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e-shock 2020: How the Digital Technology Revolution Is Changing Business and All Our Lives [Hardcover]

Michael De Kare-Silver
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30 Sep 2011
From the author of the ground-breaking and landmark books e-shock 2000, Strategy in Crisis and Streamlining, comes this breakthrough new work looking at the future of the digital age. It examines how the rapidly developing technology revolution is changing the way business must operate in this unfolding 21st century. It also considers the impact on people and how our daily lives and life styles will change…for ever. In particular there's a blueprint and roadmap showing how companies can navigate their way through the rapidly changing environment and still emerge as winners.

Everything we are used to is changing. Our computer world of point and click is morphing into Think, Talk and Move, where just thought, voice and simple remote gestures will control 3D holographic displays of data, content and video. Companies will need to reinvent themselves
as MCEs, 'multi-channel enterprises', in which there is seamless cross-channel interaction with customers and they will also need to change the way their operating systems and processes are organized. The shift of consumer spend to online will see traditional retailing under threat as high street bricks 'n mortar economics are undermined. Expect massive changes among retailers and also the commercial property companies as they restructure their portfolios. New advances in the Cloud will cut costs and time to market and challenge decades of IT infrastructure. Technology generally is now becoming the key source of enablement and competitive advantage.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230301304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230301306
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explores how technological and digital innovations have changed the way we work, and shows how businesses and organizations must harness the new technology to succeed in the new digital world

About the Author

MICHAEL DE KARE-SILVER is a Leading Adviser in the digital/e-commerce and mobile arena, identifying opportunities for technology-enabled change and business growth through new strategies, go-to-market plans and team-building. He has been main board director for a number of leading companies. From main board at FTSE 100 company GUS plc, heading up Argos.co.uk, Experian and Burberry online through to start-ups born2learn.com and myfaveshop.com. He has also been MD at major digital/tech/marketing agencies Digitas and AKQA delivering innovative solutions for global brands.Today, Michael runs his own firm Digital Prospects which provides specialist advisory, consultancy and team-building support in the digital/mobile/e-commerce sectors, helping organizations map out their strategy and plans to capture the growing multi-channel opportunity and then to build the best teams to deliver that. Michael is also a non-executive director at WINplc the mobile technology solutions provider.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital is taking over! 21 Oct 2011
This book is real thought-provoking stuff.
Got lots of ideas and examples of how some companies are dealing with digital.
Loved reading about the technology and the future and some of this is like seeing science fiction come true!
Read the section about Minority Report. It's happening already!

Lot of personal anecdote and story-telling and that seems to help make it all real. Can see some of these things happening in my own company.

Would have liked to see more about the changing tech but overall very worth while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars e-shock 2020 26 Nov 2011
This is the third book I've read by the author and as before he is ahead of the game, making sense of what is happening around us before anyone else can put the pieces together and connecting with advancing technology to give us a sense of what is coming. I recommend this book to anyone in a position of authority, particularly in business, as the ideas "e-shock 2020" puts across can't be ignored and in fact must be championed and embraced today. e-shock 2020 is just around the corner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Left Behind 27 Oct 2011
Fresh from reading Julian Baggini's The Ego Trick, I've been trying to get to grips with the idea that one day it might be possible to upload `me' to a computer, so I could live permanently in some virtual reality. "Never," I tell myself.

Then, by some strange coincidence, my next read is e-shock 2020, in which I learn that we're already on the cusp of chips in brains to control computers. Presumably, the end game is to ditch our physical body altogether and have virtual immortality.

But e-shock 2020 is about much more than that. It provides a fascinating insight into what our world might look like at the end of this decade, in light of technological developments now underway - with a spotlight in particular on the commercial world.

For a non-techie person I found this book eminently readable. The convergence of technologies it describes is entirely convincing (and backed up by many examples). And by illustrating the ideas by reference to readily graspable touchstones - like the film Minority Report - the author makes this subject accessible and interesting to the layman, not just for jargon-ridden IT consultants.

Twenty-five years ago we might have laughed at some of the ideas in this book. But with knowledge of the huge leaps made in that intervening quarter century, nothing seems impossible any longer.

Anyone with an interest in how digital will change our world should read this, or get left behind.
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