasive connectivity throughout the world.  So we are living in a world where connectedness is ubiquitous.

Traditionally firms were very focused on their own internal resources, internal capabilities and skills and had their own internal value chain of how they did things.

But today there’s so many capabilities outside in the marketplace of cloud services, the knowledge of employees, partners, the emerging eco systems, social media and real time data and news streams that firms need to in many cases look first to the outside world to create value.

The connected economy and competitive advantage

In the connected economy, the thing that will distinguish and differentiate you and create that competitive advantage is the quality of relationships inside and outside of your business.

So the connected economy is a big shift particularly for business people who have grown up in a world of internal systems, internal procedures, internal processes and internal controls.