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    The Connection Revolution

Connected Economy Interviews

With over a decade of specialist experience in marketing and sales, Amanda honed her skills with market leading...
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...
Belinda is CEO of AMBA Hotels and has more than 10 years management experience in the hospitality industry. Amba...
Bob has 30 years in the technology industry. He has led marketing in many different technology organisations from...
An award-winning journalist and author, Carmel has worked on Tatler, InStyle and Livingetc magazines, was part...
Christopher is responsible for managing Expedia group’s relationships with many of the world’s leading hotel...
Chris Wiesinger has more than 20 years’ experience articulating business requirements, conceptualizing products...
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,...
David has over 18 years' research experience, spanning a broad range of sectors and techniques, but with particular...
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...
Mr. Petersen is responsible primarily for asset management activities. He oversees Blackstone's hospitality investments...
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...
Hon. Lawrence Evans is the Member of Parliament for Livingstone Central in Zambia. He is the Deputy Minister of...
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...
Karolin Forsling is currently Head of Retail for AMF Fastigeheter. AMF Real Estate is one of Sweden's largest property...
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...
Kirt is a Senior Consultant with CSC's Leading Edge Forum, for which he conducts research projects on a range of...
CSC’s Leading Edge Forum (LEF) is a team of powerful thought leaders who provide world-class research to CIOs...
Lennert de Jong is Amsterdam based and heads up Distribution & Business Development for a new transformational...
Lewis is a seasoned IT leader having spent the last 16 years working for CSC where he performed a number of UK...
Lloyd has extensive board level experience that he brings to St Ives Group. Having previously been MD of Entertainment...
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 is a leading financial journalist who has spent his career reporting on the retail sector. He now runs his...
Mark has founded two successful strategy consulting firms: Milestone Group (2001) and 650 Labs (2012). He has advised...
Matthew is currently Director of the Local Data Company. The organisation provides research to create unique insight...
Michael Levie is a Founding Partner of citizenM. He is a Board member of SnapShot GmbH. He previously worked as...
Nick Cole is currently Managing Director of SP Group. SP Group Limited provides retail marketing, print, and display...
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...
Nigel Palmer is currently Principal at Avancer Management. He previously had been Debenhams' Retail Operations...
Pat Martell joined St Ives Group in 1980. He was appointed to the board in 2003 and has held positions of Managing...
Peter Cochrane is a futurist, business mentor, advisor and consultant to a wide range of government departments...
Peter is Head of Corporate IS at National Grid. He is responsible for National Grid's Corporate IT delivery and...
Richard is Managing Director of the Leading Edge Forum. In this role, Richard leads and manages a global strategic...
Robin Bevan runs the Retail Locations & Shopping Centres practice for Javelin. He has 22 years’ experience...
Sara Daw is Co Founder and CEO of The FD Centre, which is a UK Market Leader providing part time Finance Directors...
Scott's role at St Ives Group is specifically positioning the company as the UK's leading marketing services provider....
Sean has extensive experience in Operations, Sales & Development in the USA, Europe, Middle East, China, Indo...
As Managing Director, International Operations, Shaun Hinds leads operational functions throughout EMEA and APAC,...
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...
Sinai has 10 years experience as a Director. The Kempinski name is known for a growing collection of distinguished...
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...
Stephen McCall is responsible for Hotel Performance Support (HPS), the Europe Food and Beverage strategy, Europe...
Steve Hutson is a Research Associate for the Leading Edge Forum. He is also the Founder of Superstars, a new recruitment...
Stuff is the world’s biggest-selling gadget magazine, and Stuff.tv is the online bit of that magazine (if that...
Susan Doniz is Aimia’s Global CIO. She is responsible for defining the global internal and external Information...
Tass is CEO of the Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles Business Improvement District. The iniative champions regeneration...
Thomas Dubaere was appointed the Managing Director for the UK & Ireland in February 2012 for Accor. Dubaere...
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...
Wilma Kellerman-Baans is an expert in Hotel Property Development in Europe and has special expertise in the German...

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.