The Future: What Businesses Need to Know

October 15, 2013

blog-postIf there's one thing for certain, we're in the midst of a radical shift -- both technologically and socially. The desire for increased insight and connectivity is driving a tech revolution that's producing devices that "talk" to each other, platforms that foster collaboration and data that's never been available before. That newfound knowledge and technology is, in turn, giving the everyday person more power than he/she's ever had before: more purchasing power, more political power, more social power.

What does this mean for our future? How does this shift affect businesses, and how should companies react?

We asked nine enterprise users at SlideShare to share their insights. One thing they all agreed on: If you don't embrace this change, you won't survive  the future.

View all the #FutureOf decks here, and add your own insight by tagging your presentation 'FutureOf.'

How will business as a whole change? Analyst Jeremiah Owyang says the crowd will overpower companies, meaning enterprises will need to change their business models in order to survive.

Retailers are a prime example of how business models are changing, and the Future Foundation explains what's in store for the shopper and seller.

What will happen within the workplace? With empowered people comes empowered employees. Achievers proclaims a strong knowledge base to be the key to business success in the future -- not capital, or land or raw materials, as in the past.

An increase in connectivity is a running theme in these #FutureOf decks, and Cisco's Dave Evans explains how everything will be connected 10 years from now with the Internet of Everything.

With the Internet of Everything comes Big Data, and Hitachi Data Systems gives an inside look into the future of information.

How will all that information be used and managed? HP Software Solutions's Paul Muller says it will take a new type of Chief Information Officer to leverage all that data -- and create value.

Naturally, advertising will be turned on its head, too, and Leo Burnett offers their advice: "Think haptic," but don't use technology as an excuse for a bad idea.

In terms of marketing, HubSpot's Dharmesh Shah says it'll all be about being human. "Stop thinking like marketers and start acting like humans," he says.

In the end, it's all about innovation. These decks are about the next wave of the future, but what about the wave after that? SAP offers 99 facts on the future of innovation.

Remember to share your insight on the future of an industry, trend or company, too! Tag your presentation #FutureOf and join the discussion!