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Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy Paperback – May 1, 2000
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So where do you want to go tomorrow? That's the question Bill Gates tries to answer in Business @ the Speed of Thought. Gates offers a 12-step program for companies wanting to do business in the next millennium. The book's premise: Thanks to technology, the speed of business is accelerating at an ever-increasing rate, and to survive, it must develop an infrastructure--a "digital nervous system"--that allows for the unfettered movement of information inside a company. Gates writes that "The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competition ... is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose."
The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones (an assertion that seems somewhat at odds with the now-infamous "by hand on sheets of paper" method of tracking profits that was revealed during Microsoft's antitrust trial).
While Gates breaks no new ground--dozens of authors have been writing about competing on a digital playing field for some time, among them Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian in Information Rules and Patricia Seybold in Customers.com--businesses that want a wakeup call may find this book a ringer. With excerpts in Time magazine, a dedicated Web site, and an all-out media assault, Microsoft is working hard to push Business @ the Speed of Thought into the national dialogue, and for many it will be difficult to see the book as anything but a finely tuned marketing campaign for the forthcoming versions of Windows NT and MS Office. Nevertheless, as Gates has shown time and time again, him, Microsoft, and perhaps even this book you may ignore at your own peril. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There's a companion Web site , and the back cover carries the message that Gates is donating his share of proceeds to charity. See also Clark's Netscape Time, p.1450. Bonnie Smothers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is probably a 3.5 star read today as it is dated, however I uprated it because it is just amazing to see how close to the pin Bill Gates got. A good and interesting read for certain.
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If you're expecting any earth-shattering or even informative new developments, then you probably won't like this book. If you're interested in an overview of the basics or how companies have solved past problems, then I think this book is worth a look. I liked how examples ranging from McDonalds to Coca-Cola and from Boeing to Jiffy Lube were used to demonstrate how the same concepts can be applied to every kind of business. Some have wondered whether or not Chairman Bill used ghostwriters. It's possible because he did have people help with research, so it would not be surprising if people also helped him with writing. Either way, I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.
With the edition of tablet computing and mobile communication,and unified commuication ability theis book can be a guide to implement these new devices. The problem with tablets is how do you grow a wi-fi enviroment and make sure its secure.
a possible solution would be to use a disposable token system that would expire in a specified period of time
Discalimer: I am no an employee of MSFT.