Digitization Challenge

November 18, 2016

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Choose a company that provides an interesting example of how digital transformation has created opportunities or challenges for business and operating models. A business model defines how a business differentiates itself by creating and capturing value. An operating model defines how that business delivers on that promise. Describe how the organization is using digital technology to develop its business model and operating model, and describe and justify what additional steps you think the organization should consider implementing. Your example can describe a positive (e.g., a success story or best practice) or negative experience (e.g., a business failure).

Note: The post for this assignment should be 600–800 words, and must conclude with a word count such as “(778 words).” Posts should not exceed 800 words.

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How is big data changing GE’s oil and gas business?
Last modified on November 18, 2016 at 1:13 am
GE monitors over 800 gas turbines in 27 countries, collecting millions of hours of machine data. GE has helped its customers to avoid significant costs associated with production loss, downtime, travel, and unscheduled maintenance.
An alternative to outdated schools
Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm
As our educational system struggles to adapt to the rapidly changing world, Altschool is bringing classrooms into the twenty-first century by using technology to offer students a personalized education.
Starbucks: A Technology Pioneer
Last modified on November 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm
Since 1971, Starbucks has been serving customers high-quality coffee with personalized service offered in an upscale yet inviting store atmosphere. During that time, the company has adjusted to changes in consumer lifestyles and behavior by offering single-serve coffee for home [...]
iSow and iReap – the automation and digitization of farming
Last modified on November 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm
The times they are a-changin’ In Interstellar, a futuristic movie, Cooper the farmer tends to driverless automated farming machines that sow, fertilize and harvest crop – all guided by GPS, sensors and drones. Take a look at videos of John [...]
Is Barnes & Noble in the Border(s)line?
Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm
Since 2009, B&N has fallen far behind Amazon in online sales and has been forced to close many physical bookstores. Many company critics have been arguing that B&N’s attempts to embrace innovation have failed and that the firm may soon [...]
Why Technology is Causing Your HBS Degree to Depreciate
Last modified on November 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm
Will your Harvard Business School degree have any value in 20 years? That is one of many questions that disruptive technology is creating in the education sector. As Massive Open Online Courses (“MOOC”) are offered by more independent organizations and [...]
Many banks’ mistakes are one bank’s opportunity
Last modified on November 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm
Revenue at the 10 largest investment banks in the world is down for the third straight year. Average ROE for these firms stands at 7%, below their cost of capital. Much of this pain stems from their Fixed Income, Currency, [...]
From Digitilization to a New Energy Landscape
V. Rubeus
Posted on November 18, 2016 at 7:57 am
The digital transformation of the energy industry is creating new pathways for power companies to compensate for stagnating energy sales. Those who use analytics and new technologies to adapt their core business models will lead the transformation. Those who rely [...]
Cisco’s IoT transition
Last modified on February 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm
Cisco is a tech business primarily known for its networking equipment. Cisco is attempting to reinvent itself as an IoT, cloud and security services vendor.