Digital transformation is not about technology--it's about change.
In the rapidly changing digital economy, you can't succeed by merely tweaking management practices that led to past success. And yet, while many leaders and managers recognize the threat from digital--and the potential opportunity--they lack a common language and compelling framework to help them assess it and guide them in responding. They don't know how to think about their digital business model.
In this concise, practical book, MIT digital research leaders Peter Weill and Stephanie Woerner provide a powerful yet straightforward framework that has been field-tested globally with dozens of senior management teams. Based on years of study at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), the authors find that digitization is moving companies' business models on two dimensions: from value chains to digital ecosystems, and from a fuzzy understanding of the needs of end customers to a sharper one. Looking at these dimensions in combination results in four distinct business models, each with different capabilities. The book then sets out six driving questions, in separate chapters, that help managers and executives clarify where they are currently in an increasingly digital business landscape and highlight what's needed to move toward a higher-value digital business model.
Filled with straightforward self-assessments, motivating examples, and sharp financial analyses of where profits are made, this smart book will help you tackle the threats, leverage the opportunities, and create winning digital strategies.
-Brian K. Williams & Stacey C. Sawyer
A comprehensive, storytelling approach to Computing Concepts. The 11th edition has been revamped to include emphasis on mobile computing, cloud computing, privacy/surveillance, and big data.
Get the inside scoop on what venture capitalists want to see in your startup as you hit the fundraising trail. This is the highly anticipated third edition of the best-selling book which has become the definitive resource for understanding venture capital fundraising. Whether you are an entrepreneur, lawyer, student or just have an interest in the venture capital ecosystem, Venture Deals is for you. The book dives deeply into how deals are constructed, why certain terms matter (and others donât), and more importantly, what motivates venture capitalists to propose certain outcomes. Youâll see the process of negotiating from the eyes of two seasoned venture capitalists who have over 40 years of investing experience as VCs, LPs, angels, and founders. They will teach you how to develop a fundraising strategy that will be a win for all parties involved.
Â This book is designed to bring transparency to the venture capital funding process and includes such topics as:
And as in the previous editions, this book isnât just a one-sided opinion from venture capitalists, but also has helpful commentary throughout from a veteran CEO who has raised many rounds of financing from many different investors.
If you are ready to learn all the secrets and ins and outs of fundraising, Venture Deals is an essential read.Â
Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. It's like thinking the unthinkable.
After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers.
But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.
While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. "Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this book addresses.
Starting a business? Don't sweat it! Reflecting today's uniqueopportunities and challenges, Starting a Business All-In-One ForDummies is packed with everything you need to manage yourpersonal and business risks and successfully navigate your firstyear in business. Written in plain English and packed with simple,step-by-step instructions, it shows you how to start up your dreambusiness from scratch, write a winning business plan, securefinancing, manage your risks successfully, navigate your first yearof operation, and much more!
The information inside is amassed from 11 bestselling ForDummies books, covering everything from franchising and home-basedbusinesses to bookkeeping, accounting, branding, and marketing. Ifyou're a go-getter looking for a way to launch a great idea and beyour own boss, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummiesprepares you to beat the odds and become successful in yoursector.
Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or an expert looking toinnovate, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies is theonly reference you'll need to start a business from the groundup.
Itâs necessary for enterprises nowadays to collect massive amounts of data for their business - data concerning everything from products and services to market conditions and customer demographics. With so much information at your fingertips, itâs difficult to find the pieces that are accurate and relevant.
This problem is exacerbated by the growth that comes from acquisition. Consolidating data becomes a real issue for newly integrated companies or recently launched branches. After all, standardizing software - considering international legal requirements, different roles, responsibilities, and processesâis challenging when youâre running a global enterprise.
Helmut Schindlwick proposes a solution for these headaches through IT governance. You must put a system in place for inaccurate or redundant data, as well as data that becomes obsolete, and then continuously monitor data quality to ensure optimization. Instead of focusing on software, you should first take time to determine the structure of your master data.
Schindlwick shares all the knowledge and experience heâs gleaned from eighteen years of consulting work, approaching a complex topic in a way thatâs practical and easily understood. His unique Transformation Eco System, or TESy, will guide readers through concepts and communicate information plainly.
In this course, we'll examine the lives and careers of successful men and women who seized the opportunities offered by the vibrant and open economy that has ensued. We'll examine how each of these individuals found the necessary resources - both economic and personal - to achieve greatness in the business arena. In doing so, we hope not only to arrive at a better understanding of American business history in general, but also to commune with its greatest visionaries - its Masters of Enterprise.
From the author of the international bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Swedenâa story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life.
In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangersâa former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prisonâaccidently collide with darkly hilarious results.
Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations, and coordinate Killer-Andersâ âmissions.â Using the mediaâs obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talentâs superb âskill,â they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly, theyâre making an altogether different kind of killing of their own.
But when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: he finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine theyâve built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Killer-Andersâ newfound and decidedly fervent faith.
Mischievous yet big-hearted, filled with Jonas Jonassonâs trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us itâs never to late to start overâand to discover what truly matters.
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