Dan Bieler

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Reflections On Huawei’s Analyst Summit 2017 — Past, Present, And Future

Dan Bieler May 2, 2017

In April 2017, Huawei hosted its annual Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China. Huawei’s financial year 2016 was remarkable as the group grew revenues by 32% to US$ 75 billion, making Huawei the largest global network solutions vendor by revenues, way ahead of its traditional competitors Cisco, Nokia, and Ericsson. This calls for some reflections about […]

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Google Next 2017 Review: Google Cloud Is A Serious Contender In the Public Cloud Space

Dan Bieler April 7, 2017

With Nigel Fenwick and Glenn O'Donnell In the past few years, Google has made concerted efforts to target the enterprise cloud computing space. At Next 2017, more than 11,000 customers, partners, developers, and analysts joined Google in San Francisco to learn more about Google Cloud’s latest enterprise updates. We compiled this post following a review of […]

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Power Your Digital Ecosystems With Business Platforms

Dan Bieler April 3, 2017

“Platforms” are fast becoming all the rage in the B2B context. Several traditional businesses like GE or Siemens are claiming to either offer or become a platform operation. A big driver for platforms in the B2B context has been the success of consumer-focused platform businesses like Amazon, Uber, or Airbnb. Although the reality of B2B […]

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Trust Must Be The Foundation Of Your B2B Digital Ecosystem

Dan Bieler March 31, 2017

Far from being a soft issue, trust underpins the management of your digital business and digital ecosystems. Trust is one of the most vital elements of any business relationship. But the shift away from linear value chains focused on internal relationships toward more open networks of relationships in the context of digital ecosystems has made […]

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Bosch Connected World 2017 – Lessons From IoT Practitioners

Dan Bieler March 27, 2017

With Paul Miller In March 2017, Bosch hosted its annual internet-of-things (IoT) conference, Bosch Connected World (BCW), in Berlin. Since last year, the event has doubled in size, attracting 2,500 attendees from businesses and vendors. This jump reflects the growing interest in IoT. The number of attendees, however, also highlights the relative immaturity of IoT […]

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Make Omnichannel A Cornerstone Of Your Digital Transformation – The Telco Angle

Dan Bieler March 22, 2017

Source: Forrester, "Make Omnichannel A Cornerstone Of Your Telecom Digital Transformation" Poor customer experiences remain the Achilles’ heel of telcos’ digital transformation efforts. We live in the age of the customer, and today’s telco customer has expectations that far exceed the traditional standard of telco customer service. A random search on Trustpilot for customer satisfaction […]

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Platforms Are The Foundation For New Value Creation

Dan Bieler March 17, 2017

While a lot has been written about consumer-facing platforms like Facebook and Uber, the platform impact on business-to-business relationships has not been as extensively investigated. However, these “business platform models” are transforming the way how traditional businesses create value. Business platforms will reorganize a wide variety of markets, work arrangements, and ultimately value creation and […]

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Mobile World Congress 2017: As Mobile Is Morphing Into Digital, Use Cases Matter More

Dan Bieler March 8, 2017

Mobile World Congress (MWC) which took place in Barcelona once again broke new records in terms of attendees, reaching 108,000. Yet, discussions with end-user businesses indicate that mobility is often no longer treated as a standalone focus area by CIOs and CTOs. Mobility has become part of the broader digital transformation initiative. This has implications for […]

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Mobile World Congress 2017: Observations Regarding The Main Enterprise Themes

Dan Bieler March 7, 2017

Recently, the largest annual get together of the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place in Barcelona. In my opinion, the biggest themes at MWC in 2017 that are relevant for enterprise customers were the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), platforms, collaboration, and connectivity. These themes underline how mobility is becoming part […]

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AI's Emerging Role In IoT Highlighted At IBM Genius Of Things Event

Dan Bieler March 6, 2017

Photo: Bergman Group IBM hosted an artificial intelligent (AI) event at its Munich Watson IoT HQ, where it underlined its claim as a leading global AI and internet-of-things (IoT) platform providers in the enterprise context. AI and the IoT are both very important topics for enterprise users. However, there remains some uncertainty among enterprises regarding […]

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The Business Case For Digital Transformation

Dan Bieler February 7, 2017

Digital transformation investments are ultimately about business survival through disruption. Such investments have a direct impact on customer expectations and go beyond the traditional ROI. The business case for such disruptive investments is the focus of the report, Build Your Digital Transformation Business Case Around The Customer And Revenue Growth. The scope for disruption spans […]

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Expectations And Suggestions For Mobile World Congress 2017 Visitors — From An Enterprise Angle

Dan Bieler January 17, 2017

Photo: Bergman Group Between February 27 and March 2, 2017, Mobile World Congress (MWC) will once again take place in Barcelona. Last year, over 100,000 attendees visited the event in search of new insights about “everything mobile.” This year’s MWC theme is "The Next Element" and aims to underline how elemental mobile has become in […]

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The Future Of B2B Mobile Enterprise Services

Dan Bieler December 13, 2016

Business-to-business (B2B) ecosystems facilitate the continuous exchange of information and collaboration. B2B ecosystems will play a central role for all businesses because they form the basis for redefining approaches toward innovation, knowledge management, supply-chain optimization, product development, sales, and marketing. While the ultimate focus of these ecosystems is to create customer value, their more immediate […]

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Web Summit Stakes Its Claim As One Of The Most Important Global Tech Events

Dan Bieler November 16, 2016

Photo: Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit Recently, Web Summit took place in Lisbon. “Web-what”? Web Summit is indeed a relative newcomer on the event scene, but you should take notice. At its core, Web Summit is all about connecting larger enterprises and investors to smaller tech companies. On a human level, Web Summit’s goal […]

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VMware Is Evolving As A Powerful Provider Of Cloud-Based Offerings

Dan Bieler November 14, 2016

With Lauren Nelson We recently attended VMworld 2016 Europe in Barcelona. The event, which attracted about 10,000 visitors, has established itself as an important destination for anyone with an interest in virtualization-related topics. In many respects, the event was over-shadowed by the VMware-AWS partnership. However, the event also provided us with several additional impressions. We […]

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Blockchain’s Potential For IoT Solutions

Dan Bieler November 2, 2016

“IoT is not a feasible concept without a solution that allows for the direct interaction between machines and devices. Blockchain is a technology that can help to unlock this piece of the puzzle.” Matthew Spoke, CEO, Nuco Blockchain technology and the IoT both are currently catching the imagination of many interested stakeholders — for good […]

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The AT&T Merger With Time Warner Opens A New Chapter For The Telco Industry

Dan Bieler October 25, 2016

With Laura Koetzle On October 22, 2016, AT&T announced its intention to acquire Time Warner for an equity value of $85.4 billion. The deal is essentially about the combination of quality content and content distribution, as it transforms AT&T into a content producer and owner — rather than just a distributor of content. Many telecom […]

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Brexit Makes Customer-Focused Innovation Imperative

Dan Bieler October 19, 2016

Photo: Cover of Panorama magazine Italia While uncertainty continues, focusing on innovation is your best chance of success. British Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said, "Brexit means Brexit." This statement ensures that every business operating in the UK will experience an uncertain and volatile market environment for some time. In our conversations with CIOs […]

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Nokia “Connects” Network Services To Customer Experience

Dan Bieler October 10, 2016

Nokia’s services division recently hosted an analyst event where it elaborated on the interlinkage between network services and network infrastructure. Of course, network services matter to businesses and telcos because they help technology managers to better manage infrastructure complexity and to modernize network infrastructure with the goal of making networks faster and more reliable. However, […]

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Bosch And SAP Agree A Strategic Internet Of Things (IoT) Partnership To Facilitate Data Orchestration

Dan Bieler September 29, 2016

I recently attended an event at which Bosch and SAP announced a major partnership to more closely align their respective cloud and software expertise around the industrial internet of things. This partnership underlines the fact that SAP and Bosch are prepared to significantly transform their respective business models to generate new value for their customers. The […]

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