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Is the World as Flat as We Think?

IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg weighs the promise of globalization against the competitive realities of Internet business practices and security concerns. In 2005, Thomas Friedman’s award-winning book The World Is Flat championed the transformative...

New Executive Skill Sets Emerge in CIO 100 Award Winners

IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg spots skills that signal greater business success for IT: marketing, market knowledge and communication. Congratulations to this year’s CIO 100 Award winners and to our six newest members of the CIO Hall of Fame. This...

Two Critical Questions Every CIO Should Answer

Are we living through the single most revolutionary time in business transformation? Or does it just feel that way? When I think about the combined forces of the Internet, cloud computing, social tools, mobile devices and a nearly infinite amount of big...

Retail Must Reinvent Itself for the Omnichannel Future

If ever there was an industry ready for a massive technology shake-up, it’s retail. Consider the confluence of pressures it faces: customer showrooming, evolving payment ecosystems, a meteoric rise in online shopping and the constant danger of being...

Will 3D Printing Really Change the World?

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg says it already has, as he contemplates 3-D printing technology that can create things as varied as a human liver and a new home. What if I were to tell you that one day printers will be able to build homes,...

A CEO’s Guide to Setting Goals for 2014

With the new year quickly approaching, it is always nice to reflect a bit while looking forward to the year ahead. Given how technology continues to affect every element of our life, personal and professional, the following quotes are worth thinking about...

IT Industry Undergoing an Epic Transition

Maybe the Mayans were on to something after all. Not that the whole world would come to an end in 2012, but rather that the tech world of the past 20-25 years would unravel before our eyes. Look at recent developments in enterprise tech and tell me that...

Tech Market Davids vs. Goliaths, Wearables & the Future of IT

I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer and taking some time to recharge. Given some recent R&R myself, I came back to work with an assortment of thoughts and questions that floated up in my mind while I was relaxing on the beach. Here are a...

The Industrial Internet: The Next Great Economic Revolution

It’s often argued that the most important era in U.S. history was the Industrial Revolution, that period from roughly 1760 to 1840 when almost every aspect of business and daily life changed. The shift from manual labor to machines, from wood to...

Does Technology Makes Us Smarter Or Dumber?

Exhibit A: I was driving up Silicon Valley’s Route 101 in northern California last month when I noticed a strange-looking SUV in front of me. On its roof was a tripod structure topped with a spinning cylinder. Out of curiosity, I sped up and pulled...